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Media & Entertainment

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    FTC Heeds Groups' Input In OK'ing Modified COPPA Program

    The Federal Trade Commission allowed the video game industry’s self-regulatory body to move forward with proposed changes to its longstanding safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, after one of the program’s operators agreed to strike narrowed definitions of personal information and jurisdiction that had attracted backlash from advocacy groups.

  • August 15, 2018

    Feds Want 10 Years For Convicted Ex-Brazil Soccer Boss

    Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are pushing for at least 10 years in prison for 85-year-old former Brazilian soccer federation president Jose Maria Marin, who was convicted of bribery and corruption-related charges in a trial last year stemming from the U.S. government's wide-ranging FIFA corruption probe.

  • August 15, 2018

    Facebook Beats Mirror Worlds' Patent Suit Over News Feed

    A New York federal judge has ruled that Mirror Worlds Technologies LLC failed to show that Facebook Inc. infringed three of its patents covering digital data organization technology, finding that the social media giant’s news feed and other features did not use a “main stream” as described by the patents.

  • August 15, 2018

    Chancery Cuts 3.3% More From AOL Merger Appraisal

    A reargument of a Chancery Court post-merger appraisal of AOL Inc. added to dissenting stockholders’ loss Wednesday, with a $47.08-per-share ruling that saw 3.3 percent nicked off the already below-deal amount that some investors were left with after trial.

  • August 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Junks $51M Attys' Fees Award In Rembrandt MDL

    The Federal Circuit, in a ruling made public Wednesday, threw out a $51 million attorneys' fee award that Comcast Corp. and other cable companies won in sprawling multidistrict patent litigation, finding a lower court failed to connect the fees to Rembrandt Technologies LP’s alleged misconduct.

  • August 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Hands Actress Fees In Movie Co.'s Appeal

    The Ninth Circuit agreed Wednesday to grant $17,000 in attorneys' fees and costs to counsel for actress Elizabeth Banks in an appeal over a prior $319,000 in fees she won after fighting off a company’s copyright infringement suit over the 2014 comedy “Walk of Shame."

  • August 15, 2018

    Cambridge Analytica Trustee Fights Facebook Users' Doc Bids

    The New York bankruptcy trustee for scandal-plagued Cambridge Analytica fought back against requests for documents made by Facebook users suing over the company’s alleged misuse of their personal data, calling the requests too vague and knocking them as a “backdoor effort” to circumvent the discovery process in their own suit.

  • August 15, 2018

    Music Rights Co. Can't Get Suit Against Radio Group Going

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to resume Global Music Rights LLC's suit alleging that industry group Radio Music License Committee Inc. is operating an "illegal cartel," telling the performance rights organization it should litigate in Pennsylvania, where it was sued first.

  • August 15, 2018

    Wigdor Takes Over ESPN Harassment Suit, Plans Class Action

    Wigdor LLP, the newly hired counsel for former ESPN legal analyst Adrienne Lawrence, said Wednesday that it plans to turn her sexual harassment suit against the network into a class action complaint.

  • August 15, 2018

    'Star Wars' Book Dealer Sued Over Translation Credit Error

    Book distributor Readerlink Distribution Services LLC got hit with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Tuesday by a woman who says it is selling a "Star Wars" book that misattributes its shoddy Spanish translation to her and hasn't destroyed the books despite indicating several times it would.

  • August 15, 2018

    Howard & Howard Adds Ex-Brownstein Hyatt Gaming Atty

    Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC has added a gaming attorney previously with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP as a partner in its Las Vegas office, the firm announced on Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2018

    Dish Says $280M Telemarketing Penalty ‘Legally Indefensible’

    Dish Network continues to urge the Seventh Circuit to upend a $280 million judgment won by state and federal regulators over violations of do-not-call laws, arguing in a recent brief that government officials can’t defend a decision “premised on basic legal errors.”

  • August 15, 2018

    Warner Bros. Sued For Using Photo Of Ex-NFL Star's Fiancee

    A photo agency represented by frequent copyright plaintiffs counsel Liebowitz Law Firm PLLC on Tuesday filed a copyright infringement suit against Warner Bros., its second suit alleging unauthorized use of a photo of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez's fiancee.

  • August 15, 2018

    Hasbro, DC Comics Settle 'Bumblebee' Superhero TM Battle

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday conditionally tossed Hasbro Inc.'s case accusing DC Comics of copying the name of its iconic yellow character from the Transformers by creating a superhero character named “Bumblebee,” after the companies said they have tentatively reached a settlement.

  • August 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Toss Balloon IP Case From Texas Court

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday denied a water balloon maker’s bid to toss a patent infringement suit on the basis that Texas is an improper venue, keeping intact a lower court’s finding that the company had forfeited its venue defense through previous litigation.

  • August 15, 2018

    FCC Hints It Could Drop Sinclair-Tribune In-House Review

    The Federal Communications Commission has recently indicated it would be willing to drop its in-house review of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co. now that Tribune has called off the deal in response to regulatory pressure.

  • August 15, 2018

    Rising Star: Kirkland's Joshua Simmons

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Joshua Simmons has a passion for the arts that has motivated him to nab intellectual property wins as high up as the Second Circuit for clients like Fox News, landing him a spot among the attorneys under 40 named as Law360’s media and entertainment Rising Stars.

  • August 14, 2018

    Tinder Founders Sue Match For $2B Over Stock Options

    A slew of Tinder founders, early employees and current executives hit the dating app’s parent companies, IAC and Match Group Inc., with a $2 billion suit in New York state court Tuesday, accusing the companies of deliberately tanking the valuation of the dating app in order to lessen the value of their stock options.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

Expert Analysis

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Trends In Protection Of Anonymous Online Speech

    Margaret Krawiec

    Soon the Texas Supreme Court will consider under what circumstances Glassdoor should be compelled to reveal the identities of anonymous reviewers. Skadden attorneys Margaret Krawiec and Thomas Parnham discuss how courts over the years have answered the fundamental First Amendment question of whether to unmask an internet user who chooses to speak anonymously.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • When Antitrust Conspiracy Cases Merit Summary Judgment

    George Gordon

    The Second Circuit's recent ruling in Anderson News v. American Media clarifies the application of summary judgment standards in antitrust conspiracy cases, including with respect to how record and expert evidence is analyzed, say George Gordon and Thomas Miller of Dechert LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.