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Media & Entertainment

  • December 10, 2018

    Chancery OKs $92.5M Deal To End $4.4B Starz Merger Suit

    Calling it an “excellent result,” a Delaware vice chancellor on Monday approved a $92.5 million settlement with a $26.1 million attorneys fee set-aside in a stockholder challenge to the $4.4 billion sale of Starz Entertainment LLC to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. in 2016.

  • December 10, 2018

    Jay-Z Claims Movement In Arbitrator Diversity Request

    Music mogul Jay-Z told a New York state court Monday that the American Arbitration Association has agreed to work with him to ensure more African-American arbitrators would be available in the pool of potential people to hear his intellectual property dispute with Iconix Brand Group Inc.

  • December 10, 2018

    Sonos Snags GC From Tribune A Week After Nexstar Deal

    Smart speaker maker Sonos Inc. named Tribune Media Co.’s executive vice president and general counsel as its new chief legal officer on Monday, a week after Nexstar announced a $6.4 billion deal to acquire the media company.

  • December 10, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Vivendi, Ferrero, Sailing Capital

    Vivendi SA is vying for a stake in PT Global Mediacom’s TV operations, the company behind Nutella is eyeing the international business of The Campbell Soup Co., and Sailing Capital is looking to raise $1.5 billion through its second fund.

  • December 10, 2018

    Ebony Sues Univision Over 'FU, Pay Your Writers!' Column

    Ebony magazine ratcheted up a war of words with online competitor The Root, accusing the Univision-owned rival of spreading false rumors and stepping on Ebony’s trademarks in a story that said the magazine didn’t pay its freelancers, according to a suit in New York federal court.

  • December 10, 2018

    FCC Queries Wireless Industry On Disaster Response

    The Federal Communications Commission is seeking answers from the wireless industry on how cellphone service providers can better rebound from disasters and get communications up and running more quickly, the agency said Monday. 

  • December 10, 2018

    Mass. Can't Ban Secret Recording Of Officials, Police

    A blanket ban on secret audio recording in Massachusetts is unconstitutional when the person being recorded is a government official or a police officer performing their duties in public, a federal judge ruled Monday, granting a partial win to a conservative provocateur journalist and two activists in two cases.

  • December 10, 2018

    Australian Watchdog Calls For Digital Platform Regulation

    Australia's competition and consumer protection watchdog raised concerns Monday over Facebook and Google's dominance and their effect on the media industry, calling for more regulatory oversight and other fixes for the digital platforms.

  • December 10, 2018

    Stradling Nabs Ex-Sheppard Mullin M&A Partner

    Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC has hired a Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP partner with years of experience representing private equity firms, medical device makers and technology clients in mergers and acquisitions.

  • December 7, 2018

    Investor Seeks Records In Case Against Chinese Music Giant

    An early investor in Chinese music streaming service Tencent Music who claims he was cheated out of an equity stake in the company has asked a New York federal judge to allow him to collect evidence from several U.S. banks for a pending arbitration in China.

  • December 7, 2018

    After Impasse, Weinstein Renews Bid To Quote Ch. 11 Docs

    Embattled movie studio executive Harvey Weinstein again asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge late Thursday for permission to use emails produced in the Chapter 11 case of his former company The Weinstein Co. to defend himself against criminal and civil charges related to allegations of sexual misconduct.

  • December 7, 2018

    Facebook Health Site Tracking Legal, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has found that a lower court rightly dismissed a suit brought by Facebook users who claimed the company illegally scraped data about their visits to medical websites, finding the users consented to the tracking by agreeing to Facebook's privacy policy.

  • December 7, 2018

    Advertisers Can't Tear Down NYC Billboard Ban At 2nd Circ.

    Advertisers can't block a New York City ban on billboard advertising near public parks and roadways after the Second Circuit said Friday a decades-old regulation exemption that lets signs plaster a Queens ballpark doesn't mean the companies are being deprived of their commercial speech rights.

  • December 7, 2018

    Tara Reid Wants $100M Bite Out Of 'Sharknado' Merchandise

    Actress Tara Reid wants the producers of the "Sharknado" science-fiction films to shell out $100 million for allegedly using her face on "Sharknado"-branded slot machines and beer cans without her permission, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court.

  • December 7, 2018

    Alleged Cult Leader Denied Bail In Sex Trafficking Suit

    A New York federal judge refused alleged cult head Keith Raniere’s second request to be released from jail on bail as he awaits a March trial over criminal charges that his purported self-help organization served as a front for racketeering and labor and sex trafficking, finding he poses a flight risk.

  • December 7, 2018

    Brand Battles: Harry Potter And The 'Wizarding' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Warner Bros. faces a challenge to its efforts to register "Wizarding World," Maserati and Arizona State University both aim to block a trident logo, and Nestle seeks to "Crunch" a small food business.

  • December 7, 2018

    Take Merger Fight To The Links, FCC's Pai Says At Roast

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai needled parties involved in two of the year’s biggest mergers during the 32nd annual Chairman’s Dinner Thursday night, suggesting AT&T and the DOJ could settle their beef on the putting green and Sprint and T-Mobile’s merger attempts resemble dysfunctional relationships on “The Office.”

  • December 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Uber, ByteDance, WuXi

    Uber filed confidential paperwork to start moving toward an initial public offering, ByteDance is reportedly looking to raise roughly 10 billion Chinese yuan ($1.45 billion) and WuXi AppTec nabbed more than $1 billion in its Hong Kong initial public offering.

  • December 7, 2018

    FCC Halts $4.5B Subsidy Project To Probe Carrier Data

    The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it's opening an investigation into whether major carriers fudged nationwide coverage maps submitted within a $4.53 billion agency initiative to bring high-speed access to rural areas, pausing the project after early looks at carrier data pointed to "significant violations" of the rules.

  • December 7, 2018

    8 Firms To Guide 5 IPOs Led by Tencent Music's $1.1B Deal

    Eight law firms will guide five initial public offerings that could potentially raise more than $1.5 billion combined during the week of Dec. 10, possibly the last wave of IPOs for the year, led by an estimated $1.1 billion offering from streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment Group.

Expert Analysis

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • APA Lessons From CNN Press Pass Case

    Steven Gordon

    The primary focus of CNN's suit seeking restoration of Jim Acosta’s White House press pass was, appropriately, on the First and Fifth Amendment claims. But the third claim raises some interesting issues about the extent to which the Administrative Procedure Act can be applied to actions taken by the White House, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Stadium Development Can Breathe Life Into Urban Areas

    Maxine Hicks

    While stadiums have not been economically beneficial for local communities historically, new sports-oriented mixed-use projects built closer to urban areas — such as Atlanta's SunTrust Park — offer opportunities to revitalize underutilized properties and create true public-private partnerships, say Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much of DLA Piper.

  • Tangible Property Sales Taxes Don't Apply To Intangibles

    Craig Fields

    Recent tax decisions in Pennsylvania and Michigan highlight taxing authorities' unsuccessful attempts to assert sales and use tax on products and services that use new technologies not contemplated by old taxing statutes, say Craig Fields and Rebecca Balinskas of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Call For Nationwide Consistency On Noncompetes

    Steven Kayman

    There is something to be said for and against all of the various approaches taken to address the nettlesome problem of noncompetes. But little can be said to justify what we now have — a complex quilt work of varying laws and rules, say Steven Kayman of Proskauer Rose LLP and Lauren Davis, a law clerk with the New Jersey Superior Court​​​​​​​.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.