Media & Entertainment

  • May 20, 2022

    Travel Reward App Can't Escape American Airlines' TM Suit

    A Texas federal judge refused to toss American Airlines' trademark infringement suit accusing The Points Guy of tricking the airline's loyalty members into sharing login information for its reward tracking app, ruling on Friday that he has personal jurisdiction over the app based on its conduct and contacts in the state. 

  • May 20, 2022

    3 Key Issues To Watch As Gov't Tees Up Broadband Funds

    As the Biden administration kick-starts a $42 billion effort to deploy broadband across the country, stakeholders must still resolve plenty of legal and policy spats over how to use the money.

  • May 20, 2022

    Epic's Bandcamp Won't Have To Use Google Billing, For Now

    Epic Games and Google reached an agreement Friday that will allow the video game company's newly acquired online record store app Bandcamp to temporarily continue using its own payment system on Android devices rather than being forced to use the Google Play Store payment system.

  • May 20, 2022

    Brand Battles: Starbucks Goes After 'Starbarks' Pet TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Starbucks is trying to block a trademark application for "Starbarks," its latest effort to curb pet-related brands from using its name — and four other cases you need to know about.

  • May 20, 2022

    How A Heated 'Varsity Blues' Trial Nearly Went Off The Rails

    A lead "Varsity Blues" prosecutor grew so irritated by a judge's handling of witness testimony that he accused the court of having its "thumb on the scale" for the defense, according to trial transcripts that experts say show the perils of heated sidebar discussions.

  • May 20, 2022

    4th Circ. Says Va. Transit's Political Ad Ban Is Unconstitutional

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday invalidated a Richmond, Virginia, transit agency's ban on political ads, saying the policy is unreasonable and unconstitutional because it cannot be applied neutrally to all would-be advertisers.

  • May 20, 2022

    FCC Republican Slams Biden Admin.'s Broadband Rollout

    A Republican on the Federal Communications Commission slammed the U.S. Department of Commerce's handling of $42.5 billion in broadband deployment money under last fall's bipartisan infrastructure law, calling it biased and overtly politicized.

  • May 20, 2022

    Pandora's Anti-SLAPP IP Defense Faces Skeptical 9th Circ.

    Two judges sitting on a Ninth Circuit panel appeared skeptical Friday of Pandora's argument that it is shielded under California's anti-SLAPP statute from copyright claims by the rock band the Turtles, with one saying that accepting Pandora's argument could create a "wide swath" of protected conduct under the statute.

  • May 20, 2022

    Wynn Settles Defamation Suit Over Atty's Press Release

    Court records filed Thursday show billionaire Steve Wynn has agreed to drop his lawsuit accusing civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom of defaming him by publishing a press release that accused him of pressuring casino dancers to strip down.

  • May 20, 2022

    MyPillow CEO Sanctioned For Claims In Voting Machines Case

    A D.C. federal judge has sanctioned MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and dismissed his claims against Dominion and Smartmatic, the voting technology companies who are suing Lindell for defamation after he said on television that they had contributed to election fraud.

  • May 20, 2022

    Hungarian Pop Star Says Feds Mistook Travel Authorization

    A Hungarian pop star countered the Biden administration's bid to dismiss his suit accusing U.S. immigration officials of unlawfully detaining him for over a month, saying the officials were the ones who misconstrued his travel authorization, not him.

  • May 20, 2022

    Ex-Morgan Lewis IP Co-Lead Moves To DLA Piper

    DLA Piper has added the co-leader of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's trademark and copyright litigation practice to its own trademark copyright and media group.

  • May 20, 2022

    Chancery OKs Limited Investor Probe Of Musk's Twitter Deal

    Investors who challenged Elon Musk's proposed $44 billion takeover of social media giant Twitter Inc. won limited Delaware Chancery Court approval Friday to probe allegations that Musk's plan should require a supermajority vote of non-affiliated stockholders.

  • May 20, 2022

    3rd Circ. Says Federalist Boss' Tweet Was Joke, Not Threat

    The Third Circuit on Friday reversed a National Labor Relations Board decision finding the publisher of online news magazine The Federalist violated labor law by tweeting that he would send workers "to the salt mine" if they sought to unionize, saying it was a joke, not a threat.

  • May 19, 2022

    Holmes' Sealed Docs Might Sway Balwani Jury, Judge Says

    A California federal judge considering whether to unseal records from the criminal fraud trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes related to a mental health defense she didn't pursue expressed concern Thursday that they might prejudice the current trial of her alleged co-conspirator, whom Holmes claims abused her.

  • May 19, 2022

    EdTech Providers Can't Ignore Kids' Privacy Rules, FTC Warns

    The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday stepped up its efforts to protect children online, warning that it won't hesitate to go after education technology companies that fail to protect students' privacy and revealing that it will hold an October workshop to explore how businesses advertise to kids. 

  • May 19, 2022

    NY AG To Probe Social Media Cos. Over Buffalo Shooting

    New York Attorney General Letitia James said Wednesday that she will investigate Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, Discord and other social media companies that may have been used to plan and promote the mass shooting last week in Buffalo, a probe that comes at the request of the Empire State's governor.

  • May 19, 2022

    Higher Rural Internet Speeds Could Get More FCC Funding

    Rural providers could receive added financial support in exchange for deploying broadband at higher speeds in more locations under a plan being weighed at the Federal Communications Commission.

  • May 19, 2022

    Judge Explains Refusal To Dismiss 'MetaBirkins' NFT Suit

    A New York federal judge has expanded on why he won't dismiss Hermes' trademark fight with the designer of the "MetaBirkins" nonfungible token series, saying that a Second Circuit test for balancing free speech and trademark rights applies to the case.

  • May 19, 2022

    FilmOn Exec's $58M Sex Battery Loss Unfair, Calif. Panel Told

    Reputed billionaire Alki David urged a California appellate panel Thursday to grant him a new trial after getting hit with a $58 million jury verdict for committing sexual battery, arguing that despite his extreme courtroom behavior while representing himself the trial judge wrongly prevented him from presenting a defense.

  • May 19, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, SESAC, Clearline

    Blackstone is said to have dropped $40.25 million on a Florida apartment complex, SESAC is said to be leasing 12,611 square feet in New York, and Clearline Real Estate is said to have paid $19.75 million for a South Florida development site.

  • May 19, 2022

    'Varsity Blues' Course-Taker Avoids Prison After Cooperating

    A woman who took online classes for high school clients of the "Varsity Blues" mastermind won a time-served sentence on Thursday after arguing that she played a minor role in the college admissions and test cheating scheme, and later cooperated with the government's investigation.

  • May 19, 2022

    Alpine SPAC To Merge With Two Bit, Buy Hotels In $115M Play

    Special purpose acquisition company Alpine, guided by Hodges Ward Elliot, said Thursday that it will combine with Two Bit Circus Inc. and buy two hotels in transactions worth a combined $115 million.

  • May 19, 2022

    Author Jerome Corsi Wants Defamation Suit Revived

    Conservative author Jerome Corsi asked the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revive his defamation claims against Newsmax Media Inc. over comments made by a guest on a Newsmax show calling him a liar and a conspiracy theorist.

  • May 19, 2022

    Meta Logo Suit May Test How Virtual TM Disputes Unfold

    As companies race to establish their brands in the metaverse, a new lawsuit alleging that Meta's infinity-loop logo is too similar to a Swiss blockchain company's logo could illuminate whether courts are going to play by different rules in the virtual space, attorneys say.

Expert Analysis

  • 2 High Court Rulings Complicate Gov't Regulation Of Speech

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decisions in City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertisements of Austin and Shurtleff v. City of Boston both highlight the complexity of the ever-evolving framework that government officials must use when attempting to regulate speech, say Brady Wilson and Justin Burns at Dinsmore.

  • New Ariz. Cyberattack Info Sharing May Be Worth The Burden

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    A recent amendment to Arizona’s data breach notification law, and similar state and federal cyber incident reporting rules, significantly burden companies that are attacked, but increased information sharing could help prevent and mitigate the damage from future data security incidents, say Christine Czuprynski and Kate Jarrett at McDonald Hopkins.

  • Overcommunicate With Your Summer Associates This Year

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    2022 summer associates have had limited opportunities for professional interactions due to the pandemic, so supervising attorneys should prioritize intentional overcommunication by emphasizing importance of tone and content of emails, sharing feedback immediately, and more, says Julie Schrager at Faegre Drinker.

  • Nev. Case Highlights Settlement Authority Dilemmas For Cos.

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    A Nevada federal court's recent decision in Ceja v. The Vons Companies illustrates the pitfalls of misinterpreting a court order requiring a representative with full settlement authority to be present at negotiations, and is a reminder to consider that courts differ as to what full settlement authority means in practice, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Unpacking The 2022 Legislative Session

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    Individual Kentuckians will feel the changes made this legislative session as cuts to state income tax increase their net pay, while new sales taxes make many purchases more expensive, a change unlikely to help or hurt most Kentucky businesses, say attorneys at Frost Brown.

  • From Baseball To Blockchain: The Right Of Publicity In NFTs

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    Much like baseball trading cards, nonfungible tokens derive value from the right of publicity that creates a collectible product, and these rights may provide a valuable alternative to copyrights in addressing the problem of counterfeit NFTs, says Daniel Lifschitz at Johnson & Johnson.

  • Opinion

    2nd Circ. Reasoning In COVID Force Majeure Case Is Flawed

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    The Second Circuit's recent holding in JN Contemporary Art v. Phillips Auctioneers, that a force majeure clause permitted an auction house to cancel a contract because of COVID-19, was correctly decided, but for the wrong reasons, because the decision incorrectly characterized the operative clause as a catchall clause, says Joshua Wurtzel at Schlam Stone.

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Writing NFT Trademark Applications That Protect Brands

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    As nonfungible tokens soar in popularity and courts grapple with whether and how to protect these brands, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is beginning to establish helpful precedent on trademark applications associated with NFTs, clarifying best trademark-filing practices, say Thomas Brooke and Rodrigo Javier Velasco at Holland & Knight.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • Alternatives For Metaverse Platform IP Enforcement Protocols

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    As brands that hope to profit from the metaverse face the challenge of protecting their intellectual property, platforms may benefit from putting in place nonjudicial protocols to streamline dispute resolution for patent infringement claims, says Benjamin Stasa at Brooks Kushman.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • How The Tribune Cases Will Affect Fraudulent Transfer Claims

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    Although the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the Tribune bankruptcy cases, the Second Circuit's decisions leave behind a lasting precedential legacy — especially regarding Bankruptcy Code Sections 546(e) and 548(a)(1)(A) — that will play an important role in future fraudulent transfer cases, say attorneys at Seward & Kissel.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

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