Media & Entertainment

  • April 28, 2017

    Amway Seeks To Force Insurers To Cover Copyright Damages

    Health and beauty marketing firm Amway Inc.’s parent company slapped AIG subsidiaries with a suit in Michigan federal court Thursday in a bid to force the insurers to cover the company’s settlement of a copyright dispute with several of the world’s largest record companies.

  • April 28, 2017

    FBI Hit With FOIA Suit Over 2007 NBA Betting Scandal

    The FBI is wrongfully withholding documents regarding the investigation and prosecution of disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy, according to a Freedom of Information Act action initiated Thursday in New York federal court by documentary filmmakers researching gambling corruption in professional sports leagues.

  • April 28, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Win For Nintendo On Image Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Friday agreed to free Nintendo from infringement claims over an image processing patent invalidated under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standard, ruling the company asserting the technology for encoding and decoding information had been beaten to the punch by the legendary Paul Revere.

  • April 28, 2017

    Brand Battles: Google, Instagram, Bayer, 'Mad Men'

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Google responds to threats of litigation with a cancellation proceeding against what it says is generic cloud computing term, Instagram faces a hurdle to registering its new neon logo, Bayer says its rights to "Claritin" are nothing to sneeze at, and Lions Gate takes action over a "Mad Men" barbershop.

  • April 28, 2017

    Google, Facebook Say They Paid Email Scammer $100M

    Facebook and Google have confirmed that they were the companies allegedly defrauded out of $100 million by a Lithuanian man facing criminal charges for posing as a major hardware manufacturer and tricking the companies into wiring money to his bank account.

  • April 28, 2017

    Glaser Weil DQ Bid Back In Play In Tupac Biopic Row

    A California appeals court found Thursday that a lower court abused its discretion when it refused to disqualify Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP from representing a Hollywood production company in a suit over financing a Tupac Shakur biopic, finding the court failed to apply the “substantial relationship” test between the firm and the parties in the case.

  • April 28, 2017

    Facebook Can Take Birthday Text Class Action To 9th Circ.

    A California federal judge ruled Thursday that Facebook could appeal his rejection of its motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging its text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, over the opposition of both the proposed class and the government.

  • April 28, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Thor, Samar Hospitality, Snap

    Thor Equities is reportedly trying to get out of a $42.5 million contract to buy a New York rental building, Samar Hospitality is said to have scored a $24 million loan for a Florida hotel project, and Snap Inc. is reportedly taking an additional 26,000 square feet of space from real estate investment trust Columbia Property in New York.

  • April 28, 2017

    NY Antique Dealers Still Clear Of $3.7M Tax Bill

    The New York Tax Appeals Tribunal won’t upend an administrative law judge’s decision to clear a married pair of antique shop owners and real estate flippers of $3.7 million in taxes and penalties, agreeing that their businesses were for profit, not pleasure.

  • April 28, 2017

    Dancers Hit Philly’s Vanity Grand Cabaret With Wage Suit

    An exotic dancer filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court against Philadelphia club Vanity Grand Cabaret, alleging that it doesn’t pay its dancers a proper minimum wage and improperly claims they are independent contractors.

  • April 28, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Rehear Web Streamer's TV Copyright Case

    The full Ninth Circuit said Friday that it would not reconsider a ruling last month that internet streaming services like FilmOn X cannot use the same automatic copyright license that traditional cable companies use.

  • April 28, 2017

    Calif. Tribe Looks To Nix DOI Quick Win Bid In Casino Row

    The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians on Thursday said the federal government’s own bid for a quick win in the tribe’s challenge of a decision to issue procedures to allow a neighboring tribe's casino project admitted the decision was arbitrary, urging a California federal court to reject the government’s bid.

  • April 27, 2017

    CNN Video Data Win Leaves Spokeo Door Open For App Users

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday gave another boost to mobile apps' ability to skirt video privacy claims by nixing a proposed class action brought by a CNN app user, but its refusal to find that the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo ruling bars the allegations from being brought in the first place leaves subscription-based services vulnerable to litigation.

  • April 27, 2017

    FCC Sets Out Draft Plan To Weigh Nixing Net Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission released a promised draft plan of its proposal to reverse the reclassification of broadband as a utility on Thursday, seeking feedback on whether so-called bright line net neutrality rules are necessary and whether to “keep, modify or eliminate” them.

  • April 27, 2017

    NYC Blasts Advertisers’ Challenge To Billboard Ban

    The city of New York asked a federal court Wednesday to dismiss a challenge to its ban on billboard advertising near the city's larger public parks and roadways, arguing that there was no question of the regulation's constitutionality.

  • April 27, 2017

    CNN App User Isn’t CNN Subscriber, 11th Circ. Finds

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to revive a CNN app user’s litigation over alleged privacy violations, saying in a published decision that the man has standing under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Spokeo decision, but his claims fail regardless because he doesn’t qualify as a “subscriber” under the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • April 27, 2017

    NIGC, DOI Slam Tribe's Bid To Beef Up Gambling Suit

    The National Indian Gaming Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior urged a D.C. federal judge Wednesday not to let the Fort Sill Apache Tribe add claims to its suit over the government’s rejection of the tribe's gambling bid, saying the tribe is basing the new claims on a supposed agreement with the agency that never existed.

  • April 27, 2017

    Wireless Group Urges FCC To Refuse Post-Auction Rethink

    CTIA-The Wireless Association on Wednesday at the Federal Communications Commission opposed a request from broadcasters for the agency to reconsider its transition plan after the now-concluded broadcast incentive auction, telling the FCC that doing so would only cause delays.

  • April 27, 2017

    2nd Circ. Dives Into UVA Students' Rape Defamation Case

    A federal judge's quick dismissal of three fraternity brothers' defamation claims against disgraced journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Rolling Stone over a false article detailing a sadistic rape culture at the University of Virginia drew intense scrutiny Thursday in the Second Circuit.

  • April 27, 2017

    2nd Circ. Says Gov't Must Stick To BMI Appeal Deadline

    The Second Circuit stuck to its guns Wednesday and denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s second request for more time to file its principal brief in its appeal of a decision siding with Broadcast Music Inc. over a decades-old antitrust agreement governing the licensing of music performance rights.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Increasing Focus On Info Exchanges Among Competitors

    Phillip Johnson

    When we think of a collusive agreement between competitors, we usually think of an act of directly fixing prices or output. But just sharing sensitive nonpublic information can have adverse effects on competition. Indeed, recent activity in private and public antitrust enforcement shows growing concern with competitors’ coordinated actions and information sharing, say Phillip Johnson and Niyati Ahuja of Econ One Research Inc.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Repeal Of FCC Privacy Rules Leaves America Vulnerable

    John F. Stephens

    The congressional repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's October 2016 privacy rules will have security implications far beyond what was ever envisioned or intended. The end result will be a disaster not just for Americans' privacy, but for America's cybersecurity as well, says John Stephens of Sedgwick LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time For High Court To Clarify Presumption Of Patent Validity

    Charles Macedo

    Courts continue to invalidate patents under Section 101 without adhering to the presumption of validity standard mandated by Congress in Section 282 and the U.S. Supreme Court in i4i. The Supreme Court can set the record straight in Broadband iTV v. Hawaiian Telcom, say Charles Macedo and Sandra Hudak of Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.

  • Why Colbert Can't Play 'Colbert': Tonight's Word — Copyright

    Adam Litwin

    Last week, "The Late Show" daringly flouted Viacom’s wishes by having host Stephen Colbert reprise his "Colbert Report" character to bid farewell to Bill O’Reilly. With CBS exercising such blatant disregard for Viacom’s demand, the situation is sure to come to a head, says Adam Litwin of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Fox’s Handling Of O’Reilly Complaints Is A Cautionary Tale

    Ann Fromholz

    To be fair, any company can have a Bill O’Reilly in its midst. The question is whether the company does the right thing once it realizes what’s going on, says Ann Fromholz, a workplace investigation attorney and founder of The Fromholz Firm.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.