CBS Corp. announced Monday that former CEO Leslie Moonves won’t get a severance payment reportedly worth $120 million, after an investigation by Covington & Burling LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP found the former executive violated company policies and didn’t cooperate with the probe into sexual harassment at the media giant.
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CBS Kills Moonves Exit Pay After Covington, Debevoise Probe

CBS Corp. announced Monday that former CEO Leslie Moonves won’t get a severance payment reportedly worth $120 million, after an investigation by Covington & Burling LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP found the former executive violated company policies and didn’t cooperate with the probe into sexual harassment at the media giant. Read full article »

Ex-NWA Rep's 'Straight Outta Compton' IP Suit Nears Toss

A California federal judge on Monday tentatively threw out the third iteration of an intellectual property lawsuit accusing NBCUniversal Inc. and others of stripping a former N.W.A. manager of co-authorship rights on the film “Straight Outta Compton,” finding there wasn’t enough evidence that he was actually a co-author. Read full article »

'Fresh Prince' Actor Sues Game Makers Over 'Carlton' Dance

The actor who played Carlton Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” claimed Monday in California federal court that video game makers Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive copped his choreography without permission, noting similarities between the famous “Carlton Dance” he created and moves performed by characters in two widely played video games. Read full article »

Scientific Games To Pay Shuffle Tech $151M In Post-Trial Deal

About four months after getting dealt a $105 million verdict with trebled damages, Scientific Games Corp. has agreed to pay Shuffle Tech LLC $151 million to settle claims it used sham patent litigation to keep control of the automatic card shuffler market. Read full article »

Don't Blame DOJ For Concentration: Antitrust Enforcer

A top U.S. Justice Department official on Friday defended the Antitrust Division's efforts to ensure markets stay competitive, saying many factors in the rapidly evolving economy could lead to industry concentration in the media and telecom sectors. Read full article »

Feature

The Verdicts That Left A Mark In 2018

Trial watchers saw plenty of drama in 2018, from the latest mega-million matchup between Apple and its longtime patent nemesis in Texas to a nationwide series of back-and-forths between Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs alleging its baby powder causes cancer, which ultimately led to billions of dollars in damages against the pharmaceutical giant. Here are a few of the biggest and most interesting verdicts from the year that was. Read full article »

CMS Gets Backlash For Drug Prices In TV Ads Proposal

A proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rule requiring drugmakers to include the list price of their drugs in television advertisements exceeds the agency’s statutory authority and violates the First Amendment, several parties claimed as the comment period closed Monday. Read full article »

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Movie Studios Want VidAngel's Fair Use Defense Knocked Out

Disney and a half dozen other movie studios have relaunched their bid to have a California federal court rule that family friendly streaming service VidAngel can’t dodge liability for copyright infringement under a fair use defense. Read full article »

PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Facebook Data Suit Paused To Allow Chancery Records Trial

A derivative suit targeting Facebook CEO and Chairman Mark Zuckerberg and other leaders of the social media empire for allowing user data breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal will be paused after a Delaware Chancery Court judge said Monday that a books and record suit should be completed first to help prepare the best possible breach of fiduciary duty complaint. Read full article »

COMPETITION

DOJ Asks For Info On Quad/Graphics' $1.4B Deal For LSC

Printing and marketing solutions firm Quad/Graphics Inc. said on Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice has asked for additional information in regard to its $1.4 billion merger with fellow print and digital media provider LSC Communications Inc. Read full article »

NYC Art Museums Antitrust Suit Lacks Specifics, Judge Says

A Manhattan federal judge expressed frustration at arguments on Monday with a proposed class action brought by an artist who claims New York's top museums are conspiring with a handful of art galleries to prevent artists like himself from gaining traction, expressing doubt that the claims crossed the line from possible to plausible. Read full article »

SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

2 Years For Bookkeeper Whose $3.4M Theft Sank Lit Agency

A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a bookkeeper to two years in prison Monday for filching $3.4 million over seven years from Donadio & Olson Inc., a literary agency known for representing "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk, and driving it into bankruptcy. Read full article »

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Dems Tell FCC To 'Put Children First' In Kid Vid Rules Review

A group of Democratic senators told the Federal Communications Commission on Monday that children in minority and low-income households stand to lose the most if the agency lifts a “kid vid” requirement mandating broadcasters air three hours of children’s television programming weekly. Read full article »

Free Market Think Tank Urges FCC To Limit Cable Fees

A free market think tank as well as organizations representing cable companies and rural broadband carriers submitted comments Friday to the Federal Communications Commission supporting its proposal to limit in-kind contributions to local franchising authorities, saying the commission is allowed to do so under the Communications Act. Read full article »

Faxes Requesting Top Doctors' Details Aren't Ads, FCC Told

A medical benefits company that publishes listings of top-ranked doctors urged the Federal Communications Commission to rule that its faxed requests for doctors’ contact details aren’t advertisements, hoping to quash a proposed class action alleging the unsolicited faxes violate federal law. Read full article »

GAMBLING

Wash. Tribe, County Look To Topple DOI's Casino Approval

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Spokane County, Washington, have asked a federal judge to undo the U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of a new Spokane Tribe casino, saying the agency ignored its regulatory duties when it signed off on the project. Read full article »

REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Rumors: AVR, Phillips, Exeter

AVR Realty has reportedly bought the Miami headquarters of Telemundo for $239.1 million, auction house Phillips is said to be taking 55,000 square feet in Manhattan, and Exeter Property Group has reportedly bought a Florida office building from Aviation Inflatables, which is leasing the property back. Read full article »

BANKRUPTCY

Astros, Rockets Urge Start Of Comcast Deal Valuation

The Houston Astros and Houston Rockets on Monday urged a Texas bankruptcy court to move forward with proceedings to determine the value of a 2010 contract with Comcast to televise games, the latest development in a prolonged dispute over a now-defunct regional sports network. Read full article »

TAX

Feature

Top 5 International Tax Cases Of 2018

The past year saw a number of important international tax cases, including rulings about conflicting statutory and regulatory language involving U.S.-held foreign financial accounts and a $608 million fine paid by Boston Scientific Corp. in a transfer pricing dispute. Here, Law360 looks at the top five international tax cases of 2018. Read full article »

PERSONAL INJURY

Gwen Stefani Can’t Escape Concert Stampede Injury Suit

A North Carolina federal judge Monday rejected Gwen Stefani’s bid to escape a woman’s personal injury suit accusing the pop singer of inciting a concert stampede by imploring fans to move closer to the stage during a 2016 concert, but let venue owner Live Nation off the hook. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Companies Must Beware Street Artists' IP Suits

A California district court recently ruled in Falkner v. General Motors that a graffiti artist may move forward with a copyright infringement lawsuit. This case, among others, is emboldening street artists and muralists to seek legal affirmation of their copyrights, says Kimberly Almazan of Withers Worldwide. Read full article »

A Series Of 1st-Time Crypto Actions For The SEC

November was an especially aggressive month for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in terms of cracking down on unauthorized digital activities. Three enforcement actions described as "firsts" demonstrate that the SEC will be using all of the tools in its toolkit, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie. Read full article »

Series

Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

DC Court Skeptical Of Howrey Claim On Ex-Partner Fees

A D.C. Court of Appeals panel appeared dubious at a hearing Monday that partners who leave a dissolving firm owe the old partnership — and its creditors — a cut of fees from matters that were ongoing at the time of the rupture. Read full article »

Cahill In Latest Pack Of Firms To Unveil Associate Bonuses

Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Alston & Bird and McGuireWoods are among the latest BigLaw firms to unveil associate bonuses, with Alston and McGuireWoods specifically tying at least part of their bonuses to hours worked, according to reports released Monday. Read full article »

Lawyer Suing Avvo Seeks To Distinguish Suit From Failures

A New York lawyer suing Avvo Inc. for allegedly giving advertisers a leg-up without disclosing key details to prospective clients sought to convince a Manhattan federal judge on Monday that his Lanham Act case was stronger than previous challenges brought by attorneys that fell flat. Read full article »

High Court Can Skip Atty's Defamation Row, Yelp Says

Yelp Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court to shoot down a personal injury attorney's ongoing efforts to force the customer review site to take down allegedly defamatory reviews by a former client, contending a California Supreme Court decision siding with the company isn't worth the justices' time. Read full article »

Interview

15 Minutes With Etsy's General Counsel

Jill Simeone, general counsel of e-commerce website Etsy, views mentoring as a "pay-it-forward" situation, and created a program at her law school to help other attorneys. She recently shared with Law360 how Etsy invites employees to bring "their whole self to work," the most pivotal moment of her career, the phrase she uses at least twice a week, and which item from the website is her favorite purchase. Read full article »

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