A Los Angeles jury began deliberations Friday afternoon to decide whether Beats Electronics LLC co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine owe $109 million in headphone-sale royalties to a businessman who claims he handed them the now-iconic product "on a silver platter" over a decade ago.
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Beats' $109M Headphone Royalties Row Goes To Jury

A Los Angeles jury began deliberations Friday afternoon to decide whether Beats Electronics LLC co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine owe $109 million in headphone-sale royalties to a businessman who claims he handed them the now-iconic product "on a silver platter" over a decade ago. Read more »

ACLU, Media Groups Blast Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger

The American Civil Liberties Union and several media trade groups have slammed Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co., saying the deal will lead to less diversity and the chances of higher prices.  Read more »

Emerson Says BladeRoom Can't Revisit Evidence In UCL Case

Emerson Electric has fired back at a motion for judgment on unfair competition claims in a suit alleging it stole BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s trade secrets, arguing that BladeRoom cannot seek additional damages based on evidence that had already been presented to a jury that rendered a $30 million verdict against Emerson, according to a filing in California federal court Thursday. Read more »

Kanye West Stuck With Suit Over Tidal Tweet's 'Never' Vow

Kanye West and Tidal must face a trimmed proposed fraud class action over a vow by the rapper that one of his albums would “never never never” be available outside the streaming music service after “never” turned out to be just six weeks, a New York federal judge ruled Friday. Read more »

Brand Battles: 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' The Masters, Alibaba

In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Harper Lee's estate is told that single book titles can't be trademarks, the golf club behind the Masters fights the distiller behind Jack Daniel's, and "Sesame Street" aims to block Alibaba from registering an open-ended "Sesame" mark. Read more »

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Players Unions Want In On Publicity Rights Arguments

The unions for the major professional sports are looking to take part in oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court over whether daily fantasy sports companies must compensate college athletes for using their names, likenesses and statistics in their contests, arguing that the parties and the courts are missing the point. Read more »

PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Cox, Consumers Reach Settlement In Cable TV Fee Suit

Cox Communications Inc. has settled a proposed class action in California federal court launched by consumers who alleged they were charged unauthorized fees for certain cable television tiers, according to a recent filing.  Read more »

Cirque Du Soleil Says China Agritech Dooms Ill. TCPA Suit

Cirque du Soleil on Friday asked an Illinois federal judge to decertify a class of Illinoisans in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit accusing it of sending unwanted faxes promoting ticket sales to its traveling show, saying the U.S. Supreme Court's recent opinion in China Agritech v. Resh dooms their claims. Read more »

SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

Ex-Contractor Accused Of Leak To Change Plea To Guilty: DOJ

Former government contractor Reality Leigh Winner, who has been accused of leaking classified national security information to at least one news outlet, plans to plead guilty at a change of plea hearing Tuesday in Georgia federal court, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman said Friday. Read more »

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Charter Can't Use FCC Rule To Escape False Net Speed Suit

A New York state appeals court confirmed that the New York attorney general’s office may keep pursuing claims of falsely advertised broadband speeds against Charter Communications Inc. and its unit, Time Warner Cable. Read more »

GAMBLING

RI Becomes The Latest State To Legalize Sports Betting

Rhode Island's governor signed into a law Friday a budget that clears the way for in-person sports gambling at two casinos, making the state the latest early adopter of a practice legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in May. Read more »

BANKRUPTCY

Weinstein Co.'s Ch. 11 Sale Price Takes $23M Tumble

The Weinstein Co. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday that a distressed sale of the entertainment company — driven by sex-crime allegations against its co-founder — will likely yield $23 million less than the $310 million cash deal approved in court on May 8. Read more »

Relativity Media Investor Accuses CEO Of $12.5M Fraud

A hedge fund investor ramped up his lawsuit against Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO of the twice-bankrupt Relativity Media, in an amended complaint filed in California court Thursday, upping his damages request five-fold to $12.5 million and seeking punitive damages. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

The Best Firms For Women And Minority Attorneys

It's the rare law firm that is consistently ahead of the pack on hiring and promoting women and minorities, according to Law360's annual headcount survey. Here are the firms leading the way in building a more diverse attorney workforce. Read more »

BigLaw Bias & Harassment: Lawyers In Their Own Words

As part of our recent Satisfaction Survey, we asked our readers whether they'd faced harassment or discrimination based on race or sex, and many of the responses were jarring. Here's what they had to say. Read more »

How Highly Successful Attorneys Prepare For A Day In Court

Preparing for trials or oral arguments can be the busiest and most stressful times of attorneys' careers. Here, some of the industry's most successful litigators share how they get ready to face a judge or jury. Read more »

Latham, Gibson Dunn Among Latest Firms To Raise Salaries

At least seven law firms ended the week by sharing their plans to raise associate base salaries to match the top-of-the-market pay scale recently set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP. Read more »

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The Trump administration suggested combining the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education as part of a broader reorganization of federal agencies, a judge deemed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as unlawfully structured and the Federal Trade Commission’s newly minted chairman said the agency will conduct hearings to refocus its enforcement mission. Read more »

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Immigrant families have been separated by the thousands along the Southern border under a Trump administration zero-tolerance policy. On this week's Pro Say podcast we discuss the complex legal dynamics at play, as well as the executive order signed by President Donald Trump that may not provide the relief it promises. Read more »

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