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Media & Entertainment

  • January 15, 2019

    1st Amendment Protects NY Public Access TV, Justices Told

    The U.S. Supreme Court should stand behind a Second Circuit ruling classifying public access television networks as state actors who should be held accountable for upholding First Amendment rights, the documentarian whose firing prompted the litigation that resulted in the ruling said.

  • January 15, 2019

    Rihanna Says Father Can't Stand Under Her Name's Umbrella

    Music icon Rihanna demanded on Tuesday that her father stop exploiting her name and brand to fraudulently make "millions of dollars" through his company Fenty Entertainment LLC, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court.

  • January 15, 2019

    ‘Jersey Shore’ Star’s Brother On Hook For $337K To IRS

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday ordered Marc Sorrentino, the brother of television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, to pay over $337,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service following Marc’s conviction for tax evasion.

  • January 15, 2019

    NJ Sees $1.25B Wagered In Legal Sports Betting In 2018

    Sports betting in New Jersey totaled $1.25 billion in wagers in 2018, a year that saw it become legal in the Garden State, with tax revenues totaling just over $10 million and revenues for operators coming in at $94 million since June, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced.

  • January 15, 2019

    2 Companies Join IPO Pipeline With Filings Totaling $47M

    An Israeli medical device company and a California-based maker of animated television commercials joined the pipeline for initial public offerings Monday with filings totaling $47 million, despite a lengthening government shutdown that makes it uncertain when the deals will price.

  • January 15, 2019

    LBI Noteholders Say Co. Cheated Them Out Of $129M

    A group of second-lien noteholders of Spanish language broadcaster LBI Media Inc. accused the company in Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday of costing them $129.5 million by cutting a bad restructuring deal with a first-lien noteholder.

  • January 15, 2019

    Celebrity News Blog Sued Over Photo Of Hernandez's Fiancee

    Gossip website Hollywoodlife.com has become the latest media outlet sued by photography agency Polaris Images Corp. for allegedly publishing a photograph of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez's pregnant former fiancée without permission.

  • January 15, 2019

    In Reversal, DOJ Says Wire Act Applies To All Online Gaming

    The Department of Justice has broadened restrictions on online gaming, saying the Wire Act's prohibitions against interstate gambling apply to non-sports betting, in a decision that is likely to see pushback from states and online gambling companies, according to legal experts.

  • January 15, 2019

    FCC Member Urges Incentive Auction For Education Spectrum

    A Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission made a case Tuesday for consolidating and auctioning off dormant spectrum licenses held by educational institutions, saying the revenue generated by a sale could fund projects to increase broadband access in students’ schools and homes.

  • January 15, 2019

    Former Marketing CFO Gets 8 Years For Embezzling $3.8M

    The former chief financial officer of an international marketing and public relations firm was sentenced Tuesday in Boston federal court to more than eight years in prison for stealing over $3.8 million from his employer across a decade.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ex-Facebook Employee Fights Bid To Nix Overtime Pay Suit

    A former Facebook sales employee has urged an Illinois federal court to reject the social media giant's bid for a quick win in her suit claiming the company uniformly misclassified its workers and illegally deprived them of overtime pay to save on labor costs.

  • January 14, 2019

    House Ousts Rep. King From Committees Over Race Remarks

    Congressional leaders on Monday condemned Rep. Steve King and stripped him of his seats on the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary and Agriculture committees after critics accused the Iowa Republican of making racist comments in an interview with The New York Times.

  • January 14, 2019

    Trump Looks To Kill Racketeering Fraud Suit Against Kids, Co.

    President Donald Trump and three of his adult children asked a New York federal court Monday to toss a proposed class action alleging they orchestrated a criminal scheme to defraud consumers by providing spurious endorsements for a multilevel marketing company.

  • January 14, 2019

    Twitter, Google Look To Toss NM's Suit Over Kids' Data

    Twitter, Google and advertising services used in Tiny Lab's apps moved Friday to shake the New Mexico attorney general's claims that they surreptitiously collected kids' location data and personal information, arguing they had no actual knowledge the apps were directed toward children and have no concrete ties to the state.

  • January 14, 2019

    Comcast Sued Again Over DVR Tech In TiVo IP Battle

    A TiVo Corp. unit filed new patent infringement allegations Monday in California federal court over the digital video recording technology in Comcast Corp.'s set-top boxes, despite the Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding related patents to be invalid.

  • January 14, 2019

    GTC Law Group Settles Chancery Fight Over IP Asset Sale

    GTC Law Group told a Delaware Chancery Court judge Monday that it had reached a settlement deal for a temporary restraining order with a secured lender of its client Osterhout Group Inc. that will allow a sale of the technology company to move forward while setting aside up to $700,000 in unpaid legal fees.

  • January 14, 2019

    Shutdown Prompts Pause To Wells Fargo's $75M Bond Case

    A Rhode Island federal judge has put a suit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against Wells Fargo Co. over a $75 million bond offering involving a Major League Baseball pitcher’s video game company on hold during the federal government shutdown to give the agency time to look at a proposed settlement.

  • January 14, 2019

    MNG Makes $1.4B Bid For Gannett Amid Slow Stock Growth

    Hedge fund-backed newspaper chain MNG Enterprises Inc. said Monday it has made an unsolicited $1.36 billion offer to acquire Virginia-based USA Today publisher Gannett Co. Inc. as a result of the company's tepid performance since going public.

  • January 14, 2019

    NJ Gambling Regulator Looks Into DraftKings Tournament

    The New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement said Monday that it was reviewing a tournament organized by fantasy sports website DraftKings in which some participants reported they were unable to bet on the second of Sunday’s two NFL playoff games.

  • January 14, 2019

    Ex-Trump Aide Denied Bid To Amend $100M Gizmodo Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday rejected a former Donald Trump aide's request to amend his $100 million defamation lawsuit against Gizmodo Media Group over an article saying he tried to slip a woman he'd impregnated an abortion-inducing pill, and said she would rule soon on Gizmodo's dismissal bid.

Expert Analysis

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Amusement Tax In Chicago And Cook County

    Samantha Breslow

    Although the Chicago and Cook County amusement taxes are similarly imposed, there are notable differences, particularly with respect to potential exemptions and electronically transferred amusements, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • NAD Referrals To FTC: How Big Is That Stick?

    John Villafranco

    An analysis of recent National Advertising Division cases suggests that its referrals to the Federal Trade Commission are on the rise. The trend raises a number of questions, say John Villafranco and Donnelly McDowell at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • 6 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2019

    Jason Gordon

    In the world of advertising last year, the recurring theme appeared to be honesty. With the lid pried away to expose how companies have been studying their customers, those customers have begun studying the companies in return, say Jason Gordon and Andrew Levad of Reed Smith LLP.