Media & Entertainment

  • June 01, 2020

    Chinese Fund Sues Game Developer Over $530M Sale

    A Chinese asset manager has sued a British video game developer in London in an attempt to prove the company was sold to an American hedge fund despite a freezing order imposed in China over an unpaid €93 million ($103 million) loan.

  • May 29, 2020

    Rejected College Applicants Can't Sue Over 'Varsity Blues'

    A California federal judge tossed two putative class actions against the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" admissions cheating scandal and universities tied to the headline-grabbing case, ruling Friday that the rejected college applicant plaintiffs weren't particularly impacted by the scheme.

  • May 29, 2020

    NY Court Won't Reconsider Sanctions For 'Notorious' Atty

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied a bid to reconsider an award of attorney fees and sanctions against Richard Liebowitz and his law firm for not verifying that a photograph was registered before filing a copyright suit, saying the request improperly tried to relitigate issues and advance new arguments.

  • May 29, 2020

    Sens. Join Call For FTC To Probe How TikTok Uses Kids' Data

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Friday stepped up pressure on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether popular video-sharing app TikTok is "blatantly flouting" a deal with the commission that required it to significantly strengthen its children's privacy protections, a push that came just a day after more than a dozen U.S. House Democrats issued a similar call. 

  • May 29, 2020

    D&O Insurer Didn't Deny In Bad Faith, Ill. Appeals Court Says

    An Illinois appellate court held Thursday that Liberty International Underwriters wasn't unreasonable or vexatious when it denied coverage under a directors and officers policy to an entertainment company accused of minority ownership oppression.

  • May 29, 2020

    'Storage Wars' Star Loses Fight Over Public Storage Bounty

    "Storage Wars" reality show star David Hester lost his latest battle Thursday with Public Storage over the chain's efforts to rescind his bounty from a $12,000 auction, after a California appeals court affirmed a finding that Public Storage properly voided the sale under contracts Hester signed.

  • May 29, 2020

    Ligado Opposes NTIA's Push To Stall 5G Plan Approval

    Satellite operator Ligado Networks pushed back on the U.S. Department of Defense's bid to nix its planned 5G network by defending the Federal Communications Commission's green light for the project in a filing Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Twitter, Reddit Say Social Media Visa Rules Limit Free Speech

    Twitter, Reddit and an e-commerce trade group backed two documentary film organizations' challenge to a U.S. Department of State requirement for overseas visa applicants to turn over their social media handles, saying it would limit anonymous free speech.

  • May 29, 2020

    Dems Upbeat On Prospects For Stalled Broadband Bills

    House and Senate Democrats have high hopes for passing a bevy of broadband expansion bills, whether or not they're officially rolled into the next coronavirus rescue package, two Hill staffers told Law360 during a virtual panel event on Friday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Doctor Escapes Sanctions For Now In CNN Defamation Suit

    A Florida judge on Friday put off sanctioning a doctor for delaying production of communications with a CNN reporter in a defamation suit over a story about pediatric surgery mortality rates at a West Palm Beach hospital, saying he might consider it later if the production is incomplete.

  • May 29, 2020

    Maine Pay-Per-Channel Law Is Illegal, Comcast Tells 1st Circ.

    Comcast and a coalition of big-name networks called on the First Circuit to shield them from a recent Maine law mandating they let consumers buy individual channels instead of package deals, arguing Friday the mandate undermines their editorial discretion and cuts into their free speech.

  • May 29, 2020

    Funder Wants Out Of Pierce Bainbridge Representation Case

    Litigation funder Pravati Capital LLC moved to exit a suit filed by a Pennsylvania attorney against it and Pierce Bainbridge over the alleged theft of a case involving the Gears of War video game, saying that since the case was unsuccessful, any claim against the funder for unjust enrichment was invalid.

  • May 29, 2020

    Lawmakers Say DOI's Trust Decision 'Infringed' On Congress

    The U.S. Department of the Interior exceeded its lawful powers when it revoked trust land from a Massachusetts tribe in March, a bipartisan group of members of Congress have written in an amicus brief filed in D.C. federal court.

  • May 29, 2020

    Hotel Biz Can't Upend $296M Award In Casino Contract Fight

    A Singaporean court rejected the latest efforts by hotel company Bloomberry Resorts Corp. to dodge an arbitration tribunal's ruling that it owes $296 million to a casino management company it wrongly ousted from a deal to manage its $1.2 billion Solaire Resort & Casino in the Philippines.

  • May 29, 2020

    Facebook Beats AI Startup's Bid To Shield Trade Secrets

    An artificial intelligence startup has failed to prove that its first employee ran off with the company's trade secrets when he took a job at Facebook, a Massachusetts federal judge said, denying the firm's request to block the former worker's ongoing research at the social media giant.

  • May 29, 2020

    Cumulus Media Says Time Limit Spells Doom For 401(k) Suit

    Cumulus Media wants to dismantle a proposed class action claiming it loaded its 401(k) plan with expensive investment choices and didn't rein in recordkeeping costs, arguing that most of the misconduct alleged by the ex-workers behind the suit is too old to sue over.  

  • May 29, 2020

    1st 'Varsity Blues' Trial Date Remains Firm Despite Pandemic

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding when and how jury trials will resume in Massachusetts, a federal judge said Friday the first "Varsity Blues" college admissions fraud trial is still slated to begin in late September.

  • May 29, 2020

    TCL, Canon Settle IP Suit Amid Roku Source Code Fight

    Canon Inc. and TCL Electronics Holdings Ltd. told a Texas federal judge Friday they had cut a deal to resolve Canon's infringement suit over the TCL Roku TV, likely leaving unanswered whether Canon can get remote access to third-party Roku's source code during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 29, 2020

    Fortnite Creator Beats 'Running Man' Dance IP Suit

    A federal judge on Friday tossed out a lawsuit claiming the creators of the video game Fortnite stole a "running man" dance from two former college basketball players, saying the case was a "square peg" being jammed into "round holes."

  • May 29, 2020

    Va. City Approves Pamunkey Tribe As Casino Operator

    The City Council of Norfolk, Virginia, has given the thumbs-up to the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to run a proposed waterfront resort and casino, voting under a state-required process for the tribe to act as its preferred operator.

  • May 29, 2020

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen German financier Lars Windhorst dragged into court by a hospitality company, an Emirati lender sue former executives of a scandal-hit health company, and a bank representing the estate of musical artist Prince file IP claims against a unit of a major record label.

  • May 28, 2020

    Harvey Weinstein Hit With New Rape Allegations In New York

    Four more women on Thursday accused convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein of using his power in the entertainment industry, threats and physical force to rape, sexually abuse, assault, batter and falsely imprison them, according to a lengthy complaint filed in New York state court.

  • May 28, 2020

    Zion Williamson Says NCAA Eligibility Not Relevant To Suit

    NBA No. 1 pick Zion Williamson blasted his former agent's attempts to make him address allegations he received improper benefits while playing for Duke University, arguing such requests are uncalled for and irrelevant to the legal dispute over his decision to switch agents last year.

  • May 28, 2020

    House Dems Ask FTC To Probe TikTok Over Kids' Privacy Deal

    More than a dozen U.S. House Democrats are pushing the Federal Trade Commission to look into allegations that TikTok blatantly disregarded a deal with the agency that required it to bolster its privacy protections for children, joining a chorus of advocacy groups and other lawmakers who have raised questions about the popular video-sharing app's collection and use of personal data. 

  • May 28, 2020

    Apple, M. Night Shyamalan Beat Claims 'Servant' Was A Copy

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed a copyright lawsuit filed by a filmmaker over director M. Night Shyamalan's Apple TV+ series "Servant," saying the alleged similarities between the works "pale in comparison to the differences in the plot, themes, dialogue, mood, setting, pace, characters, and sequence of events."

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • Entertainment Cos. May Not Be Insured For Pandemics

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    With COVID-19 leading to the cancellation or postponement of film and television productions, concerts and sports events, entertainment companies must carefully review their insurance policies to determine whether their losses are covered, since contractual language varies widely, say Cassandra Franklin and Bruce Friedman at JAMS.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Avoiding M&A Deal-Breaking Disputes During A Downturn

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    As the COVID-19 pandemic complicates the valuation of companies involved in mergers and acquisitions, targets and acquirers alike should take several prudent preclosing steps to mitigate the risk of deal-breaking disputes and subsequent litigation, say Ann Gittleman and Jenna O'Brien at Duff & Phelps.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Construe Computer Fraud Law Narrowly

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    In U.S. v. Van Buren, the U.S. Supreme Court should follow burglary and trespass cases to limit the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s scope to accessing or misusing employer data and avoid the absurd result of criminalizing an employee's unauthorized Facebook visit, say Anthony Volini and Karen Heart at DePaul University.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • Opinion

    Google's Fair Use Defense At High Court Is Disingenuous

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    Because strong copyright protection does not hinder interoperability, Google’s argument in its U.S. Supreme Court case against Oracle that all application programming interfaces are subject to fair use should not prevail, says James Skyles at Skyles Law Group.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Revisiting Proposed Solution To State Immunity From IP Suits

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Allen v. Cooper that states cannot be sued for copyright infringement invites reconsideration of former Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters' proposal to condition states' exercise of intellectual property rights on waiving sovereign immunity, says Sarah Fink at Wilson Elser.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

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