Media & Entertainment

  • June 11, 2021

    Alice Ax Of TV Patent Defied Precedent, Full Fed. Circ. Told

    By reversing a lower court and declaring that a Samba TV content recommendation patent covers an abstract idea, the Federal Circuit flouted its own precedent limiting when patents can be invalidated under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision, Samba TV has told the full court.

  • June 11, 2021

    AT&T Pushes Back Against Parts Of Biden Broadband Plan

    Communications giant AT&T is pushing back on elements of the Biden administration's infrastructure proposals, particularly a plan to partner with local governments, asserting support for municipalities could become politicized and broadband affordability hasn't reached a crisis level.

  • June 11, 2021

    House Lawmakers Float Bipartisan Big Tech Bills

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a package of legislation in the U.S. House on Friday aimed at reining in large technology companies and restoring competition in digital markets, including a measure barring the tech giants from competing on their own platforms.

  • June 11, 2021

    Ex-Fugee, Fugitive Malaysian Hit With New 1MDB Charges

    Malaysian fugitive Jho Low and former Fugees rapper Prakazrel "Pras" Michel were charged for their alleged roles in the back-channel scheme to lobby then-President Donald Trump to drop an investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad embezzlement scandal, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • June 11, 2021

    Ackman's SPAC Strategy Pushes Deal Structure's Boundaries

    Hedge fund titan Bill Ackman's multilayered proposal to acquire a minority stake in music giant UMG through his special purpose acquisition company, while also enabling future acquisitions, seeks to rewrite the SPAC playbook through several complicated steps that could spur imitators.

  • June 11, 2021

    Ad Agency Urges 9th Circ. To Revive COVID-19 Coverage Bid

    A Nevada advertising agency asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive its bid for coverage of losses sustained because of government pandemic restrictions, saying the district court misinterpreted a key requirement for coverage in favor of a Chubb unit.

  • June 11, 2021

    NY's $15 Low-Income Internet Law Is Put On Hold

    A New York federal judge on Friday blocked the Empire State at least temporarily from enforcing a requirement for internet plans capped at $15 for qualifying low-income households, a plan that had triggered a legal challenge from across the telecom industry.

  • June 11, 2021

    Texas Justices Will Review IPic's Antitrust Suit Against AMC

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether circumstantial evidence of an alleged conspiracy between AMC and Regal Entertainment Group to crush an emerging boutique theater chain is enough to keep alive an antitrust lawsuit lodged against the industry giants.

  • June 11, 2021

    9th Circ. Pushes Back Against Journalists' AB 5 Challenge

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday seemed reluctant to accept an argument by a pair of freelance journalist organizations to revive a bid for an injunction over California's Assembly Bill 5, pushing back against the groups' claim during oral arguments that the worker classification law restricts speech.

  • June 11, 2021

    Former MPAA GC Reaches Plea Deal In Sex Abuse Case

    A former general counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America has reached a plea deal with prosecutors after he was charged two years ago with sexual abuse and blackmail for alleged threats to expose a woman he met on a dating site unless she had sex with him.

  • June 11, 2021

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

    The past week in London has seen Ukraine's bank deposit protection scheme sue a bank in Liechtenstein, streaming platform Twitch take aim at a viewing bot, and law firm Kennedys files for an injunction against Hiscox.

  • June 10, 2021

    Bank Shakes TCPA Row After Facebook Autodialer Ruling

    A South Carolina federal judge has tossed a lawsuit accusing USAA Federal Savings Bank of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by placing unwanted debt collection calls, finding that the dialing equipment the bank used didn't fit within the narrow autodialer definition recently laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute involving Facebook. 

  • June 10, 2021

    Judge Grants Partial Cert., Further Trims 'Empire' Filming Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday let four classes pursue narrowed claims over "modest disruptions" detainees say they experienced when Twentieth Century Fox filmed parts of the show "Empire" in a Cook County juvenile detention center.

  • June 10, 2021

    IP Forecast: Amazon To Face A Texas Jury Over Voice IP

    Amazon is set to be the next tech titan to appear in front of the busiest patent judge in the country as U.S. District Judge Alan Albright is scheduled to kick off a jury trial over claims Alexa infringes voice technology patents owned by an Israeli kitchen technology startup. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • June 10, 2021

    Ill. City Goes After Netflix, Hulu Over Franchise Fees

    East St. Louis, Illinois, became the latest city to accuse Hulu and Netflix of illegally providing video service in its city limits by failing to comply with a state law and register as a franchise and pay fees for use of public rights-of-way.

  • June 10, 2021

    Google Poised To Escape Kids' Data Collection Suit

    A California federal judge indicated during a hearing Thursday that parents accusing Google and other companies of illegally collecting children's personal information through YouTube for targeted advertisements have so far failed to show that the plaintiffs' state law privacy claims aren't preempted by the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

  • June 10, 2021

    'Weak' Bid To Move MLB All-Star Game Eviscerated By Judge

    An increasingly frustrated New York judge on Thursday called ball after ball as a conservative business group made its pitches for her to move Major League Baseball's All-Star Game back to Georgia, ultimately denying the request and prompting the league's attorney to tell the judge she made his case for him.

  • June 10, 2021

    CryptoPunk NFT Sells For Record $11.7M In Sotheby's Auction

    A non-fungible token of digital artwork called a "CryptoPunk" sold for $11.7 million at auction, a record price for a piece from the CryptoPunk collection, art house Sotheby's said Thursday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Ex-NHLer Fired For Podcast Joke Can't Sue For Discrimination

    An NHL-player-turned-NBC-analyst who was fired for making off-color comments about a female co-worker on a podcast cannot sue for sex discrimination simply because he's a man, a New York federal judge said Thursday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Not A Good Day For Ice Cube's Robinhood Suit, Judge Hints

    A California magistrate judge said Thursday that she's having a hard time seeing how Robinhood's use of Ice Cube's image and part of the chorus from the rapper's song "Check Yo Self" in a newsletter amounted to an implied endorsement of the financial product, saying she's leaning toward nixing Ice Cube's trademark infringement suit. 

  • June 10, 2021

    Biden Admin. Walks Foreign Investment Tightrope With TikTok

    The Biden administration hasn't yet said whether TikTok's Chinese owner will need to sell the video-sharing platform's U.S. operations, but the move to rework Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban the app hints at an effort to strike a balance between an open investment environment and the protection of sensitive personal data.

  • June 10, 2021

    COVID-19 Fueled $2.9B Class Action Spending Record

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused spending on class action litigation to rise to $2.9 billion in 2020 from $2.64 billion in 2019, marking the sixth consecutive year such spending has increased, according to a new corporate survey by Carlton Fields.

  • June 10, 2021

    Metallica Rocks Underwriters With Tour Postponement Suit

    Metallica slammed London underwriters with a coverage suit filed in California state court, saying the hard rock band was forced to postpone various South American shows during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 10, 2021

    Kanye West Faces Sanctions Bid Over 'Profanity-Laced' Depo

    A company accusing Kanye West of stealing its technology for his "Sunday Service" video and platform is urging a California federal judge to punish the artist for "thumbing his nose" at the court's authority and skipping out early on a "profanity-laced" deposition.

  • June 10, 2021

    Feds Fight To Corral 'Varsity Blues' Trio In Boston Trial

    A bid by three parents charged in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case to move their trial from Boston to Los Angeles is nothing more than "thinly disguised, late-stage forum shopping," prosecutors said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • 3 Approaches For Measuring Short Squeeze Trading Damages

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    In the ongoing multidistrict securities litigation over the impact of trading restrictions Robinhood imposed in response to January’s meme stock short squeeze, three proposed damages frameworks offer alternatives to the problematic approach of basing such estimates on lost trading opportunities, say consultants at Analytic Focus.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • Collaborative Contracting Can Help Combat Bias In AI

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    To mitigate bias in artificial intelligence technology amid pending EU and U.S. regulations, contracting companies should consider each party's role in controlling for bias, rather than applying binary liability allocations, say Boris Segalis and Joshua Fattal at Goodwin and independent attorney Neal Dittersdorf.

  • Snapchat Case May Offer Opening For Design Defect Plaintiffs

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in Lemmon v. Snap aligns with prior Communications Decency Act cases establishing internet platforms' immunity for third-party content, but may help plaintiffs who can show how a platform's design affected users negatively, say James Rotondo and Andrew Ammirati at Day Pitney.

  • TM Litigation Lessons From Nike-Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes' Fight

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    Though recently settled, Nike's curious trademark infringement dispute with the New York design studio behind rapper Lil Nas X's controversial "Satan Shoes" suggests that brand owners should draft complaints promptly, even if imperfectly, and evaluate first-sale doctrine exceptions, says James Major at Stradley Ronon.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

  • 5 Current Ad And Marketing Legal Risks To Watch Out For

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    As companies respond to changing circumstances including the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social justice struggles, they should be aware of advertising, marketing and promotion practices that may increase scrutiny from regulators, competitors and class action plaintiffs, say Amanda Beane and Jason Howell at Perkins Coie.

  • Firms Should Use Surveys To Make Smart Legal Tech Choices

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    The utility of legal technology innovations may be limited without clear data and objectives from the outset, but targeted surveys can provide specific insights that enable law firms to adopt the most appropriate and efficient tech solutions, says Tim Scott at Frogslayer.

  • Don't Forget Due Diligence In Race For Lateral Associate Hires

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    Amid high demand for associates and aggressive competition to attract talent, law firms should take three key steps to conduct meaningful prehire due diligence and safeguard against lateral hiring mistakes that can hurt their revenue and reputation, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • Addressing Environmental Justice As Part Of ESG Initiatives

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    Recent calls for racial equity and government regulators' increasing focus on social and environmental concerns make this a good time for companies to integrate environmental justice into their environmental, social and governance efforts, say Stacey Halliday and Julius Redd at Beveridge & Diamond, and Jesse Glickstein at Hewlett Packard.

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