Media & Entertainment

  • January 15, 2021

    BlackBerry, Facebook Drop Patent Fight Over Messaging Tech

    BlackBerry and Facebook have agreed to end a patent dispute accusing each other of infringing numerous patents relating to messaging technology.

  • January 15, 2021

    NY, FTC Lead Charge To Expand Biometric Privacy Shields

    New York lawmakers and the Federal Trade Commission are the latest to step up pressure on companies to be upfront with consumers about the use of their biometric data, signaling that more laws and regulatory scrutiny are expected for the increasingly popular technology, attorneys say. 

  • January 15, 2021

    PTAB Axes Patent Involved In $4.3M Verdict Against Samsung

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated five claims of a Florida company's image editing patent at the heart of a $4.3 million jury verdict against Samsung, reversing an earlier decision that upheld the claims.

  • January 15, 2021

    FCC Inks $10M Fine For Racist Political Robocaller

    After sending out thousands of racist robocalls in an attempt to sway public opinion against Black and Jewish political candidates, an Idaho white supremacist is being hit with nearly $10 million in fines from the Federal Communications Commission.

  • January 15, 2021

    Trump White House Finalizes 5G Network Security Plan

    The White House announced Friday it has finalized a four-pronged strategy to help the U.S. roll out safe and effective 5G networks, including promoting "core security principles" in new wireless infrastructure and encouraging global allies to do the same.

  • January 15, 2021

    Outgoing DOJ Antitrust Chief's Greatest Hits

    The Justice Department's top antitrust enforcer, Makan Delrahim, has been sticking song references in the titles of his policy speeches throughout his tenure, most recently announcing a decision about music licensing groups in remarks titled "And the Beat Goes On." Here, Law360 takes a look at the songs Delrahim has cited ahead of his expected departure from the agency Tuesday.

  • January 15, 2021

    Texas Justices To Hear Photographer's Suit Against University

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a photographer's case alleging that the University of Houston unconstitutionally took his copyrighted image without permission, which a lower appellate court tossed.

  • January 15, 2021

    AV Techs Laid Off Due To COVID-19 Can't Get Union Vote

    Audiovisual technicians for an event services provider cannot vote to unionize because the company laid them off due to the coronavirus pandemic with no expectation of their returning anytime soon, a National Labor Relations Board official has ruled.

  • January 15, 2021

    Porn Co. Malibu Hit With Atty Fees After Failed Copyright Suit

    A federal judge is ordering porn studio Malibu Media to repay the legal bills of one of the thousands of internet users it has sued for copyright infringement, at one point wondering if the company leverages "ridicule and embarrassment" to win settlements.

  • January 15, 2021

    What To Expect In High Court's Media Ownership Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court will wade into a more than two-decade-old dispute over media ownership rules on Tuesday and at long last attempt to address the Federal Communications Commission's contrasting obligations to promote both competition and diversity among radio and TV station owners and to eliminate unnecessary constraints on who can hold broadcast properties.

  • January 15, 2021

    Amazon & Publishers Secretly Fixed E-Book Prices, Suit Says

    Amazon was hit Thursday with a proposed class action accusing the tech giant of putting a "stranglehold" on the e-book business by scheming with book publishers on price restraints that caused customers to overpay for digital books if they didn't shop on Amazon's website.

  • January 15, 2021

    ViacomCBS Sues Insurer Over Denial Of COVID-19 Coverage

    ViacomCBS filed suit in California federal court Thursday, alleging Great Divide Insurance Co. reneged on its coverage agreement by refusing to protect the media giant from losses when it was forced to delay or cancel production for its television shows and live events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • January 15, 2021

    Davis Polk, Latham Guide Game Maker Playtika's $1.9B IPO

    Mobile gaming company Playtika began trading on the Nasdaq Friday after pricing an upsized $1.9 billion initial public offering that was guided by Latham & Watkins LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • January 15, 2021

    11th Circ. Doubts Ousted Exec Controls Venezuelan Network

    An Eleventh Circuit panel appeared to lean Friday toward a Venezuelan court-appointed oversight board in a dispute over who controls the country's LaTele network in its long-running copyright fight with U.S.-based Spanish-language network Telemundo, but questioned arguments that it should not even hear the former company president's appeal.

  • January 15, 2021

    JLL Clinches $66M Deal For Miami Retail Center Sale

    Florida-based real estate firm Midtown Development has purchased a Miami retail center that also includes office space from a venture of three real estate firms for $65.5 million, according to a Friday announcement from sell-side broker Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • January 15, 2021

    Video Tech Co. Founder Charged In Pump-And-Dump Scheme

    The founder of a Silicon Valley video streaming service and an investment manager have been indicted for allegedly orchestrating a pump-and-dump stock fraud scheme, Illinois federal prosecutors announced Friday.

  • January 15, 2021

    9th Circ. Revives Activist Poet's ICE Retaliation Suit

    The Ninth Circuit suggested on Thursday that immigration officials likely unlawfully retaliated against an activist poet by placing him in immigration detention after he spoke at a rally, ordering a lower court to reevaluate his claims.

  • January 15, 2021

    Brand Battles: Circle K Says Pot Co.'s 'K' TM Is Not OK

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, convenience store giant Circle K is fighting to block a cannabis company's application to register "K" for hemp-focused marketing services — plus three other cases you need to know.

  • January 15, 2021

    Bolton Can Seek Discovery In Clash Over Tell-All Memoir

    A D.C. federal judge handed John Bolton a victory in a bitter clash over his tell-all White House memoir, ruling that the former national security adviser-turned-critic is entitled to probe whether President Donald Trump or senior government officials acted in bad faith to delay or block publication.

  • January 15, 2021

    DOJ Won't Scrap Long-Standing Music Licensing Orders

    The U.S. Department of Justice will leave in place a pair of court orders that have governed music licensing groups BMI and ASCAP for nearly 80 years, saying Friday that there isn't enough consensus to change or kill them right now.

  • January 15, 2021

    EU Regulators Reject Appeal On TV Script Complaint Ruling

    Europe's top regulators have dismissed an appeal for the third time in a case brought by an individual who has accused the bloc's banking watchdog of failing to stop intellectual property violations linked to a television script he wanted to sell to streaming giant Netflix.

  • January 14, 2021

    Cyberpunk 2077 Maker Hit With Investor Suit Over Game Flop

    The Polish company behind the highly anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077 knew the bug-ridden game was "virtually unplayable" on Xbox and PlayStation systems but misled investors as to its technical viability and pressed on with its release, actions that tanked the company's stock value, shareholders said Thursday.

  • January 14, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Parent Giannulli Seeks COVID-19 Home Release

    Clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli asked a Massachusetts federal court to release him from his 5-month "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal prison term into home confinement, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and his 56 days confined in solitary quarantine while behind bars.

  • January 14, 2021

    Yoko Ono To Settle Suit Against Lennon's Ex-Assistant

    Yoko Ono Lennon told a New York federal court Thursday that she's reached a deal to end her suit alleging the former assistant of her late husband and Beatles frontman John Lennon violated a 2003 court order in which he promised to stop publishing and speaking publicly about Lennon or Ono.

  • January 14, 2021

    $110M Fees Probed In $650M Facebook Biometric Privacy Deal

    A California federal judge on Thursday questioned a $110 million fee bid by attorneys representing Illinois Facebook users in a "groundbreaking" $650 million proposed settlement of claims that the social media giant's facial recognition technology violated their biometric privacy rights, suggesting that a fraction of that might be more appropriate.

Expert Analysis

  • Ill. Case Sheds Light On Cross-State Anti-SLAPP Conflicts

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    An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision in Basile v. Prometheus Global Media calls attention to the unique jurisdictional challenges that arise when opposing parties invoke anti-SLAPP statutes from different states in the course of litigation, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.

  • DC Circ. Lobbyist Ruling May Lead To 1st Amendment Clarity

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    The D.C. Circuit’s recent opinion in Akhmetshin v. Browder, leaving the government contacts exception's application to foreign lobbyists unsettled, may compel courts to clarify the availability of First Amendment defamation defenses to foreign companies involved in lobbying, says Joe Meadows at Bean Kinney.

  • 4 Legal Industry Trends Litigation Financiers Are Watching

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    Some recent litigation developments demonstrate efforts by law firms and their clients to search for opportunities in the COVID-19 economic fallout, while others — such as the rise of contingency fee arrangements — reflect acceleration of tendencies that were already underway, says William Weisman at Therium Capital.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Setting Well-Being Goals In 2021

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    In the face of rising client demands due to the pandemic and the changing regulatory environment, and with remote work continuing for the foreseeable future, lawyers should invest in their well-being by establishing inspiring yet realistic goals for 2021 — one month at a time, says Krista Larson at Morgan Lewis.

  • 4 Rulings That Will Shape Clickwrap Litigation In 2021

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    Clickwrap litigation is expected to increase this year, following several 2020 judgments that show the courts' growing sophistication on assessing online user agreements and a continued surge in user growth fueled by COVID-19, says Brian Powers of PactSafe.

  • Federal Practice Takeaways From Spike Lee, Prince IP Ruling

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    The Second Circuit's recent ruling in Brandon v. NPG Records, barring copyright infringement claims already litigated in a Florida federal court in favor of Spike Lee and Prince’s estate, offers lessons on supplementary copyright registration and significant federal procedural issues, say Matthew Nelles and Adriana Kostencki at Nelles Kostencki.

  • Keyword Searches To Improve Your Privilege Doc Review

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    "Confidential" and other search terms commonly used to locate privileged documents during e-discovery are pretty ineffective, so practitioners should consider including specific types of keywords that are demonstrably better at targeting privilege, say Robert Keeling at Sidley and Rishi Chhatwal at AT&T.

  • 6 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2021

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    For the world of advertising, 2021 will bring new challenges and considerations shaped not only by the ongoing pandemic, but also by new legal developments regarding social media, cannabis and consumer privacy, say Jason Gordon and Casey Perrino at Reed Smith.

  • ABA Approves Remote Practice, But Questions Remain

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    Lawyers working remotely during the pandemic while physically outside the jurisdictions in which they are licensed will find some comfort in a recent American Bar Association opinion sanctioning such practice, but there is ambiguity regarding the contours of what's allowed, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Keys To Creating Standout Law Firm Thought Leadership

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    Whether geared toward a global audience or a particular client, a law firm's articles, blog posts and client alerts should strive to be original by harnessing a few editorial tools and following the right distribution sequence, say Steven Andersen and Tal Donahue at Infinite Global.

  • PPP Enforcement Issues To Watch In 2021

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    Derek Adams at Potomac Law, and Ellen London and Steven Deolus at Alto Litigation, examine the evolution of the Paycheck Protection Program, the impact of constant changes to eligibility and reporting rules, and enforcement developments to expect this year.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Power Of Discretion In Criminal Justice

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    Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.

  • 5 Attorney Business Development Tips For The New Year

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    Lawyers should remember that the basics of interpersonal relationships have not changed despite the completely virtual environment caused by the pandemic, and should leverage the new year as an excuse to connect with clients in several ways, say Megan Senese and Courtney Hudson at Pillsbury.

  • TCPA Future Uncertain After A Tumultuous 2020

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    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act saw important legal developments over the course of 2020, but the law's ultimate constitutionality and the future of consumer protection from unwanted calls will likely hinge on the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in Facebook v. Duguid, says Scott Shaffer at Olshan Frome.

  • 10 Ways Antitrust Scrutiny Is Heating Up In 2021

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    Companies must prepare to navigate a storm of antitrust forces on the horizon, with the potential for more aggressive antitrust enforcement under the Biden administration, including agency focus on acquisitions of nascent competitors, the life sciences industry and monetary remedies, say attorneys at Cooley.

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