Media & Entertainment

  • April 03, 2020

    Studios Take On 'Brazen' Streaming Service In Piracy Suit

    A coalition of entertainment goliaths including Disney, Amazon, Columbia and Universal teamed up in an anti-piracy suit filed Friday in California federal court, alleging a "brazen" internet-based streaming service called Nitro TV is stealing their copyrighted content.

  • April 03, 2020

    US Warns 'Gateway Providers' To Halt COVID-19 Phone Scams

    Three companies that usher calls into the United States are officially on notice: If they don’t start blocking coronavirus scams immediately, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission will give the go-ahead to block all their phone traffic.

  • April 03, 2020

    5th Circ. Backs Block On West Texas Tribe's Bingo

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court decision blocking the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo from offering bingo, saying the arguments the Texas tribe raised against state regulation had already been rejected in earlier litigation.

  • April 03, 2020

    StubHub Sued For Refunds For Coronavirus-Canceled Events

    Online ticket reselling giant StubHub Inc. was hit with a class action in Wisconsin federal court alleging it is reneging on its guarantee to provide cash refunds as many are seeking to get their money back for the thousands of events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 03, 2020

    Injured Cheerleader's $2.6M Trial Win Scrapped On Appeal

    A California state appeals court has ordered a new trial on whether a production company is liable for a former college cheerleader's injury during rehearsal for a film about the exploitation of women in cheerleading, tossing the cheerleader's $2.6 million trial win because the jury wasn’t given a crucial instruction.

  • April 03, 2020

    Tinder Accuses Bumble Of 'Exploiting' COVID-19 In IP Fight

    Lawyers for the dating app Tinder are accusing attorneys for rival Bumble of "exploiting the country's COVID-19 crisis" to delay an already-contentious intellectual property lawsuit.

  • April 03, 2020

    Zoom's Sudden Rise Presents Test For New Calif. Privacy Law

    The privacy backlash that has accompanied Zoom's meteoric rise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked challenges that are poised to test the strength of California's new privacy law and fuel calls for other states to embrace robust data safeguards.

  • April 03, 2020

    AMC Can't Deduct Film-Showing Costs, Texas Justices Say

    Movie theater chain AMC cannot subtract costs of showing films from its state franchise tax liabilities over two tax years because exhibiting the films didn’t constitute sales of tangible personal property, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.

  • April 03, 2020

    Surveillance Co. Says Facebook Wanted To Use Its Spy Tools

    Controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group is claiming Facebook tried to monitor some of its own users by buying the same software the social media giant accuses NSO of later using to hack into WhatsApp users' phones, the latest twist in what has become an ugly legal battle.

  • April 03, 2020

    Lawmakers Urge FCC To Enforce Law Barring Hidden Fees

    Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., sent a letter Thursday urging the Federal Communications Commission to "vigorously enforce" an upcoming law that prohibits cable and satellite TV providers from hiding fees from consumers.

  • April 03, 2020

    Social Media Giants Must Face Free Speech Suit, DC Circ. Told

    The D.C. Circuit must give new life to a $1.5 billion suit accusing Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple of illegally suppressing conservative voices in light of high court precedent that recognizes social media access as a First Amendment issue, the court was told this week.

  • April 03, 2020

    SEC Accuses Entertainment Tech Co. Of $45M Offering Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a complaint in California federal court claiming a Beverly Hills-based entertainment technology company deceived its backers to secure $45 million in a nearly decadelong unregistered securities offering.

  • April 03, 2020

    Taxation With Representation: Sidley, Kirkland, Gibson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Palo Alto Networks buys network services provider CloudGenix for $420 million, Ares inks a $384 million deal with Japanese financial institution SMBC, and News Corp sells a marketing business for $235 million.

  • April 03, 2020

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

    The past week in London has seen Hilton lodge competition claims against Visa and Mastercard, a hedge fund slap a family-run investment company with a trademark case, and two oil explorers working in Africa square off in court. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 03, 2020

    COVID-19 Forces VIP Cinema To Shut Down, Scrap Ch. 11 Plan

    Citing the coronavirus' impact on the movie theater industry, luxury seating manufacturer VIP Cinema Holdings Inc. told a Delaware judge Friday that it has ceased operations and vacated its Chapter 11 restructuring plan as it monetizes assets to be distributed to creditors.

  • April 02, 2020

    Fla. Court Ends Suit Blaming Social Media For Pulse Shooting

    Survivors and relatives of victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre failed to convince a Florida federal judge Thursday to allow them to file a fifth version of their lawsuit seeking to hold Twitter, Google and Facebook liable for allowing the Islamic State to post materials that allegedly inspired the shooter.

  • April 02, 2020

    Weinstein Suit's Bankruptcy Link Ties It To SDNY, Court Told

    Harvey Weinstein's younger brother Bob argued Wednesday that a former Polish model's suit alleging she was sexually assaulted by the convicted Hollywood mogul at age 16 should remain in New York federal court.

  • April 02, 2020

    You Watched 'Tiger King.' Now Read All The Legal Docs

    Netflix’s smash-hit documentary series “Tiger King” might be a story about “Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” but you could also probably add “Litigation” to the list. If you’ve watched the series, now it’s time to read all the original court filings.

  • April 02, 2020

    Nintendo Hit With Game Controller Patent Suit At ITC

    A California technology company has accused Nintendo Co. Ltd.’s popular Switch handheld video game system of infringing a game controller patent it owns, asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar Nintendo from importing the device to the U.S.

  • April 02, 2020

    Spotify Can't Shake Or Move Eminem Copyright Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge said Thursday all litigation “has to be based somewhere” as she shot down arguments by the music streaming service Spotify that the court doesn’t have jurisdiction over a copyright infringement case brought by rapper Eminem’s publishing companies.

  • April 02, 2020

    Despite Rising Web Traffic, FCC Says Carriers Keeping Up

    U.S. carriers are keeping pace with the 10% to 35% traffic increases on internet networks as Americans work, learn and are entertained exclusively at home during the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai said Thursday.

  • April 02, 2020

    Dems Press FCC Head To Debunk Trump's Broadcast Threats

    A week after Trump's campaign told TV stations their broadcast licenses were at risk by airing an ad critical of the president, a pair of Democratic lawmakers have called on the Republican head of the Federal Communications Commission to assure broadcasters that their licenses are safe.

  • April 02, 2020

    Cinema Owner Says Mexican Co. Used COVID-19 To Slip Sale

    A Mexican cinema company can't use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to back out of a deal to acquire a Houston dine-in movie theater chain, the Houston company's owner told a Texas federal court in a new lawsuit Thursday.

  • April 02, 2020

    FCC Says Gov'ts Can Send COVID-19 Stay Home Reminders

    Be on the lookout for stay-at-home text reminders — they may be coming if local and state governments take advantage of the Federal Communications Commission's notice that emergency alerts may be used to share "life-saving information" during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 02, 2020

    Mobile Ad Firm Settles Chancery Suit Over $34M Merger

    Wireless advertising firm Mobile Posse Inc. has reached a proposed settlement to end a shareholder suit filed in Delaware Chancery Court accusing it of failing to properly notify stockholders about a $34 million merger with another company in 2018, according to court filings late Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • False Ad Considerations In The Time Of COVID-19

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    Companies in the travel, entertainment and hospitality sectors, among others, can and should address coronavirus concerns in their marketing, but they need to ensure they are not making representations they cannot support, say Mike Rounds and Alissa Gardenswartz at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Shaming Of Attys Is Troubling Even During Pandemic

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    Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.

  • 2nd Circ. Dismissal Affirms The Limits Of Civil RICO Claims

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    The Second Circuit's recent decision in Halvorssen v. Simpson makes clear that, while courts have permitted the use of civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suits in disputes involving legitimate businesses rather than crime syndicates, there are real limits to these claims, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Don't Be Social Media Distancing: LinkedIn Tips For Lawyers

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    While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.

  • Led Zeppelin Ruling Is Already Affecting Copyright Litigation

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    The first two decisions applying the Ninth Circuit’s Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin decision indicate that the recent trajectory of music copyright infringement law appears to be changing in favor of defendants, limiting what courts find protectable and what they permit a jury to consider, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • How COVID-19 Will Affect DOJ’s White Collar Enforcement

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    To help address fraudulent conduct amid a slowing of the U.S. Department of Justice's prosecution and enforcement efforts, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act grants the DOJ some emergency powers, subject to important limitations related to defendants' constitutional rights and public access to hearings, says James Petkun at Klehr Harrison.

  • Festival Case May Be Preview Of COVID-19 Consumer Suits

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    A class action recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging a music festival's refund policy after a COVID-19-prompted cancellation may indicate the direction that the plaintiffs bar will pursue in pandemic-related consumer litigation, say attorneys at Bryan Cave.

  • Remote Depositions: Coming To A Home Office Near You

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    Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.

  • Ways Lawyers Can Support The Most Vulnerable Right Now

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    In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.

  • Opinion

    Congress Must Bolster Bias Remedies After Comcast Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Comcast v. National Association of African American-Owned Media ruling still allows plaintiffs to fight summary judgment in discrimination cases, but Congress must step in to ensure their ability to win relief at trial, says Michael Lieder at Mehri & Skalet.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • COVID-19 Claims Reach Entire Insurance Coverage Spectrum

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    COVID-19's impact on public health and business is triggering a barrage of insurance claims across virtually all traditional coverage areas, with each type of policy featuring unique weaknesses, says LexisNexis insurance consultant Karen Yotis.

  • Opinion

    COVID-19 Stimulus Not Enough To Revitalize Alcohol Industry

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    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act signed into law last week will provide much-needed funds to struggling on-premise alcohol retailers, but without flexibility in alcohol trade practice regulations, relief for the industry will be limited, says Marbet Lewis at Spiritus Law.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • Tokyo Olympics Move May Spark Wave Of Contract Litigation

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    The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 will likely lead to numerous contract claims from and against advertisers, sponsors, travelers, entertainers, service and technology providers, and other entities, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

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