Media & Entertainment

  • September 23, 2019

    Comedy Writer Testifies Billionaire Frequently Asked For Sex

    A comedy writer who worked for Alki David's media companies testified Monday that the billionaire choked her, slapped her butt, and frequently propositioned her for sex, kicking off the trial of the third sexual battery case against David to go before a California jury in six months.

  • September 23, 2019

    Kanye Inks Deal To End Suit Over 'Lopsided' EMI Contracts

    Rap mogul Kanye West and his longtime publisher, EMI, have tentatively agreed to a deal to resolve West’s claims that EMI locked him into a “lopsided” business arrangement barred by California labor code, West told a Golden State federal court Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Skeptical Jury Had To Hear 'Taurus' In 'Stairway' Case

    An attorney accusing Led Zeppelin of stealing the intro to “Stairway to Heaven” from an obscure song faced resistance from the Ninth Circuit on Monday to his argument that the jury should have heard the recorded version of the less-famous song during a trial.    

  • September 23, 2019

    $6M Deal OK'd In Shareholder Suit Over Iconix Accounting

    A New York federal judge greenlit a $6 million settlement between Iconix Brand Group Inc. and its investors Monday, resolving allegations that the fashion brand management company fudged its financial statements in order to hide its deteriorating performance.

  • September 23, 2019

    Garvey Schubert Says Judge Mistook Firm In Witness Row

    Garvey Schubert Barer has urged a D.C. federal judge to reconsider his decision to allow portions of testimony by an expert for a TV station that accuses the law firm and a former attorney of malpractice, saying the court may have misinterpreted the firm's arguments in its motion to strike the testimony.

  • September 23, 2019

    Twitter, Airbnb, Other Tech Cos. Back Bill To End Travel Ban

    Thirteen tech companies told Congress they support an immigration bill that would repeal President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, saying the order is harming the U.S. economy.

  • September 23, 2019

    FCC Urged To Release Broadband Funds Cautiously

    The Federal Communications Commission must proceed cautiously as it seeks to distribute funds dedicated to expanding rural broadband, first making sure that its broadband maps, which underpin such funding decisions, are accurate, several industry stakeholders told the commission.

  • September 23, 2019

    SEC Settles ICO Fraud Claims With 'Fantasy Market' Founder

    A tri-state area entrepreneur accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of running a fraudulent offering of digital tokens for an online peep show platform has reached a settlement agreement with the agency that comes with a $15,000 fine, according to Manhattan federal court filings on Friday.

  • September 23, 2019

    FCC's Spectrum Giveaway Will Be A Boon For Tribes, Pai Says

    The Federal Communications Commission has recently taken important steps toward making internet available on Native American lands, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday, touting an upcoming spectrum giveaway intended to help tribes get connected.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ad Watchdog Says Cox Attacks Against AT&T Are Misleading

    The National Advertising Division recommended that Cox Communications retool a pair of video ads the watchdog found misleadingly portray AT&T's rival broadband services as too slow to stream or download movies.

  • September 23, 2019

    PTAB Won't Reconsider Decision To Review Streaming Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board shot down MV3 Partners' request to reconsider its decision to review a patent covering a mobile set top box, saying it could find no clear error in its reasoning to institute inter partes review.

  • September 23, 2019

    NFL Hires Ex-21st Century Fox Atty As Deputy GC

    The National Football League announced Monday that it has brought in as deputy general counsel for media and league business affairs an attorney with more than 20 years' experience working at 21st Century Fox.

  • September 23, 2019

    Rising Star: Davis Polk's Brian Wolfe

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner Brian Wolfe pushed Comcast through its purchase of Sky PLC for £29.7 billion ($38.8 billion at the time), while helping it negotiate a particularly complex deal over Hulu’s future, earning him a spot as a Law360 Rising Star for media and entertainment.

  • September 23, 2019

    Publishers Fight Audible's Bid To Nix Suit Over Text Captions

    A group of major book publishers is urging a New York federal judge to reject a bid by Amazon’s Audible to toss a copyright suit over a planned speech-to-text feature, saying the audiobook giant’s arguments are based on a misunderstanding of copyright law.

  • September 23, 2019

    Insurer Must Defend Strip Club In Models' Image Use Suit

    AIX Specialty Insurance Co. must provide a defense for Miami-area strip club Porky's Cabaret in a lawsuit brought by 17 models who have alleged the club used their images to draw in crowds without their consent and without paying them, a Florida federal judge ruled Friday.

  • September 23, 2019

    AMC Must Face Trimmed Stock-Drop Suit Over Acquisitions

    AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. must face the majority of shareholders' proposed class claims that the company misled investors about a trio of major acquisitions ahead of its secondary public offering, a New York federal judge has ruled. 

  • September 23, 2019

    Bud Fights Limits On Coors Corn Syrup Ads At 7th Circ.

    Bud Light advertisements highlighting MillerCoors’ use of corn syrup in its beer feature the same statements the company has posted publicly for years, so they should not be forced to come down, Anheuser-Busch told the Seventh Circuit on Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    3rd Circ. Halts FCC's Plan To Deregulate Media Ownership

    The Third Circuit on Monday ordered the Federal Communications Commission to wholly redo and better justify any changes to its media ownership rules, making sure that they are not at the expense of women and minorities seeking to gain a foothold in the industry.

  • September 20, 2019

    London Calling: Wilson Hit With ‘Clash’ Tennis Racket TM Suit

    The owner of iconic British punk band The Clash's trademark filed a complaint in California federal court on Friday against Wilson Sporting Goods Co., accusing it of trademark infringement for its new line of "Clash" tennis rackets. 

  • September 20, 2019

    Longtime Charlie Rose Makeup Artist Sues For Harassment

    The former head of makeup for Charlie Rose has sued the embattled interviewer and his production company, claiming Rose subjected her to years of misogynistic and harassing behavior that was also directed at other female staff members.

  • September 20, 2019

    9th Circ. OK Of LinkedIn Data Scraping May Curb CFAA

    The Ninth Circuit has found that scraping information in bulk from public LinkedIn profiles likely does not breach the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, in a closely watched ruling that could rein in the reach of the oft-challenged anti-hacking law.

  • September 20, 2019

    Marketing By Vape Cos. 'Severely' Limited In LA Settlement

    Two e-cigarette companies would be banned from using actors and social media influencers under the age of 30 in their marketing and be "severely restricted" in other areas of their California advertising and promotional strategies under a lawsuit settlement announced Friday by the Los Angeles city attorney.

  • September 20, 2019

    Vimeo's Facial Scans Violate Ill. Biometric Law, User Says

    Vimeo Inc. is creating and storing “face templates” from videos and photos uploaded by users of an image-editing application without obtaining their consent, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois state court Friday.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ex-CIA Worker Can't Get Audio Declassified In Leaking Case

    A New York federal judge has determined that recordings of conversations between CIA agents and a former employee accused of spilling secrets to WikiLeaks can stay classified.

  • September 20, 2019

    HBO Must Face Workers' Claim $8M OT Deal Bred Retaliation

    HBO can't shake a claims it punished production assistants who participated in collective and class action suits alleging the company cheated workers out of overtime pay and breaks, a New York federal judge has ruled, saying she is skeptical the workers can ultimately make their case.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • Drafting Successful Anti-SLAPP Motions In California

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    California state appeals courts are split on the proper test to apply when analyzing a motion to resolve a strategic lawsuit against public participation, but movants may be able to influence the test a court will apply, say attorneys at Skadden.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • Proposed Cloud Tax Regs Foggy On Sourcing

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    The U.S. Treasury Department's recently proposed regulations regarding the classification of cloud and digital content transactions for international tax purposes are sorely overdue. However, some of the proposed sourcing rules have proven to be quite controversial, say Edward Tanenbaum and Stefanie Kavanagh of Alston & Bird.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • FTC Settlement Over COPPA Will Change YouTube's Biz Model

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    While the $170 million fine received most of the headlines, the recent settlement of the Federal Trade Commission and New York attorney general with Google and YouTube includes provisions that ultimately could expose content creators and channel owners to liability under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, says Allison Fitzpatrick of Davis & Gilbert.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • NY Tax Minutes: City Finances, Transparency, Tribunal Rulings

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    In their recap of New York's recent tax highlights, Timothy Noonan and Craig Reilly of Hodgson Russ discuss the New York City financial plan through 2023, the new industrial development agency transparency requirement and three notable Tax Appeals Tribunal decisions.

  • FCC Rural Health Developments Shift Focus To Functionality

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    The Federal Communications Commission's proposed plans to modernize and fund its rural health care programs represent a new approach prioritizing patients' nuanced needs, rather than focusing on the rurality of health care providers, says Danielle Frappier of Davis Wright.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • How Amendments Changed The Calif. Consumer Privacy Act

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    Friday was the final day to pass amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act, and the most notable changes for businesses are addition of limited exemptions for the personal information of employees and business-to-business contacts as well as changes to the definition of personal information, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • TM Rights Vs. Free Speech In Humvee Call Of Duty Case

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    The New York federal court case AM General v. Activision, involving use of the trademarked "Humvee" vehicle in a First-Amendment-protected video game, is set to have wide-ranging legal, creative and brand implications across a host of industries, says David Jacoby of Culhane Meadows.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.