Media & Entertainment

  • June 21, 2021

    7th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Trump Staffer's Defamation Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of claims that Perkins Coie LLP and the Democratic National Committee disseminated false information about a former Donald Trump campaign adviser, deeming the law firm "stateless" for purposes of federal court jurisdiction.

  • June 21, 2021

    Conn. Casino Owner Says Insurer Must Cover Pandemic Loss

    Another Connecticut casino resort has taken Factory Mutual Insurance Co. to state court, alleging that the insurer wrongfully refused to cover its millions of dollars in COVID-19-related losses when the policy specifically covers a communicable disease.

  • June 21, 2021

    11th Circ. Drops T.I. Lyrics, Sides With Rapper In Crypto Ruling

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday affirmed that an investor's proposed class action accusing rapper T.I. and his business partner of securities law violations over a cryptocurrency offering is untimely, refusing to accept the investor's argument that fraudulent concealment extended the statute of limitations.

  • June 21, 2021

    Endeavor Execs Quit Live Nation Board After DOJ Scrutiny

    Two top executives of entertainment giant Endeavor Group vacated their seats on Live Nation's board after the U.S. Department of Justice raised concerns that their dual roles violated the Clayton Act's ban on interlocking directorates, the DOJ said Monday.

  • June 21, 2021

    Netflix Says 'Varsity Blues' Defamation Suit Is Judge's To Toss

    Netflix told a Massachusetts federal judge Monday that a jurisdictional issue should not stop him from hearing and dismissing a defamation suit by a parent whose role in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case was noted in a documentary on the streaming service.

  • June 21, 2021

    Congress Eyes Clampdown On 'Stingray' Phone Surveillance

    Law enforcement agencies would be required to obtain a warrant in most cases to use cell site simulator devices, commonly known as "stingrays," to track people's mobile devices, under a newly introduced bill in the U.S. Senate.

  • June 21, 2021

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Policy requests slowed slightly at the Federal Communications Commission during the month of May as lobbyists offered input on how a COVID-19 relief program for student connectivity should shape up and weighed in on the agency's broadband mapping efforts.

  • June 21, 2021

    Maine Lawmakers OK Tribal Gaming Rights In Surprise Move

    The Wabenaki Tribes achieved a first win in their campaign to loosen restrictions on tribal sovereignty in Maine by overhauling the state's Indian Claims Settlement Act, as the legislature broke with past resistance and voted last week to approve tribal gaming rights.

  • June 21, 2021

    High Court Won't Hear Video Game Likeness Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive a lawsuit that claimed Microsoft Corp. and Epic Games copied the likeness of a professional wrestler to create a fictional character in the video game Gears of War.

  • June 21, 2021

    Pa. Panel Says DA Doesn't Have To Share Camera System Info

    The District Attorney's Office for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, doesn't have to reveal to reporters what kind of cameras it used in an internet-connected surveillance network around the county since that information could be exploited by hackers, a Commonwealth Court panel ruled Monday.

  • June 21, 2021

    Supreme Court Won't Tackle Dr. Seuss Copyright Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not hear a copyright case over a comic book "mashup" of Dr. Seuss and Star Trek, leaving in place a Ninth Circuit ruling that the book was not a legal fair use.

  • June 20, 2021

    5 Firms Steer Ackman-Led SPAC's $4B Deal For UMG Stake

    Billionaire investor William Ackman's special purpose acquisition company will buy a 10% stake in Universal Music Group for $4 billion, the companies said Sunday, in a novel deal crafted by five law firms that was unveiled shortly after the pair confirmed market rumors that negotiations were underway. 

  • June 18, 2021

    Conservative Activist's Suit Blames California For Twitter Ban

    An attorney and conservative influencer told a California federal court that the state and its officials pressured Twitter to ban him because he claimed the 2020 elections were rife with fraud, illegally stifling his political speech in the process.

  • June 18, 2021

    Texas Justices Say Copyright Violation Not A Taking

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said the University of Houston's unauthorized use of a photographer's image doesn't amount to a per se taking of his copyright.

  • June 18, 2021

    $110M Deal Reached In Suit Over $8.7B GCI Liberty Merger

    Former GCI Liberty Inc. directors have agreed to a $110 million settlement in Delaware to end stockholder class litigation over alleged maneuvers by its controllers and fiduciary duty breaches in GCI's stock-for-stock acquisition, valued at $8.7 billion, by Liberty Broadband Corp. last year.

  • June 18, 2021

    Satellite Group Says FCC Fee Structure Is Unfair

    A satellite operators' coalition has urged the Federal Communications Commission to revisit a rule that splits satellites orbiting at lower altitudes into two categories for purposes of regulatory fees, saying one group is overly broad and faces disproportionate burdens.

  • June 18, 2021

    FCC Commissioner Carr Wary Of NTIA's New Broadband Map

    As the Federal Communications Commission mulls how to fix its lackluster broadband maps, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has released its own digital map.

  • June 18, 2021

    Conservatives Split On Bipartisan House Antitrust Bills

    A coalition of conservative groups has come out swinging against major bipartisan antitrust proposals that could see key votes on Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee, calling them "a deceitful attempt by Democrat lawmakers to exploit legitimate conservative anger over Big Tech."

  • June 18, 2021

    Netflix Attys Face Sanctions Threat In 'Varsity Blues' Doc Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday ordered Netflix's lawyers at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP to explain why they shouldn't be sanctioned for failing to follow a prior court order in a defamation suit brought by one of the parents ensnared in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal.

  • June 18, 2021

    Louisiana AG Wants To Join Texas' Google Antitrust Suit

    Louisiana's attorney general has asked a Texas federal judge to let the Pelican State join an antitrust lawsuit from multiple states over Google's display advertising practices, saying it shares the same complaints against the online search giant.

  • June 18, 2021

    For FSF's Randy May, Free Market Advocacy Is A Life's Work

    Randolph May has seen a lot of changes in the media landscape, from his days of tuning in to Walter Cronkite's nightly broadcasts in his college fraternity house to parsing the finer points of Big Tech censorship disputes today.

  • June 18, 2021

    Girardi Keese Loaned $20M To Erika Girardi's Biz, Atty Says

    Reality television star Erika Girardi's companies may have received over $20 million in loans from her husband's law firm, Girardi Keese, along with improperly assigned fees from a client settlement, a bankruptcy trustee's special counsel claimed Friday in court documents.

  • June 18, 2021

    Colorado Adds Wrinkle To Emerging State Privacy Law Quilt

    Colorado is on the brink of becoming the third U.S. state to enact comprehensive consumer privacy legislation, a move that's set to throw a curveball at companies' compliance plans and give further ammunition to the push for a unified nationwide framework.

  • June 18, 2021

    Ex-Amazon Studios Atty Joins Davis Wright In LA

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has hired a former in-house attorney at Amazon Studios as a media and entertainment partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • June 17, 2021

    Tech Co. Wants Justices To Review Nintendo Patent Ruling

    Technology company iLife has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to undo a Federal Circuit ruling striking its $10 million patent verdict against Nintendo, arguing that the justices need to establish the appropriate standard for determining whether a patent claim is directed to a patent-ineligible concept.

Expert Analysis

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    Fix Section 230 To Hold Online Platforms Accountable

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    Congress should amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to clarify that online platforms, like other businesses, have a reasonable duty of care toward users, and to curtail the broad liability limitations that currently allow heinous content to flourish unchecked, says Neil Fried at DigitalFrontiers Advocacy.

  • Attorneys Beware: Zoom Depositions Are Likely Inadmissible

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    As legal proceedings have moved online in light of the pandemic, lawyers may mistakenly believe that recorded Zoom video depositions can be entered as evidence, but without certain safeguards, the testimony is unlikely to be accepted by courts, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Acknowledge ESG's Importance To Investors

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    In Goldman Sachs v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the U.S. Supreme Court should reject Goldman's argument that its commitments to act with integrity were immaterial, and recognize the increasing weight of environmental, social and governance issues in investors' decision making, say attorneys at Motley Rice.

  • Opinion

    NJ Fed. Court Should Ditch Litigation Funding Disclosure Plan

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    The District of New Jersey's wide-reaching proposal to require automatic disclosure of third-party litigation finance poses several problems for attorneys and litigants alike and should be nipped in the bud, say Sarah Williams and Marlon Becerra at Validity Finance.

  • Complying With New EU Data Transfer Contractual Obligations

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    The European Commission's new standard contractual clauses for transferring personal data outside the EU, which take effect June 27, place significantly more onerous obligations on companies, but there are several steps they can start implementing to comply, say William Long and Francesca Blythe at Sidley.

  • Law Firm Talent Must Reflect Shifting US Demographics

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    Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.

  • NY Consumer Data And Digital Ad Tax Bills Face Big Hurdles

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    Two recently proposed New York bills — one imposing a tax on the collection of consumer data and another taxing digital advertising services — have many administrative and constitutional issues to resolve before they can be considered practical and passed into law, say attorneys at Bilzin Sumberg.

  • Opinion

    Bright-Line Standards Are Bad News For Antitrust Reform

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    Bills introduced by both Democrats and Republicans that would change legal presumptions regarding merger law and create bright-line market share thresholds can result in arbitrary outcomes that both sides of the aisle should abhor, say Daniel Sokol at the University of Florida and Abraham Wickelgren at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • E-Filing Mistakes Could Jeopardize Third-Party Trade Secrets

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    As last month’s Epic v. Apple trial showed, errors made when e-filing discovery documents can expose the confidential information of third parties, but case law is not firmly established on whether these inadvertent disclosures may damage trade secret protections — a legal issue especially relevant in the video game industry, say Carolyn Martin and Robert Piper at Lutzker & Lutzker.

  • Opinion

    Judges Should Foster Diversity In MDL Leader Appointments

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    Through their powerful function as gatekeepers, judges should open the gate to minority practitioners when appointing leadership positions in widely influential multidistrict litigation and begin to correct the disparities that have long plagued the legal industry, say Majed Nachawati and Michael Gorwitz at Fears Nachawati.

  • 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.

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