Media & Entertainment

  • September 24, 2021

    WikiLeaks Suspect Can't Get CIA Servers Cloned For Trial

    A New York federal judge has denied Wikileaks suspect Joshua Adam Schulte's request for copies of two CIA servers ahead of his retrial on federal espionage charges.

  • September 24, 2021

    Jury Hears USC Coach Never Heard Of 'Varsity Blues' Recruit

    A former assistant coach for the University of Southern California's women's basketball team told a Boston jury Friday she never heard of a purported recruit who prosecutors say got into the school as part of the "Varsity Blues" admissions scheme.

  • September 24, 2021

    2nd Circ. OKs Vimeo's Removal of LGBTQ Conversion Videos

    The Second Circuit on Friday affirmed dismissal of Church United's claim that Vimeo discriminated by deleting its account over videos promoting gay conversion, saying the mere fact Vimeo didn't remove other videos with references to LGBTQ sexual orientation isn't enough to show discriminatory intent.

  • September 24, 2021

    Trump Fights Transfer Of Big Tech Censorship Suits To Calif.

    Former President Donald Trump is urging a Florida federal judge to dismiss requests by Twitter and YouTube to transfer his censorship suits against them to the Northern District of California, saying the forum selection clauses in their terms of service do not apply to governmental entities.

  • September 24, 2021

    NC Theaters, Chicago Eateries Lose COVID-19 Coverage Bids

    An Illinois federal judge has ruled that a North Carolina movie theater chain and a group of Chicago restaurants are not entitled to coverage for their pandemic losses, finding that the businesses did not show that they incurred a direct physical loss that would trigger coverage under their insurance policies.

  • September 24, 2021

    States Go First In Google Display Ads Case

    The Texas-led state attorneys general lawsuit against Google will go through briefing on dismissal motions while the rest of the massive consolidated case remains paused, a New York federal judge ruled Friday in an attempt to impose some order on litigation over the search giant's display advertising business.

  • September 24, 2021

    QVC Ducks Antitrust Claim In Suzanne Somers Diet Pill Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has nixed a claim alleging antitrust violations on the part of QVC Inc. as part of a broader lawsuit from actress and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers accusing the home shopping giant of scheming to freeze her out of the market for nutritional supplements.

  • September 24, 2021

    Marvel Battles To Keep 'Avengers' Characters' Copyrights

    Marvel launched an all-out counterattack Friday on an organized effort by representatives of former Marvel writers and artists to claw back copyrights on iconic characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man and Black Widow.

  • September 24, 2021

    Atty In Rolling Stones IP Row Warned Over Client's Threats

    A New York federal judge upbraided a Nixon Peabody attorney on Friday for trying to explain away his client's witness-intimidating letter in a Rolling Stones copyright dispute, raising the specter of sanctions if the lawyer didn't quickly dispel the "miasma of threats."

  • September 24, 2021

    Disney Beats Evel Knievel Brand Owner's 'Toy Story 4' TM Suit

    Stuntman character Duke Caboom in "Toy Story 4" is "reminiscent" of Evel Knievel but is neither a literal depiction nor a carbon copy minus a few details, a Nevada federal judge ruled Thursday in dismissing infringement claims against Disney launched by the famous daredevil's brand.

  • September 24, 2021

    Colleges Eye Appeal After Athletes OK'd To Pursue Wage Suit

    Five universities are seeking to immediately appeal a Pennsylvania federal judge's ruling that allowed a proposed class of student athletes to sue for minimum wage pay, arguing Thursday that other courts have clearly held that college players are not employees.  

  • September 24, 2021

    Sen. Presses FCC To Step Up Action Against Spam Texts

    Amid proliferating spam texts, Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Friday urged the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on unwanted messages as regulators try to beat back the deluge of unsolicited phone traffic plaguing consumers.

  • September 24, 2021

    John Stossel Says Facebook Defamed Him With Fact-Checks

    Facebook defamed veteran journalist John Stossel by flagging two of his video reports interviewing climate change experts as containing factual inaccuracies, even though none of the reported information was false, according to a federal lawsuit filed this week in California.

  • September 24, 2021

    MVP: Mayer Brown's A. John P. Mancini

    A. John P. Mancini of Mayer Brown LLP secured the reversal of hiked streaming royalty rates on behalf of Spotify and won a quick dismissal of a sprawling antitrust suit against the music streaming industry, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

  • September 24, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Kolter Homes, Savanna, DR Horton

    Kolter Homes is reportedly hoping to rezone 466 acres in Florida, Savanna is said to have leased out 20,175 square feet in New York, and D.R. Horton has reportedly paid $7.31 million for a Florida development site.

  • September 24, 2021

    Cousin Of Ticket Fraudster Avoids Prison For Role In Scam

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday sentenced a former compliance professional to a year of home confinement for using a sports and theater ticket resale business to funnel money away from its investors and toward his now-incarcerated cousin.

  • September 24, 2021

    Saxena White Can't Lead FIFA Suit After Robbins Geller DQ

    A New York federal judge who disqualified Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP from securities litigation related to the FIFA corruption scandal on Thursday rejected Saxena White PA's request to take over the case, chastising the firm for seeking continued advice from Robbins Geller.

  • September 24, 2021

    UK Celebs Bolster Privacy Claims Against Tabloid Publisher

    A London judge allowed several British celebrities on Friday to bolster their phone hacking claims against one of the U.K.'s biggest newspaper groups by providing published articles they say violated their privacy.

  • September 24, 2021

    Bill Tracker: Competing Antitrust Legislation In Congress

    A swell of populist frustration with the control that powerful corporations have over daily life and the economy, especially in the tech space, has spawned a deluge of legislation in Congress aimed at ramping up antitrust enforcement and encouraging competition to the dominant players.

  • September 24, 2021

    SEC Strikes $19M Bribery Settlement With Ad Giant WPP

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and WPP PLC struck a more than $19 million deal on Friday, resolving allegations that the advertising giant violated the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as it scooped up subsidiaries across the globe and repeatedly failed to act on red flags of corruption.

  • September 23, 2021

    Disney Wrong to Push Co. From Bill Nye Suit, Court Told

    A company claiming it's a profit participant in the TV show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" urged a California appeals court Thursday to overturn a ruling that it doesn't have standing to sue The Walt Disney Co. and Buena Vista Television LLC for a larger share of profits than it's already received.

  • September 23, 2021

    Fed. Circ. 'Trap' Strips Right To Jury Trial, High Court Told

    Federal Circuit precedent on claim construction has created a "well-recognized trap" that improperly lets the appeals court "usurp" the jury's role and must be discarded, a winch-maker that lost a $1.8 million infringement verdict under the rule has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 23, 2021

    Facebook Can't Keep Deleted Myanmar Posts From Gambia

    A D.C. magistrate judge has ordered Facebook to grant Gambia access to deleted posts by Myanmar officials who allegedly sought to enable genocide against the country's persecuted Rohingya minority, finding Facebook's concerns for user privacy to be unfounded and "rich with irony."

  • September 23, 2021

    Del. Justices Toughen Demand-Futility Test In Facebook Row

    Delaware's Supreme Court adopted a new more stringent demand-futility standard for derivative suits Thursday and upheld the dismissal of a Facebook investor's $95 million derivative suit that sought to recover litigation fees Facebook spent defending CEO Mark Zuckerberg's eventually abandoned stock reclassification plan.

  • September 23, 2021

    3rd Circ. Revives Philly News Anchor's IP Row With Facebook

    A split Third Circuit panel revived a Philadelphia-based TV journalist's intellectual property lawsuit over the unauthorized use of her photo on Facebook, ruling in a precedential decision that her Pennsylvania state-law claims are exempt from the broad immunity afforded to BigTech.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Attorney Ethics Considerations For Litigation Funding

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    The growth of the litigation finance industry has generated questions on the obligations of counsel when their clients are seeking outside capital to fund litigation, which litigators must understand when providing information to a third-party funder and discussing legal strategy with a client, says Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • How ABA Opinion Shifts Alternative Biz Structure Landscape

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion approving lawyers' passive investment in nonlawyer-owned firms eliminates a hurdle for law firms wishing to scale their practice through alternative business structures, but aspiring investors should follow a few best practices, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi at Harris Wiltshire.

  • UK Focus On Int'l Data Transfers Shows Appetite For Reform

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    Recent U.K. public consultations on international transfers of personal data and structural amendments to the country's General Data Protection Regulation illustrate the post-Brexit appetite for reform and signal changes to the international data transfers regime, say Kate Brimsted and Tom Evans at BCLP.

  • Vaccine Passport Efforts Need To Stay Mindful Of ADA Title III

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    As questions about vaccine passports' viability under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act prevail, companies should carefully explore whether requiring them of customers and patrons creates legitimate impediments to the full and equal access of public accommodations, say Charles Thompson and Anthony Guzman at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Texas Tax Talk: Alarming Redefinition Of Nontaxable Services

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    In a concerning trend following two rulings from the Texas Comptroller, taxpayers in a variety of industries are facing audits that attempt to reclassify traditionally nontaxable service agreements as taxable equipment rentals, thereby unexpectedly increasing businesses' sales tax exposure, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: HPE Counsel Talk Effective Board Oversight

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    Governance teams can more effectively shape board oversight of environmental, social and governance issues by ensuring organizationwide agreement on the most relevant issues, building a materiality framework that reflects stakeholder input, and monitoring the integration of ESG into operations, say Rishi Varma and Derek Windham at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

  • Bankruptcy Courts' Equitable Discretion May Be In Danger

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    The Eighth Circuit’s recent equitable discretion decision in VeroBlue sends a warning to practitioners and the bench that courts' overuse of this bankruptcy doctrine in dismissing post-plan confirmation appeals may result in elimination of the useful tool altogether, say Brian Shaw and Mark Radtke at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Leidos GC Talks Social Responsibility

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    Recent criticisms of corporate commitments to stakeholders such as employees and communities — implicitly opposing environmental, social and governance initiatives — are fundamentally flawed and display a serious misunderstanding of contemporary investor priorities and dynamics, says Jerald Howe at Leidos.

  • ERISA Ruling Reveals Big-Picture Health Benefit Issues

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    While a California federal court’s recent ruling in Asner v. SAG-AFTRA Health Fund concerned fiduciary duty claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a closer look at the details raises broad questions about retirees’ rights to lifetime health benefits and the staying power of employer-sponsored health care, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Sherman.

  • Brow-Raising TM Case Could Reshape Influencer Contracts

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    If the Petunia Products v. Rodan & Fields brow products dispute, currently pending in a California federal court, ultimately finds, for the first time, that social media influencers can be liable for promoting trademark-infringing products, it could bring changes in influencer agreement drafting and negotiation, says attorney Marie-Andrée Weiss.

  • Gaming IP Dispute Is Instructive For Cos. On PTAB Litigation

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    A closer look at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's denial of most of the 36 petitions game maker Supercell filed against Gree reveals that companies should promptly file challenges, provide specific analysis on the necessity of institution, and address all claim limitations, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Lessons In Crisis Lawyering 20 Years After 9/11

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    Dianne Phillips at Holland & Knight recounts her experiences as in-house counsel at a liquefied natural gas company in the tumultuous aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and details the lessons she learned about lawyering in a crisis, including the importance of careful forethought and having trusted advisers on speed dial.

  • What 9th Circ.'s Tinder Ruling Means For Class Settlements

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent opinion in Kim v. Allison, rejecting a precertification settlement of class claims that Tinder committed age discrimination, offers important insights for class action litigants and counsel on that court's shift toward increasingly stringent scrutiny of such settlements, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Online Video Game Cos. Must Prepare For China Data Law

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    China's new data regulation law, which goes into effect on Nov. 1, will pose complex compliance challenges particularly for online video game companies because of its extraterritorial application and rules on processing the personal information of minors, says Jacob Harding at Winston & Strawn.

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