Media & Entertainment

  • February 29, 2024

    OpenAI Granted Injunction Against 'Open AI' TM Owner

    OpenAI has won a preliminary injunction against a man who has been preventing the ChatGPT maker from registering its name as a trademark, with a California judge finding it's likely to succeed on the merits of its trademark infringement claim over the man's "Open AI" mark.

  • February 29, 2024

    Don't Trust Trump, Carroll Says, Fighting Pause Of $83M Win

    Writer E. Jean Carroll urged a New York federal judge on Thursday to reject Donald Trump's effort to pause enforcement of an $83.3 million award in her defamation suit, saying the former president is asking the court to trust that the "least trustworthy of borrowers" is good for the money.

  • February 29, 2024

    Ousted Talent Agency CEO Sues Over 'Bogus' Firing

    Talent agency Verve's former CEO William Weinstein sued his fellow co-founders in California state court Thursday, alleging they fired him in bad faith for the "bogus" cause to cut him out of his equity shares and leaked his termination to the press in violation of the confidentiality provisions of their operating agreement.

  • February 29, 2024

    Chancery Preserves Class Suit Over Microsoft-Activision Deal

    An Activision Blizzard shareholder that sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery over the company's $68.7 billion sale to Microsoft Corp. got the nod Thursday to move forward with the proposed class action that alleges the merger process may have violated Delaware law.

  • February 29, 2024

    SF City Atty Seeks To Exit US News 'Best Hospitals' Probe Suit

    San Francisco's city attorney has asked a California federal court to toss U.S. News & World Report's suit claiming that his office issued "flatly unconstitutional" subpoenas into the publisher's ranking methodology for its "Best Hospitals" list, arguing that the suit fails to state an injury.

  • February 29, 2024

    FCC Chair Takes On Connected-Car Risk In Domestic Abuse

    The Federal Communications Commission's chief wants to study how the agency can protect domestic abuse victims from harassment through the use of connected vehicle technology.

  • February 29, 2024

    Sofia Vergara, Contractor Near Arbitrating Most Of $1.7M Suit

    Attorneys for Sofia Vergara and a construction company told a Los Angeles judge on Thursday that they have agreed to arbitrate all but one of the company's claims that the actress and her partner owe $1.7 million for property renovations at a $26 million California mansion.

  • February 29, 2024

    11th Circ. Backs Film Producer's Crypto Scam Sentence

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Thursday confirmed a nearly six-year prison sentence for an Atlanta-area film producer who admitted to running a short-lived cryptocurrency fraud, ruling his move for a lesser sentence was not justified based on the scheme's sophistication and his failure to take responsibility for the crimes.

  • February 29, 2024

    Millions May Lose Internet Access Without Subsidy, FCC Says

    Millions of users will struggle to pay for internet access without the Affordable Connectivity Program's subsidy, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday, pushing back against Republican claims that ACP customers will be fine if the program's funding lapses.

  • February 29, 2024

    Epic, Google Are At App Store Antitrust Remedies 'Impasse'

    Epic Games Inc. and Google LLC told a California federal judge on Wednesday that they are at an impasse over the potential changes Google will have to make following the Fortnite game developer's jury trial win on antitrust claims related to Google Play Store and Android apps.

  • February 29, 2024

    Baldwin Played Part In 'Unsafe' Film Set, 'Rust' Jury Hears

    A New Mexico state jury in the involuntary manslaughter trial of "Rust" film armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed saw behind-the-scenes footage Thursday depicting what an expert witness for the prosecution described as "unsafe" gun handling on set, as well as "nerve-wracking" behavior from actor Alec Baldwin.

  • February 29, 2024

    Trump's Truth Social Merger Deal Lands In Del. Chancery

    Plans to take former President Donald Trump's social media platform Truth Social public came under fire in two Delaware Chancery Court lawsuits Wednesday, with investors on both sides of the deal alleging that the long-delayed merger would cheat them out of their shares.

  • February 29, 2024

    Canada's Competition Watchdog Deepens Google Ad Probe

    Canada's competition enforcer said Thursday the agency has expanded an investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance over technology used to place ads on third-party websites and apps, adding to mounting global pressure on the tech giant's ad business.

  • February 29, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Springer Nature, Warner Bros., ExxonMobil

    Springer Nature's IPO could be valued at $9.7 billion, Warner Bros. has pulled back on Paramount negotiations, and ExxonMobil could fetch $1 billion for Argentinean assets. Here, Law360 breaks down the notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • February 29, 2024

    NJ Towns Can't Sue Netflix, Hulu For Fees, 3rd Circ. Says

    Two New Jersey municipalities cannot sue Netflix and Hulu for franchise fees under the state's Cable Television Act, the Third Circuit held Thursday in a precedential opinion, saying the state statute reserves enforcement of the law to the state Board of Public Utilities.

  • February 29, 2024

    IGT Units Merging With Everi To Create $6.2B Gaming Co.

    International Game Technology said Thursday it has agreed to spin off its Global Gaming and PlayDigital businesses and merge them with gaming machine maker Everi Holdings, a deal that will create a global gaming and fintech valued at $6.2 billion, including debt.

  • February 29, 2024

    Meta Hit With GDPR Complaints By EU Consumer Groups

    Meta has been accused of "massive illegal data processing" by eight European consumer groups, which alleged on Thursday that the tech giant's "consent or pay" choice for customers is a cover-up for obtaining sensitive personal information.

  • February 28, 2024

    FTC Not Backing Down In Kids' Privacy Arena, Chair Says

    The Federal Trade Commission is focused on using all its tools to crack down on social media platforms that are "manipulating" users' data and harming children, including by continuing to take aggressive enforcement action and exploring the possibility of crafting new regulations to curb online "commercial surveillance" practices, the agency's chair said Wednesday. 

  • February 28, 2024

    Millionaire Dating Site's Arb. Bid Goes Broke In BIPA Suit

    A dating service for millionaires cannot force one of its users to arbitrate proposed class claims that the company unlawfully collects and stores biometric templates of users' faces, a California federal judge ruled, saying the company hasn't shown the user assented to its service agreement that included an arbitration provision.

  • February 28, 2024

    Sioux Phone Authority Keeps Calling For FCC Telecom Status

    The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority has once again asked the Federal Communications Commission to recognize it as an "eligible telecommunications carrier," saying several tribal groups, as well as the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, support its bid for agency recognition.

  • February 28, 2024

    Musk, Ex-Twitter Staff Fail To Reach Deal In Severance Dispute

    Settlement talks between X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, and a group of former employees have fallen apart, the parties told a Delaware federal judge on Wednesday, asking the judge to lift a stay in their dispute over severance compensation.

  • February 28, 2024

    FCC 'Amnesty' Sought For Rural Broadband Grant Defaults

    Broadband experts got together Wednesday to urge the Federal Communications Commission to offer "amnesty" for defaulting on FCC-funded rural network development projects, so that unserved areas can still receive similar grants being distributed by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • February 28, 2024

    Carriers Seek More Time For SIM Card Anti-Fraud Measures

    A telecom carriers' group agreed with wireless companies who say the Federal Communications Commission needs to set aside more time for providers to comply with new rules to fight SIM card swapping fraud.

  • February 28, 2024

    Intercept, Others Hit OpenAI, Microsoft With Copyright Suits

    The Intercept and two other news publications filed nearly identical complaints against OpenAI and Microsoft Wednesday, accusing them of removing author and copyright information from material used to train ChatGPT.

  • February 28, 2024

    No Direct Evidence Ties 'Rust' Armorer To Live Ammo, Jury Told

    A New Mexico detective testified Wednesday in the involuntary manslaughter trial of "Rust" film armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed that investigators were unable to definitively show who brought live ammunition onto the movie's set before the fatal shooting of a cinematographer.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    9th Circ. Should Overturn The Miles Davis Tattoo Ruling

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    A California district court made several missteps that led to a finding that celebrity artist Kat Von D's Miles Davis tattoo did not infringe copyright, and the Ninth Circuit should overturn the decision because recent U.S. Supreme Court guidance was ignored and the jury did not receive adequate instruction, says Brian Moriarty at Hamilton Brook.

  • Is Compulsory Copyright Licensing Needed For AI Tech?

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    The U.S. Copyright Office's inquiry into whether Congress should establish a compulsory licensing regime for artificial intelligence technologies that are trained on copyrighted works has received relatively little attention — but commenters recently opposed the regime under three key themes, say Michael Kientzle and Ryan White at Arnold & Porter.

  • EDNY Ruling Charts 99 Problems In Rap Lyric Admissibility

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    A New York federal court’s recent ruling in U.S. v. Jordan powerfully captures courts’ increasing skepticism about the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials, particularly at a time when artists face economic incentives to embrace fictional, hyperbolic narratives, say attorneys at Sher Tremonte.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • The Latest Antitrust Areas For In-House Counsel To Watch

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    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission's increasingly aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement means in-house counsel should closely monitor five key compliance issues, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • NCAA's Antitrust Litigation History Offers Clues For NIL Case

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    Attorneys at Perkins Coie analyze the NCAA's long history of antitrust litigation to predict how state attorney general claims against NCAA recruiting rules surrounding name, image and likeness discussions will stand up in Tennessee federal court.

  • SAG-AFTRA Contract Is A Landmark For AI And IP Interplay

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    SAG-AFTRA's recently ratified contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers introduced a framework to safeguard performers' intellectual property rights and set the stage for future discussions on how those rights interact with artificial intelligence — which should put entertainment businesses on alert for compliance, says Evynne Grover at QBE.

  • A Refresher On Alcohol Sponsorships Before The Super Bowl

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    As millions of people will see in Super Bowl commercials Sunday, celebrity sponsorships continue to be a valuable tool for alcohol beverage marketers — and those looking to better target audiences must understand how regulation of the alcohol industry affects these deals, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • What New Calif. Strike Force Means For White Collar Crimes

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    The recently announced Central District of California strike force targeting complex corporate and securities fraud — following the Northern District of California's model — combines experienced prosecutorial leadership and partnerships with federal agencies like the IRS and FBI, and could result in an uptick in the number of cases and speed of proceedings, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Brazil

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    Environmental, social and governance issues have increasingly translated into new legislation in Brazil since 2020, and in the wake of these recently enacted regulations, we are likely to see a growing number of legal disputes in the largest South American country related to ESG issues such as greenwashing if companies are not prepared to adequately adapt and comply, say attorneys at Mattos Filho.

  • Vagueness In Calif. Climate Law Makes Compliance Tricky

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    California's recently enacted Voluntary Carbon Market Disclosures Act requires companies making claims of carbon neutrality, or significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions, to disclose information supporting those claims — but vague and conflicting language in the statute poses multiple problems for businesses, say John Rousakis and Chris Bowman at O'Melveny.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • Opinion

    Nebraska Should Abandon Proposed Digital Ad Tax

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    If passed, Nebraska’s recently proposed Advertising Services Tax Act, which would finance property tax relief by imposing a 7.5% gross revenue tax on advertising services, would cause a politically risky shift of tax burdens from landowners to local businesses and consumers, and would most certainly face litigation, say attorneys at McDermott.

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