Media & Entertainment

  • February 08, 2024

    OpenAI Asks 11th Circ. To Uphold Fee Ruling

    OpenAI urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a federal judge's decision not to dock it attorney fees for attempting to remove a Georgia radio host's defamation lawsuit to federal court, saying it had "an objectively reasonable basis for removal."

  • February 08, 2024

    Norton Rose Fulbright Adds IP Partner From Kirkland

    Norton Rose Fulbright recently welcomed to its New York office an experienced intellectual property attorney who previously worked at Kirkland & Ellis and O'Melveny & Myers.

  • February 08, 2024

    Alex Jones Atty Calls Infowars 'Nonsense' In $1.4B Appeal

    Arguing in front of the shooting victims' families and squarely calling his client's broadcasts "nonsense," a lawyer for Alex Jones told the Connecticut Appellate Court on Thursday that $1.44 billion was too high a price for the Infowars website host's claims that the Sandy Hook school massacre was a "hoax."

  • February 08, 2024

    EU Says It's Not Debating Sanctions For Broadcaster Carlson

    The European Union is not currently discussing any sanctions against U.S. broadcaster Tucker Carlson for what the EU considers is the spreading of Russian propaganda, although each EU country may at any time propose possible media candidates for blacklisting, the European Commission said Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    NY Judge Scolds Trump Attys For Response To Perjury Query

    The New York state judge overseeing Donald Trump's civil fraud trial on Thursday chastised defense attorneys for their "misleading" response to his demands for information about reports of possible perjury by defendant and key trial witness Allen Weisselberg.

  • February 07, 2024

    X's 'Smear Campaign' Suit Doesn't Hold Up, Watchdog Says

    Media Matters for America has asked a Texas federal judge to toss a suit by X Corp., claiming it drove advertisers from the social media site via a "blatant smear campaign," arguing the complaint "fails in just about every way that a complaint can possibly fail."

  • February 07, 2024

    Dish's Bid For More Fees Called 'Nightmare' By Fed. Circ. Judge

    A Federal Circuit judge told counsel for Dish Network LLC on Wednesday that to secure more fees after the cable giant defeated a patent case in district court that was found to be "exceptional" to cover the costs of challenging the patent at the patent board would create "an effing nightmare."

  • February 07, 2024

    Unfriend $90M Facebook Privacy Deal, Objectors Tell 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit heard Wednesday from various objectors who oppose a $90 million deal ending litigation accusing Facebook of unlawfully tracking logged-out users' browsing activity, with one attorney saying Facebook's due process rights wouldn't be violated if it were ordered to pay over $1 trillion in damages.

  • February 07, 2024

    Public Safety Orgs Fight FirstNet, AT&T Control Of 4.9 GHz

    The Federal Communications Commission is facing renewed calls from some public safety interests to maintain local public safety control of the 4.9 gigahertz band and reject a proposal that would let an AT&T-affiliated national entity manage the newly overhauled band.

  • February 07, 2024

    Skadden, Wilson Sonsini Steer Disney's $1.5B Epic Investment

    The Walt Disney Co., represented by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, and Epic Games, guided by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, announced Wednesday that they will collaborate on an "all-new games and entertainment universe," with Disney investing $1.5 billion to acquire an equity stake in the "Fortnite" maker.

  • February 07, 2024

    Video Game Effects Co. Ends Patent Suit With Ubisoft

    A Texas video game developer told a North Carolina federal court Tuesday it has agreed to end a lawsuit accusing French company Ubisoft of infringing a pair of patents, about a year after the patent owner lost an appeal in a similar case against Activision Blizzard.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mich. Judge Rips Romantics Singer For Copying Trial Brief

    A founding member of the Romantics will likely have a tough time regaining control of the band's finances after a Michigan appellate judge said Wednesday he couldn't condone the "incompetence" of the musician's trial attorneys, who filed a brief that was a copy of the opposing side's argument. 

  • February 07, 2024

    Trump Trial Judge Gets Little Info On Exec's Alleged Perjury

    An attorney for Donald Trump and his companies' former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg told the New York state judge presiding over their civil fraud trial Wednesday that she could not respond to "unsubstantiated" reports that the ex-CFO was in plea negotiations for allegedly lying on the stand, citing her ethical obligations.

  • February 07, 2024

    FCC Says 10 Suits Filed Over Anti-Discrimination Rule

    The Federal Communications Commission notified a federal court panel on Wednesday of 10 appeals filed across half a dozen circuit courts challenging the agency's recently passed rules preventing discrimination in broadband deployment.

  • February 07, 2024

    FCC Republican Says 'Cyber Trust Mark' Needs Teeth

    For the Federal Communications Commission's Cyber Trust Mark — a label intended to signal that a device is secure from cyber interference — to have "teeth," companies need to be legally liable for any vulnerabilities that crop up after sale, one of the agency's Republican commissioners says.

  • February 07, 2024

    Facebook User Fights Uphill To Revive BIPA Case At 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Wednesday told an attorney for a man alleging Facebook violated an Illinois biometric privacy law by storing an image of his face that he may agree a lower court's rationale for tossing the case was wrong, but said there might be other grounds for affirming the judgment.

  • February 07, 2024

    FTC Says Layoff Shows Microsoft Will Control Activision

    The Federal Trade Commission, which is appealing a district court's refusal to block the $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that a plan to lay off 1,900 video game workers undercuts assertions of an independent post-deal Activision.

  • February 07, 2024

    Forbes Distributor Says Mexican Court Order Must Stand

    A distributor of Forbes magazine in Latin America is urging a New York court to nix the media company's bid to overturn a Mexican court injunction barring it from terminating their deal while the companies arbitrate a renewal dispute, saying the request is improper.

  • February 07, 2024

    Man Pleads Guilty In Journalist Harassment Case

    A man who was accused of participating in a vandalism scheme targeting two New Hampshire Public Radio journalists has reached a plea agreement, according to a filing Tuesday in Boston federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    NBA, McCarter & English Roped Into Voyager Crypto Fight

    The fallout from the collapse of Voyager Digital Holdings Inc. has widened as investors in the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange filed a proposed class action against the NBA and the law firm McCarter & English for their roles in boosting the company before its implosion.

  • February 07, 2024

    Alec Baldwin Trial Date Scrapped After Judge Shuffle

    Alec Baldwin's trial date in August has been nixed following a judge reassignment in the case against the actor, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the on-set shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the filming of "Rust" in New Mexico.

  • February 06, 2024

    Snoop Dogg Says Post, Walmart Sabotaged Cereal Brand

    Business partners Snoop Dogg and Master P claim Post Foods LLC worked with Walmart to prevent sales of "Snoop Cereal," despite signing a profit-sharing agreement to place the rappers' product on shelves next to Post's well-known cereal brands, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Minnesota state court.

  • February 06, 2024

    Musk's X Corp. Helps 'Star Wars' Actor Sue Disney Over Firing

    Actor Gina Carano, who played mercenary Cara Dune in the "Star Wars" spinoff series "The Mandalorian," claims Disney unlawfully fired her from the role in retaliation for posting her personal political beliefs on social media, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court Tuesday with financial backing from Elon Musk's X Corp.

  • February 06, 2024

    1st Circ. Appears Unlikely To Deflate Balloon Fraud Verdict

    A defunct Massachusetts air balloon company on Tuesday struggled to persuade the First Circuit to throw out a fraud verdict by arguing that the jury had "rubber-stamped" a judge's damages estimate.

  • February 06, 2024

    LA Times Nears Fee Win After Beating Mark Geragos Libel Suit

    A California judge said Tuesday she will likely grant most of the Los Angeles Times' request for over $212,000 in attorneys' fees after defeating attorney Mark Geragos' libel suit over its coverage of a $37 million settlement, saying the case had "real implications" for the newspaper.

Expert Analysis

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • A Look At DOJ's New Nationwide Investment Fraud Approach

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    Investment fraud charges are increasingly being brought in unlikely venues across the country, and the rationale behind the U.S. Department of Justice's approach could well be the heightened legal standards in connection with prosecuting investment fraud, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • How Cos. Can Protect Privacy In The Age Of AI

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    The rapidly developing landscape of generative AI and the related legal and regulatory concerns means that what is compliant today may not be tomorrow, and companies must take a pragmatic approach to compliance that anticipates future legal changes, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Multiwork Statutory Licenses Offer Models For Generative AI

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    If courts do not find fair use to be an available defense for training large language models, then statutory licenses set forth in the Copyright Act's satellite and cable sections may provide potential standards for a multiwork, multistakeholder statutory license for generative AI purposes, says Gary Greenstein at Wilson Sonsini.

  • 7 NIL Considerations For Brand Deals With Student-Athletes

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    While the constantly changing laws, rules and regulations for name, image and likeness in collegiate athletics are difficult to navigate, the benefits of a brand's successful NIL marketing campaign can outweigh the challenge of traversing this complex framework, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • How Biden's AI Order Stacks Up Against Calif. And G7 Activity

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    Evaluating the federal AI executive order alongside the California AI executive order and the G7's Hiroshima AI Code of Conduct can offer a more robust picture of key risks and concerns companies should proactively work to mitigate as they build or integrate artificial intelligence tools into their products and services, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • How Consumer Complaints Can Help Companies

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    As seen most recently in Zoom's terms of service controversy, consumer complaints — despite initially seeming troubling for companies — can offer businesses the opportunity to identify, tackle and resolve budding challenges before those challenges escalate into larger issues, say Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How Justices Could Rule On A Key Copyright Statute

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    Attorneys at Manatt discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court may choose to address a fundamental accrual issue in Warner Chappell Music v. Nealy, which precedents the court may look to in analyzing the issue and the challenges copyright claimants may face going forward.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • As AI Proliferates, Courts Are Tasked With Copyright Issues

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    AI-generated works are raising a number of novel and important questions around registrability and copyright infringement liability, testing the U.S. Copyright Office's recently expressed view that U.S. law only protects human-authored material in cases nationwide, say Paul Llewellyn and Thomas Bird at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: The UK

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    Following Brexit, the U.K. has adopted a different approach to regulating environmental, social and governance factors from the European Union — an approach that focuses on climate disclosures by U.K.-regulated entities, while steering clear of the more ambitious objectives pursued by the EU, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Why 7th Circ. Libel Ruling Is Crucial For The Media

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    As more defamation plaintiffs attorneys argue that allowing a published statement to remain online after additional evidence of falsity emerges equates to actual malice, the Seventh Circuit's recent National Police Association v. Gannett opinion should be lauded by the media and online publishers as a favorable decision, say attorneys at Vedder Price.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Nix Section 230 Immunity For Tech

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to decide two new cases that present another opening to curtail the broad immunity enjoyed by tech company-owned social media platforms under Section 230, and it's long past time for online publishers to be treated the same as traditional ones, says Douglas Mirell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

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