Media & Entertainment

  • December 05, 2023

    Trump's Broker & Club Member Touts Mar-A-Lago's $1B Value

    A Florida real estate broker and member of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club took the stand Tuesday in New York state court to defend the former president's valuation of the property, saying it was worth more than $1 billion based on his billions in sales experience and "gut" feelings.

  • December 05, 2023

    1st Circ. Revives Fight Over Liberace's Rhinestone Piano

    Liberace's rhinestone-encrusted concert piano once again found itself in the limelight when the First Circuit held that a district court wrongly tossed the Gibson Foundation's suit accusing a piano store of refusing to return the piano after Gibson entrusted it with warehousing the instrument.

  • December 05, 2023

    Trump Won't Get Another Shot At $475M CNN Defamation Suit

    A Florida federal judge said Tuesday that he won't be reconsidering his decision to throw out former President Donald Trump's $475 million defamation suit against CNN, ruling that he hasn't pointed to any clear or obvious errors in the dismissal order.

  • December 05, 2023

    Split 9th Circ. Won't Revisit Meta Investor Suit In Data Scandal

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday declined Facebook's request to rehear by three-judge or en banc panel a revival of a putative securities class action over the Cambridge Analytica data abuse scandal, with one jurist voting to grant the company's petition for rehearing en banc.

  • December 05, 2023

    9th Circ. Throws Out Tinder Age Bias Settlement Again

    The Ninth Circuit held Tuesday that a revised $5.2 million settlement between Tinder and users accusing it of age bias still doesn't hold up, ruling that the class representative has a conflict of interest and failed to vigorously litigate on behalf of the proposed class before agreeing to the deal.

  • December 05, 2023

    NBA Urges 2nd Circ. To Toss Appeal In 'Abusive' Privacy Suit

    The National Basketball Association urged the Second Circuit on Tuesday to uphold a lower court's dismissal of a proposed class action that accused the organization of unlawfully sharing personal information of its online video viewers with Facebook on the grounds the suit was seeking to improperly expand the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • December 05, 2023

    FCC Seeks $22M In Fines For Rural Deployment Defaults

    The Federal Communications Commission says two broadband providers have backed out of their bids to provide internet to more than 7,000 census blocks with Rural Digital Opportunity Funds, and it now plans to fine them $22.4 million.

  • December 05, 2023

    Feds Want 2 Years For Media Broker Who Hid $19.5M From IRS

    The owner of a media brokerage firm who admitted to hiding $19.5 million in personal income and receipts from the IRS should spend two years in jail, federal prosecutors told a Maryland federal court Tuesday, saying her crimes were not motivated by financial desperation.

  • December 05, 2023

    Gannett Beats 401(k) Class Action Over Tegna Stock

    A Virginia federal judge granted Gannett a win Tuesday in a class action accusing it of costing its 401(k) plan $135 million by keeping too much money invested in ex-parent company Tegna's stock, saying the newspaper conglomerate showed it didn't make its decisions recklessly.

  • December 05, 2023

    Trade Group Says About Time FCC Hikes Broadband Speeds

    Network trade group Incompas is throwing its weight behind the Federal Communications Commission's plan to hike the upload and download speeds required to qualify as broadband service, with the eventual goal of getting the download speed all the way to 1 gigabit from the current 25 megabits per second.

  • December 05, 2023

    Microsoft Added As Defendant In Writers' OpenAI IP Suit

    Microsoft Corp. has been added to an amended putative copyright class action against OpenAI filed by a group of writers who accuse the artificial intelligence research company of using protected works to "train" its generative AI product ChatGPT, arguing OpenAI's training couldn't have happened without Microsoft's "financial and technical support."

  • December 05, 2023

    Sens. Urge FCC To Hasten Opening Of 12 GHz Band

    Two U.S. senators called on the Federal Communications Commission to push through new rules opening the 12 gigahertz airwaves for fixed broadband use as long as it doesn't disrupt the band's incumbent users.

  • December 05, 2023

    Aspiring Antiques Bigwig Took $6M And Fled, SEC Tells Jury

    A Nevada man who raised $20 million from investors to launch a sports-focused collectibles and media empire misappropriated $6 million before fleeing the United States, securities regulators told a Manhattan federal jury Tuesday.

  • December 05, 2023

    Boston Globe May Get Limited Docs In Spat With Ousted Exec

    A judge on Tuesday hinted that the Boston Globe may be entitled to some but not all prior employment records of an ousted executive related to allegedly unapproved expenditures, as the newspaper fights claims of failing to pay wages and retaliation.

  • December 05, 2023

    X Corp. Calls TM Suit 'A Shakedown' That Must Be Dismissed

    Elon Musk's X Corp., the company formerly known as Twitter, has asked a Florida federal judge to dismiss a complaint from X Social Media LLC, calling the suit "a shakedown masquerading as trademark infringement and unfair competition claims."

  • December 05, 2023

    Ga. Radio Host Says OpenAI Must Face Defamation Suit

    A radio host has called on a Georgia state court to reject OpenAI's latest bid to erase his defamation suit, wherein he accuses the artificial intelligence developer of producing a fake complaint that wrongly names the host as a defendant.

  • December 05, 2023

    App Maker Says Faux Atty Lied In Prisoner-Transport Biz Buy

    A cryptocurrency influencer and owner of a Pittsburgh-based AI app company said his former chief investment officer faked his bona fides as an attorney and pilot when enticing him to buy a Colorado prisoner-transport company, then backed out of the business and sabotaged its prospects, according to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • December 05, 2023

    Jack Daniel's Ruling Helps Vans Defeat 2nd Circ. TM Appeal

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday cited a recent Supreme Court decision that stripped special First Amendment protections for a Jack Daniel's-spoofing chew toy in a ruling that will allow Vans to enforce a restraining order against a Brooklyn art collective that made a parody of its marquee shoe.

  • December 05, 2023

    2nd Circ. Doubts Broadway Producer's Union Blacklist Suit

    A Second Circuit panel appeared unlikely on Tuesday to revive an embattled Broadway producer's antitrust lawsuit challenging his placement on the Actors' Equity Association's "do not work" list, saying it seems clear that the union acted appropriately after actors alleged wage violations and a toxic work environment.

  • December 05, 2023

    COVERAGE RECAP: Day 40 Of Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live coverage from the courthouse as former President Donald Trump goes on trial in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case. Here's a recap from day 40.

  • December 04, 2023

    Spanish Media Hits Meta With €550M Suit Over Ad Targeting

    An association representing more than 80 Spanish media outlets has become the latest to challenge Meta Platform Inc.'s advertising practices, lodging a €550 million ($596 million) lawsuit Monday that accuses the social media giant of building its dominant position in the market by ignoring the European Union's data protection rules. 

  • December 04, 2023

    Man Who Says He Invented Post-It Notes Files $1.7B Suit

    An inventor has filed a lawsuit in New York federal court alleging that 3M has made disparaging comments about him regarding the inventorship of the Post-it note, saying he's owed $1.7 billion.

  • December 04, 2023

    Trump Seeks NY High Court Review Of Fraud Trial Gag Orders

    Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to have New York's highest court review his appeal of the reinstatement of gag orders in the civil fraud trial over the state's claims that he defrauded banks and insurers by falsely inflating his net worth.

  • December 04, 2023

    'Varsity Blues' Dad Could Spark More Refund Bids, Feds Warn

    Federal prosecutors argued Monday that a court-ordered refund of $1 million to a parent who largely beat so-called Varsity Blues charges would have a widespread effect and encourage "scores" of other after-the-fact cases with defendants who want forfeited money returned.

  • December 04, 2023

    FCC Overreaches In Broadband Availability Effort, Group Says

    The Federal Communications Commission remains too focused on justifying an expansion of government programs to fund broadband service when its own data shows high-speed internet deployment moving at a rapid clip across the country, a free-market group said.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Critical Copyright And AI Questions Courts Need To Address

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    U.S. courts have yet to rule on many copyright issues regarding generative artificial intelligence technologies, so developers and users should consider several questions when evaluating risks, developing risk mitigation plans and making decisions about particular use cases, say John Delaney and Sean West at Perkins Coie.

  • Why E-Commerce Tools Are Under Fire Amid Privacy Lawsuits

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    As lawsuits try to shoehorn new technologies into decades-old privacy laws never intended for the digital age, e-commerce tools and the companies that use them are increasingly at risk, and retailers should act now to minimize their potential exposure, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Legal Lessons From Past World Cups To Keep In Mind For '26

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    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand set new standards for sustainability, human rights and sponsorship — and with those new standards come new challenges for those involved in the planning of the 2026 World Cup in North America, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • A Year-End Look At Florida's Capital Investment Tax Credit

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    Notwithstanding the Walt Disney Co.’s feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis this year, Florida's capital investment tax credit will continue to make the state a favored destination for large corporations, particularly in light of the new federal alternative minimum tax and the Pillar Two top-up tax, says Alan Lederman at Gunster.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • New Legal Frameworks Are Instrumental For AI In Music

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    As artificial intelligence encroaches — or complements — the deeply human art of music making, creating harmony between law and technology will require all stakeholders in the music industry to provide input on intellectual property and ethical concerns, say Ariela Benchlouch and Gai Sher at Greenspoon Marder.

  • IP Suits Over Brand Owner Font Use Offer Cautionary Tales

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    Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme and Mallory Chandler at Pryor Cashman consider the history of fonts and point to recent court decisions that show how brand owners can avoid legal typeface troubles.

  • Employer Lessons After 2023's Successful Labor Strikes

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    Following recent historic strikes in the automotive, entertainment and health care industries, employers of all types can learn key insights about how unions may approach negotiations and strikes going forward, and nonunionized workplaces should anticipate a drive for increased union membership, say Lenny Feigel and Mark Neuberger at Foley & Lardner.

  • What Prince Harry Privacy Case May Mean For Media Ethics

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    An English High Court recently allowed the privacy case brought by Prince Harry and six other claimants against the Daily Mail publisher to proceed, which, if successful, could embolden other high-profile individuals to bring claims and lead to renewed calls for a judicial public inquiry into British press ethics, says Philippa Dempster at Freeths.

  • Copyright Ruling A Victory For Innovation In Publishing Sector

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    The D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling in Valancourt v. Garland shows that demanding book copies without paying for them is arguably property theft, proving that the practice stifles innovation in the publishing industry by disincentivizing small printing companies from entering the market due to a fear of high costs and outdated government regulations, says Zvi Rosen at Southern Illinois University School of Law.

  • 3 Rulings Illustrate Infringement Hurdles For Hip-Hop Plaintiffs

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    Three district court decisions dismissing hip-hop copyright claims recently came down in quick succession, indicating that plaintiffs face significant hurdles when they premise claims on the use of words, phrases and themes that are common in the genre, say Benjamin Halperin and Shiara Robinson at Cowan DeBaets.

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