Media & Entertainment

  • July 09, 2024

    5th Circ. Indicates Skepticism In Brett Favre Defamation Case

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday seemed skeptical that comments made by former NFL star Shannon Sharpe about Brett Favre's alleged involvement in a massive Mississippi welfare fraud scheme amounted to defamation, pressing Favre's attorney over why the retired NFL quarterback didn't sue over Sharpe's more emotionally charged statements.

  • July 09, 2024

    Young Thug Wants To DQ Prosecutors Over Secret Meeting

    Atlanta rapper Young Thug has called for the removal of two Fulton County prosecutors from his racketeering trial, arguing that a transcript of a secret meeting involving those prosecutors, a Georgia state judge and a key witness has revealed they unethically persuaded the witness to reconsider and testify against the rapper.

  • July 09, 2024

    Weinstein May Face Nov. Retrial As DA Vets New Rape Claims

    Manhattan prosecutors Tuesday said November is a "realistic" date for Harvey Weinstein's retrial on rape charges as they continue to investigate new claims that the disgraced Hollywood producer assaulted other women, saying they expect to seek a superseding indictment by late September.

  • July 08, 2024

    5th Circ. Unstrings Gibson's Win In Guitar Design TM Fight

    Gibson must retry its case alleging a rival guitar maker sold counterfeit instruments that infringed its trademark on the Flying V guitar and other iconic models, the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday, saying the district court improperly excluded evidence.

  • July 08, 2024

    Holland & Hart Dodges Deposition Order In Discovery Spat

    A Washington federal judge said from the bench Monday that she would not order the deposition of High 5 Games LLC's defense team for alleged discovery misconduct in a class action accusing the company of targeting gambling addicts, ruling the depositions were not crucial to make a case for sanctions.

  • July 08, 2024

    NBC Settles IP Suit Over Documentary Of Landscaping Co.

    NBC has reached a deal in a copyright infringement suit in New York federal court brought by the owners of a video showing Rudy Giuliani claiming voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, which was originally posted on YouTube before some of it appeared in a half-hour NBC documentary about how the press conference affected Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

  • July 08, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Won't Let Charter Shake Off Texas Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Monday turned down an argument from Charter Communications to direct a lower court in Marshall, Texas, to toss a patent infringement suit it's facing — less than a year after the cable company lost a nearly identical argument in a different patent case before the appeals court.

  • July 08, 2024

    3rd Truth Social Complaint Gets OK, Contempt Hearing Axed

    Two former "Apprentice" contestants who claim to have created Donald Trump's social media app and are now alleging they are being cheated out of their Truth Social equity got Delaware Chancery Court's permission Monday to revise their complaint for a third time against the former president and his media company.

  • July 08, 2024

    Orgs Worry FCC Could Overreach On Network Security

    The Federal Communications Commission should rein in its plans to impose new security rules regarding the crucial routing technology used by the internet, lest it prompt other countries to devise their own and start a domino effect, two internet security advocates have told the agency.

  • July 08, 2024

    Patient Says Health System Shares Data With Meta, Google

    Henry Ford Health in Michigan was hit with a proposed class action Friday alleging that it shares patients' private health information with third parties such as Meta and Google by allowing the companies to have tracking software embedded in its website, including its patient portal, where sensitive health information is uploaded.

  • July 08, 2024

    Philly Charter School Exec Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison

    Shahied Dawan, a former nonprofit executive for a Philadelphia charter school and low-income housing nonprofit founded by R&B producer Kenny Gamble, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday for conspiring to conceal embezzlement from the organization.

  • July 08, 2024

    Romance Writers Group Can Go Ahead With Ch. 11 Plan

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday allowed Romance Writers of America to move forward with its bankruptcy plan in the trade association's streamlined Chapter 11 case, noting that there were no objections to confirming the reorganization.

  • July 08, 2024

    'Bob's Burgers Actor Pleads Guilty To Jan. 6 Charge

    Former "Bob's Burgers" actor Jay Johnston pled guilty to a felony count of obstructing officers during civil disorder Monday for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the United States Capitol.

  • July 08, 2024

    Ex-Media CEO Wants Family's Finances To Explain Sale Push

    The ousted CEO of a company publishing newspapers in Pennsylvania and Ohio wants financial records from his family members on the board of directors, to search for reasons why they were exploring the potential sale of the company that triggered a lawsuit.

  • July 08, 2024

    NFL Disputes Reporter's Racism, Retaliation Claims

    The NFL has pointedly denied allegations by journalist Jim Trotter that it ignored his concerns about discriminatory hiring and increased its focus on him and his work after he raised them, telling a New York federal judge Friday that it knew nothing of his interactions with supervisors about those concerns.

  • July 08, 2024

    Amazon Must Face Podcast Defamation Suit, ICE Doc Says

    A former physician at a Georgia immigration facility who says he was falsely accused of performing forced hysterectomies on detainees has urged a federal judge not to let Amazon and podcast publisher Wondery distance themselves from a podcast episode that dubbed him "The Uterus Collector."

  • July 08, 2024

    Ex-OneTaste Staffer Says Atty Forced Her To Play The Victim

    A former employee of sexual wellness company OneTaste is suing her former lawyer, saying he conspired with the FBI to present her as a victim of a forced labor conspiracy while she maintains she was not.

  • July 08, 2024

    Calif. Realtor Sued Over Use Of Kanye West's Ranch Photos

    A real estate photographer has accused a property listings site in California federal court of stealing his photos of a Hidden Hills, California, ranch home that used to be owned by controversial rap artist Kanye West.

  • July 08, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Prince's heirs were left standing alone in a cold world last week after Delaware's Court of Chancery found their attempts to gain control of the late musician's estate too demanding. Delaware's court of equity also waved a wand for Walt Disney and slashed nearly $10 million from a damages award for Sears stockholders. In case you missed anything, here's a recap of all the latest news from Delaware's Chancery Court.

  • July 08, 2024

    Baldwin's Role As 'Rust' Producer Off Limits At Trial

    A New Mexico state judge ruled Monday that Alec Baldwin's role as a producer of "Rust" is irrelevant to the involuntary manslaughter charges he faces in the shooting death of the movie's cinematographer, cutting off a key theory of the prosecution's case against the actor on the eve of his trial.

  • July 08, 2024

    5 Firms Shape Paramount Global, Skydance Media Merger

    Paramount Global will merge with Skydance Media in a two-step transaction steered by five law firms, the companies announced, ending months of negotiations that were the subject of rigorous speculation. 

  • July 05, 2024

    Prince Estate's Managing Members Prevail In Spat With Family

    Delaware's Court of the Chancery on Friday held that some of Prince's family members ran afoul of an LLC agreement when they tried to oust two managing members of the late musician's estate and give themselves more control.

  • July 05, 2024

    Calif. Privacy Agency Floats Data Broker Registry Rules

    California's privacy agency on Friday kick-started the process for formalizing rules to guide data brokers on how to properly register under a groundbreaking state law that imposes significant new data deletion and disclosure obligations on these companies. 

  • July 05, 2024

    HBO Dodges Copyright Suit Over 'FBoy Island,' For Now

    A New York federal judge ruled that a young producer failed to sufficiently allege HBO's "Fake Famous" and "FBoy Island" shows ripped off his "Instafamous" reality show concept, but the flaws in the producer's copyright infringement allegations weren't so bad they couldn't be fixed.

  • July 05, 2024

    NFL Moves To Undo 'Runaway' $4.7B Sunday Ticket Verdict

    The NFL urged a California judge Wednesday to cancel a jury's blockbuster $4.7 billion verdict that found it violated antitrust laws with its DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, saying the "irrational" award didn't match any of the damages models jurors were presented and confirms that the plaintiffs failed to prove their case. 

Expert Analysis

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

  • 9th Circ. COVID 'Cure' Case Shows Perks Of Puffery Defense

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    The Ninth Circuit's March decision in a case surrounding a company's statements about a potential COVID-19 cure may encourage defendants to assert puffery defenses in securities fraud cases, particularly in those involving optimistic statements about breakthrough drugs that are still untested, say attorneys at Cahill Gordon.

  • FTC Hearing On Fake Review Rule Stressed Compliance Costs

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    The Federal Trade Commission is likely to finalize its proposed rule to prohibit marketers from using deceptive practices in their product reviews after an informal hearing covered arguments over whether costs of implementing the rule, such as review moderation and software maintenance, would be minimal, says Jeffrey Edelstein at Manatt.

  • BF Borgers Clients Should Review Compliance, Liability

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    After the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently announced enforcement proceedings against audit firm BF Borgers for fabricating audit documentation for hundreds of public companies, those companies will need to follow special procedures for disclosure and reporting — and may need to prepare for litigation from the plaintiffs bar, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Perspectives

    Trauma-Informed Legal Approaches For Pro Bono Attorneys

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    As National Trauma Awareness Month ends, pro bono attorneys should nevertheless continue to acknowledge the mental and physical effects of trauma, allowing them to better represent clients, and protect themselves from compassion fatigue and burnout, say Katherine Cronin at Stinson and Katharine Manning at Blackbird.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • How AI Cos. Can Cope With Shifting Copyright Landscape

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    In the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, recent legal disputes have focused on the utilization of copyrighted material to train algorithms, meaning companies should be aware of fair use implications and possible licensing solutions for AI users, say Michael Hobbs and Justin Tilghman at Troutman Pepper.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • How Real Estate Cos. Can Protect Their IP In The Metaverse

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    The rise of virtual and augmented reality creates new intellectual property challenges and opportunities for real estate owners, but certain steps, including conducting a diligence investigation to develop an understanding of current obligations, can help companies mitigate IP issues in the metaverse, says George Pavlik at Levenfeld Pearlstein.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • Influencer Considerations As FINRA Initiates Crackdown

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    To avert risks when evaluating influencer and referral programs, firms should assess the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's recent settlements involving the supervision of social media tastemakers, as well as recent FINRA guidance in this area, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Series

    Being An EMT Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While some of my experiences as an emergency medical technician have been unusually painful and searing, the skills I’ve learned — such as triage, empathy and preparedness — are just as useful in my work as a restructuring lawyer, says Marshall Huebner at Davis Polk.

  • 15 Quick Tips For Uncovering And Mitigating Juror Biases

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    As highlighted by the recent jury selection process in the criminal hush money trial against former President Donald Trump, juror bias presents formidable challenges for defendants, and attorneys must employ proactive strategies — both new and old — to blunt its impact, say Monica Delgado and Jonathan Harris at Harris St. Laurent.

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