Media & Entertainment

  • December 10, 2023

    Trump Cancels Plan To Testify In NY Fraud Trial Defense

    Donald Trump abruptly canceled his plans to testify in his defense on Monday in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case, announcing the decision in a series of social media posts on the eve of his expected return to the Manhattan courtroom.

  • December 09, 2023

    Google And Epic CEOs Fail To Reach Deal As Trial Nears End

    Google LLC and Epic Games Inc. told a California federal judge late Friday that Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Epic CEO Tim Sweeney failed to reach a deal after they were ordered to mid-trial settlement talks, clearing the way for closing arguments Monday in their contentious antitrust battle.

  • December 08, 2023

    Circuit-By-Circuit Guide To 2023's Most Memorable Moments

    A former BigLaw partner in his 30s made history by joining a preeminent circuit court, a former BigLaw partner in his 50s made waves by leaving the largest circuit, and a former chemist in her 90s made enemies by resisting a probe on the most specialized circuit. That's a small sample of the intrigue that flourished in 2023 throughout the federal appellate system, where diversity bloomed and controversy abounded.

  • December 08, 2023

    Disney Must Face Class Of 9K Women Alleging Pay Disparity

    A California state judge on Friday certified a class of at least 8,900 women who say The Walt Disney Co. paid them less than their male colleagues, rejecting Disney's argument that the women failed to adequately identify "substantially similar" jobs performed by the men and women.

  • December 08, 2023

    EU Policymakers Clear Way For Passing Of Landmark AI Act

    European Union policymakers on Friday reached an agreement on rules that would put guardrails on businesses' use of artificial intelligence, removing the final major barrier to the bloc enacting the world's first comprehensive law to tackle the potential risks posed by AI systems.

  • December 08, 2023

    Terrence Howard Accuses CAA Of Fraud In Salary Suit

    Actor Terrence Howard sued Creative Artists Agency in California state court on Friday, alleging the talent agency's conflicting interests led him to accept a salary below industry standards for his role on the hit television show "Empire."

  • December 08, 2023

    Broadcaster Says No Actual Malice In 2020 Election Lies Case

    A conservative radio personality and the broadcasting company that hosts his show have urged Colorado's state appeals court to find that a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Dominion Voting Systems executive should be tossed, arguing the Dominion employee hadn't shown they knew the allegedly defamatory statements were false.

  • December 08, 2023

    Producer Wasn't Fired For Politics, Fox News Says

    Fox News has urged a D.C. federal judge to toss a wrongful termination suit by a former producer who says he was axed over his political affiliation stemming from his opposition to former President Donald Trump, saying his claims only outline a disagreement over news coverage priorities.

  • December 08, 2023

    Amazon Says FTC Case Attacks 'Essence Of Competition'

    Amazon urged a Seattle federal judge Friday to toss the Federal Trade Commission's sprawling antitrust case against the online retail giant, arguing that its practices of matching rivals' discounts, competitively pricing deals and offering fast Prime delivery "benefit consumers and are the essence of competition."

  • December 08, 2023

    Calif. Privacy Board Wary Of Overbroad AI Regulations

    Staffers for California's privacy regulator faced tough questions from the five-member board at a hearing Friday on proposed plans for regulating technologies fueled by artificial intelligence, with some members expressing concerns that the proposed regulations may be overbroad and disconnected from consumer privacy rights.

  • December 08, 2023

    Solicitor General Urges Justices To Ax Social Media Laws

    U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar has called on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down laws in Texas and Florida that bar social media platforms from banning users or removing content, saying the content moderation provisions violate the First Amendment.

  • December 08, 2023

    Tribe Tells Fla. High Court Gaming Pact Is Constitutional

    Florida's Seminole Tribe on Friday defended state officials in a challenge to the legality of a 2021 pact allowing the tribe to receive online sports betting wagers, saying in a brief filed with the state Supreme Court that the agreement is consistent with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

  • December 08, 2023

    ​​​​​​​Few Escape Roast From FCC Chair At DC Dinner

    Ripping from the craziest headlines of the last year, Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel took a lighthearted turn at the telecom bar's annual dinner in the nation's capital.

  • December 08, 2023

    Alex Jones Can Sell Guns, Cars, Boats, Jewelry In Ch. 11

    A Texas bankruptcy court has given conspiracy theorist Alex Jones leave to sell almost 50 guns, two golf carts, jewelry, a cryogenic chamber and several boats to help fund his Chapter 11 case, as long as he individually runs every sale worth over $10,000 by his creditors.

  • December 08, 2023

    Counties Seek Unified Front Against Broadband Permit Bill

    A group representing county governments wants local officials to band together against a GOP plan on Capitol Hill to reduce barriers to broadband deployment by revamping local permitting powers.

  • December 08, 2023

    Trump Denies Woodward Chats Were All Tied To Official Role

    Former President Donald Trump is arguing that some of his conversations with renowned journalist Bob Woodward did not take place in his official capacity as a public official, the latest move in his $50 million copyright case asserting he's owed co-authorship of Woodward's bestselling audiobook of Trump interviews. 

  • December 08, 2023

    ​​​​​​​2nd Circ. Won't Revive Pace University COVID Response Suit

    A panel of the Second Circuit backed a Manhattan district court's decision Friday to toss a lawsuit that was brought against Pace University because its COVID-19 shutdown forced students to take virtual classes and miss out on in-person activities.

  • December 08, 2023

    NJ PR Firm To Repay $2M Fraudulent COVID Loan

    A major New Jersey public relations firm has reached a settlement with the federal government resolving allegations that the company unlawfully took a $2 million loan from the Paycheck Protection Program during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.

  • December 08, 2023

    Us Weekly Publisher Bias Suit Goes Out With Whimper

    A New York federal judge tossed out a suit Friday that alleged the publisher behind Us Weekly subjected a former commerce writer to sexist treatment and fired her for raising complaints that her attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder wasn't being accommodated, agreeing with a magistrate judge's finding that she abandoned her suit.

  • December 08, 2023

    50 Cent's Co. Wants To Probe Assets Of Ex-Liquor Boss

    The liquor company owned by rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has asked a Connecticut bankruptcy judge to let it examine its ex-brand manager, who is liable for fraud in a New York arbitration and civil proceeding connected to his alleged embezzlement, to prove his assets in his bankruptcy case.

  • December 08, 2023

    NC Justice Loses 4th Circ. Bid To Halt Probe Into Speech

    The Fourth Circuit refused on Friday to shut down an investigation by a North Carolina judicial watchdog into comments made by state Justice Anita Earls as part of her lawsuit alleging her First Amendment rights are being violated by the probe.

  • December 08, 2023

    MSG Can Keep Banning Attorneys, NY Appeals Court Says

    Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. is allowed to continue its controversial policy of banning lawyers involved in litigation against the company from its venues, according to a New York appellate court.

  • December 08, 2023

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen Tesla drive patent proceedings against technology company InterDigital, Genesis band members say That's (not) All in a breach of contract claim against Virgin Records, and betting giant Entain play its hand in a claim over its acquisition of BetCity last year. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 08, 2023

    NY Marketing Firm Hits Ch. 11 With $72M Debt, Sale Plans

    Marketing firm Troika Media Group has filed for Chapter 11 protection in New York with nearly $72 million in debt and plans for a stalking horse sale to a secured lender.

  • December 08, 2023

    Off The Bench: NCAA Pay Plan, Title IX Claims, Graffiti Smear

    In this week's Off The Bench, the NCAA proposes opening the vaults, female athletes accuse the University of Oregon of unequal treatment, and a former college hockey player claims he was wrongly labeled as antisemitic. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

Expert Analysis

  • Reading The Fine Print On FDA's Prescription Drug Ad Rule

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new final rule regarding the disclosure of risks and side effects in ads for prescription drugs includes some broad and potentially subjective language, and some missed opportunities to address how traditional media formats have changed in recent years, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Comparing Christmas Carols: IP Issues In Mariah Carey Case

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    All that plaintiffs Andy Stone and Troy Powers want for Christmas this year is $20 million in damages from Mariah Carey in a federal copyright suit claiming her hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" infringed on their earlier song by the same name, but they will have an uphill battle in demonstrating substantial similarity, says forensic musicologist Ethan Lustig.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • 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.

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