Media & Entertainment

  • February 12, 2024

    ByteDance Can't Pause TikTok's EU 'Gatekeeper' Designation

    A European court has rejected a bid by TikTok's parent company ByteDance to pause the video-sharing service's designation as a "gatekeeper" ahead of a March deadline to comply with new obligations under the Digital Markets Act to provide users more choice.

  • February 12, 2024

    Musk Can't Dodge SEC Questions About $44B Twitter Buy

    A California federal judge has told Elon Musk that he must appear before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to testify about his $44 billion purchase of the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, waving off the billionaire's assertions that the agency was harassing him via a series of seemingly endless investigations.

  • February 12, 2024

    Fla. Van Gogh Café Sued Over Artist's Name In Tea Products

    A Van Gogh exhibition has urged a New York federal judge to issue a declaration that it is not infringing a Florida café's trademark for a tea product in the artist's name, saying in a lawsuit that the business' rights are weak and consumers are unlikely to be confused.

  • February 12, 2024

    Feds Want 'Vague' Texas Censorship Suit Moved To DC

    The U.S. State Department wants a Texas federal court to move to the District of Columbia an "incomprehensible" First Amendment lawsuit from the Lone Star State and right-wing media companies, claiming there is no serious connection between the litigation and its current venue.

  • February 12, 2024

    Feds Say Telecom Slammed Customers With Service Changes

    The Federal Communications Commission is ordering Michigan-based telecom provider Clear Rate Communications to reverse unauthorized charges made to several businesses, finding that the company misrepresented itself as Verizon on sales calls in order to get the businesses to change providers.

  • February 12, 2024

    Discord Stock Traders Say Prosecutors' Evidence Is Faulty

    A group of men accused of operating a multimillion-dollar pump-and-dump scheme on Discord and other social media asked a Texas federal judge to sanction the government, saying that prosecutors had cherry-picked evidence to create exhibits that are misleading at best and inaccurate at worst.

  • February 09, 2024

    Social Media Addiction MDL Gets Date For First Bellwether

    The California federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation accusing Facebook and other social media platforms of harming young people by purposely making their platforms addictive has set a late 2025 date for the first bellwether trial.

  • February 09, 2024

    Authors Say OpenAI Is Playing 2 Courts Against Each Other

    A group of writers suing OpenAI over copyright infringement allegations is accusing the Microsoft-backed startup of "forum shopping for the most favorable schedule," and is asking a federal judge in California to stop the company from trying to litigate a similar suit in New York federal court just because its lawyers made some deals to get a better timetable there. 

  • February 09, 2024

    Lawmakers Want TikTok Parent Barred From Software Exports

    A group of lawmakers led by Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Democrat Rep. Josh Gottheimer have asked the Biden administration to add TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, to the U.S. Department of Commerce's foreign entity list and bar the transfer of U.S. software to the company.

  • February 09, 2024

    Live Nation Defends 'Modest' Arbitration Tweaks At 9th Circ

    Live Nation Entertainment Inc. told the Ninth Circuit that a California district judge was wrong to remove ticket buyers' antitrust claims from arbitration simply because the company changed arbitrators.

  • February 09, 2024

    Federal Regulators Face Heat Over Cable 'Junk Fee' Rule

    Free-market activists are urging the Federal Communications Commission to drop its plan to rein in so-called junk fees by cable providers, but will have to beat a wave of state regulators and other supporters to defeat the proposal.

  • February 09, 2024

    Microsoft Says Plaintiffs Show No Harm In Overbroad AI Suit

    A legal battle between consumers who say they've been harmed by unlawful data-collection practices related to the development of artificial intelligence and companies that control the new technology continued when Microsoft argued that the accusations against it were simply too broad and unexplained to allow the case to proceed.

  • February 09, 2024

    Minor League Baseball Team Sues 'Traitor' For Costly Betrayal

    The Jackson Generals baseball organization has sued a member of Minor League Baseball's board of trustees for the alleged "treason" of supporting Major League Baseball's formation of a new organization that resulted in 43 teams becoming disenfranchised and losing tens of millions of dollars in branding opportunities.

  • February 09, 2024

    Tubi Can't Tune Out Viewing History Privacy Suit

    Streaming service Tubi must litigate a user's proposed class suit claiming the company unlawfully shares her and others' viewing history and personal information with advertisers, an Illinois federal judge has ruled, rejecting Tubi's bid to either arbitrate or dismiss the claims.

  • February 09, 2024

    Bloomberg Inks $8.6M Deal In OT Fight With Data Analysts

    A trio of ex-Bloomberg data analysts said Thursday that the media company has agreed to pay $8.6 million to end class and collective action allegations in New Jersey federal court accusing the data and media company of failing to pay them for overtime work.

  • February 09, 2024

    FSU Board Demands Dismissal Of ACC's Preemptive Suit

    Florida State University is pushing for the dismissal of the Atlantic Coast Conference's North Carolina state lawsuit, saying it was prematurely filed to preempt the university's own suit against the conference, in an attempt to win a "race to the courthouse" and in violation of the conference's own rules.

  • February 09, 2024

    8th Circ. To Field FCC Anti-Discrimination Rule Challenges

    The Eighth Circuit will serve as the initial venue for 10 legal challenges spread across six appeals courts to the Federal Communications Commission's rules to fight digital discrimination adopted last fall.

  • February 09, 2024

    21 GOP States Back High Court Petition On Ending FCC Subsidy

    Officials from 21 Republican-led states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to torpedo the Federal Communications Commission's system for subsidizing rural telecom and phone services, calling on the justices to grant a request from a free market group to take up its challenge to the FCC's fee structure.

  • February 09, 2024

    Calif. Court Restores Privacy Agency's Power To Enforce Regs

    The California Privacy Protection Agency has won the reversal of a ruling that delayed its ability to enforce a dozen privacy regulations it has finalized under the state's landmark consumer data privacy law, paving the way for the agency to immediately begin taking action against companies under the rules. 

  • February 09, 2024

    AI Companies Say Artists' Copyright Suit Still Falls Short

    Four artificial intelligence companies behind image-generating platforms asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed copyright class action from artists, arguing the plaintiffs' amended complaint still does not support allegations that their works were ripped off to train various AI programs.

  • February 09, 2024

    Jordan Calls For Investigation Into DOJ's Deal With IRS Leaker

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is investigating whether federal prosecutors were politically motivated to allow the former IRS contractor who leaked former President Donald Trump's tax returns to plead guilty to a single count of illegal disclosure, calling the arrangement "a sweetheart deal."

  • February 09, 2024

    X Says Ex-Worker's Feelings Can't Sustain Age, Sex Bias Suit

    X Corp., formerly known as Twitter, said it shouldn't have to face a proposed class action alleging it pushed out women and older workers after Elon Musk took over, telling a California federal court that an ex-employee's subjective perception of the billionaire's policies couldn't support the case.

  • February 09, 2024

    Audacy Floats Two Ch. 11 Sales That Could Net Debtor $21.6M

    Bankrupt radio station operator Audacy Inc. wants to sell two pieces of real estate near Boston for as much as $21.6 million to raise funds for its estate in Chapter 11, asking a Texas judge to approve the deals so that it can close on them by early March.

  • February 09, 2024

    Bally Sports Waiting On OK For Deal On 2024 MLB Season

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Friday told the owner of Bally Sports Network it can modify its broadcast deals with three Major League Baseball teams, but held off approving a resolution to its remaining disputes with MLB to give unsecured creditors time for a look at the deal.

  • February 09, 2024

    CVC, Haveli Acquire RuneScape Game-Maker In £900M Deal

    Private equity firms CVC Capital Partners, advised by Latham & Watkins LLP, and Haveli Investments have agreed to buy British video game developer and publisher Jagex from private equity giant Carlyle, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in a deal worth around £900 million ($1.14 billion), according to a Friday announcement.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • First-Of-Its-Kind Artist AI Ruling Offers Liability Guidance

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    A California judge recently became the first federal judge in Andersen v. Stability AI to rule at the pleading stage on a challenge to claims that training artificial intelligence models involves mass-scale copyright infringement, providing insight into the potential legal exposure of AI-enabled products, say attorneys at Fenwick.

  • 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.

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