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Reforms Lead to New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia - Transformative changes in Saudi Arabia are opening up new opportunities in...

Saudi Arabia has recently adopted new policies aimed at transforming its economy, including plans to sell shares in the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and to expand its Public Investment Fund (PIF) to diversify its...more

Broadway Producers Awarded $90,000 from New York Jury

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A New York jury found ex-publicist Marc Thibodeau liable for breach of contract and tortious interference for a Broadway production called Rebecca, which was supposed to premiere on Broadway. The jury did not find Thibodeau...more

DarkOverlord Allegedly Hits Netflix and Releases Orange Is The New Black Episodes

We have previously reported about the activities of The DarkOverlord. It is now being reported that a hacker and/or hacking group known as The DarkOverlord announced on Twitter over the weekend that it has absconded with...more

Agreeing to Agree: Commercial Division Rules Twice that Term Sheets Were Not Binding Agreements

In two recent decisions, Justices Charles E. Ramos and Saliann Scarpulla of the New York Commercial Division ruled that term sheets were not binding agreements. Keitel v. E*Trade Fin. Corp., No. 652220/2015, 2017 BL 131532...more

China: Whose voice is it? – The arbitral award is out… but the case is not concluded…

by Hogan Lovells on

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (“HKIAC”) has recently issued its final award in the trademark litigation saga surrounding “The Voice of China”. This case is high-profile and interesting, because it involves...more

Privacy Tip #82 – Downloading Free Entertainment is an Easy Way to Infect Your Computer with Malware

Remember when TV was free? Okay, most of you don’t, and I was just a tot, but back in the day, it was free. We didn’t have dozens of channels or choices, but everyone could watch the major networks and PBS without a cost....more

#ShowMeTheMoney: Sofia Vergara’s Settlement of Social Media False Endorsement Lawsuit Highlights Modern Legal Issue

Last month, Sofia Vergara, star of ABC’s Modern Family, reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the actress against beauty company Venus Concept for alleged improper use of her likeness on television and in social media,...more

Social Media Showdown

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Commentator and writer Tomi Lahren has filed suit in Dallas County, Texas, against Glenn Beck and TheBlaze, Inc. (“TBI”). Judging from the complaint, the issues include the defendants’ continuing exercise of control over a...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q1 2017

by Benesch on

IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on 3D printers, along with associated software, materials and services, will reach $28.9 billion in 2020, compared to an estimated $13.2 billion in 2016. It’s expected that the...more

Update: Casting Society Reverses Position, Supports Members Charged in Pay-to-Play Scheme

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We reported recently that Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer brought misdemeanor charges against five casting workshops, alleging that they were in effect charging actors for auditions in violation of the Krekorian Talent...more

Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle...more

Will and Grace Reunited

by FordHarrison on

Ever since the cast of Will and Grace reunited for a mini episode encouraging all of us to vote in 2016, the internet has been in a frenzy about the possibility of a revival 18 years after the show first aired. In January,...more

Does Your Human Resources Department Understand Antitrust?

by Miller Canfield on

Several Hollywood companies have agreed to pay $170 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by animators who claimed their wages were depressed by unlawful anti-poaching agreements. The recent settlements highlight that now...more

And the winner, uhhh….

by FordHarrison on

Everyone else is writing about it, so we may as well discuss it, too. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, by now you are well familiar with the enormous gaffe at the end of the Oscars on Sunday night. For those of you...more

Actors’ Ages to Remain Available Online (At Least for Now)

A federal court has granted IMDb’s request for a preliminary injunction to allow the entertainment website to keep actors’ ages in their online profiles – despite the enactment of a statute in California prohibiting same....more

Employing Minors in the Entertainment Industry: A Primer for Employers Doing Business in Canada

Employers that hire minors must comply with a myriad of special rules designed to protect the minor employee from, among other things, dangerous work, exploitation, and abuse. Legislators and courts have gone to great...more

Is it Time for Athletes to Demand Reciprocal Morals Clauses in Their Endorsement Deals?

by Miller Canfield on

While the confetti is still settling after the most exciting Super Bowl in recent memory, discussion has turned to the RSVP list for the traditional White House victory reception. At least six members of the New England...more

Sorry, J-Lo and CeeLo: Real world requires carefully crafted employment dress codes

by FordHarrison on

The Grammys aired on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Every year, audiences tune in to the glamorous awards show to watch the presentation of such celebrated accolades as “Song of the Year” and to take in the live performances of...more

[Event] Who's in the Driver's Seat? What the Connected Car Shows Us About the Legal and Regulatory Issues of the Internet of...

by BakerHostetler on

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating unprecedented opportunities and challenges – launching groundbreaking collaboration among disparate industries and generating insightful data from uncommon sources....more

Do Not Repeat the Mistakes of Your Diva

by FordHarrison on

Preparation pays off. While it may be well known that “practice practice practice” gets you to Carnegie Hall, it appears you don’t even need to do the sound check to play Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Mariah Carey’s...more

Mila Kunis’ open letter on gender bias at work

by FordHarrison on

Many people know actor Mila Kunis for her role in the TV series “That ’70s Show” and her film roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the drama Black Swan. Kunis has recently been in the headlines for her open letter on sexism...more

Second Circuit Finds Use of "Who's on First" Routine Not Transformative and Not Fair Use

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a consequential opinion on the meaning and scope of what has become the "transformative use" factor of the fair use defense to copyright...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

September 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month’s judicial and administrative activity in the area of IC misclassification reflects the wide range of industries facing these types of claims: communications; cleaning services; transportation and delivery...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

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