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‘Disrupting the Press Release’ Report Directs the Conversation

The “Disrupting the Press Release” survey and report announcement has created quite the buzz within the PR community. We’re happy to have started a much needed dialogue on a fundamental tool that’s used by our profession to...more

Serie A media rights: end of the story?

As you may well be aware, Lega Nazionale Professionsti Serie A (the Italian top-tier soccer league) football rights have not yet been fully licensed. Whilst we are waiting for the results of the additional tender for the so...more

TCPA Connect - July 2014

TCPA Suit Claims Obligation To Check Recycled Numbers - The latest company to fall prey to a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action?: Twitter, facing a California suit from a plaintiff who claims...more

Empathy, relationships and press releases

The insights contained in Greentarget’s Disrupting the Press Release have validity because they are drawn not from the folks who write press releases but from the journalists who tell us they read them. The importance of...more

Celebrities Also Need Compliance Training

You see it all the time in the media: celebrities behaving badly. It seems that hardly a day goes by that we don’t read about some celebrity engaging in destructive activity. Then again, our society is completely wrapped up...more

10 Popular Reads Covering Latest European Union Developments

Recap of popular updates covering latest developments in the European Union....more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - July 2014 (Global)

BETTING AND GAMING - Belgium: Gaming Commission pleads for a further restriction and rationalization of the gaming industry - The Belgian Gaming Commission has sent an open letter to the next government in which it...more

A Lesson from Taylor Swift on the Power of the Op-ed

Taylor Swift surprised the world yesterday when she dropped her first op-ed. News of the lyricist’s piece spread like wildfire generating more than 150 comments on The Wall Street Journal website, in addition to more than...more

Six Reasons Why Hobby Lobby Does Not Spell “Doom” For Women

I was interviewed yesterday by Colin O’Keefe of LXBN-TV on the impact of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, and I did a “quick and dirty” post on the decision the day it was issued. Since that time, the decision has...more

California Supreme Court: Newspaper Carriers Can Proceed With Class Action Challenging Independent Contractor Status

On June 30, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a decision addressing how trial courts should determine the appropriateness of class certification in cases where workers claim they were improperly classified as...more

Nevada Supreme Court Holds Judicial Privilege for Statements Made to the Media During Litigation is Not Absolute

In Jacobs v. Adelson, 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 44 (Mar. 29, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court was asked to decide whether statements made to a newspaper during litigation were absolutely privileged. The case involved a defamation...more

A new test for Mexico’s structural changes: antitrust reform – key points in one chart

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed a bill formalizing the implementation of important amendments to the Mexican Constitution that primarily cover telecommunications, media and antitrust....more

Advertising News & Analysis - June 2014 #2

In this issue: - SCOTUS Greenlights Pom Wonderful v. Coca Cola Lanham Act Suit - Steinman Authors U.S. Chapter in International Advertising Law - 7.5 Million Reasons to Worry About TCPA Compliance – in...more

The media didn’t die, but not for the reasons you’re thinking

The news media is enjoying a renaissance today after fears of imminent death. It’s not reviving because a new business model was found. It’s reviving because the persistent need for news finds its own business model. We need...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - June 2014 (Global)

CONSUMER AND DATA PROTECTION - Italy: New rules on cookies and Internet profiling! - The Italian Data Protection Authority has issued its decision on the “simplified information notice and cookie consent”"....more

Advertising News & Analysis - June 2014

In this issue: - Leading Product Liability Litigator Jessica Grant Joins Venable's SF Office - FindTheBest's 1-2 Punch KOs Patent Troll - The Other Ski Boot Drops – You Shouldn't Collude Over Endorsers...more

Defamation Claim Against HBO Sports Documentary Proceeds; International Sporting Goods Supplier Not a Public Figure

On May 16, 2014, in Mitre Sports v. HBO, the Southern District of New York allowed a defamation claim brought by a UK company against HBO to proceed to trial. In doing so, the Court ruled that Mitre Sports International, one...more

Embracing Facebook as a News Conduit

I’m a bit of a dinosaur. On a good day, three physical newspapers are dropped at my doorstep. Of the things that motivate me to get out of bed: coffee and those newspapers play a large role. Being a media relations...more

Looks Like Price-Fixing Among Class Action Plaintiffs Firms

Recently, we took a new look at an old and fairly common practice among businesses that ostensibly compete with each other. And it did not look good. In fact, it looked a lot like price-fixing. But not by the usual...more

Representing the Targeted Executive: Diplomacy Matters

It seemed like a good idea. Provide a local media outlet with a peek under the company's hood—give a tour of the facilities, answer questions about operations, preview a few promising transactions. When the article ran,...more

Want to Disrupt the News? Focus on Quality and Context

“Disruption” is a thrilling word at our company. Through daily conversations with our clients and the constant digestion of news, we see that traditional industries are being challenged and changed by new companies with...more

5 Reasons News Media Do Not Follow Ethics

Ed. Note-Today we have a guest post from Daphne Holmes. Anyone who deals with FCPA compliance – or with any other federal, global, or local laws and regulations – is acutely aware that compliance and ethics are two...more

How LinkedIn Publishing Could Kill The Law Blog

For one brief, bright, shining moment in the history of mass human communication, everyone had the ability to talk to everyone else and no corporate gatekeeper was not in control. In that moment — after the mass media no...more

Nonprofits and Celebrity Endorsements: Common Legal Pitfalls and Practical Tips

What Is a Celebrity Endorsement? For a nonprofit organization, increasing awareness and support is often difficult because of the sheer number of nonprofits competing for funding, often many in the same space. Securing...more

New Public Consultation on broadcasting and investment obligations for on demand services

The Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) published a consultationon a draft regulation relating to broadcasting and investment obligations for on demand audiovisual media services. The draft subject to consultation is...more

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