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  • | Entertainment Law & Finance

    Counsel Concerns: Lawyer Ethics Rule In Play in Suit By Business Manager Against Rap Artist

    August 01, 2018 |

    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina dismissed a conversion counterclaim by rapper Chingy against his former business manager Leslie King, who is a lawyer, on the ground that the artist hadn't established that a royalty purchase agreement he signed with the lawyer was void for allegedly violating the state's attorney ethics rule. However, the district court allowed the artist to pursue the ethics rule as an affirmative defense in the underlying lawsuit the attorney's music company has filed against Chingy.

  • | Entertainment Law & Finance

    Bit Parts

    August 01, 2018 |

    Cryptocollectible Concept Denied Trade Secret Protection
    Jefferson Starship Co-Founder Loses Anti-SLAPP Motion Against Current Members of Band

  • | Entertainment Law & Finance

    Issues Between EU Data Protection, Use of Blockchain

    August 01, 2018 |

    Emerging technologies and regulations have the power to create, shape or kill businesses. For the entertainment industry, the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and blockchain technology each embody forces that have the potential for profound impact. Taken in tandem, the GDPR and blockchain highlight the possibilities and pitfalls of disruption and the importance of cross-organizational collaboration in compliance and innovation initiatives.

  • | Entertainment Law & Finance

    Behind MGM Suits Against Concert Shooting Victims

    August 01, 2018 |

    MGM Resorts International's filing of lawsuits against 2,500 victims of the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting at the country music concert in Las Vegas was an unprecedented move that has plaintiffs' lawyers accusing the entertainment conglomerate of forum shopping and defense lawyers scratching their heads.

  • | Entertainment Law & Finance

    Loan-Out Corporations after Tax Reform and CA Supreme Court Decision in Dynamex

    July 01, 2018 |

    The tax reform bill signed by President Trump at the end of 2017 has caused us to take a fresh look at many long-held assumptions about how to take into account income taxes in planning for the entertainment industry. At the same time, the California Supreme Court recently decided a case that has the potential to eviscerate loan-out corporations entirely. This article discusses loan-out corporations in light of these two important developments.

  • | Entertainment Law & Finance

    Bit Parts

    July 01, 2018 |

    Jerry Lee Lewis Gets Extended Discovery Time in Management Litigation Against His Daughter
    Three-Year Statute of Limitations Argument Doesn't Bar Claims to Copyright Renewal Terms
    Ticketmaster Prevails With “Striking Compatibility” Claim in Copyright Suit Over Ticket Bots