• 08.03.17

    Ninth Circuit Tosses Deception Challenge to Gerber’s Labels

    By Jeffrey S. Edelstein, Partner, Advertising, Marketing and Media The U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, reinstated the dismissal of most of a challenge to the labels on Gerber’s line of baby food. Natalia Bruton filed suit in 2012, alleging that Gerber Products Co. ...

  • 08.01.17

    The Brooklyn DA Race and the Weight of Ken Thompson's Legacy

    The most intriguing and consequential primary in New York City this year will be the Democratic race for district attorney in Brooklyn. This primary will almost inevitably become a referendum on the reform measures put in place by the late Ken Thompson, who passed away last year.   In ...

  • 07.31.17

    What to Expect This Retrans Season

    The triennial election cycle for commercial broadcast stations will occur again this fall. And where broadcasters elect retransmission consent, one can expect the negotiations to be even more contentious than the last election cycle (2014).   If recent election cycles are any guide, ...

  • 07.31.17

    Spotlight on the False Claims Act

    By John F. Libby, Partner, Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense | Jacqueline C. Wolff, Partner, Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense | Kenneth B. Julian, Partner, Litigation Why it matters: Since our last newsletter, the DOJ has announced numerous ...

  • 07.27.17

    Rexford Addresses Suicide Prevention in Billboard Article

    Following the passing of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Manatt’s Michael Rexford authored a powerful, personal article for Billboard on suicide prevention. Michael is counsel in the firm’s entertainment and media practice.   In his article, Michael cites a 2015 ...

  • 07.27.17

    Photographer’s Copyright Suit Gets Mixed Results

    A New York federal court judge handed a photographer a mixed result when it dismissed her copyright infringement claim but allowed her Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allegations to move forward in a dispute that began on Instagram. Photojournalist Matilde Gattoni, based in Italy, ...

  • 07.21.17

    Does Dodd-Frank Protect Internal Whistleblowers?

    Why it matters The Supreme Court has agreed to answer the question of whether the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provides protections to whistleblowers who file their reports internally and not with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a question that has ...

  • 07.20.17

    Native Americans End Trademark Dispute With Redskins

    In light of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Matal v. Tam, a group of Native Americans agreed to drop their litigation against the Washington Redskins football team, ending a dispute that has lasted more than two decades. The case began in 1992 when a group of Native Americans brought a ...

  • 07.19.17

    Breaking Into the D.C. LIHTC Affordable Housing Market

    As demand for affordable housing in Washington, D.C. continues to rise, investors may show increased interest in breaking into the city’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit market. However, investors must comply with D.C.’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act in order to do so, which ...

  • 07.13.17

    Supreme Court: Trademark Disparagement Clause Violates First Amendment

    By Michelle A. Cooke, Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Why it matters: On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court held in Matal v. Tam that Section 2(a) of the Lanham (Trademark) Act—commonly known as the “disparagement clause”—violates the First Amendment. ...