Questionable anti-piracy cases can occur for several reasons. Sometimes businesses are given residential accounts mistakenly, leaving them open to liability for showing programs, such as pay-per-view and specials, for which commercial customers must pay significantly more. Although pricing has evened out in recent years, lawyers who defend these cases say it was not uncommon several years ago for businesses to be given residential accounts instead of the more expensive commercial ones for cable or satellite. The customers often didn’t know they had the wrong kind of account, but the providers did—possibly motivated to beat a competitor’s pricing. … [Read more...] about Who’s the pirate? Lawyers join forces to fight allegedly bogus claims of pay-TV theft
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Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI) and Louie Grohmert (R-TX) all questioned company executives on the diversity — or lack thereof — of their staff and airwaves. None of Comcast’s stations are wholly owned by African Americans and, given the increasing consolidation of media in today’s world, this was viewed by some lawmakers as not just less than adequate in 2010. … [Read more...] about The Comcast/NBC Merger Faces a Diversity Hurdle – Last Week’s House Judiciary Committee Hearings.
Rosenberg points out that real trials are messy, too, and that appellate courts sometimes take that into consideration and, for example, let some evidentiary sloppiness slide. He referred to himself as the “balance police” when he was a technical adviser for LA Law. For example, Rosenberg says, he would have added something to the wildly dramatic ending to the recent 13-part series Damages on the FX network. The plaintiffs lawyer played by Glenn Close presented a gotcha video to defendant Ted Danson (without his lawyer present) and extorted a $2 billion class action settlement from him. … [Read more...] about Why are TV Lawyers Ethically Challenged? That’s Hollywood, Writers Say
At a Federal Communications Commission hearing at Harvard Law School, Comcast said its occasional delays are part of a traffic management program. Comcast was criticized for hiring people to claim seats before the hearing, a move that prevented some people from attending. … [Read more...] about Class Action Filed Against Comcast for File-Sharing Slowdowns
IGNORE ADVICE101 Our last tip comes from ABA member Tim Miller of Scottsdale, Ariz., by way of the ancient Greeks. “For years, I tried to force myself to become organized using some prefab organizational method. In the end, they all fell short. It was not until I actually assessed my strengths and weaknesses that I was able to develop a method that works for me. I have now achieved a level of organization that improves my efficiency and greatly reduces my stress that something is being overlooked. So my tip: Know thyself.” … [Read more...] about Law Hacks