Communications, Media & Entertainment

The 2019 Winnik International TMT Forum hosted by Hogan Lovells featured a panel discussion on technology and media convergence. Logan Breed, antitrust partner at Hogan Lovells, moderated the discussion as six thought leaders in media, technology, and competition law grappled with business and legal issues related to industry convergence. Panelists included Jeffrey Eisenach from NERA Economic Consulting, Richard Greenfield from BTIG, Gabrielle Kohlmeier from Verizon, Joshua Wexler from Pure Imagination Studios, and Hogan Lovells partners…
Almost ten months after the California Consumer Protection Act was passed, companies are still trying to figure out what it means. To make things more complicated, over 40 bills have been introduced to make changes to the law, and the Attorney General is required to pass regulations on a number of provisions. How can companies deal with this moving target? Alysa Hutnik provides some tips in this podcast. The Ad Law Access podcast is available…
OTA & Travel Distribution Update: Traveloka challenges OTA acronym; Japanese anti-trust agents raid offices of Expedia and Booking.com Other than the news that Marriott and Expedia completed negotiations over their new contract (congratulations to Marriott for getting this behind you), this past week was relatively quiet on the distribution front.  Enjoy. Traveloka Challenges OTA Acronym(“Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Agency Traveloka Moves Into Food, Wellness Choices,” News, APril 10, 2019)Indonesia-based Traveloka is challenging what it…
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), at its April 12, 2019 Open Meeting, voted to adopt a Public Notice that proposes application and bidding procedures for the single, simultaneous auction of three mmW spectrum bands—37 GHz (37.6-38.6 GHz), 39 GHz (38.6 GHz-40 GHz), and 47 GHz (47.2-48.2 GHz)—as we previously reported. The Public Notice lays the groundwork for the second-ever incentive auction (in the 37 and 39 GHz Bands) and continues the FCC’s intent to…
Last month, we wrote about the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in FTC v. Shire Viropharma Inc., holding that the FTC may only bring a case under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act when the FTC can articulate specific facts that a defendant “is violating” or “is about to violate” the law. We noted that the same issue in the context of a consumer protection action is likely headed…
Consumers over 50 are on an endless quest for things that make us feel, look, or perform like younger versions of ourselves. Marketers aware of how aging demographics are tuned into this quest. The FTC has been especially vigilant in policing claims that dietary supplements, especially in the cognitive and memory space, can turn back the clock (for additional reading on the FTC’s history with unsubstantiated cognitive claims, check out our previous blog posts on…
On 15th April the Council of the European Union adopted the EU Copyright Directive (the “Directive”), ending a negotiation process which first started with the Commission’s proposal for a new Directive in early 2016. After publication in the Official Journal of the EU, Member States will have two years to implement the Directive. In Council the UK voted to adopt the Directive, but it’s by no means certain that the UK will implement it. If the…
The European Commission (“Commission”) has published a Recommendation on cybersecurity in the energy sector (“Recommendation”). The Recommendation builds on recent EU legislation in this area, including the NIS Directive and EU Cybersecurity Act (see our posts here and here). It sets out guidance to achieve a higher level of cybersecurity taking into account specific characteristics of the energy sector, including the use of legacy technology and interdependent systems across borders.…
“We ain’t done yet!” exclaims the agency that has recently locked up the likes of Tyus Battle and PJ Washington as well. This time they dip into the PAC-12 with Zylan Cheatham. Cheatham averaged 12.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and shot 53.4% from the field this past season. He earned All-PAC-12 First Team and PAC-12 All-Defensive Team honors for his efforts. Cheatham tweeted a heartfelt message thanking those that have supported him. “THANK YOU…
Star Kentucky forward PJ Washington has agreed to sign with Roc Nation Sports, for their representation in this year’s 2019 NBA Draft. Announced on Twitter Monday, he plans on staying in the draft and not coming back for his junior season at Kentucky. This past season, Washington lead the Wildcats to an Elite Eight run as he averaged 15.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg over the course of the year. Originally from Dallas (TX), Washington was…