Media and Entertainment INDUSTRIES
Representing radio and television broadcasters, newspaper publishers, cable programmers, Internet service providers, journalists, entertainment personalities, and others, WilmerHale has developed significant experience in handling the complex challenges faced by those in the media and entertainment industry. The firm’s experience covers a broad range of media and entertainment matters, involving FCC regulation, antitrust and competition issues, copyright levies and infringement, digital broadcast standards, First Amendment and other constitutional issues, the Freedom of Information Act and public right of access, libel, ownership disputes, breach of contract, fraud, and class action litigation.

Experience

  • In Berlyn v. The Washington Post, we secured summary judgment and affirmance on appeal in a section 1 restraint of trade and section 2 monopolization suit accusing The Washington Post of attempting to monopolize the community newspaper market in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.
  • We were the primary antitrust counsel for the combination of Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards movie theatre chains, which together form the nation’s largest theatre chain. We secured clearance from the US Antitrust Division with no divestitures, despite the Division having in the past challenged smaller acquisitions in the same industry.
  • We represent a major entertainment company in five consolidated putative class actions in which plaintiffs alleged that denying admission to violent gang members at the client’s California facility constituted unlawful "racial profiling.” After more than a year and a half of intensive motions practice, discovery and mediated negotiations, the firm has achieved a favorable settlement for its client (subject to court approval).
  • We represented Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, in defeating a challenge brought by an unsuccessful bidder contesting his failed attempt to buy the team from the estate of Jack Kent Cooke.
  • We successfully represented major television networks and the network affiliate associations in a ten-day trial, in which the court ordered EchoStar, the country’s second largest satellite company, to halt its illegal service to over 500,000 subscribers. This victory is the latest in our string of victories for free over-the-air television broadcasters in their long-running battle to stop copyright infringement by satellite providers that misappropriate broadcast signals.

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July 13, 2016

Civil Fines Jump Across Agencies Under Inflation Adjustment Act

Civil fines across federal agencies have recently been increased dramatically under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Public Law 114-74), with some more than doubling. Companies violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Improvements Act, the Securities and Exchange Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), among others, could soon face civil monetary penalties that are up to 150% higher than the existing levels. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the 2015 Act would increase the federal government's revenue by $1.3 billion over the next ten years.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 25, 2016

Innovation and Censorship of Television in China

China has embarked on a difficult transition from high growth fueled by reliance on investment and manufacturing to growth based on consumption and the service sector. For this new economic model, the key to sustaining growth is innovation.

January 19, 2016

Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief Implemented: New Opportunities Await Non-US Companies, but Comprehensive US Transaction and Export Restrictions Remain in Effect

On January 16, 2016, the United States, its negotiating partners and Iran announced the arrival of Implementation Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to which the parties agreed on July 14, 2015 with respect to the Iranian nuclear program.

July 15, 2015

Final Deal Reached on Iran Sanctions Relief

On July 14, 2015, the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners, together with Iran, announced the final terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

July 1, 2015

WilmerHale Named a Leading National Firm in the United States by The Legal 500

The Legal 500 United States has released its annual rankings, selecting WilmerHale as one of the preeminent law firms in the country.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

December 27, 2012

New FTC Rules Tighten Regulation Under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

December 4, 2012

Second Circuit Invalidates Misbranding Conspiracy Conviction on First Amendment Grounds

March 15, 2011

Chambers USA 2011 Preliminary Results Announced