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Broadcasters Consider Supreme Court Petition on Aereo
October 11, 2013 -- The Wall Street Journal
Barry Werbin was quoted in The Wall Street Journal article "Broadcasters Consider Supreme Court Petition on Aereo." In the article, Barry predicted the Supreme Court "ultimately will have to intervene in the matter, because of the significant potential impact these services could have on broadcast television and the public."
NFL warning sponsors about deals with players trade group
March 27, 2011 -- Sports Business Journal
Barry Werbin says the NFL's and franchises' websites are primarily informational -- and the players public figures -- which means the league is probably on safe ground continuing to use players' likenesses during the lockout. He says he understands the players' ire but says the league's First Amendment rights to disseminate information probably will prevail.
Rogers gets a look at Leafs' books
December 3, 2010 -- The Toronto Star
Irwin Kishner helps examine the possibility that Canadian cable company Rogers Communications, which already owns Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, would buy a controlling share of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, which owns the NHL's Maple Leafs, NBA's Raptors, a soccer team, a minor league hockey team, and several arenas. He notes that media companies and sports enterprises tend to be a good match, and that locking up a local market is valuable, making a Rogers ownership of MLSE a sensible move.
Poetic ‘wordsmithing’? Teachers’ says it has no ‘firm offer’ for Leafs
December 3, 2010 -- The Toronto Star
A Canadian sports enterprise owner's lukewarm denial that it will sell its holdings -- including teams in the NHL, NBA and professional soccer, and sports venues -- actually reveals little about the owner's plans, Irwin Kishner says. He helps analyze the likelihood that a major Canadian media company is poised to buy one of that nation's premier portfolios of pro sports teams and venues.
Tribune-creditor pact only delays legal battle
April 9, 2010
Stephen Selbst says a settlement between Tribune Co and its creditors -- aimed at ending the media company's bankruptcy and possibly the liability of its chairman, Sam Zell -- is not certain to be successful, in part because the original deal came at the height of the LBO fervor, failed shortly thereafter, and apparently was overleveraged.
Sony Loses Bid to Enforce Agreement With Competitor's Top Executive
March 24, 2010 -- New York Law Journal
Lead defense attorney Mara Levin analyzes why our client, an executive with a major competitor to Sony Music Entertainment, prevailed on a motion to dismiss Sony's suit, in which it alleged that our client breached an employment contract. David Feuerstein was on the litigation team.
To Tweet or Not to Tweet
March 9, 2010 -- NJ & Company
Companies should enunciate clear policies regarding employees' personal use of employers' computers, servers and other electronic communication devices and enforce those policies, Patricia Graham says. In this story, she analyzes the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, both public and private.
Planning can reduce bankruptcy pain
January 23, 2010 -- Raleigh News & Observer
In this story about how pre-packaged and pre-negotiated bankruptcies are on the rise, Joshua Angel says that because the up-front costs of pre-arranged bankruptcies are significant, only companies with $50 million or more in assets are well-positioned to file for protection that way.
Critics Smell Spam in White House Healthcare Email Effort
August 17, 2009 -- E-Commerce Times
The Obama Administration's use of email to educate the public on health care and health insurance -- even if the communications contain advocacy -- does not violate the CAN-SPAM statute, Barry Werbin says. The emails constitute more of a political or public trust issue than a legal one.
Chernin's Reel Deal
February 24, 2009 -- CNBC's Closing Bell
In a live segment opposite a major shareholder, Carol Goodman analyzes the package that News Corp's No. 2 executive will receive upon leaving the company. Carol acknowledges that the raw numbers are robust but notes that the deal was made in a far better economy and that News Corp received great value from his services.
Google, Book Foes Propose Settlement To Copyright Lawsuit
October 29, 2008 -- Investor's Business Daily
Barry Werbin praises the settlement of widely watched copyright litigation between Google and two adversaries, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. Barry notes that the public will have a robust search mechanism, authors will receive appropriate royalties, and Google will develop significant revenue streams as a result of the settlement.
Gender Discrimination Litigation
September 27, 2007 -- CNBC
Carol Goodman, live on network television, discusses gender discrimination litigation against Bloomberg LP and ways that companies can avoid and defend against such suits.
July 16, 2004 -- SecondsOut.com
Mike Heitner is referred to as the "best contract attorney in the business"