The firm’s Content, Media and Entertainment Practice has been named among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year, one of only five media and entertainment groups nationwide to win this recognition. Law360 honors the practice for “groundbreaking” media cases last year, including the “monumental” U.S. Supreme Court victory for television broadcasters against online streaming company Aereo Inc., an eight-figure jury award for record label EMI against MP3Tunes and summary judgment awarded to the three major record companies against music streaming site Grooveshark. This is the second consecutive year and the third time in four years that Law360 has counted the practice among the nation’s best.
In Law360’s profile of the practice, Co-Chair Andrew H. Bart attributes the group’s success to its deep bench of 21 partners and 14 associates across offices in New York, DC and Los Angeles. “We really do view ourselves as having a first-team bench that no one else in the marketplace can match. The other thing that sets us apart is just the breadth of experience we have across our three offices. We are not a firm with one or two A-list litigators; we have eight or nine people who would be on most people’s list of recognizable names in the field, and I think the clients recognize the depth of our bench and the scope of issues that we handle.” The profile also quotes Co-Chair Richard L. Stone observing that the Aereo case provided a rare opportunity to work a case from the trial court all the way up to the Supreme Court. “Of course, losing at every stage until we got to the Supreme Court sort of added to the sweetness of the victory, having to go through all those obstacles. It’s not often that you have a case that goes all the way to the Supreme Court so that was interesting, fascinating and fun, all at once,” he tells Law360.
Regarding the EMI case, Andy and Partner Luke C. Platzer represented the record label in a four week jury trial that resulted in the first jury verdict finding a defendant liable for willful blindness of infringing activity despite qualifying for a safe harbor under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Finally, Andy and Partner Gianni P. Servodidio are recognized for the Grooveshark case, in which a judge ruled that Grooveshark infringed copyrights held by Atlantic Recording Corp., Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records Inc. and others.