January 30, 2014

Jenner & Block LLP’s Content, Media & Entertainment (CM&E) Practice has been named a Law360 Media & Entertainment Group of the Year.  This is the second time the CM&E Practice has been selected for the honor by Law360, having also secured a spot on the list for the year 2011.

A lengthy profile of the practice published on January 27 notes the firm’s role at the epicenter of an industry-changing fight between the nation’s largest broadcasters and media companies in their struggle to define how their content can be streamed or retransmitted over the Internet and through cable providers. 

The article quotes Practice Co-chair Andy Bart, who told Law360 that the firm’s CM&E practice enjoys a reputation as a “one-stop shop for media companies embroiled in litigation…We provide all sorts of solutions for our clients, ranging from government relations to antitrust to rate-setting proceedings to copyright and trademark counseling.  We view ourselves as partners with our clients…we work with the clients on issues that confront them, are aware of their concerns and are sensitive to budgetary concerns.”

Practice Co-chair Rick Stone added that the group does not rest on its “prestigious laurels” to draw clients.  “We are a very collaborative, team-oriented group…We understand the businesses we handle, so we can give legal advice that dovetails with business strategies.”

Law360 notes that “attorneys at Jenner & Block LLP have been counsel in several matters that could change the business of television as we know it,” citing, as one example, our representation of Fox in litigation against Dish Network’s “Hopper” ad-skipping digital video recording service.  In a second example, the publication describes the firm’s win of a preliminary injunction against FilmOn X, also on behalf of Fox, as a “major blow” against the television streaming service that retransmits copyrighted material over the Internet.

While the article did not specifically name the case, another example of the firm’s involvement in the most significant litigation in this arena is our representation of the major television studios in American Broadcasting Companies, et al. v. Aereo Inc., a case The National Law Journal has characterized as a “high-stakes copyright dispute that could shake the television industry to its core.”  Aereo, like FilmOn X, is a free online streaming service.  The case was recently accepted for argument before the Supreme Court and is being called “one of the top business and intellectual property cases to land on the high court’s docket in years.”