After 1,500 Years, an Index to the Talmud’s Labyrinths, With Roots in the Bronx
December 27, 2011 -- The New York Times
Daniel Retter's compilation of an index to the 63-volume, 1,500-year-old Torah is covered in this article. It took Daniel seven years to create the index, which he says he did, in part, because the lack of an index frustrated him, especially because as an attorney, he is used to indexes attached to books of statutes and case law.
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.
Facebook's Private Days Numbered
January 7, 2011 -- Investor's Business Daily
Stephen Fox points out the irony that Facebook's business model encourages sharing of information over personal privacy, while its corporate model puts a premium on keeping its financials close to the vest. Stephen made his remarks in an article about the Goldman Sachs investment in Facebook and the question of whether Facebook will be able to remain a private company for long.
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.
Why Disney Nabbed Playdom
August 2, 2010 -- InternetEvolution.com
Disney's $763 million acquisition of Playdom -- one of the big three developers of social games played on Facebook, MySpace, and the other social networks -- was shrewd, John Rogers says. The acquisition makes sense because it puts Disney in a micro-transaction-based business and also positions the entertainment giant to create games around its library of characters, he says, adding that social gaming is here to stay and will grow over time.
Zynga Draws Record VC Funding
June 28, 2010 -- InternetEvolution.com
John Rogers says that Zynga, an on-line gaming site, appears to have limitless potential for profitability and therefore is likely to have a successful liquidity event in the form of a robust IPO or acquisition.
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.
Lohan to Sue E-Trade for $100M
March 9, 2010 -- CNBC's Power Lunch
M. Darren Traub tells a live network audience that Lindsay Lohan's suit against E-Trade, in which she alleges that the company's television ad uses her likeness without her permission, is unlikely to succeed. Further, he says, even if it does, Lohan will have difficulty proving damages.
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.
High-def TV luring Americans to NHL
October 27, 2009 -- Toronto Star
Better television reception -- such as high definition TV -- will lure more Americans to watch the sport and increase the possibility that the NHL will land a national broadcast contract, Matthew Pace says in a story that notes that Herrick has a "prominent" sports law practice.
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.
Mega Companies: Bust 'Em Up to Create Value?
May 28, 2009 -- CNBC Reports
In a live segment, Gary Young analyzes why some mergers make sense, some break-ups of merged entities make sense, and why it is impossible to make blanket statements that merger or spin-off is the best way to create shareholder value.
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"