Munger, Tolles & Olson’s Media & Entertainment group has been named a Practice Group of the Year by Law360. The firm was one of five firms recognized in the Media & Entertainment category.
"We have a tremendous diversity of issues that we handle for our clients, ranging from cutting-edge copyright to complex antitrust to significant contract and other commercial litigation," Munger Tolles litigation partner Kelly M. Klaus said in the Law360 profile of the group.
In granting the honor, Law360 cited the firm’s success in securing Universal Music Group Inc. approval from the FTC for the $1.9 billion purchase of EMI; defending ABC against copyright infringement claims by CBS; sinking a high-profile antitrust suit against client Fox Entertainment Group Inc.; and carving out a prominent role in the ever-growing video game industry.
Describing Universal’s acquisition of EMI, Munger Tolles partner Glenn D. Pomerantz noted that "there are a lot of lawyers out there who know antitrust law, and there are a lot of lawyers who know how to discuss those issues relevant to a merger. But what we also brought to this transaction was a deep knowledge of the music industry."
The group also obtained the complete dismissal of claims that ABC’s new reality show “Glass House” infringed CBS’s “Big Brother” series. Munger Tolles litigation partner Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke said: "We thought they were clearly trying to protect something that was not copyrightable. … You can't copyright people living in a house… [and] you can't copyright romance in a hot tub."
Mr. Klaus’s practice is focused on copyright and complex commercial litigation.
Mr. Pomerantz’ practice focuses on antitrust, copyright and contract matters in the media and entertainment industry and other industries.
Ms. Luedtke's practice focuses on complex business litigation with a particular emphasis in intellectual property, breach of contract disputes, trade secret and employee mobility disputes.