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Weintraub Tobin’s own Brendan Begley was recently quoted in a news article about an appellate court’s ruling that hugs and kisses in the workplace may create a sexually hostile environment. The article, titled “Sheriff discovers that work-hugs can lead to litigation“ by Laura Halleman, was published on Legal NewsLine. To read the full article, click here.
Brendan spearheads the firm’s Appeals and Writs group and is a member of the firm’s labor and employment,
The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin can help you avoid expensive and protracted litigation. We specialize in:
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The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in Mediating employment disputes both pre and post litigation. Employment disputes are some of the most contentious and aggressively litigated cases in federal and state courts. The employee is adamant that the employer treated him or her unjustly and violated the law, and the employer reasonably believes that it acted fairly and the employee’s claim is without merit. Based on the disruption and negative impact this type of aggressive and protracted litigation can have on the lives and businesses of those involved,
Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin is proud to distribute our first annual Year In Review. Please click on the icon to make the book full screen. Press “Esc.” on your keyboard to leave full screen.
The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in conducting independent investigations into complaints of misconduct in the workplace. At Weintraub Tobin, we take pride in the top-notch investigations conducted by our experienced group of attorney-investigators. Our attorneys have conducted hundreds of investigations for private companies, for-profit companies, non-profit companies, cities, counties, and state agencies, school districts, community college districts, and other special districts. For more information, please visit our Workplace Investigations page here.
Shareholder Marvin Gelfand is proud to announce that a California judge gave approval to a $20M settlement related to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme. The motion was approved after 8 years of legal action dating back to 2009. Marvin Gelfand partnered up with Milberg LLP and Seeger Weiss LLP and announced a proposed settlement with the Stanley Chais Defendants and the Chais Related Defendants in late 2016.
Read the full announcement from Law360 here: Madoff Figure’s $20M Deal With Calif.,
The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in training supervisors on various workplace issues, including preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; workplace health and safety; and managing leave laws. For more information, please visit our Trainings page here.
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LOS ANGELES (February 2, 2017) – Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading full-service law firms, adds long-time litigator Andrew Gilford as a shareholder and Jessica Corpuz as an associate in its Los Angeles office. The duo previously practiced with the boutique law firm of Baute Crochetiere &
The Internal Revenue Service declared that January 23rd is the official start date of the 2017 Tax Season. Taxes can get messy for individuals and organizations, including non-profits. In 2016, Shareholder David Gabor prevailed in a bench trial and on appeal in an action representing our client, the Jewish Community Center in a case that altered established California non-profit law and directly took on the “regulatory state.” The issue was that the local tax assessors were following guidance from the State Board of Equalization (SBE) that required both owners and operators of charitable properties (in this case a community center) to submit certain bureaucratic forms at the risk of losing tax exemptions.
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 20, 2017) – Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading, full-service law firms, is pleased to announce that Eric Caligiuri, Jo Dale Carothers, David R. Gabor, and Gary Waldron have been named to the 2017 Southern California “SuperLawyers” list. The annual publication recognizes no more than 5.0 percent of lawyers throughout Southern California.
Eric Caligiuri – Eric advises domestic and international clients through complex intellectual property disputes.
Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Alan L. Grodin would like to congratulate client, Federation Entertainment, on completing their first-look agreement with Paramount Television. Federation Entertainment will partner up with Paramount TV to co-produce and co-distribute content “with a focus to collaborate with the best talents on formats worldwide,” as described by Pascal Breton. The President and Founder of Federation Entertainment made the announcement official this morning alongside Amy Powell, President of Paramount Television.
For more information on the announcement,
Weintraub Tobin would like to congratulate clients, Evan Puschak & James Charles, for being recognized by Forbes as some of the brightest in their field.
“The Nerdwriter” creator, Evan Puschak, was named to Forbes’ Media 30 under 30 list. Evan’s YouTube series has gained over 1,000,000+ subscribers* since launching in 2011.
James Charles, was selected into the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 for Art &
Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation, Inc. and Milberg LLP have announced a proposed settlement with the Stanley Chais Defendants and the Chais Related Defendants.
For more information about the class action, please visit the CHAIS tab.
Weintraub Tobin Shareholder, Matthew Sugarman, would like to congratulate clients, Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, on having their graphic novel “Joyride” named one of The Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2016 by Barnes & Noble. Joyride was published in late-September by BOOM! Studios and has been described as a “rebellious love letter to the sci-fi genre, exploring what happens when nothing stands between a group of teens and their freedom amongst the stars.”
Congratulations to Collin and Jackson!
Weintraub Tobin’s 2016 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training schedule is now available. Click here for a copy of the schedule.
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Weintraub Tobin would like to congratulate Darrell P. White on being the 2017 President-Elect of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. Darrell is an attorney with Weintraub Tobin, formerly known as Waldron Bragg in Orange County. His practice focuses on commercial and complex litigation in addition to providing general counsel to clients. He has been an active member of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association since 2014, and currently serves as CFO.
Fourth Edition of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, co-authored by Weintraub Tobin Shareholder, Lizbeth (“Beth”) V. West, and published by Matthew Bender (LexisNexis), now available.
Sacramento, California – November 2, 2016 – U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the seventh consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.
Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 15 practice areas.
Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.
Weintraub Tobin’s Labor & Employment and Intellectual Property Blogs have both been recognized as a “Top 100 Legal Blogs Every Lawyer and Law Student Must Follow” by Feedspot Blog Reader! Feedspot takes into consideration 1,000’s of Law blogs from across the United States and Canada and uses search and social metrics to rank them. Congratulations to all our wonderful attorneys for providing fresh interesting content!
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Weintraub Tobin Shareholder, Matthew Sugarman is excited to announce DMG Entertainment’s acquisition of the licensing rights to Cosmere from science fiction writer Brandon Sanderson. Matt, a Los Angeles-based attorney in the firm’s entertainment department, represents Sanderson. The deal, which was announced on Variety, has been coined as “one of the largest literary deals of the year”. With over 10 million copies sold, the Cosmere universe will be a must-see.
Vida Thomas will be speaking at San Joaquin Society for Human Resources Management’s Employment Legislative Update 2017 on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. For more information on this seminar, please visit http://www.sjhra.org/event/employment-legislative-update-2017-half-day-seminar/. Please note that Weintraub Tobin’s clients will receive a discounted rate and limited seats are available. To register for this seminar, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/employment-legislative-update-2017-a-half-day-seminar-tickets-28660308755.
Vida serves as Of Counsel to the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group.
SACRAMENTO, California – August 26, 2016 – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation congratulates its twelve attorneys who have been included in Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2016.
Sacramento, California – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin, a business law and litigation firm, announces that Chris Chediak has been named Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law for 2017 in Sacramento by Best Lawyers in America®. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Individuals are named to the list based on their particularly high level of peer recognition.
SACRAMENTO, California – August 15, 2016 – Weintraub Tobin congratulates its nine partners who have been included in The Best Lawyers of America© 2017 list.
David Adams, Sacramento, Corporate Governance Law & Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
“Weintraub accommodates flexible schedules, but the important point is for people to be available, Bradus says — from wherever they’re sitting.” Weintraub shareholder, Gary Bradus recently weighed in on the legal generation gap addressed in Steven Yoder’s article, The Case for New Practices. As technology continues to expand, Gary believes that firm productivity is increasing, which is no longer measured by the amount of hours an attorney spends at their desk.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am so pleased to announce that I am running for a Director at Large position with the OCBA. I am writing to seek your support and your vote. Why should you vote for me?
Weintraub client, Anant Singh, was recently elected to the International Olympic Committee. Alan Grodin, Singh’s longtime attorney and close friend, says “Anant is an outstanding member of the international community, and will serve the IOC well.”
Singh is the pre-eminent South African film producer known for over 80 films including Nelson Mandela’s autobiographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. For more information about the IOC election click here.
To read more about how the gender diversity index is calculated, click here: http://bit.ly/2aNdGtZ
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Employers who wish to take advantage of the safe harbor provision of California’s new piece rate legislation, must provide notice to the Director of Industrial Relations by July 28, 2016. The deadline for employers to provide notice was temporarily suspended while a Fresno Superior Court considered a petition by Nisei Farmers League requesting a preliminary injunction to prevent the implementation of the safe harbor provisions of Labor Code section 226.2 created by AB 1513.
Today Sacramento celebrated our very own green hero, Ethan! Ethan is 6 years old and is living with Cystic Fibrosis. Today his wish of being a garbage man for a day came true! We are proud to support Ethan and Make A Wish!
SACRAMENTO, California – July 25, 2016 – Weintraub Tobin Law Corporation congratulates its 18 attorneys who have been included in Sacramento magazine’s 2016 Top Lawyer List.
David C. Adams | Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
Brendan Begley | Appellate
Taylor W.Bentley | Securities & Corporate Finance
Gary L. Bradus | Banking & Financial Service, Business/Corporate
Kay U. Brooks | Estate Planning &
Weintraub congratulates Darrell White in our Newport Beach office on his appointment to serve as the American Bar Association, Litigation Section Liaison to the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. The Commission was created in 2010 to address the challenges and responsibilities facing Hispanics in and within the legal system of the United States. The ABA is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities.
The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin can help you avoid expensive and protracted litigation. We specialize in:
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Super Lawyers has released its Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego lists of outstanding attorneys for 2016, on which 33 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included. Three Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special honors in their respective regions.
Weintraub Tobin attorneys named to the 2016 Southern California and San Diego Super Lawyers include David R. Gabor in the firm’s Los Angeles office; Gary A. Waldron in the firm’s Newport Beach office;
Weintraub Tobin is proud to have sponsored the 36th Annual California Restaurant Association – Sacramento Chapter’s “Rock N’ Roll” Golf Tournament on July 11th at the Granite Bay Country Club. A number of Weintraub’s Labor & Employment attorneys spent the day with a great group of golfers on the third hole as they all tried their best to take home the prize for the “closest to the hole” prize. Thanks to Weintraub attorney, Lukas Clary,
SACRAMENTO (July 6, 2016) – Weintraub Tobin, one of California’s leading, full-service law firms, is pleased to announce that Shauna N. Correia and Gary D. Rothstein have been promoted to shareholder. The attorney group represents clients in a range of practice areas and industry sectors.
“We congratulate these new shareholders on their accomplishments. The careers of these attorneys reflect core attributes that drive the success of our firm and our clients,
6/25/16- At the 7th Annual VidCon in Anaheim, CA , Weintraub Tobin Shareholder Scott M. Hervey and Rian Bosak, Head of Network Operations Full Screen, presented “Fair Use and Youtube- A Creator’s Take” to a standing room only audience of digital media creators and industry professionals. Check out their presentation below:
By: Audrey Millemann
Up until now, it has been nearly impossible for a plaintiff to recover enhanced (up to treble) damages in patent infringement cases. The current test for enhanced damages, set forth by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in 2007 in In Re Seagate Technology, LLC, 497 F.3d 1360 (2007), was so rigid that it essentially slammed the door on plaintiffs seeking enhanced damages.
Congratulations to Darrell White for receiving both the City of Santa Ana Beautiful Yard Award and Neighborhood Hero Award! The awards were presented at Bower’s Museum on Thursday, June 23, 2016, and included recognition from the City Council of Santa Ana, Rep. Lorretta Sanchez (46th Dist.), Sen. Janet Nguyen (34th Dist.), Asmbly. Tom Daly (69th Dist.), Diane L. Harkey (State Board of Eq.), and Supervisor Andrew Do (1st Dist., Orange County).
By: Vida L. Thomas
On June 2, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released a proposed guidance on national origin discrimination under Title VII, and is seeking public input. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination against applicants and employees because of their national origin, because they are from a particular country or part of the world, or because of actual or apparent ethnicity. The EEOC publishes guidance documents to explain its enforcement position to employers and employees,
Patent litigators and prosecutors have been waiting to hear whether the U.S. Supreme Court would require the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to apply the same claim construction standard as the district courts. The answer is “No.”
For over 100 years, the USPTO has used the “broadest reasonable construction” standard to interpret patent claims. But the district courts apply a different standard, which gives claims their ordinary meaning as understood by a person of skill in the art.
Congratulations to the eight Weintraub Tobin attorneys selected to receive America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Northern California Lifetime Achievement Membership! Membership in America’s Top 100 Attorneys is limited to the top 100 attorneys from each state who best exhibit excellence and the highest ethical standards. With these high standards, less than 1% of attorneys in the United States will be selected for the membership. The Weintraub Tobin attorneys recognized for this distinction include:
Weintraub Tobin’s own Vida Thomas was recently mentioned in an article by Comstock’s Magazine. The article, titled “The Macro Problems Caused by Microaggression“ by Steven Yoder, deals with the implications of bias in the workplace. To read the full article, click here.
Vida serves as Of Counsel to the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group. As an AV-rated attorney who has practiced employment law for over 20 years,
By: Eric Caligiuri
In a high-profile case, a jury recently found that Google’s use of portions of Oracle’s Java software code was allowable under the fair use doctrine and thus did not constitute copyright infringement. Oracle sought as much as $9 billion in damages from Google for incorporating approximately 11,000 lines of Oracle’s Java software code into Google’s Android software. Not only were billions of dollars in monetary damages at stake in this dispute,
So what is a trade secret? Generally, a trade secret is information that the owner has taken reasonable measures to keep secret, derives independent economic value from not being generally known, and cannot be readily ascertainable by proper means, such as reverse engineering or independent development. Many businesses rely on trade secret protection rather than patent protection for confidential information such as product recipes (e.g.,
On May 10, 2016 Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 269 (SB 269) which amends certain California statutes dealing with disability access in public accommodations and business establishments. SB 269 is not a new law, but rather, an effort by the Legislature and Governor Brown to amend existing law in order to address the significant financial hardship that “drive-by” and “technical non-compliance” lawsuits are having on small businesses in California.
By Charles Post
Senate and House of Representatives Pass the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). First federal trade secret bill awaiting presidential signature.
More details can be found at the following Forbes article: “The New Defend Trade Secrets Act is the Biggest IP Development in Years,” dated April 28, 2016.
Weintraub Tobin congratulates Associate, Darrell P. White, for being selected as a Moderator at the 2016 Social Justice Symposium taking place at Chapman University. Click here for more information about the event.
Congratulations to Weintraub Tobin clients Zosia Mamet and Raymond Braun, for being recognized by Forbes as some of the brightest in their fields. “Girls” actress, Zosia Mamet, was named to Forbes’ Hollywood and Entertainment 30 under 30 list, while Raymond Braun was recognized on Forbes’ All-Star Alumni list. Braun was also recently named one of the Rising Social Media Stars To Know in 2016 by MTV.
Sacramento, CA – January 5, 2016– Weintraub Tobin, a Sacramento-based law firm, today announced that it has been awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. Weintraub Tobin joined Meritas in 1994, and as a condition of its membership, is required to successfully complete recertification every three years.
Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience.