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Quick Legal Action Ends Steroid Accusations Against World Champion Boxer Vergil Ortiz, Jr.

Weintraub attorney Josh H. Escovedo sent a cease-and-desist letter on behalf of WBO International champion boxer Vergil Ortiz Jr. and successfully procured a full retraction of defamatory statements from fellow professional boxer Blair Cobbs.

Over the course of several months, Ortiz had been openly and repeatedly accused by Cobbs of using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) — in both writing and speech — without any factual basis. At the request of Ortiz, Escovedo issued a cease-and-desist letter to Cobbs over the weekend of January 28, 2023, demanding that both the claims be stopped and that public retractions be issued in all outlets where Cobbs had made the claims against Ortiz.

On Monday, January 30, 2023, Cobbs complied with the terms of the letter, issuing a full retraction on previous claims. “Right now, I need you guys to understand that Vergil Ortiz Jr. is a clean fighter. I retract all my statements,” Cobbs said in his video statement. Cobbs also gave explanation to his accusations and admitted that he was mistaken.

“We were pleased to see such a quick response. Trash talk is a part of boxing, but defamation is not.”

Josh Escovedo

Josh Escovedo is an experienced trial attorney and chair of Weintraub’s sports law group. He regularly assists clients with disputes involving sports, intellectual property, and real property. He counsels clients on sports and entertainment contracts and name, image, and likeness deals, and provides general sports and media representation.

For more information, see: Boxing Scene, 1/29/23 and Boxing Scene, 1/30/23

WT Deals: Sonoro Partners with Latino Actors to Create New Content Imprints

Weintraub client Sonoro has partnered with actors Manolo Cardona and Martha Higareda to help them create their own imprints of original audio content. Cardona is developing a new slate of shows, the first of which, Cuba 58, will premiere in the first quarter of this year. Higareda is focusing on English/Spanish bilingual thrillers, starting with Cassettes, set to release this year.

Seminar Series – Employment Law Update 2023

  • When: Jan 11-18, 2023

In January of 2023, Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group hosted the two part Employment Law Update 2023 seminar series. The Group’s attorneys discussed important legal developments from 2022 and reviewed a number of new laws and case law developments impacting employers in 2023.

WT Clients: Naomi Novik’s Novel ‘A Deadly Education’ Set for Film Adaptation

Universal Pictures is set to adapt to film the bestselling novel “A Deadly Education,” the first title in the Scholomance Trilogy by Weintraub client Naomi Novik.

The film will be directed by Meera Menon (Ms. Marvel) with Emily Carmichael (Jurassic World Dominion) and Shantha Susman adapting the screenplay. Todd Lieberman (Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Wonder) and David Hoberman (The Fighter, Wonder) are producers.

Read more about the project here on Deadline.

Naomi Novik is represented by Weintraub Shareholder Matthew Sugarman.

WT Deals: Toast News Network Picked Up by Dear Media

Podcast network Toast News Network, which includes the popular podcast The Morning Toast, will be added to the lineup of shows under Dear Media.

The network, founded by WT clients Claudia and Jackie Oshry, features original shows and podcasts from actors and influencers, such as Josh Peck, Lauren Elizabeth, and Shannon Ford. Dear Media will also be making an investment in the Oshry sisters’ cocktail brand, Spritz Society.

Weintraub Tobin helped to broker the deal, along with WME. Claudia and Jackie Oshry are represented by Weintraub shareholder Jessica Marlow.

Read more details about the deal here on IMDb.

CFRA Family Leave and California Paid Sick Leave Expanded to Employees’ “Designated Persons”

Existing California law provides employees with the right to take paid and unpaid leaves to care for certain family members when they need the employee’s assistance to obtain medical treatment, diagnosis, or preventative care.  On September 29, 2022, Governor Newsom signed into law AB 1041, which adds a “designated person” to the list of individuals for whom an employee may take California Family Rights Act or use paid sick leave.