Four Weintraub Attorneys Named to Variety’s 2021 Legal Impact Report

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that Jessica Marlow, Wayne Kazan, Shaun Gordon, and Jamie Lincenberg have been named to Variety’s 2021 Legal Impact Report. Variety spotlights the world’s top lawyers in entertainment and media in the annual Report, highlighting their groundbreaking work in film, television, music, and digital.

Weintraub’s Digital Media Group has worked with clients on the cutting edge of technology and content creation as audiences,

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Jo Dale Carothers Selected for Inclusion in San Diego Super Lawyers List® 2021

SAN DIEGO, CA (April 1, 2021) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Jo Dale Carothers, Ph.D. is a 2021 San Diego Super Lawyers honoree. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Jo Dale Carothers is a shareholder and chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group and a member of the Litigation group.

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WT Wins: Labor Commissioner Accepts Employer’s Interpretation of Contested Contract

In an “Order, Decision and Award” dated February 10, 2021, Weintraub attorney Shauna Correia obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a private school in a Complaint made before the California Labor Commissioner. 

For teachers at the private school, the school typically observes a July 1 to June 30 school year; teachers are paid a salary spread over 12 months, and the month of July is typically time off.  For this reason,

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WT Deals: Tinkercast Developing Slate of Kid and Family Podcasts With Sony Music

Tinkercast, a company co-founded by Guy Raz, host of NPR’s How I Built This, has struck a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to develop a slate of shows. Raz founded Tinkercast with Mindy Thomas, host of SiriusXM’s Absolutely Mindy Show, and Meredith Halpern-Ranzer. The deal also includes the existing kid’s podcast Wow In The World, a series that shares stories about science, technology, and new discoveries which recently reached over 100M downloads.

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WT Win: Vexatious Litigant’s Meritless Lawsuit Quickly Defeated in Zoom Trial

In February and March 2021, Weintraub attorney Zack Thompson won judgment in favor of the Firm’s client in a trial held entirely over the Zoom videoconferencing app, with the superior court judge and all witnesses testifying and sharing exhibits remotely. The court agreed with Zack’s arguments and ruled in favor of our client, the defendant, at the close of the plaintiff’s evidence, without requiring our client to introduce any evidence at all, which saved both time and money.

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Josh Escovedo in the Sacramento Business Journal: Court Sides With Friends With Benedicts In Restaurant Trademark Dispute

Sonya Sorich writes in the Sacramento Business Journal that a ruling by the El Dorado County Superior Court has settled a long-running trademark dispute between Sacramento-area restaurants in favor of Weintraub client Friends with Benedicts Mimosa House LLC.  Early Morning, Inc., which operates the Mimosa House chain, had sued Friends with Benedicts for trademark infringement in 2018, but the Court said that the “plaintiff did not provide admissible evidence or legal authority that its subject mark,

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WT Deals: Rebekah Weatherspoon's Contemporary Romance Series to be Developed for Television

Rebekah Weatherspoon has struck a deal to have her romance book trilogy to be developed for television. The first book, A Cowboy to Remember, is now in development as a pilot and will be written and executive produced by Valerie C. Woods.

The trilogy is about a woman who has an accident and loses her memory but gets a second chance at love with an old childhood friend. It is described as a “modern-day happily ever after,”

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WT Wins: California Superior Court Judgment Clears Obstacle for Prime Real Estate Sale

In September 2020, Weintraub attorney Shauna Correia obtained a judgment in favor of our client from the California Superior Court, County of Alameda.  The client is a limited liability company that owns, and desires to sell, more than 150 acres of prime real estate.  An adverse party sought to interfere with a proposed sale to a third party developer, claiming entitlement to a significant percentage of the sales price upon sale of the property,

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WT Wins: State Mining and Geology Board Rescinds $11M Civil Penalty and Settles Civil Rights Claim

Weintraub attorney David A. Diepenbrock recently helped persuade the State Mining and Geology Board to rescind one of the largest fines it had ever imposed under the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (“SMARA”), totaling over $11,000,000. The Board purported to impose the fine for, among things, mining without an approved reclamation plan or a reclamation bond. In doing so, the Board ignored the validity of a reclamation plan a quorum of its membership,

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