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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WT Wins: Published Opinion Protects Survivors of Domestic Violence

Weintraub attorney Brendan J. Begley recently convinced the California Court of Appeal that a person who obtains a Domestic-Violence Restraining Order (“DVRO”) against an abusive person can have a trial court renew that order once it is about to expire even if the restrained person’s appeal from the original DVRO remains pending at that time.  (In re Marriage of Carlisle (2021) 60 Cal.App.5th 244, 246.)  Generally, once an appeal is filed in state court,

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WT Deals: Tommy Schlamme to Develop “This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends” Drama Series at FX Network

FX Network is adapting the newly released nonfiction book written by cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth. The series is being developed by Tommy Schlamme from The West Wing. The book is about the history of cyberwarfare and how the United States became vulnerable to attack.

The drama series is being executive produced by  Schlamme along with Julie deJoie. Screenwriters Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani will also exec produce, and Perlroth is slated to be a producer on the project.

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WT Deals: Cheech Marin Signed on to Lionsgate Action-Comedy, "Shotgun Wedding"

Cheech Marin will be part of an upcoming Lionsgate action-comedy, Shotgun Wedding, also starring Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez, and Josh Duhamel. Jason Moore is directing the film and it is slated to start production this month. D’arcy Carden, Selena Tan, Desmin Borges, and Alex Mallari have also signed on for the film. The screenplay is about a couple who take their very opinionated families to an ultimate destination wedding and the wedding party is taken hostage.

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Weintraub Tobin Joins the Sacramento Legal Employers Diversity Collaborative

Sacramento, CA (February 2, 2021) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that it has joined the Sacramento Legal Employers Diversity Collaborative. The initiative, spearheaded by the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, involves a group of local, national, and international law firms, state agencies, public defenders, and district attorneys committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion at law schools and in the legal profession.

The Sacramento Legal Employers Diversity Collaborative is comprised of four main components: a pathway pipeline project focused on outreach to young people in underprivileged and diverse communities to teach them about a possible career in law;

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