35 Weintraub Attorneys Named to 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists; Firm Retains Highest Percentage of Sacramento Top 25 List

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that 38 of its attorneys have been included on the 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists for outstanding attorneys in Northern California.  In addition, 4 Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition on Northern California and Sacramento “Top” lists. Weintraub attorneys represent 16 percent of the 2021 Sacramento Top 25 Super Lawyers, achieving the region’s highest percentage again this year.

Attorneys selected to the 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list include Brendan J.

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Litigation Update: North Carolina Court Finds Insurers Liable Under Business Interruption Policies for COVID Losses Resulting from Shutdown Orders

by Josiah M. Prendergast, Mark E. Ellinghouse

In our last update, we highlighted a recent case out of the US District Court of Missouri (Studio 417) in which the court issued a preliminary ruling that allowed a group of policyholders to proceed with claims against their insurers based on allegations that the insurers wrongfully denied claims due to losses sustained as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis under business interruption insurance policies.  Prior to that ruling,

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Recent Federal Decision Regarding Business Interruption Insurance Could Mark a Turning Point for COVID-Affected Businesses (Updated 9/29/2020)

by Josiah M. Prendergast, Mark E. Ellinghouse

Many businesses affected by COVID-19 and the related shelter-in-place orders are turning to their business interruption insurance policies in hope of finding relief. In general terms, a business interruption insurance policy replaces some or all of a business’s income when the business is forced to curtail or cease its operations as the result of a disaster. In the vast majority of cases, insurance companies have turned away COVID-related business interruption claims, claiming that these policies do not provide coverage for COVID-related claims.

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33 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists; Retain Highest Percentage of Sacramento Top 25 List

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that 33 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included on the 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists for outstanding attorneys in Northern California.  In addition, 5 Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition on Northern California and Sacramento “Top” lists. Weintraub attorneys represent 20 percent of the Sacramento Top 25 2020 Super Lawyers, achieving the region’s highest percentage again this year.

Attorneys selected to the 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list include Brendan J.

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Boxing Fans Knocked Out Twice: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action Alleging Fraud in Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

by Josiah M. Prendergast
The Litigation Law Blog

In 2015, world-renowned boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. faced off in what was promoted as the “Fight of the Century.” After twelve largely uneventful rounds, the fighters and fans walked away without much fanfare—no knockout, no technical knockout, just a scorecard victory for Mayweather.

Leading up to the fight, Pacquiao’s camp extolled his excellent fitness and preparedness, describing him as being in “pristine condition” and boasting that he was “a freak” and “better than I’ve ever seen him.” After the fight,

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Losing Twice at Trial: Denying Requests for Admission Can Come Back to Bite You

by Josiah M. Prendergast
The Litigation Law Blog

Litigation tends to be expensive, increasingly so due to the burdens of discovery. (You can thank the advent of emails, text messages, and other forms of communication now documenting conversations that used to take place by phone or in-person.) Litigants often find themselves tempted to use discovery as a bludgeon against their opponent, a means of extorting a righteous plaintiff or defendant into settling the case because the cost of proving the truth is simply too onerous.

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30 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named to 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that more than 30 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included on the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists for outstanding attorneys Northern California.  In addition, 6 Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition on Northern California and Sacramento “Top” lists.

Attorneys selected to the 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list include Brendan J. BegleyGary L. Bradus, Kay U. Brooks

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37 Weintraub Tobin Attorneys Named Among 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has released its Northern California, Southern California and San Diego lists of outstanding attorneys for 2018, on which 37 Weintraub Tobin attorneys have been included. Five Weintraub Tobin attorneys received special recognition as a Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyer.

Weintraub Tobin attorneys named to the 2018 Southern California and San Diego Super Lawyers include David R. Gabor and Andrew Gilford;  in the firm’s Los Angeles office; Sherry S. Bragg and Gary A.

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Call it what you want. Just don’t call it copyright infringement.

by Josiah M. Prendergast
The Litigation Law Blog

A demand letter is a formal way of telling someone, “now we got bad blood.”  Recently, a Northern California blogger received a demand letter in which Taylor Swift threatened to sue the blogger.  In so many words, the blogger responded, “I wish you would.”

The Demand Letter was triggered by the blogger’s September article, the Cliffs Notes to which might read something like: “Blogger characterizes T-Swizzle’s lyrics as ‘dog whistles to white supremacy.’  Alt-right is co-opting Taylor’s songs,

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First District Court of Appeal strikes small, but meaningful, victory for businesses combatting online libel.

by Josiah M. Prendergast
The Litigation Law Blog

Just last week, California’s First District Court of Appeal handed a small, but meaningful, victory to businesses that resort to litigation to defend their reputations against anonymous, online attacks.  In ZL Technologies, Inc. v. Does, the First District held that ZL Technologies (“ZL”) was entitled to discover the identities of persons who posted anonymous reviews of ZL on Glassdoor.com, after ZL made a prima facie showing that its libel c were factually and legally valid. 

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