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State Bar Wins Dunn Trial

State Bar Wins Dunn Trial

Los Angeles, CA | March 20, 2017

State Bar Wins Dunn Trial

The State Bar has prevailed after trial in a high-profile legal battle with its former Executive Director, Joseph Dunn, winning judgment on the two remaining claims in the complaint: whistleblower retaliation and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Dunn, who was represented by Mark Geragos of Geragos & Geragos, had sought over $4 million in damages. In his decision, JAMS Arbitrator Edward A. Infante found that Dunn deserved neither. During a five-day arbitration in February, Hueston Hennigan, which represented the Bar, argued that far from retaliation against him, t

Judge Dismisses Claims in State Bar Litigation

Judge Dismisses Claims in State Bar Litigation

Los Angeles, CA | March 11, 2017

Judge Dismisses Claims in State Bar Litigation

A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge granted in large part Hueston Hennigan's demurrer against a complaint filed by a former State Bar employee against the Bar, its Trustees, and several Bar employees. Judge John P. Doyle dismissed two of former State Bar public information officer Thomas Layton's three causes of action in his lawsuit against the bar, also dismissing 24 of 25 individual defendants Layton had named in his complaint. "We appreciate the court's thoughtful analysis of these issues and are gratified that the judge accepted our arguments," said Hueston Hennigan partner, Moez Kaba. The Bar has consistently maintained that it acted properly when it eliminated Layton's position

Sumner Redstone's Ex Loses Bid to Force Deposition

Sumner Redstone's Ex Loses Bid to Force Deposition

Los Angeles, CA | March 04, 2017

Sumner Redstone's Ex Loses Bid to Force Deposition

Law360, Los Angeles  -- A California judge on Friday ruled Sumner Redstone's ex-girlfriend can't force the nonagenarian billionaire to be deposed before she answers his discovery requests in his $150 million elder abuse suit against her and another ex-girlfriend, saying it would be an abuse of discretion to do so. Redstone's October suit against his former companions is just one piece of the protracted legal saga surrounding the Redstone estate, in which Herzer filed suit alleging Sumner Redstone is mentally incompetent and being controlled by his daughter to keep the long-time lover and caretaker from claiming her fair share of the mogul’s assets. A California judge in May 2016 put an

IMDb Halts California anti Free Speech Law

IMDb Halts California anti Free Speech Law

Los Angeles, CA | February 28, 2017

IMDb Halts California anti Free Speech Law

Law360, Los Angeles  -- A California federal judge stopped enforcement of a new California law preventing online entertainment industry databases such as IMDb from including actors’ ages on their sites, saying the statute violates constitutional free speech protections and doesn’t address its stated goal of preventing age discrimination. IMDb, which stands for Internet Movie Database, filed suit in November, arguing that it was singled out by Assembly Bill 1687, which violates the company’s free speech rights. The law, which went into effect Jan. 1, calls for commercial entertainment employment providers that offer a paid service for actors to post their profiles for networking and c