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Alec Baldwin Art Case Moves Forward

In a major win for Alec Baldwin, a New York Supreme Court justice has declined to dismiss his suit alleging art gallery owner Mary Boone sold him a counterfeit painting, finding instead that the actor had sufficiently alleged the gallery owner deliberately hid the fraud from him.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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