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  • Google Victory Boosts Legal Prospects for Ad Model
    eWeek - December 15, 2004
    By Matt Hicks
  • Local Panels Help Governor Fill Vacancies On the Bench
    San Francisco Daily Journal - November 16, 2004
    By Donna Domino
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vastly expanded the use of local committees to review bench candidates before they are vetted by the State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation.

    Redwood City insurance defense attorney Gerald Jay Buchwald and career San Mateo County prosecutor John Leo Grandsaert are among eight to 10 judicial candidates being evaluated for San Mateo judgeships by one such local committee, according to an anonymous legal insider who called the new process "pre-judging JNE.

  • People in business
    The Almanac - November 10, 2004
    Attorney Todd Roberts named insurance chair Todd A. Roberts, a resident of Menlo Park and a partner in Redwood City office of the Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley law firm, has been appointed chair of the insurance coverage section of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.
  • Hooters video suit heads to trial - Case of women taped while changing need not await arbitration.
    Long Beach Press-Telegram - October 23, 2004
    By Bill Hetherman
    Since March, multiple lawsuits have been filed in Pomona and Los Angeles Superior courts by Hooters waitress applicants.

    The most recent litigation was filed by Andrea Duran, 28, of Covina and Diane N. Nieblas, 20, of Glendora, who are represented by former Covina Mayor Thomas O'Leary.

  • Record Labels Send Out Notices To File Sharers
    San Jose Mercury News - October 18, 2004
    By Dawn C. Chmielewski

    Robert P. Andris was quoted throughout the article about how record label are sending out notices to file sharers. The Recording Industry Association of America is giving file sharers an option to settle before it files suit. Following is a quote by Andris:

     

    "If there was enough of a public backlash against filing suits against these direct infringers, these file swappers, Congress could sit down and say 'we'll write an exception,' which would be horrible for the record industry,.

  • Top 20 Silicon Valley
    The Daily Journal - October 11, 2004
  • On The Move
    The Recorder - September 30, 2004
  • DOJ Cracking Down on P2P
    Washington Post - September 26, 2004
    By Cynthia L. Webb
    The Underground Network leaders could face an uncertain legal road ahead. "Attorney Robert Andris said ... hub operators, if ultimately charged with criminal copyright infringement, would face legal tests similar to those seen in the civil cases of Napster and Grokster.

    However, criminal cases do have a higher standard of proof, he said,"News.com reported. "'A court would be looking at essentially the same conduct [as in the civil cases],' said Andris, a partner with Ropers Majeski Kohn and Bentley in Redwood City, Calif.

  • Fast Track
    San Jose Biz Ink - September 17, 2004
  • People in the News
    Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal - September 17, 2004
  • Google, Overture Trademark Case Moves Forward
    e-Week - 09/07/04
    By Matt Hicks
  • California 40: The Recorder's Annual Survey of Top Grossing Firms
    The Recorder - September 1, 2004
    RMKB ranks #40 in The Recorder's Annual Survey of Top Grossing Firms in California.
  • Justice Department Probes for Pirates
    ZDNet Australia - August 26, 2004
    By John Borland
  • Print shops targeted for copyright fees
    Daily Trojan (University of Southern California) - August 26, 2004
    By Rachel Gallegos

    Allan E. Anderson, Ozuna's defense lawyer and a partner at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley said he received the complaint within the past week.

     

    On Monday they will do a responsive pleading, Anderson said, and over the next 30 days there will be a preliminary disclosure of information by both sides.

    Anderson said he did not yet have any specific answers to the plaintiffs' allegations in The Paper Clip complaint, he said.

  • Justice Department Probes for Pirates - CNet
    CNET News - August 25, 2004
    By John Borland

    Attorney Robert Andris said the Underground Network hub operators, if ultimately charged with criminal copyright infringement, would face legal tests similar to those seen in the civil cases of Napster and Grokster. However, criminal cases do have a higher standard of proof, he said.

     

    "A court would be looking at essentially the same conduct (as in the civil cases)," said Andris, a partner with Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley in Redwood City, Calif.

  • Stedim Acquires A Supplier Of Freeze-thaw Technology
    Daily Journal - Extra - July 26, 2004
    By Megan Thorpe
  • Stedim Acquires a Supplier of Freeze-thaw Technology
    Daily Journal - 7/26/2010
    By Magan Thorpe
    Related to François G. Laugier
  • Tech, Studio Heavyweights Back New DRM Scheme Intel, Microsoft, Sony, Disney, Warner Bros. - All Favor "Advanced Access" System
    Extreme Tech - July 14, 2004
    By Mark Hachman

    "I really think the devil will be in the details," said Robert P. Andris, intellectual property attorney, copyright specialist and partner in the Redwood City office of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. "It has been a goal of the entertainment industry for years and years to develop some foolproof antipiracy mechanism in software or hardware. But each time some form of content protection is developed, somebody just as quickly figures out a way to get around it."

  • Wal-Mart Suit Could Be Boon for Plaintiffs Bar
    The Recorder - June 23, 2004
    By Jahna Berry

    Todd Roberts, a Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley partner who defends employers and has represented carriers who defend employment class action cases, agreed. "There is a substantial amount of money that is invested by both sides," said Roberts. "The cases are extremely costly to get from the pleading stage to the trial stage."

  • Largest Law Firms
    Silicon Valley/ San Jose Business Journal - June 18, 2004
  • A Trial of Errors
    Global Reinsurance Magazine - June 2, 2004
    By Ronald Mullins
    Clearly it will have ramifications for reinsurers as to 'follow the fortunes' practice. A reinsurer needs to know what it is reinsuring, according to Ralph Tortorella III, Senior Partner and member catastrophic insurance practice, Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley. "I would say that everyone wants an insurance policy to be issued before its inception date," he said.
  • The Counterfeit Caper Smells Fishy
    The Recorder - June 1, 2004
    By Brenda Sandburg
  • As WTC Dispute Heads for Phase II, Silverstein Says Setback Will Affect Rebuilding
    BestWire (Best Week’s News Service) - May 6, 2004
    By David Pilla

    Ralph Tortorella III was quoted regarding legal strategy that may be leveraged in Phase II of the World Trade Center insurance trial. The following quote by Tortorella was included:

    “The Phase II trial will hinge on interpreting the wording of the Travelers form, and whether it says something different than WilProp about the definition of an occurrence, said Ralph Tortorella III, senior partner/resident director and member of the catastrophic insurance practice group in the New York office of the national law firm Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley.

  • Lightening The Burden of Liability
    Multifamily Trends - May 4, 2004
    By Patricia L. Kirk
  • Still No Verdict After Day 4 In WTC Insurance Case
    DOW JONES NEWSWIRE - April 22, 2004
    By Janet Morrissey
    Ralph Tortorella, a partner in the Catastrophic Injury Practice Group at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, said he isn't surprised that a verdict hasn't been reached yet as the jury must absorb 10 weeks of testimony and evidence. "Four days isn't unusual," said Tortorella, who has represented clients and lectured on insurance, construction, catastrophic loss and terrorism. He said he wouldn't start to be concerned until the jury had been out for two weeks. And he doesn't believe a lengthy deliberation period necessarily favors any one side over the other.
  • Lindows Can't Block Microsoft From Foreign Courts
    eWeek Enterprise News & Reviews - April 4, 2004
    By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    This had been an unusual proposal in the first place. "I would have to say that the proposal is not one that I have ever seen in a trademark case, but the suit in many ways is unusual," said Robert P. Andris, intellectual property attorney partner in the Redwood City, Calif., office of the law firm of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. "Courts have the inherent power to weigh the equities of a situation and fashion remedies based on the chances of success and the potential harm that could befall the parties.
  • Letting Nuns Be Is A Just Solution
    San Mateo County Times - April 1, 2004

    NIMBLE is not the first word that pops to mind to describe a convent of 80- and 90-year-old nuns. But nimble is exactly what the nuns of the "Our Lady of Vladimir" convent have had to be to survive numerous threats and challenges through the past 80 years. This week the nuns reached an out-of-court settlement with their former church, which was seeking to take control of the Vladimir convent property in Moss Beach.

    We are pleased to see that all parties found enough compassion to back away from litigation and reach an amicable agreement that permits the nuns to stay on their land for seven more years.

  • Harris Tapping All-Stars To Train DAs
    The Recorder - March 23, 2004
    By Pam Smith
    On Friday, three former San Francisco prosecutors -- Chiantelli; Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley partner James Lassart; and San Mateo County prosecutor Alfred Giannini -- returned to the DA's office to share their wisdom on direct examination. The seasoned lawyers offered tips on how to read a judge's mind and prepare witnesses. And they warned their students to never, ever rely solely on police or experts to sum up the evidence. Giannini used the chorus of the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" to drive home a point about putting a witness through the paces of their story three times.
  • Silverstein Loses in Rulings on 8 of 12 Insurers; Jury Still Out on Swiss Re
    BestWire/A.M. BestWeek's site - March 23, 2004
    By David Pilla
    Mr. Ralph Tortorella was quoted throughout the article. "For those insurers found to be bound by WilProp, this is a significant verdict," Ralph Tortorella, a partner with the catastrophic injury practice group of New York law firm Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. Tortorella, who has not been a participant in the trial, said Silverstein will be able to appeal the verdict. "Such an appeal will likely be handled swiftly, given concerns over rebuilding at the World Trade Center site," he said.
  • Both Sides Score Points as Twin Towers Trial Winds Up Fifth Week
    BestWire (Best Week’s News Service) - March 11, 2004
    By David Pilla
    Ralph Tortorella III was quoted extensively regarding the current status and complexity of the World Trade Center insurance case. The following quote by Tortorella was included: “Ralph Tortorella, a senior partner with the catastrophic industry practice group of the New York law firm Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, said the subject of the trial isn't an insurance issue per se, but rather an attempt to sort out who agreed to what as the coverage was lined up for the World Trade Center lease.
  • Fast Track
    Silicon Valley Biz Ink - February 27, 2004
  • With Honors
    Daily Journal - February 17, 2004
  • Google alleges online parody violates its trademark
    " Silicon Valley Biz Ink" - February 13, 2004
    By Steve Tanner
    It's very realistic, and even routine, says IP attorney Robert Andris, another outside legal observer, who discounts the parody defense because Booble does not comment directly on Google.

    "If [Booble] doesn't back down, I'm sure Google will go forth and file suit," says Andris, a partner with Redwood City-based Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley LLP. "I see the argument going both ways; but on balance, I would think Google has the upper hand."

  • Legal Community Provides Haven From County's High Fees
    The Recorder - February 13, 2004
    By Jahna Berry
  • Ruling Puts Microsoft's 'Windows' Trademark at Risk
    eWeek - February 11, 2004
    By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Robert Andris was quoted throughout the article:

    Robert Andris, a partner and trademark specialist at the Redwood City, Calif., law firm of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley LLP explained that in the Ninth District Court normally an appeal wouldn’t be heard until after the case is over. This time though the judge is giving Microsoft a chance to appeal his decision. The court will then decide whether to fast track Microsoft’s appeal or to let it wait until the trial’s end.

    In that event, where the jury to find for Lindows because it decided that ‘windows’ was historically a generic term for computer GUIs, Andris said, “it would appear that Microsoft would be at risk of losing its Windows trademark all together.

  • On The Move
    The Recorder - February 9, 2004
  • Playboy Settles Netscape Search Engine Advertising Case
    eWeek - January 23, 2004
    By Matt Hicks

    Rob Andris was quoted throughout the article.

     

    "While the Playboy case dealt specifically with banner ads triggered by keywords, it is likely to have a bearing on other cases that involve the use of specific words to launch search engine advertising, said Robert Andris, a partner at Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley LLP, in Redwood City, Calif.

    Keyword-base advertising has become big business for search engines such as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

  • An Improbable Destination
    San Francisco Daily Journal - January 13, 2004
    By Craig Anderson

    In this article about Marie Weiner, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge, John Simonson was quoted as follows:

     

    And while Weiner can be very polite and friendly, she also is gaining a reputation for a sharp tongue and an abruptness that sometimes is interpreted as rudeness. Admirers, such as John Simonson of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley in San Jose, acknowledge she ‘doesn't tolerate a lot of [nonsense]’

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