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  • 'Crash' Filmmakers Awarded $12M Judgment in Hollywood Accounting Case
    Accounting Today - 12/21/2011
    By Michael Cohn

    Partner Richard L. Charnley was quoted on Accounting Today’s website in the article “‘Crash’ Filmmakers Awarded $12M Judgment in Hollywood Accounting Case.” The piece details the firm’s recent successful outcome in a case regarding diverted funds from profit participants in the 2005 Academy Award winning film Crash. Charnley was assisted in the matter by Annie Rian.

  • Paul Haggis, Brendan Fraser Win $12 Million From 'Crash' Producer Bob Yari
    The Hollywood Reporter’s “Hollywood, Esq.” Blog - 12/21/2011
    By Eriq Gardner

    Partner Richard L. Charnley was quoted on The Hollywood Reporter’s ”Hollywood, Esq.” blog in the article ”Paul Haggis, Brendan Fraser Win $12 Million from ’Crash’ Producer Bob Yari.” The piece details the firm’s recent successful outcome in a case regarding diverted funds from profit participants in the 2005 Academy Award winning film Crash. Charnley was assisted in the matter by Annie Rian. To read the article, please Brendan Fraser, Others Win $12M In 'Crash' Contract Suit
    Law360.com - 12/20/2011
    By Sindhu Sundar

    Partner Richard L. Charnley was quoted on Law360.com in the article ”Brendan Fraser, Others Win $12M In 'Crash' Contract Suit.” The piece details the firm’s recent successful outcome in a case regarding diverted funds from profit participants in the 2005 Academy Award winning film Crash. Charnley was assisted in the matter by Annie Rian. The article is available (subscription required) here

  • Filmmakers Awarded $12 Million in 'Crash' Suit
    Variety - December 20, 2011
    By Rachel Abrams

    Partner Richard Charnley successfully represented filmmakers Paul Haggis, Brendan Fraser, Mark Harris and Robert Moresco in their lawsuit against producer Bob Yari in a dispute over profits from the 2004 film Crash. Charnley commented on the court’s decision to reward the plaintiffs $12 million in damages and reflected on the difficulty of the case due to Yari’s failure to disclose numerous business transactions in the article “Filmmakers Awarded $12M in ‘Crash’ Suit,” posted to the website of Variety.

  • Operating Globally
    Smart Business - December 15, 2011
    Related to Sonia M. Agee

    Partner Sonja Agee discussed sidestepping legal landmines when expanding internationally in an article published in the December 2011 issue of Smart Business- Northern California edition.

  • Koh Says Apple Didn’t Prove Need for Injunction
    The Recorder - 12/6/2011
    By Amy Miller

    Partner Neil Smith commented on Apple Inc.’s likely response to San Jose federal Judge Lucy Koh’s recent decision to deny the company’s request for preliminary injunction against the sale of Samsung’s Tab 10.1 and Galaxy smartphones.  Smith added: “They’ll appeal because this case is important.  They’ll go all the way and try to get the Federal Circuit to say something different.” The full article can be read at the link below with Recorder subscription

  • Bradly Boyer Interviewed in "Lindsay Lohan Gets 30 Days in Jail - Elizabeth Espinosa reports"
    KTLA News - 11/02/2011

    Partner Bradley Boyer is interviewed about Lindsay Lohan's most recent Jail sentence.

  • Making Accommodations
    Smart Business - 11/1/2011

    Partner Lisa Aguiar discussed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) recently enacted Amendment Act in an article published in the November 2011 issue of Smart Business – Northern California edition.  Titled “What the Amendment Act to the ADA Means for California Employers,” Aguiar expounds upon how businesses can properly adjust to comply with the new provisions to the American with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008.  

  • RMKB partner Kristina Chung Appointed to the Prestigious Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation for 2012
    SMCBA "Here-say: Membership News" - 1/1/2011

    "The State Bar Board of Governors of California has appointed Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley (RMKB) partner Kristina Chung to the 2012 Comission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation(JNE)..." To read the full article follow the link below.

  • You’ve Been Served
    Smart Business - 1/11/2011

    Managing Partner Allan Anderson was interviewed in the article “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by an Intellectual Property Rights Infringement Accusation Claim,” published in the November 2011 issue of Smart Business – Los Angeles edition.  Anderson discusses what to expect when defending claims of intellectual property infringement, how to most effectively handle these situations, the potential ramifications of trademark and copyright violations, and how to avoid intellectual property lawsuits altogether.

  • RMKB was ranked 9th in the top 23 Silicon Valley employment law firms
    Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - 10/23/2011
    Related to Richard K. Wilson

    RMKB was ranked ninth out of 23 in listing of top Silicon Valley employment law firms, ranked by number of attorneys practicing employment law in Silicon Valley.

  • KTLA: Lindsay Lohan Jailed, Released After Probation Revoked - Elizabeth Espinosa reports
    KTLA - 10/20/2011

    Partner Brad Boyer comments on Lindsey Lohan's most recent revoked probation and jail time before being released on bail.

  • On The Move
    The Recorder - October 17, 2011

    The State Bar Board of Governors has appointed Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley partner Kristina Chung to the 2012 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. Chung focuses on employment litigation in areas such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation wrongful termination and wage and severance issues. She graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1991.
     

  • Following Golan Arguments, Experts Define Public Domain, ‘Limited Times'
    BNA’s “Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Daily” - 10/12/2011

    Partner Neil Smith was quoted in the article “Following Golan Arguments, Experts Define Public Domain, ‘Limited Times.’”  Reflecting on Justice Ginsburg’s recent suggestion that the foreign documents at the heart of copyright dispute Golan v. Holder simply never received legal protection, Smith added: "Certainly the distinction between clearly expired and restored copyrights, versus as Justice Ginsburg notes, situations like here where Congress never gave them copyrights, is major, and likely determinative of votes.

  • Hanger Kicks Prosthetic Knee Antitrust Suit
    Law 360 - 10/3/1011
    By Ben James

    Partners Allan E. Anderson, Timothy L. Skelton and Saundra K. Wootton were referenced in the Law360.com article ”Hanger Kicks Prosthetic Knee Antitrust Suit” with respect to their representation of Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc. In the case, U.S.  District Judge John Houston found insufficet evidence that Hanger intended to destroy competition in the market for microproscessor-controlled prosthetic knees and dismissed an antitrust suit brought by Daw Industries Inc.
     

  • RMKB was Included in The Recorder’s List of Best Legal Malpractice Defense Firms
    The Recorder - 9/26/3011
    Related to Richard K. Wilson

    RMKB was named one of the top three legal malpractice defense firms in The Recorder’s fifth annual feature “The Best.”  The firm was ranked by The Recorder’s readers and by area legal practitioners.

     

  • Denied Mark for 'Tweet,' Twitter Pecks Out Complaint
    Corporate Counsel - 9/20/2011
    By Amy Miller

    Partner Neil Smith was quoted in The Recorder article “For Twitter, Delay on ‘Tweet’ Comes Home to Roost.”  This article was also syndicated on The Corporate Counsel website. The article discusses Twitter’s recent filing of a lawsuit seeking to cancel a registered trademark by an unrelated company that includes the word “tweets.” The piece can be viewed at the link below.

  • For Twitter, Delay on ‘Tweet’ Comes Home to Roost
    The Recorder - 9/19/2011
    By Amy Miller

    Partner Neil Smith was quoted in The Recorder article “For Twitter, Delay on ‘Tweet’ Comes Home to Roost.” The article discusses Twitter’s recent filing of a lawsuit seeking to cancel a registered trademark by an unrelated company that includes the word “tweets.” The piece can be viewed (subscription required) at the link below. .
     

  • Congress approves patent overhaul bill
    Reuters - 9/8/2011
    By Diane Bartz

    Partner Neil Smith was quoted in the Reuters piece “Congress Approves Patent Overhaul Bill” which details the Senate’s passage of the America Invents Act patent reform bill. The article can be viewed at the link below.

  • Producer Can't Crash Brendan Fraser's Contract Suit
    Law 360 - 9/8/2011
    By Zach Winnick

    Attorneys Richard Charnley, Bradley Boyer and Tomas Burgos III were mentioned in the Law360.com article “Producer Can't Crash Brendan Fraser's Contract Suit”. They are the legal team for the plantiffs in the case. The article can be viewed at the link belwo (subscription required)

  • In Your Best Interest
    Smart Business - 9/1/2011

    RMKB Partner Jesshill Love speaks to Smart Business about how to avoid the most common mistakes when negotiating your company's new lease. You can read the full article at the link below.

  • The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal Ranked RMKB #19 on the list of Intellectual Property Law Firms
    Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - 8/26/2011
    Related to Richard K. Wilson

    RMKB was ranked number nineteen in the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal’s listing of “Intellectual Property Law Firms.”   The listing was based on number of employment attorneys in the Silicon Valley.
     

  • Judge Rules for Paul Haggis, Brendan Fraser in 'Crash' lawsuit
    Los Angeles Times - 7/28/2011
    By Ben Fritz

    Partner Richard Charnley represents the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking compensation and royalties for the academy award-winning movie Crash. In late July, the judge ruled in favor of his clients.  An article on the decision, quoting Charnley, can be viewed at the link below.
     

  • Trademark Holders Eye New Domains
    The Recorder - 7/25/2011
    By Amy Miller

    Partner Neil Smith was quoted in the front-page article, “Trademark Holders Eye New Domains,” in which he explains that in-house lawyers are currently considering whether or not new Internet domain extensions will take off before deciding how to advise clients.  The article can be viewed here with a The Recorder subscription. The article was also published on Corporate Counsel's website and can be viewed without a subscription Amazon Not Required To Remove InStyler Fakes: Judge
    Law 360 - 7/20/2011
    By Jonathan Randles

    RMKB attorneys Allan E. Anderson, Timothy L. Skelton and Kollin J. Zimmermann’s  representation of Amazon.com was referenced in the Law360.com article “Amazon Not Required To Remove InStyler Fakes: Judge.” In the matter, curling iron manufacturer Tre Milano LLC was denied a preliminary injunction requiring Amazon to remove all advertisements for both that company’s “InStyler” curling iron and for alleged knockoffs from the Amazon third-party marketplace site.

  • RMKB ranks # 47 in the Largest Law Firms in the Bay Area list
    San Francisco's Business Times - 6/27/2011
    Related to Richard K. Wilson

    The June 24, 2011 issue of the San Francisco Business Times.  RMKB  was ranked number 47 out of 50 in the listing of “Largest Law Firms in the Bay Area, 26-50,” ranked by number of Bay Area lawyers. See the list at the link below.
     

  • KTLA: Lindsay Lohan Avoids Jail, Again
    KTLA News - 6/24/2011

    Mr. Boyer is interviewed on KTLA Los Angeles news about Lindsay Lohan's most recent jail avoidance.

  • Lindsay Lohan did not violate DUI probation, says judge
    ABC 7 Los Angeles - 6/23/2011

    Mr. Boyer comments on the most recent Lindsay Lohan court appearance which the judge decided that she did not violate her probation.

  • Bradley P Boyer on the Schwarzenegger Scandal
    KTLA news, Los Angeles reporter Brandi Hitt - 5/24/2011

    Celebrity Attorney Bradley P Boyer further discusses the Schwarzenegger scandal with KTLA news, Los Angeles reporter Brandi Hitt.

    See the interview Here and Here
     

  • On The Move
    The Recorder - 5/23/2011

    The American Board of Trial Advocates has inducted Richard Charnley as a member of its Los Angeles Chapter. Charnley, a partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, focuses on entertainment law. He received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1976.

     

  • LexisNexis® Litigation Resource Center Podcast: Thomas Clarke on Substances on the Toxic Tort Horizon
    LexisNexis® Communities - 5/13/2011

    Thomas H. Clarke was featured in the LexisNexis Communities podcast where he discusses issues surrounding bisphenol-A, bisphenol AF, Chinese drywall and formaldehyde. He also talks about nanomaterials and reviews two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases whose origins involved toxic substances.

  • Frank McCourt May Be Able to Keep a Part of the Dodgers
    KTLA - www.ktla.com - 5/10/11
    By Glen Walker

    RMKB's Bradley Boyer is interviewed by KTLA's Glen Walker regarding the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and their stadium.

  • Novato Lawyer Has Three Sons Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court
    Novato Advance - April 29, 2011
    Related to Spencer C. Martinez

    The Novato Advance‘s article, “Novato Lawyer Has Three Sons Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court,” recognizes Spencer Martinez’s admission to the U.S. Supreme Court, along with his brothers, Christian and Reynold, allowing them to argue before it.  Spencer’s father is renowned attorney George Martinez.  The article can be viewed at the link below.

  • PTO Budget Cuts Mean No New Silicon Valley Office
    The Recorder - 4/26/2011
    By Amy Miller

    Partner Neil Smith was quoted in the article, “PTO Budget Cuts Mean No New Silicon Valley Office,” which discusses the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s budget issues.  He explains, "The more important issue is to maintain that the office can use the funds it receives for fees or the examination of patents, and that the money is not diverted to other government uses.”  The article can be viewed by clicking the "read more" link below.

  • How Pac-Man Got Ahead of IP Pack
    The Recorder - 3/7/2011
    By Amy Miller

    IP Partner Neil Smith was quoted in The Recorder front-page article, “How Pac-Man Got Ahead of IP Pack,” regarding the history of protecting the Pac-Man copyrights.  Mr. Smith is counsel for Namco-Bandai Games, the Japanese company that owns Pac-Man.  The article can be viewed at the link below.

  • Firm Nabs New Midtown Digs, Aims to Expand in NY
    New York Lawyer - 3/2/2011
    By Monica Paquette

    RMKB's New York office move from the financial district of New York, to Midtown was mentioned in an article in the "New York Lawyer." After nearly a dozen years at the financial district location RMKB strategically made it's move to the new 750 Third Ave location. Partner Andrew Marguilis noted that location,  the new building and the landlord's willingness to accommodate their needs were major factors in the decision to move to midtown.

  • Law Firms Ranked by Number of Attorneys Based in Silicon Valley
    Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - 2/25/2011

    RMKB was ranked number 19 out of 40 in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s listing of “Law Firms,” ranked by number of attorneys based in Silicon Valley.

  • Lawfirm Finds Midtown Suits It Better
    Crain’s New York Business - 2/1/2011
    By Marine Cole

    Downtown tenant signs on at 750 Third Ave. at asking rent of $55 per square foot. For the full article please visit Crain's New York Business.com

  • How Long Can You be Sued for a Bad Debt
    MintLife - 1/31/2011
    By John Ulzheimer

    Partner Sean Flynn was quoted in the Mint.com Blog, "mintlife." Click here for the full article.

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