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Mar 24, 2017

Burstein and Bagdanov Prevail in Two Contested Bankruptcy Trials

On November 3 and 4, 2016, Richard Burstein and Jessica Bagdanov represented David Seror, chapter 7 trustee, as plaintiff in a contested trial in bankruptcy court before the Honorable Maureen Tighe, United States Bankruptcy Judge. The trial involved disputed questions of law and fact about the natur...  Read more

Mar 23, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al

On March 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., which resolved “widespread disagreement” among competing lower court tests for determining whether there is copyright protection for designs on “useful articles...  Read more

Mar 14, 2017

Robyn Sokol to Speak at American Bankruptcy Institute’s Bankruptcy Battleground West

Robyn Sokol will be moderating the panel “Appealing Positions: Everything You Need to Know about Appeals” at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 2017 Bankruptcy Battleground West on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles. During the panel, Robyn will discuss the basics of bankruptcy appeals, the ...  Read more

Feb 28, 2017

Ron Abrams Speaks to Bloomberg BNA on Celebrity Estates

Ron Abrams was recently quoted in Allyson Versprille’s Bloomberg BNA article “Michael Jackson Estate-Tax Woes Provide Lesson for Celebrities.” In the article, Ron discusses how adding a time ban on the exploitation of a celebrity’s image can impact his or her postmortem image. “C...  Read more

Feb 3, 2017

Joe Rothberg Speaks to NPR on Digital Re-Creations of the Deceased

Joe Rothberg was recently interviewed by NPR for its Here & Now series in a segment called “The Legal Issues Of Digitally Resurrecting Dead Actors.” In the interview, Joe discusses the legal issues associated with digital re-creations of the deceased, particularly in the newest Star Wars ins...  Read more

Jan 31, 2017

Joe Balice to Present “How to Read an Insurance Policy: Understanding Your Coverage Before a Loss Occurs”

Joe Balice will present the webinar “How to Read an Insurance Policy: Understanding Your Coverage Before a Loss Occurs” for the Commercial Law WebAdvisor on February 28, 2017, and previously presented the webinar on October 13, 2016, August 11, 2016, and April 6, 2016. During the webinar, Joe wi...  Read more

Jan 28, 2017

Copyright Ownership (That’s What McCartney Wants)

It seems like just yesterday, all of Sony’s troubles seemed so far away. That was until legendary musician, Paul McCartney, filed a federal lawsuit last week against Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (“Sony”), seeking a declaratory judgment that he will not be in breach of contract next year when ...  Read more

Jan 27, 2017

Alison Grabell, Jeffrey Kobulnick, Nicholas Rozansky and Robyn Sokol Recognized as 2017 Top “Super Lawyers”

Brutzkus Gubner is pleased to announce that Alison Grabell, Jeff Kobulnick, and Nick Rozansky were included in Thomson Reuters’ Southern California Top 100 “Super Lawyers” list for 2017. Alison Grabell and Robyn Sokol were also recognized as 2017 Southern California Top Women ...  Read more

Jan 25, 2017

Nick Rozansky Speaks to Bloomberg on Uber Arbitration Win

Nick Rozansky was recently quoted in Edvard Pettersson and Bob Van Voris’ Bloomberg article “Uber Wants Court Stamp on Arbitration Win as Hint to Drivers,” which discusses whether a California judge could approve an arbitrator’s decision to deny an Uber driver’s bid to be treated as an emp...  Read more

Jan 25, 2017

A Review Of The Supreme Court’s Questions And Comments In ‘Slants’ Case Indicates A Split Decision

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Tam v. Lee, a case that may determine the constitutionality of the provisions of 15 U.S.C. §1052(a) that prevent federal registration of “disparaging” trademarks. The Court could also weigh in on the constitutionality of the portions of ...  Read more

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