Firm Files Suit On Behalf Of Media Groups To Release Records About Indicted State Senators
July 2014 - Jassy Vick Carolan LLP on behalf of the Bay Area News Group, the Los Angeles News Group, and San Jose Mercury-News, filed suit
against the California Senate and the Senate Rules Committee over its blanket denial of access to the legislative calendars of now suspended Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon. The news groups made the requests under the Legislative Open Records Act and sought the calendars reflecting certain meetings alleged to have taken place in furtherance of the bribery, political corruption and, as to Yee, racketeering schemes for which they are charged. In reliance on a 1991 California Supreme Court case denying a media request for access to the governor’s calendars over a five year span, the Senate claims the records are categorically exempt from disclosure under the deliberative process privilege, which rests on the policy of protecting the decision-making processes of government agencies. The Court in Times Mirror Company v. Superior Court
, however, warned that its holding did not render the governor’s calendars inviolate and that a more focused request where the public’s interest in access is more compelling may necessitate public access no matter the incidental impact on the deliberative process. The news groups take the position that the recent indictments of two California Senators on charges that strike at the heart of what it means to be a public official present precisely such a case. The action was filed in Sacramento County Superior Court.
Jassy Named To Super Lawyers - Rising Star List For 10th Year In A Row
June 2014 - For the 10th year in a row, Jassy was named to the Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Stars list, a peer-reviewed honor for attorneys under 40. No more than 2.5% of all attorneys in California may be on the list at any given time. He is listed in the categories of Media & Advertising, General Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation.
Carolan Recognized Again By Chambers As A Leading Lawyer
May 2014 - Duffy Carolan named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Media & Entertainment: First Amendment Litigation (California) for 2014 by Chambers USA. Ms. Carolan has been ranked by Chambers since 2011.
Firm Helps Gawker Media Defend Against Copyright Infringement Suit by Quentin Tarantino
May 2014 - Quentin Tarantino voluntarily dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit he had brought against Gawker Media. The District Court had previously granted Gawker's motion to dismiss Tarantino's original complaint, which sought to hold Gawker liable for articles that included hyperlinks to third-party websites hosting leaked versions of Tarantino's Hateful Eight screenplay. A copy of the District Court's Order is here
. Jassy Vick Carolan and Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz served as co-counsel for Gawker.
Vick Appears on Entertainment Law Panel at Southwestern Law School
April 2014 - Kevin Vick served as a panelist on a program on careers in entertainment law presented by the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section at Southwestern Law School. Photos and additional information regarding the event are available at this site