Threatened Suit Unlocks Records On Deadly Ghost Ship Fire
February 2017 - After threatening to sue over “inexcusable delays” in disclosing records in response to Public Records Act requests made by the East Bay Times for records pertaining to the Dec. 2, 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people in Oakland, Ca., the City of Oakland capitulates, disclosing hundreds of records revealing dozens of calls to police and contacts prior to the tragic fire. See here and here
Jassy and Vick Listed Again in SuperLawyers
January 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy and Kevin L. Vick are recognized again as Southern California Super Lawyers in a peer-reviewed process that includes only 5% of area attorneys. Jassy is listed in Media & Advertising and Vick is listed in Intellectual Property Litigation.
Jassy Serves As Speaker On Reporter's Privilege Issues For MLRC Institute
January 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy spoke on reporter's privilege and reporter's shield issues at a media law workshop for reporters hosted by the Media Law Resource Center Institute.
Press Victory in Libel Trial
December 2016 - Jassy Vick Carolan wins trial de novo in small claims libel case brought against Bay Area News Group/Digital First Media stemming from its reporting on a civil suit filed against members of a small water reclamation district by two of its employees. In reversing a judgment in favor of plaintiffs, the Honorable Steve Treat of Contra Costa County Superior Court found lacking evidence of constitutional malice as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court in New York Times v. Sullivan. Between 1982-1983, Judge Treat clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court Justice who wrote the Court’s 1964 opinion in Sullivan – Justice William Brennan.
Firm Successfully Resolves Boal v. U.S. Suit Concerning Bergdahl Tapes
December 2016 - After a military prosecutor demanded 25 hours of unedited interviews between Oscar®-winning reporter/filmmaker Mark Boal and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Firm sued the Government in July to enjoin enforcement of a subpoena to Boal. In a resolution with the Government, Boal released only about 15 minutes of the interviews, corresponding to what was already published in the popular podcast Serial, without revealing any confidential material. The resolution was covered by the Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Gets Top Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Law Firms
November 2016 - After a comprehensive peer review process, Jassy Vick Carolan LLP has been named nationally as a Tier 1 (highest tier) law firm in the fields of First Amendment Litigation and Media Law. The Firm was also recognized as top tier in the same fields in the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas.
Vick Serves As Panelist on Recent Developments in Section 230
October 2016 - Kevin Vick served as a panelist discussing recent developments regarding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230(c), at an event hosted by the California Chapter of the Media Law Resource Center. The panel discussed recent decisions including Hassell v. Bird, Doe No. 14 v. Internet Brands and Sikhs for Justice v. Facebook.
Vick Presents Program on Intellectual Property Torts
September 2016 - Kevin Vick co-presented a session on Intellectual Property Torts at the MLRC’s annual Media Law Conference in Reston, VA. The session addressed recent developments in subjects including online copyright law, the right of publicity, the Lanham Act and the Rogers v. Grimaldi First Amendment test, and Section 230.
Jassy Interviewed for Daily Journal Podcast About Intersection of Trademark and First Amendment Law
August 2016 - Following on a column published last month, Jean-Paul Jassy was interviewed by the prominent legal newspaper Daily Journal for a podcast on appellate issues concerning the "disparagement clause" in trademark law and appellate litigation regarding that clause's constitutionality under the First Amendment. A link to the podcast can be found here.
Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Sues US Government To Protect First Amendment Rights of Oscar®-Winner Mark Boal
July 2016 - The Firm filed suit in federal court in Los Angeles to protect the First Amendment rights of journalist/screenwriter/filmmaker Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty) from a military prosecutor seeking to subpoena Boal for all of his recorded interviews of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the subject of the second season of the hit podcast Serial. See articles from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.
Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Heads To Trial In Public Records Case
July 2016 - Public records cases rarely go to trial, but on July 11, 2016 the Firm started trial on behalf of Professor Richard Sander and Joe Hicks seeking access to California State Bar database information on an anonymized basis. A decision in the bench trial is likely in the Fall.
Jassy Vick Carolan Prevails in Public Records Act Battle; District Pays Fees
May 2016 - Firm client the Contra Costa Times, a Digital First Media paper, wins access to investigation report after 2 ½ year Public Records Act battle against school district. District pays firm $225,000. See coverage here.
Carolan Argues before 9th Circuit for Release of Names of Graduates of U.S. Military Training School in Long-running FOIA case
May 2016 - Carolan argued before a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal in a long-running FOIA case seeking access to the names of graduates and guest instructors at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a military training school for Latin American personnel located at Fort Benning, Ga., formerly known as the U.S. Army School of Americas. The Department of Defense appealed a district court judgment granting public access to the names and military unit information of the graduates and instructors under the Freedom of Information Act after DOD’s practice of publicly releasing the names ceased in 2004. See coverage here.
Jassy Vick Carolan Defeats Defense Motion to Bar Cameras from Double Murder Trial in Marin
April 2016 - Defense motion to bar cameras from preliminary hearing in double murder case denied as Carolan goes to court for Digital First Media and Hearst to prevent court closure. See coverage here.
Carolan Moderates Public Records and Data Access Panel at CNPA’s Annual Press Summit
April 2016 - Carolan moderates panel of seasoned investigative reporters and legal experts discussing overcoming obstacles to access to government held data and records at annual CNPA’s annual press summit in San Francisco. See coverage here.
Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Argues That Trial In Redstone Matter Should Be Open to Public
April 2016 - Jean-Paul Jassy argued on behalf of the Los Angeles Times that the competency trial of Sumner Redstone should be open to the public, which the Court ruled it would be. Coverage of the hearing can be found here.
Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Assists in Defeating State Bar's Effort to Kill Long-Running Lawsuit
April 2016 - Along with counsel from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP representing the California First Amendment Coalition, Jean-Paul Jassy successfully argued in San Francisco Superior Court that new legislation did not merit dismissal of Firm client Richard Sander's eight-year-old lawsuit seeking records from the California State Bar. Coverage from the Wall Street Journal can be found here.
Jassy Vick Carolan Prevails For Google In Online Defamation Appeal
April 2016 - The California Court of Appeal affirmed in full the trial court’s ruling sustaining Google’s demurrer to the plaintiff’s complaint on the grounds that plaintiff’s sole claim for defamation was barred by the statute of limitations and by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The firm represented Google in the trial court and on appeal. See coverage by Eric Goldman here.
Jassy Serves As Panelist on Developments in First Amendment Law
March 2016 - Jean-Paul Jassy served as a panelist, alongside Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean of UC Irvine School of Law), discussing recent developments in First Amendment law, at an event hosted by the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Carolan serves on panel in honor of National Sunshine Week
March 2016 - The California Media Group, publisher of The Salinas Californian, part of the Gannett Company, sponsored a community forum to discuss transparency laws in California. The panel was moderated by Californian senior writer and columnist Jeff Mitchell. Carolan and First Amendment Coalition Executive Director Peter Scheer spoke on trends under California’s Public Records Act. See coverage here.
Firm Clients Honored By Northern California Society of Professional Journalist
March 2016 - At the annual James Madison Freedom of Information banquet, The Bay Area News Group, part of the Digital First Media company, was honored for its dogged pursuit of transparency over the calendars and appointment books of two then-indicted California State Senators – Senator Leland Yee and Senator Ron Calderon. The news organizations won a lawsuit under the Legislative Open Records Act deeming the calendars public over contentions that the deliberative processes of Legislators would be harmed by disclosure. Jassy Vick Carolan partner Duffy Carolan represented the news organizations. See coverage here and here.
Vick Appears on Entertainment Law Panel at Southwestern Law School
February 2016 - 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 (“ELIPS”) at Southwestern Law School. Vick, the Chair of ELIPS for 2015-2016, and other panelists spoke to students in the Entertainment Law Society about careers in litigation and transactional law in the entertainment, media and technology industries.
Jassy and Vick Each Recognized as Southern California "Super Lawyers"
January 2016 - Jean-Paul Jassy and Kevin Vick each were named Southern California "Super Lawyers" in the annual publication of Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 5% of area attorneys are listed, as selected by peers and third party researchers. Jassy is listed in the field of Media & Advertising, and Vick is listed in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation.
Firm Wins Access To School District Internal Investigation Report
January 2016 - Newspaper’s two year battle over public access to internal investigation report following allegations of inappropriate contact by now incarcerated elementary school teacher ends with order requiring Mt. Diablo Unified School District to make public 2006 attorney-prepared report. Jassy Vick Carolan partner Duffy Carolan represented the Contra Costa Times, a Digital First Media newspaper, in the Public Record Act lawsuit. See coverage here.