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October 17th, 2017

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California Court of Appeal Affirms Early Sullivan Summary Judgment Victory Obtained on behalf of First American Title Insurance Company
In 1500 Viewsite Terrace, LLC v. Pickford Escrow, Inc., et al., the California Court of Appeal has affirmed the summary judgment victory obtained by Early Sullivan for its client First American Title Insurance Company. In the Viewsite action, the plaintiff/appellant ... read more

October 16th, 2017

Bryan Sullivan Speaks at Vancouver International Film Festival Industry Exchange
Bryan Sullivan spoke at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Industry Exchange on October 5, 2017. The presentation, entitled “Demand Your Independence,” covered the ins and outs of funding independent film and TV projects. Bryan brought his expertise as ... read more

October 13th, 2017

Devin McRae Quote in The Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire on Harvey Weinstein Scandal
Devin McRae was quoted in both The Hollywood Reporter and IndieWire regarding Harvey Weinstein’s potential lawsuit against the New York Times and his employment contract with The Weinstein Company. Devin told The Hollywood Reporter “If he brings a defamation claim, he’s going to ... read more

September 1st, 2017

Eight Early Sullivan Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
Early Sullivan attorneys Eric Early, Bryan Sullivan, Scott Gizer, Devin McRae, Stephen Ma, Christopher Ritter, Sophia Lau and Mary Kaufman have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, one of ... read more

August 15th, 2017

Scott Gizer and Mary Kaufman Obtain Summary Judgment on Behalf of Sun West
Scott Gizer and Mary Kaufman obtained summary judgment on behalf of client Sun West Mortgage Company in Causey v. Sun West Mortgage Company Inc. The MSJ victory came on Willie J. Causey Jr.’s complaint for declaratory relief and violations of the ... read more

August 2nd, 2017

Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine

Early Sullivan Named “Business Litigation Law Firm of the Year” By Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine
The firm is pleased to announce it has been named “Business Litigation Law Firm of the Year – USA” in Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine’s “Global Leading Lawyers” issue for 2017. The annual issue is created via a global poll of the readership, which ... read more

July 10th, 2017

Bloomberg

Devin McRae Speaks to Bloomberg on Johnny Depp Suit
Devin McRae was recently quoted in Edvard Pettersson’s Bloomberg article “Johnny Depp, Ex-Business Manager Trade Blame for Lost Riches.” In the article, Devin discusses the mismanagement lawsuit between actor Johnny Depp and his former business manager, and opines that the ... read more

July 7th, 2017

Billy Wright Earns Successful Final Judgment on Behalf of First American Title Insurance Company
In Jaisinghani v. U.S. Bank, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. SC125165, Judge Lisa Hart Cole, Billy Wright successfully represented First American Title Insurance Company in connection with the defense of an action brought by a borrower/developer who asserted numerous tort and contract-based claims relating ... read more

June 22nd, 2017

The Wrap

Bryan Sullivan Speaks to The Wrap
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in Matt Donnelly’s The Wrap article “‘Han Solo’ Legal Fallout: Will Fired Directors Lord and Miller Keep Their Credit or Residuals?” According to Bryan, the sudden firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ... read more

June 8th, 2017

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Appears in Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Blocked By The President: Are Trump’s Twitter Practices Violating Free Speech?” was published in Forbes on June 7, 2017. In the article, Bryan discusses the First Amendment and how it relates to President Trump’s twitter account. ... read more

June 5th, 2017

Early Sullivan Successfully Defends Warner/Chappell Music Against Breach of Contract Action
In Johnny Gill v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. et al., the firm successfully defended Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. against a breach of contract action brought by musician Johnny Gill, relating to the alleged failure to pay songwriting royalties owed to Gill. read more

May 19th, 2017

The Hollywood ReporterVariety

Bryan Sullivan Comments on Roger Ailes’ Death, Pending Litigation Against Fox News
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety on how the unexpected death of former Fox News CEO could impact the pending harassment lawsuits filed against him and the conservative news network. According to Bryan, not ... read more

May 10th, 2017

Early Sullivan Obtains Dismissal of Action on Behalf of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
In Pennymac Holdings, LLC v. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, et al., Case No. A-16-746790-C, Nevada, the Firm represented Fidelity National Title Insurance Company against a lender claiming to have a priority lien. The case arose from Nevada’s controversial homeowners’ association lien priority laws. The Firm’s motion to dismiss ... read more

May 8th, 2017

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae Named a 2017 Top Litigation Boutique
The firm was recently recognized as a top litigation boutique in Los Angeles by JD Journal. The firm is one of 14 recognized by the Journal as the “best of the best” in LA. “Los Angeles is a great place to ... read more

April 7th, 2017

Bryan Sullivan’s Crisis Management Article Appears in Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “What Daryl Katz’s ‘Sex For Movie Roles’ Lawsuit Teaches Us About Crisis Management” appeared in Forbes’ Legal Entertainment column on April 7, 2017. In the article, Bryan discusses the legal battle between NHL owner Daryl Katz and model ... read more

March 27th, 2017

Business Insider UK

Bryan Sullivan Interviewed by Business Insider UK
Bryan Sullivan was recently the focal point of James Cook’s Business Insider article “A lawyer explains what you should do if your private photos are posted online.” Following the hacks of Emma Watson and other famous actresses earlier this ... read more

March 16th, 2017

The Wrap

Bryan Sullivan Quoted in The Wrap on Snoop Dogg Video
The Wrap recently asked Bryan Sullivan to comment on whether Snoop Dogg could find himself in legal trouble over his “Lavender” music video, in which the rapper shoots a Donald Trump lookalike with a toy gun. According to Bryan, ... read more

March 8th, 2017

Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

Early Sullivan Obtains Summary Judgment on Behalf of Client in Class Action Insurance Matter
Judge Rules Insurance Premiums Were Reasonable By Justin Kloczko In a case that bucks the trend, a Los Angeles County judge has granted summary judgment to a mortgage lender accused of force-placing insurance policies on its borrowers in exchange for kickbacks. ... read more

March 2nd, 2017

The Wrap

Bryan Sullivan Quoted in The Wrap
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in Brian Flood’s The Wrap article “Michael Rapaport Escalates Beef With ESPN’s ‘Twinkie-Eating F-Boy’ Dan Le Betard,” which discusses whether the sports show host could be sued for defamation after falsely claiming the actor had ... read more

February 28th, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter

Devin McRae Quoted in The Hollywood Reporter on Oscars Flub
Devin McRae was quoted in The Hollywood Reporter regarding the infamous 2017 Oscars blunder that incorrectly awarded “La La Land” with the “Best Picture” award rather than the actual winner, “Moonlight.” PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that has tallied Academy votes and delivered ... read more

February 16th, 2017

Devin McRae’s Onza Partners/NBC Copyright Lawsuit Featured in Multiple Publications After Judge Refuses to Dismiss Case
Devin McRae’s representation of Spanish producer Onza Partners was featured in Ashley Cullins’ Hollywood Reporter article “‘Timeless’ Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss”; Ted Johnson’s Variety article “Judge Refuses to Dismiss ‘Timeless’ Copyright Lawsuit”; and Dominic Patten’s Deadline ... read more

February 1st, 2017

USA Today

Devin McRae Quoted Extensively in USA Today on Johnny Depp Fraud Lawsuit
USA Today recently asked Devin McRae to comment on actor Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against former business management company The Management Group, which alleges fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and more. In response to the filing, TMG filed a countersuit ... read more

January 24th, 2017

Four Early Sullivan Attorneys Named 2017 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
The firm is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys have been selected by Thomson Reuters as 2017 Southern California “Super Lawyers.” The “Super Lawyers” distinction is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding attorneys, based on peer recognition, professional achievement, and independent research. ... read more

January 23rd, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter

Devin McRae’s NBC, Onza Partners Copyright Lawsuit Featured in The Hollywood Reporter
Devin McRae’s representation of Spanish producer Onza Partners was featured in Ashley Cullins’ Hollywood Reporter article “Spanish Producer Fires Back at Motion to Dismiss ‘Timeless’ Lawsuit,” which details the company’s suit against Sony and NBC Universal over the hit sci-fi ... read more

January 18th, 2017

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Scott Gizer’s 4 Corners Holdings LLC v. Nazarian Case Featured in Los Angeles Business Journal
Scott Gizer’s representation of 4 Corners Holdings was featured in Henry Meier’s Los Angeles Business Journal article “Investor Claims Being Locked Out of Hotel Sale,” which details the alleged self-dealing by SBE Entertainment Group hotelier Sam Nazarian. “The case is about ... read more

January 13th, 2017

Forbes

IMDb Refuses To Comply With California’s Age Discrimination Laws – Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “IMDb Refuses To Comply With California’s Age Discrimination Laws” appeared in Forbes’ Legal Entertainment column on January 11, 2017. In the article, Bryan examines the lawsuit between the film directory website and the State of California, ... read more

January 6th, 2017

The Firm Obtains Summary Judgment on Behalf of Beverly Hills Homeowner
The firm obtained summary judgment on behalf of client Behrooz Salim in Saud v. Salim, et al., Case Number SC122618, Santa Monica, Judge Nancy Newman. Salim purchased a $7 million home in Beverly Hills, but Saudi Arabian Princess Seeta bint Abdulaziz Al Saud claimed ... read more

December 6th, 2016

The New York Times

Devin McRae Speaks to New York Times
Devin McRae was recently quoted in Michael Corkery and Stacy Cowley’s New York Times piece “Wells Fargo Killing Sham Account Suits by Using Arbitration.” Devin represents Mexican music star Ana Bárbara, whom was a victim of massive theft by a ... read more

November 17th, 2016

The Wrap

Bryan Sullivan Quoted in The Wrap
Bryan Sullivan was recently asked by The Wrap to comment on what effect Donald Trump’s presidency could have on the First Amendment. According to Bryan, there’s not much Trump can do to change the Constitution. “Honestly I really don’t ... read more

November 13th, 2016

The Firm Obtains Summary Judgment on Behalf of Sun West
A class action lawsuit (Johnson v. Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc., et al., Case Number BC541571, Los Angeles Superior Court, Honorable John Shepard Wiley) was filed against our client, Sun West Mortgage Company, alleging that the company, as a reverse mortgage servicer, would ... read more

November 9th, 2016

Bryan Sullivan Speaks at Syracuse University
On November 8, 2016, Bryan Sullivan guest lectured at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During the lecture, Bryan discussed various issues relating to film financing and entertainment law. read more

November 3rd, 2016

Early Sullivan Named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report
Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae has been named a “Best Law Firm” by the prestigious ranking guide U.S. News & World Report. The firm received a Metropolitan Tier 1 rank in the practice area of “Litigation – Intellectual Property” ... read more

October 25th, 2016

The Firm Wins Favorable Settlement for Actress
In Doherty v. Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson, et al., LASC Case No. BC591881, the Firm helped a famous actress sue her accounting firm and obtain a favorable settlement. The lawsuit against the firm was for professional negligence that was alleged to have ... read more

October 3rd, 2016

The Wrap

Bryan Sullivan Speaks to The Wrap on New York Times, Trump Tax Returns Dispute
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in Brian Flood’s The Wrap article “Will Chris Christie’s Prosecutor Pal Go After the New York Times Over Trump’s Taxes?” which discusses whether the publication could be successfully sued for publishing Donald Trump’s tax ... read more

September 20th, 2016

Bloomberg, Los Angeles Daily Journal

Devin McRae Quoted on Fox, Netflix Suit
Devin McRae was recently quoted in Anousha Sakoui and Lucas Shaw’s Bloomberg article “Fox Accuses Netflix of Poaching Employees in California Suit” and Matthew Blake’s Los Angeles Daily Journal article “Fox’s poaching suit against Netflix stirs questions.” According to ... read more

September 15th, 2016

Early Sullivan Obtains Full Dismissal of Charges Against Reconstruction Engineering Firm
The firm represented a collision reconstruction engineering firm at trial and obtained a full dismissal of charges that had been brought against the client by the California Attorney General’s Office. The case involved an Administrative Hearing before the State Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists and Dept. of ... read more

September 2nd, 2016

Eric Early, Devin McRae, and Bryan Sullivan Named in “The Best Lawyers in America” 2017
Early Sullivan Partners Eric EarlyDevin McRae, and Bryan Sullivan were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” in Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Intellectual Property, and Commercial Transactions ... read more

August 29th, 2016

Forbes

Is Fox Obligated To Pull ‘Birth Of A Nation’ From Theaters? – Forbes
Devin McRae’s article “Is Fox Obligated To Pull ‘Birth Of A Nation From Theaters?” was published by Forbes on August 25, 2016. In the article, Devin discusses the rape accusations against Nate Parker, and whether Fox Searchlight Pictures has any ... read more

August 19th, 2016

Forbes

‘Criminal Minds’ Firing: Could Thomas Gibson Take Legal Action? – Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “‘Criminal Minds’ Firing: Could Thomas Gibson Take Legal Action?” was published by Forbes on August 18, 2016. The article discusses the hurdles Gibson would face if he were to file a lawsuit over his termination from the ... read more

August 18th, 2016

Several Early Sullivan Attorneys Named 2016 Southern California “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars”
The firm is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys have been selected in multiple practice areas as 2016 Thomson Reuters Southern California “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars.” The “Super Lawyers” designation, given to the nation’s most respected legal practitioners, is ... read more

August 17th, 2016

The Wrap

Devin McRae Speaks to The Wrap on ‘Criminal Minds’ Firing
Devin McRae was prominently quoted in Tim Kenneally’s The Wrap article “Thomas Gibson Will Have ‘a Tough Time’ Suing Over ‘Criminal Minds’ Firing, Expert Says.” According to Devin, Gibson, who was fired from the show for allegedly kicking a writer ... read more

August 8th, 2016

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Eric Early’s Lawsuit Featured in Los Angeles Business Journal
Eric Early’s representation of Natura Sports Health Club in its lawsuit against VHDG Koreatown and Harridge Development Group was the focal point of Henry Meier’s Los Angeles Business Journal piece “Spa Claims Landlord Squeezing It Out of Lease.” The major suit ... read more

August 6th, 2016

Forbes

Getty Likely To Settle $1B Suit By Photographer For Appropriating Her Public-Domain Work – Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Getty Likely To Settle $1B Suit By Photographer For Appropriating Her Public-Domain Work” appeared in Forbes on August 3, 2016. In the article, Bryan discusses prolific photographer Carol Highsmith’s lawsuit against the stock images giant, and ... read more

August 3rd, 2016

The Wrap

Devin McRae Speaks to The Wrap on Ke$ha Legal Battle
Devin McRae was recently asked by The Wrap to comment on the reasons behind Ke$ha’s decision to drop her lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke in California. According to Devin, Ke$ha’s dismissal of the California action is not likely to ... read more

July 28th, 2016

The Wrap

Devin McRae Quoted in The Wrap on Dani Mathers’ Body Shaming Lawsuit
Devin McRae was quoted in Tim Kenneally’s The Wrap article “Dani Mathers’ Body-Shaming Victim Could Get $1 Million-Plus in Lawsuit, Lawyer Says,” which discusses how Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers’ Snapchat indiscretion could cost her over $1 million should the victim file ... read more

July 11th, 2016

Forbes

Katzenberg’s DreamWorks New Media Deal — Was It Fair? – Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Katzenberg’s DreamWorks New Media Deal — Was It Fair?” appeared in Forbes on July 11, 2016. The article discusses the class-action lawsuit brought by minority shareholders against Jeffrey Katzenberg regarding his role in the Comcast-DreamWorks merger. According ... read more

June 15th, 2016

Early Sullivan Successfully Wins Appeal of Trial Court Order on Behalf of Client
In Manapat v. Hoffman, et al., LASC Case No. LC101642, Appellate Case No. B268328, the firm represented respondents/defendants in an appeal of a trial court order dismissing the entire case on demurrer. Our clients prevailed completely on appeal. read more

June 10th, 2016

Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

Fashion lawyers have seen textile copyright litigation increase over the past five years – Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal
Fashion lawyers have seen textile copyright litigation increase over the past five years By Amanda Schallert Plaintiffs’ firms continue to score big in textile copyright infringement suits in the Central District courts in the first half of 2016, seeing a ... read more

June 9th, 2016

Forbes

How To Finance An Independent Film – Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s Forbes article “How To Finance An Independent Film” explains the crucial role raising money plays when producing an independent film and highlights ways to secure funding via equity, pre-sales, bridge financing, tax credits, crowdfunding, and deferred payments. According to ... read more

May 18th, 2016

Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

Devin McRae Included in Daily Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40”
Devin McRae was recently named to the 2016 “40 Under 40” list published by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, California’s premier legal publication. Published on May 18, 2016, the annual list recognizes leading California attorneys under ... read more

April 29th, 2016

The Wrap

Devin McRae Speaks to The Wrap on Possible Litigation Between Prince Estate, National Enquirer
Devin McRae was quoted in Brian Flood’s The Wrap article “Can Prince’s Estate Sue the National Enquirer for Saying He Had AIDS?” The piece discusses the possible legal recourse Prince’s estate has regarding the National Enquirer’s front page story ... read more

April 8th, 2016

Early Sullivan Obtains Summary Judgment on Behalf of Afkarian
The firm obtained summary judgment for client Afkarian in Wells Fargo v. Afkarian, et al., Case No. 37-2014-00075037-CU-OR-CTL, San Diego Superior Court; Judge Judith Hayes, a case brought by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo claimed to hold a $1.2 million lien on Afkarian’s property. read more

March 31st, 2016

Early Sullivan Obtains Summary Adjudication, Near Immediate Case Settlement for Nursing Home Operator
The firm represented one of the leading nursing home operators in California against 18 causes of action arising from alleged financial malfeasance and investor-related fraud in Remba v. Preimesberger, LASC Case No. BC575724, Los Angeles Superior Court, Hon. Gregory Keosian. We obtained summary adjudication on behalf of our client on 17 ... read more

March 31st, 2016

Bryan Sullivan and Stephen Ma to Speak at Digital Hollywood 2016
Bryan Sullivan and Stephen Ma will appear as panelists on “CrowdFunding Update: Exploring Innovation in the Crowdfunding Film-TV-Start-up Process” at Digital Hollywood 2016. Digital Hollywood debuted in 1994 and is widely considered to be among the leading entertainment ... read more

March 16th, 2016

Los Angeles Times

Steve Ma Talks to Los Angeles Times About Sony, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stephen Ma was recently quoted in Ryan Faughnder’s Los Angeles Times article “Sony is betting on love for the Beatles lasting in a new $750 million deal,” which discusses the significance of Sony’s decision to buy the Michael Jackson estate’s ... read more

March 9th, 2016

Law360

Erin Andrews Verdict Exposes Danger of Lax Privacy Policies – Law360
Erin Andrews Verdict Exposes Danger Of Lax Privacy Policies By Cara Salvatore Law360, New York (March 8, 2016, 11:02 PM ET) — Erin Andrews’ $55 million jury verdict on Monday against a hotel where she was stalked and videotaped shows ... read more

March 4th, 2016

Law360

Tribe Member Knew Of Flaws In Trust Land Leases, Court Told – Law360
Tribe Member Knew Of Flaws In Trust Land Leases, Court Told By Jack Newsham Law360, New York (March 3, 2016, 7:17 PM ET) — A group of Nevada homeowners being sued by a Native American man who says they illegally ... read more

March 3rd, 2016

Law360

When Restraining Orders Cover Social Media Communication – Law360
When Restraining Orders Cover Social Media Communication By Lyn Mettler Law360, New York (March 3, 2016, 3:57 PM ET) — Does tagging a protected party on Facebook violate a restraining order or order of protection? What about tweeting the individual ... read more

February 24th, 2016

Entrepreneur

Stephen Ma Quoted in Entrepreneur Article
Stephen Ma recently contributed to Andrea Huspeni’s Entrepreneur piece “Erin Andrews vs. Marriott: Inside the $75 Million Peephole Lawsuit Against a Major Hotel Chain.” The lawsuit claims that employees of a Marriott hotel were negligent in allowing a man ... read more

January 21st, 2016

The Firm Obtains Dismissal of Case Midway Through Deposition
In Jorgensen, et al. v. First American, Case No. 2:2016CV00068 — a lawsuit against an escrow company filed in the State of Washington — the Firm exposed the plaintiffs’ real estate broker’s perjurious testimony in the middle of his deposition and leveraged that testimony to ... read more

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