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September 29th, 2022

Early Sullivan Recognized as a Top Litigation Firm in 2023 Edition of Benchmark Litigation California
Early Sullivan has been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as a leading Entertainment firm in California. The prestigious annual guide recognizes the state’s leading trial firms and attorneys, ranked by their peers and clients. To view the firm’s profile on the ... read more

September 29th, 2022

Deadline

Deadline Covers Clash Over Film Depiction of Iconic Michigan State University Football Team
Deadline recently covered an ongoing clash between Michigan State University, former football players and their family members, and the producers behind an unauthorized film in production about the school’s legendary football team. Surviving members of the 1965-1966 teams, who battled ... read more

September 14th, 2022

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Pens Forbes Article on Defamation Lawsuits Against Netflix
Bryan Sullivan’s article entitled, “Netflix’s ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ And ‘Inventing Anna’ Subjects Of Defamation Lawsuits” was recently published in Forbes. The article examines the extent to which creators can legally bend and stretch the truth to conform to their storylines, ... read more

September 7th, 2022

Early Sullivan First-In-the-Nation Lawsuit
It was 2018 and Critical Race Theory was still largely under wraps in America, and in particular, with respect to its tremendously racialized and sexualized aspects being “taught” in public schools. Brave parents in Santa Barbara were trying to get ... read more

August 26th, 2022

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Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae has Judgment Affirmed in favor of Client Sun West Mortgage Company
The California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, upheld the validity of a trial court’s finding that Early Sullivan client Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. prevailed on claims of breach of contract and indemnity against First Alliance Home Mortgage, LLC ... read more

August 22nd, 2022

Early Sullivan Case Result Listed Among “Top 100 Verdicts” in California for 2021
The firm is pleased to announce that an outstanding result achieved by the firm was listed among TopVerdicts.com’s “Top 100 Verdicts” in California for 2021. Scott Gizer was singled out for his work in the case of Rottman v. Kesler, ... read more

August 18th, 2022

The Best Lawyers in America

Eleven Early Sullivan Attorneys Named “Best Lawyers in America;” Four Named to “Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch”
Early Sullivan attorneys Eric Altoon, Eric Early, David Giannotti, Scott Gizer, Sophia Lau, Stephen Lau, Stephen Ma, Devin McRae, Diane Myint Luczon, Christopher Ritter, Peter Scott, and Bryan Sullivan have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in ... read more

August 16th, 2022

The Hollywood Reporter

Bryan Sullivan Sheds Light on Entertainment Copyright Claims for The Hollywood Reporter
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in The Hollywood Reporter in an article that explores story theft claims in Hollywood. The article outlines that, while many movies share similarities with others in the same genre, there is grounds for a copyright ... read more

August 4th, 2022

The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter Covers Early Sullivan’s Early Success in Lawsuit Against Endeavor
The Hollywood Reporter recently covered an L.A. Superior Court ruling that the entertainment and representation company Endeavor must face a claim of Early Sullivan client and media and technology consultant David Carde alleging that his idiosyncratic analysis of the company’s ... read more

July 26th, 2022

Newsy

Bryan Sullivan Featured in Newsy Segment Examining the Role of Movie Producers
Bryan Sullivan appears in a Newsy segment entitled “Why Do Movies Have So Many Producers?” examining the role of the movie producer and why, in recent years, there has been an increase in the average number of producers credited per ... read more

July 7th, 2022

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Authors Forbes Article on Implications of Roe v. Wade Reversal for Hollywood
In a recent Forbes article, Bryan Sullivan examines Hollywood’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, allowing states the option to legally ban abortion. Bryan shares that there has been significant criticism from both high-profile Hollywood ... read more

June 16th, 2022

Marquis Who's Who

Devin McRae Inducted into Prestigious Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry
The firm is pleased to announce that Devin McRae has received the honor of being inducted into Marquis Who’s Who, which has published directories of the top professionals in the world since 1899. Profiled individuals are selected for inclusion based ... read more

June 15th, 2022

Court Dismisses Trademark Infringement Allegations Against Early Sullivan Clients
Early Sullivan clients Sayam Sotelo and J. Frank Sotelo, represented by Bryan Sullivan and Zachary Hansen, were granted a motion to dismiss in a case brought by church organization Abundant Living Family Church (ALFC) for allegations involving trademark infringement on ... read more

June 13th, 2022

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Pens Forbes Article on Defamation Lawsuits In Light of Johnny Depp/Amber Heard Trial
Bryan Sullivan recently wrote an article for Forbes on the nature of defamation lawsuits in light of the highly publicized defamation trial involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. In the article, Bryan shares that defamation lawsuits are generally very difficult ... read more

May 31st, 2022

Early Sullivan Obtains Complete Defense For Sun West in Wrongful Termination, Disability Discrimination Case
An Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae trial team, comprised of Scott Gizer, Diane Myint Luczon, Padideh Zargari, Cameron Aronson, D’Metria Bolden, and Jackie Hosey obtained a complete defense for its client Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. (“Sun West”) against ... read more

May 27th, 2022

The New York Times

Devin McRae Speaks with New York Times About Lawsuits in the Aftermath of Popular Home Makeover Shows
In a recently published New York Times article exploring what goes on behind the scenes of popular home makeover television shows, Devin McRae weighs in on the construction lawsuits that have become increasingly common in their wake. The article describes ... read more

May 27th, 2022

Devin McRae Attends Variety’s “Power of Law Breakfast”
On April 20, 2022, Devin McRae attended Variety’s “Power of Law Breakfast,” an invitation-only event honoring attorneys selected to Variety’s annual “Legal Impact Report.” Attendees of the event and honorees of the “Legal Impact Report” are considered top attorneys in the entertainment ... read more

May 16th, 2022

Los Angeles Business Journal

Eric Early Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers” List
The firm is pleased to announce that Eric Early was recently selected to the Los Angeles Business Journal‘s inaugural “Top 100 Lawyers” list. The coveted list recognizes the region’s outstanding legal community by profiling Los Angeles’ top 100 lawyers for ... read more

April 28th, 2022

TheWrap

Bryan Sullivan Comments on High-Level Executive Departures Following Amazon’s Acquisition of MGM
Bryan Sullivan recently spoke to TheWrap regarding the news that MGM Studios’ motion picture group chairman, Michael De Luca, and president, Pam Abdy, are departing their roles. The announcement comes approximately one month after Amazon closed an $8.5 billion acquisition ... read more

April 20th, 2022

Variety

Bryan Sullivan and Devin McRae Recognized in Variety’s 2022 “Legal Impact Report”
The firm is pleased to announce that Bryan Sullivan and Devin McRae were recently selected to Variety‘s annual “Legal Impact Report,” which honors the top in-house attorneys, litigators, and transactional lawyers in Hollywood. In this year’s exclusive list, Variety spotlights ... read more

March 30th, 2022

TheWrap

Bryan Sullivan Speaks to TheWrap on Bob Chapek’s Second Year as Disney CEO
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in Diane Haithman’s TheWrap article “Why Disney CEO Bob Chapek Gets Both an A and an F on His 2nd-Year Report Card.” The article focuses on the past year at Disney and evaluates Chapek’s leadership ... read more

March 29th, 2022

The Washington Post

Devin McRae Sheds Light On Possible Legal Ramifications of Will Smith’s Oscars Slap in The Washington Post
In an article published in The Washington Post, Devin McRae weighed in on the recent Oscars incident in which Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face on stage after Rock made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada ... read more

March 23rd, 2022

TheWrap

Bryan Sullivan Comments On Amazon’s Acquisition of MGM For TheWrap
In a recent article for TheWrap, Bryan Sullivan shared his thoughts on Amazon’s recent acquisition of MGM. In addition to outlining the logistics of the $8.5 billion deal, the article notes the contrasting cultures of Amazon and MGM, and it ... read more

March 11th, 2022

Newsy

Bryan Sullivan Speaks to Newsy About Studios Purchasing Individuals’ Life Rights
In a recent segment by Newsy, Bryan Sullivan shares extensive insight on the legalities of purchasing an individual’s life rights to create art. The segment exemplifies this practice by detailing Netflix’s purchase of Anna Sorokin’s life rights, resulting in its ... read more

March 3rd, 2022

Los Angeles Times

Devin McRae Quoted In Los Angeles Times On Violence Concerns Surrounding Kanye West’s “Eazy”
In an article published in the Los Angeles Times, Devin McRae weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding the release of Kanye West’s “Eazy” music video. The music video depicts a cartoon version of West kidnapping and burying celebrity Pete ... read more

February 10th, 2022

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Early Sullivan Obtains Preliminary Injunction For Its Clients Preventing Neighbors From Blocking Property Access
Early Sullivan obtained a Preliminary Injunction for their clients Carl and Laurie Madsen preventing efforts by their neighbors to bar them from using a roadway to their otherwise landlocked home. The Madsen’s property, purchased with intentions to build a home, ... read more

February 4th, 2022

Realtor.com

Scott Gizer Provides Insight to Realtor.com on How Homeowners Can Protect Their Home From Lawsuits and Creditors
Scott Gizer was recently featured in a piece for Realtor.com discussing precautionary measures American homeowners should take to safeguard their home from litigation or creditors. The article examines common scenarios that could yield a lawsuit, notes the standard policies homeowners ... read more

January 25th, 2022

Court Sides With Early Sullivan Client After $1M Loan Scheme
In a major bench trial victory, a Court found in favor of Early Sulivan client Cashera Plaza which, in hopes to build a car wash and auto repair center, entered into a $1.13 million construction loan with defendant lender Bian ... read more

January 20th, 2022

Thomson Reuters

Seven Early Sullivan Attorneys Named 2022 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
The firm is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ 2022 Southern California “Super Lawyers” list. The “Super Lawyers” distinction is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding attorneys, based on ... read more

January 18th, 2022

The Hollywood Reporter

Bryan Sullivan Speaks to The Hollywood Reporter about the COVID-19 Safety Status Quo on Film and TV Sets
In an article recently published by The Hollywood Reporter, Bryan Sullivan sheds light on how pandemic safety measures are continuing to impact work environments throughout film and TV sets in Hollywood, as well as possible changes to come if the ... read more

December 20th, 2021

Los Angeles Business Journal

Bryan Sullivan and Scott Gizer Recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2021 “Leaders of Influence: Thriving in Their 40s”
The firm is pleased to announce that Bryan Sullivan and Scott Gizer were selected to appear in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Leaders of Influence: Thriving in Their 40’s” list for 2021. This honor annually recognizes leading professionals in their ... read more

December 6th, 2021

Courthouse News

Bryan Sullivan Speaks to Courthouse News About Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Netflix Film “#Alive”
Courthouse News reporter Edvard Pettersson spoke with Bryan Sullivan about a new lawsuit involving the 2020 Netflix film “#Alive,” an English-language dubbed version of a hit South Korean zombie thriller. The suit alleges that in making and releasing “#Alive,” Netflix ... read more

November 19th, 2021

Forbes, Yahoo! Finance

Bryan Sullivan Examines Astroworld Liability For Travis Scott and Others In Forbes and Yahoo! Finance
In a recent article for Forbes entitled “Astroworld’s Legal Fallout: What’s At Risk For Travis Scott And Live Nation?” Bryan Sullivan examines the liability of Scott, Drake, Live Nation Entertainment Inc., and other defendants after the Astroworld tragedy. With a ... read more

November 4th, 2021

U.S. News & World Report Best Lawyers

Early Sullivan Named a 2022 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report
Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae has been named a 2022 “Best Law Firm” by the prestigious ranking guide U.S. News & World Report. The firm received national and metropolitan rankings in the practice areas of “Entertainment Law – Music, ... read more

October 29th, 2021

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Examines Who Could Be Held Legally Responsible for ‘Rust’ Shooting in Article Published by Forbes
In an article recently published by Forbes, Bryan Sullivan sheds light on who could be held liable for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the injuries sustained by director Joel Souza after the accidental shooting that took place on ... read more

October 28th, 2021

Early Sullivan Prevails in Jury Trial Regarding Restaurant Sale
Scott Gizer obtained a unanimous verdict in favor of Early Sullivan client Dion Rottman following a two-week jury trial in Los Angeles. The lawsuit arose out of the sale of a West Hollywood restaurant by defendant Michael Kesler to Mr. ... read more

October 19th, 2021

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan’s “Cher Claims ‘I Got You Babe,’ Sues Mary Bono For Share Of Royalties” Published in Forbes
In an article published by Forbes, Bryan Sullivan examines the issues in a legal battle between Cher, Mary Bono (Sonny Bono’s widow), and the late singer’s Estate. In the piece, Bryan dissects Cher’s lawsuit against Mary Bono and The Estate, ... read more

October 14th, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter

Bryan Sullivan Reps AJ Mendez in ViacomCBS/Women of Wrestling Distribution Deal
ViacomCBS has signed an exclusive multi-year distribution deal with WOW – Women of Wrestling that will provide the women’s wrestling league with distribution opportunities across the U.S. and abroad. ViacomCBS plans to air past seasons of WOW on its CW ... read more

October 5th, 2021

The Associated Press, TMZ, RadarOnline

Early Sullivan Secures Major Victory for Shannen Doherty in Woolsey Fire Case
Early Sullivan scored a major victory for client Shannen Doherty in a lawsuit filed against State Farm insurance company, which refused to pay for repairs, following the 2018 Woolsey fire, under a policy on Ms. Doherty’s Malibu home. After an ... read more

October 1st, 2021

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan’s Article “Disney Fights For Rights To Popular Marvel Characters” Published in Forbes
In an article published by Forbes on October 1, 2021, Bryan Sullivan examines the copyright issues at stake in the latest legal battle between Marvel Studios’ owner, The Walt Disney Company, and the co-creators of several popular Marvel characters. In ... read more

September 30th, 2021

Benchmark Litigation

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae Named in Benchmark Litigation’s 2022 Guide
Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae has been named a top entertainment law firm for 2022 by prestigious ranking guide Benchmark Litigation. Each year, Benchmark Litigation selectively honors top law firms in California doing cutting-edge work in their fields and ... read more

September 24th, 2021

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan’s Article “Trump’s Latest Lawsuit Against New York Times Et Al. Likely To Fail Bigly” Published in Forbes
Bryan Sullivan recently published an article in Forbes detailing a new lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump against The New York Times, several of its reporters, and his niece, Mary Trump. The lawsuit is centered around thousands of pages ... read more

August 30th, 2021

L.A. Times B2B Publishing Business of Law Magazine

Devin McRae Recognized as 2021 “Visionary” by L.A. Times B2B Publishing Business of Law Magazine
The firm is pleased to note that Devin McRae was selected to appear in the L.A. Times B2B Publishing Business of Law Magazine as a 2021 “Visionary.” This designation is reserved for extraordinary attorneys who are demonstrating leadership within their ... read more

August 27th, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Examines ‘Nevermind’ Album Cover Lawsuit for The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes
Bryan Sullivan recently provided insight to The Hollywood Reporter and Forbes on the newly filed lawsuit against Nirvana over the cover of its 1991 album “Nevermind.” The lawsuit, filed by the man who appeared as an infant on the iconic ... read more

August 19th, 2021

Best Lawyers in America

Nine Early Sullivan Attorneys Named “Best Lawyers in America;” One Named to “Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch”
Early Sullivan attorneys Eric Altoon, Eric Early, David A. Giannotti, Scott E. Gizer, Sophia S. Lau, Stephen Y. Ma, Devin A. McRae, Christopher I. Ritter, and Bryan M. Sullivan have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in ... read more

July 29th, 2021

IndieWire, Yahoo! Finance, TheWrap

Devin McRae Speaks to IndieWire, TheWrap and Yahoo! Finance About Scarlett Johansson’s Groundbreaking Lawsuit Against Disney
In the latest example of how COVID-19 has dramatically altered the landscape of the entertainment industry, actress Scarlett Johansson has filed suit against Disney, alleging that the studio broke its contract with her (and drastically reduced her earnings potential) by ... read more

July 12th, 2021

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Devin McRae Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2021 “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Attorneys” List
Name partner Devin McRae has been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers” for 2021. Devin was recognized for his recent successful matters, including the representation of Shannen Doherty in her ... read more

July 8th, 2021

Forbes 

Bryan Sullivan’s Article “Donald Trump Sues Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, CEOs In Latest Social Media Battle” Published in Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article on former president Donald Trump’s class-action lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and their CEOs, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai, was published to Forbes on July 8, 2021. In the article, Bryan examines the details ... read more

July 8th, 2021

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan’s Article “Amazon, Netflix, And Major Hollywood Studios File Massive Suit Against Rogue Copyright Infringer Jason Tusa” Published In Forbes
In an article published by Forbes on July 8, 2021, Bryan Sullivan examines a new copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Amazon, Netflix, and studios including Warner Brothers, Universal, Sony, Columbia, Disney, and Paramount against serial copyright infringer Jason Tusa. In ... read more

July 7th, 2021

Deadline

Deadline Covers Early Sullivan Client Enderby Entertainment’s Premiere of New Film on NFT Platform
Bryan Sullivan recently represented Enderby Entertainment in a deal to premiere the film “No Contact,” starring Anthony Hopkins, on the new NFT (non-fungible token) platform Vuele this summer. The deal is being reported as possibly the first time a full-length ... read more

July 1st, 2021

Yahoo! Finance

Devin McRae Quoted in Yahoo! Finance on the Future of Bill Cosby’s Sitcom Empire
Devin McRae spoke with Yahoo! Finance about the future of Bill Cosby’s television sitcom empire now that Pennsylvania’s highest court has overturned the comedian’s sexual assault conviction. In the article, entitled “Overturned Cosby conviction ‘far from an exoneration’ with $400M ... read more

June 26th, 2021

Yahoo! News, Business Insider 

Eric D. Anderson Featured in Yahoo! News and Business Insider on Derek Chauvin Sentencing
Eric D. Anderson, the firm’s senior trial counsel, spoke to Yahoo! News and Business Insider about the sentencing of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. In the Yahoo! piece, Eric, a former prosecutor, gave ... read more

June 16th, 2021

Delaware Valley Journal 

Bryan Sullivan Quoted in the Delaware Valley Journal on Potential Legal Issues of Post-Pandemic Worklife
Bryan Sullivan was recently asked by Delaware Valley Journal to provide comment on the legal problems that could arise as employees return to the office post-pandemic, especially with a wave of workforce changes taking place. Bryan shared that while there’s ... read more

June 10th, 2021

Yahoo! Finance

Bryan Sullivan Sheds Light on “Bachelor” Payout Battle in Yahoo! Finance
Bryan Sullivan was recently interviewed by Yahoo! Finance regarding Chris Harrison’s departure from “The Bachelor” franchise and the potential for a high payout. After serving as host of the “Bachelor” television series for nearly 20 years, Harrison’s exit was prompted ... read more

June 8th, 2021

Peter Scott Named 2021 Southern California Rising Stars By “Super Lawyers”
The firm is pleased to announce that Peter Scott, yet again, has been named by Thomson Reuters as a 2021 Southern California “Super Lawyers” Rising Star. The Rising Stars distinction honors attorneys that are under the age of 40 in ... read more

May 27th, 2021

Yahoo! Life

Early Sullivan Client Emma Hernan Featured in Yahoo! Article on “Selling Sunset”
Bryan Sullivan recently represented Emma Hernan in her deal to become one of the newest cast members and real estate agents featured in the Netflix reality TV hit “Selling Sunset.” Hernan will join fellow new cast member Vanessa Villela, as ... read more

May 15th, 2021

New York Times

Early Sullivan’s Lawsuit Against Il Divo Member Sébastien Izambard Covered by the New York Times, Cites “Coercive Control”
A recent New York Times article entitled, “Il Divo Tenor’s Ex-Wife Sues Him, Citing Sexual and Physical Abuse,” details the claims brought by Devin McRae’s client Renée Izambard against Il Divo member Sébastien Izambard. Renee’s allegations uncover Sébastien’s historical behavior ... read more

April 21st, 2021

Deadline

Deadline Covers Early Sullivan’s Representation of “47 Ronin” Sequel Screenwriters
Bryan Sullivan recently represented “Lucifer” actress Aimee Garcia and New York Times bestselling author AJ Mendez in their deal to write the upcoming untitled “47 Ronin” sequel for Universal 1440 Entertainment. The film, set to be directed by Ron Yuan ... read more

April 15th, 2021

The New York Times, Fox News, NY Daily News, Pioneer Press

Eric D. Anderson Offers Insight on Derek Chauvin Trial for the New York Times, Fox News, Pioneer Press and NY Daily News
Eric D. Anderson, the firm’s senior trial counsel, spoke to the New York Times, Fox News, Pioneer Press and NY Daily News regarding the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. In ... read more

April 6th, 2021

Yahoo! Finance

Devin McRae Quoted Extensively in Yahoo! Finance on “Real Housewives” Star’s Wire Fraud, Money Laundering Charges
Devin McRae was recently interviewed by Yahoo! Finance on “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah’s recent arrest on wire fraud and money laundering charges, and whether flaunting a lavish lifestyle on reality TV could lead prosecutors to ... read more

Sampling of pending and resolved matters

Court Dismisses Trademark Infringement Allegations Against Early Sullivan Clients
Early Sullivan clients Sayam Sotelo and J. Frank Sotelo, represented by Bryan Sullivan and Zachary Hansen, were granted a motion to dismiss in a case brought by church organization Abundant Living Family Church (ALFC) for allegations involving trademark infringement on behalf of their company, Live Design, Inc. (Live Design). The claims surrounded Live Design’s refusal to give up rights to the website domain name “www.alfc.church” to ALFC. ALFC had previously contacted Live Design to inquire about purchasing the domain name, and the entities entered into two contracts (signed by J. Frank Sotelo) whereby ALFC would pay a monthly fee to Live Design in exchange for the domain name. Live Design did not perform under these contracts. Early Sullivan argued in defense of the Sotelos on the ground that their actions were on behalf of Live Design and therefore were protected by the fiduciary shield document. ALFC could not prove their burden that the defendants were the primary participants in the wrongdoing or the direct force of the infringement. The Court ultimately granted the motion to dismiss the Sotelos and deny ALFC’s request for limited jurisdictional discovery. With the Sotelos being dismissed, the case will now continue with ALFC’s claim against Live Design Inc.

Early Sullivan Obtains Complete Defense For Sun West in Wrongful Termination, Disability Discrimination Case
An Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae trial team, comprised of Scott Gizer, Diane Myint Luczon, Padideh Zargari, Cameron Aronson, D’Metria Bolden, and Jackie Hosey obtained a complete defense for its client Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. (“Sun West”) against claims asserted by a former employee for wrong termination, disability discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour violations allegedly in response to the employee’s cancer diagnosis. Specifically, the employee claimed that after he revealed his cancer diagnosis to his supervisor, he was denied leave, forced to work from the hospital, had support staff taken away and his compensation structure changed all in an effort to force him to quit. After a week-long arbitration, involving numerous fact witnesses and hundreds of exhibits, the Early Sullivan team convinced the arbitrator that the former employee was provided with all accommodations requested, that the employee elected not to go on leave so that he could maintain his full salary, that the changes in support staff were based on performance issues within his department, and that his change in compensation, and his ultimate termination, were due solely to financial issues Sun West was experiencing in 2018 and 2019. As a result, the arbitrator held that the former employee was to take nothing on his arbitration complaint, and that Sun West prevailed on all claims, entitling it to its costs.

Early Sullivan Obtains Preliminary Injunction For Its Clients Preventing Neighbors From Blocking Property Access
Early Sullivan obtained a Preliminary Injunction for their clients Carl and Laurie Madsen preventing efforts by their neighbors to bar them from using a roadway to their otherwise landlocked home. The Madsen’s property, purchased with intentions to build a home, was left inaccessible after several neighbors blocked the sole road necessary for entry. The neighbors also allegedly harassed vendors and work crews efforts to enter and exit the property. All homeowners and lenders on the road were listed in the lawsuit brought by Early Sullivan attorneys Diane Myint Luczon and Zachary Hansen. Early Sullivan’s motion for Preliminary Injunction and reply were supported by multiple declarations as were the oppositions that were filed. The detailed Order of the ruling determined that the Madsens have satisfied their burden of showing “the likelihood of suffering irreparable harm unless the conduct attributed to defendants including but not limited to Westlunds, their agents and/or others acting in concert with them, is enjoined.” The Madsens can now enjoy their property and their neighbors are prohibited from obstructing access.

Court Sides With Early Sullivan Client After $1M Loan Scheme
In a major bench trial victory, a Court found in favor of Early Sulivan client Cashera Plaza which, in hopes to build a car wash and auto repair center, entered into a $1.13 million construction loan with defendant lender Bian Liao Living Trust. Corporate Asset and Science was appointed as the lender’s fund control agent in the promissory note, with the loan broker named as the trustee of that entity. After receiving only $140k of the $1.13 million towards entitlement efforts, it was discovered that the fund control agent schemed against Cashera, absconding the rest of the money. The lender then foreclosed without giving proper notice to the client, using an incorrect address and claiming the full loan amount of $1.13 million was due plus interest. Early Sullivan sued the lender, the fund control agent, and others for breach of contract and fraud, moving to set aside the foreclosure and cancel the foreclosure documents. At Early Sullivan’s request, the Court bifurcated the equitable claims and tried them first. Ultimately, the Court found in Cashera’s favor on the equitable claims of set aside and cancellation of instructions, holding that the fund control agent was the agent of the lender and that fund control and the lender both engaged in fraud and acted with malicious intent by sending the foreclosure notices to a known bad address. The Early Sullivan team will now try the fraud claims before a jury, bound by the Court’s findings on agency and that the defendants engaged in fraud and acted with malice, leaving the amount of compensatory and punitive damages as the only issues for the jury to decide. The Early Sullivan team was led by Scott Gizer.

Early Sullivan Prevails in Jury Trial Regarding Restaurant Sale
Scott Gizer obtained a unanimous verdict in favor of Early Sullivan client Dion Rottman following a two-week jury trial in Los Angeles. The lawsuit arose out of the sale of a West Hollywood restaurant by defendant Michael Kesler to Mr. Rottman. It was alleged that Mr. Kesler failed to disclose a restriction that affected the ability to operate a restaurant at the location at issue, resulting in a loss of value for the restaurant. Mr. Kesler denied knowing about the restriction, but Scott was able to convince the jury otherwise, and as a result, Mr. Rottman was awarded full damages for the lost value.

Bryan Sullivan Reps AJ Mendez in ViacomCBS/Women of Wrestling Distribution Deal
ViacomCBS has signed an exclusive multi-year distribution deal with WOW - Women of Wrestling that will provide the women’s wrestling league with distribution opportunities across the U.S. and abroad. ViacomCBS plans to air past seasons of WOW on its CW Seed and Pluto TV platforms beginning in December of 2021, with new episodes launching in weekend syndication later in 2022. As part of the deal, former WWE Champion AJ Mendez, represented by Bryan Sullivan, will provide commentary during each broadcast. She will also serve as an executive producer. Mendez is the author of Crazy Is My Superpower and is best known for her time in WWE under the ring name AJ Lee. Read more about the deal in The Hollywood Reporter.

Early Sullivan Secures Major Victory for Shannen Doherty in Woolsey Fire Case
Early Sullivan scored a major victory for client Shannen Doherty in a lawsuit filed against State Farm insurance company, which refused to pay for repairs, following the 2018 Woolsey fire, under a policy on Ms. Doherty’s Malibu home. After an intense legal battle during which Doherty revealed that she had stage 4 terminal cancer, a federal jury in Los Angeles awarded Doherty $6.3 million to cover damages to her home and personal property, emotional distress, and attorneys’ fees. Lead trial counsel Devin McRae and partners Peter Scott and Lisa Boswell tried the case, with support from associate Cory Ray. After the trial, Devin commented: "We thank the members of the jury for their thoughtful consideration of Shannen's case.” He continued, "We are happy they saw the case the way we do. This should send a message to State Farm and other institutions that they should not forget they are dealing with human beings." Hundreds of outlets covered the victory including The Associated Press, TMZ, and RadarOnline.