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August 10th, 2020

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on TikTok, WeChat Executive Orders for Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Executive Orders Banning TikTok (ByteDance) And WeChat (Tencent Holdings) Could Disrupt More Than You Think” was published in Forbes on August 10, 2020. In the article, Bryan discusses the legal implications of the orders, which ban “transactions” ... read more

August 7th, 2020

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on Entertainment Companies Reopening for Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “In The Face Of The Covid Pandemic, Entertainment Enterprises Look For Guidance To Reopen” was published in Forbes on August 7, 2020. In the article, Bryan discusses the challenges faced by entertainment businesses navigating the guidelines imposed by state, ... read more

August 6th, 2020

Sophia Lau Quoted in Daily Journal Article about the Passing of William F. Rylaarsdam
Sophia Lau was recently quoted in Malcolm Maclachlan’s Daily Journal article “William F. Rylaarsdam, 1937-2020.” The article celebrates the life of the retired justice of the 4th District Court of Appeal, Division Three, who passed away on Monday, August 3rd, 2020. In ... read more

July 29th, 2020

Early Sullivan Attorneys File Notice of Application for Mandatory Mask Rules
Kailin Che and Lawrence Wong recently filed a notice of application on behalf of Dr. Wei Li, a family doctor in Burnaby, British Columbia. The application, filed in B.C. Supreme Court, calls for Health Minister Adrian Dix to halt Phase ... read more

July 28th, 2020

Early Sullivan Prevails on Demurrer on Behalf of Stewart Title of California
Early Sullivan partners Billy Wright and Christopher Ritter recently prevailed on demurrer on behalf of client Stewart Title of California, Inc. (STCA).  The demurrer to the complaint, largely based on Markowitz v. Fidelity Nat. Title Co., 142 Cal.App.4th 528 (2006), ... read more

July 27th, 2020

Billboard

David Chidekel Named to Billboard’s 2020 List of “Top Music Lawyers”
The firm would like to congratulate David Chidekel for being selected to Billboard’s prestigious “Top Music Lawyers” list for 2020. Billboard highlighted Chidekel’s work in creating a new venture for SKUxchange to provide services for music distributors and retailers during the COVID-19 ... read more

July 27th, 2020

David Chidekel Quoted in Billboard Article – Deep Dive: “Gaming: Music’s Next Big Play”
David Chidekel was recently quoted in Claudia Rosenbaum’s Billboard article “From Music Star To Avatar: Tech-Savvy Lawyers Share Tips For Negotiating Artist Appearances In Video Games.” The piece discusses the crossover between the music and gaming industries, focusing on how artists can ... read more

July 13th, 2020

Los Angeles Business Journal

Eric Early Named to Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers” List
Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP is proud to announce that our firm’s Managing Partner Eric Early has been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers” for 2020. Eric was ... read more

June 29th, 2020

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Early Sullivan Prevails in Breach of Contract/Bad Faith Case for Client Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Sophia Lau recently prevailed on appeal in Ifeoma Ukoha v. Provident Title Company, et al., a breach of contract/bad faith case, on behalf of client Stewart Title Guaranty Company (“STGC”). Plaintiff Ifeoma Ukoha purchased an apartment building that was later lost to ... read more

June 24th, 2020

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on Sherlock Holmes Intellectual Property Lawsuit for Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “‘Enola Holmes’ Netflix Movie At The Center Of New Copyright, Trademark Infringement Lawsuit By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate” was published on Forbes on June 24, 2020. In the article, Bryan discusses some of the history surrounding the ... read more

June 22nd, 2020

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on Morals Clauses and the First Amendment for Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Morals Clauses And The First Amendment In The Social Media Age: Freedom Of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom From Consequences” was published on Forbes on June 22, 2020. In the article, Bryan discusses the importance of morals clauses ... read more

June 9th, 2020

Peter Scott and Kevin Sinclair Named 2020 Southern California “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers
The firm is pleased to announce that Peter Scott and Kevin Sinclair have been selected by Thomson Reuters as 2020 Southern California “Super Lawyers” Rising Stars. The “Rising Stars” distinction honors attorneys under the age of 40 in the Southern California region ... read more

May 8th, 2020

Variety

Early Sullivan’s Representation of Lionsgate Covered in Variety
The firm currently represents Lionsgate in its newly filed lawsuit against Starline Tours over a branded tour of the locations in “La La Land,” the 2016 musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. According to the suit, the Hollywood tour ... read more

May 6th, 2020

Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

Scott Gizer Quoted in Daily Journal Article about Loan Deferments During COVID-19
Scott Gizer was recently quoted in Carter Stoddard’s Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal article “Bankruptcy attorneys concerned about whether loan deferments will help landlord clients.” The article discusses landlords and the decisions they must make regarding mortgage payments. Scott commented ... read more

April 29th, 2020

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on WGA, Talent Agencies Packaging Fees Case for Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Hollywood Talent Agencies Claim The WGA Case Challenging Packaging Fees Was Leveled By Courts” was published on Forbes on April 28, 2020. In the article, Bryan discusses the decision that was issued on April 27, 2020 by United ... read more

April 23rd, 2020

Risk Management Magazine

William Lalor’s Article Appears in Risk Management Magazine
William Lalor’s article “Insurers Face COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage Uncertainty” was published on April 22, 2020 in Risk Management Magazine. The article discusses the uncertainty facing insurers related to business interruption (BI) coverage issues. The article states that standard exclusions, ... read more

April 11th, 2020

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on Fox News Lawsuit Over COVID-19 Coverage for Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Fox News Faces Lawsuit For Calling COVID-19 A ‘Hoax’” was published on Forbes on April 10, 2020. In the article, Bryan discusses the pending litigation filed by a nonprofit group, Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE). ... read more

April 10th, 2020

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Early Sullivan Prevails in Breach of Policy/Bad Faith Case on Behalf of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
Christopher Ritter (with the involvement of William Wright and Kevin Sinclair) prevailed on summary judgment for the Firm’s client Fidelity National Title Insurance Company against PennyMac in the action entitled, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust Holding I, LLC v. Fidelity National ... read more

March 30th, 2020

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan Writes on Byron Allen Discrimination Case for Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s articles “Byron Allen Loses Racial Discrimination Supreme Court Case” and “Byron Allen Racial Discrimination Case To Be Considered” were published on Forbes on March 23 and March 30, 2020. In both articles, Bryan discusses the decision that was reached in ... read more

March 30th, 2020

TheWrap

David Chidekel Quoted in TheWrap
David Chidekel was recently quoted in Trey Williams’s TheWrap article “Why Agencies Fight for Package Fees Even as Streaming Diminishes Their Value.” The article discusses streaming and the changing relevance and value of packaging fees in Hollywood. With the rise of platforms ... read more

March 25th, 2020

The Lawyer's Daily

Kailin Che Featured in The Lawyer’s Daily Article
B.C.’s real estate speculation tax fought in human rights tribunal, courts By Ian Burns (March 18, 2020, 9:04 AM EDT) — British Columbia introduced its real estate speculation and vacancy tax in 2018 to great fanfare, but now it is ... read more

March 19th, 2020

Wall Street Journal

Bill Lalor Quoted in Wall Street Journal on Coronavirus Insurance Litigation
Bill Lalor was recently quoted in Leslie Scism’s Wall Street Journal article “New Orleans Restaurant Kicks Off Coronavirus Insurance Litigation.” In the article, Bill discusses the pressure faced by government officials to broaden coverage in order to aid businesses affected by ... read more

March 13th, 2020

Risk Management Magazine

William Lalor’s Article “COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage Concerns” Appears in Risk Management Magazine
William Lalor’s article “COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage Concerns” was published on March 11 in Risk Management Magazine. The article details the various types of business interruption coverage and the differences between them. The article also discusses the challenges that will ... read more

March 11th, 2020

Pitchfork

Bill Lalor Quoted in Pitchfork on Coronavirus
Bill Lalor was recently quoted in Marc Hogan’s Pitchfork article “What Happens When a Music Festival Is Canceled Due to Coronavirus?” In the article, Bill explains that event organizers should already be working on ways to mitigate risk and business ... read more

March 10th, 2020

Washington Post

David Chidekel Quoted in Washington Post
David Chidekel was recently quoted in Sonia Rao’s Washington Post article “Coachella’s delay and SXSW’s cancellation show how coronavirus could make festival season disappear.” The article discusses the impact coronavirus has had on festivals, and how SXSW and Coachella will ... read more

February 24th, 2020

Variety

Bryan Sullivan Quoted in Variety Article on Weinstein Verdict
Bryan Sullivan was recently quoted in Gene Maddaus’s Variety article “Weinstein Guilty Verdict Sends a Message to Victims and Prosecutors.” According to Bryan, the highly publicized case will likely encourage additional prosecutions. “When you have one victory, it fuels the ... read more

February 24th, 2020

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Early Sullivan’s Coverage Determination At Heart of Old Republic’s Summary Judgment Victory
Early Sullivan client Old Republic National Title Insurance Company (“Old Republic”) retained the Firm to handle coverage on a complex mechanic’s lien dispute involving Old Republic’s insured Hall CA-NV, LLC (“Hall”) and the renovation of the famed Cal-Neva Lodge & ... read more

January 15th, 2020

Thomson Reuters

Six Early Sullivan Attorneys Named 2020 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
The firm is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys have been selected by Thomson Reuters as 2020 Southern California “Super Lawyers.” The “Super Lawyers” distinction is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding attorneys, based on peer recognition, ... read more

December 20th, 2019

Deadline

Bryan Sullivan’s Representation of Teresa Chris Literary Agency Covered in Deadline
Deadline recently noted Bryan Sullivan’s representation of the acclaimed Teresa Chris Literary Agency in Enderby Entertainment’s deal to acquire the worldwide rights to Julie Cohen’s novel “The Two Lives of Louis & Louise.” The story, which will be adapted into ... read more

December 20th, 2019

The Real Deal

Scott Gizer Quoted in Real Deal Article
Scott Gizer was recently quoted in Matthew Blake’s Real Deal article “Hadid mansion case has echoes of a Saudi sheikh.” In the article, Scott discusses an ongoing case in which a wealthy homeowner is fighting a judge’s demolition order over ... read more

December 10th, 2019

VarietyLos Angeles Times

Devin McRae Quoted in Variety and Los Angeles Times on Netflix Poaching Case
Devin McRae was recently quoted in Gene Maddaus’s Variety article “Netflix Ordered to Stop Poaching Fox Employees” and Wendy Lee’s Los Angeles Times article “Netflix’s Hollywood raids face new obstacles after court ruling.” In the articles, Devin discusses how the high-profile ruling ... read more

November 13th, 2019

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Coverage Issues To Consider in Wake of Child Victims Act – New York Law Journal
Bill Lalor’s article “Coverage Issues To Consider in Wake of Child Victims Act” was published November 12, 2019, in the New York Law Journal. The article provides information about the New York Child Victims Act (NYCVA), which has opened a ... read more

November 7th, 2019

Forbes

Bryan Sullivan’s Article Appears in Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Chanel West Coast’s ‘Sharon Stoned’ Is At Center Of Lawsuit From … Sharon Stone” was published in Forbes on November 6, 2019. In the article, Bryan discusses Sharon Stone’s lawsuit against rapper Chanel West Coast. Stone ... read more

November 4th, 2019

CBC News

Lawrence Wong Quoted in CBC Article
Lawrence Wong was recently quoted in the CBC article “Proposed class action lawsuit alleges B.C.’s housing speculation tax unfairly targets women and seniors.” The article details a lawsuit filed by homeowners asserting that British Columbia’s speculation tax is unfair.    Lawrence, ... read more

November 1st, 2019

Early Sullivan Named a 2020 “Best Law Firm” By U.S. News & World Report
Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae has been named a 2020 “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 “Litigation – Intellectual Property” ... read more

October 23rd, 2019

Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

Early Sullivan Named 2019 “Top Boutique” by Daily Journal
The firm is pleased to announce it has been named to the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal’s 2019 list of “Top Boutiques” of California’s leading boutique law firms. Each year, the prestigious list highlights only 20 firms in ... read more

October 15th, 2019

Benchmark Litigation California

Early Sullivan Selected to 2020 Edition of Benchmark Litigation California
The firm is honored to be been profiled in this year’s edition of Benchmark Litigation California, in the area of Entertainment. Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to the market’s leading litigation firms and lawyers. To view the firm’s profile ... read more

October 4th, 2019

Los Angeles Business Journal

Devin McRae Quoted in Los Angeles Business Journal
Devin McRae was recently quoted in Matthew Blake’s Los Angeles Business Journal article “Clippers Prep for a Different Court.” In the article, Devin discusses Madison Square Garden Co.’s fraud lawsuit against Murphy’s Bowl, the developer of the Clippers’ proposed new ... read more

September 27th, 2019

Kailin Che Quoted in CBC Article
Kailin Che was recently quoted in the CBC article “B.C.’s housing speculation tax faces first major legal challenge” The article details a lawsuit filed by homeowners asserting that British Columbia’s speculation tax is unconstitutional. 

Kailin, an attorney working on the ... read more

August 23rd, 2019

Early Sullivan Prevails on Behalf of Client My Instant Guru (“MIG”) Regarding Data Storage Master Service Agreement
After a week-long arbitration, in Arya Group vs. My Instant Guru, the Hon. Richard A. Stone (Ret.) ruled in favor of Early Sullivan client, My Instant Guru (“MIG”), in its dispute with high-end architectural firm Arya Group, which was seeking damages just south of ... read more

August 19th, 2019

Eric Early Recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 “Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers”
Early Sullivan Managing Partner Eric Early has been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 “Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers.” LABJ noted Eric’s regular representation of Fortune 500 real estate companies and individuals. The prestigious issue also highlights Eric’s political endeavors, mentioning ... read more

August 15th, 2019

Eight Early Sullivan Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America
Early Sullivan attorneys Eric Early, Bryan Sullivan, Scott Gizer, Devin McRae, Sophia Lau, Stephen Ma, Christopher Ritter, and David Giannotti have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in the ... read more

August 2nd, 2019

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Early Sullivan Prevails for Client Sun West in Bench Trial Over Defective Loan
Following a bench trial before the Honorable Dennis J. Landin, a statement of decision was issued in favor of Early Sullivan client Sun West regarding a defective loan it was sold by First Alliance Home Mortgage LLC (“First Alliance”). First ... read more

July 11th, 2019

Forbes

David Chidekel Quoted in Forbes Article
David Chidekel was featured in Madeline Berg’s Forbes story “Marvel Money: How Six Avengers Made $340 Million Last Year.” In the article, David discusses the leverage that Hollywood stars have in demanding large compensation packages. He explains that actors are granted lucrative ... read more

July 3rd, 2019

USA Today

David Chidekel Speaks to USA Today on Taylor Swift, Scooter Braun Dispute
David Chidekel was recently quoted in Maria Puente’s USA Today article “Taylor Swift’s outrage over Scooter Braun: Will it change the music industry?” According to David, not only does the feud have no potential to impact the industry, but it ... read more

June 25th, 2019

Kailin Che Quoted in CBC Article
Kailin Che was recently quoted in the CBC article “Air Canada imposes ‘no fly’ ban, demands $18K from woman after ticket scam.” The article details the legal battle between Air Canada and a customer who unknowingly purchased fraudulent airline tickets. Kailin, an attorney ... read more

June 24th, 2019

Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on “Immoral” and “Scandalous” Trademarks
This morning, the Supreme Court ruled on the Iancu v. Brunetti case stemming from clothing line FUCT’s unsuccessful efforts to obtain a trademark. The Supreme Court ruled that “the Lanham Act’s prohibition on registration of “immoral or scandalous” trademarks violates ... read more

June 14th, 2019

Peter Scott, Diane Luczon, Kevin Sinclair Named 2019 Southern California “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers
The firm is pleased to announce that Peter Scott, Diane Luczon, and Kevin Sinclair have been selected by Thomson Reuters as 2019 Southern California “Super Lawyers” Rising Stars. The “Rising Stars” distinction honors attorneys under the age of 40 in ... read more

May 22nd, 2019

Inman

Lisa Boswell’s Article on Disruptors in the Real Estate Industry Appears in Inman
From Inman: Why the only constant in real estate is change The look, functionality and way we insure homes are apt to change – and so should our expectations. By Lisa Boswell Just like Uber and Lyft have turned the ... read more

April 15th, 2019

Early Sullivan Prevails for Client Sun West in 11th Circuit Affirmation
Scott Gizer successfully prevailed in Iaffaldano v. Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. after the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a judgment by the District Court for the Southern District of Florida finding that Early Sullivan ... read more

April 9th, 2019

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Early Sullivan Prevails in the Second Appellate District of California
Scott Gizer, Diane Luczon, and Zachary Gidding successfully prevailed in Charles Johnson v. Sun West Mortgage Company Inc. et al. The Court of Appeal affirmed the lower court’s ruling on Early Sullivan’s motion for summary judgment in favor of Sun ... read more

April 5th, 2019

Newsweek

Bryan Sullivan Quoted in Newsweek on Leaked Photo of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Children
Bryan Sullivan was recently asked by Newsweek to comment on the possible legal consequences of sharing photos of celebrity children without permission. According to Bryan, even though the private photo of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s children was quickly taken down by ... read more

April 3rd, 2019

Early Sullivan Knocks Out Entire Case on Demurrer
In Pak v. First American Title Insurance Company, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 18STCV04840, William Wright obtained a judgment of dismissal for the Firm’s client, First American Title Insurance Company. The case concerned claims for breach of title policy ... read more

March 28th, 2019

Entertainment Attorney and Former BitTorrent CCO David Chidekel Joins Early Sullivan
The firm is pleased to announce that prominent media and entertainment attorney, and former BitTorrent, Inc., Chief Commercial Officer, David Chidekel, has joined the firm’s New York office. Mr. Chidekel oversaw all of BitTorrent’s commercial transactions as well as legal, ... read more

March 4th, 2019

Risk Management Magazine

William Lalor’s Article “The Looming Long-Tail Risk of E-Cigarettes” Appeared in Risk Management
William Lalor’s article “The Looming Long-Tail Risk of E-Cigarettes,” appeared in the March issue of Risk Management magazine. The article discusses the risks of e-cigarettes and that of the chemical diacetyl, which can be used to create a wide range of vaporized ... read more

February 27th, 2019

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Early Sullivan Prevails in 10th Circuit Published Opinion
Scott Gizer and Sophia Lau successfully prevailed in Banner Bank v. First American. In the attached published opinion (click “Download PDF”), the 10th Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling on summary judgment with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Early Sullivan ... read more

February 13th, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter

Devin McRae Comments on Woody Allen, Amazon Legal Battle in The Hollywood Reporter
Devin McRae was recently quoted in Eric Gardner and Tatiana Siegel’s Hollywood Reporter article “Can Amazon Get Out of Its Woody Allen Deal? It’s Complicated.” According to Devin, if the suit went to trial Amazon would likely tell a jury, ... read more

January 30th, 2019

Steve Ma Recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 “Most Influential Minority Lawyers” List
Steve Ma has been named a “Most Influential Minority Lawyer” by the Los Angeles Business Journal for 2019. The LABJ notes his work defending Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. and East West Bank, as well as his current representation of Glass Apps and MetaXchain. The firm congratulates Steve ... read more

January 30th, 2019

Four Early Sullivan Attorneys Named 2019 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
The firm is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys have been selected by Thomson Reuters as 2019 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 ... read more

November 1st, 2018

Early Sullivan Named a 2019 “Best Law Firm” By U.S. News & World Report
Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae has been named a 2019 “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 “Litigation – Intellectual Property,” “Real ... read more

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