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August 7th, 2018

Early Sullivan’s Demurrer Victory Upheld on Appeal
The California Court of Appeal has affirmed, in its entirety, the judgment of dismissal that Partner William Wright obtained for the Firm’s client First American Title Insurance Company, in the case entitled Jaisinghani v. U.S. Bank National Association, et al.. ... read more

June 15th, 2018

Mary Kaufman, Peter Scott, Kevin Sinclair Named 2018 “Super Lawyers” Southern California Rising Stars
The firm is pleased to announce that Mary Kaufman, Peter Scott and Kevin Sinclair have been selected by Thomson Reuters as 2018 Southern California “Super Lawyers” Rising Stars. The “Rising Stars” distinction honors attorneys under the age ... read more

June 12th, 2018

Steve Ma Speaks at NAPABA Panel on Trademarks and Copyright Law
Steve Ma recently spoke as a panelist for a webinar hosted by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) entitled “Hot Topics in Trademark and Copyright Law.” Steve’s presentation including analysis and commentary regarding the recent “Blurred Lines” ... read more

April 19th, 2018

Forbes

‘Stranger Things’ Creators Accused Of Stealing Netflix Show’s Concept – Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “‘Stranger Things’ Creators Accused Of Stealing Netflix Show’s Concept” was published on Forbes on April 19, 2018. In the article, Bryan discusses the lawsuit accusing the Duffer Brothers of stealing the idea for Netflix’s hit show “Stranger ... read more

April 9th, 2018

Devin McRae Speaks at WestLegalEd Panel on Disney, Redbox Dispute
Devin McRae recently spoke on the West LegalEd Center panel “‘Begun, the Code War Has!’ Disney and Redbox Battle Over Digital Movie Codes,” which took place on February 24, 2018. During the panel, copyright experts Devin McRae of Early Sullivan, ... read more

March 6th, 2018

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Early Sullivan Prevails at Trial in Breach of Loan Agreement Case
Scott Gizer, Diane Luczon and Zachary Gidding secured a decision in favor of their client Mazakoda, Inc. for breach of a loan agreement following a bench trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Plaintiff Mazakoda, Inc. had alleged that it ... read more

March 5th, 2018

RESPA News 

Early Sullivan Obtains Defense Verdict in Favor of Sun West for Alleged RESPA Violations
Scott Gizer, along with Diane Luczon, recently achieved an outstanding result on behalf of the firm’s client, defendant Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc., in lawsuit where the plaintiff had alleged that Sun West had violated certain RESPA provisions when it ... read more

February 20th, 2018

Early Sullivan Successfully Defends Its Client Against $12.5 Million Claim
Early Sullivan attorneys Mary Kaufman and Zachary Gidding successfully defended, with Scott Gizer, a quiet title action for Defendant CFIC-2014 NV FI-PSC, LLC (“CFIC”) in the Nevada District Court Case entitled LLV Holdco, LLC v. Atalon Management ... read more

January 31st, 2018

Four Early Sullivan Attorneys Named 2018 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
The firm is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys have been selected by Thomson Reuters as 2018 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

January 30th, 2018

 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 “Super Lawyers” edition for 2018. Each year, Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine honors a select number of leading firms that have continually ... read more

January 29th, 2018

Bloomberg

Devin McRae Quoted in Bloomberg on Wynn Divorce Battle
Devin McRae was recently quoted in Edvard Pettersson’s Bloomberg article “Wynn Sexual Misconduct Allegations May Upend Trial With Ex-Wife,” and Christopher Palmeri and Valerie Miller’s article “Elaine Wynn Back in Spotlight as Ex-Husband Battles Allegations.” In both articles, Devin explains that ... read more

January 23rd, 2018

Los Angeles Times

Devin McRae Quoted in Los Angeles Times on Disney, Redbox Lawsuit
Devin McRae was recently quoted in Ryan Faughnder’s Los Angeles Times article “Redbox’s copyright fight with Disney over digital movie sales escalates long-running feud,” which discusses Disney’s claim that the movie rental company has been selling digital versions of its ... read more

December 1st, 2017

IndieWire

Devin McRae Quoted in IndieWire on Weinstein-Moore Dispute
Devin McRae was recently asked by IndieWire to comment on the dispute between the Weinstein brothers and filmmaker Michael Moore over the release of his sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11. According to Devin, Moore could potentially keep the $2 million that the ... read more

November 15th, 2017

Forbes

Kevin Spacey And Harvey Weinstein Employment Agreements Say A Lot About Hollywood – Forbes
Bryan Sullivan’s article “Kevin Spacey And Harvey Weinstein Employment Agreements Say A Lot About Hollywood” was published in Forbes on November 15, 2017. In the article, Bryan discusses how entertainment entities often draft purposefully broad contracts in order to benefit ... read more

November 9th, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, The Wrap

Devin McRae Quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire and The Wrap on Harvey Weinstein Scandal
Devin McRae was quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire and The Wrap regarding Harvey Weinstein’s potential lawsuit against the New York Times, his employment contract with The Weinstein Company, and the use of Hollywood NDAs in cases of felony sex crime allegations. Devin told The Hollywood Reporter “If ... read more

November 6th, 2017

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 national and regional rankings in the practice areas of “Litigation – Intellectual Property” and “Real ... read more

October 18th, 2017

Law360

Ninth Circuit Rejects En Banc Review Bid in Risinger v. SOC
9th Circ. Won’t Rethink Class Cert. For Private Iraq Guards By Vin Gurrieri Law360, New York (October 17, 2017, 9:15 PM EDT) The full Ninth Circuit on Tuesday let stand its decision that thousands of armed guards at U.S. military ... read more

October 17th, 2017

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California Court of Appeal Affirms Summary Judgment Victory Obtained by Eric Early, William Wright and Kevin Sinclair 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

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

Eric Early, Scott Gizer and Diane Luczon Obtain Summary Judgment on Behalf of 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 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

Peter Scott 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

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