Julie Gilman Veronese sued Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2009 after she was hired—and then fired—as an assistant to the estate manager at George Lucas’s San Anselmo estate. She claimed she was fired because she was pregnant....more
Q: What is the most challenging case you have worked on and what made it challenging?
A: Frankly, many of my cases are extremely challenging because I am generally defending a large corporation against a horribly injured...more
Dunn v. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., California Court of Appeal, April 30, 2013 (unpublished opinion) -
California Court of Appeal affirms judgment in favor of defendant DreamWorks Animation on plaintiff’s breach of...more
Bernard Kurlemann may have done many things - he borrowed millions to build a pair of houses in Mason, Ohio, for example - but he did not make a false statement to a bank....more
Last week was an active week in the federal appeals courts.
Perhaps most interesting - especially to those who are concerned about the state of our federal public defenders - is the Second Circuit's opinion in United...more
Wynona Harris alleged her employment was terminated by the City of Santa Monica because of her pregnancy in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The city claimed Harris had been fired for poor job...more
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion that has significant implications for employers and employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). Lamonica, et al. v. Safe Hurricane...more
The California Supreme Court's recent decision in a closely watched Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) case should be of interest to employers around the country, even though — or perhaps because — it does not provide an...more
Jury instructions are the mechanism that provides the jury with the proper legal structure to analyze the evidence that has been presented at trial. Without proper guidance through good instructions on the law, the jury is...more
Technology has indeed infiltrated the jury box. Jury service, which necessarily involves hours of quiet observation of the proceedings, evokes, for some, a hunger for expression or quick entertainment....more
In This Issue:
- $1.347 Million Award To Former General Counsel For Breach Of Implied Contract Is Upheld - Faigin v. Signature Group Holdings, Inc., 211 Cal. App. 4th 726 (2012)
- $114,000 Pregnancy...more
On December 10, 2012, in Veronese v. Lucasfilm Ltd., a California Court of Appeal overturned a Marin County jury’s verdict against Lucasfilm based on its finding that several errors in jury instructions prejudicially affected...more
This week's wins cover three circuits and four diverse areas of law.
Particularly interesting (to me) are the Fourth Circuit's opinion holding that it may not be a crime to steal the identity of a corporation. It feels...more
Sometimes it makes perfect sense to seek a bifurcated trial. An initial trial on liability can often resolve your case, limit your damages, or set the stage for a negotiated compromise. On the other hand, a formal finding...more
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