Insight

In the News: Northern California

A summary of newsworthy content from Northern California lawyers and law firms.

Northern California In the News 2018
CO

Compiled by Nicole Ortiz

October 23, 2017 11:14 AM

IN THE HEADLINES

► Cannata, O’Toole, Fickes & Almazan: Karl Olson (entertainment law – motion pictures and television; entertainment law – music; litigation – First Amendment, 2006) prepared an amicus brief for FAC in the case Stevenson v. City of Sacramento, saying that no records requester should need to put in bond money to prevent public records from being destroyed. The case occurred after Richardson Stevenson and Katy Grimes had to post bond in order to prevent millions of emails from being destroyed.

Hausfeld: Bonny E. Sweeney (litigation – antitrust, 2018), Michael D. Hausfeld, Reena A. Gambhir, Timothy S. Kearns, Nathaniel C. Giddings, and Sarah R. LaFreniere are working on a case, In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation, 13-cv-7789 (S.D.N.Y.), that just “moved for preliminary approval of settlements with five banks,” reports Whittier Daily News. The estimated settlements, on behalf of foreign exchange investors, total $111,200,000 and include Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets, Société Générale, and Standard Chartered Bank. Upon final approval, the settlement total would amount to over
$2.1 billion.

► Law Offices of Doron Weinberg: Doron Weinberg (criminal defense: general practice; criminal defense: white-collar, 1983) is the attorney for Mark Peterson, a former Contra Costa County district attorney who has been banned from practicing law and may face disbarment. Peterson pleaded no contest to perjury over using campaign funds for personal use. Over $66,000 of his campaign money was spent on personal expenses, such as movie tickets and clothing.

► Swanson & McNamara: Mary McNamara (criminal defense: white-collar, 2008) was attorney for Amer Sinan Alhaggagi, a 22-year-old Oakland man who was accused of supporting ISIS. Alhaggagi was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges that he tried to provide materials to the group from July to November of last year. Allegedly, Alhaggagi had tried to open multiple social media accounts to assist ISIS, reports the East Bay Times. “[Amer] is completely nonviolent, and he took no actions to harm anyone,” McNamara says. “The evidence we have suggests these charges are based on Internet chat conversations that he had with a number of unknown people. Amer is a very young and naïve man, and it appears he allowed himself to be drawn into conversations that he should have been far more suspicious of.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Steptoe & Johnson has moved its Palo Alto office to San Francisco. They were located in Northern California since January 2014.

► Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell: Peter J. Ippolito (construction law; litigation – construction, 2006) will become of counsel at the firm’s San Diego office. Ippolito was previously at Dentons and had worked as an assistant general counsel to the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

ITN FEATURE

Lieff Cabraser and Carney Bates & Pulliam Files Class Action Lawsuits against The Walt Disney Company and Viacom

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein: Michael W. Sobol (mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs; product liability litigation – plaintiffs, 2013) and his firm alongside Carney Bates & Pulliam have filed a federal class action child privacy protection lawsuit against Viacom and The Walt Disney Company, among others, on the behalf of California parents.

A mother and her child allege that these companies included on the lawsuit violate privacy protection laws since they export children’s personal information from mobile games to advertisers. It further asserts that this is a violation since there is no request for parental consent, which is required by federal and state law.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was enacted by Congress to protect children online. It allows parents to stop developers and third-party advertisers from mining their children’s identifying information and profiting from it, says KMIR.

Regarding the lawsuit and the COPPA laws that are being violated, Sobol says, “As a company long-engaged in the practice of engaging—and profiting from—children, Disney needs to make sure its games and apps comply with the law. They and the companies they work with always have to obtain verifiable parental consent before extracting kids’ data from their mobile devices when kids play Disney’s mobile apps.”

Further, he says in regards to Viacom’s role in the lawsuit, “With Viacom's focus on children as their audience for entertainment but also profit, Viacom has a fundamental obligation to make sure their games and apps—especially Nickelodeon games and apps—comply with child data and child privacy law. They and the companies they work with must obtain verifiable parental consent before extracting kids’ data from their mobile devices when kids play Nickelodeon games.”

Related Articles

In the News: St. Louis


by Compiled by Nicole Ortiz

A summary of newsworthy content from St. Louis lawyers and law firms.

St. Louis In the News 2018

In the News: New Jersey


by Nicole Ortiz

A summary of newsworthy content from New Jersey lawyers and law firms.

New Jersey In the News

In the News: Northern California


by Best Lawyers

News and notes from lawyers in Northern California

In the News: Northern California

In The News: New York


by Compiled by Nicole Ortiz

A summary of newsworthy content from New York lawyers and law firms.

New York In The News 2018

In the News: South Florida


by Compiled by Nicole Ortiz

A summary of newsworthy content from South Florida lawyers and law firms.

South Florida In the News 2018

In the News: Southern California


by Compiled by Nicole Ortiz

A summary of newsworthy content from Southern California lawyers and law firms.

Southern California In the News

In the News: Washington, D.C.


by Compiled by Nicole Ortiz

A summary of newsworthy content from Washington D.C. lawyers and law firms.

Washington, D.C. In the News 2018

In the News 2017: Colorado


by Compiled by Tess Congo

Newsworthy highlights of lawyers from Colorado.

Colorado Lawyers in the News

The Best Lawyers in Northern California


by Best Lawyers

Our 2022 Best Lawyers in Northern California publication features top-ranked legal talent in Fresno, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa.

The Best Lawyers in Northern California

Is New Always Better?


by Janice Zhou

The rapid rise of gentrification in major cities leaves residents wondering.

Road facing bridge at sunset

The 2021 Best Lawyers in Northern California


by Best Lawyers

Featuring the top legal talent in the Northern California area.

Best Lawyers Northern California 2021

As Courts Grapple With the COVID-19 Pandemic, Scarlett Law Group Adapts


by Sean Stonefield

Best Lawyers honoree Randall Scarlett on obtaining results despite unprecedented challenges.

Scarlett Law Group

Funding for University Programs Takes a Hit


by Joseph Begonis

Plus more news on Canada's Best Lawyers 2020

Funding Cuts for Canadian University Programs

In the News: New York


by Best Lawyers

News and Events for New York Lawyers

In the News: New York

An Interview With R. Lewis Van Blois


by Best Lawyers

Oaklands' 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" honoree in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

An Interview With R. Lewis Van Blois

A Record Settlement


by Justin Smulison

Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn

A Record Settlement

Trending Articles

The Real Camille: An Interview with Johnny Depp’s Lawyer Camille Vasquez


by Rebecca Blackwell

Camille Vasquez, a young lawyer at Brown Rudnick, sat down with Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer to talk about her distinguished career, recently being named partner and what comes next for her.

Camille Vasquez in office

Announcing The Best Lawyers in The United Kingdom™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from the United Kingdom.

The Best Lawyers in The United Kingdom 2023

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: The Best Lawyers Honorees Behind the Litigation


by Gregory Sirico

Best Lawyers takes a look at the recognized legal talent representing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in their ongoing defamation trial.

Lawyers for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Announcing The Best Lawyers in France™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from France.

Blue, white and red strips

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Germany™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Germany.

Black, red and yellow stripes

Education by Trial: Cultivating Legal Expertise in the Courtroom


by Margo Pierce

The intricacies of complex lawsuits require extensive knowledge of the legal precedent. But they also demand a high level of skill in every discipline needed to succeed at trial, such as analyzing technical reports and deposing expert witnesses.

Cultivating Legal Expertise in the Courtroom

Announcing The Best Lawyers in Belgium™ 2023


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms from Belgium.

Black, yellow and red stripes

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers® in the United States


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers listed in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and in the 2nd Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for 2022.

2022 Best Lawyers Listings for United States

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in France


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms, including our inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recipients.

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in France

Choosing a Title Company: What a Seller Should Expect


by Roy D. Oppenheim

When it comes to choosing a title company, how much power exactly does a seller have?

Choosing the Title Company As Seller

We Are Women, We Are Fearless


by Deborah S. Chang and Justin Smulison

Athea Trial Lawyers is a female owned and operated law firm specializing in civil litigation, catastrophic energy, wrongful death and product liability.

Athea Trial Law Female Leadership and Success

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in Germany


by Best Lawyers

The results include an elite field of top lawyers and firms, including our inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recipients.

Announcing the 2022 Best Lawyers™ in Germany

U.K. Introduces Revisions to Right-to-Work Scheme and Immigration Rules


by Gregory Sirico

Right-to-Work Scheme and Immigration Rules in

Destiny Fulfilled


by Sara Collin

Was Angela Reddock-Wright destined to become a lawyer? It sure seems that way. Yet her path was circuitous. This accomplished employment attorney, turned mediator, arbitrator and ADR specialist nonpareil discusses her career, the role of attorneys in society, the new world of post-pandemic work and why new Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson represents the future.

Interview with Lawyer Angela Reddock-Wright

Famous Songs Unprotected by Copyright Could Mean Royalties for Some


by Michael B. Fein

A guide to navigating copyright claims on famous songs.

Can I Sing "Happy Birthday" in Public?

What the Courts Say About Recording in the Classroom


by Christina Henagen Peer and Peter Zawadski

Students and parents are increasingly asking to use audio devices to record what's being said in the classroom. But is it legal? A recent ruling offer gives the answer to a question confusing parents and administrators alike.

Is It Legal for Students to Record Teachers?