Firm Gets Important Win In California Supreme Court, Securing Access to Records Showing Violations of Law At State Health Facilities
February 2015 - Duffy Carolan led a successful effort to secure a unanimous decision from the California Supreme Court holding that the Department of Public Health must release complete records of patient abuse and deficiencies in care at the state’s largest institutions for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, with only patient names redacted. The decision ended a three year Public Records Act battle by firm client the Center for Investigative Reporting. CIR’s earlier reporting disclosed hundreds of cases of abuse at state owned and operated developmental centers in an award winning series – Broken Shield. CIR Executive Director Robert J. Rosenthal said of the decision, “The real winners here are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, patients in state hospitals who are mentally ill and developmentally disabled. While they may not be able to protect their own interests, this decision means journalists, family members and those who work on their behalf will be able to better hold accountable those responsible for their care.” Read the decision here
, and press about the case here
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Jassy and Vick Recognized as Southern California "Super Lawyers"
January 2015 - Jean-Paul Jassy and Kevin Vick each were named Southern California "Super Lawyers" in the annual publication of Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 5% of area attorneys are listed, as selected by peers and third party researchers. Jassy is listed in the field of Media & Advertising, and Vick is listed in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation.
Jassy Named "Lawyer of the Year" In Litigation - First Amendment Practice Area
August 2014 - Jean-Paul Jassy's peers voted him the Los Angeles 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" in the Litigation - First Amendment practice area. The honor accompanies his fifth consecutive listing in Best Lawyers in America
. He is listed in the First Amendment and Litigation - First Amendment categories.
Firm Files Public Records Act Petition Seeking Disclosure of Coachella Valley's Leading Water Users
August 2014 - Jassy Vick Carolan, representing the First Amendment Coalition ("FAC"), filed a petition in Riverside Superior Court to compel the Coachella Valley Water District and Desert Water Agency to release information identifying the Coachella Valley's largest groundwater users. After years of providing such information to the public, those public agencies recently reversed course and refused to do so – despite California's being in middle of one of the worst droughts in the state's history. FAC filed its petition after the agencies previously denied FAC's requests for documents under the California Public Records Act (CPRA). A copy of the Petition is available here
. Press coverage of the suit is available here
Vick Elected Vice Chair of Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of Los Angeles County Bar
August 2014 - Kevin Vick was selected to be the Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar's Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section ("ELIPS") for its 2014-2015 term. Kevin formerly has served as Treasurer, Secretary, and Programming Co-Chair of ELIPS, and has organized panels on subjects such as key issues in copyright litigation, idea submission law, and recent trends in entertainment, Internet, and First Amendment law.
Firm Files Suit On Behalf Of Media Groups To Release Records About Indicted State Senators
July 2014 - Jassy Vick Carolan LLP on behalf of the Bay Area News Group, the Los Angeles News Group, and San Jose Mercury-News, filed suit
against the California Senate and the Senate Rules Committee over its blanket denial of access to the legislative calendars of now suspended Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon. The news groups made the requests under the Legislative Open Records Act and sought the calendars reflecting certain meetings alleged to have taken place in furtherance of the bribery, political corruption and, as to Yee, racketeering schemes for which they are charged. In reliance on a 1991 California Supreme Court case denying a media request for access to the governor’s calendars over a five year span, the Senate claims the records are categorically exempt from disclosure under the deliberative process privilege, which rests on the policy of protecting the decision-making processes of government agencies. The Court in Times Mirror Company v. Superior Court
, however, warned that its holding did not render the governor’s calendars inviolate and that a more focused request where the public’s interest in access is more compelling may necessitate public access no matter the incidental impact on the deliberative process. The news groups take the position that the recent indictments of two California Senators on charges that strike at the heart of what it means to be a public official present precisely such a case. The action was filed in Sacramento County Superior Court.