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Jassy Vick Carolan Prevails For YouTube In Appeal
November 2018 - The California Court of Appeal affirmed in full the trial court’s judgment in favor of YouTube in a suit brought by a former YouTube user based on the suspension of his account and removal of content. The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s ruling that various claims were barred by the one-year limitations period in YouTube’s Terms of Service, and further held that the plaintiff’s Business and Professions Code § 17200 claim failed as a matter of law. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s opinion is here.  Coverage of the decision by Professor Eric Goldman’s Technology & Marketing Law Blog is here.   Jassy Featured in Best Lawyers Article
November 2018 - Jean-Paul Jassy, who was named the 2019 First Amendment "Lawyer of the Year" in Los Angeles by Best Lawyers, was featured in a "Legal Insights" profile article.   Kevin Vick Discusses Key Anti-SLAPP Case Pending In California Supreme Court
November 2018 - Kevin Vick discussed Rand Resources, LLC v. City of Carson on the Daily Journal’s Weekly Appellate Report podcast, available here and here.  The California Supreme Court recently held oral argument in Rand Resources, where the Court is poised to address the issue of what constitutes an “an issue of public interest” under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, Code of Civil Procedure § 425.16.   Karlene Goller profiled in Women in Communications Law Committee’s November 2018 Newsletter
November 2018 - The Women in Communications Law Committee for the ABA Forum on Communications Law (“WICL”) profiled new Jassy Vick and Carolan Of Counsel Karlene Goller in its November 2018 Newsletter.  Karlene was profiled by the group in 2008 during her tenure as First Amendment and sole content counsel for the Los Angeles Times and its regional and local news enterprises.   Documents Unsealed in Facebook Case at Urging of Media
November 2018 - San Mateo County Superior Court orders some previously sealed discovery documents unsealed in app developer’s case against Facebook.  Duffy Carolan represented The New York Times Company, The Associated Press and The Washington Post in efforts to unseal the materials, which were submitted to the court as part of the plaintiff’s opposition to Facebook’s motion to strike under the Anti-SLAPP statute.  The app developer, Six4Three, accuses the platform of exploiting user data to force rival companies out of business.   Duffy Carolan Leads FAC Training Session on Reporter’s Privilege
November 2018 - Duffy Carolan, President of the First Amendment Coalition (“FAC”), along with Davis Wright Tremaine partner Thomas Burke, lead a training session for lawyers seeking to represent journalists compelled to testify, disclose confidential sources or produce unpublished newsgathering materials protected under the state’s shield law or the First Amendment.  The session was designed to give lawyers the legal knowledge and skills necessary to represent journalists pro bono through a FAC initiative called the legal defense fund.   Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Again Gets Top Rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Law Firms
November 2018 - After a comprehensive peer review process, Jassy Vick Carolan LLP has been named again nationally as a Tier 1 (highest tier) law firm in the fields of First Amendment Litigation and Media Law.   The Firm was also recognized in the same fields in the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas.   Fraud, Abuse and Waste Reports Sought in CPRA Lawsuit
October 2018 - Jassy Vick Carolan files suit against Riverside County to obtain reports of fraud, abuse and waste by county employees.  Duffy Carolan filed the California Public Records Act lawsuit on behalf of The Press-Enterprise, a Southern California News Group paper, after the County claimed the reports were confidential by law and that disclosure, even in redacted form to protect reporting parties, would discourage reporting.   Elizabeth Capel Joins Jassy Vick Carolan LLP
October 2018 - Elizabeth Capel joined Jassy Vick Carolan LLP as an associate. Elizabeth clerked for the Honorable Otis D. Wright II, of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to joining the Firm, Elizabeth worked as a litigator at an AmLaw 100 law firm, focusing on intellectual property and complex litigation matters. Elizabeth's bio can be found here.   Judge Reverses Prior Restraint Against Media
October 2018 - Orange County Judge reverses order barring media from reporting on search warrant materials and seizing the warrants from reporters who were present in court to cover the arraignment of a Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women. Duffy Carolan represented the Orange County Register, AP, and ABC, Inc. in the effort to have the court’s order vacated as an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech. Though previously ordered sealed, the warrants were lawfully obtained by the media outlets on the day of the arraignment from a local county supervisor running against the incumbent district attorney. In reversing, the court acknowledged that its order against the media was an unconstitutional prior restraint, and lifted the prior sealing order as entered in violation of the strict requirements for sealing judicial records. See here and here.   Karlene Goller, Former L.A. Times V.P. and Deputy General Counsel, Joins Jassy Vick Carolan LLP
September 2018 - Karlene Goller, an expert media lawyer who has won numerous awards and accolades, joined Jassy Vick Carolan LLP as Of Counsel. She was Deputy General Counsel and the sole content counsel for the Los Angeles Times for more than 20 years, guiding victories on landmark cases and legislation and supporting award-winning journalism around the world. Karlene's practice specializes in content vetting for all platforms, new media and transactional matters, and public records/freedom of information law. Karlene's bio can be found here.   Jassy and Carolan Listed Again in The Best Lawyers in America
August 2018 - Duffy Carolan and Jean-Paul Jassy were listed again in The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-selected honor.  Carolan has been listed since 2008, and was recognized in the fields of Litigation - First Amendment and Media Law.  Jassy has been listed since 2011, and was recognized in the fields of First Amendment Law, Litigation - First Amendment and Media Law.   Jassy Named First Amendment "Lawyer of the Year" in Los Angeles
August 2018 - Jean-Paul Jassy was selected by his peers as "Lawyer of the Year" for his work in First Amendment Law in Los Angeles.  Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with this designation, which is published in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America.   Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Sues San Diego District Attorney for Disclosure of Public Records
July 2018 - On behalf of its client, the First Amendment Coalition, the firm sued the County of San Diego and the San Diego District Attorney under the California Public Records Act to compel the disclosure of records relating to instances of sexual harassment and other misconduct in the DA's office.  A further summary of the matter can be found here, and press about the suit can be found here and here.   Vick Serves on Panel Discussing Recent Developments in Anti-SLAPP Law
June 2018 - Kevin Vick spoke on a panel at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s program “New Developments In SLAPP Law & How It Affects The Entertainment Industry.”   Judge Orders Release of Warrant Materials in Suspected Serial Killer Case
June 2018 - Court unseals over 170 pages of warrant materials in Golden State Killer case upon media request to unseal the investigatory materials.   Duffy Carolan represented The Associated Press, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Digital First Media, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle and ABC News in the group's effort taking place over three days while the Court took oral argument and considered various redaction proposals ostensible to protect Defendant Joseph DeAngelo’s fair trial rights.   The Court ultimately ruled that the public’s First Amendment right to judicial records required disclosure of the materials pertaining 13 homicide cases against Mr. DeAngelo, while rape cases beyond the statute of limitations are to remain sealed for now.   Release of the materials on June 1, gave the public its first detailed look at state’s case against Mr. DeAngelo.   See The New York Times  The Washington Post  East Bay Times  The New York Times  San Francisco Chronicle.   Jassy Recognized By Chambers And Partners In First Amendment Litigation
May 2018 - Jean-Paul Jassy was recognized by the prestigious Chambers & Partners in the field of Media & Entertainment: First Amendment Litigation - California.   Jassy Serves On Los Angeles County Bar Association Panel Discussing Developments in First Amendment Law
April 2018 - Jean-Paul Jassy served as a panelist discussing developments in First Amendment law for a program hosted by the Entertainment & Intellectual Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.   Vick Writes Chapter on Right to Be Forgotten for Media Law Resource Center’s Practically Pocket-Sized Guide to Internet Law
February 2018 - Kevin Vick wrote a chapter entitled “The Right To Be Forgotten” in the Media Law Resource Center’s 2018 edition of its Practically Pocket-Sized Guide to Internet Law treatise.   Vick’s chapter and the larger treatise are available to MLRC members at here.   Jassy and Vick Named Again to Southern California Super Lawyers
January 2018 - Following an independent evaluation and peer-review selection process, Jean-Paul Jassy and Kevin L. Vick were named again to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers, an honored bestowed on only 5% of lawyers in the region.  Jassy was listed in the field of Media & Advertising, and Vick was listed in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation.   Carolan appointed President of the First Amendment Coalition
January 2018 - Duffy Carolan, a long-time board member and member of the executive committee of the First Amendment Coalition, has been appointed president of FAC’s Board of Directors. FAC is a non-profit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and informed civic engagement. Carolan will maintain her full-time law practice at Jassy Vick Carolan during her term as president. See link.   Carolan Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle Article about Glassdoor revealing identities
November 2017 - Duffy Carolan was quoted in an article discussing a Ninth Circuit Appeals Court ruling that Glassdoor must reveal revewier's identies in fraud case.   The article can be found here.   Carolan Quoted in San Francisco Chronicle Article about Glassdoor revealing identities
November 2017 - Duffy Carolan was quoted in an article discussing a Ninth Circuit Appeals Court ruling that Glassdoor must reveal revewier's identies in fraud case.   The article can be found here.   Jassy Quoted in Article Discussing National Anthem in High Schools
October 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy was quoted in an article discussing the constitutionality of school district efforts to compel student athletes to stand for the national anthem.   The article can be found here.   Jassy Quoted in Columbia Journalism Review Article About Journalist Arrests
October 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy was quoted in a Columbia Journalism Review piece by Jonathan Peters about handling the arrests of journalists.  The piece can be found here.   Carolan Selected Again to The Best Lawyers in America®
August 2017 - Duffy Carolan was again selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in First Amendment Law, Litigation - First Amendment and Media Law.   Jassy Authors Article About Legal Issues for Advertising Cannabis Across Different Media
August 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy authored an article for Cannabis Business Executive discussing the legal implications for advertising marijuana and related products across print, broadcast, internet and other media.  The article can be found here.   Jassy and Vick Teaching First Amendment Law at USC Law School
August 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy and Kevin Vick started teaching a full semester course on the First Amendment at the University of Southern California Law School.   Jassy Selected Again to The Best Lawyers in America®
August 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy was again selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in First Amendment Law, Litigation - First Amendment and Media Law.   Jassy Interviewed For Podcast Discussing First Amendment Limits To Targeting Contractors
August 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy was interviewed for the Daily Journal podcast discussing the First Amendment limits, and potential First Amendment challenges, to actions by the City of Los Angeles and other local governments targeting bidders for contract work on the proposed border wall. A link to the podcast can be found here (beginning at 01:10).   11 Journalists Represented by Jassy Vick Carolan Avoid Taking Stand as Prosecution's case comes to end in Colonies corruption trial
July 2017 - 11 current and former journalists at the Southern California News Group subpoenaed to testify by the prosecution in one of San Bernardino County's largest public corruption cases avoid having to take the stand as parties reach stipulations on admission of published statements in lieu of testimony, despite earlier court ruling finding journalists' could be compelled to testify about published statements.   Carolan Listed Again in Super Lawyers
July 2017 - Duffy Carolan is listed again in Northern California Super Lawyers in a peer-review process that includes only 5% of area attorneys.  Carolan is listed in Media & Advertising.   Carolan Obtains Fair Use Victory for Providence Publications
July 2017 - Duffy Carolan obtained a dismissal of all counts under the nominative fair use defense in trademark infringement and Lanham Act case involving defendant Providence Publication's use of plaintiff Applied Underwriters trademarks in title of online seminar critical of Applied's insurance program EquityComp.  The Eastern District of California granted Providence's motion to dismiss with leave to amend.   Vick Speaks To The Wrap About Emotional Distress Claims Against The Media
June 2017 - Kevin Vick provided The Wrap with comment regarding First Amendment barriers to emotional distress claims against the media.  Vick explained that "courts usually reject emotional distress claims against the media because they are subject to First Amendment limitations."  See here.   Vick Elected to Board of Trustees of Los Angeles County Bar Association
June 2017 - Kevin Vick was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  Vick, former Chair of the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of the County Bar, will serve a two-year term as a Trustee.  See here.   Carolan Serves on Panel to Discuss Take Down Requests
May 2017 - Duffy Carolan served on panel with news publishers to discuss threatened libel actions and take down requests at California News Publishers Association's annual Press Summit in Santa Monica, CA.   Carolan Speaks to Freelance Journalists about Access to Public Records
May 2017 - Duffy Carolan spoke to area journalists about the Freedom of Information Act and California Public Records Act at the Media Law Resource Center's annual Workshop for Journalists, which took place at the San Francisco Chronicle.   Jassy Serves on Panel Discussing Public Records Litigation
May 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy spoke on a panel at the California Newspaper Publishers Association's annual Press Summit about Public Records Act litigation.   Jassy Vick Carolan Prevails For YouTube In Breach of Contract, Defamation and Section 17200 Action
April 2017 - The Orange County Superior Court dismissed all of plaintiff's claims against YouTube on demurrer and summary judgment.   The failed claims included breach of contract, defamation, interference with prospective economic advantage, and alleged violations of Business and Professions Code § 17200.   Jassy Speaks to California Chapter of Media Law Resource Center About Government Efforts To Gather Information
April 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy spoke to the California Chapter of the Media Law Resource Center about challenging government efforts to subpoena and obtain information and documents from reporters and internet service providers.   Jassy Serves On Los Angeles County Bar Association Panel Discussing Developments in First Amendment Law
March 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy served as a panelist discussing developments in First Amendment law for a program hosted by the Entertainment & Intellectual Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.   Threatened Suit Unlocks Records On Deadly Ghost Ship Fire
February 2017 - After threatening to sue over “inexcusable delays” in disclosing records in response to Public Records Act requests made by the East Bay Times for records pertaining to the Dec. 2, 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people in Oakland, Ca., the City of Oakland capitulates, disclosing hundreds of records revealing dozens of calls to police and contacts prior to the tragic fire.   See here and here   Jassy and Vick Listed Again in SuperLawyers
January 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy and Kevin L. Vick are recognized again as Southern California Super Lawyers in a peer-reviewed process that includes only 5% of area attorneys.  Jassy is listed in Media & Advertising and Vick is listed in Intellectual Property Litigation.   Jassy Serves As Speaker On Reporter's Privilege Issues For MLRC Institute
January 2017 - Jean-Paul Jassy spoke on reporter's privilege and reporter's shield issues at a media law workshop for reporters hosted by the Media Law Resource Center Institute.