Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Gets Top Honors in U.S. News & World Report Ranking of "Best Law Firms"
November 2015 - In its annual "Best Law Firms" ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked Jassy Vick Carolan LLP as a Tier 1 (top tier) law firm nationally in the field of Litigation - First Amendment. The Firm was also ranked Tier 1 in First Amendment law in Los Angeles and Tier 1 in Media Law in San Francisco.
Jassy Appears As Panelist at Online News Association Annual Conference
September 2015 - Jean-Paul Jassy served on "The Legal Panel" at the Online News Association annual conference, discussing issues such as defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright and the reporter's privilege.
Jassy Serves As Panelist Discussing Access to Police Activities
September 2015 - In an event titled "Pulling Back the Blue Curtain: Police, Privacy and Public Access" and hosted by the First Amendment Coalition and UC Irvine School of Law, Jean-Paul Jassy appeared as a panelist discussing access to records involving police incidents, including "body cam" footage.
Jassy Named "Lawyer of the Year" In First Amendment Law Practice Area
August 2015 - Jean-Paul Jassy's peers voted him the Los Angeles 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" in the First Amendment Law practice area. The honor accompanies his sixth consecutive listing in Best Lawyers in America. He is listed in the First Amendment and Litigation - First Amendment categories.
Vick Elected Chair of Los Angeles County Bar’s Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section
July 2015 - Kevin Vick was selected to be the Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar's Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section ("ELIPS") for its 2015-2016 term. Kevin formerly has served as Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Programming Co-Chair of ELIPS, and has organized panels on subjects such as copyright litigation, idea submission law, online trademark law, and recent trends in entertainment, Internet, and First Amendment law.
Jassy Appears on Panel Discussing Public Records
June 2015 - Jean-Paul Jassy served as a panelist at the 2015 California Public Records & Open Meetings Conference. The panel, hosted by the State Bar of California, Public Law Section, was titled: "Overview and Current Developments in Public Records Law."
Jassy Argues in Court of Appeal on Behalf of Media Amici
June 2015 - Jean-Paul Jassy argued in the California Court of Appeal on behalf of a coalition of media amici, including the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Press Photographers Association, that a new California law imposing extra penalties on reckless driving in the pursuit of newsgathering violates the First Amendment.
Jassy Serves on Panel at National Association of Broadcasters Conference
April 2015 - At an event hosted in Las Vegas, NV by the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law and National Association of Broadcasters, Jean-Paul Jassy served on a panel titled "Newsgathering and Reporting in the Year 2015".
Jassy Vick Carolan LLP Secures $4.2 Million Attachment Against Los Angeles Times
March 2015 - The Firm succeeded in obtaining a $4.2 million right to attach order against Orange County Register Communications, Inc. on behalf of Firm client Los Angeles Times Communications LLC, stemming from a contractual dispute between the two newspapers.
Jassy Serves As Panelist on Developments in First Amendment Law
March 2015 - Jean-Paul Jassy served as a panelist, alongside Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean of UC Irvine School of Law), discussing developments in First Amendment law, at an event hosted by the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Jassy Vick Carolan Prevails On Anti-SLAPP Motion For Long Beach Press-Telegram And Obtains Award For Attorneys’ Fees In Defamation Case
February 2015 - The Los Angeles Superior Court granted the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s anti-SLAPP motion and struck the plaintiff’s complaint, and separately awarded the Press-Telegram attorneys’ fees in connection with its anti-SLAPP motion. The plaintiff had sued the newspaper for defamation based on a series of 2014 articles regarding Beach High School, including the school’s restorative justice program and policies regarding student discipline.
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, here, here, here, and here.
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 Teaching First Amendment Law At UC Irvine Law School
January 2015 - For the fourth year in a row, Jean-Paul Jassy commenced teaching a semester-long course on the First Amendment at UC Irvine Law School.
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 and 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.
Jassy Named To Super Lawyers - Rising Star List For 10th Year In A Row
June 2014 - For the 10th year in a row, Jassy was named to the Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Stars list, a peer-reviewed honor for attorneys under 40. No more than 2.5% of all attorneys in California may be on the list at any given time. He is listed in the categories of Media & Advertising, General Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation.
Carolan Recognized Again By Chambers As A Leading Lawyer
May 2014 - Duffy Carolan named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Media & Entertainment: First Amendment Litigation (California) for 2014 by Chambers USA. Ms. Carolan has been ranked by Chambers since 2011.
Firm Helps Gawker Media Defend Against Copyright Infringement Suit by Quentin Tarantino
May 2014 - Quentin Tarantino voluntarily dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit he had brought against Gawker Media. The District Court had previously granted Gawker's motion to dismiss Tarantino's original complaint, which sought to hold Gawker liable for articles that included hyperlinks to third-party websites hosting leaked versions of Tarantino's Hateful Eight screenplay. A copy of the District Court's Order is here. Jassy Vick Carolan and Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz served as co-counsel for Gawker.
Vick Appears on Entertainment Law Panel at Southwestern Law School
April 2014 - Kevin Vick served as a panelist on a program on careers in entertainment law presented by the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section at Southwestern Law School. Photos and additional information regarding the event are available at this site.
Jassy Serves As Panelist Discussing The Right To Photograph And Record In Public
April 2014 - In a panel moderated by the General Counsel of the National Press Photographers Association at Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, Jean-Paul Jassy discussed the right to record in public along with Commanders from the LAPD and Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, and the President of the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. A description of the event can be found here.
Firm Files Civil Rights Lawsuit On Behalf Of Photojournalist Against California Highway Patrol
March 2014 - Jassy Vick Carolan LLP files civil rights complaint against CHP, Caltrans and individual officers stemming from the unlawful arrest of The Willits News photojournalist Stephen Ernest Eberhard in July of 2013. Eberhard was arrested for trespassing while covering protests occurring at a controversial highway construction project. As alleged in the complaint, his arrest occurred after months of intimidation and harassment of the press by CHP personnel and with clear knowledge by the arresting officers that Eberhard was there as a journalist, not as a protester intent on interfering with the construction project. The complaint asserts violations of Eberhard's First and Fourth Amendment rights. The two protesters who chained themselves to equipment and stopped construction that morning were cited and released. Eberhard was taken to county jail, photographed, booked and held for several hours. His cameras and journalist's note pad were seized by CHP officers purportedly as evidence. A video of Eberhard's arrest can be seen here. The complaint is here.
Firm Fights Proposed Restraint On Publication Of News Photographs
FEBRUARY 2014 - On behalf of firm client Marin Independent Journal, Jassy Vick Carolan LLP
fights to beat back defense motion to prohibit publication of photographs
lawfully obtained of alleged serial bank robber outside of courthouse. Article Op-Ed UPDATE: Carolan beat back defense motion to prohibit publication of photographs lawfully obtained of alleged serial bank robber outside of courthouse. Link
Vick Moderates “Copyright Issues in the Digital Age” Panel at ABA Conference
FEBRUARY 2014 - Kevin Vick moderated a panel on Copyright Issues in the Digital Age for the Media Advocacy Workshop at the ABA Forum on Communications Law’s annual conference in Miami. Vick was joined by panelists Lizanne Vaughan of Getty Images, Julie Ahrens of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and Allison Schary of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. They discussed the recent decisions in AP v. Meltwater and Morel v. Agence France Presse and analyzed the ramifications for creators and users of online copyrighted content. The panel addressed issues such as fair use and technological transformative use, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and statutory damages under the Copyright Act.
Top Court To Decide On Release Of Records On Patient Harm
JANUARY 2014 - The California Supreme Court unanimously granted review in a case
addressing the public's right of access to citations issued by the
Department of Public Health to state-operated centers for the
developmentally and mentally disabled for serious violations of laws and
regulations, including patient abuse. Duffy Carolan represents The Center for
Investigative Reporting, which sought access to citations issued from 2002
to 2011 as part of its ongoing investigation (titled Broken Shield) into
the care and oversight of one of the state's most vulnerable populations.
In attempting to reconcile two statutory schemes aimed at protecting the
developmentally and mentally disabled and those who reside in long-term
care facilities overseen by the state, the Court of Appeal, Third
District, granted access to the citations but required redaction of key
information about the underlying circumstances of the violation, the
severity of the violation and harm caused by the violation that CIR
contends is required to be disclosed to the public. An article about the case can be found here.
Firm Files Claim Challenging Arrest Of News Photographer At Protest Site
JANUARY 2014 - Duffy Carolan filed a claim on behalf of news photographer StevenEberhard against the California Department of Transportation, California Highway Patrol and certain of their officers following his arrest in July of 2013 while attempting to cover protests in Willits, California. Eberhard's arrest, captured on amateur video, shows him walking onto the site, shaking hands with one officer and within seconds being arrested by another officer, who placed Eberhard's hands behind his back and cuffed him. The officers seized Eberhard's cameras despite knowing he was a journalist. A copy of the claim can be found here.
Jassy Teaching First Amendment Law At UC Irvine Law School
JANUARY 2014 - For the third year in a row, Jean-Paul Jassy commenced teaching a semester-long course on the First Amendment at UC Irvine Law School. "I have a passion for this subject, and it is an honor to teach at such a fine university with so many bright and engaged students," said Jassy.
Duffy Carolan Joins Jassy and Vick to Form Jassy Vick Carolan LLP
JANUARY 2014 - Veteran attorney Duffy Carolan joins forces with Jean-Paul Jassy and Kevin Vick, opening the Firm’s San Francisco Bay Area office, and changing the name of the Firm to Jassy Vick Carolan LLP. “Duffy is a tremendous addition,” said Jassy, adding that, “she is well-known throughout the State as a champion of First Amendment and media rights. We are excited to offer our clients superior, boutique service across all of California.” Duffy, who is joining the Firm from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, was named by The Best Lawyers in America® as the San Francisco First Amendment “Lawyer of the Year” for 2013. She commented, “I’m thrilled to be teaming with such stellar attorneys. It’s a perfect fit for my core work and for providing a flexible and creative approach to legal services for our clients.”
Sander v. State Bar of California: Firm Gets Big Win in California Supreme Court for Access to State Bar Records
DECEMBER 2013 -
In a unanimous decision authored by the Chief Justice, the California Supreme Court held that the public has a right of access to data maintained by the California State Bar, a judicial branch entity. Jassy argued the case on behalf of Firm clients UCLA Prof. Richard Sander and Joe Hicks, a former member of the Board of Governors of the California State Bar. In its decision, the Court recognized that “the public's interest in the information in the database would contribute to the public's understanding of the State Bar's admissions activities.” An editorial in the Los Angeles Times called the decision, a “victory for citizens’ right to know about the workings of all public institutions.” The full 36-page opinion can be found here.
Jassy Named to Board of Directors of First Amendment Coalition
DECEMBER 2013 - Jean-Paul Jassy was elected to the Board of Directors of the First Amendment Coalition (FAC). FAC is an award-winning, nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs.
Firm Secures Favorable Settlement For Client, Getting Access To LA County Jail Visitor Logs
DECEMBER 2013 - On behalf of client First Amendment Coalition, Jean-Paul Jassy sued Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca because the Sheriff’s office refused to disclose logs showing visitors to John Noguez, the elected Los Angeles County Assessor, while he was in jail. Jassy secured a favorable settlement, which included a release of the requested logs, a change in the Sheriff’s policy for the release of information concerning incarcerated public officials and attorney’s fees. A story on the case can be found here.
Jassy Named Again To The Best Lawyers in America®
NOVEMBER 2013 - Jean-Paul Jassy was again given the peer-reviewed honor of being named to The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of First Amendment and First Amendment – Litigation.
Vick Elected Treasurer of Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of Los Angeles County Bar
NOVEMBER 2013 - Kevin Vick was chosen to be Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (“ELIPS”) for its 2013-2014 term. Kevin formerly served as Secretary and Programming Co-Chair of ELIPS.