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GSH Welcomes Cristina D. Hernandez to Pasadena Office

GSH Welcomes Cristina D. Hernandez to Pasadena Office

GSH is pleased to welcome Cristina D. Hernandez as Partner to the Firm’s Los Angeles/Pasadena office. Cristina specializes in complex litigation, representing her clients in class actions, intellectual property disputes, securities investigations and litigation, antitrust investigations, mergers and other transactions, internal investigations, and business disputes.

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HS&A Welcomes Becky Raizman

HS&A Welcomes Becky Raizman

HS&A welcomes Becky Raizman to the firm. When asked why she chose a career in law, Becky shared, “I went to law school because I enjoy working with and helping people resolve problems and conflicts they face.

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Schaedel Attends California State Civic Learning Award Ceremony

On May 10, Jack Schaedel attended the California State Civic Learning Award Ceremony at San Marino High School. SMHS was honored for a series of curricular and extra-curricular programs involving students in civic participation. Jack’s contribution during the year was to serve as a judge in a mock trial of the Frankenstein monster for a senior English class taught by Jacqueline Schaedel.

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Law, Lunch and Scholarship

Don Hernandez, Jack Schaedel, Kristin Petersen and Jamie Lopez attended the Pasadena Bar Association’s Law Day lunch on May 9. HS&A’s guests of honor, Irwin Evans and Nelson Atkins, were in attendance as well.

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Copyright Infringement: a Novel Song

Copyright Infringement: a Novel Song

This month is less than half over and already, two well-known works have been subject to different lawsuits dealing with copyright issues.

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Warner Bros. vs. Universal Pictures vs. Dead Man: Bourne Identity Edition

Warner Bros. vs. Universal Pictures vs. Dead Man: Bourne Identity Edition

Have you ever wondered what Jason Bourne would have looked like if The Bourne Identity had been made in 1980? No? Well, Warner Brothers probably wonders. In 1981, the film rights to Robert Ludlum’s 1980 spy novel, The Bourne Identity, were acquired by Winwood/Glen Productions (WGP), owned by Anthony Lazzarino and Henry Morrison. WGP sold the rights to Warner Bros’s predecessor Orion Pictures in exchange for a 3.75% interest and presentation credit.

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Public Interest Law Group Claims Dry Cleaning Underwear is Necessary Litigation Expense

Public Interest Law Group Claims Dry Cleaning Underwear is Necessary Litigation Expense

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) the domain of what is “necessary” for litigation includes dry cleaning underwear and so much more. In the past, the SPLC has fought courageous battles which have helped end discriminatory, violent, and demeaning practices by community organizations, county payroll departments, and vigilantes. Yet, the SPLC today bears a poor resemblance to its former self, seemingly embodying a culture of greed and excess more than one of devotion to a just cause.

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You Stole My Idea!

You Stole My Idea!

What if you are a writer and come up with your own completely original take on the island castaways theme, share it with some friends, one of whom happens to be a television producer, and then a few years later you see your idea is a new Fall season pilot on a major broadcast network? Do you have a claim?

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Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, LP: Employers Must Pay Piece-Rate Employees Minimum Wage for Waiting Time

Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, LP: Employers Must Pay Piece-Rate Employees Minimum Wage for Waiting Time

The California Court of Appeal filed an opinion earlier this month that confirms employers’ obligation to pay a separate hourly minimum wage to any automotive service technician compensated on a “piece-rate” basis for time spent waiting for vehicles to repair or performing other non-repair tasks directed by the employer.

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No Place for the Virtual Used “Record” Store in the Digital World?

No Place for the Virtual Used “Record” Store in the Digital World?

Once upon a time, a music lover could buy records to her heart’s content, knowing that one day, when she tired of the songs, she could haul those records to the used record store and sell them. And another music lover could thumb through the pre-owned records and buy them at a discount (in exchange for enduring a few scratches perhaps). Such sales were perfectly legal under the First Sale Doctrine of Section 109(a) of the Copyright Act, which allows the owner of a lawfully made and purchased record to re-sell the work without the copyright owner’s permission.

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