The firm recently defeated a petition brought under the Federal Arbitration Act to compel testimony of a California witness in an arbitration seated in New York. The dispute involved a matter of first impression in the Second Circuit as to whether a witness could be compelled under the Federal Arbitration Act to provide video testimony in California in a proceeding taking place in New York.
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The firm obtained summary judgment on all claims in the San Bernardino Superior Court for its clients, an international restaurant, retail, and wholesale industrial baking company in a negligence lawsuit brought by a former employee. Prior to filing the motion, the firm obtained key material admissions, as well as sanctions for discovery abuse. In its motion, Heath Steinbeck argued that its client was a special employer of a temporary worker hired through a staffing agency, successfully invoking the doctrine of workers’ compensation exclusivity defense as a matter of law.
Firm attorney Uyen Nguyen participated on a panel discussing COVID-19 and business interruption insurance claims at her alma mater, Loyola Law School. The panel was moderated by Professor John Nockleby, with co-panelists Robert Shapiro, Thomas Johnston, and Rob Ammons. A link to the discussion is here.
The firm advised Los Angeles-based craft brewery Iron Triangle Brewing Company in its sale of assets to Ojai-based Fermented Sciences, Inc., a leading regional brewer of botanical beverages.
Firm attorney Nuzayra Haque has been named in the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list of ‘Rising Stars,’ a legal industry recognition awarded to only 2.5% of all lawyers in Los Angeles. Nuzayra was listed within the intellectual property section, making it the fourth year in a row that she has been recognized for her accomplishments advising clients in trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters.
The firm advised Royal Truck Body, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of service truck bodies and accessories, in its sale to strategic buyer Spartan Motors, Inc. Spartan is the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and retail vehicle industries.
The firm recently advised Artisan Vehicle Systems, Inc., as co-counsel with Sheppard, Mullen, Richter & Hampton, LLP, in Artisan’s sale of equity to Sandvik Mining and Construction B.V., a global leader in mining and excavation. Artisan will be a business unit in Sandvik’s Load and Haul division within Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.
The firm recently advised Yeah1 Group Corporation, one the largest digital media conglomerates in Southeast Asia, in its successful acquisition of Hollywood, California-based leading digital content creator ScaleLab, LLC. The acquisition is Yeah1’s initial expansion into the U.S. digital media market.
The firm recently advised Yeah1 Group Corporation in its successful acquisition of certain assets owned by DEFY Media, LLC, formerly a leading digital content creator and owner, via DEFY’s general assignment for the benefit of creditors.
The firm advised Artisan Vehicle Systems, Inc. in connection with Artisan’s acquisition of a revolving credit facility from Ex Works Capital, LLC.