KWIKA Wins Trial for SeaWorld of Activist-Backed Lawsuit

KWIKA’s SeaWorld team (Larry Iser, Kristen Spanier, Kat Kleindienst, and paralegal Chris Avalos) prevailed in the trial of a consumer fraud lawsuit conceived of and backed by anti-SeaWorld advocacy group Earth Island Institute, pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit was brought by individuals who were recruited by Earth Island to act as plaintiffs after they used social media to criticize SeaWorld. Throughout the lengthy and complex litigation, which was initially filed as a class action, SeaWorld contended that the plaintiffs lacked ... Read the full article

KWIKA Prevails in Lawsuit for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Michael Kump, Jon Steinsapir and Nick Soltman represented Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a lawsuit filed in state court in July 2020 concerning intrusive and illegal photographs taken by the paparazzi of their your son playing in their private yard. Because the party responsible for the photographs was unknown, the lawsuit was filed against “John Doe” defendants. The KWIKA team sent subpoenas to the three biggest celebrity news agencies and discovered that the X17 Agency was responsible. In a settlement announced on October 8, 2020, X17 apologized t... Read the full article

KWIKA’s SeaWorld Team Obtains Dismissal of Consumer Fraud Putative Class Action

KWIKA’s SeaWorld team (Larry Iser, Kristen Spanier and Kat Kleindienst) have obtained dismissal of a consumer fraud putative class action against SeaWorld relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Read the full article

KWIKA Achieves Top Accolades in 2021 Benchmark Litigation Rankings

The firm is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a leading entertainment law firm in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Dale Kinsella, Howard Weitzman, Larry Iser, and Michael Kump received the honor of being named “Litigation Stars” for their exceptional work in the practice areas of general commercial, intellectual property, and media and entertainment law. Each year Benchmark Litigation researches and ranks law firms and lawyers on the basis of transactional advice. Editorial research is administered through interviews with litigators, dispute resolution s... Read the full article

Zachary Elsea Named to Variety’s Prestigious “Hollywood’s New Leaders” List for 2020

The firm is pleased to announce that Zachary Elsea was recently named to Variety’s annual “Hollywood’s New Leaders” list, which profiles emerging talent under the age of 40 in the entertainment industry. Read the full article

Larry Iser Speaks to Copyright Society

On September 9th Managing Partner Larry Iser participated in a panel for the Los Angeles Copyright Society on music and political campaigns entitled “Red, White and Blues.” Read the full article

Larry Iser Quoted in Vanguard Feature on Roland Corporation’s GC Jun Yamato

Larry Iser was recently quoted in Jason Pafundi’s Vanguard article "Jun Yamato – Roland Corporation US,” which details the storied career of Jun Yamato, Vice President and General Counsel at Roland Corporation U.S. The article also mentions some of Yamato’s past partnerships with Iser, who teamed up in the late 1990s to obtain and enforce copyright protection for sound recordings in Roland’s Sound Canvas MIDI sound module. Iser partnered with Yamato again in 2006 to stop a competitor from ripping off a Roland line. Iser speaks highly of Yamato and the cases they worked on together... Read the full article

Michael Kump Named Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year – Litigation – Intellectual Property”

KWIKA is proud to announce that partner Michael Kump has been named 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Los Angeles Area in the specialty of “Litigation - Intellectual Property” by Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Read the full article

Eleven KWIKA Attorneys Named 2021 “Best Lawyers;” One Named to “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”

Partners Zachary Elsea, Chad Fitzgerald, Shawn Holley, Lawrence Iser, Dale Kinsella, Gregory Korn, Michael Kump, Suann MacIsaac, Nick Soltman, Kristen Spanier, and Howard Weitzman have been recognized among the top lawyers in the nation in the 2021 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” one of the oldest and most respected guides to the legal profession. Read the full article

Larry Iser Appears on The Star Podcast “This Matters”

Larry Iser was recently a featured guest on an episode of The Toronto Star’s podcast “This Matters.” Larry spoke to host Raju Mudhar about Neil Young’s lawsuit against Donald Trump, as well as other cases of politicians using songs in political campaigns without permission. Larry explained what recourse the artists might have in these situations, including making public statements, sending cease & desist letters, and filing lawsuits. The full podcast can be listened to below. Can Neil Young stop Trump from ‘Rockin’ in the Free World?’ ... Read the full article