Michael Kump handles major entertainment transaction

Michael Kump represented Lloyd Braun, co-owner and co-founding partner of entertainment powerhouse BermanBraun, in the transaction that resulted in Braun becoming the company’s sole owner by purchasing his partner’s interest as of January 29, 2014. (more…)... Read More

KWIKA wins appeal of Mattel board game win

The California Court of Appeal has upheld Mattel’s 2011 defense verdict over its alleged failure to adhere to a license agreement for the board game Outburst.  Mattel was represented at trial and again on appeal by KWIKA lawyers Larry Iser, Kristen Spanier and Chad Fitzgerald. (more…)... Read More

Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of action filed against KWIKA client, Shaquille O’Neal

On May 24, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the ruling of the district court granting the motion filed by KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Jonathan Steinsapir to dismiss a complaint filed against NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal. When Mr. O’Neal was sued in July 2011 by an alleged former business associate, KWIKA filed a motion on his behalf to dismiss the entire lawsuit on the ground it was time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations.  Plaintiff countered that the statute of limitations had been tolled by California Code of Civil Procedure Se... Read More

KWIKA protects Starz Entertainment’s contract rights in Colorado jury trial

KWIKA attorneys Michael Kump, Jonathan Steinsapir and Aaron Liskin, and paralegal Janet Glick, represented long-time KWIKA client Starz Entertainment in a jury trial against defendant DISH Network that commenced on April 22, 2013. KWIKA filed the lawsuit in May 2011 in Douglas County District Court in Castle Rock, Colorado, asserting that DISH breached the parties’ Affiliation Agreement when DISH in February 2011—without Starz’s permission—gave away Starz’s premium programming free of charge for an entire year to over 10 million DISH customers.  After more than a year of discovery,... Read More

Michael Kump and Greg Korn get antitrust case thrown out

KWIKA partners Michael Kump and Greg Korn successfully represented defendant Courtside LLC in an antitrust action filed in federal court in Los Angeles.  Courtside produces and finances multi-platform, quality programming and is the radio home for high-profile personalities, including Laura Ingraham and Bill O'Reilly. This action filed by independent producers of news and talk radio programs concerned the production and syndication of “spoken word” radio programming.  Plaintiffs alleged that lead defendant Dial Global, Inc. and its affiliates monopolized certain markets in the radio p... Read More

Sushi Hero

KWIKA client Design Symphony has created the new game Sushi Hero.  Available starting Dec. 20 at iTunes Store for your iPad/iPod! Check it out!... Read More

KWIKA wins for ‘Twin Peaks’ co-creator in published Court of Appeal opinion

KWIKA partners Dale Kinsella and Jonathan Steinsapir secured a complete victory for client Mark Frost last week, when the California Court of Appeal issued a published opinion affirming the entry of summary judgment in his favor. Mr. Frost is an award-winning author and screenwriter who has written numerous books and screenplays.  He is also the co-creator of the fabled television series, Twin Peaks. Among many other books, Mr. Frost is the author of The Match: The Day The Game of Golf Changed Forever, a chronicle of a legendary private golf game played on Cypress Point in 1956 by then-... Read More

Jewelry maker drops suit against Sharon Osbourne

One of the world's leading jewelry licensers, Lucas Design International, has abandoned its lawsuit against KWIKA client Sharon Osbourne.  Lucas had claimed that Ms. Osbourne, represented by KWIKA partners Howard Weitzman and Jeremiah Reynolds, agreed to license her name and promote a Sharon Osbourne jewelry collection with the company, then canceled the deal. Breach of express oral contract and breach of implied contract were the claims in the original lawsuit, but court records suggest that Lucas was planning to amend its action with new charges.  Then suddenly it dismissed the case on ... Read More

Jennifer McGrath Named Partner

Los Angeles, CA — January 4, 2012 — Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert (KWIKA), a high-profile litigation firm specializing in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, commercial disputes, and criminal law, has named Jennifer McGrath as Partner. KWIKA’s Managing Partner, Lawrence Iser, comments: "We are delighted to welcome Jennifer into the partnership. She has routinely demonstrated great tenacity, mental agility and a thorough command of the law. Jennifer is a great addition to KWIKA." Ms. McGrath handles a variety of entertainment litigation, intellectual p... Read More

Larry Iser and Greg Gabriel Defeat Anti-SLAPP Motion and Slap Back

When an LA music lawyer was terminated by a Band due to false and defamatory statements by the Band’s auditor that the lawyer had not properly negotiated the Band’s record contract, KWIKA filed suit for the music lawyer. The auditor moved to dismiss the suit under California’s anti-SLAPP statute on the basis that his statements were protected free speech. Larry and Greg not only prevailed on the motion to dismiss but convinced the Court to award our client all of his attorney’s fees and costs in successfully defending against the motion to dismiss, a rare feat for the party defending... Read More