• Congratulations to DISH Network on Seventh Circuit Victory in Jacqueline Townsel v. DISH Network LLC

    Coblentz appellate litigators Richard Patch, Susan Jamison, Zuzana Ikels and David Mehretu are pleased to congratulate their client DISH Network on its decisive win in the Seventh Circuit in a consumer class action challenging DISH’s early service cancellation fee. Having obtained a dismissal of the putative class action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the defense team went to work defending the favorable judgment on appeal. In a published decision authored by Judge Easterbrook, the Seventh Circuit firmly rejected a challenge by a customer that DISH’s contract unlawfully permitted it to take customers’ Social Security benefits from their bank accounts in violation of the Social Security Act.

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  • Coblentz Counsels on the Sale of Mercedes Benz of Medford and Courtesy Chevrolet in San Jose

    Coblentz attorneys Paul Escobosa, Todd Hovey, Douglas Sands and Misti Schmidt represented Ronnie Lott on the sale of Mercedes Benz of Medford and the associated real property. Paul Escobosa and Todd Hovey advised Lott on the corporate transaction, while Doug Sands and Misti Schmidt assisted with the real estate work involved in the sale. The buyers were Ron Heller and Bill Bird who also own two Mercedes dealerships in Texas. Ronnie Lott also owns Tracy Toyota in Tracy, California. Lott has been involved in the automobile business since retiring from the San Francisco 49ers. Lott was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on July 29, 2000.

    Late last fall, Coblentz attorneys Paul Escobosa and Todd Hovey assisted clients John Anderson and Barry Rodenberg in the sale of Courtesy Chevrolet in San Jose, the largest Chevrolet dealership in Northern California.

    Coblentz has attorneys expert in automotive legal services. Paul Escobosa has served as outside General Counsel to scores of dealerships, including more than 100 dealership buy/sell transactions. Coblentz’s areas of expertise include buying and selling dealerships, executive compensation and incentive agreements, succession planning, employment issues, and financing.

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  • Pamela Duffy Awarded Chambers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year

    Pamela Duffy Awarded Chambers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
    SAN FRANCISCO; February 3, 2012 – On the evening of February 2, with two hundred distinguished guests in attendance at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, Pamela Duffy won the nationwide honor of being selected as the “Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” at the first annual Women in Law Awards. Sponsored by the internationally renowned legal publisher Chambers and Partners, these awards recognize the USA’s top women in the legal profession.

    “Pam’s selection from among this group is a tribute to her remarkable accomplishments in each of these arenas and the firm couldn’t be prouder of Pam receiving this well-earned honor,” said Jeffrey Knowles, a Managing Partner at Coblentz.

    The list of nominees represent the best female lawyers in each of the major practice areas, and they are selected by virtue of their leadership in the law, in their communities and in their firms.

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  • A Review of the New 2012 Employment Laws

    Is your company in compliance with new California employment laws?  The 2011 legislative year was busy for lawmakers.  Effective January 1, 2012, employers are: mandated to make specific wage disclosures; restricted from conducting credit checks; and required to extend coverage for pregnancy disability leaves

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  • Real Estate Update: State Releases Draft Guidelines for Streamlined Environmental Review of Infill Development Projects

    On January 25, 2012, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released draft CEQA Guidelines to implement Senate Bill (SB) 226, which the Governor signed last October. SB 226 creates a streamlining mechanism under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for qualified infill development projects. Whether SB 226 is a useful tool will depend in large part on the criteria in these performance standards and whether they ultimately bring sufficient certainty and efficiency to the CEQA process.