Articles/News

May 2 2022

Do the royalties go on? Asks judge in Sonny & Cher copyright case

Excerpted from the article: “Bono’s attorney Daniel Schacht of Donahue Fitzgerald said Monday that the heirs are not bound to the divorce agreement, “a contract that they didn’t sign,” and that it did not affect the termination rights they inherited. Cher’s attorney Peter Anderson of Davis Wright Tremaine argued that the royalties are different from […]

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May 2 2022

Cher’s $1 Million Royalty War With Sonny Bono’s Widow Tested in Court

Excerpted from the article: “Judge Kronstadt questioned terminating a hypothetical divorce agreement where, “like here,” a spouse agreed to share royalties in exchange for not having to pay spousal support. “Do you think that spouse would be remedy-less?” Judge Kronstadt asked. Daniel Schacht said, “the court’s hypothetical raised a “fairness” question that seemed to work […]

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Apr 28 2022

Associate Katharine L. Malone Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Katharine joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Litigation practice. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal trial and appellate courts in matters involving fraud, breach of contract, product liability, false advertising, and unfair business practices as well as privacy, antitrust, and employee mobility issues. Katharine earned her J.D. […]

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Apr 12 2022

Dawn Newton Recognized as 2022 Franchise Times Legal Eagle

The Legal Eagles distinction is reserved for top franchise lawyers who “live and breathe franchising and truly understand the nuances of the unique business model.” To determine its list of Legal Eagles, Franchise Times considers nominations and recommendations from clients, peers and other legal professionals. Read more about this recognition here. About Donahue Fitzgerald Donahue Fitzgerald […]

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Apr 8 2022

Congratulations to Partner Yen Chau on Her Appointment as the ACBA’s Vice President

A leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practices Group, Yen provides expert legal guidance and sound practical advice to clients. Coupled with her work with the California Lawyers Association, Yen serves the firm, its clients, and the community at large by bringing a considered approach to law. Managing Partner Andrew MacKay states, “Yen continues […]

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Mar 31 2022

Legal Topics You Need to Know

“Music copyright laws. For businesses using music, particularly fitness facilities but also other businesses that may periodically play or perform music as part of their business, the rules on the required licenses can be complicated, can vary across countries, and can carry significant penalties. Compliance requires understanding the laws and educating franchisees to avoid playing […]

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Mar 8 2022

New Requirements Under Automatic Renewal Laws: Here’s How to Stay Compliant

California’s ARL – AB 390 In 2010, California enacted the ARL, which requires companies to clearly disclose the material terms before a consumer subscribes to an automatic renewal program, and to obtain affirmative consent to the terms before charging a consumer. The ARL requires businesses to: Clearly and conspicuously disclose certain automatic renewal terms, including […]

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Mar 2 2022

Donahue Fitzgerald Recognized in the World Trademark Review’s 2022 WTR 1000 Ranking

The WTR cites leading trademark practitioners globally. Among top practitioners, they described California State Board Certified Legal Specialist in Franchise and Distribution, Dawn Newton, “as a top franchising expert and all-round transactional ace.” WTR notes that Music and Entertainment chair and IP co-chair, Daniel Schacht, “possesses first-rate licensing know-how and leads a dynamic practice in […]

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Feb 10 2022

California Passes New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for 2022

Under the new supplemental paid leave act, employees are entitled to take up to 40 hours paid sick leave related to COVID-19: to quarantine as required by any applicable federal, state or local order, or upon the advice of a health care professional; to care for themselves or family members (a spouse, child, parent, grandchild, […]

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Dec 20 2021

Associate Melanie Kim Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Melanie joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Litigation and Employment practices. She has helped represent clients in a variety of employment-related matters involving wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful termination claims. She has also assisted with matters involving PAGA claims and claims involving workers’ compensation. She assists clients in all aspects of litigation, including pre-litigation investigation […]

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