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Alan Romero Honored with CELA Torch Award

Alan Romero was recently honored by the California Employment Lawyers Association with the CELA Torch Award in recognition for his years of service as Co-Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association.

CELA is a statewide organization of over 1,200 California attorneys who devote the major portion of their practices to representing employees in individual employment cases and class actions, including cases involving unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing. CELA helps its members protect and expand the legal rights and opportunities of working women and men through litigation, education and advocacy.

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Alan Romero Obtains $8,155,000 Jury Verdict Against LA Sheriff’s Dept. in FEHA Retaliation Case

Alan Romero made history today as he obtained a $8,155,000 jury verdict in favor of his client, LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Rodriguez.

The jury was unanimous in its findings that the LA Sheriff’s Department engaged in unlawful retaliation and harassment against Deputy Rodriguez, who had complained about unlawful race-based police stops at City of Industry Station in 2014.

The jury found true the allegations that now-Undersheriff Timothy Murakami began a campaign of harassment and retaliation against Deputy Rodriguez, which ranged from launching multiple Internal Affairs investigations against him, harassing him at his home off of work hours, and falsely accusing Deputy Rodriguez of pulling out his gun and threatening to kill an unarmed suspect.

The County of Los Angeles is expected to appeal.

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Alan J. Romero Recognized as an AV-Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubbell®

Romero Law, APC is glad to announce that firm founder Alan J. Romero has been recognized by his peers and Martindale-Hubbell® with an AV Preeminent Rating.

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ recognize lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Individuals seeking legal counsel, as well as attorneys looking to refer a colleague, use these ratings to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer. An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.

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Alan J. Romero Named to Southwestern Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors

Romero Law, APC is proud to announce that Southwestern Law School has selected Alan J. Romero as a Director-at-Large of its Alumni Board of Directors.  Mr. Romero, a member of the Class of 2006, was a graduate of Southwestern’s SCALE Program, the only 2-year ABA-accredited JD of its kind.  Mr. Romero looks forward to the opportunity to give back to Southwestern, a law school that provided substantial financial and academic opportunities to his much younger self, when law school very much seemed outside the realm of possibilities on a number of levels.  Alas, times change, as do circumstances, and Mr. Romero is grateful for the opportunity to pay it forward.

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Romero Law, APC Collaborates with Girardi & Keese in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against 24 Fitness USA, Inc.

Alan J. Romero of Romero Law, APC has co-counseled with John A. Girardi of Girardi & Keese to prosecute a wrongful death action against 24 Fitness USA, Inc. and a related entity.

The complaint, filed in the Superior Court for the County of Riverside, alleges that 24 Fitness failed to comply with applicable California law requiring the existence and proper maintenance of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) devices in health clubs, with adequately-trained staff on-hand.

As described in the complaint, Estiban Mejia was a 24 year old married man who experienced a cardiac event in the Riverside 24 Fitness location and later expired, leaving behind a young widow and two infants.  Representing the estate of the decedent, along with his widow and two young children, Romero Law, APC and Girardi & Keese allege, by and through the complaint, that 24 Fitness negligently failed to rescue the Mr. Mejia due to avoidable negligence on the part of the health club.

As 24 Hour Fitness was involved in another near-fatal failure to rescue a club patron with an AED device at another location, there is reason to believe that there exists the likelihood of substantial harm to individuals or the public interest as a result of these alleged violations of California Health & Safety Code § 104113.  Any member of the public with knowledge or evidence of similar alleged violations pertaining to AED devices at such a health studio are advised to consult with this office.

The case is entitled Sandy Hernandez, et al. v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc., et al., Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC1507931.

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Alan J. Romero Joins the Cal State LA Alumni Association Board of Directors

Romero Law is pleased to announce that its principal, Alan J. Romero, has been voted a Director-at-Large of Cal State LA’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. After being admitted to the prestigious Early Entrance Program (“EEP”) at the age of 15, Mr. Romero has maintained an ongoing relationship with the school, its mentorship programs, and its Alumni Association that has culminated in being honored with this invitation to serve as a Director. Mr. Romero looks forward to this appointment being maximally utilized to leverage his extensive experience in student mentorship and outreach to continue, and best, serve Cal State LA, it’s students, faculty, administrators, and students, present, past and future.

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Romero Law Files $8.7MM Arbitration Against Sony Pictures

Alan J. Romero of Romero Law, APC along with co-counsel Stephen Calvacca of NeJame Law and W. Edward McLeod of W. Edward McLeod, P.A. have initiated arbitration proceedings against Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Inc. on behalf of Possibility Pictures II, LLC, the producers of the motion picture To Write Love on Her Arms.

On November 24, 2014, Sony suffered a massive cyberattack and intrusion by an as-yet-identified hacking consortium identifying themselves as the Guardians of Peace, possibly acting at the behest of the North Korean government. During the course of this cyber intrusion, the Guardians of Peace obtained digital master copies of five feature-length films, including To Write Love on Her Arms, and released these digital master copies onto various file-sharing networks with the purpose of causing economic harm to Sony, and by extension, the stakeholders of the pirated films.

As alleged in the Statement of Claim, Sony failed to take reasonable, industry-standard efforts to mitigate or prevent numerous long-term and persistent cyber intrusions into Sony’s internal computer networks; these cyber intrusions being so pervasive that the hackers were able to produce their own Sony-validated digital certificates which provided the intruders with unfettered administrator-level access to Sony’s internal computer networks. These stolen Sony digital certificates were then used in malware attacks on third party targets in the wake of the 2014 Sony network hijacking.

Possibility Pictures II, LLC are the producers of the film To Write Love on Her Arms, which they licensed to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Inc. After the theft of the master digital copy of the film, and its worldwide distribution via piracy-related distribution platforms, it is alleged that Sony reneged on its agreement to distribute the film, as the motion picture had already been illegally downloaded at least 19,949 times during the first six days after its unauthorized release, leading to an exponential spidering effect, as the digital master copy of the film continues to make its way to illegal downloaders all over the world.

Sony, by and through its attorneys, denies any liability related to this action. Instead, Sony asserts that it was under zero obligation to provide any anti-piracy or security measures in relation to its storage and safekeeping of the film.