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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.

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Leadership Pasadena Names Alan Romero to the Board of Directors

From PasadenaNow.com:

Leadership Pasadena (LP) is excited to announce Leadership Pasadena Alumni and Pasadena attorney Alan Romero has joined the LP Board of Directors.

“Alan will create our Graduate Network, an initiative to keep our 200 alumni connected to LP and continue their leadership learning and community service,” according to Board Member Alma Apodaca.

“Alan has remarkable academic, professional and volunteer skills perfect for LP Board participation,” per Board member Lisa Cavelier.

Mr. Romero is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with well-established Pasadena roots. A fifth-generation Angeleno, Mr. Romero has over twenty years of public and volunteer service, having worked with organizations as varied as the Pasadena Unified School District to the Los Angeles Consulate of Mexico. Mr. Romero received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University in Los Angeles, where he was accepted at the age of fifteen. Mr. Romero obtained his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in the accelerated two-year SCALE program. Mr. Romero is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Forensic Interviewer, and presently serves as the Co-Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Immigrant Employee Rights Committee. Presently, Mr. Romero is the Mock Trial instructor at Pasadena High School’s Law and Public Service Academy. He completed the Leadership Pasadena program in May 2016.

Leadership Pasadena is a hands-on, community leadership program that immerses you in Pasadena’s rich history, government and world renowned organizations and institutions. This is a unique program for those who want to play an active role in Pasadena’s future. The program also provides personal executive leadership training and coaching and helps you build meaningful connections with area decision-makers. With its many civic, non-profit and community organizations and its diverse communities, there is a large need for empowered and connected community leaders to address the concerns and issues of the Pasadena area together with respect and determination and results. Leadership Pasadena creates these leaders. http://www.leadershippasadena.org/

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Pasadena Unified School District Appoints Alan J. Romero as Mock Trial Instructor

The Pasadena Unified School District’s College & Careers Pathways program appoints Alan J. Romero as its Mock Trial instructor.  Pasadena High School’s Law and Public Service Academy, which was fortunate enough to have a new mock courtroom built on campus as a result of both bond funding and the generosity of private benefactors, includes a Mock Trial program as its Senior project.  Both Mr. Romero and the firm are deeply grateful for the nomination and look forward to being long-term stakeholders in, and supporters of, the Law and Public Service Academy’s Mock Trial program.

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Alan J. Romero Named a 2015 Southern California Super Lawyer

Romero Law, APC is pleased to announce that Alan J. Romero, the firm’s principal and lead trial attorney, has been named a 2015 Southern California Super Lawyer. Mr. Romero was also named as one of California’s Top 40 Litigators Under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Mr. Romero was named a Top Attorney for the year by Pasadena Magazine.

We wish all of our clients a happy new year, and look forward to continuing to providing our clients with the effective representation that we are known for.