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.

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/

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.

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.

Alan J. Romero Named a California Top 40 Litigator Under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates

Romero Law, APC is pleased to announce that Alan J. Romero, the firm’s principal and lead trial attorney, has been named as one of California’s Top 40 Litigators Under 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates for 2015.

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.

Alan J. Romero Named a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine

Romero Law, APC is pleased to announce that Alan J. Romero, the firm’s principal and lead trial attorney, was recognized as a Top Attorney for the year 2014 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.