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Whitney Bernstein Selected to Serve as a Lawyer Representative for the Southern District of California

Fri 20th Sep 2019, Blogs

Bienert | Katzman PC is proud to announce that Whitney Z. Bernstein was chosen to serve as a Lawyer Representative for the Southern District of California.  Lawyer Representatives are members of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference who are chosen by the District Court with the input of local bar associations.  In announcing Whitney’s selection, the judges indicated that they were very impressed by her qualifications.  Whitney is honored to serve as an alternative for the …

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California legislators set for vote to expand the state’s False Claims Act to false tax claims

Wed 28th Aug 2019, Blogs

A bill winding its way through the California legislature seeks to extend the reach of the California False Claims Act.  The bill would amend California Government Code 12651 and 12653 to add claims under the California Revenue and Taxation Code.  The California False Claims Act, as well as its Federal equivalent, are specialized statutes with specific pleading requirements and a robust body of case law.  The IRS, the SEC, and many other Federal and state …

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Daily Journal Recognizes Bienert | Katzman’s Litigation Power and National Reach.

Fri 2nd Aug 2019, Blogs

Beachtown Boutique –From intricate bankruptcies to complex civil cases and high-profile criminal defense, Bienert Katzman PC’s 13 attorneys share a broad range of litigation skills that can make any case ripe for trial.   Read more…

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Big Win for NBA All-Star James Harden

Wed 10th Jul 2019, Blogs

B | K Partners Tony Bisconti and John Littrell, with a crucial assist from paralegal Garrison Giali, scored a complete defense verdict last week in a personal injury trial against NBA All-Star James Harden. The plaintiff, a self-proclaimed paparazzo, claimed that Harden “angrily smacked” him as he attempted to videotape Harden outside a nightclub in Hollywood. Plaintiff alleged that he suffered “serious physical damage” and “permanent disability,” and claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in …

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David M. Guess elected as an Officer of LA Bankruptcy Forum

Mon 20th May 2019, Blogs

Following a contested election, David M. Guess, a bankruptcy partner with Bienert | Katzman PC (BK), has been elected as the Secretary of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (LABF) for the 2019-2020 program year, putting him on track to be Program Chair, Vice President, and then President of the LABF in future years.  The mission of the LABF is to be the leading educational and networking resource for bankruptcy and insolvency professionals in the Los Angeles …

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Judge Blasts Prosecutors and IRS Agents in Alaska Tax Evasion Case

Thu 16th May 2019, Blogs

In a scathing 69-page order, a Magistrate Judge found that federal prosecutors engaged in flagrant misconduct in connection with a tax evasion case against Bienert | Katzman’s client, a dedicated Alaskan oncologist. The Court called out all three members of the prosecution team for withholding evidence and making evasive, misleading, and untruthful statements to the B | K defense team and to the Court. The Court referred all three prosecutors (who had already been removed …

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B | K Opens New Office in DTLA

Sun 12th May 2019, Blogs

On June 1, 2019 Bienert | Katzman will open a new office in the historic CalEdison Building in Downtown Los Angeles.  B | K has long been the go-to firm for high-stakes civil, criminal, and insolvency litigation.  The firm has recently accomplished game-changing results for its clients in matters pending throughout the country, including a $280 million settlement against Celgene Corporation, one of the largest non-intervened False Claims Act settlements in history, a cost-of-defense settlement …

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B | K Wins Summary Disallowance of over $6 Million in Senior Claims

Thu 18th Apr 2019, Blogs

Bienert | Katzman has successfully litigated the rejection of over 95% of the senior claims asserted against bankrupt Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Inc. (“Gardens”) on behalf of its client, Michael R. Lane, the Liquidating Trustee of Gardens.  The disallowed senior claims totaled over $6 million. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court disallowed the claims on a summary basis, without requiring a trial. On February 4, 2019, the Liquidating Trustee filed his multiple objections to over …

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Seven Bienert | Katzman Attorneys Selected to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers® List

Fri 15th Feb 2019, Blogs

BK is pleased to announce that Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Steven J. Katzman, Michael R. Williams, James D. Riddet, and David Guess have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers® list.  In addition, Tony Bisconti and Ali Matin have been selected to the 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list. This is the fourth time Mr. Williams has been recognized by Super Lawyers®, including multiple selections to the Southern California Super Lawyers® …

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Bienert | Katzman Questions Constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Before The Ninth Circuit

Mon 14th Jan 2019, Blogs

Representing a law firm in a civil investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), Bienert | Katzman has challenged the constitutionality of the CFPB’s structure.  As part of the underlying investigation, the CFPB issued a civil investigative demand (“CID”), a form of administrative subpoena, seeking information and documents related to law firm’s practice.  Tom Bienert and Tony Bisconti  of Bienert | Katzman argued before the District Court that the CID is unenforceable because the …

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