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Big Win for NBA All-Star James Harden

Wed 10th Jul 2019, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

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 …

Judge Blasts Prosecutors and IRS Agents in Alaska Tax Evasion Case

Thu 16th May 2019, Blog, Case Successes

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 …

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

Thu 18th Apr 2019, Blog, Case Successes

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 …

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

Fri 15th Feb 2019, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

BK is pleased to announce that Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Steven J. Katzman, Michael R. Williams, and James D. Riddet 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® “Rising Star” …

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

Mon 14th Jan 2019, Blog, Case Successes

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 …

Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. and James D. Riddet Named “America’s Top 100®” Civil and Criminal Defense Attorneys for Southern California

Tue 27th Nov 2018, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert | Katzman is proud to announce that two of its attorneys – Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. and James D. Riddet – have been named as “America’s Top 100®” Civil Defense Litigators and Criminal Defense Attorneys, respectively, for Southern California in 2018.  Only 100 attorneys in Southern California receive this honor in each practice area, and are selected after a rigorous, multi-phase evaluation process.  This is the first year that Messrs. Bienert and Riddet have been …

Ninth Circuit Rules that District Court Wrongfully Concluded that Dinosaurs Can’t Be Minerals

Tue 6th Nov 2018, Blog

By Ariana Seldman Hawbecker In 2005, the Murrays bought a Montana ranch from the Seversons.  But the Murrays didn’t transfer everything over.  Instead, the Seversons reserved ownership over two-thirds of the minerals found in, on, or under the land.  A year later, an amateur paleontologist uncovered the fossils of two dinosaurs locked in battle (the “Dueling Dinosaurs”) on the property.  The discovery of other valuable dinosaurs, said to be worth in the millions of dollars, …

Bienert | Katzman Named as a Tier 1 Firm in Orange County by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019

Fri 2nd Nov 2018, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Bienert | Katzman is proud to announce that it has once again been recognized as a Tier 1 firm in Orange County for “Criminal Defense: White Collar” and “Litigation – Bankruptcy” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019.  Bienert | Katzman has achieved this recognition every year since 2010.  The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firm” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.  Selection by U.S. News – …

16 Billion Dollar Medicare Advantage FCA Case Revived

Thu 13th Sep 2018, Blog

by Ariana Seldman Hawbecker The Ninth Circuit reversed the dismissal of various claims against several Medicare Advantage Organizations who a whistleblower claims submitted fraudulent health data to the federal government (“CMS”). Anita Silingo, a former employee of Mobile Medical Examination Services, Inc. (“MedXM”), brought claims under the False Claims Act on behalf of the United States Government against MedXM and several Medicare Advantage Organizations.  After MedXM settled the case, the Organizations moved for dismissal of …

Charitable Organizations Must Disclose Names of Large Contributors

Wed 12th Sep 2018, Blog

by Ariana Seldman Hawbecker On September 11, 2018, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s decision barring the State of California from requiring Thomas More Society (the “Law Center”) and The Americans for Prosperity Foundation (the “Foundation”) to provide a list of their most significant donors to the state.  Both organizations, registered as Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organizations, had successfully argued at the trial court level that California’s requirement that they file an …