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Jonathan Segal

Jon Segal is an attorney who counsels clients on issues related to communications and intellectual property, with a focus on the media, entertainment, and technology industries. He assists with a range of matters -- pre-broadcast and pre-publication counseling and litigation on copyright, trademark, right of publicity, defamation, invasion of privacy, and contractual issues -- for clients like television networks and production companies, studios, newspaper, magazine, and new-media publishers. A former newspaper reporter and blogger, Jon also litigates matters regarding the Freedom of Information Act, California Public Records Act, and Legislative Open Records Act, in addition to assisting clients in gaining access to court proceedings and records. Before coming to DWT, Jon had significant experience as an IP litigator practicing before the District of Delaware, the Western District of Arkansas, the Northern District of California, and the International Trade Commission on cases regarding LCD-panel, Bluetooth-earpiece and set-top-box technology.

Prior to practicing law, Jon worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers around the United States.

Representative Experience

Pre-broadcast counseling and production legal services

Provides pre-broadcast counseling and production legal services for studios, television networks and production companies, documentarians and others, including Comedy Central, Showtime, AMC Networks, Participant Media, Pivot Network, Adult Swim, Abso Lutely, and Funny or Die. This work includes innovative projects that blend television and new media, including "@Midnight" and "TakePart Live," and more traditional scripted works such as "Comedy BangBang," "Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule," "The Birthday Boys," "Eagleheart," and "Ray Donovan."

David Strick v. Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC, et al.

Representing the Los Angeles Times and the Tribune Company in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a freelance photographer who claimed that the defendants were liable for more than five hundred violations of his copyrights for the use of photographs that the Times defendants claimed were covered by a license agreement. Succeeded in a motion to compel arbitration in 2011. In 2012, succeeded in obtaining a judgment from the arbitrator in favor of the Times and the Tribune dismissing the lawsuit, and granting the defendants' request for attorneys' fees and costs in excess of $260,000. (2011-present)

First Amendment Coalition v. DOJ

Prosecuting Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to compel the U.S. Justice Department to disclose its legal memoranda concerning the legality of the lethal targeting of U.S. citizens overseas. (Ongoing)

In re Clergy Cases

Represented the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press in their intervention into a long-running dispute regarding the release of documents reflecting the alleged abuse of children, and conduct by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in connection with that alleged abuse. Obtained the release of unredacted documents, which included the names of all members of the Church Hierarchy charged with supervising accused priests. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2012)

Medi Entity v. Health Investment Corp. & VCFB Management v. Anaheim General Hospital LP

Defended hospital-related entities in breach of contract and related claims arising from two failed attempts by plaintiffs to acquire hospital. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2012)

ACTV8 v. Media General

Represented multimedia company Media General in a suit alleging breach of contract and fraud related to the development of mobile applications to use smartphones and tablets as second screens while watching television (C.D. Cal. 2011)

Los Angeles Times Communications & McClatchy Newspapers v. California Legislature

Represented the Los Angeles Times and McClatchy newspapers in landmark case seeking California Legislators' office budget records under the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA). The Court ordered the release of all records sought and the Legislature paid The Times and McClatchy’s attorneys’ fees incurred in securing the order. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2011)

Omidi v. Hiltzik; Omidi v. Pfeifer; Silverman v. Hiltzik, 1-800GET THIN LLC v. Hiltzik

Represented the Los Angeles Times in a series of related cases, all of which arose from The Times' reporting about two brothers, both former Beverly Hills surgeons, who began a lucrative weight-loss business. Omidi v. Hiltzik and Omidi v. Pfeifer alleged defamation based on reporting by The Times, and Silverman v. Hiltzik alleged illegal recording of phone conversations by a Times columnist. All three cases were thrown out on early motions under California's SLAPP law, and fees were awarded to The Times in each case. A fourth case alleging violations of federal trademark laws was also thrown out by a federal judge on an early motion. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2011; C.D. Cal. 2011)

Vanetik v. Hart Energy Publishing

Represented Hart Energy Publishing, publisher of "Oil and Gas Investor" and, in a defamation, false light, and misappropriation case arising from an article published by Hart. The case was thrown out on an early motion under California’s SLAPP statute, and the California Court of Appeal upheld its dismissal. Hart also recovered nearly all the attorneys' fees incurred in the action. (Cal. Super. Ct.; Cal. Ct. of Appeals, 4th Dist. 2011)

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Irell & Manella LLP, Los Angeles, 2009-2011
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. Cormac J. Carney, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Santa Ana, Calif., 2008-2009
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