Orange County Register Cites Attorney Scott Talkov on Media Law
June 15, 2014
The issue arose when a city refused to accept a notice published in the Orange County Register by a property owner with a long-standing feud with the city. In writing about the story, Orange County Register reporter Tomoya Shimura reached out to Reid & Hellyer, whose media law practice has stretched over three decades in Southern California.
What resulted was an article that raised important questions about the city's interpretation of laws relating to newspapers allowed by law to run legal advertising, stating:
[City Manager Jennifer] Cervantez said state Government Code requirements for public notices by the city are different than those required by the Election Code for ballot initiatives. She did not clarify how they are different.
Scott Talkov, an attorney at Reid & Hellyer who specializes in media law, disagreed with Cervantez’s interpretation. If the city considers the Coto de Caza News to be an adjudicated newspaper for the city, it should be publishing public notices there, said Talkov, who is not involved in the case.
“(The city’s) opinions are hard to reconcile,” he said.
The article reports that the property owner has filed suit against the city to require it to comply with the laws relating to newspapers of general circulation.
"I'm glad to explain this complex area of law to clients and reporters alike," stated Attorney Scott Talkov, who practice includes newspaper of general circulation litigation. "If newspaper adjudication law was simple, newspaper owners wouldn't need lawyers."
The media law practice group at Reid & Hellyer also includes Senior Attorney James J. Manning, Jr., whose representation of newspapers throughout Southern California begin in the late 1970s as a young attorney with Reid & Hellyer.
Headquartered in Riverside, Calif., Reid & Hellyer has been serving the Inland Empire for more than 100 years as one of the most-respected full-service law firms in Southern California, providing legal services in business and real estate litigation, real estate development, transactional law, media law, bankruptcy and mediation.
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