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Orange County Man Sentenced in Counterfeit Pin Scheme

When visiting Disneyland, it’s not hard to notice the extensive trading occurring between park visitors and with park employees. Disney pins are sold in many gift shops, and some of the most collectible pins come with a heft price. The pins are extraordinarily popular among collectors, with some rare pins selling online for more than $1,000.

Larry James Allred, a twice-convicted rapist, ran a counterfeit pin scheme in which he illegally imported counterfeit Disney pins from China and sold them on the Internet. From January 2010 to April 2011, Allred and his co-conspirator, Robert Smyrak, sent actual, collectible Disney pins to a manufacturer in China. The manufacturer copied the pins and shipped the fakes to Allred and Smyrak, which the pair sold online. The pair sold more than a million pins in bulk for less than $1 a pin. 

Authorities uncovered the scheme in February 2011 when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a shipment at Los Angeles International Airport containing more than 150 pounds of fake Disney pins. Anaheim police arrested the two in April 2011. 

Allred was sentenced to eight years in prison this week and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution, authorities said. Symark, of Anaheim, was sentenced to one year in jail and to three years probation. Each pleaded guilty to one felony count of trademark infringement. Allred also pleaded guilty to sentence enhancements for property loss of more than $200,000.

A criminal conviction is costly. It is possible that you may serve time in prison, disrupting your career and family life. Also, its possible that you will have to pay heavy restitution fines, resulting in financial woes. Your record may be stained by such convictions, and your reputation may suffer. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense for those accused of a crime throughout Southern California. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Don Ho Law today.

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Suspect Arrest in Disneyland ToonTown Explosion

English: Sign at the Entrance to Mickey's Toontown

A 22-year-old Disneyland outdoor vending cast member, Christian Barnes, has been arrested in connection with a dry ice explosion in Mickey’s Toontown area. Anaheim police say Barnes, of Long Beach, was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of possessing a destructive device.
A small explosion from an apparent dry ice “bomb” at Disneyland’s Toontown on Tuesday afternoon forced officials to evacuate people from the popular area, law enforcement authorities said.
No injuries were reported from the blast, which rocked the theme park about 5:30 p.m., the Anaheim Police Department said. Toontown, a popular area for families with small children, was reopened about two hours later, police said.
The dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle that was left in a trash can and the explosion was confined to the can, police said.
The device appeared similar to other devices that have exploded in Anaheim neighborhoods in recent months, Sgt. Bob Dunn said.
He said police were investigating whether there was any connection between those explosions and the blast at Toontown. Investigators planned to review video surveillance footage and examine Internet postings and social media to try to find out who was responsible, Dunn said.
Disneyland said on its Twitter account that Toontown was evacuated “in an abundance of caution.”
Barnes is being held on $1 million bail. Police say he is cooperating with investigators and has indicared that this was an isolated incident with “unanticipated impacts.” If convicted, Barnes could be responsible for paying for the police response.
A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison and have to pay a fine. Our goal at Don Ho Law is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout the State of California. Contact Don Ho Law today for help fighting your charges and/or reducing your sentence.
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Muslim Woman Sues Disney Over Discrimination

The Walt Disney Studios, the headquarters of T...

A federal discrimination suit was filed earlier this month against the Walt Disney Company by the American Civil Liberties Union claiming that a Muslim woman was harassed and unfairly removed from her job after a dispute over her head scarf. 

Imane Boudlal, 28, has filed suit in the United States District Court in Los Angeles against the Walk Disney Company. The focus of the suit involves Ms. Boudlal’s, decision to wear a scarf, or hijab, and the subsequent employment alternatives Disney offered her. After two years of working in her position, Ms. Boudlal asked permission to wear a hijab while at work. She said she offered to wear a scarf that corresponded to the colors of her uniform, or to wear a scarf featuring the Disney logo. The company, citing wardrobe policies intended to suit a theme, offered Ms. Boudlal various hats in line with the restaurant’s early 1900s theme to wear over the hijab. 

The suit also says that Ms. Boudlal was called names like “terrorist” and “camel” during her two years working at the Storytellers Cafe at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. According to the complaint, Ms. Boudlal reported the harassment in writing to four different managers and none took action.

As an alternative to being unable to wear her hijab, or to wearing Disney approved hats in place of her hijab, Ms. Boudlal was told that she could work “backstage”, out of public view. If working out of public view, Ms. Boudlal could wear the head scarf as she pleased. According to the suit, Ms. Boudlal “refused, explaining that she found these options humiliating and an infringement of her religious beliefs.” Consequently, Disney “removed her from the cafe’s schedule”. Ms. Boudlal has not been scheduled to work since August 21, 2010. 

The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and an order that states Disney may not prohibit employees from wearing hijabs. Further, it asks that Disney be ordered to deliver anti-harassment training to employees

Those who are victims of discrimination in the workplace, and employers who have claims against them, need to make sure they have the proper information and are following all laws to protect themselves from litigation.  Don Ho, LLP, handles employment law in Southern California for both employers and employees, providing a unique perspective on every type of employment law matter. 

This article will be updated as information becomes available. 

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