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Complex Commercial Litigation and Trials 2018-09-25T16:09:35+00:00

Our attorneys represent and advise companies in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including class actions, as well as claims for fraud, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, securities violations, business torts, and breach of contract. They have vast trial experience, with many of the attorneys having previously served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office or the Federal Public Defender’s Office. Two are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and one is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Examples of representative matters include:

  • Obtained a complete defense victory at the trial and appellate court level for Paramount Pictures Corporation in federal securities, contract, and business tort action related to a complex domestic and international film financing transaction.
  • Won summary judgment and an appeal for Current TV LLC in a lawsuit filed by a consultant seeking a multi-million dollar “finder’s fee” in connection with the sale of Current to Al Jazeera.
  • Successfully defended a record company and recording artist Anita Baker against a competitor’s efforts to prevent the record label from signing Baker, who was formerly under contract with the competitor.
  • Secured summary judgment and a financial award, which was sustained on appeal, on behalf of Viacom International Inc. in a lawsuit against toymaker MGA Entertainment Inc. for breach of contract due to unpaid advertising bills and a 2012 co-finance agreement to broadcast a TV series based on the toymaker’s line of Lalaloopsy dolls.
  • Won summary judgment for Paramount Pictures Corporation in a $40 million lawsuit filed by Middle Pictures, Inc. (MPI) over the distribution of the film, Middle Men.
  • Won an appellate court victory on behalf of a prominent law firm with a unanimous three-judge panel upholding a $7 million “prevailing party” fee award to the law firm in affirming the arbitrator’s rejection of the former client’s malpractice claim.
  • Defeated an anti-SLAPP motion and obtained a temporary restraining order and later a preliminary injunction halting violations of a non-disclosure agreement being committed by the former business manager of the late world-renowned singer and songwriter Jenni Rivera in a $10 million lawsuit KBK filed on behalf of her estate against Univision.
  • Won a dismissal of a $600 million lawsuit filed against Mitsubishi and a Mexican government-owned sea salt products company, ESSA.
  • Prevailed at trial for HR-MWC Partners, LLC, in a multi-million dispute arising from the failure of a land-development project in Tianjin, China.
  • Won the dismissal of a $3.6 million lawsuit filed against a major law firm by a plaintiff who sued the law firm’s clients in underlying litigation. The plaintiff  claimed the clients paid the firm’s legal fees with money that the plaintiff alleged belonged to it.
  • Won an anti-SLAPP appeal in a case that Law360 named one of the top anti-SLAPP decisions of 2016 for a law firm that had faced a defamation and trade libel lawsuit over its press release claiming a company, J-M Manufacturing Co., had produced faulty pipe.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a law firm sued for legal malpractice, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty arising from its representation of a client in the sale of an office building.
  • Successfully represented Outfront Media in defeating a competitor’s challenge to a major public transit contract.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Creative Artists Agency in an action asserting tort and contract claims related to a highly successful TV series.
  • Represented Wasserman Media Group in a variety of sports– and entertainment–related disputes.
  • Defended media companies in actions involving major injuries suffered in accidents that occurred during the filming of theatrical motion pictures and TV shows.
  • Won an appellate victory for the heirs of a holocaust survivor that paved the way for a trial in a federal court action against a Spanish state-owned museum for restitution of fine art looted by the Nazis.
  • Represented Pabst Brewing Company and secured a settlement in a $7 million lawsuit centered on whether the rapper, Snoop Dogg, was entitled to claim a portion of the proceeds from a stock sale transaction in which a private equity group acquired all of the stock of Pabst’s parent company.
  • Representing Regency Entertainment Inc. and Monarch Enterprises S.A.R.L. in an $18 million breach of contract lawsuit they filed against a group of film financiers who failed to fulfill their promise to repay certain expenses for Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply box-office flop.
  • Representing Los Angeles County in a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a new state law that puts the redrawing of county supervisors’ districts in the hands of a 14-member citizens committee.
  • Representing Bellator Sport Worldwide, one of the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotors, in a variety of matters, including in connection with a putative class action antitrust case brought by current and former MMA fighters against Zuffa, Inc., the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
  • Representing a prominent talent agency in a $55 million lawsuit brought by producers and film financiers of motion picture projects alleging misrepresentations, fraud, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Defended a TV producer in the appellate courts against charges that the producer discriminated against a pregnant actress. The producer was alleged to have terminated the actress rather than retain her as the vixen in the cast of a prominent soap opera.
  • Represented a real estate development company in an action against an international engineering and construction firm for damages resulting from a breach of contract to transfer real property.
  • Represented judgment creditors in a bankruptcy proceeding and related appeals challenging claim as time barred.
  • Represented China National Coal Development Corp. in a dispute regarding the dissolution of a coal-mining joint venture in northeastern China.
  • Represented a major film studio in litigation arising from the failure and bankruptcy of a Japanese TV distributor.
  • Served as counsel for Sonatrach, the Energy Ministry of Algeria, in a breach of contract action to recover $44 million in contract fees relating to a hydrochemical plant constructed in Algeria.
  • Represented a major studio and its broadcast network in a $100 million breach of contract dispute with its largest affiliate group.
  • Successfully defended a media group at the trial court and on appeal in a lawsuit filed by a former executive who asserted claims of fraud, legal malpractice, and constructive discharge in violation of public policy.
  • Defended Electronic Arts against claims by Activision for alleged interference with contract and related tort claims.
  • Represented Hachette Book Group in a breach of contract action brought by William Paul Young, author of the best-selling book “The Shack.”
  • Defended Showtime pay television service in dispute alleging tortious interference with a boxing promoter agreement.
  • Defended Showtime pay television service in a contract dispute relating to a license fee audit of a motion picture studio.
  • Represented founder and franchisor of Improv comedy club in franchise and licensing disputes.
  • Represented the attorney sued by DC Comics in connection with his work on behalf of the heirs and estate of the authors of “Superman.”
  • Represented Paramount Pictures Corporation and DW Studios Production in a personal injury action related to an accident during the filming of “Transformers 3.”
  • Represented a restaurant franchisor in breach of contract and business tort disputes with franchisees.
  • Won a favorable award for an online toy retailer in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract dispute concerning a fulfillment services agreement.
  • Defeated claims of improper termination of agreement, misrepresentation, promissory fraud, and theft of intellectual property brought against an aircraft manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar dispute arising out of an exclusive purchase agreement with a key supplier.
  • Defended the founder and executive director of a high-performing charter school in a trial concerning charges of misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement, tax fraud, and conflict of interest.
  • Defended a tax preparer in a trial concerning charges of aiding and abetting tax fraud.
  • Defended a high-profile public official and health care executive in litigation that was alleging charges of bribery, embezzlement, tax fraud, and conflict of interest.
  • Represented a recycling company in connection with a dispute regarding a criminal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prosecution of a workplace fatality.
  • Represented a production manager in connection with a criminal OSHA prosecution of a workplace fatality.
  • Represented a senior executive in a global criminal investigation regarding alleged collusion among Japanese auto parts manufacturers.
  • Represented a Mexican federal law enforcement officer in connection with a money laundering prosecution.
  • Represented a government contractor in a False Claims Act lawsuit pertaining to a Veterans Affairs (VA) contract.
  • Represented multiple physicians in connection with DOJ investigations and prosecutions of health care fraud and violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Represented a physician in a prosecution that alleged the client had illegally prescribed medications.
  • Represented a health care executive in connection with litigation regarding allegations of federal health care fraud and public corruption investigations.
  • Represented an oil company and oil company executives in connection with a matter concerning allegations of environmental crimes.
  • Argued successfully against constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe in a case that preserved the authority of cities to support mass transit infrastructure through agreements for the display of advertising.
  • Successfully defended at trial and on appeal several of the largest national media companies in litigation with cities over fees and restrictions related to outdoor advertising.
  • Defended TV networks and retail stores against consumer false advertising claims.
  • Represented a major media company in defense of claims arising from text-messaging advertising.
  • Defended Electronic Arts in an action alleging misappropriation of boxers’ likenesses for use in “Fight Night” video game.
  • Achieved dismissal of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, antitrust, and commercial bribery claims brought against a videogame developer and publisher by a global sports entertainment company. The plaintiff claimed damages in excess of $100 million in an action arising out of the alleged bribery of licensing agents and award of a video game license to a joint venture.
  • Litigated on behalf of Activision Publishing against a video-game developer related to the development of a phenomenally popular World War II-based video game. The case included breach of contract and fraud claims by both parties, all of which were settled before trial.
  • Defended putative class action against Harmonix Games, MTV Networks, and Electronic Arts for alleged unfair competition, breach of implied warranty, and violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act with respect to the video game “Rock Band.”
  • Retained by video-game manufacturers and developers to handle litigation over the rights to use likenesses and images.
  • Defended casual gaming company in putative class action by online customers alleging breach of contract, unfair competition, and improper early termination fees.
  • Represented a leading publishing company in a class action claiming violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Defended a putative class action against Harmonix Games, MTV Networks, and Electronic Arts for alleged unfair competition, breach of implied warranty, and violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act with respect to the video game “Rock Band.”
  • Successfully defended Citibank before the LA Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court in a consumer class action challenging credit-card late fees. Prevailed on the basis that state consumer laws were preempted by the National Bank Act when the argument eventually came before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Represented Paramount Pictures in a putative class action related to the treatment of home video revenues on films produced prior to 1981 for purposes of reporting and payment to profit participants. The case is one of several brought against all major movie studios.
  • Represented a class of plaintiffs in a substantial securities and ERISA class action against a major electronics firm.
  • Represented opt-out plaintiffs from the Tyco International, Inc. securities class action.
  • Represented Morgan Stanley in the trial of a class action alleging improper payment of “greenmail” to a corporate raider.
  • Represented brokerage firm in putative class action alleging misrepresentations and market manipulation in the sale of auction-rate securities.