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:

  • Dismissal of a $10 million lawsuit filed against a major investor in a company that manufactures and sells flavored water.
  • Prevailed at trial for HR-MWC Partners, LLC, in a multimillion-dollar dispute arising from the failure of a land-development project in Tianjin, China.
  • Won an anti-SLAPP appeal in a case that Law360 named one of the top anti-SLAPP decisions that year 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.
  • Won dismissal of a $600 million lawsuit filed against an investment banking firm in a dispute about the valuation of the client’s business when it was sold to a publicly traded company.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Secured a settlement and verdict for clients Regency Entertainment Inc. and Monarchy 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the “Fight Night” video game franchise.
  • 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.
  • Retained by video-game manufacturers and developers to handle litigation over the rights to use likenesses and images.
  • Defended a casual gaming company in a 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 L.A. 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 the 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 a brokerage firm in a putative class action alleging misrepresentations and market manipulation in the sale of auction-rate securities.