Representative cases:

  • Hansen Cold Storage Construction v. Cold Systems, Inc.:  Obtained a jury verdict in federal court against a competitor for trademark infringement and cyberpiracy under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.  Obtained a judgment for the maximum allowable statutory damages and attorneys’ fees based on a finding that the case is exceptional, and an injunction mandating the transfer all infringing domains and prohibiting it and its owner from engaging in any similar practices in the future.
  • Shapiro v. Lawrence: Defending multiple Grammy Award-winning songwriter and music producer Philip Lawrence from a lawsuit seeking a percentage fee based on Lawrence's sale of his catalog including songs co-written with and recorded by Bruno Mars.
  • Marvin Peart v. Spyglass Media Group, et al: Defended Spyglass Media Group, Lantern Capital Partners and Lantern Asset Management from claims brought by Marvin Peart seeking over $100 million in damages in connection with the acquisition by Lantern Entertainment (now Spyglass) of substantially all of The Weinstein Company assets in bankruptcy. Obtained summary judgment in favor of Spyglass on all 10 contract, fraud and other claims, and summary adjudication of all claims except contract claims against the Lantern entities.
  • Defended a prolific producer/writer/director and a prominent attorney in an arbitration brought by the attorney's former law firm seeking millions in percentage fees on overall deals claimed to have been substantially negotiated or entered into by the artist before he terminated the law firm and followed the attorney to another law firm. After the arbitration was completed but before the arbitrator issued an award, obtained a favorable settlement resolving all claims.
  • Hulavision v. NBCUniversal, Hulu, LLC: Defended NBC Universal Media, LLC in a trade secrets action in connection with the creation of hulu.com. Case dismissed in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles after JAMS arbitration.
  • Lenhoff Enterprises, Inc. v. United Talent Agency, Inc., International Creative Management Partners, LLC: Obtained dismissal on behalf of ICM Partners of an antitrust and unfair competition action challenging the practice of television packaging brought before the United States District Court for the Central District of California by a competing talent agency. Dismissal affirmed by the Ninth Circuit.
  • Kibler v. Hall, et al: Defended William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), agent for rapper Logic, in a Lanham Act and unfair competition action brought in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by a turntablist known as DJ Logic. Obtained summary judgment in WME's favor and affirmance by the Sixth Circuit. Opposed the plaintiff's petition for a writ of certiorari which was denied by the United States Supreme Court.
  • Parandian v. Lotus Producciones: Defended the producer of Lollapalooza Chile in a breach of contract action in United States District Court for the Northern District of California seeking millions of dollars and a 20% stake in the festival in perpetuity. Negotiated a settlement on extremely favorable terms for Lotus.
  • Cross v. Facebook, Inc.: Lead right of publicity counsel defending against claims arising from critical speech made about plaintiff on Facebook. California Court of Appeal granted anti-SLAPP motion in its entirety.
  • Allcroft v. Gullane Entertainment, Ltd: Represented the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends in an AAA arbitration and related New York state court action seeking compensation and credits under a development and production agreement.
  • Malik v. International Coffee & Tea, LLC, d/b/a The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Defended The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in a purported class action pending before the Superior Court of California, Orange County alleging violations of California's Unfair Competition Law and Automatic Purchase Renewals Law in connection with online subscription sales.