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Representative Matters

Resolved Through Trial:

  • Trial counsel for hospital alleging claims of misappropriation of trade secrets (business plans), usurpation of corporate opportunity and unfair competition against two directors.  Jury verdict in favor of hospital in compensatory and punitive damages totaling $11,750,000.
  • Trial counsel for hospital opposing CEQA petition to enjoin expansion of corporation’s medical campus and services.  Court verdict in favor of hospital.
  • Trial counsel for major airline sued by four former employees for wrongful termination based on race and gender following reduction in force.  Jury verdict in favor of airline.
  • Trial counsel for exclusive distributor of European laminate product suing manufacturer for breach of oral/implied in fact exclusive distribution agreement.  Jury verdict in favor of exclusive distributor in the amount of $885,000.
  • Trial counsel for owner of real estate developer sued by general contractor for fraud in connection with work performed on multi-phase residential/commercial development.  Court verdict in favor of owner.
  • Trial counsel for business owner seeking possession of business and premises following forcible entry and detainer of business.  Court verdict returning possession of business and premises to owner.
  • Trial counsel for plaintiffs suing for compensatory and punitive damages resulting from forcible entry and detainer of business premises.  Jury verdict awarding owner compensatory and punitive damages in excessive of $385,000 arising from forcible entry and detainer of business and premises.
  • Trial counsel for owners of real property adjacent to multi-phase residential/commercial development in action to foreclose mechanic’s liens recorded against the adjacent property.  Court verdict in favor of owners of adjacent property.
  • Trial counsel for logistics company sued for loss of cargo during shipping.  Court verdict in favor of logistics company.
  • Trial counsel for entrepreneur suing for breach of partnership agreement and false designation of origin of product.  Jury verdict in favor of entrepreneur for $1,674,000.
  • Trial counsel for company suing business partner for breach of joint venture agreement.  Court verdict in favor of company for $1,374,350.

Resolved Before Trial:

  • Counsel for international trade and dispute resolution organization alleging claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition.  Following order granting preliminary injunction, entry of judgment permanently enjoining future acts of infringement and unfair competition.
  • Counsel for healthcare magazine alleging claims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition against copy-cat magazine.  While motion for preliminary injunction pending, stipulation to judgment permanently enjoining future acts of infringement and unfair competition.
  • Counsel for law firm alleging misappropriation of trade secrets (client list) and unfair competition against former lawyers.  Stipulation to judgment permanently enjoining future acts of unfair competition and payment of portion of fees earned from poached clients.
  • Counsel for business alleging misappropriation of trade secrets (customer list) and unfair competition against former officers.  Following order granting preliminary injunction, stipulation to judgment permanently enjoining future acts of unfair competition.
  • Counsel for owners of medical office buildings against former law firm for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.   Following denial of defense motions for partial summary judgment, MOB owners agreed to accept $2,300,000 to settle claims against law firm.
  • Counsel for company suing former law firm for conflict of interest arising from successive representation of opposing party in matter involving substantially same subject matter of original representation.  Law firm agreed to settle shortly after complaint was filed.
  • Counsel for commercial borrower suing former law firm for legal malpractice in connection with advice given regarding security for loan.  Law firm agreed to settle after court denied defense motion for partial summary judgment.
  • Counsel for purchaser of shopping cart maintenance business alleging claims for fraud in the inducement and breach of purchase/sale agreement (reps and warranties).    Following deposition of seller’s owner, seller agreed to $350,000 discount off sale price of business.
  • Counsel for purchaser of medical billing company alleging claims for fraud in the inducement and breach of purchase/sale agreement (reps and warranties).  Following order granting motion for partial summary judgment in favor of purchaser, seller agreed to $850,000 discount off sale price of business.
  • Counsel for partnership alleging claims of breach of fiduciary duty (usurpation of opportunity to invest in REIT) against partner.  Following order granting motion for partial summary judgment, partner agreed to transfer ownership interest in the amount of $17,000,000 to partnership.
  • Counsel for roofing product manufacturer alleging breach of warranty of products produced by supplier.  Following order granting motion for partial summary judgment, supplier agreed to reimburse manufacturer cost to replace defective products.
  • Counsel for business partner sued for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with “business divorce” with former partners.  Former partners sought over $1 million.  Lawsuit settled for under $25,000 after obtaining court-ordered neutral accounting of partnership books.
  • Counsel for business partner sued for over $1 million as a result of operating competing business.  Lawsuit voluntarily dismissed after multiple motions challenging standing to bring derivative claims.
  • Counsel for “special event customer” sued by hotel for breach of contract.  Lawsuit settled for less than 10% of claim after special event customer filed cross-complaint against hotel.
  • Counsel for talent convention host suing member for breach of contract and trade libel. Member agreed to settle less than four months after complaint was filed.
  • Counsel for physician in medical group partnership retained two years after dispute arose to reposition claims to assert usurpation of corporate opportunity and misappropriation. Dispute settled for over $1 million within four months of repositioning of claims.
 
 
 
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