• Donald R. Brown

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    dbrown@manatt.com
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    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4318
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224

    Education

    New York University School of Law, J.D., 1989.
    Member, Journal of International Law & Politics.

     

    Swarthmore College, B.A., Economics.

    London School of Economics & Political Science.

    Bar Admissions
    California
    • Profile
    • Representative Matters
    • Honors & Awards
    • Publications
    • Memberships & Activities
    • Speaking Engagements

    Profile

    Donald Brown handles complex commercial litigation at the regulatory, trial, and appellate levels, focusing on defending e-commerce, direct marketing, and media companies in consumer class actions and FTC investigations. Mr. Brown also has substantial litigation experience in areas such as banking and lender liability, illegal website access, online advertising, outdoor advertising, defamation, and claims involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

    In addition, Mr. Brown advises a diverse clientele regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and state disability access laws. He helps retailers, banks, media companies, property developers, lodging companies, health insurers, nonprofit foundations, educational institutions, and interactive media manufacturers address disability access issues in a variety of contexts, including stores, housing, lodging, websites, interactive media and media streaming, ATMs, kiosks, point-of-sale devices, and health plan benefits. Mr. Brown also defends disability access lawsuits and helps clients navigate and resolve prelitigation demands and federal and state government investigations.

    Representative Matters

    Ticketmaster v. RMG (U.S. District Court, Central District of California).  Obtained a judgment for $18 million and an injunction prohibiting the manufacture, distribution and use of bots to illegally access Ticketmaster's website.  Also obtained dismissal of antitrust counterclaims.  507 F. Supp. 2d 1096 (C.D. Cal. 2007); 536 F. Supp. 2d 1191 (C.D. Cal. 2008).

    NML Capital v. Spaceport Sys. and Republic of Argentina (U.S. District Court, Central District of California).  Defeated lawsuit by bond creditor seeking to enforce $300 million judgment against foreign sovereign.  Creditor sought injunction and attachment to prevent the launch of multinational satellite to conduct scientific survey of oceanic conditions.  788 F. Supp. 2d 1111 (C.D. Cal. 2011).

    In re Ticketmaster Sales Practices Litigation (U.S. District Court, Central District of California).  Defended consolidated, putative class action against Ticketmaster and TicketsNow alleging deception in the online sale of tickets.  Action settled favorably for defendants.

    Mancini v. Ticketmaster (U.S. District Court, Central District of California).  Defended putative class action alleging violations of Consumer Legal Remedies Act and unfair competition laws regarding post-transaction enrollment process.  Action settled favorably for defendants.

    Siniouguine v. Mediachase, Ltd. (U.S. District Court, Central District of California).   Obtained summary judgment on behalf of computer software publisher in a copyright ownership dispute involving the "work made for hire" doctrine and the enforceability of "results and proceeds" clauses in employment contracts.  2012 WL 2317364 (C.D. Cal. 2012).

    DePhillips v. Ticketmaster (Los Angeles County Superior Court).  Obtained dismissal of putative class action alleging that Ticketmaster's website discriminated against people with visual disabilities.  Then obtained dismissal of appeal.

    Graham v. Goldman Sachs (U.S. District Court, Central District of California).  Obtained dismissal of lawsuit claiming violation of state and federal law regarding affiliate's operating policies.  Affirmed on appeal. 

    Ticketmaster/National Federation of the Blind.  Represented Ticketmaster in negotiations with National Federation of the Blind regarding access to Ticketmaster's website, resulting in widely publicized agreement.

    Blanks v. Greenfield (Los Angeles County Superior Court).  Successfully defended executive in dispute over $140 million in profits from exercise infomercial, resulting in published decision by Second Appellate District under the Talent Agencies Act.  106 Cal. App. 4th 743, 131 Cal. Rptr. 2d 179 (2003).

    Yan v. Chinese Daily News (Los Angeles County Superior Court).  Successfully defended newspaper against defamation claim by high-profile Chinese dissident.  Attorneys' fees awarded under anti-SLAPP Act.

    Gracenote v. Musicmatch (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California).  Defended Musicmatch in patent infringement action regarding online digital music services.  Prevailed on summary judgment as to noninfringement and patent invalidity.

    Representative Published Appellate Cases

    Stearns v. Ticketmaster Corp., 655 F.3d 1013 (9th Cir. 2011). 

    Huntington Beach City Council v. Superior Court, 94 Cal. App. 4th 1417, 115 Cal. Rptr. 2d 439 (4th Dist. 2002).

    Greenfield v. Superior Court, 106 Cal. App. 4th 743, 131 Cal. Rptr. 2d 179 (2d Dist. 2003).

    Honors & Awards

    Publications

    Memberships & Activities

    AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

    Admitted to practice in the courts of California, the United States District Courts in California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Member of Board of Directors of Disability Rights Legal Center.

     

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaker at annual International Ticketing Association conference in 2011 on “Understanding the New ADA Regulations.”