LitigationCo-Chair, Entertainment & Media Litigation
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University of Southern California, J.D., 1988.
University of Southern California, B.S., magna cum laude, 1985.
John M. Gatti is a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office and co-chair of the Entertainment & Media Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes 25 years of litigation and trial experience in state, federal and bankruptcy courts as well as representing individuals and corporations in complex business and commercial lawsuits. Mr. Gatti has trial experience across a variety of industries, with a specific emphasis in the entertainment and media industries.
Mr. Gatti's experience in the entertainment, media, sports, Internet and gaming industries includes representation of studios, television networks, film financers, talent, gaming and sports entities, and independent entertainment production companies. These representations include actions for breach of contract; unfair competition; copyright and trademark infringement; profit participation claims; idea submission claims; and media torts, including defamation, invasion of privacy, right to publicity and use of celebrity name and likeness in all media, including the Internet.
Mr. Gatti has been repeatedly named one of the Top 100 Influential Attorneys in Entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter and recognized as a Super Lawyer.
Alan Ladd, Jr. et al. v. Warner Bros. Entertainment - Represented the plaintiffs, including Alan Ladd, Jr., former Chairman of MGM Studios and two-time Academy Award-winning producer, during four years of litigation culminating in a four-week jury trial. The verdict was 12-0 in favor of plaintiffs in an entertainment industry precedent-setting case involving the methods of allocation of television licensing fees to films packaged in groups with other films. The jury verdict found that plaintiffs' films, including Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire, Police Academy and others, had been underallocated by Warner Bros. in the total amount of $96 million, resulting in failure to pay plaintiffs profits due of $3.2 million. In addition, the jury found by 12-0 vote that Warner Bros.' licensing practices breached plaintiffs' contract and violated the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing pursuant to California law. This jury verdict was the first of its kind and has significant ramifications for the entertainment industry. On May 25, 2010, in a partially published opinion, the California Court of Appeal upheld the jury verdict in a 3-0 decision. In addition, the Court of Appeal found that Ladd's claims for fraud, breach of contract for loss of credit and improper accounting are remanded for trial before the fact-finder. The California Supreme Court denied Warner Bros.' petition for review.
BATJAC Productions, Inc. v. CBS - Defended CBS against net profit claims made by John Wayne's heirs.
Haber Productions, Inc. v. Fall Line Entertainment - Represented plaintiff in five-week jury trial for producer on an idea submission claim. Jury verdict of $5 million in favor of our client, including punitive damages. This case is the most recent idea submission claim tried in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Williams v. CBS - Defended network against copyright and trademark infringement claims. Summary judgment granted in CBS's favor.
Corrie Sanders v. Lamon Brewster, WBO - Motion to dismiss granted and injunction denied in favor of client, allowing client to compete for WBO Heavyweight Boxing Championship.
Baker v. 20th Century Fox - Defended studio and television network against idea submission claims. Case dismissed in client's favor.
Sheldon v. Columbia Pictures Television, Tony Danza, et al. - Defended studio and television producers against idea submission claims in a four-month jury trial.
Streisand v. Adelman - Represented Ms. Streisand in privacy rights claims regarding the Internet.
Sunset Health Products v. Spectrum, et al. - Represented diet drink distributor in a federal trademark and trade dress action.
Representation of individuals, corporations and partnerships involved in complex business litigation.
Representation in matters involving trademark and trade dress protection for various products.
Representation of construction subcontractors in complex litigation involving the construction of metropolitan transportation lines.
Representation of high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients in employment litigation, including trade secrets and right to compete.
Representation of film and television companies in entertainment guild arbitrations.
The Hollywood Reporter, Top 100 Influential Attorneys in Entertainment, 2007-2014.
Super Lawyer, 2009-2013.
Coauthor, “Sizing up 2014's copyright cases,” Daily Journal, December 31, 2014.
Coauthor, “After 20 Years, Has Transformative Use Lost Its Edge?,” Daily Journal, November 5, 2014.
Coauthor, "Second Circuit Deals Blow to Rights of Broadcasters Under the Copyright Act," Intellectual Property Technology Law Journal, July 2013.
Coauthor, "Governor Schwarzenegger Signs New Anti-Paparazzi Legislation," Privacy & Data Security Law Journal, January 2010.
Author, "Cybersquatting," Producers Guild of America Publication, 2007.
Advisory Board Member, University of Southern California Entertainment Institute.
Advisory Board Member, The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel (AMEC).
Executive Committee and Board Member, Junior Achievement of Southern California.
Member, Board of Directors, Inner City Law Center.
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Member, Association of Business and Trial Lawyers.
Member, Legal Committee, Lakeside Golf Club.
Guest Lecturer, "Privacy Torts, the Internet and First Amendment Issues," Loyola Law School.
Guest Lecturer, "Privacy Torts, the Internet and First Amendment Issues," University of Illinois Law School.
Guest Lecturer, "Current Legal Trends in the Entertainment Industry," Southwestern University Law School.
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