• Matt Kanny

    Partner
    Chair, Litigation Division
    mkanny@manatt.com
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    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4225
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224

    Education

    Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1993.

     

    University of Michigan, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, 1988.

    Bar Admissions

    Arizona

    California

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

    Profile

    Matt Kanny is Chair of Manatt's Litigation Division and a member of the firm's Executive and Compensation Committees.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, class action defense, antitrust and trade regulation, unfair competition and false advertising matters, and entertainment litigation. 

    Mr. Kanny represents clients in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings throughout the country.  He is actively involved in all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and appeal.  Mr. Kanny also provides strategic advice to clients in connection with a variety of legal and regulatory matters and has extensive experience representing clients in enforcement actions involving District Attorneys, Attorneys General, the Department of Justice and others.

    Mr. Kanny's clients include leading companies in the automotive, retail, biotech, real estate, entertainment, technology and Internet industries.

    Representative Matters

    Mr. Kanny has served as lead counsel in a number of complex civil and putative class action matters across the United States.  The following is a sample of his notable cases:

    • Representing a manufacturer of sheet metal automobile parts in defense of putative class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. 
    • Representing a manufacturer of sheet metal automobile parts against claims of predatory pricing and false advertising in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  District court granted summary judgment in favor of our client on the antitrust claims; false advertising claims are still pending.
    • Representing a manufacturer of aftermarket auto lights in defense of putative class actions brought by direct purchasers in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
    • Representing a record distributor in a shareholders' dispute in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
    • Represented a manufacturer of aftermarket auto lights in defense of predatory and below cost pricing and antitrust claims filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 
    • Represented a major retailer in a putative class action filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging that the retailer violated California's recycling act in connection with the retailer's advertising and refund policies.  Trial court granted retailer's summary judgment motion.
    • Represented a major retailer in a putative class action alleging that the plaintiff had the constitutional right to engage in expressive activities on the retailer's private property.  Trial court granted retailer's summary judgment motion; affirmed on appeal.
    • Represented a record distributor in a copyright infringement action in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.  Obtained defense verdict on behalf of record distributor on copyright infringement and unfair competition claims.
    • Represented a record distributor in a putative class action filed under California's unfair competition law alleging false advertising and fraudulent business practices relating to the manufacture and sale of CDs in California.  Case dismissed after distributor filed summary judgment and sanctions motions.
    • Represented a major biotech company against the State of California.  Case settled on favorable terms following bench trial.
    • Represented a major retailer in a representative action filed under California's unfair competition law in connection with the retailer's vision centers in California.  Case dismissed after retailer filed summary judgment motion.
    • Represented a petroleum refiner in defense of claims of price discrimination and unfair competition in Chancery Court in Arkansas.   Case settled on favorable terms following bench trial.   
    • Represented a major retailer in a representative action filed under California's unfair competition law alleging violations of the Confidential Medical Information Act and California Constitution.  Case dismissed after retailer's dispositive motion filed.
    • Successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, on behalf of an electronics distributor concerning the appropriate statute of limitations period in a preference action filed under the Bankruptcy Code. 
    • Obtained a peremptory writ of mandate from the California Court of Appeal compelling the Superior Court of California to dismiss breach of contract action filed by record producers against a British record label.
    • Represented a sprinkler manufacturer in a trade secret misappropriation action brought by a former supplier.  Case settled after manufacturer's dispositive motion was filed.
    • Represented a talent agency in an action filed by certain concert promoters in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging civil rights and antitrust violations.
    • Represented a publicly traded ticketing company in an action that involved novel questions regarding how copyright and common law rights function in cyberspace.

    Honors & Awards

    Southern California Super Lawyer, Business Litigation,
    Los Angeles magazine.

    Publications

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California and Arizona.

    Admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

    Member, American Bar Association, Litigation, Antitrust and Intellectual Property Sections. 

    Member, Los Angeles County and Santa Monica Bar Associations.

    Speaking Engagements