• Robert H. Platt

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    Direct: 310.312.4221
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    Education

    Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1982.

    Cornell University, B.S., 1979.

    Bar Admissions
    Admitted to practice in the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern District Courts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the New York Supreme Court.
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    Profile

    Mr. Platt has been one of Los Angeles' most successful general commercial litigators for almost 30 years. Mr. Platt's nationwide practice includes all types of complex business litigation, including defending class action lawsuits, false advertising lawsuits, consumer class actions, housing discrimination lawsuits, employment litigation, wage and hour class actions, trade secret litigation, real estate litigation, securities litigation, entertainment litigation, and sports law. He represents a wide variety of clients in state and federal courts, as well as before various administrative agencies.

    Mr. Platt has served as the General Counsel for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team from 1988 to the present. Mr. Platt also serves as the General Counsel of Mandalay Digital Group.

    Mr. Platt has also been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by both Los Angeles Magazine and the Los Angeles Times  every year since the inception of the awards, and is an "AV" rated lawyer.

    Representative Matters

    Mr. Platt has served as lead trial counsel in hundreds of cases filed throughout the United States.  Below are some examples:

    Elgin Baylor v. Los Angeles Clippers, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully obtained a defense judgment after a highly publicized five-week jury trial. The team's former general manager alleged claims for age and race discrimination, wrongful discharge and retaliation. After just three hours of deliberation, the jury unanimously ruled in the Team's favor on all claims.

    Cinel v. Kirkpatrick, et al., 203 Cal. App. 4th, 759 (2012); 206 Cal. App. 4th 1383 (2012). Los Angeles Superior Court. Represented Plaintiff in a securities fraud case against the founders of Good News Holdings, LLC seeking damages for violations of the state securities laws, as well as for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. After a four-week jury trial, the jury ruled in favor of Plaintiff on all causes of action, awarding $2.25 million in compensatory damages, $1.2 million in prejudgment interest and almost $500,000 in punitive damages.

    Cappello Capital Corp. v. Watermill Ventures, Ltd. AAA Arbitration (Chicago 2013). Successfully represented Cappello in connection with a demand for arbitration filed against Watermill Ventures for breach of Cappello's engagement letter. Prevailed on all claims after a two-week arbitration and recovered in excess of $5 million in compensatory damages, as well as obtaining the recovery of Cappello's attorneys' fees and costs.

    Gregory Zikos v. Stevco, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court (2014). Successfully defended Stevco in connection with a multi-million dollar claim for a commission based on the sale of Stevco. After a five-day jury trial, the jury ruled in favor of Stevco on all claims.

    Madeleine, LLC v. Alan I. Casden, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87020 ___ F.2d ___ (S.D.N.Y. 2013). Successfully defended a claim for breach of a promissory note where Plaintiff sought in excess of $84 million in principal, regular interest and default interest. After a 3 day trial, the Court ruled in favor of Defendant on all counts and entered a judgment in favor of Defendant.

    Gannon v. Network Telephone Services, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2450199 (C.D. Cal. 2013). Successfully defeated Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification in a putative class action where Plaintiff alleged Defendant sent unsolicited text messages to class members without their prior consent in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

    Jane Doe v. Match.com, United States District Court and remanded to Los Angeles Superior Court.  789 F. Supp. 2d 1197 (C.D. Cal. 2011). Successfully defended Match.com in a case that received national media attention.  The Plaintiff sought an injunction requiring Match.com to screen for registered sex offenders.  Plaintiff dismissed the suit against Match.com after failing to obtain injunctive relief.

    Mackone v. Sycamore Senior Apartments, JAMS Arbitration (2013). Successfully defended one of the nation's top 10 largest residential property owners against a claim filed by a general contractor seeking in excess of $1 million in allegedly owed fees.

    Sumner Davenport v. Beverly Hills Properties and Donald T. Sterling, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended Beverly Hills Properties and Donald T. Sterling before a jury. The Plaintiff was a former property supervisor and alleged claims for sexual harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge. After a nine-week trial, the jury ruled in Defendants' favor on all claims.

    Hackman Capital Partners v. Flotilla Industrial Associates, Los Angeles Superior Court. Prevailed on behalf of Landlord after a three-week jury trial. Jury ruled that Defendant breached an industrial lease for a truck depot. Jury awarded Plaintiff the entire remaining value of the lease.

    Citizens Business Bank v. Marin Community Bank, Marin Superior Court. Prevailed on behalf of Plaintiff after a six-week jury trial. Plaintiff successfully proved that Defendant had wrongfully solicited Plaintiff's employees and misappropriated Plaintiff's trade secrets. Plaintiff received a judgment in excess of $1 million.

    Ticketmaster v. Cleveland Cavaliers, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93112 (N.D. Ohio 2008). Prevailed after a one-week trial against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ticketmaster successfully enforced its exclusive ticketing agreement against the Cavaliers and recovered damages.

    U.S.A. Institutional Tax Credit Fund LV, the Richman Group, et al. v. The Palms Residential Care Facility, et al., Superior Court for the County of Ventura. Obtained a successful result on behalf of Plaintiff in a multimillion-dollar fraud case against a number of local developers.

    United States of America v. Beverly Hills Properties, Donald Sterling, the Sterling Family Trust and Shelly Sterling, United States District Court, Central District of California. Successfully defended the largest housing discrimination case ever brought by the United States Department of Justice. The DOJ alleged claims of race, national origin and familial discrimination in connection with the Defendants' alleged discriminatory rental practices.

    Barry Diller v. Barry Driller, 2012 WL 4044732 (C.D. Cal. 2012). Obtained preliminary injunction under the Lanham Act and state law right of publicity on behalf of Barry Diller preventing Defendant from using the name "Barry Diller" or any similar variant that is confusingly similar.

    Aereo v. Aero, United States District Court for the Central District of California. Obtained a permanent injunction under the Lanham Act prohibiting Aero from using that name or any other confusingly similar name.

    Bates v. General Nutrition Centers and Woodbolt Distribution, 2012 WL 4857550, 897 F. Supp. 2d 1000 (C.D. Cal. 2012). Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice of all Plaintiffs' claims in a putative nationwide class action alleging that Defendants falsely advertised various nutritional supplement products.

    The Post Group v. 1330 Vine St. Corp., Los Angeles Superior Court. Prevailed at trial by obtaining a judgment for a Landlord seeking a monetary recovery for damages caused by a commercial tenant who had vacated the premises.

    Dunleavy v. Los Angeles Clippers, JAMS Arbitration (2012). Represented the Los Angeles Clippers in connection with a claim brought by its former head coach for compensation allegedly due under his employment contract.

    Toste v. Citizens Business Bank, Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court. Successfully obtained a defense verdict after a four-week jury trial. Plaintiff, a former employee of the Bank, sought damages for sex and age discrimination, emotional distress and wrongful discharge. The jury ruled in favor of Defendant on all claims.

    Sinani v. H&M, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully obtained terminating sanctions on the eve of trial. Plaintiff, a former employee of H&M, sought damages for discrimination based on gender identity.

    Burton v. Ganeden Biotech and Schiff Nutrition International, United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Successfully obtained final approval by the federal court of a nationwide class action alleging that Defendants falsely advertised their probiotic products.

    Smith v. Raytheon, United States District Court for the Central District of California. Successfully resolved an age and race discrimination case on behalf of Raytheon brought by a former employee.

    Ticketmaster v. RMG, 507 F. Supp. 2d 1096 (C.D. Cal. 2007); 536 F.Supp.2d 1191 (C.D. Cal. 2008). Successfully obtained a judgment for $18 million as well as an injunction prohibiting RMG Technologies from marketing automated devices enabling users to access and navigate through the Ticketmaster website.

    O'Brien v. Brain Research Labs, LLC, 2012 WL 3242365 (D.N.J. 2012). In a 24-page opinion, the federal court granted final approval of a nationwide class action alleging false advertising based on claims by consumers who purchased Procera AVH. 

    Michael Bateman v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc., and Jarchafjian v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc., 252 F.R.D. 647 (C.D. Cal. 2008); 623 F.3d 708 (9th Cir. 2010). Successfully defended two putative class actions brought under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 ("FACTA").

    Rotenberg v. Brian Research Labs, et al., 2011 Cal. App. LEXIS 7156 (2011). Orange County Superior Court. Successfully defended a putative consumer class action alleging false advertising on behalf of a class of all purchasers of a product known as Procera AVH. Case was dismissed with prejudice without Defendants paying any consideration or agreeing to any equitable relief.

    Bates v. Woodbolt Distribution, 212 WL 5456361 (S.D. Tex. 2012). Successfully obtained court approval settling a nationwide class action alleging that various nutritional supplement products were falsely advertised.

    Housing Rights Center v. Beverly Hills Properties, 404 F. Supp. 1179 (C.D. Cal. 2004). Successfully defended a housing discrimination lawsuit filed against one of the nation's largest property management firms.

    EEOC v. Earl Scheib, United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Successfully defended claims brought by the EEOC alleging race discrimination.

    DOJ v. Nara Bank. Successfully defended Nara Bank in connection with claims made by the Department of Justice alleging race discrimination in connection with the bank's provision of automobile loans.

    Costanzo v. Sterling, 2011 Cal. App. LEXIS 8856 (2011). Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of Defendant defeating Plaintiff's claims under the Drug Dealer Liability Act (the "Carroll O'Connor Law"). The Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the trial court.

    The Post Group v. Santa Monica Video, Los Angeles Superior Court.  Successfully litigated trade secret and employee raiding claims.

    Evans v. Match.com, 244 F.R.D. 568 (C.D. Cal. 2007). Successfully defeated class certification of a purported consumer class action alleging claims for false advertising, unfair business practices, breach of contract and RICO violations.

    Ticketmaster v. Tickets.com, 54 U.S.P.Q.2d 1344 (C.D. Cal. 2000); 2000 WL 1887522 (C.D. Cal 2000), aff'd, 2 Fed. Appx. 741; 2003 WL 21406289 (C.D. Cal. 2003). Successfully established new standards regarding the enforceability of terms of use on a website.

    Baker and Young v. Hythiam, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended Hythiam in two related cases where former employees were alleging sexual harassment.

    IMAX Corp. v. American Multi-Cinema, et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64608 (C.D. Cal. 2011). Successfully defended AMC in connection with a claim for interference with contract.

    Hoffman v. Pacific Sunwear, Sacramento Superior Court. Successfully defended Pacific Sunwear in a putative class action alleging company used unlawful employment application.

    weAttract v. Match.com. Successfully prevailed on behalf of Match.com after a three-week arbitration before the AAA where claimant sought damages for breach of a license agreement.

    Huebner v. Match.com, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defeated putative consumer class action raising claims under California's Dating Service Act.

    Morat v. InterActiveCorp., Federal District Court in Florida. Successfully defended IAC in a putative class action alleging that IAC willfully violated FACTA.

    Fitch v. Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended Los Angeles Clippers in suit brought by former head coach Bill Fitch claiming that he was owed additional compensation under his employment contract.

    King Media and Prime Time Concerts v. Staples Center and Nederlander, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended Staples Center and Nederlander Organization from a lawsuit brought by promoters claiming that event tickets were not properly sold for a New Year's Eve concert held at Staples Center.

    Geller v. American Multi-Cinema, San Francisco Superior Court. Successfully defended AMC Theatres in a class action alleging that AMC improperly sold gift certificates in violation of California Civil Code Section 1749.5, which prohibits the sale of gift certificates containing expiration dates.

    Galindo v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended class action for violation of meal and break periods.

    Elston v. Alaska Airlines, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended Alaska Airlines in a lawsuit brought by a former pilot alleging that he was terminated because of his race.

    Macionski v. Alaska Airlines, 94 F.3d 652 (9th Cir. 1996). United States District Court, Central District of California, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Obtained a defense judgment on behalf of Alaska Airlines in a case alleging wrongful discharge, which was affirmed by the appellate court.

    Activision v. Plaga, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully prosecuted a trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty case against a group of former Activision employees who left Activision during the term of their respective employment contracts.

    Burton v. Sunworld International. Successfully prevailed after a two-week arbitration on behalf of Sunworld against claims brought by the company's former CEO who alleged that he was entitled to additional incentive compensation.

    DePhillips v. Ticketmaster, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended putative class action claims that Ticketmaster's website discriminated under the ADA against sight-impaired individuals.

    Druyan v. Rolling Stones, Ticketmaster and Clear Channel SFX, 508 F. Supp. 2d 228 (S.D.N.Y. 2007). Prevailed on a motion to dismiss a putative class action suit claiming that Defendants violated New York consumer protection laws by failing to timely and properly notify consumers of the cancellation of a concert tour.

    Jackson v. Ticketmaster, Holliday v. Ticketmaster, and Petrey v. Ticketmaster, filed in federal district courts in Alabama, California and Illinois, respectively. Successfully defended Ticketmaster in three similar putative class actions alleging that Ticketmaster willfully violated FACTA.

    Stevens v. PacSun, Ohio State Court. Successfully defended PacSun against tort claims brought in Ohio by three former female employees after a store manager allegedly set up a video camera in a store restroom.

    Chmiel v. Beverly Wilshire Hotel Co., 873 F.2d 1283 (9th Cir. 1989). United States District Court for the Central District of California and affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Trial court and appellate court held that a former union employee's claim for breach of contract was preempted by the Labor Management Relations Act.

    Castro v. Superior Court, 116 Cal. App. 4th 1010 (2004). Los Angeles Superior Court. Defeated a palimony claim where Plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages.

    Dorcel v. Twistbox Entertainment, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended Twistbox against claims for license fees allegedly due under a wireless distribution agreement.

    P.S. Investment Co., LLC v. Tuchscher, Riverside County Superior Court. Successfully prosecuted action for fraud and declaratory relief and defended against cross-complaint for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with $47 million development in Palm Springs, California.

    Robert Rodriguez v. Match.com, United States District Court for the Central District of California. Successful in obtaining dismissal of action on behalf of Match.com, L.P., against claims of fraud, unfair business practices and false advertising.

    Tara Delaney v. Casden Properties, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended one of the nation's largest residential Landlords against tenant's claims that Landlord's late fees were excessive as a matter of law and constituted an unfair business practice under Business & Professions Code § 17200, et seq.

    Sayed v. AMC Theatres, et al., United States District Court for the Central District of California. Successfully defended theater chain in defense of action in which the ACLU alleged that two Afghan-American Plaintiffs were removed from the theater by security officers based on their ethnicity.

    Susan Pietrocarlo v. ADAC Healthcare Information Systems, United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Defended software company against claims of wrongful termination.

    Strawder v. Pacific Sunwear, 2010 WL 4118366 (Cal. App. 2d 2010); 2009 WL 1360374 (2009). Los Angeles Superior Court. Defeated class certification on behalf of PacSun in a case involving claims for unpaid overtime, missed meals and rest breaks, and related allegations.

    Aguilera v. Pacific Sunwear, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully defended PacSun in a class action for unpaid wages and expense reimbursements.

    Karber v. Pacific Sunwear, Sacramento Superior Court. Successfully defended PacSun in a class action involving claims that the company failed to reimburse its employees for wearing uniforms.

    Grey v. AMC, Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully represented AMC in connection with claims for violations of child labor laws.

    TBA Global Events, Inc. v. Gail & Rice, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully prevailed in trade secret misappropriation case filed against two former executive employees and their new employer.

    Casden Park La Brea Retail LLC v. Ross Dress For Less, 162 Cal. App. 4th 468 (2008). Los Angeles Superior Court. Successfully resolved lease dispute with tenant.

    Citizens Business Bank v. Foothill Independent Bank, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court. Successfully represented Citizens Business Bank in a lawsuit against Foothill Independent Bank alleging causes of action for breach of contract, fraud, intentional interface with contract and prospective economic advantage, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition.

    Dodson v. Alaska Airlines, Los Angeles County Superior Court. Successfully represented Alaska Airlines in a wrongful termination and race discrimination lawsuit brought by a former flight attendant.

    Romero v. Ticketmaster, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court. Successfully represented Ticketmaster and the individual supervisors sued along with Ticketmaster against this former employee's claims of same-sex sexual harassment, retaliation, negligent hiring/supervision, and infliction of emotional distress.

     

    Representative Clients

    • Activision
    • Aereo, Inc.
    • Alan I. Casden
    • Alaska Airlines
    • American Multi-Cinema
    • Ask.com
    • Barry Diller
    • Beverly Hills Properties
    • Brain Research Labs
    • Cappello Capital Corporation
    • Casden Properties
    • Cerberus Capital Management
    • Citizens Business Bank
    • CitySearch
    • Deloitte & Touche
    • Evite
    • Ganeden Biotech
    • Giftco
    • H&M
    • Hackman Capital Partners
    • Hythiam Inc.
    • Image Entertainment
    • InterActive Corp.
    • Live Nation
    • Los Angeles Clippers
    • Mandalay Digital Group
    • Match.com
    • Mervyns
    • Nara Bancorp
    • Network Telephone Services
    • NeuMedia, Inc.
    • Pacific Sunwear
    • Post Group
    • Raytheon
    • Red Mango
    • ReserveAmerica
    • The Richman Group
    • The Richman Group Capital
    • Corporation
    • Schiff Nutrition International
    • Donald T. Sterling
    • Stevco, Inc.
    • Storitz
    • Sunworld International
    • TBA Global Events
    • Ticketmaster
    • Trinad Capital
    • Twistbox Entertainment
    • Woodbolt International

    Honors & Awards

    Publications

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern District Courts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the New York Supreme Court.

    Speaking Engagements

    Panelist, UCLA's Sports Law Federation Career Panel, January 29, 2014.