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.