High-Stakes Business Litigation
Curtis Markson et al. v. CRST International, Inc. et al.—Presently representing a transportation company in a nine-figure putative antitrust class-action lawsuit concerning alleged “no poach” hiring practices.
Sunshine Enterprises, LP v. Benchmark Contractors, Inc. et al.—Presently representing the world’s leading architecture and design firm in an eight-figure indemnity dispute relating to the construction of the Shore Hotel.
John Ehrman v. Post Investment Group LLC et al.—Presently representing a major real estate investment firm in an eight-figure oral partnership dispute involving claims of breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract and fraud.
Premier Food Concepts d/b/a Luna Grill Restaurants—Successfully represented the Luna Grill Restaurants chain in concurrent litigations against Worldpay US, Inc., and Payment Software Co. related to a data compromise event.
Artem Stoliarov p/k/a Arty v. Marshmello Creative, LLC et al.—Achieved a sweeping summary judgment victory on behalf of musical artists Marshmello and Bastille and producer Steve Mac, along with their respective music publishers and entities, in a copyright infringement case concerning the hit song “Happier.”
Timbuktu Labs, Inc. v. Cavallo—Represented the publisher of the bestselling children’s book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in a copyright ownership dispute with the publisher’s co-founder and former creative director; successfully resolved the case in a confidential settlement.
Cinel v. Kirkpatrick et al.—Co-chaired a five-week jury trial against the founders of entertainment and media company Good News Holdings, LLC, prevailing on all claims and obtaining a judgment in excess of $6 million; successfully briefed and argued two interlocutory appeals, resulting in two published California appellate decisions.
Straughter v. Raymond et al.—Represented GRAMMY Award-winning performing artists and producers Usher Raymond IV and Jermaine Dupri in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving Usher’s platinum hit “Burn”; successfully resolved the case in a confidential settlement.
Master D Music Rights, LLC v. Azealia A. Banks et al.—Represented GRAMMY Award-nominated performing artist Diplo in a copyright infringement lawsuit; obtained a full dismissal of all claims asserted against Diplo.
Confidential JAMS Arbitration—Represented a media conglomerate and motion picture studio in an arbitration involving a contract dispute with a motion picture production company.
Wilder v. CBS Corp. et al.—Represented a major television studio and its high-ranking creative executive in an “idea theft” case in which the plaintiff alleged that the defendants had stolen her idea for the popular daytime television talk show The Talk; successfully settled the case without payment of any money to the plaintiff and with a full dismissal with prejudice of all claims.
Greg Young Publishing, Inc. v. Universal Pictures et al.—Represented a motion picture studio and two production companies in a copyright infringement lawsuit relating to the animated motion picture Hop; successfully resolved the case in a confidential settlement and obtained a full dismissal with prejudice of all claims.
Machinima, Inc. v. Freeplay Music, LLC et al.—Represented a multichannel network in connection with a copyright infringement dispute relating to the use of musical compositions and sound recordings in audiovisual content; successfully resolved the case in a confidential settlement.
Emanuel et al. v. Freeman et al.—Defended and successfully settled a high-profile fraud action initiated by Ari Emanuel and his wife against their former business partners in connection with their investment in a high-end fashion line.
Toto Recording Inc. v. Frontiers Records Srl—Represented members of the rock band Toto in a contract dispute with their international record label; settled the case and successfully negotiated the band’s next studio album release.
Minder Music, Ltd. v. Ariana Grande-Butera et al.—Represented two music publishing defendants in a copyright infringement lawsuit relating to Ariana Grande’s hit single “The Way”; successfully settled the case and obtained a full dismissal of all claims.
Southern California Gas Company v. Matrix Oil Corporation—Presently representing an oil-and-gas company in a commercial lease dispute against Southern California Gas Company.
Confidential AAA Arbitration—Represented a Fortune 100 company in a fraud and contract dispute with an exploration and production company; achieved a successful result after a two-week arbitration hearing.
Confidential JAMS Arbitration—Represented a Fortune 100 company in a contract dispute with a petroleum company; successfully settled the case on the eve of the arbitration hearing.
Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co. LLC v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, PA—Represented a Fortune 100 company in an insurance coverage dispute relating to a $15 million commercial crime policy.
Gyrodata Inc. v. Atlantic Inertial Systems Inc. et al.—Prosecuted and successfully settled a multimillion-dollar fraud and breach of contract action concerning the development of gyroscopes for commercial oil drills.
Financial Services Matters
Mount Olympus Mortgage Co. v. Benjamin Anderson et al.—Co-chaired an eight-week jury trial against Guaranteed Rate, Inc., the second-largest private mortgage lender in the country, and one of its leading loan officers in a data theft and fraud action brought pursuant to California Penal Code § 502(c); prevailed at trial on all claims and obtained a $23.2 million damage award, including $13 million in punitive damages.
Najarian Holdings LLC v. CoreVest American Finance Lender LLC—Presently representing a leading residential investment lender in a breach of contract dispute relating to fees charged in connection with hundreds of loans.
HighTechLending, Inc. v. Parman et al.—Prosecuted and successfully settled an investment dispute between a mortgage bank and its principal outside investor involving claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.
FDIC v. Faigin et al.; FDIC v. Reis et al.—Represented former officers and directors of two failed banks in separate receivership actions initiated by the FDIC under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act.
Confidential AAA Arbitration—Represented a multinational investment bank’s asset management affiliate in various fraud actions initiated by its investors.
Pro Bono Matters
City of San Jose et al. v. Wilbur L. Ross Jr. et al.—Successfully challenged and defeated Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, resulting in a permanent injunction in his clients’ favor.