Business Litigation


The firm has extensive experience handling lender liability, bad faith, fraud, trademark and copyright infringement claims, defamation, unfair competition matters, trade secret, trademark and right of publicity matters. The firm has defended third-party infringement claims including those brought against manufacturers of garments, women’s accessories, furniture, musical instruments, toys and consumer products, merchandisers, film producers, catalogue publishers and restaurants. One notable matter resulted in the landmark decision of Comedy III v. Saderup, (2002) 25 Cal. 4th 387, [106 Cal. Rptr. 2d 126], involving the right of publicity and the California Supreme Court’s new standard for determining when the Constitution protects a person’s right to expression against the right of publicity for portraits of famous persons.


The Firm also represents clients in civil litigation matters involving Contractual Disputes, Partnership Disputes, and Real Estate before state and federal trial and appellate courts, arbitration tribunals and administrative agencies. Our practice also includes litigation on behalf of municipalities and officers of non-profit entities. This has included municipal power sellers' pursuit of millions of dollars for energy supplied during the California energy crisis of 2000-2001. This litigation involved the successful defense against the claims by all the primary California investor owned utilities that the ISO tariff was amended by FERC to impose refund liability on municipal sellers of electricity. Our clients recovered millions of dollars in this litigation.


We have also represented an officer of a non-profit corporation in Bankruptcy proceedings relating to the amendment of tariffs allegedly in violation of FERC regulations.