Palace of Fine Arts

Highlights

Internet law/trademark: Quokka Sports, Inc. v. Cup International Ltd. Obtained an injunction against a cybersquatter on the americascup.com domain name, in the first case filed under the newly-enacted Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

Defamation: Gianni Versace, s.P.a. and Little, Brown. Jointly represented the Versace family and businesses in a defamation matter, which resulted in Little, Brown canceling publication of a controversial biography of Gianni Versace.

Media law: Apple Computer v. DePlume: Pro bono representation of internet journalist sued by Apple for trade secret misappropriation, even though the journalist lawfully obtained the published information, in case raising fundamental First Amendment issues.  

Spike Lee v. Viacom: On behalf of Spike Lee, in joint representation with Johnnie Cochran, obtained a preliminary injunction prohibiting Viacom from renaming its TNN television network as “Spike TV,” leading to a successful settlement of the action.

Doe v. KCBA-TV. Defeated an anti-SLAPP motion and obtained a substantial settlement in a privacy action against two television stations that broadcast courtroom footage which disclosed  the identities of minor victims of child abuse, in violation of court orders.

Media Law/Intellectual Property: Burning Man and MTV. Forced MTV to halt broadcast of a show on the Burning Man festival by asserting the festival’s intellectual property rights.

International law: Alejandre v. Republic of Cuba, 183 F.3d 1277 (11th Cir. 1999). In joint defense of the Cuban telephone company under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, successfully overturned the attempted garnishment of its assets to satisfy a judgment against the Republic of Cuba based on an international incident involving the downing of a plane with Cuban exiles.

Pro bono: United States v. Mitchell, 172 F.3d 1104 (9th Cir. 1999). Obtained reversal of a conviction for bank robbery and secured the freedom of a wrongfully convicted indigent defendant because the conviction was based on evidence of poverty.

Consumer fraud class actions: Perish v. Intel Corp. Served as settlement class counsel in a consumer fraud class action for misstatement of performance claims, which resulted in a settlement of $1.5 million and injunctive relief.

Wisper v. Old Republic Title Company: Executive committee member and co-trial and appellate counsel in a consumer class action against a title company for unfair escrow practices, obtained a $21 million recovery after trial, recently affirmed on appeal.

DRAM, Automobile Refinishing Paint, and Carbon Fiber Cases: In each of these three coordinated class actions, appointed co-liaison counsel for the plaintiff classes in actions challenging price fixing in the DRAM, automobile refinishing, and carbon fiber product industries.

Internet law: Adobe Systems, Inc. v. Community Connexion, Inc. Obtained dismissal of a copyright infringement action against an Internet service provider based on vicarious liability for alleged infringements on users’ web sites hosted by the ISP.

Clergy Abuse: Clergy Cases III: Member of Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in coordinated action involving hundreds of clergy abuse cases against all Roman Catholic dioceses in Northern California.

Commercial Litigation: Ariba, Inc. v. Softbank Corp.: In joint representation, obtained a $26 million interim award in an arbitration involving breach of contract claims.