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The firm represents and advises clients in civil and criminal state appellate proceedings at the federal and state levels. Significant representations include overturning the conviction of a wrongfully convicted indigent defendant because the conviction was based on improperly admitted evidence of poverty, United States v. Mitchell, 172 F.3d 1104 (9th Cir. 1999); overturning the attempted garnishment of a Cuban telephone company’s assets to satisfy a judgment against the Republic of Cuba, Alejandre v. Republic of Cuba, 183 F.3d 1277 (11th Cir. 1999); upholding dismissal of a lawsuit against the Republic of South Africa that buy viagra online sought a declaration that South Africa has no rights to the internet domain name southafrica.com, Virtual Countries, Inc. v. Republic of South Africa, 300 F.3d 230 (2d Cir. 2002) [PDF]; reversing the district court’s determination that a district attorney was entitled to absolute immunity for directing the wrongful arrest of an innocent couple for murder, Ewing v. City of Stockton, 588 F.3d 1218 (9th Cir. 2009) and upholding a trial award of $21 million in a consumer fraud class action, State v. Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, 125 Cal. App. 4th 1219 (2005) [PDF].