Litigation

We have represented clients in many types of litigation matters outside our typical work in the First Amendment, privacy and copyright arenas.  A sample of our general litigation work includes the following:



Antitrust

Successfully defended funeral home against lawsuit alleging illegal tying of caskets to other funeral packages.

Banking Regulation

Represented directors against the FDIC.

Handled dispute involving fraudulent endorsements.

Represented bank in dispute regarding the sale of preferred stock to individual.

Breach of Contract

Represented Jeffrey MacDonald against author Joe McGinnis in breach of contract and fraud litigation over the book "Fatal Vision".

Represented well-known actress in breach of contract action against famous actor pertaining to child support issues.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Defended studio and television clients against suit by profit participants in hit television game show.

Defended foundation from claims of breach of fiduciary duty made by donor.

Handled contract dispute regarding the exclusive right to print from art of Tamara de Lempicka.

Successfully defended legal document preparation company from breach of fiduciary claim by outside vendor.

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties

Represented prisoner, pro bono, in United States Supreme Court case concerning due process rights in prison disciplinary proceedings. Sandin v. Conner, 515 U.S. 472 (1995).

Brought civil rights action against the County of Los Angeles for the unlawful seizure of a video camera by the police.

Defended academic course on the role of women in literature.

Represented rabbi against Department of Prisons in a religious freedom case.

Construction Defect

Represented contractors in claims for construction defects.

Employment

Represented parties in harassment, discrimination, unlawful termination and ERISA cases, including principal roles in cutting edge reverse discrimination cases.

Successfully defended media company in a disability discrimination and failure to accommodate jury trial. Seevers v. Copley Press, Inc.

Defended radio station against claims for unlawful termination of disc jockey.

Environmental

Represented National Resource Defense Council in clean air, clean water and Proposition 65 matters to clean up Santa Monica Bay.

Fraud

Represented Jeffrey MacDonald against author Joe McGinnis in breach of contract and fraud litigation over the book "Fatal Vision".

Represented prominent cable television network in hidden camera program, where plaintiff alleged that he was fraudulently induced to participate.

Legal Ethics

Defended attorney in disciplinary proceedings regarding comments made about a federal judge. Standing Committee on Discipline v. Yagman.

Represented attorney accused of mishandling funds.

Mass Disaster

Principal defense counsel in multi-district litigation involving fire at San Juan DuPont Plaza Hotel. In re San Juan DuPont Plaza Fire Litigation.

Partnership Dissolutions

Experienced in partnership dissolution disputes, including accounting partnerships and real estate partnerships.

Personal Injury

Defended individual in significant civil suit stemming from DUI incident.

Represented the family of actress Rebecca Shaeffer in lawsuit against gun store that sold gun to Ms. Schaeffer's killer.

Profit Participation

Defended studio and television clients against suit attacking rules and procedures used in one of the most well-known game shows on television.

Obtained summary judgment, upheld on appeal, for studio client in case brought by famous actor involving profit participation in series of motion pictures.

Represented profit participants in dispute regarding "Home Improvement" television program.

Real Estate

Handled disputes regarding various real estate issues.

Tax

Represented Writers Guild of America, west, in dispute regarding a municipal tax imposed on writers working out of their own homes.

Representing

Print, Broadcast & Electronic Media
New Media & Internet Companies
News Gathering Organizations
Journalists & Writers
Entertainment Companies
Motion Picture Studios
Production Companies
Book Publishers