Elgin Baylor v. Los Angeles Clippers, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court. (2011)
Successfully obtained a defense judgment after a highly publicized five-week jury trial. The team's former general manager alleged claims
for age and race discrimination, wrongful discharge and retaliation.
After just three hours of deliberation, the jury unanimously ruled in
the Team's favor on all claims.
Palma v. Rite Aid Corporation, Los Angeles Superior Court (2016)
Successfully defended Rite Aid in a lawsuit alleging disability discrimination, retaliation, failure to provide a reasonable
accommodation, failure to engage in the interactive process and wrongful
termination. Plaintiff sought in excess of $12.6 million in damages.
After a three week trial, the jury ruled in favor of Rite Aid on all
causes of action.
Allen v. AMC, Alameda County Superior Court (2014)
Represented AMC Theatres at trial in a statewide class action lawsuit seeking damages under the Private Attorney General Act for failure to
provide seating to AMC's box office and guest services employees. This
was the first "suitable seating" case to go to trial in the state of
California. After a one-week trial, the court issued a verdict in favor
of AMC Theatres on all causes of action, and AMC was awarded $133,903 in
Cinel v. Kirkpatrick, et al., 203 Cal. App. 4th, 759 (2012); 206 Cal. App. 4th 1383 (2012). Los Angeles Superior Court.
Represented Plaintiff in a securities fraud case against the founders of Good News Holdings, LLC seeking damages for violations of the state
securities laws, as well as for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach
of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
After a four-week jury trial, the jury ruled in favor of Plaintiff on
all causes of action, awarding $2.25 million in compensatory damages,
$1.2 million in prejudgment interest and almost $500,000 in punitive
Cappello Capital Corp. v. Watermill Ventures, Ltd. AAA Arbitration (Chicago 2013).
Successfully represented Cappello in connection with a demand for arbitration filed against Watermill Ventures for breach of Cappello's
engagement letter. Prevailed on all claims after a two-week arbitration
and recovered in excess of $5 million in compensatory damages, as well
as obtaining the recovery of Cappello's attorneys' fees and costs.
Watermill Ventures, Ltd. v. Cappello Capital Corp., 671 Fed. Appx. 492 (9th Cir. 2016)
Successfully obtained an affirmance of the trial court’s decision denying Watermill Venture’s attempt to vacate the arbitration award.
Gregory Zikos v. Stevco, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court (2014).
Successfully defended Stevco in connection with a multi-million dollar claim for a commission based on the sale of Stevco. After a five-day
jury trial, the jury ruled in favor of Stevco on all claims.
Naugi Mankaruse v. Raytheon, Orange County Superior Court (2014).
Successfully defended case where Plaintiff alleged that his layoff was based on his age and disability and that during his employment he was
subject to harassment. After a 4 week jury trial, the jury ruled
unanimously in favor of defendant on all causes of action.
Madeleine, LLC v. Alan I. Casden, 950 F. Supp. 2d 685 (S.D.N.Y. 2013).
Successfully defended a claim for breach of a promissory note where Plaintiff sought in excess of $84 million in principal, regular interest
and default interest. After a 3 day trial, the Court ruled in favor of
Defendant on all counts and entered a judgment in favor of Defendant.
Sumner Davenport v. Beverly Hills Properties and Donald T. Sterling, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended Beverly Hills Properties and Donald T. Sterling before a jury. The Plaintiff was a former property supervisor and
alleged claims for sexual harassment, retaliation and wrongful
discharge. After a nine-week trial, the jury ruled in Defendants' favor
on all claims.
Hackman Capital Partners v. Flotilla Industrial Associates, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Prevailed on behalf of Landlord after a three-week jury trial. Jury ruled that Defendant breached an industrial lease for a truck depot.
Jury awarded Plaintiff the entire remaining value of the lease.
Citizens Business Bank v. Marin Community Bank, Marin Superior Court.
Prevailed on behalf of Plaintiff after a six-week jury trial.
Plaintiff successfully proved that Defendant had wrongfully solicited
Plaintiff's employees and misappropriated Plaintiff's trade secrets.
Plaintiff received a judgment in excess of $1 million.
Ticketmaster v. Cleveland Cavaliers, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93112 (N.D. Ohio 2008).
Prevailed after a one-week trial against the
Cleveland Cavaliers. Ticketmaster successfully enforced its exclusive
ticketing agreement against the Cavaliers and recovered damages.
Gannon v. Network Telephone Services, Inc., 628 Fed. Appx. 551 (9th Cir. 2015).
The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial
of Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification in a putative class action
where Plaintiff alleged Defendant sent unsolicited text messages to
class members without their prior consent in violation of the Telephone
Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Naugi Mankaruse v. Raytheon, 2016 WL 7234154 (C.D. Cal. 2016).
Federal Court granted defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment defeating
Plaintiff’s claims that he was not hired for positions at Raytheon due
to his age and disability.
Toste v. Citizens Business Bank, Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court.
Successfully obtained a defense verdict after a four-week jury
trial. Plaintiff, a former employee of the Bank, sought damages for sex
and age discrimination, emotional distress and wrongful discharge. The
jury ruled in favor of Defendant on all claims.
Friedman v. Los Angeles Clippers, United States District Court for the Central District of California. (2014).
Successfully resolved a
class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer
Protection Act (TCPA), based on fans texting messages to the Team during
Warner v. Tinder, Inc., 105 F. Supp. 3d 1083 (C.D. Cal. 2015).
Obtained dismissal of all putative class action claims, including
allegations for violation of the federal Electronic Funds Transfer Act,
California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, the Automatic Purchase Renewal
Statute, and California's Unfair Competition Law.
Warner v. Tinder, Inc. (S.D. Fla. 2015).
Obtained dismissal of all putative class action claims alleging violations of the federal
Electronic Funds Transfer Act and Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade
Practices Act, False Advertising Law, Free Gift Advertising Law, and
Civil Rights Act.
Byrd v. Raytheon. Los Angeles Superior Court. (2015)
Successfully resolved claims for race and age discrimination brought by
former employee against Raytheon.
Candelore v. Tinder, Inc. (Los Angeles County Superior Court 2015).
Obtained dismissal of all putative class action claims alleging
violation of California Unruh Civil Rights Act based on claims of age
discrimination in connection with Tinder's pricing for the dating app.
Ticketmaster Broker Cases (C.D. Cal. 2013).
Obtained permanent injunctions on behalf of Ticketmaster against numerous ticket brokers
who used automated bots to unlawfully purchase tickets through
Ticketmaster's ticketing website.
Jane Doe v. Match.com, United States District Court and remanded to Los Angeles Superior Court. 789 F. Supp. 2d 1197 (C.D. Cal. 2011).
Successfully defended Match.com in a case that received national
media attention. The Plaintiff sought an injunction requiring Match.com
to screen for registered sex offenders. Plaintiff dismissed the suit
against Match.com after failing to obtain injunctive relief.
Burns v. Raytheon. Los Angeles Superior Court. (2015)
Successfully resolved claims for gender and age discrimination brought
by former employee against Raytheon.
Toups v. Raytheon, United States District Court, Central District of California. (2013)
Defended Raytheon in a case seeking
damages for age and gender discrimination. Obtained dismissal of case on
behalf of Raytheon without plaintiff receiving any compensation.
Mackone v. Sycamore Senior Apartments, JAMS Arbitration (2013).
Successfully defended one of the nation's top 10 largest residential
property owners against claims filed by a general contractor seeking in
excess of $1 million in allegedly owed fees. After a 2 week arbitration,
the arbitrator ruled in favor of Sycamore Senior Apartments on all
Yadegari v. Imperial Capital. Los Angeles Superior Court. (2014)
Successfully resolved claims for wrongful discharge brought by
former employee against Imperial Capital.
U.S.A. Institutional Tax Credit Fund LV, the Richman Group, et al. v. The Palms Residential Care Facility, et al., Superior Court for the County of Ventura.
Obtained a successful result
on behalf of Plaintiff in a multimillion-dollar fraud case against a
number of local developers.
United States of America v. Beverly Hills Properties, Donald Sterling, the Sterling Family Trust and Shelly Sterling, United States District Court, Central District of California.
Successfully defended the largest housing discrimination case ever
brought by the United States Department of Justice. The DOJ alleged
claims of race, national origin and familial discrimination in
connection with the Defendants' alleged discriminatory rental practices.
Barry Diller v. Barry Driller, 2012 WL 4044732 (C.D. Cal. 2012).
Obtained preliminary injunction under the Lanham Act and state
law right of publicity on behalf of Barry Diller preventing Defendant
from using the name "Barry Diller" or any similar variant that is
Allison v. American Multi-Cinema, (2014) San Diego Superior Court.
Obtained dismissal of Unruh Act claim alleging that AMC
improperly provided discounts to federal employees.
Aereo v. Aero, United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Obtained a permanent injunction under the Lanham
Act prohibiting Aero from using that name or any other confusingly
Bates v. General Nutrition Centers and Woodbolt Distribution, 2012 WL 4857550, 897 F. Supp. 2d 1000 (C.D. Cal. 2012).
Successfully obtained dismissal with prejudice of all Plaintiffs' claims in a
putative nationwide class action alleging that Defendants falsely
advertised various nutritional supplement products.
The Post Group v. 1330 Vine St. Corp., Los Angeles Superior Court.
Prevailed at trial by obtaining a judgment for a Landlord seeking
a monetary recovery for damages caused by a commercial tenant who had
vacated the premises.
Dunleavy v. Los Angeles Clippers, JAMS Arbitration (2012).
Represented the Los Angeles Clippers in connection with a claim brought
by its former head coach for compensation allegedly due under his
Graf v. Match.com, 2015 WL 4263957 (C.D. Cal. 2015).
Successfully obtained dismissal of putative class action for violation
of California's Dating Service Act on the grounds that such claims were
subject to mandatory arbitration provision contained in the terms of
Sinani v. H&M, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully obtained terminating sanctions on the eve of trial. Plaintiff, a former
employee of H&M, sought damages for discrimination based on gender
Burton v. Ganeden Biotech and Schiff Nutrition International, United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
Successfully obtained final approval by the federal court of a
nationwide class action alleging that Defendants falsely advertised
their probiotic products.
Smith v. Raytheon, United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Successfully resolved an age and race
discrimination case on behalf of Raytheon brought by a former employee.
Ticketmaster v. RMG, 507 F. Supp. 2d 1096 (C.D. Cal. 2007); 536 F.Supp.2d 1191 (C.D. Cal. 2008).
Successfully obtained a judgment for
$18 million as well as an injunction prohibiting RMG Technologies from
marketing automated devices enabling users to access and navigate
through the Ticketmaster website.
O'Brien v. Brain Research Labs, LLC,2012 WL 3242365 (D.N.J. 2012).
In a 24-page opinion, the federal court granted final approval of
a nationwide class action alleging false advertising based on claims by
consumers who purchased Procera AVH.
Michael Bateman v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc., and Jarchafjian v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc., 252 F.R.D. 647 (C.D. Cal. 2008); 623 F.3d 708 (9th Cir. 2010).
Successfully defended two putative class actions brought under the Fair
and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 ("FACTA").
Rotenberg v. Brian Research Labs, et al., 2011 Cal. App. LEXIS 7156 (2011). Orange County Superior Court.
Successfully defended a
putative consumer class action alleging false advertising on behalf of a
class of all purchasers of a product known as Procera AVH. Case was
dismissed with prejudice without Defendants paying any consideration or
agreeing to any equitable relief.
Bates v. Woodbolt Distribution, 212 WL 5456361 (S.D. Tex. 2012).
Successfully obtained court approval settling a nationwide class action
alleging that various nutritional supplement products were falsely
Housing Rights Center v. Beverly Hills Properties, 404 F. Supp. 1179 (C.D. Cal. 2004).
Successfully defended a housing discrimination
lawsuit filed against one of the nation's largest property management
EEOC v. Earl Scheib, United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Successfully defended claims brought by
the EEOC alleging race discrimination.
DOJ v. Nara Bank.
Successfully defended Nara Bank in connection with claims made by the Department of Justice alleging race
discrimination in connection with the bank's provision of automobile
Costanzo v. Sterling, 2011 Cal. App. LEXIS 8856 (2011).
Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of Defendant defeating
Plaintiff's claims under the Drug Dealer Liability Act (the "Carroll
O'Connor Law"). The Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of the trial
The Post Group v. Santa Monica Video, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully litigated trade secret and employee raiding claims.
Evans v. Match.com, 244 F.R.D. 568 (C.D. Cal. 2007).
Successfully defeated class certification of a purported consumer class
action alleging claims for false advertising, unfair business practices,
breach of contract and RICO violations.
Ticketmaster v. Tickets.com, 54 U.S.P.Q.2d 1344 (C.D. Cal. 2000); 2000 WL 1887522 (C.D. Cal 2000), aff'd, 2 Fed. Appx. 741; 2003 WL 21406289 (C.D. Cal. 2003).
on a website.
Baker and Young v. Hythiam, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended Hythiam in two related cases where former
employees were alleging sexual harassment.
IMAX Corp. v. American Multi-Cinema, et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64608 (C.D. Cal. 2011).
Successfully defended AMC in connection
with a claim for interference with contract.
Hoffman v. Pacific Sunwear, Sacramento Superior Court.
Successfully defended Pacific Sunwear in a putative class action
alleging company used unlawful employment application.
weAttract v. Match.com.
Successfully prevailed on behalf of Match.com after a three-week arbitration before the AAA where claimant
sought damages for breach of a license agreement.
Morat v. InterActiveCorp., Federal District Court in Florida.
Successfully defended IAC in a putative class action alleging that IAC
willfully violated FACTA.
Fitch v. Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended Los Angeles Clippers in suit brought by former
head coach Bill Fitch claiming that he was owed additional compensation
under his employment contract.
King Media and Prime Time Concerts v. Staples Center and Nederlander, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended Staples Center and
Nederlander Organization from a lawsuit brought by promoters claiming
that event tickets were not properly sold for a New Year's Eve concert
held at Staples Center.
Geller v. American Multi-Cinema, San Francisco Superior Court.
Successfully defended AMC Theatres in a class action alleging that AMC improperly
sold gift certificates in violation of California Civil Code Section
1749.5, which prohibits the sale of gift certificates containing
Galindo v. American Multi-Cinema, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended class action for violation of meal and break periods.
Elston v. Alaska Airlines, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended Alaska Airlines in a lawsuit brought by a former
pilot alleging that he was terminated because of his race.
Macionski v. Alaska Airlines, 94 F.3d 652 (9th Cir. 1996). United States District Court, Central District of California, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Obtained a defense judgment on behalf of
Alaska Airlines in a case alleging wrongful discharge, which was
affirmed by the appellate court.
Activision v. Plaga, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully prosecuted a trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty case against a
group of former Activision employees who left Activision during the term
of their respective employment contracts.
Burton v. Sunworld International.
Successfully prevailed after a two-week arbitration on behalf of Sunworld against claims brought by
the company's former CEO who alleged that he was entitled to additional
DePhillips v. Ticketmaster, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended putative class action claims that Ticketmaster's
website discriminated under the ADA against sight-impaired individuals.
Druyan v. Rolling Stones, Ticketmaster and Clear Channel SFX, 508 F. Supp. 2d 228 (S.D.N.Y. 2007).
Prevailed on a motion to dismiss a
putative class action suit claiming that Defendants violated New York
consumer protection laws by failing to timely and properly notify
consumers of the cancellation of a concert tour.
Jackson v. Ticketmaster, Holliday v. Ticketmaster, and Petrey v. Ticketmaster, filed in federal district courts in Alabama, California and Illinois, respectively.
Successfully defended Ticketmaster in three similar
putative class actions alleging that Ticketmaster willfully violated
Stevens v. PacSun, Ohio State Court.
Successfully defended PacSun against tort claims brought in Ohio by three former female
employees after a store manager allegedly set up a video camera in a
Chmiel v. Beverly Wilshire Hotel Co., 873 F.2d 1283 (9th Cir. 1989). United States District Court for the Central District of California and affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trial court and appellate court held that a former union employee's claim for
breach of contract was preempted by the Labor Management Relations Act.
Castro v. Superior Court, 116 Cal. App. 4th 1010 (2004). Los Angeles Superior Court.
Defeated a palimony claim where Plaintiff sought
millions of dollars in damages.
Dorcel v. Twistbox Entertainment, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended Twistbox against claims for license fees
allegedly due under a wireless distribution agreement.
P.S. Investment Co., LLC v. Tuchscher, Riverside County Superior Court.
Successfully prosecuted action for fraud and declaratory
relief and defended against cross-complaint for breach of contract and
breach of fiduciary duty in connection with $47 million development in
Palm Springs, California.
Robert Rodriguez v. Match.com, United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Successful in obtaining dismissal
of action on behalf of Match.com, L.P., against claims of fraud, unfair
business practices and false advertising.
Tara Delaney v. Casden Properties, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended one of the nation's largest residential Landlords against
tenant's claims that Landlord's late fees were excessive as a matter of
law and constituted an unfair business practice under Business &
Professions Code § 17200, et seq.
Sayed v. AMC Theatres, et al., United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Successfully defended theater chain
in defense of action in which the ACLU alleged that two Afghan-American
Plaintiffs were removed from the theater by security officers based on
Susan Pietrocarlo v. ADAC Healthcare Information Systems, United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Defended software company against claims of wrongful termination.
Strawder v. Pacific Sunwear, 2010 WL 4118366 (Cal. App. 2d 2010); 2009 WL 1360374 (2009). Los Angeles Superior Court.
Defeated class certification on behalf of PacSun in a case involving claims for
unpaid overtime, missed meals and rest breaks, and related allegations.
Aguilera v. Pacific Sunwear, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully defended PacSun in a class action for unpaid wages and expense reimbursements.
Karber v. Pacific Sunwear, Sacramento Superior Court.
Successfully defended PacSun in a class action involving claims that the
company failed to reimburse its employees for wearing uniforms.
Grey v. AMC, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully represented AMC in connection with claims for violations of child labor laws.
TBA Global Events, Inc. v. Gail & Rice, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully prevailed in trade secret misappropriation
case filed against two former executive employees and their new
Casden Park La Brea Retail LLC v. Ross Dress For Less, 162 Cal. App. 4th 468 (2008). Los Angeles Superior Court.
Successfully resolved lease dispute with tenant.
Citizens Business Bank v. Foothill Independent Bank, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Successfully represented Citizens
Business Bank in a lawsuit against Foothill Independent Bank alleging
causes of action for breach of contract, fraud, intentional interface
with contract and prospective economic advantage, trade secret
misappropriation, and unfair competition.
Dodson v. Alaska Airlines, Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Successfully represented Alaska Airlines in a wrongful termination and
race discrimination lawsuit brought by a former flight attendant.
Romero v. Ticketmaster, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Successfully represented Ticketmaster and the individual
supervisors sued along with Ticketmaster against this former employee's
claims of same-sex sexual harassment, retaliation, negligent
hiring/supervision, and infliction of emotional distress.