Won unanimous defense verdict for DIC Animation City, Hallmark, United Feature Syndicate, Mattel and Live Film and Mediaworks, Inc. in a several week jury trial over copyright infringement claims by the widow of a famous screenwriter, upheld on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
Won summary judgment for defendants the Disney Channel, Warner Home Video and others in a copyright infringement suit over shows and products derived from children’s animated television programs.
Won summary judgments in defendant Mattel’s favor in both federal and state court suits when American First Run Studios accused Mattel of infringing its “Tarzan” copyrights and other rights with Mattel’s Tarzan action figures, and won the appeals of both judgments in the Ninth Circuit and California Court of Appeals, respectively.
Won cross-border actions in the U.S. and Germany against Greiner & Hausser, a German toy company that sought to rescind its assignment of copyrights and patent rights in the Bild Lilli doll used in the creation of Mattel’s BARBIE line.
Won summary judgment of noninfringement and $500,000 in sanctions, upheld on the merits by the Ninth Circuit, when Mattel was targeted in a frivolous copyright infringement suit in which the plaintiff sought $2 billion for alleged infringement of its fashion doll copyright by certain Mattel BARBIE dolls.
Won reversal of a preliminary injunction on appeal for defendant Kaiser Permanente, after taking over a case in which the company had been preliminarily enjoined from using its library of advertising and marketing photographs on the ground that these works (already paid for by Kaiser) were owned by the photographers; after the Ninth Circuit reversed the injunction the case settled.
Achieved worldwide injunction on copyright infringement counterclaim for entertainment products provider on the eve of trial, forcing cancellation of plaintiff’s trademarked logo and preserving client’s worldwide brand.