Co-tried Celador International, Ltd. v. The Walt Disney Company, a dispute over profits from the highly successful television show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" A federal jury awarded Celador, the creator of the show, $270 million in damages after finding that Disney's subsidiaries, ABC Television, Buena Vista Television, and Valleycrest Productions had breached their profit sharing contract with Celador and their duty to deal fairly and in good faith with Celador. On September 27, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California awarded $50 million in prejudgment interest to Celador, bringing the total to $320 million in damages. On December 3, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the entire verdict and awarded the plaintiff its costs on appeal. On February 26, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously denied Disney’s petition for rehearing and review of the $320 million jury verdict and judgment in favor of Celador.
Represented Best Buy in multidistrict litigation over alleged price-fixing in the market for cathode ray tubes in televisions. The claims resulted in confidential settlements with several large electronics manufacturers, including LG, Panasonic, and Toshiba.
Represented a major medical device manufacturer in the binding arbitration of a breach of contract and antitrust dispute with a start-up company over development of new biomedical technology.
Advanced Bionics v. Medtronic, Inc. 29 Cal. 4th 697 (2002). Obtained a ruling from the California Supreme Court vacating an anti-suit injunction enjoining a parallel Minnesota lawsuit filed by a medical device manufacturer seeking to enforce a non-competition agreement in California, and ultimately obtained dismissal of the California lawsuit.
In Re Structured Settlement Litigation: As class counsel, recovered $134 million on behalf of a class of 250 injured plaintiffs pursuing claims against major banks, financial institutions and brokerage houses for the loss of U.S. Treasury Bonds which were intended to fund structured settlements to be paid over a twenty year span.
Represented British insurers and Japanese ship owners against the United States and the state of Oregon in both federal and state trial and appellate courts in claims for the recovery of natural resource damages and business losses arising from the wreck of a commercial freighter.
Following a federal bench trial of Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Claims, obtained a permanent injunction halting the development of a condominium project at Big Bear Lake and assessments of $1.3 million in federal fines levied against the developer. Center for Biological Diversity, et al. v. Marina Point Development Associates, et al. 434 F.Supp.2d 789 (C.D. Cal. 2006).