Ace Arts LLC v. Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC et al.: On behalf of Apple Corps, Limited, won dismissal of $100 million in claims under Sherman Antitrust Act and state business tort law alleging that the defendants had conspired to prevent Ace Arts from distributing a film of The Beatles’ first American concert in Washington DC in 1964.
Represented American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in federal rate court proceedings against YouTube LLC. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)
Represents long-standing client Apple Corps Limited (The Beatles) throughout United States in wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, including intellectual property policing and licensing. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)
Successfully opposed a motion to dismiss Apple Corps Limited’s claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud against EMI Records Limited and Capitol Records Inc. in connection with sales of Beatles recordings in action before New York Supreme Court. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)
Represented Scholastic Inc. enforcing the embargo of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the United States before the book’s worldwide release on July 21, 2007. This nationwide task required leading a team of attorneys in five cities, along with computer forensics experts and investigators. During the last weeks before the book’s release, the efforts involved issuance of numerous subpoenas under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, civil litigation, coordination with law enforcement, and informal enforcement efforts. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)
Represented Vanity Fair writer Dominick Dunne in two actions in federal court in New York against claims of slander by former Congressman Gary Condit in connection with the disappearance of Chandra Levy. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)
Represented a major insurance company in multi-district litigation involving financial fraud and the enforceability of surety bonds guaranteeing payments under subprime equipment leases. These cases involved claims totaling over $400 million. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)
Represented H.J.M. Hunt, successor of E.H. Shephard, original illustrator of “Winnie the Pooh,” in litigation with Stephen Slesinger, Inc. and Disney Enterprises, Inc. regarding terminations of grants of copyright interest. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan LLP)