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Our business litigation attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in complex civil litigation and arbitration matters, including defense of class and representative actions, defense of unfair business practice cases, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, contract disputes, trade secret disputes, appeals, professional liability defense, and international arbitration.  Our lawyers’ work in this area of practice includes the following:

  • Defeated class certification in defense of a manufacturer in a putative class action in which damages were alleged to exceed $750 million; the parties subsequently reached a settlement pursuant to which our client paid no money to plaintiffs
  • Won an injunction against our client’s former employee in a theft-of-trade-secrets action, precipitating a favorable settlement
  • Prosecuted and successfully resolved a $100 million contract claim on behalf of a Spanish pharmaceutical company against a California supplier of blood plasma in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration venue in London, governed by California and Dutch law, in which the principal arbitrator sat in Britain’s House of Lords
  • Won a permanent injunction against a trademark infringer and successfully moved to have infringer held in contempt of court for violating injunction.  Henry Schein, Inc. v. Certified Business Supply, Inc., U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Case No. SACV03-1662 DOC
  • Won a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of the parent of a failed savings and loan association in an action against multiple federal regulators; due to its size, the settlement required the approval of the President of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury
  • Defended a French bank and related French governmental entities in multiple lawsuits relating to the rehabilitation of Executive Life Insurance Company in a business litigation suit spanning nearly a decade
  • Obtained a highly favorable settlement in defense of antitrust and RICO action against major television studio, precipitated by summary judgment motion scheduled for hearing on day settlement was reached, which resulted in payment to studio in excess of $1 million
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a foreign sovereign in a commercial fraud case involving claimed damages in excess of $800 million
  • Represented a weight management company in AAA International Arbitration proceedings and in multiple injunction actions by franchisees throughout the United States and Canada alleging breaches of alleged rights to exclusive territories
  • Achieved a multi-million dollar settlement in favor of claimants in an accountant malpractice action involving highly complex tax issues, without commencing litigation
  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all claims brought derivatively against a foreign sovereign in a lawsuit seeking nearly $100 million
  • Represented the world’s third largest semiconductor company in multi-billion dollar antitrust case, including management of over 65 cases centralized in a U.S. district court MDL proceeding
  • Successfully defended a Fortune 500 company in a series of complex limited partnership disputes involving divestiture of hospital
  • Counseled a syndicate of lenders on potential litigation issues in connection with the issuance of $3 billion aggregate principal amount of 2003-04 Revenue Anticipation Notes (or RANs) by the State of California, which provided critical financing to the State
  • Represented an auditor in actions arising from investor claims and regulatory matters before the SEC and other agencies
  • Successfully defended a global audit, financial advisory, tax, and consulting leader in wrongful termination and retaliation case
  • As West Coast business litigation attorneys for Australia’s then-largest bank, litigated and advised the bank concerning securities and lender liability actions and other banking-related matters
  • Defended AT&T in a four-week antitrust trial involving claims of alleged tying of telephone service and electric surge protection equipment by AT&T subsidiaries in 13 states
  • Obtained a favorable recovery on a six-figure federal court judgment arising out of a breach of a promissory note
  • Represented a Japanese animation company in a multi-million dollar contract dispute against a prominent trading-card producer, resulting in a positive settlement for the client after a three-week federal jury trial
  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all claims asserted against a former officer of Lehman Brothers in connection with California litigation arising from the Lehman bankruptcy
  • Successfully quashed service of a state court cross-complaint for an out-of-state defendant due to lack of personal jurisdiction
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of an Israeli company defending claims asserting entitlement to sales commissions in perpetuity
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of most of the major motion picture studios and the four major television networks in their technology copyright action against ReplayTV, a distributor of personal video recorders


For further information, please contact one of our business litigation attorneys:

David R. Scheidemantle (;
Joshua J. Pollack (; or
Caroline A. H. Sayers (