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Litigation

Our Litigation practice represents clients across the nation and around the globe in complex, high-stakes disputes. Lauded in Chambers USA for providing “truly exceptional results” and as “very skilled litigators who operate many moves ahead of their opponents,” our team includes some of the most respected and high-profile litigators in the nation.

Our largest victories include obtaining a $2.3 billion final judgment for a client in a patent suit involving microprocessor technology; recovering $1.7 billion for another client in a collection of verdicts and settlements for patent enforcement actions in federal courts; and securing the largest damage award ever affirmed by the California Supreme Court. Several of our successes have recently been recognized as top verdicts of the year by the Daily Journal, including a defense win for Fortress in antitrust litigation brought by Intel and Apple, a jury award for the City of Pomona in an environmental suit, a defense victory for Juniper Networks in a patent trial against Finjan, and a high-profile win on behalf of Public Storage in a securities class action trial.

We work diligently with each client to understand their business and build creative legal strategies designed to meet their goals. Our litigators are successful at trying cases to verdict in state and federal courts and in arbitration, as well as representing clients on appeal. We also have an excellent track record in counseling clients to successful resolution without litigation, winning cases through dispositive motions before trial and obtaining favorable settlements. Our history of success is built on a combination of experience, ingenuity and a highly efficient approach to staffing our litigation teams.

Many of our litigators and practice groups have been recognized year after year in Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The American Lawyer and the National Law Journal, among other legal publications and directories. Examples of recent awards include:

  • Recognized as "IP Litigation Department of the Year" and "National Boutique/Specialty Litigation Department of the Year" by The American Lawyer (2021) 
  • Honored by Law360 as "Practice Group of the Year" for IP (2021)
  • Recognized by Law360 as "Practice Group of the Year" for IP and Trials (2020) 
  • Ranked in Chambers USA in the areas of IP, Life Sciences and Tax (2021)

Experience

  • Obtained a $2.3 billion final judgment for VLSI Technology LLC in a suit against Intel Corporation. The litigation involved two patents on technology used in Intel’s microprocessors.  
  • Secured a $300 million jury award for PanOptis in a suit against Apple involving patents essential to LTE technology used in iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads and watches. The award represented the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) royalty that jurors determined Apple owes PanOptis. In a previous trial, a jury found that Apple infringed claims of the five patents at issue, determined all asserted claims were valid, and found willful infringement.
  • Collected $1.7 billion in verdicts and settlements for TiVo in patent enforcement actions that included multiple trials in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and multiple successful U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit appeals.
  • Secured the largest damage award ever affirmed by the California Supreme Court in any area of law for City of Hope in a jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, resulting in payments to City of Hope of over $565 million.
  • In separate cases on behalf of United Services Automobile Association, persuaded juries to award $102 million and $200 million and individual findings of willful infringement against Wells Fargo relating to patents for mobile remote deposit capture technology. The $200 million award was the second largest patent verdict in the country in 2019.
  • Obtained a complete defense victory for Fortress Investment Group, Fortress Credit Company and VLSI in antitrust litigation against Intel, persuading the court to dismiss with prejudice the complaint, which alleged Fortress and its co-defendants engaged in an anti-competitive patent aggregation scheme. The Daily Journal recognized the victory as a top defense verdict of 2021 and honored the team with a 2022 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award.
  • Obtained a $48 million jury verdict for the City of Pomona in an environmental trial over contaminated water against mining company SQM North America Corp. The victory was recognized as one of the 10 largest plaintiffs' verdicts of 2021 in California by the Daily Journal. 
  • Secured final court approval for Uber Technologies Inc. of a $32.5 million settlement to resolve a consolidated class action over Uber’s “Safe Rides” fee.
  • Scored a complete defense win for Juniper Networks, Inc. in a patent suit brought by Finjan Inc. – securing a final judgment dismissing the case and giving Juniper victory on all of Finjan’s asserted patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a summary affirmance on appeal. The trial judge ordered Finjan to pay Juniper $5.9 million in legal fees. The Daily Journal recognized the victory as a top defense verdict of the year.
  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a securities fraud class action against Uber Technologies seeking billions of dollars in damages. The case was one of the first of its kind, brought under California’s market manipulation statute.
  • Won a complete defense verdict for Gilead Sciences on a $50 million claim for breach of a merger agreement.
  • Garnered a $400 million verdict for KAIST in a patent infringement suit over bulk FinFET technology against Samsung, GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm.
  • Secured a complete defense verdict for Public Storage in a rare securities class action trial, which was recognized by the Daily Journal as a top verdict of the year. 
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict for Novellus Systems on a $200 million indemnity and warranty claim after a jury trial in Santa Clara Superior Court.

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