Business Litigation Cases

Breach of Contract Dismissal

Description

The firm represented a Michigan resident in a lawsuit brought in California alleging breach of contract and interference with contract arising from disclosure of a trade secret. The firm filed a notice of removal of the case to Federal District Court and then obtained a dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction. 

Result

The dismissal was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Picot v. Weston, (9th Cir. 2015) 780 F.3rd 1206. This was the first Ninth Circuit decision applying Walden v. Fiore, (2014) 134 S. Ct. 1115.

Defended against claims of improperly appropriating assets

Description

LODHS represented a venture capital investor and its manager who were sued in Federal Bankruptcy Court by a Creditor’s Committee of a high-tech startup company that had filed for bankruptcy protection. The plaintiff committee alleged that our clients, along with other directors and VC investors, had committed waste and had improperly misappropriated assets of the high-tech startup company. 

Result

Through discovery, LODHS was able to demonstrate that the committee’s claims lacked merit and the case was settled without any payment by LODHS’ clients.

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Shareholder Litigation Cases

Disqualified counsel on shareholder derivative cases

Description

In two recent shareholder derivative cases, LODHS has been successful in disqualifying counsel from representing both the defendant directors and the corporation.

Result

Successful results on behalf of clients

Trade Secrets Cases

Investment firms' client information not trade secrets

Description

In an extremely hard-fought case, LODHS successfully represented a group of investment advisers who left their former firm to start their own and were then sued for trade secret misappropriation by the former firm. In the California District Court of Appeal, LODHS obtained a reversal of the trial court’s entry of a preliminary injunction barring the advisers’ solicitation of their former clients. (The Retirement Group v. Galante (2009) 176 Cal.App.4th 1226).

Result

At trial, we convinced the court that the names and contact information of the advisers’ clients were not trade secrets and our clients could not be prevented from using that information to solicit the investment clients to switch firms.

Trademark Litigation Cases

Relief from default on misuse of Chinese trademark

Description

LODHS successfully defended a Seychelles company in a breach of contract action over alleged misappropriation of a Chinese trademark registration. Before contacting LODHS the client company had had a default taken against it in Federal District Court. 

Result

After obtaining relief from default, LODHS was able to resolve the case to the satisfaction of the client.