Representative Matters Entertainment and Media Part of the trial team that represented Shelly Sterling in the probate court action granting her control of the Sterling Family Trust, resulting in the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. Obtained complete defense in three related proceedings arising under California’s Talent Agencies Act seeking commissions from the writer-director of Star Wars Episode VIII. Representation of The Ray Charles Foundation in The Ray Charles Foundation v. Robinson, a case of first impression before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding standing under the Copyright Act to challenge a notice of termination. Obtained Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction on behalf of company founder in dispute over control of an emerging online services company. Representation of various advertisers, producers, and artists in negotiations with entertainment industry unions and pension and health plans. Defense of NBCUniversal in a major copyright infringement matter concerning claims that Section 6, a pre-production screenplay, violated copyrights in the James Bond character and series of films. Representation of Axl Rose in appeal of action for fraud and breach of contract against Activision arising from the use of “Welcome to the Jungle” in Guitar Hero III. Defense of the members of the rock band Poison in a case alleging copyright co-ownership and infringement. Representation of Cher in an action against a major record company. Real Estate and Finance Defense of a real estate executive and his investment vehicle in a trial alleging a multi-million dollar fraud in connection with the construction of two large apartment projects. After three phases of trial, the defendant prevailed on his cross-complaint and obtained a $1,880,000 judgment in his favor. Obtained a jury verdict in the full amount requested, along with an award of all attorney’s fees requested, on behalf of a real estate investment fund. Representation of commercial landlords in a trial against their former tenants for breach of contract. On the first day of trial, Defendants agreed to a stipulated judgment for the full amount at issue.