Paul Blechner

Partner
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Representative Experience

A sample of representative litigation related matters include:

  • Co-chaired successful defense of multi-week arbitration involving contract, fraud and RICO claims seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from Fortune 500 client
  • Arbitrated to final award multiple claims seeking unpaid commissions owed to client
  • Filed contract and trademark claims on behalf of major studio to protect merchandising rights emanating from motion pictures in dispute that included issues over the whether grant of rights extended to new media and technologies
  • Defended film distribution company against production company claiming movie rights in dispute involving whether short form agreement constituted binding option agreement
  • Represented employers in the resolution and defense of actions brought by former employees, including claims of alleging wrongful termination, constructive termination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and discrimination
  • Defeated music group’s fraud and related claims against record company that improperly sought to use “parol evidence” to plead around contract provisions
  • Relied on anti-SLAPP laws to secure early dismissal and attorneys’ fees award in baseless action seeking to interfere with attorney-client relationship in underlying wage and hour claim
  • Obtained reversal from Court of Appeals by way of writ proceeding of dismissal of contempt proceeding brought on behalf of client seeking contempt findings against neighbor for multiple acts of violating a restraining order; upon remand, prosecuted multi-day court trial, obtaining contempt findings and an award of penalties that include jail time
  • Obtained findings of contempt and award of monetary fines in collateral civil proceeding based on defendant’s violation of order freezing disputed funds
  • Conducted multiple pre-trial investigations for employers, with matters ranging from sexual harassment and hostile workplace environment claims to embezzlement or kickback schemes, culminating in advice and recommendations to clients and evidence used to pursue or resolve claims
  • Used discovery and prejudgment remedies to locate and preserve funds ultimately recovered in embezzlement actions against employees