Steven Stein

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Representative Experience

Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of clients Barstool Sports, Inc., Dave Portnoy and other Barstool personalities in high-profile defamation and fraud lawsuit in the Southern District of New York brought by actor Michael Rapaport arising out of a failed business relationship between the parties and related public comments and social media posts. Obtained unanimous Second Circuit Court of Appeal decision affirming dismissal of defamation claims against clients. 
  • Obtained decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the highest court in the state) affirming the dismissal of a civil wiretapping lawsuit brought by a Massachusetts mayor against clients Barstool Sports, Inc. and Barstool personality Kirk Minihane. The decision held that the wiretapping statute was not violated where Minihane obtained an interview with the mayor by pretending to be a reporter from the Boston Globe because the recording of Curtatone was not made in secret.
  • Prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion to defeat a defamation claim filed against Scripps Networks, an affiliate of Discovery Communications, over on-air statements made by the star of the popular HGTV reality program Windy City Rehab.
  • Filed opposition to anti-SLAPP motion in federal lawsuit that resulted in the motion being withdrawn and the matter settling favorably for music manager client in artist management dispute.
  • After years of litigation, obtained favorable settlement for clients, a film production company and film producers, in connection with the financing of a $33 million feature film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Fassbender.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for production company client in federal lawsuit concerning high-profile event broadcast online and on television.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for music management company in royalty dispute.
  • Defended and obtained favorable settlements for clients in dozens of copyright and trademark infringement claims.
  • Arbitrated rights dispute over feature film for production company.
  • Represented live action production boutique in trade secret and non-compete lawsuit.

Business and Real Estate Disputes

  • Second-chaired jury trial concerning the entitlement and ownership of a five-star hotel on behalf of developer client.
  • Obtained favorable settlement in arbitration for client who owns and operates Montessori schools against general contractor and architect.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client who purchased dental practice against seller in non-compete dispute.
  • Represented professional athlete in trespass and nuisance dispute.
  • Represented CEO of fitness company in dispute with prior counsel.
  • Authored briefs obtaining Ninth Circuit reversal of false advertising judgment against manufacturer.
  • Part of team that obtained Ninth Circuit reversal of $23 million verdict against public school district.
  • Part of team that obtained Ninth Circuit affirmance of anti-SLAPP ruling for public school district.
  • Part of trial team that obtained ruling allowing client to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Part of trial team that obtained favorable verdict for construction manager accused of wrongdoing.

Cannabis Litigation and Advice

  • Filed anti-SLAPP motion on behalf of a marketing firm and its principals that resulted in favorable settlement of cannabis-related lawsuit. 
  • Defended cannabis company and its owner in lawsuit filed by investor.
  • Advised major brand on groundbreaking licensing deal in cannabis space.
  • Advised media company on cannabis-related licensing issues.
  • Advised video game and e-sports company on CBD-related issues.

Dissolution Proceedings

  • Represented wife in dissolution proceeding concerning high-net-worth estate. Obtained disqualification of major law firm from representing husband on grounds of conflict of interest. Part of team that tried character of valuable LLC that was part of estate.
  • Represented high-net-worth hedge fund founder in divorce proceeding against his wife.
  • Represented investment banker in divorce proceeding against his wife.