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Ixchel Pharma, LLC v. Biogen, Inc. (Aug. 3, 2020, No. S256927) ___ Cal.5th ___ [2020 WL 4432623]

Plaintiff had an at-will contract with a non-party to develop a drug based on a certain active ingredient.  Defendant Biogen reached its own deal with that non-party to settle patent disputes and to license the same active ingredient—requiring that the at-will contract with Plaintiff be

Estate of Jackson (May 16, 2019, B282375) 2019 WL 2136114 [nonpublished opinion]

Four people claimed that Michael Jackson promised them 15% of The Michael Jackson Company in a middle-of-the-night meeting in 2006. After a long bench trial, the probate court rejected those claims on multiple grounds and confirmed that Jackson wholly owned the company. The Court of

Himelsein Mandel Fund Management, LLC v. Fortress Investment Group, LLC (Mar. 28, 2019, B281210) 2019 WL 1395963 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s clients sued their lender for destroying their business by reneging on a promise to provide additional funding.  The lender cross-complained for an alleged $113 million deficiency following foreclosure on the security for its loans.  The trial court rejected the clients’ demand for a jury. 

Pacific Western Bank v. Far Out Productions, Inc. v. Audio Visual Entertainment, Inc. (Dec. 31, 2018, B278076, B278122) 2018 WL 6839451 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client, a bank, sued borrowers and a guarantor to collect on long-outstanding loans. The borrowers and guarantor attempted to avoid liability by challenging the admissibility of the bank’s evidence of the loans, chain of title, and outstanding balance.  The trial court granted summary judgment

Eleanor Licensing LLC v. Classic Recreations LLC (2018) 21 Cal.App.5th 599

The clients had licensed their rights to produce replicas of Eleanor, the car that played a starring role in Gone in 60 Seconds, to the defendants.  In return for the license, the defendants gave the clients, among other things, the first licensed replica they built. 

Kanno v. Marwit Capital Partners II, L.P. (2017) 18 Cal.App.5th 987

In negotiations over the defendants’ purchase of the client’s family business, the client agreed to accept, as part of the purchase price, $2.5 million in stock of one of the acquiring companies—but he required that the defendants agree to redeem the stock at a fixed

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. (9th Cir. 2016) 637 Fed.Appx. 1012

After the U.S. District Court affirmed the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s confirmation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan, a majority block of the debtor-in-possession’s insider equity shareholders appealed to the Ninth Circuit. As they did in the District Court, the insiders argued that the bankruptcy court

Crosby v. HLC Properties, Ltd. (2014) 223 Cal.App.4th 597

GMSR wins publicity rights dispute for Bing Crosby’s heirs; Court of Appeal’s decision helps delineate publicity rights of celebrities and their heirs, brings stability to settlements by reaffirming the breadth of releases of claims

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112105

GMSR successfully defends bankruptcy court order confirming Chapter 11 reorganization plan on appeal

Corona Summit v. Spuso5 Corona Summit, L.P., 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4633

GMSR obtains $66 million reduction of judgment and reversal of alter ego determination