Business Litigation

Business litigants turn to GMSR when the stakes are high, whether it’s to preserve an important victory or to challenge an adverse decision. GMSR has substantive experience in a range of fields including antitrust, bankruptcy, banking/lender liability, contract interpretation and enforcement, torts, trade secrets misappropriation, and unfair competition. That experience, combined with GMSR’s outside-the-box thinking and persuasive writing, ensures appellate briefs that present its clients’ case in the strongest light possible. Savvy clients also regularly bring GMSR in long before the appellate stage to draft dispositive motions, review proposed jury instructions and verdict forms, and advise on strategy with an eye toward appeal.

Mar 22, 2018 Timothy T. Coates, Jonathan H. Eisenman Related Cases
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. 

Mar 22, 2018 Timothy T. Coates, Jonathan H. Eisenman Related Cases
In a published decision, the Court of Appeal affirms GMSR’s clients’ rights to Eleanor, the star car character of the Gone in 60 Seconds films.

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. 

GMSR’s client prevails in a published decision that comprehensively analyzes the governing principles and application of the parol evidence rule.

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

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. Feb. 10,2016, No. 13-56545, No.13-56546, No.13-56547) 637 Fed.Appx. 1012 [2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 2514]

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

Overcoming insider objections about valuation, GMSR obtains affirmance in Ninth Circuit appeal from confirmation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. (2016) 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 2514 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) [unpublished]. 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

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

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

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc. (2013) 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112105 (United States District Court for the Central District of California). After the U.S. Bankruptcy Court confirmed a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that required a majority block of the debtor-in-possession’s insider equity shareholders to

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

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

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

Corona Summit v. SPUS05 Corona Summit (2013) 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 4633 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four) [unpublished]. GMSR’s client, CB Richard Ellis Strategic Partners US Opportunity 5 LP (Fund V), had formed a single purpose entity (SPE) to purchase office

Who We Serve

PUBLIC ENTITIES

Whether on appeal, assisting trial counsel, or advising government officials contemplating legislative action, GMSR provides unique insight into the complex laws that impact public entities.

Read More
INSURERS

Where coverage may exist, GMSR represents insureds on appeal effectively and efficiently. Where it does not, the firm protects insurers’ right to deny claims.

Read More
BUSINESSES

GMSR offers corporate clients objective assessments on appeal, based on a deep understanding of the limitations and opportunities of appellate review.

Read More
TRIAL COUNSEL

The firm’s lawyers are team players, collaborating with trial counsel at any level from legal strategy to writing or editing trial court motions and appellate briefs.

Read More
INDIVIDUALS

GMSR vigorously advocates the rights of individual plaintiffs and defendants, in both state and federal appellate courts.

Read More