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.

Bank of America, N.A. v. Lahave, 2013 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 2161

GMSR obtains reversal in Court of Appeal in commercial guaranty action

Celador Internat., Inc. v. American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. (9th Cir. 2012) 499 Fed.Appx. 721

Television show creator found contractually entitled to 50% of network’s profits; substantial evidence supported jury’s $269 million damages award

Language Line Servs. v. Language Servs. Associates, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 20008

GMSR’s client, Language Line Services, is the country’s largest provider of interpretation services. One of its employees left to join a competitor, taking with him highly confidential customer information. Language Line obtained a broad injunction barring any use of the stolen information and requiring a

Ninth Circuit affirms denial of injunction modification in trade secrets cases

Language Line Services, Inc. v. Language Services Associates, et al. (2012) 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 20008 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) [unpublished]. GMSR’s client, Language Line Services, is the country’s largest provider of interpretation services. One of its employees left to

Seyedan v. Ebrahimi, 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 8092

“GMSR’s client, Maryam Seyedan, invested some $400,000 in real property acquired by defendant Nassir Ebrahimi in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a joint venture that was memorialized in a written agreement and amended orally over time. In 2006, after Ebrahimi rebuffed her demand for her

Oct 25, 2011 , Robin Meadow Related Cases
Court of Appeal affirms $9.3 million judgment for breach of contract/breach of fiduciary duty

Seyedan v. Ebrahimi (2011) 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 8092 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven) [unpublished]. GMSR’s client, Maryam Seyedan, invested some $400,000 in real property acquired by defendant Nassir Ebrahimi in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a joint venture that was

Dairy Farmers of America v. Cacique, Inc., 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5421

Cacique, a cheese producer, abruptly terminated its contract to buy milk from Dairy Farmers of America without giving the requisite notice. DFA sued for breach of contract. Following a bench trial, the trial court awarded DFA $12.5 million in damages. Cacique appealed, arguing that the

Court affirms $12.5 million breach of contract judgment for GMSR’s client

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. v. Cacique, Inc. (2011) 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 5421 (California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven) [unpublished]. Cacique, a cheese producer, abruptly terminated its contract to buy milk from Dairy Farmers of America without giving the requisite notice.

Ladd v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 1298

Studio’s undervaluation of film producers’ share of revenues; infringement of film producer’s rights

Court of Appeal affirms $3.2 million judgment for movie studio’s underpayment of profit participation and reverses a nonsuit on fraud and other claims

Alan Ladd Jr. v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 1298 (California Second Appellate District, Division Three) [partially published]. GMSR represented Academy Award-winning producers Alan Ladd Jr. and Jay Kanter, whose films include Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner and Body Heat. They sued Warner

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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.

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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.

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