Representative Matters

Our lead business litigator Sharon Urias offers each client the benefit of her years of experience and success in litigation, arbitration, and appeals. Her representative work includes:

Won motion for summary judgment on claims for trademark infringement, cybersquatting and reverse domain name hijacking, as well as award of attorneys’ fees under the “exceptional case” provision of the Lanham Act.

Successfully defended clients at trial in complex commercial real estate case and obtained significant attorneys’ fee award on behalf of clients.

Obtained reversal by the California Court of Appeal of a $60.7 million judgment in a complicated medical malpractice case reported in the Daily Journal’s Verdicts and Settlement section to be the second largest California jury verdict of the year 2000 and the only one overturned on appeal.

Won motion for judgment on the pleadings on behalf of defendant manufacturer in class action filed on behalf of thousands of alleged class members.

Obtained successful result as second-chair in three-week international arbitration before bilingual arbitration panel involving the joint venture of a cellular telephone system in Central America for which most of the witnesses did not speak English and many documents were in Spanish. Preparation included travel to Honduras, Argentina, Miami, Chicago and Phoenix.

Successfully defended trademark infringement/unfair competition case brought by prominent local chef in Louisiana against food manufacturer client, winning key jurisdictional motions, which allowed the negotiation of a nuisance-value settlement.

Second-chaired three-week bench trial for which defendant clients prevailed on all issues and obtained an award of attorneys’ fees and costs. Handled witness examinations, argued motions and drafted virtually all court documents. In a minute order issued by the Court with respect to post-trial motions, the judge referred to “the excellent and professional work of counsel acting as second chair.”

Won motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction on behalf of Sri Lankan and Pakistani cellular telephone companies, thus avoiding $30 million misappropriation of trade secrets case.

Representation of creator, publisher, and distributor of comic books in a copyright and trademark infringement action and a $23.5 million action against a movie studio for unpaid royalties in connection with use of client’s intellectual property.

Successfully handled appeal for client hit with a $1 million arbitration award despite significant and extensive adverse case law.

Set aside default judgment in trial court on behalf of defendant insurance company and successfully defended (briefed and argued) appeal from order granting default judgment.

Won motion for dismissal sanction in federal court case based on the plaintiff’s failure to cooperate in discovery.

Won successive motions to quash service of summons on behalf of Danish motion picture distribution company based on failure to comply with the Hague Convention, causing the plaintiff to dismiss the lawsuit.

Assisted publishing company client in recovering stolen domain name in trademark infringement case.

Obtained arbitration award in a bad faith action against an insurance company, including recovery of attorneys’ fees.

Obtained dismissal on behalf of client in federal trademark case alleging infringement, unfair competition and false advertising, and seeking treble damages.

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