$40 million compensatory damages and $200 million punitive damages (the punitive damages, but not the compensatory, were ultimately vacated on appeal)
I initiated this case as lead counsel and ultimately helped create the team that brought this major commercial litigation to a stunning conclusion.
This was a breach of contract case concerning the performance of title and appraisal services by a vendor of a major national bank. Under a contract between the parties, the bank agreed to use its best efforts to send all such transactions to the plaintiff for a three year term. The bank breached the contract by sending considerably fewer transactions for a two year term.
David Duchovny and Dean Cain v. Truly Unique Collectibles, et al.
Fully collectible judgment in favor of my client for over $110,000
I carried this trademark infringment case to a startling conclusion on the west coast. Two celebrities sued my client, a retailer of autographed collectibles, for unlawfully appropriating their images. Although the case was originally filed in California Superior Court, I succeeded in vacating a default judgment, removing to U.S. District Court, and prevailing on summary judgment (eventually affirmed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals). As the lawsuit was based on a provision of the California Civil Code that compelled an award of attorneys' fees to the prevailing party, I obtained for my client a judgment against these internationally famous celebrities for over $110,000.