Hueston Hennigan, “the Perfect Litigation Boutique,” Again Rises in Chambers Rankings

Hueston Hennigan is “[T]he perfect litigation boutique.” “Boasts outstanding trial capabilities, drawing from a high-quality bench of litigators which includes several former federal prosecutors.” “They get right to the heart of the matter and come up with winning strategies.” “They are extraordinarily responsive.” “[T]he quality of the firm’s writing and courtroom skills [is] truly top-tier.”

John Hueston, ranked Band 1 and “Star Individual,” is described as “one of the finest lawyers of his generation,” “very smart, a terrific strategist and very tenacious in pursuing his clients’ goals.” “He is sought after by clients to handle the biggest and most challenging cases, from trade secret disputes to environmental claims.”

Brian Hennigan, ranked Band 1, is described as “the best of the best” and “a giant in the legal community.”

Moez Kaba, ranked in Commercial Litigation, is described as “one of the best young trial lawyers…” “He is innovative, smart and able to see problems from various perspectives. His oral advocacy skills are second to none.”

Rob Klieger, ranked in both Commercial and Entertainment Litigation, is described as “’an excellent lawyer’ with considerable experience handling trademark, copyright and profit participation disputes.”

 

Chambers USA ranks the top lawyers and law firms across the United States. Chambers guides are the culmination of thousands of interviews with lawyers and clients carried out by the largest research team of its kind assessing a firm’s client service, technical legal ability and achievements, professional conduct, value for money, and depth of team. Hueston Hennigan’s rankings are available, here.

Leading Los Angeles AUSA Vicki Chou Joins Hueston Hennigan

“Vicki has earned a reputation as a dynamic trial lawyer with years of experience both as a prosecutor and in private practice,” said managing partner Brian Hennigan. “Vicki’s extensive trial experience combined with her civil litigation credentials will offer clients yet another unique dimension and capacity in our national trial work,” said John Hueston.

Ms. Chou served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California where she was most recently a Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section. She represented the United States in hundreds of criminal cases, including computer and internet fraud, intellectual property, money laundering, bank fraud, tax fraud, and racketeering offenses. Many of her matters involved high level, international coordination. She has successfully tried numerous cases as lead counsel. She has also won every one of her appeals before the Ninth Circuit.

“I was drawn to Hueston Hennigan’s stellar reputation, its disruptive approach to litigation, and the fact that they consistently handle the most important cases for some of the nation’s leading businesses and institutions” said Ms. Chou. “I am excited about working with some of the best and brightest lawyers in the country.”

About Hueston Hennigan

Recognized as a national “Top 20 Trial Law Firm,” Hueston Hennigan focuses on high-profile, high-stakes disputes in forums across the country, amassing an extraordinary record of precedent-setting victories. Our firm has been repeatedly recognized nationally as a “go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation” by Chambers, and a “Top 10 Boutique” in the U.S. by Benchmark Litigation. Our attorneys are consistently considered the best lawyers in the United States and California.

ClearOne Sues Shure For Trade Secret Misappropriation and Willful Patent Infringement

As noted in ClearOne’s press release, “This is yet another lawsuit we have filed against Shure—a very large ClearOne competitor—in an effort to protect our substantial investment in innovation over the years,” said Zee Hakimoglu, chair and chief executive officer of ClearOne. “U.S. laws encourage innovation by awarding such investments with intellectual property rights. When others fail to respect those rights, we will take action to protect them so that we can continue delivering innovative products and superior customer experiences, as well as ensure fair competition in the marketplace. We are confident that Shure will be held responsible for its brazen actions.”

The Hueston Hennigan team includes Doug Dixon, Christina Von der Ahe Rayburn, Sourabh Mishra, Michael Acquah, Neil Anderson, and Karen Younkins.

To view the full press release, click here.

Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent Honors Brian Hennigan

Hueston Hennigan lawyers Brian Hennigan and Michael Todisco and former associate Joshua Michaelangelo Stein and worked closely with Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent to secure the release of Maria Mendez, a grandmother wrongfully convicted of causing the death of her baby grandson.

Reception details:

Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

523 W. 6th St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90014

To RSVP and purchase tickets to the event, please click here.

Monster Energy Files False Advertising, Unfair Competition and Misappropriation Suit Against VPX

“From fraudulent health claims to touting an invalid patent to outright theft, our complaint provides many documented examples of Bang’s false, misleading, anti-competitive, and improper actions,” said Monster Company spokesperson. “It is time that Bang is finally held accountable for its deception.”

As detailed in the Complaint, “fueled by flagrant consumer deception and systematic anti-competitive business practices, BANG energy drink has experienced significant market growth. Monster brings this suit to halt these practices, and hold Defendants VPX and Owoc accountable.”

As noted in the Los Angeles Times, “Monster alleged that “Bang’s main pitch to consumers” — the drink’s “super creatine” compound — “is a hoax,” and that Vital also has interfered with distribution contracts to gain in-store shelf space at Monster’s expense.”

The Hueston Hennigan team includes John Hueston, Moez Kaba, Steve Feldman, Jen Hayden, Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn, Joe Reiter, Sourabh Mishra, Michael Todisco, and Eunice Leong.

“Catch and Kill” Scheme Alleged in Cancer Drug Suits Against Billionaire Inventor Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

As alleged in the Complaint, the “catch and kill” operation involved Soon-Shiong’s May 2015 acquisition from Sorrento of a drug called Cynviloq™—a bioequivalent to the blockbuster chemotherapy drug Abraxane, which Soon-Shiong had invented and sold to Celgene Corp. in 2010 for $2.9 billion.  Through that acquisition, Soon-Shiong became Celgene’s single largest individual shareholder.

As further detailed in the Complaint, Sorrento alleges that Soon-Shiong made false representations about his intent to market and develop Cyvniloq when he purchased it from Sorrento in 2015; in fact, the Complaint alleges, Soon-Shiong made the purchase to keep it out of the hands of Celgene’s competitors in order to preserve his financial interests as Celgene’s largest individual shareholder.

Sorrento also filed a related $1 billion arbitration demand against Soon-Shiong and his company, NantPharma LLC, seeking damages and punitive damages for fraud and breach of contract.

As noted in the Wall Street Journal, “Dr. Soon-Shiong promised Sorrento that he would ensure Cynviloq was approved and launched in the U.S. Instead, he and his companies stopped development in what the complaint termed a “catch and kill” scheme because Cynviloq’s success would have hurt sales of the drug he invented, Abraxane.”

“Through this litigation, Sorrento seeks to hold Defendants accountable for executing a scheme that kept a promising cancer drug off the market,” said partner Steve Feldman. “As alleged, not only did this cause over $1 billion in damages to Sorrento, it prevented patients from having access to an affordable alternative to a leading chemotherapy drug.”

The Hueston Hennigan team is led by John Hueston and Steve Feldman.

The story is covered in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Endpoint News, FierceBiotech, Daily Journal, and Law360.

Klieger Named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers List

In naming Mr. Klieger to its Top 100 list, The Hollywood Reporter cited the end of the legal battle between Sumner Redstone and his ex-companion and Universal in a profits fight over Columbo.

Mr. Klieger has twice been named to the “Power Lawyer’s” list in addition to repeatedly named to Variety’s Legal Impact Report, Law360’s MVP list, and by Chambers USA.

Click here to read the full list.