Hueston Honored as Litigation Attorney of the Year

The LABJ noted that Mr. Hueston has been on an unprecedented string of high profile trial, appellate and court hearing victories within the last year, from a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court victory, to defeating the SEC’s motion for contempt against client Elon Musk over his tweeting, to a complete defense victory for Caltech after a four-week jury trial in Los Angeles.

As “the best lawyer of his generation” with a “commanding reputation for his trial advocacy,” Mr. Hueston is selected as lead counsel for many of the nation’s most profile cases.

Brian Hennigan was also honored to be included as a finalist. The LABJ noted his successful representations of individuals facing allegations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission Act, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Sherman Act. He has also represented Fortune 500 corporations in a variety of civil disputes, including antitrust, trade secret, and unfair competition litigation.

Mr. Hueston was honored alongside a number of leading general counsel and firm-based attorneys in the Los Angeles area.

Click here to read the Los Angeles Business Journal Supplement.

Judge Rejects Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Attempt to Avoid Sorrento Litigation

Sorrento’s claims relate the “catch and kill” scheme that Soon-Shiong allegedly orchestrated to keep Sorrento’s promising cancer drug Cynviloq off the market in order to preserve Soon-Shiong’s personal financial interest in another competing drug.

In his ruling, Judge Terry Green denied Soon-Shiong’s and NantPharma’s motion to stay or dismiss Sorrento’s arbitration against them, allowing that case to proceed in full. Judge Green also granted Sorrento’s motions to compel Soon-Shiong entity NantCell’s counterclaims to arbitration, rejecting NantCell’s attempts to avoid the arbitration agreement it had previously entered into with Sorrento.

The Hueston Hennigan team includes John Hueston, Steve Feldman, Padraic Foran, Karen Younkins, Annie Banks, Dan Sheehan, Marjorie Menza and Selena Galaviz.

The story was covered in the Daily Journal.

Peloton Sues Competitor Echelon for Infringement and False Advertising

The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Echelon’s bike product, and its related app, infringes Peloton’s patented leaderboard technology, and that Echelon is intentionally misleading consumers with false comparisons between the Echelon and Peloton bikes.

Similar claims are at issue in Peloton’s lawsuit against Flywheel; just last month, a federal judge rejected Flywheel’s attempt to dismiss that case. (Click here to read more).

“We filed this suit to protect Peloton’s rights and to stop Echelon’s misappropriation, false advertising and unfair competition,” said Peloton lead counsel Steven N. Feldman.

The Hueston Hennigan team representing Peloton in this action includes Steven N. Feldman, Christina V. Rayburn, Karen Younkins, Kevin X. Wang and Maxwell K. Coll.

The story was covered in the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Reuters and Law360.

Hennigan and Hueston Named “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in America For Second Consecutive Year

Benchmark editors noted Mr. Hueston’s defense of Elon Musk and Southern California Edison against civil claims arising out of the 2017 Thomas Fire, the 2018 Montecito mudslides, and the 2018 Woolsey Fire. “John is emerging as one of the most prominent trial lawyers in the country,” offers one peer. “He’s gone from being someone who was a go-to in California to someone who is just everywhere.”

The firm was also recognized as a “Top Boutiques” in the United States, one of only 12 firms selected nationwide. In addition, we were selected as one of the “Top 20 Trial Firms” in the United States, for the second year in a row.

Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation law firms and lawyers. Research is conducted through extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, we examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to provide their professional opinions on peers and practitioners within their jurisdiction or practice area.

Hueston Hennigan Named “Top 10 Boutique” in U.S. for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, Hueston Hennigan earns a spot on the list of “Top Boutiques” in the United States, one of only 12 firms selected nationwide. In addition, we were selected as one of the “Top 20 Trial Firms” in the United States, for the second year in a row.

Hueston Hennigan also earned national – and California – tier 1 rankings in the General Commercial, White Collar, Securities and Entertainment practice areas.

The Benchmark analysis noted Hueston Hennigan’s “rise to a dominant position not only in the Southern California region but also through the state and indeed across the country.” The editors quoted an out-of-state peer citing, “their profile is going national at this point! They have just been massively successful.” With a trial-centric vision and an aggressive business model, “the firm is also [on] a first-call for crisis-based ‘event-driven litigation.’

A number of our partners were also individually recognized, as noted below:

Marshall A. Camp, Local Litigation Star

Douglas J. Dixon, Future Star

Steve N. Feldman, 40 & Under Hot List, Future Star

Brian Hennigan, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star

John C. Hueston, Local Litigation Star, National Practice Area Star

Moez M. Kaba, 40 & Under Hot List, Local Litigation Star

Robert N. Klieger, Local Litigation Star

Allison Libeu, 40 & Under Hot List

Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation law firms and lawyers. Research is conducted through extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, we examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to provide their professional opinions on peers and practitioners within their jurisdiction or practice area.