Trials & Complex Litigation

Hueston Hennigan attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who have successfully tried high-stakes business litigation in courts across the country, and in the process have amassed an extraordinary record of courtroom victories.

Our clients are diverse: We have represented Fortune 500 and other companies across a number of industries, including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, technology, medical equipment, insurance, entertainment, international gaming, health care, financial services, and consumer debt, and we have also represented individuals, universities, startups, developers, nonprofit religious institutions, environmental organizations, the Navajo Nation, and a variety of pro bono clients.

As plaintiffs’ counsel, we have secured verdicts, summary judgments, and settlements totaling billions of dollars. As defense counsel, we have helped our clients avoid billions of dollars in exposure through dispositive motion practice, favorable settlements and verdicts, and by convincing federal and state regulators to drop charges against our clients. In all instances, we seek creative and effective solutions to our clients’ unique problems, and aggressively pursue their interests.

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed in $40 billion battle for corporate control of Viacom on behalf of controlling shareholder and Chairman Emeritus Sumner M. Redstone that was waged in the courts of Delaware, Massachusetts, and California. (See “Viacom Saga Comes to End With Redstones Emerging Victorious” in Bloomberg, and “Redstone Family Prevails in Fight for Viacom” in The Hollywood Reporter.)
  • Secured a $5.15 billion settlement after trial for the Tronox Trust as the Litigation Trustee responsible for prosecution of consolidated national litigation against Anadarko Petroleum Company and Kerr McGee Corporation for fraudulent transfer of massive environmental, tort, retiree and other liabilities.
  • Defending Edison International and Southern California Edison against claims arising out of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, a fire alleged to be the largest in California history, and in litigation arising out of the recent Montecito mudslides which are alleged to be the deadliest flooding event in California in decades.
  • Obtained unanimous defense verdict for Electronic Arts in jury trial on copyright claims related to The Sims 3, the third installment in the company’s best-selling series of life simulation games.
  • Won trial for client State Bar of California after a high-profile legal battle with its former Executive Director, defeating claims of whistleblower retaliation and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. (See “Joe Dunn Loses arbitration over his firing by State Bar” Sacramento Bee.)
  • Won high-profile, three-week federal jury trial on misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract claims for T-Mobile. The jury awarded a multimillion-dollar verdict and found that Huawei Devices USA stole T-Mobile’s smartphone robotic testing technology and violated its contractual obligations to T-Mobile.
  • In multi-billion-dollar securities action against Amgen, obtained dismissal of shareholder derivative suit and favorable resolution of related actions. (See “Amgen Beats decade-old Investor Suit over Off-Label Scheme” Law360 ).
  • Won an eight-figure damages verdict, and liability findings on all counts, after a three-week jury trial in New York federal court, in a case alleging fraud, deceptive business practices and false advertising (see “Collecting: Thieves And Forgers Rush In Where Big Spenders Dare To Tread” in Forbes and “How They Won It” in Law360.)
  • On eve of international arbitration hearing, obtained 9-figure settlement on behalf of CEO of major social networking app.
  • Obtained summary judgment for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services company, in a cross-border dispute relating to a billion-dollar liquefied natural gas terminal (see “Sempra wins one showdown with Mexican rancher” in the San Diego Tribune.)
  • Obtained precedent-setting victory in a challenge to the constitutionality of a Malibu land use ordinance described by the New York Times as “one of the most stringent anti-development measures ever attempted in the country.”
  • Prevailed on behalf of IMDb in constitutional challenge to a California law restricting online speech. (See “IMDb Sues California Over Law Allowing Actors to Conceal their Ages” in the Wall Street Journal, and “Judge Predicts Doom for Privacy Law on Actor Ages” in Courthouse News Service.)
  • Represented Western Digital and its SanDisk subsidiaries in their widely publicized dispute with Toshiba over joint ventures governing multibillion dollar NAND flash memory business assets. The dispute encompassed multiple arbitrations before the ICC International Court of Arbitration and litigation in the California trial and appellate courts, where we secured injunctive relief in aid of the arbitrations. As one market analyst commented: “SanDisk/Western Digital has ultimately won the courtroom battle not once, not twice but on every occasion both parties have had a legal dispute.” (See “The Toshiba Memory Sale Is Dead – Western Digital Will Benefit” Seeking Alpha.)
  • Obtained seven-figure settlement, representing a full trial victory, on behalf of Alec Baldwin, in a high-profile art fraud case. (See  “Alec Baldwin’s Legal Tussle Over Art” in The New Yorker).
  • Obtained groundbreaking victory on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in an opinion holding for the first time that discriminating against a juror on the basis of sexual orientation violated the United States Constitution.
  • Representing Navajo Nation in CERCLA and tort action against the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other responsible parties with regard to exposure of the Navajo Nation’s people, water, and lands to contaminants from the August 2015 Gold King Mine Spill. (See “Navajo Nation Sues EPA” in Law360, and “Navajo Nation Sues EPA over Toxic Mine Spill” on CNN.com.)
  • Obtained dismissals and defeated TROs in high-stakes trade secrets cases, including Broadcom v SpaceX (see “SpaceX Wins First Round” Courthouse News) and Teva v. Amgen (see “Teva Loses Amgen Spying Suit Over Blood Drug Secrets Law360.)
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of consolidated federal shareholder litigation arising from a $600 million settlement with the USDOJ for alleged off-label marketing activities related to Botox.