Member and Practice Department Manager: Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, ADR and Sports & Entertainment
Commercial and Automotive Industry Litigation
Fully prevailed in a six week "bet the company" AAA arbitration in Chicago defending FTD Florists' Association against corporate partner, including an award of attorney and expert fees to our client.
Defended FANUC Robotics North America, Inc. in a $30 million complex commercial arbitration after which the panel awarded only de minimis damages (less than 0.5% of the amounts claimed).
Obtained full damages for breach of contract, fraud and tortious interference in two week Oakland County jury trial.
Obtained full damages in Wayne County Circuit Court bench trial for breach of contract and veil piercing.
Represented numerous clients in UCC supplier disputes, including defeating buyer’s claim that its "pricing matrix" constituted a long-term steel supply contract amidst sky-rocketing global steel prices.
In federal court jury trial, obtained no-cause of action verdict on multi-million dollar counter-claim in a commercial dispute involving resale of telecommunications services.
Prevailed in two week federal court bench trial for road construction company against structural steel vendor, receiving damages and defeating counter-claim.
Defended clients in DOJ and SEC investigations and led internal investigations.
Represented clients in DOJ and SEC investigations and led internal investigations.
Nationwide prosecution of enforcement actions on behalf of various banks, lenders and financial institution clients, including three year litigation in federal court involving
$20 million loan in which we obtained receiver and preliminary injunction after evidentiary hearing demonstrating fraudulent handling of assets.
Represented former officers and directors of largest Michigan HMO in three year fraud litigation; after prevailing on venue contest, affirmed on appeal, litigated claim to resolution with zero payment by Dickinson Wright clients.
Represented both claimants and respondents in AAA, SIAC and ICC arbitrations, including claims involving Korean automotive supplier dispute, Argentinean automotive industry supplier and Iraqi financial services company.
Shareholder Disputes, Trade Secrets and Non-Competes
Represented numerous clients in "business divorce" and shareholder/partner disputes, including securing summary judgment dismissing a $100 million minority shareholder oppression claim.
Obtained a judgment for full damages for JPMorgan Chase against former top executive under clawback agreements for violation of non-competition agreement.
Prevailed for full damages in AAA arbitration against former employee who breached a non-competition agreement with accounting firm.
After bench trial, obtained 5 year injunction and more than $2 million in damages for celebrity chef's violation of non-compete and conversion.
Successfully litigated numerous trade secret matters, including prosecution against former employees in two week federal court trial and the defense of company and its top executive against claims by former employer in the landmark case that established the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine in Michigan.
Numerous actions on behalf of doctors, medical practices and physician groups involving control contests, office breakups and non-competes. Author of leading article on physician and attorney non-competes in Michigan.
Copyright, IP & Entertainment Litigation
As lead counsel for Universal Music Group and related entities and associated artists (including Lady Gaga, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Dr. Dre), prevailed in copyright claims, commercial disputes and defamation actions in Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Victories include dismissal of copyright infringement action and award of over $500,000 in sanctions for “campaign of fraud” committed by plaintiffs and their counsel.
Successfully prevailed on motion for Motown-era songwriters against major label in dispute regarding copyright recapture and assignment of songwriter agreements, resulting in multi-million dollar settlement.
Counsel for Apple and Universal Music in Michigan trial involving claims by Eminem copyright holders over royalties from iTunes downloads.
For Harley-Davidson, defeated plaintiff's claim for violation of right of publicity based upon alleged use of his likeness on a product.
Lead counsel in Chicago federal court involving claims of jewelry copyright infringement.
Obtained summary judgment of claims of copyright infringement in California federal court regarding on-line message board software.
Fully prevailed at trial for a distributor of Aveda products against the purveyor of grey market goods based upon a novel theory of unfair competition under Michigan law.