After successfully defending a client who was falsely accused of illegally downloading pornographic videos by a major adult-film studio, the Firm was dissatisfied that the trial court awarded only partial attorney fees. The court reasoned that the studio became aware of the erroneous allegation only after the Firm demonstrated by electronic evidence that the client did not commit the infringement, so the fee award was limited to the continued defense of the case after that point. The Firm has argued through appeals that 100% of legal fees and expenses should have been awarded because the studio – widely regarded as a copyright “troll” that routinely obtains money settlements based in part on the potential of public humiliation of individual defendants – did not adequately investigate its claim before filing suit. The case has been closely watched by the media. http://www.law360.com/articles/715505/porn-co-malibu-faces-high-court-challenge-over-atty-fees.
On September 25, 2015, Firm partner Oliver A. Ruiz became the 57th President of the Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter, the fourth largest chapter in the country. He follows in the footsteps of the Firm’s founder, John Cyril Malloy, Jr., who served as president from 1972-1973. The Firm’s partners and associates proudly attended the Award and Installation Dinner, along with hundreds of other attorneys and members of the federal judiciary, to applaud as Mr. Ruiz was sworn-in by the Hon. K. Michael Moore, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The focus of Mr. Ruiz’s presidency will be programs focused on federal practice, and advocating for more resources for the Southern District of Florida, in addition to his primary role as the liaison between the federal judiciary and the bar.
Congratulations to the following attorneys of the Firm who were named in the "2015 Edition of South Florida’s Top AV Rated Lawyers": Jennie S. Malloy, Peter Matos, Oliver Ruiz, John Cyril Malloy III, John Fulton Jr., Meredith Frank Mendez, and Francisco Ferreiro.
- 2015 John Cyril Malloy Intellectual Property Law Endowed Memorial Scholarship
- Firm Attorneys Named "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" in 2015 Florida "Super Lawyers" Magazine
- Firm Successful in Securing FloridaGators.com in UDRP Proceeding
- Firm Associate Francisco Ferreiro has been appointed to the Florida Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Certification Committee