The firm's senior counsel, John Fulton, has been reappointed to serve a second term on the Florida Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Certification Committee.
Firm partner Oliver A. Ruiz was honored to become a Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association. Becoming a Fellow of the Foundation is an honor accorded to only a very small number of Federal Bar Association members, and it is predicated on an individual’s demonstrated commitment to, and leadership within, the FBA and the legal community.
The firm is representing the trademark owners of the famed Fontainebleau Hotel in a trademark infringement suit. For more, please visit Law360's coverage of the case.
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.