Results: Trade Secret Theft
ReadyLink HealthCare v. Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP
The defendant law firm charged its client almost $5 million in legal fees while handling four very sophisticated trade secrets and business cases. None of the four cases went well for the client, despite paying millions of dollars of attorneys' fees. The client hired Klein & Wilson to handle the malpractice case against their former counsel, one of the largest law firms in the United States. After a two-month jury trial, the jury awarded Klein & Wilson's client every penny it requested on its breach of contract and malpractice claims and awarded the defendant law firm nothing on its cross-claims. The case drew significant attention from the California legal community, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal ran a front-page story about this case. Lewis Brisbois Ordered to Pay $6 Million for Overbilling, Mishandling Four Cases.
Project FasTags, Inc. v. Fascenelli
Klein & Wilson represented one of two partners in the breakup of a lucrative partnership. In addition to various breach of fiduciary duty claims, Klein & Wilson represented the client in claims of copyright and trademark violation. Klein & Wilson was able to achieve a settlement resulting in a payment to its client of just over $1 million . In addition, the client retained control of the business.
Doe Corporation v. Doe Corporation
Klein & Wilson represented a credit report reseller ("Client") against a competitor which claimed that the Client misappropriated trade secrets, interfered with customer contracts, unfairly competed, and caused the competitor to lose approximately $8 million in profits. The competitor contended that the Client obtained the competitor's secrets from the competitor's attorney and former employees, who left the competitor's employment to work for the Client. After the competitor proved that it lost hundreds of customers to the Client, Klein & Wilson obtained testimony from the competitor's former sales agents, proving the competitor employed unfair business practices to persuade hundreds of the Client's customers to move over to the competitor. The competitor's "unclean hands" was so significant, that it reduced its demand to only $200,000. At the same time, Klein & Wilson pursued the Client's insurance carriers for bad faith, ultimately settling the case in a manner which cost the Client nothing. Klein & Wilson was also successful in having the majority of the Client's fees and costs reimbursed.
Tropicale Foods, Inc. (d.b.a. Helados Mexico) v. Helados La Mexicana, Inc.
Klein & Wilson filed an action for trademark infringement and unfair competition to protect its client's trademark "Helados Mexico." Klein & Wilson settled the case by persuading the defendant to stop selling products with the name "Helados La Mexicana" on them and to change its corporate name.
American Reprographics Company v. Brazo
American Reprographics Company v. Crisp Enterprises, Inc.
Klein & Wilson's client was accused of raiding plaintiff's business and hiring away approximately 50 employees, as well as soliciting dozens of customers who had formerly used plaintiff as a reprographics service. This case could have destroyed Klein & Wilson's client, which had grown dramatically until the lawsuit. Klein & Wilson was able to find insurance coverage for the client and was instrumental in achieving a settlement that saved the company and helped it move forward on its tremendous growth.
STM Wireless, Inc. v. Aljaff
Klein & Wilson represented a technology company that believed its former employee stole trade secrets. The employee contended he had been treated unfairly while employed at the technology company. Klein & Wilson achieved a favorable settlement for the client, which resolved all employment and trade secret issues.
Doe v. Roe Corporation
Klein & Wilson represented a former executive of a $60 million corporation, which failed to live up to its post-employment obligations. As a result of Klein & Wilson's effective case presentation at the arbitration, the corporation folded and paid Klein & Wilson's client everything he had earned.
Family Home and Finance Center v. Purpose Funding, Inc.
Klein & Wilson represented several former executives of Purpose Funding when they left their former employer to find a new firm. As a result of Klein & Wilson's devastating deposition of the plaintiff's chief executive officer, the case settled on extraordinarily favorable terms for the client.
Cisco Sales Corporation v. Price Point Mail Order, Ltd.
Klein & Wilson represented a corporation and an executive in a claim by plaintiff that the executive had stolen trade secrets and used them at his new employer. After Klein & Wilson completed the deposition of the plaintiff's chief executive officer, the plaintiff decided to settle the case on terms that were extremely favorable for Klein & Wilson's client, especially because Klein & Wilson succeeded in obtaining insurance coverage for the claim.