Representation of defendant alleged to have violated commodities fraud laws. US Commodity Futures Trading Com’n v. Johnson, 408 F. Supp. 2d 259 (S.D. Tex. 2005)
Won the dismissal of music publisher client in a copyright infringement in a Tennessee case involving allegations of music sampling. In a per curiam opinion adopting the “stream of commerce plus” test for personal jurisdiction (the position advocated on behalf of my client), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s decision. Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Still N-The Water Publishing, 327 F.3d 472 (6th Cir.) (per curiam), cert. denied, 540 U.S. 948 (2003).
Southwest Invs. Diversified, Inc. v. Estate of Mieszkuc, 171 S.W.3d 461 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2005)
Duke v. Caterpillar, Inc., 2005 WL 568071 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] filed Mar 10, 2005)
Hartney v. Mustang Tractor & Equip. Co., 2004 WL 86140 (Tex. App.—San Antonio filed Jan. 21, 2004)
Ingram Industries, Inc. v. U.S. Bolt Mfg., Inc., 121 S.W.3d 31 (Tex.App.—Houston [1st Dist] 2003)
Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. 11C Music, 202 F.R.D. 229 (M.D. Tenn. 2002)
Taylor Communications Group, Inc. v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., 172 F.3d 385 (5th Cir. 1999)
Representation of Valero Energy Corporation in an early domain name dispute case resulting in the transfer of <valeroenergy.com> to my client. Valero Energy Corp. v. American Distribution Systems, Inc., WIPO Case No. D2001-0581 (2001)
Represented Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Blackwood, McDonald’s Corporation, and the songwriters publishing companies in a case filed a plaintiff who alleged that Destiny’s Child’s hit song “Cater 2 U” infringed the plaintiff’s song by a similar name. Disposed of all but one of the plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment with the case later resolving prior to trial.