Complex Business Litigation


Santa Barbara, Calif.–After an eight-week trial and less than four hours of deliberation, a Santa Barbara Superior Court jury on August 30 rejected a $27 million lawsuit filed by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) against Santa Barbara-based Sientra, Inc.


After a four-week trial, an Orange County Superior Court jury returned a $7.7 million verdict in favor of United Studios of Self Defense (USSD) in a case against Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, LLC, Z-Ultimate Martial Arts Supplies, LLC and their individual owners.


After a seven-week trial and one day of deliberations, a jury in Santa Barbara rejected anti-trust conspiracy claims by spine surgeon Dr. Alan Moelleken against Cottage Hospital and four of its on-call neurosurgeons.


Jury sides with defendants, deciding there was no conspiracy or basis for damages


Orange County Superior Court Rejects Z-Ultimate’s Weak Attempt to Dismiss USSD’s Lawsuit


May 12, 2011 LOS ANGELES, CALIF.–MGA Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based toymaker best known for its Bratz product line, filed a lawsuit against several large European banks over their alleged concealment of accounting fraud at French toymaker Smoby prior to MGA’s purchase of the company. Because the banks manipulated Smoby’s internal finances, the lawsuit says MGA [...]


IRVINE, CALIF. (Oct. 11, 2010)–United Studios of Self Defense (USSD) filed a cross-complaint (October 7, 2010) against six former USSD executives and others, as well as their new company, Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, charging them with breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud, conspiracy, misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark infringement and breach of written contract related [...]


A Santa Barbara jury awarded a nearly $42 million verdict to local businessman Michael Klein and his company, Core Wealth Management, in a Superior Court civil trial that lasted almost two months and concluded Thursday. The case revolved around allegations that five former employees of Mr. Klein had plotted to steal confidential information and clients from Core Wealth, of which Mr. Klein was chief executive officer and sole owner, and form their own competing company.