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Summary Judgment Affirmed on Appeal in Trademark Case

Secured summary judgment for a manufacturer in dispute over use of the client’s mark. The plaintiff in the case sought a permanent injunction in Wisconsin and Michigan and disgorgement of profits. The U.S. District Court for the District of Wisconsin granted summary judgment precluding an award of profits and denied a permanent injunction after trial. Both rulings were affirmed on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Counsel to Private Equity Fund in $20 Million Equity Acquisition

Acted as counsel to a private equity fund in its $20 million equity acquisition of a company serving various large industrial and aerospace customers. The transaction involved a complicated pre-closing tax-free reorganization, donation of a minority interest in the target company to a donor-advised fund, international distribution issues, and a representations and warranties insurance policy. Helped client achieve its goal of closing and deploying allocated capital at year-end on an expedited basis.

Granted Writ of Prohibition in Dozens of Related Product Liability Actions

Granted writ of prohibition from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in dozens of related product liability actions for a national window manufacturer.

Multiple Defense Verdicts, Favorable Settlements for Global Software Company

Litigated multiple AAA consumer arbitrations on behalf of global software company resulting in multiple defense verdicts or favorable settlement terms.

Representation of Executive in Public Corruption Investigation Resulting in No Conviction

Represented an executive of a technology company in a government investigation and prosecution involving bribery and public corruption. Resulted in no conviction.

Representation of Aerospace Engineering Company in Debarment Proceedings

Successfully represented aerospace component engineering company in administrative debarment proceedings.

Favorable Resolution of Criminal Investigation for Senior Executive of Medical Device Manufacturer

Represented a senior executive at a medical device manufacturer in connection with a criminal investigation involving potential false statements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Resolved without any criminal charges.

Defeated Manufacturer's Attempt to Obtain TRO Enforcing Noncompete

Defeated manufacturer’s attempt to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri enforcing a noncompete agreement against a former plant manager. This resulted in a complete victory for the plant manager, allowing him to work for his new employer in the same industry.

Representation of Global Chemical Company Executives in Criminal Investigation

Represented several senior employees of a global chemical company in a criminal investigation involving alleged violations of environmental laws.

$950 Million Sale of Manufacturing Business

Represented welding company client in $950 million sale of manufacturing business.

Representation of Fire Safety Systems Manufacturer in Breach of Contract Case

Represented national fire safety systems manufacturer in federal court relating to breach of contract claims.

Successfully Defended Contractor in Arbitration Against Seven-Figure Claim

Defended general contractor in seven-figure claim brought by an asbestos contractor in arbitration. Arbitrator’s award to asbestos contractor was five percent of the amount sought and was less than the general contractor had offered in settlement.

Citations Vacated for Client in OSHA Evidentiary Hearing

Defended company in OSHA evidentiary hearing in which company asserted that installation of wood trusses constituted steel erection. Administrative Law Judge agreed and vacated the citations.

Representation of Dietary Supplement Supplier, Manufacturer in FDA Investigation

Representation of dietary supplement manufacturer and supplier in U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation of alleged Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act violations.

Representation of National Window Manufacturer in Product Liability Actions

Represented a national window manufacturer in dozens of product liability actions involving alleged residential construction defects.

Won Business Tort, Defamation Cases for Contract Manufacturer

Won suits brought in Pennsylvania state court against a contract manufacturer alleging various business torts and defamation.

$35 Million+ Strategic Fulfillment/Transportation Contract

Served as outside counsel responsible for $35 million+ long-term strategic fulfillment/transportation contract for international retailer.

Representation of International Manufacturer in Product Liability Action

Represented an international manufacturer of component parts for combustion processes in a products liability action.

Representation of National Candy Manufacturer in Trade Secret, Distribution Contract Matters

Represented a national candy manufacturer in litigation relating to trade secret and distribution contracts.

Representation of International Manufacturer of Diesel Engines in Product Liability Action

Represented an international manufacturer of diesel engines in a product liability action involving highway equipment.

Patent Portfolio Management for Multinational Aerospace Corporation

Managed patent applications relating to semiconductors, avionics, antennas, modeling, simulation, non-destructive testing, flight control systems, communication systems, electronics, and unmanned systems.

Successfully Defended Used Oil Recycler Following Alleged Sale of Contaminated Oil

Defended used oil recycler in sale of alleged contaminated oil to customer. Jury awarded recycler all costs for unpaid shipments of oil, and awarded $3,000 to customer after four-day trial.

Patent Portfolio in Touch Screen Technology

Managed the filing of a portfolio of patent applications for an international client in the touch screen technology area.

Patent Clearance Projects in Pharmaceutical Industry

Managed several patent clearance projects relating to a computer ecosystem designed to manage the prescription process and use by patients of a multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical product.

Successful Outcome in Cases Related to Misinterpretation, Misapplication of Lockout/Tagout Standard

Defended numerous employers in cases in which OSHA was persuaded that it misinterpreted or misapplied the lockout/tagout standard.

Reduced Penalties for Dairy Farm in Fatalities Following OSHA SVEP Placement

Defended dairy farm in two separate fatality cases that resulted in repeat OSHA citations and placement on OSHA SVEP.  At conclusion of negotiation, company was removed from SVEP and penalties were cut by 75 percent.

No Willful Violations for Publicly Traded Company

Defended publicly traded company in a two-week OSHA evidentiary hearing involving multiple alleged willful violations at a meat plant.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge determined there were no willful violations.

No Prosecution for Client in Multiple Fatality Case Referred to the U.S. Attorney

Defended a company in a multiple fatality case that resulted in an OSHA referral to the U.S. Attorney for prosecution. After meeting with the U.S. Attorney, no prosecution resulted. 

Citations Vacated for Client in Fatality Involving Construction Crane

Defended company in an OSHA evidentiary hearing involving a fatality on a crane.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge vacated all citations.

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