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H-D Michigan Inc. v. Top Quality Service Inc.
Represented Harley-Davidson Motor Company in winning a reversal in the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. The Court held  more Featured
Trademark and unfair competition matters for WMS Gaming Inc.
Represents WMS Gaming Inc., a leader in the video gaming equipment industry, in trademark litigation before federal trial and appellate courts more Featured
Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University et al. v. Smack Apparel Co.
Represented four major universities and The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in a trade dress infringement case. In an attempt to avoid the more Featured
Jan K. Voda v. Medtronic Inc., et al.
Served as lead counsel on behalf of Jan Voda, M.D., a cardiologist, in a patent infringement suit related to angioplasty catheters against Medtronic,  more Featured
Patent litigation for provider of automatic order fulfillment systems
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of a provider of automatic order fulfillment systems in a patent infringement suit brought by a pharmacy more Featured
Universal Furniture International, Inc. v. Collezione Europa USA, Inc.
Represented Universal Furniture International Inc., a home furnishings manufacturer, in a suit against Collezione Europa USA, Inc., a furniture more Featured
Environmental litigation involving migration of off-site contamination
The firm served as lead counsel for a retail building material supplies and distribution company, in an environmental litigation case more
Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan
Represented E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company before the U.S. Supreme Court, resulting in a victory. The court held that a plan administrator of a  more
Race Discrimination and Retaliation Litigation
Represented a major defense contractor in a lawsuit in which an employee claimed that he failed to receive certain promotions or job transfers more
Disability, Age, and Sex Discrimination Litigation Brought by Human Resources Professional
Represented a major defense contractor in a case that involved allegations brought by a current human resources professional of discrimination and more
Blinson v. State of North Carolina
Represented the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in constitutional litigation challenging the legality of economic development incentives

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Construction dispute representation for a U.S.- based construction company
Represented a Florida construction company in claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding The Seven Oaks Dam in Southern California. more
Covad Communications v. BellSouth Corporation (antitrust litigation in Atlanta federal district court)
Served as lead in-house counsel representing BellSouth in this significant antitrust case, which raised issues under essential facilities doctrine more
Camafel Building Inspections v. BellSouth Advertising & Publishing (class action in Florida and Georgia federal district and appellate courts)
The firm served as lead counsel and scored a major victory for BellSouth Advertising & Publishing Corporation in a class action filed more
Products completed operations hazard coverage for water intrusion damage caused by negligent installation of windows
The firm served as lead counsel in litigation seeking insurance coverage for losses incurred in repairing water intrusion damage to windows more
Matsuura, et al. v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Represented DuPont in "settlement fraud" case alleging federal RICO, fraud and other state law claims arising out of DuPont's alleged fraudulent more
ERISA class action involving Reynolds American Inc.
Represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRT) successfully in Employee Retirement Security Act (“ERISA”) class action.
On February 18, 2016,
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Premium Mortgage Corp. v. Equifax Information Services, et al.
Served as counsel to Equifax. The plaintiff, a mortgage broker, alleged that a subsidiary of Equifax Inc. misappropriated trade secrets more
In re: Teflon products liability litigation
Jointly represented DuPont in the “Teflon” multi-district consumer fraud litigation. The multi-district litigation consolidated over 24

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Employment litigation for one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers
Successfully defended one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers against a former employee's allegations that his termination constituted more
Hyde v. Schlotzsky's, Inc. and Schlotzsky's, Inc. v. Hyde
The firm served as lead counsel for Schlotzsky’s Inc., a franchisor of fast food restaurants, in three consolidated cases.  We obtained a ruling from  more
Environmental litigation for a major bottled water company
Briefed and argued on behalf of a major bottle water company in a case involving a challenge under Michigan’s common law of groundwater, state more
Kennedy v. Plan Administrator for DuPont Savings and Investment Plan
Represented E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company before the U.S. Supreme Court, resulting in a victory. The court held that a plan administrator of a  more
Phillips v. AWH Corp., et al.
Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel in a significant patent law appellate case addressing claim more
California Disability Discrimination and Failure to Accommodate Claim
Represented Nestlé Waters North America Inc. in a lawsuit brought in California by one of its production workers alleging that she was discriminated more
Environmental complex business litigation for paper manufacturing company
The firm serves as lead counsel on behalf of a paper manufacturing company in environmental complex business litigation regarding  more
Boardman Petroleum, Inc. v. Federated Mut. Ins. Co.
The firm served as lead counsel to Boardman Petroleum in two significant actions resulting in reported decisions. The first action was brought more
Employment litigation for a leading global supplier of disposable medical products
Represented a leading global supplier of disposable medical products in a summary judgment win of a Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") lawsuit.  more
United States of America et al. v. Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, N.A.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of third party defendant, Achieve Bank N.A., and successfully argued the first reported case before the more
Sales commission litigation for beverage container supplier
Represented a leading supplier of fridge packs and other beverage containers in litigation brought by a former sales representative claiming an more
Online defamation pre-suit investigation
Represented client in action to discover identities of online posters, providing client an avenue to protect reputation and business against more
Contract dispute for communications provider
Represented communications provider in contract dispute with competitor. more
Counsel to industry trade organization in retail industry
The firm served as general counsel and antitrust counsel to industry trade organization in retail industry. more
Appellate litigation for Talecris Plasma Resources Inc.
Represents Talecris Plasma Resources, Inc., in an appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals of an adverse $36 million jury verdict in a breach of  more
Eminent domain representation for Kaplan School Supply
Representation of Kaplan School Supply in a matter which the company won at the trial court, and which was upheld in the North Carolina Court of more
Appellate litigation for Nestlé Waters North America
Represents Nestlé Waters North America in an appeal to the 10th Circuit of an adverse $16 million jury verdict. The appeal is currently being briefed. more
General Protecht v. ITC and Pass & Seymour v. ITC *
Represented an electrical-device manufacturer in appeals to the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. more
Secured recognition of foreign judgment on appeal
Jenner v. EcoPlus, Inc., 737 S.E.2d 121 (N.C. App. 2012) – Argued appeal concerning interpretation of the Uniform Foreign Country more
Employment litigation for large national distributor
Successfully obtained summary judgment for a large national distributor of janitorial and cleaning products. The client was accused of  more
Appellate litigation for parents with terminated rights
Successfully advocated for the termination of the parental rights and the adoption of two children who were physically abused by their mother and her  more
North Carolina Baptist Hospital v. Novant Health Inc.
Briefed and argued on behalf of Wake Forest University’s North Carolina Baptist Hospital in North Carolina Baptist Hosp. v. Novant Health, Inc more
Complex insurance coverage litigation for California utilities contractor
Obtained a favorable settlement for a Bay Area utilities contractor in a contentious complex insurance coverage litigation involving multiple primary  more
Employment litigation for a global snack food manufacturer
Represented a global snack food manufacturer. The firm obtained judgment, and affirmance in a state supreme court, invalidating a state statute

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Litigation for lender on a $17 million loan
Represented lender in federal and state courts in several related proceedings concerning a $17 million loan. Prevailed in bench trial on lender’s more
Case of individual and derivative action against limited partners
Successfully represented limited partners in an individual and derivative action alleging violation of securities laws in the marketing, sale and more
Obtained important published appellate ruling establishing rights for California trade secret defendants *
Represented a San Diego, California biopharmaceutical company and individual officers in the defense of a trade secret action brought by former more
Patent infringement litigation for Hitachi and Renesas Technology
Represented Hitachi and Renesas Technology as lead appellate counsel in an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, more
Bayer Schering Pharma AG v. Lupin Ltd., et al.
Represented appellee Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in successful defense of district court’s order dismissing Bayer’s claims of patent infringement. more
MJCM LLC v. United Community Banks Inc. (commercial litigation in Texas federal court and before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals)
The firm served as lead counsel for United Community Banks, Inc., one of the largest bank holding companies located in Georgia, in a million dollar more
Obtained reversal of adverse products liability ruling in North Carolina Supreme Court
Stark v. Ford Motor Company, 723 S.E.2d 753 (N.C. 2012) – Represented Ford Motor Company in a petition for discretionary review and merits more
Patent infringement litigation for Hitachi and Renesas Technology
Represented Hitachi and Renesas Technology as lead appellate counsel in an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, more
CSC Credit Services Inc. v. Equifax Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel for Equifax Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in a suit brought by Equifax’s largest  more
Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Woodley
Briefed and argued on behalf of the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Woodley, 181 N.C. App. 594, 640 S.E.2d 777 more
Levi Strauss & Co. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co.
Represented appellant Levi Strauss & Co. in successful appeal from the trial court's judgment rejecting its trademark dilution claim. The Ninth

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Major victory in constitutional challenge to excessive business taxes
IMT, Inc. v. City of Lumberton, 740 S.E.2d 478 (N.C. 2013) – Successfully challenged massive privilege license tax increases by a local more
Robertson v. Cree Inc.
Successfully defended Cree Inc., a leading manufacturer of LED technology, in a single-plaintiff discrimination lawsuit from filing through the more
Importers Service Corporation v. Georgia-Pacific Resins, Inc.
Lead counsel representing GP Chemicals Equity LLC (GP) in an action alleging breach of contract, fraud, unjust enrichment, violations of the Lanham more
Multi-count litigation involving overseas Krispy Kreme franchisee
Representing Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation in litigation brought by plaintiffs who claim that Krispy Kreme breached an agreement to permit them more
Litigation for major livestock company
Represented a major livestock producer located in Illinois in a public and private nuisance lawsuit filed in Illinois state court. The plaintiffs more
Complex business litigation for paperboard container manufacturer
Successfully defended paperboard container manufacturer in a wrongful termination action brought by a timber supplier who was seeking to recover the more
Business litigation for financial advisor
Represented a registered financial adviser and its principals in a lawsuit filed in Georgia state court by a dissatisfied advisee who claimed that more
Copyright infringement litigation for global mobility company
Defended a global mobility company in copyright infringement litigation alleging that mobile network carriers were liable for unauthorized sharing of

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McKesson Info. Solutions v. Epic Sys. Corp.
The firm served as lead counsel in the representation of Epic Systems Corporation, a leading Wisconsin-based health care software company, against more
Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball Ltd. v. Ottawa Rapidz et al.
Represented the Ottawa Rapidz in a suit filed by The Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, Ltd. in the Superior Court of Forsyth more
Washington v. CSC Credit Servs. Inc., Equifax Inc., Equifax Credit Info. Servs. Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel for Equifax Inc., one of the United States' largest credit reporting agencies, in a class action lawsuit.  Prior to more
Looney v. M-Squared, Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel for former officers and employees of ComRep, a national electronics distributor.  The firm was retained to file a more
Appellate victory in criminal sentencing disparity case
Argued criminal sentencing appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Obtained vacatur of sentence and remand for resentencing on more
Nisqually Indian Tribe v. Gregoire
Briefed on behalf of one of the defendants in Nisqually Indian Tribe v. Gregoire, 623 F.3d 923 (9th Cir. 2010). The case involved questions of more
M2 Software Inc. v. Viacom Inc. et al.
Represented Viacom, Inc. in trademark infringement action in which M2 Software alleged that Viacom's use of its M2: Music Television mark more
Overturned $14 Million Jury Verdict on Appeal
Eureka Water Co. v. Nestle Waters North America, Inc., 690 F.3d 1139 (10th Cir. 2012) – Represented Nestlé Waters in overturning on appeal a  more
More than 100 cases to grand juries as an Assistant District Attorney *
Presented more than 100 cases to grand juries of New York County as an Assistant District Attorney. more
McGarry v. Cingular Wireless LLC (class action under the TCPA in Georgia trial and appellate courts)
The firm served as lead counsel and secured the denial of class certification in a class action filed against Cingular Wireless in Georgia state more
Akamai Technologies Inc. et al v. Limelight Networks Inc.
Representing amicus curiae The Financial Services Roundtable in pending appeal involving the proper standard for direct patent infringement more
Defense of settlement fraud case for global chemical manufacturer
Defended an international chemical manufacturer in a "settlement fraud" case, where federal RICO, fraud, and other state-law claims had been made in more
Securities fraud litigation for an Internet company *
Represented an Internet company as appellate counsel in securities fraud litigation. more
Georgia RICO litigation in Georgia trial and appellate courts
Represented Amerisave Mortgage Corporation in a dispute with a former employee, who sued the company for violations of Georgia RICO, defamation, and more
Trademark litigation services for a Fortune 500 brewery
Represented a Fortune 500 brewery to secure a judgment as a matter of law that there was a likelihood of confusion between our client’s mark  more
Co-lead insurance coverage counsel for Citrus & Allied Essences Ltd.
Served as co-lead insurance coverage counsel for Citrus & Allied Essences, Ltd., a producer and manufacturer of oils, oleoresins, aromatic more
Consumer fraud class action litigation for advertising company in federal district court in New Jersey, New York and California
Achieved a major victory by defeating class certification in a significant class action filed against YellowPages.com. This result was preceded by more
Represented Governor of South Carolina in constitutional challenge to use of federal stimulus funds
Edwards v. South Carolina, 678 S.E.2d 412 (S.C. 2009) – Represented the Governor of South Carolina in a proceeding in the original more
KSR v. Teleflex, 550 U.S. 398 (2007).
Filed an amicus brief on behalf of KSR International/TESSERA in the Supreme Court's automotive brake designer case addressing the standard for more
DeWolfe v. Richmond
Represented a number of amicus curiae including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the ACLU in successful appeal more
Duval Wiedmann L.L.C. v. Inforocket.com Inc.
Briefed and argued on behalf of AT&T in Duval Wiedmann, L.L.C. v. Inforocket.com, Inc., 620 F.3d 496 (5th Cir. 2010). The case more
Shepard v. Ocwen Bank
Argued on behalf of the defendants in Shepard v. Ocwen Federal Bank, 361 N.C. 137, 638 S.E.2d. 197 (2006). The case involved the statute of more
Appellate victory in novel Prison Litigation Reform Act case
Tolbert v. Stevenson, 635 F.3d 646 (4th Cir. 2011) – Argued a statutory interpretation question of first impression in the Fourth Circuit. more
Patent infringement for leading manufacturer of equipment for asphalt *
The firm served as lead counsel for leading manufacturer of equipment for asphalt, the patent owner, in a bench trial and subsequent appeal to the more
Appellate litigation for accused client
Represented client and filed amicus brief in an "enemy combatant" case at the U.S. Supreme Court. more
Violation of free speech and due process rights of inmate
Represented client in an appeal pending before the Eleventh Circuit concerning his treatment as an inmate at the Reidsville Prison in Georgia. Client  more
Robertson v. Cree Inc.
Successfully defended Cree Inc., a leading manufacturer of LED technology, in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit from the time of filing more
Dees v. Saban Entertainment Inc.
Represented Saban Entertainment Inc. (Saban) against claims of copyright infringement, unfair competition, and breach of contract. The more
McDermott v. San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent
Represented appellee San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent in successful effort to affirm the holding of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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Chapter 11 bankruptcy representation
Represented a home furnishings manufacturer in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a competitor. more
Appellate litigation for organization and governmental entities
Represent various organizations and governmental entities by authoring appellate briefs, amicus briefs and by coaching oral advocates in advance of more
Appellate litigation for inmate
Represented an incarcerated woman whose sentence had been reduced by the Georgia Sentence Review Panel from 15 to 8 years.  The District Attorney who  more
Abramski v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court
Represented former police officer Bruce Abramski in a successful cert petition and in merits briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case more
Argued novel jurisdictional question in civil forfeiture appeal
United States v. Wilson, 699 F.3d 789 (4th Cir. 2012) – Argued appeal in the Fourth Circuit addressing whether filing deadline imposed on more
Lead counsel for A.P. Diagnostic Imaging Inc.
Served as lead counsel for A.P. Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., a major provider of diagnostic health care x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI imaging, against more
Putative nationwide class action litigation against national telecommunications company
Represented a national telecommunications company in a putative class action lawsuit, in which plaintiffs alleged fraud over its allegedly defective

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Complex business litigation and arbitration for Nestlé Waters North America Inc.
Briefed and argued on Nestlé Waters in Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. v. Bollman, 505 F.3d 498 (6th Cir. 2007). The case involved the more
Employment litigation for a major electrical utility *
Represented a major electrical utility in a lawsuit brought by a current employee claiming he was denied a promotion due to his race and age. more
Amarel v. Connell Rice and Sugar Co. *
Defended Connell Rice and Sugar Co., the largest rice exporter in the United States, in a nine-week jury trial of antitrust claims brought against more
Cyberfone Systems Inc. v. Amazon.com Inc. et al.
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of Intercontinental Hotels Corporation in defending a patent infringement case. We obtained summary more
Trademark infringement case for health care related company
Represented a health care related company in litigation with a former marketing and sales consultant, who was also a minority shareholder. The more
Class action litigation for Ingenio in California federal court and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
We represent Ingenio, Inc. in a class action in federal district court in San Francisco (Northern District of California). The plaintiff and putative  more

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Jan K. Voda v. Medtronic Inc., et al.
Served as lead counsel on behalf of Jan Voda, M.D., a cardiologist, in a patent infringement suit related to angioplasty catheters against Medtronic, more
Patent litigation for provider of automatic order fulfillment systems
The firm served as lead counsel on behalf of a provider of automatic order fulfillment systems in a patent infringement suit brought by a pharmacy more
H-D Michigan Inc. v. Top Quality Service Inc.
Represented Harley-Davidson Motor Company in winning a reversal in the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. The Court held more
Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University et al. v. Smack Apparel Co.
Represented four major universities and The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in a trade dress infringement case. In an attempt to avoid the more

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