We have litigated (in court and before arbitrators) many high-profile cases for media and entertainment companies including these:

  • Following a ten-day trial, securing a permanent injunction on behalf of various television networks and affiliate associations to halt illegal service by a satellite provider.
  • Successfully representing a leading media company in an expedited LCIA arbitration in London involving disputes under a shareholder’s agreement.
  • Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of the estate of the deceased owner of the Washington Redskins in litigation brought by a disappointed bidder for the team alleging fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other torts.
  • Securing summary judgment and affirmance on appeal in a section 1 restraint of trade and section 2 monopolization suit accusing The Washington Post of attempting to monopolize the community newspaper market in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC
  • Representing a major entertainment company in five consolidated putative class actions in which plaintiffs alleged that denying admission to violent gang members at the client’s California facility constituted unlawful "racial profiling.”
  • Representing a major network and its leading journalist in a copyright and tort lawsuit filed by a freelance journalist claiming that the network made impermissible use of a videotape of a "show trial” of deposed Cambodian dictator Pol Pot.
  • Successfully representing broadcasters in a lawsuit defending the constitutionality of a statute that barred "cherry-picking" of local TV stations by satellite companies.
  • Successfully representing three major broadcast networks in a copyright infringement lawsuit against a Canadian firm that "streamed” US television broadcasts over the Internet, surrounded by its own advertisements.
  • Representing comedian Bill Maher, host of the ABC-TV series "Politically Incorrect,” in a breach of contract action in Virginia state court against the organizers of a bankers’ convention who cancelled Maher’s appearance following comments Maher made on his television show regarding the September 11 attacks.
  • Successfully representing the Washington Post in its efforts to obtain access to Maryland Governor Parris Glendening’s telephone records and appointment calendars under the State’s public records law.
  • Successfully defending America Online, Inc. in a series of landmark cases across the country that have established that an online service is immune from liability for tortious or illegal speech of third parties who communicate through the service.
  • Obtaining the largest fee award ever in a US copyright case for our client.