One LLP Secures Landmark $6.3 Million Jury Verdict — The Largest Maximum Statutory Damages Verdict for Photography Infringement in U.S. History

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LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2023) – One LLP, a California intellectual property and entertainment law firm, obtained a groundbreaking $6.3 million jury verdict on behalf of architectural photographer Scott Hargis against Pacifica Senior Living Management LLC, who willfully infringed upon 42 of Hargis’ images. “The jury’s verdict is not just a victory for Scott Hargis, but also holds broader societal significance for all creatives by affirming the gravity with which the law will treat willful violations of copyrights and by encouraging responsible business practices in the digital age, ”said lead attorney John Tehranian, Founding Partner at One LLP. “The verdict highlights the importance for photographers to proactively protect their creative assets by registering their works and tracking usage so that they can establish the strongest foundation for legal recourse when faced with infringement.” Along with Tehranian, the trial team included litigators Taylor Foss, Leo Lichtman and Chris Skinner, who all [...]

Peter Afrasiabi and One LLP secured a $5,000,000 jury verdict

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Peter Afrasiabi and One LLP secured a $5,000,000 jury verdict in a case on behalf of a UCSD physician whose name and reputation were used in an FDA drug approval process in a manner without his consent. The case was tried to a jury for three weeks in San Diego, California.

Federal Circuit Affirms One, LLP. Jury Verdict in Patent Case

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The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a California jury’s finding that crosswalk signal maker Campbell Co. willfully infringed rival Polara Engineering’s patent, but the appellate court erased a $1 million enhanced damages award after concluding it wasn’t fully explained by the lower judge. The circuit panel agreed with the jury’s June 2016 decision that Polara’s patent wasn’t invalidated by prior art or the fact that the company tested out the system publicly more than a year before submitting its patent application. But the panel took issue with U.S. District Judge Douglas F. McCormick’s March 2017 decision to enhance the jury’s $653,841 damage award by $1 million for willful infringement. The judge’s decision lacked reasoning and also ignored the fact Campbell made a reasonable case for public use invalidation, Tuesday’s precedential opinion said. Law360 quotes "The district court awarded almost the maximum amount of enhanced damages, but did not adequately explain its [...]

Larry Hilton and Molly Magnuson Obtain a Complete Defense Verdict

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Attorneys Larry Hilton & Molly Magnuson obtained a complete defense verdict after a multi-week jury trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Driven Brands, Inc. and Econo Lube N’ Tune, LLC.  Plaintiffs in the case alleged both contract and fraud-based claims against Driven Brands and Econo Lube concerning a Meineke Car Care Centers/Econo Lube N’ Tune franchise.  The jury returned a defense verdict on all claims view here.  Larry Hilton was the lead trial counsel, while Molly Magnuson also had a key role in the trial.  Joanne Ardalan handled much of the pre-trial and discovery along with paralegal Lauren Thomas and intern Madison Allan.