Call & Jensen’s attorneys recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of their client in an independent contractor case. The plaintiffs, two vehicle accident victims, sued Call & Jensen’s client, a company that had hired another company to perform courier services for it. In its summary judgment motion, Call & Jensen distinguished the relationship between the firm’s client and the courier driver at issue from an employer-employee relationship, and argued that there could be no liability as to Call & Jensen’s client for the vehicle accident. Even as the law distinguishing independent contractors and employees continues to evolve, the court granted Call & Jensen’s motion and dismissed the company from the lawsuit, delivering a victory to the firm’s client. The team consisted of John Egley, Jeffrey David, and paralegal Halai Hashimi.
Call & Jensen attorneys, along with co-counsel Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, recently obtained a unanimous jury verdict against national retailer Walmart for willful trademark infringement after a three-day jury trial. The long-awaited trial was necessary after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year reversed the District Court’s Order granting judgment in favor of the Call & Jensen’s client. The Fourth Circuit vacated the District Court’s $32.5 million judgment in favor of the Plaintiff and remanded the case back to the District Court for a jury trial. The three-day trial was limited to the question of trademark infringement, and whether the infringement was willful Now that a North Carolina federal jury has found willful trademark infringement, corroborating the findings of the original District Court order, the amount of damages will likely be determined at later proceedings. Scott Shaw of Call & Jensen represented Call & Jensen’s client, the Plaintiff, along with co-counsel Thad Adams, Alex Long, and Christy Trimmer of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.
Call & Jensen is pleased to announce that it has added an employment litigator to its roster of trial and complex litigation attorneys. Morgan Podruski joins the firm from Kring & Chung, where her practice encompassed wage and hour class actions, advice and counsel, and wrongful termination litigation. She holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Call & Jensen welcomes Morgan to the firm.
After substantial litigation, Wayne Call recently resolved an environmental lawsuit filed against a firm client which operates a 60-acre internationally renowned equestrian center. The lawsuit was pursued against the operator, and the City of San Juan Capistrano, for alleged violations of the Federal Clean Water Act causing pollution in San Juan Creek, at Doheny Beach and the in Pacific Ocean. A settlement was achieved on September 7, 2018 through a collaborative consent decree, which has been submitted to federal government authorities for review. Further information can be found in the Orange County Register (September 11, 2018, edition).
Sourcing at Magic- August 2018 Focus
August 12-15, 2018, Las Vegas Convention Center
SOURCING at MAGIC is bringing business issues to the forefront.
Hear the experts and specialists who focus on the issues of “protecting”
the brands of their clients in today’s wild -wild ‘social media’ culture.
“Protecting Your Trademark, Your Product, and Securing Your Name on the Label”…
All too many times soured investor relationships and failed partnerships have seen designer brands
shut down, with the name on the label squeezed out of ownership.
Experts will present an overview of the current REAL world of fashion commerce, the legal steps
necessary to protect the trademark, and take-away suggestions for the questions YOU should ask in
any transaction involving your brand.”
Monday, August 13th, 2018
9:30am – 10:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center l North Hall l Room N251
Aaron Renfro, Call Jenson LLP
Amelia Castellanos, Grass Monkey..
Richard Kestenbaum, Triangle Capital
Call & Jensen shareholder Aaron Renfro will be presenting on Nondisclosure Agreement Fundamentals for the National Business Institute (NBI) on June 20, 2018. Registration is at this link: https://www.nbi-sems.com/
Call & Jensen is pleased to congratulate its attorneys who were recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers in its 2017 lists of “Super Lawyers” published in Super Lawyers, Orange Coast, and Los Angeles Magazine. Two of the spots on the Top 50 OC Super Lawyers were held by Call & Jensen attorneys Mark Eisenhut and David Sugden. Overall, 8 Call & Jensen attorneys were named “Super Lawyers” in their respective areas of practice – designations awarded to no more than 2.5% of California attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Call & Jensen congratulates the following attorneys for their 2017 Super Lawyers selection: Todd Bouton, Wayne Call, Mark Eisenhut, Ryan McNamara, Matt Orr, Scott Shaw, David Sugden, and Julie Trotter.
Call & Jensen is proud to announce that Kerri Summers, legal assistant, has been named as a member of the Board of Directors for Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. Ms. Summers has volunteered with the organization since 2009.
On March 7, 2018, Call & Jensen shareholder Jacqueline Beaumont will be presenting at the Women in Law and Leadership Summit. The event is targeted towards creating a leadership community amongst women attorneys, by providing networking and learning opportunities on topics including career management, mentorship, gender equity, etc. Other speakers include senior in-house counsel and GCs from companies including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Intel, and Nike. Event details are available here.
Call & Jensen is proud to announce that several of its attorneys have been elected to local bar association leadership roles for 2018. Shirin Forootan was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer for the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, an organization in which Call & Jensen’s employment law attorneys have regularly participated and been invited to speak. She will serve a three-year term, serving as Chair-Elect of the Section in 2019 and Chair in 2020. Jacqueline Beaumont was elected to the Board of Directors for the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, furthering Call & Jensen’s support and sponsorship of this important local bar association. The firm congratulates Mr. Forootan and Ms. Beaumont on their elections.
Attorneys at Call & Jensen, in association with Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell, defeated class certification in an action which would have included tens of thousands of class members. Call & Jensen’s client is a leading, world-wide name-brand manufacturer of mattresses and pillows. After the denial of class certification, the trial team persuaded the district judge to divide the individual plaintiffs’ claims and transfer each plaintiff back to their home districts, leading to a favorable dismissal of all claims. The action was pending before the United States District Court in the Northern District of California. Call & Jensen attorneys handling the case included Mark Eisenhut, Matthew Orr, and Samuel Brooks.
Call & Jensen recently obtained a complete 12-0 defense trial verdict for its clients, a prestigious Southern California private university and one of its employees, following a three-week jury trial in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County. The lawsuit involved detailed claims of sexual harassment and discrimination, pregnancy harassment and discrimination, constructive discharge in violation of public policy, failure to prevent harassment and physical disability discrimination and unpaid overtime and missed meal and rest breaks. Although the plaintiff asked the jury to award more than $3 million in damages, the firm’s attorneys proved at trial that her claims were simply not credible. Attorneys David R. Sugden, Marlynn P. Howe, and Melinda Evans obtained the vindicating victory for their clients.
Call & Jensen secured a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in superior court against a former officer of Call & Jensen’s client, precluding the officer from unlawfully competing against the client by soliciting its customers and employees. The victory was obtained at the beginning stages of the litigation and protected Call & Jensen’s client from being raided by the former officer. The team consisted of attorneys Mark L. Eisenhut, Scott R. Hatch, and Joshua G. Simon.
In July of 2017, David Sugden and Scott Hatch helped Applied General Agency, Inc. (“AGA”) obtain a jury verdict of over a million dollars. The jury found in AGA’s favor as against Greenleaf Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., Christopher Mulder, and Lucas Johnson for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Negligent Interference with Prospective Economic Relations, as well as against Lucas Johnson for Breach of his Duty of Loyalty to AGA. The jury also found that Defendants’ misappropriation of trade secrets was willful and malicious which allows AGA to seek recovery of its attorneys’ fees. The three-week trial capped a litigation that included Call & Jensen obtaining an order for forensic inspection of the Defendants’ computers due to their discovery abuses, as well as monetary, issue, and evidentiary sanctions.
At the outset of a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court, Call & Jensen secured a preliminary injunction on behalf of a prominent medical device manufacturer against its competitors. Arguing against a tentative denying the preliminary injunction, Call & Jensen’s attorneys convinced the federal judge to change course, affirm the validity of the manufacturer’s key mark, and find that all elements of the preliminary injunction standard had been met. The team consisted of attorneys Mark L. Eisenhut, Samuel G. Brooks, and Joshua G. Simon.
Call & Jensen successfully secured dismissal at the pleading stage of trademark infringement claims brought against a prominent national client. In the order granting dismissal of the claims, the court held that the plaintiff had failed to support a plausible claim that the defendants’ use of a name for a new cosmetics line was likely to cause consumer confusion. This victory follows on the heels of Call & Jensen’s defeat of the plaintiff’s surprise ex parte application for a temporary restraining order involving these claims. The team consisted of attorneys Scott Shaw, Julie Trotter, and Lisa Wegner.
Call & Jensen attorneys Julie Trotter, Delavan Dickson, and Shirin Forootan obtained summary adjudication on fifteen of seventeen causes of action alleged against a skilled nursing facility and one of its former Executive Directors, including on the Plaintiff’s wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. The motion was largely premised on damaging admissions made by Plaintiff while she was being deposed by Ms. Trotter.
Call & Jensen is proud to announce that ten of its attorneys were named as “Southern California Rising Stars” by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine in 2017. These outstanding lawyers were honored in their respective areas of practice for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement – designations awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of California attorneys. In additional to being named Rising Stars, two of the firm’s attorneys were ranked amongst the highest in the Southern California region: Jacqueline Beaumont was selected as one of the Up-And-Coming 50 Women in Southern California, and Kent R. Christensen was selected as one of the Up-And-Coming Southern California 100. Call & Jensen congratulates the following attorneys on their selections as Rising Stars. Jacqueline Beaumont, Samuel G. Brooks, Kent R. Christensen, Jeffrey M. David, Delavan Dickson, John T. Egley, Shirin Forootan, Scott R. Hatch, Aaron L. Renfro, and Joshua G. Simon.
After a hard-fought evidentiary hearing before a federal judge, Call & Jensen attorneys recently defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction in a trademark infringement lawsuit, in which the plaintiff was seeking to preclude the firm’s client from marketing millions of dollars in products with a name that the plaintiff claimed to own a valid trademark for. The successful defeat of the motion allowed Call & Jensen’s client to continue marketing its existing product, achieving business goals, and to reach a favorable settlement agreement regarding the dispute. The team consisted of attorneys Scott Shaw, Debbie Gubernick, and Todd Bouton, and paralegal Halai Hashimi.
Call & Jensen attorneys recently obtained a dismissal of class action allegations for their client in an employment wage-and-hour class action pending in Kern County Superior Court. After the plaintiff former employee filed a class action lawsuit against several different entities involved in oil drilling sites in California, Call & Jensen’s attorneys developed a strategy for limiting the scope of the case to solely the individual plaintiff. After a successful work-up of factual and legal issues, Call & Jensen filed a Motion to Strike Class Action Allegations. The Court granted the motion, effectively reducing the vast majority of potential liability against their client, and removing the “class” from this class action entirely. The team consisted of John Egley, Josh Simon, Chris Dalton, Kevin Jackson, and paralegal Mariam Yusuf.