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  • Teamsters Local 372 v. Detroit Newspaper Agency. Defended employer in § 1983 suit brought by unions and bringing RICO counterclaim. Successful survived multiple motions to dismiss RICO counterclaim. 956 F. Supp. 753 (1997); 993 F. Supp. 1052 (1998)
  • Johnson v. Herald-Palladium. Obtained dismissal of defamation lawsuit prior to start of discovery
  • United States v. Koubriti, 252 F. Supp. 2d 424, 31 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 1940 (E.D. Mich. 2003) (closure of voir dire in first post 9-11 terrorism trial)
  • Tomkiewicz v. Detroit News, 246 Mich. App. 662 (2001). Represented newspaper in defending defamation and privacy suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant
  • Kevorkian v. American Medical Association, 237 Mich. App. 1, 602 N.W.2d 233; 28 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 1532 (1999) (libel claim by Dr. Jack Kevorkian)
  • Represented Newspaper in acquisition of government files
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition in defamation action.
  • Submitted multiple amicus briefs in various courts on media issues for multiple clients, including media associations, newspapers and broadcasters
  • Cecil Fielder v. Greater Media, Inc., No. 267495 (Mich. App. July 25, 2006) (unpublished) (libel lawsuit by former Detroit Tigers All-Star)
  • Copyright infringement action
  • Northland Wheels Skating Center, Inc. v. Detroit News et al, 213 Mich. App 317 (1995). Represented newspaper in defending defamation suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment
  • Television and Newspaper Publiser Litigation
  • Represented a regional news publishing company in connection with a defamation against one of its newspapers
  • Detroit Free Press v. Ashcroft, 303 F.3d 681, 30 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 2313 (6th Cir. 2002) (closure of immigration proceedings)
  • Detroit News, Inc. v. Recorder's Court Judge, 202 Mich. App. 595 (1993) (access to court records)
  • Defended music company in copyright action
  • In re DaimlerChrysler AG Sec. Litig., 216 F.R.D. 395, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15145 (E.D. Mich. 2003) (reporters’ privilege arising out of publication of book on the Daimler/Chrysler merger)
  • Fronning v. Jenny Jones Show, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 5725 (6th Cir. 1996) (invasion of privacy claim by stripper who appeared on Jenny Jones show)
  • Defended music company in copyright action
  • Represented a reporter for a nationally recognized media paper who was subpoenaed as a witness in a criminal pedophilia trial in Washtenaw County based on his award -winning reporting on the inside world of internet pedophilia.
  • Detroit News v. City of Detroit. Represented newspaper in lawsuit under Michigan Freedom of Information Act for release of text messages involving Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick and his Chief of Staff. Michigan Supreme Court Docket No. 135841
  • Johnson v. McGraw-Hill, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10148, 44 Fed. R. Serv. 3d 1192 (E.D. Mich. 1999) and Erwin v McGraw-Hill, No. 97-CV-72704, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7109 (E.D. Mich. 1998) (libel/privacy by NBA star’s agent)
  • Lins v Evening News Association, 129 Mich. App.419, 426 (1983). Represented newspaper in defending defamation suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment
  • Pesta v. CBS, Inc. (60 Minutes), 653 F. Supp. 350 (E.D. Mich. 1986); 686 F. Supp. 166 (E.D. Mich. 1988); 837 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1988). Represented defendants and ultimately obtained jury verdict of no-cause after multi-week trial.
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition in defamation action.
  • Erwin v. Detroit News, 29 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 1863 (Mich. App. 2001) (libel claim by sports agent)
  • Olympia Entertainment Inc. v. Brass Ring Productions. Represented plaintiff in series of commercial disputes, successfully obtaining partial summary disposition and injunctive relief. 467 Mich. 855 (2002); 2002 Mich. App. LEXIS 621.
  • Michigan v. Schmitz, 24 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 2535 (Mich. App. 1996) (court access involving murder trial arising out of “same sex-crush” Jenny Jones show)
  • Locricchio v. Evening News Ass’n, 438 Mich. 84; 476 N.W.2d 112 (1991); cert. denied, 503 U.S. 907 (1992) (libel case involving reporting on mafia connections to Pine Knob)
  • Pesta v. CBS Inc., 686 F. Supp. 166; 15 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 1798 (E.D. Mich. 1988), on remand from 837 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1988) (libel action by doctor arising out “60 Minutes” Broadcast)
  • Defended music company in copyright action
  • People v. Pastor (In re March 1999 MSU Riots), 463 Mich. 378, 617 N.W.2d 310, 2000 Mich. LEXIS 1493, 28 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 2398 (2000) (reporter’s privilege arising out of riots at MSU following NCAA “March Madness” game)
  • Incorporated new Michigan corporation for media purchase
  • Detroit Newspaper Agency v. Local 372. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction against picket line violence.
  • Hamilton v. Detroit News, 2008 Mich. App. LEXIS 1729 (Mich. App. Aug. 26, 2008) (unpublished) (libel/privacy by prominent club owner)
  • Represented CBS Sixty Minutes in multi-year libel litigation culminating in a "no cause" verdict.
  • Fewins v. Grand Traverse Record Eagle, Case No. 08-8223-NO (Benzie County Circuit Court) (defamation case brought by county sheriff)
  • Defended record publisher in copyright litigation
  • Copyright action
  • Trademark dispute
  • Licensing/Transactions: Drafted license/transaction agreements for a media/entertainment entity
  • Represented a national cable entertainment news show in connection with a defamation action
  • Defended television station in trademark/copyright action
  • Cross v. Detroit News, 29 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 2439 (Mich. App. 2001) (libel claim by business owner)
  • Trademark infringement action
  • American Transmission v. Channel 7 of Detroit, 239 Mich. App. 695; 609 N.W.2d 607; 28 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 1823 (2000) (libel/other torts involving “Call for Action” investigation)
  • International Sports Marketing v. Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. Obtained reversal of trial court’s imposition of default judgment in excess of $20M against client. 2002 Mich. App. LEXIS 1877, December 3, 2002
  • Stratton v. WJRT et al, 2005 Mich. App. LEXIS 23 (2005) (libel/privacy involving media ride-along)
  • Defended surviving members of 1960's rock band in trademark and copyright infringement action against Plaintiff's heirs who sought a preliminary injunction to prevent clients from continuing to use the trademarks and copyrights relating to the band.
  • Garvelink v. Detroit News, 206 Mich. App. 604 (1994). Represented newspaper in defending defamation suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment
  • Curtis v Evening News Association, 135 Mich. App.101, 103 (1984). Represented newspaper in defending defamation suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment
  • Lifestyle Lift v. Merideth Corp., Case No. 08 096448 NO (Oakland County Circuit Court) (defamation case arising out of news broadcast on company that promotes a 24-hour recovery after its mini-facelift procedure)
  • Newspaper Publisher Litigation
  • Rahn v. The Detroit News. Represented newspaper in defending defamation suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of defendants.
  • Defended movie studio in copyright action
  • Koczenasz v. The Flint Journal. Represented newspaper in defending defamation/privacy/intentional infliction of emotional distress suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of defendants
  • Duran v The Detroit News, 200 Mich. App.622 (1993). Represented newspaper in defending defamation/privacy/intentional infliction of emotional distress suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment.
  • Shumake v. WJBK. Successfully obtained dismissal of defamation/privacy claims against defendant broadcasters
  • The Detroit News v. Wayne County. Successfully represented newspaper in lawsuit under Michigan Freedom of Information Act for release of salary information. Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 235831.
  • Defending newspaper against defamation and related tort action.
  • Booth Newspapers v. 12th District Court Judge, 172 Mich. App. 688 (1988). Successful challenge to statute barring access to preliminary examination in rape case.
  • Successfly represented newspaper in Freedom of Information lawsuit involving (now former) Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition in defamation action.
  • McIntosh v. The Detroit News, 2009 Mich. App. LEXIS 128; 37 Media L. Rep. 1193 (2009) (unpublished) (libel/fair report privilege)
  • Represented a major motion picture studio in one of the leading "substantial similarity" literary copyright infringement cases in the Sixth Circuit