LTL Scores Summary Judgment Wins in Two Cases

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) disposes of two cases alleging “bad faith” via summary judgment.

Defending a leading national property and casualty insurance company, LTL obtained summary judgment in a “bad faith” matter on the eve of trial before the Los Angeles Superior Court. The insured plaintiff sought damages and punitive damages potentially totaling seven figures in connection with the handling of a claim by LTL’s client in the aftermath of a landslide. LTL conducted strategic and cost-effective discovery, and obtained important discovery admissions from the plaintiff, prior to filing the summary judgment motion. Citing extensively to the evidence submitted and legal arguments developed in LTL’s briefs, the Court found that LTL’s client has correctly interpreted the policy at issue and appropriately handled the claim submitted by the plaintiff.

In a separate matter representing a national life insurer, LTL obtained summary judgment in a multi-million dollar “bad faith” case litigated before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff is the CEO of a multi-line insurance brokerage business. He claimed that LTL’s client improperly allowed his substantial term life insurance policy to lapse and wrongfully denied his application to convert the term policy to a whole life policy with cash value. Again, LTL obtained crucial admissions from the plaintiff at his deposition. Those admissions proved critical later on, when the District Court agreed with LTL’s client that the plaintiff’s declaration submitted in opposition to the summary judgment motion should be stricken for violating the sham affidavit rule. The District Court granted summary judgment after finding that LTL’s client has acted correctly and reasonably at all relevant times, and dismissed the lawsuit in its entirety.

“We are pleased for our clients, which, as insurance carriers, have their claim decisions closely scrutinized by the courts in these types of cases,” stated partner Geoff Tong, who heads the firm’s insurance litigation practice. “We will continue to vigorously defend our clients and provide them with the effective and innovative representation that they deserve.”

About Lee Tran & Liang LLP

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) is a boutique law firm focused on complex litigation and trials. Based in California, LTL tackles matters nationwide and represents global companies. LTL was named as one of ten firms to the National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List (2014). The firm’s attorneys have practiced at prominent law firms including Quinn Emanuel, Morgan Lewis, Lovells, Manatt Phelps, and Perkins Coie, and are graduates of top law schools. Primary practice areas include complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, class actions, and employment defense. LTL offers a number of creative fee arrangements in appropriate matters. For more information, please contact partner Thomas Suh at (213) 612-8900 / thomas.suh@ltlattorneys.com or visit our website at www.ltlattorneys.com.

LTL Selected as Top 50 Litigation Firm by Law School Pedigree

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) announces that it was selected to Above the Law’s list of Top Litigation Firms by Law School Pedigree. LTL was selected as one of the Top 50 litigation firms across the country, from a distinguished list of firms including the AmLaw 100. Some of the other firms selected included international firms such as Quinn Emanuel, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Morrison & Foerster, Paul Hastings, Alston & Bird, Fish & Richardson, and Winston & Strawn.

Above the Law is one of the leading legal web publications in the United States, providing news, insights, and opinions on law firms, lawyers, law schools, lawsuits, judges and courts. In its ranking publication, Above the Law states “…the law remains the only profession in which, even decades after graduation, your peers actually care about where you went to school.” The rankings were calculated by taking into account the total numbers of litigation attorneys at a law firm, and the average U.S. News & World Report ranking of U.S. law schools attended by a firm’s lawyers.

“We are truly honored to be selected on this Top 50 list,” said firm co-founder and managing partner James M. Lee. “We make a careful effort to ensure that we attract the best possible trial and litigation talent. With our impressive attorneys, we have been able to attract and retain many new Fortune 500 clients and deliver outstanding results. We have developed a well-respected national reputation, and we are honored and humbled to be once again recognized in this Top 50 list.”

Lee Tran & Liang LLP Files Suit For Ousted Co-Founder of Yik Yak

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) announced today that it filed a lawsuit against popular social mobile application company Yik Yak, Inc., and its CEO Tyler Steven Droll and COO Brooks Buffington. The “Yik Yak” application allows people to post anonymously to other users within a 1.5 mile radius, and has become one of the fastest-growing and most popular applications in history. LTL represents Douglas J. Warstler, who co-founded Yik Yak with Droll and Buffington at Furman University in South Carolina, where the three of them were fraternity brothers and close friends.

The lawsuit asserts causes of action for breach of express and implied partnership/joint venture agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with fiduciary duty, and wrongful dissolution of partnership. Mr. Warstler seeks 1/3 ownership interest in Yik Yak, and compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit was filed in Atlanta, in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia (Warstler v. Yik Yak, Inc. et al., Case No. 14EV002570G).

“We look forward to prosecuting this case to recover Mr. Warstler’s rightful ownership interest in the Yik Yak partnership” stated lead plaintiff’s counsel K. Luan Tran of LTL. The firm will be assisted in this lawsuit by co-counsel Peters & Monyak, LLP based in Atlanta.

Lee Tran & Liang LLP Settles Snapchat Dispute

On September 8, 2014, Reggie Brown reached a settlement with Snapchat, and Snapchat’s CEO, Evan Spiegel, and CTO, Bobby Murphy. The settlement resolved, on mutually agreeable terms to all parties, Mr. Brown’s claim to an ownership interest in Snapchat. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) represented Mr. Brown. The LTL team included James Lee, K. Luan Tran, Enoch Liang, Cyrus Khojandpour, Lisa Chin, Ariel House, and Julie Choi. The case is Brown v. Snapchat, Inc. et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 501483.

LTL Welcomes New Patent Partner Lauren Sliger

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) is proud to announce the continued expansion of its Intellectual Property (IP) litigation practice with the addition of new partner Lauren Sliger. Lauren joins LTL as the new head of the firm’s patent litigation practice.

Lauren has substantial experience in all aspects of patent litigation. For more than 5 years, she was a patent partner at Perkins Coie LLP, practicing in both patent litigation and prosecution. She has represented several Fortune 100 companies, including Microsoft, in patent litigation matters involving complex technologies. Recently, she has developed an expertise in matters involving software and encryption technologies. Lauren has also litigated a number of trademark and trade secret cases for both national and international clients.

Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Lauren was an IP litigator with Lyon & Lyon. Lauren holds four degrees (J.D.; M.B.A.; B.A., Economics; and B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology) from the University of Arizona.

“We are quite fortunate to have Lauren join us.” said firm co-founder and partner Enoch Liang. “Lauren brings tremendous experience and depth in patent litigation and we look forward to continuing to grow our IP litigation practice group. Given the substantial number of the firm’s attorneys devoted to IP litigation, LTL has the resources to handle the most complicated IP matters.”

Lee Tran & Liang LLP Expands Orange County Office

Irvine, CA — August 5, 2014

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) announces the expansion and relocation of its Orange County office to the Jamboree Center, located at 2 Park Plaza, Suite 720, Irvine, CA 92614.

LTL opened its Orange County office in Orange, CA just over three years ago and during that time, the firm has experienced tremendous growth. The new office, now strategically located in the Jamboree Center in Irvine, is ideal to serve LTL’s growing client base of both technology and traditional enterprises in Orange and San Diego Counties, including several Fortune 500 companies.

“We are very excited by our continued growth, which can only be attributed to our clients’ incredible support. We look forward to continuing to exceed our clients’ expectations as we strive to remain their business litigation firm of choice.” said partner Thomas Suh, who manages the office.

LTL Partner Enoch Liang Named as a “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law”

San Francisco, CA — July 19, 2014

LTL Partner Enoch Liang Named as a “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law”

Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) is proud to announce that firm co-founder Enoch Liang has been named a “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property” by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media.

Enoch was selected based on his AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking of both ethical standards and legal ability that Martindale awards. The rating is driven by confidential opinions of attorneys and members of the judiciary surveyed by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell to provide reviews of lawyers of whom they have professional knowledge.

Enoch leads LTL’s Intellectual Property (IP) litigation practice. He is an experienced IP attorney, and has litigated all facets of IP disputes (including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and idea theft disputes). Enoch has served global clients across numerous industries including technology, retail, cosmetics, automotive, and entertainment. He has been the partner in charge of numerous IP matters in venues around the country, including in California, Delaware, Texas, and New York. Due in large part to Enoch’s leadership, LTL was recently named to the 2014 National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List (one of ten firms nationally). Prior to LTL, Enoch litigated high-stakes IP matters for several years with Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles and Lovells in China.

“We are very proud of Enoch,” stated partner James Lee. “Enoch has led our IP litigation practice into one that is well-recognized by our clients and colleagues alike, and we look forward to continuing to build it under Enoch’s leadership.”

Firm Retained in Corporate Control Contest Involving Famous Jeans Company

Los Angeles, CA – June 2010

Lee Tran & Liang was recently retained by a founding member of Siwyâ„¢ Denim jeans brand in a corporate control dispute over the company. In addition to defending claims that the co-founding member breached her fiduciary duties, the Firm is asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duties, trademark infringement, and other claims as well. The case is currently venued before the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Firm Retained in Corporate Control Contest Over Manufacturer of Guitars for “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band”

Los Angeles, CA — July 2014

The Firm was recently retained by a manufacturer for Guitar Hero–one of the top-selling video games of all time–in an ongoing corporate control contest. The Firm was brought in to bring counterclaims for breach of fiduciary duties against purported shareholders and directors who have engaged in direct competition with the company.

LTL Partner Enoch Liang Named as a “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law”

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA – July 2014 – Lee Tran & Liang LLP (LTL) is proud to announce that firm co-founder Enoch Liang has been named a “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property” by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media.

Enoch was selected based on his AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking of both ethical standards and legal ability that Martindale awards. The rating is driven by confidential opinions of attorneys and members of the judiciary surveyed by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell to provide reviews of lawyers of whom they have professional knowledge.

Enoch leads LTL’s Intellectual Property (IP) litigation practice. He is an experienced IP attorney, and has litigated all facets of IP disputes (including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and idea theft disputes). Enoch has served global clients across numerous industries including technology, retail, cosmetics, automotive, and entertainment. He has been the partner in charge of numerous IP matters in venues around the country, including in California, Delaware, Texas, and New York. Due in large part to Enoch’s leadership, LTL was recently named to the 2014 National Law Journal’s Litigation Boutiques Hot List (one of ten firms nationally). Prior to LTL, Enoch litigated high-stakes IP matters for several years with Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles and Lovells in China.

“We are very proud of Enoch,” stated partner James Lee. “Enoch has led our IP litigation practice into one that is well-recognized by our clients and colleagues alike, and we look forward to continuing to build it under Enoch’s leadership.”