Business Litigation Appeals Firm
The attorneys of Blecher Collins & Pepperman are well known not only for their effective trial advocacy but for an impressive appellate record. Appeals are a natural outgrowth of our business and commercial litigation practice, and we relish the opportunity to carry cases to a definitive conclusion before higher courts.
Our attorneys have achieved important victories in precedent-setting cases involving antitrust and unfair competition law, complex business litigation, securities litigation and a variety of other matters. We have argued cases before state and federal appellate courts in California, Hawaii and nationwide, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Eighth Circuit, First Circuit, the Supreme Court of California and California District Courts of Appeal in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.
Our appellate advocacy entails writs, briefs and appeals of lower court rulings, a number of which have changed the business landscape in California and beyond:
- A ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in favor of our client, the Los Angeles Coliseum, cleared the way for the Oakland Raiders football team to relocate to L.A. by exposing the NFL's policies blocking the move as unlawful restraint of trade. [ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission v. National Football League]
- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an antitrust ruling against Eastman Kodak, in which Blecher Collins & Pepperman represented a group of independent service companies (ISOs) frozen out of the market when Kodak stopped selling them replacement parts. [ Image Technical Services v. Eastman Kodak]
- Our client, a manufacturer of surgical gloves, recovered $19 million after two trials and two appeals in antitrust litigation against a subsidiary of industry giant Johnson & Johnson for a pattern of unfounded patent infringement suits intended to quell competition. [ Handgards v. Ethicon]
- We prevailed in defending a California-based movie theater chain in an antitrust case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. The frequently cited Ninth Circuit ruling held that our client did not violate monopoly laws by acquiring all the first-run theaters in Las Vegas. [ U.S. v. Syufy Enterprises]
- The Supreme Court of California upheld our client's damage award against Matsushita Corp. for unfair competition in the form of price discrimination. [ ABC International Traders v. Matsushita]
- In a groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court of California ruled that our client could bring suit against Lockheed Martin for tortious interference with prospective economic advantage. [ Korea Supply Co. v. Lockheed Martin Corp.]
- The Supreme Court of California ruled that an antitrust class action could not proceed to trial against our client and other major oil companies in a landmark ruling interpreting California's summary judgment standard. [ Aguilar v. Atlantic Richfield Co.]
- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that our client could proceed with antitrust and other claims against Ikon corporation. [ Newcal v. Ikon Corp.]
These cases are only a sampling of our success in an appellate practice that spans several decades. Contact our Los Angeles office to discuss your potential appeal of a jury verdict, bench ruling or damage award with one of our appeals lawyers. We welcome inquiries from other trial firms in California, elsewhere in the Ninth Circuit and across the United States.