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Seasoned Trial Lawyers Michael Mortenson Joins Stradling

Newport Beach, Calif., February 9, 2018 — Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. announced today the addition of trial lawyer Michael Mortenson as a shareholder and member of the firm’s litigation practice group. Mortenson, a former private equity analyst, comes to Stradling from BakerHostetler.

Mortenson represents entities and individuals in class actions, breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty matters, including RICO and fraudulent transfer claims and retaliation actions as well as various commercial and employment litigation matters. He also handles appeals to the California Courts of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and tries cases on behalf of clients before arbitration panels.

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10 Stradling Attorneys Named to 2018 Super Lawyers List

Stradling is pleased to announce that 10 of its lawyers have been recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers:

Sarah Brooks – Intellectual Property Litigation
Jason de Bretteville – Criminal Defense: White Collar
Bruce Feuchter – Securities & Corporate Finance
Paul Glassman – Bankruptcy: Business
Richard Goodman – Business Litigation
Chris Ivey – Securities & Corporate Finance
Karla Kraft – Business Litigation
James Richman – Real Estate
Marc Schneider – Securities Litigation
Craig Taggart – Securities Litigation

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Stradling Shareholder Mark Skaist Named to OCBJ’s OC 500

Orange County Business Journal’s second annual OC 500 book included Stradling’s Corporate Shareholder Mark Skaist in the service category. The book includes 500 of Orange County’s most influential business and civic leaders in nearly every industry sector.

“I am honored to be included in this prestigious list with many business and civil leaders whom I admire,” says Skaist, who is co-chair of the firm’s corporate and securities practice.

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Allergan’s Patent Transfer to Tribe Raises Concerns, Gripes

Sarah Brooks, a shareholder in Stradling’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice, spoke with The Daily Journal for an article on Allergan’s transfer of its eye medication RESTASIS patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Following the transfer of the patents, the tribe filed a motion to dismiss an ongoing inter partes review before the USPTO on the basis of sovereign immunity, a novel legal theory. Brooks commented that the tribe’s sovereign immunity argument initially appears to have more strength than similar claims previously advanced by universities, largely because “native American tribes have stronger sovereign immunity.” However, Brooks emphasized that the strategy is not without risks, and noted that the tribe could potentially weaken its sovereign immunity position if it tries to enforce patents and sue generic companies as an exclusive licensee instead of as an owner.

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Best Lawyers Names Five Stradling Attorneys for 2018

Best Lawyers has named five Stradling partners to its 2018 list of Best Lawyers in America. The annual recognition of leading lawyers is based on a rigorous, national peer-review survey involving more than five million evaluations. The 2018 list includes the following Stradling attorneys:

Jason Anderson – Real Estate Litigation
Chris Ivey – Corporate
Larry Cohn – Biotechnology Law
James Richman – Real Estate
David Thompson – Public Finance Law

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Uber’s Self-Driving Car Legal Fight With Waymo Headed to Court

USA Today interviewed Stradling shareholder Jason de Bretteville, a former assistant U.S. attorney and chair of the firm’s white-collar criminal defense practice, for a story about Waymo’s suit against Uber in which Waymo, Google’s autonomous car company, claims that its former self-driving car expert, Anthony Levandowski, stole 14,000 files related to Google’s proprietary technology before starting a competing company, Otto, which Uber bought in 2016 for $670 million. In a setback for Uber, Judge William Alsup referred the case to the U.S. Attorney for an investigation of possible theft of trade secrets by an Uber executive.

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Stradling Welcomes Former Head of Dorsey’s Southern California Corporate Group

(Newport Beach, CA) – Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth LLP announced today the addition of Parker Schweich as a shareholder in its Newport Beach office and a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group. He was previously a partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s Orange County office and head of its Southern California Corporate practice group.

“I have known Parker for more than 10 years and consider him to be an accomplished corporate attorney and a good friend,” says Mark L. Skaist, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Stradling’s Corporate and Securities practice group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “We will benefit from his years of experience helping public and private companies achieve their business goals.”

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SEC Fines Fund Adviser $39 Million for Failing to Adequately Disclose Monitoring Fees

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been focusing on the lack of disclosure by fund managers to investors regarding the receipt of monitoring fees. Recently, the SEC fined The Blackstone Group $39 million for failing to adequately disclose the acceleration of monitoring fees paid by the fund’s portfolio companies.

The monitoring fees were charged by Blackstone to the portfolio companies for its consulting and advisory services provided to the portfolio company.

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