The firm recently obtained a sweeping victory by defeating in its entirety a motion to certify a wage and hour class action brought against firm client Guzman Brothers, Inc., a family-owned restaurant business. After initiating a putative class action alleging claims of missed meal and rest breaks and unpaid overtime, Plaintiff moved the court to certify a class of all current and former non-exempt employees over a four-year period. Accepting all of the central arg… full story
Five of our attorneys were recognized in 2016 by SuperLawyers Magazine. Benjamin Singer (IP Litgation), Renee Bea (General Litigation), Walt Pfeffer (Business Litigation), and Doug Tilley (Business Litigation) were honored as Rising Stars and James Hopenfeld (IP Litigation) was selected as a SuperLawyer. This is the second selection for Benjamin, Renee, and W… full story
Singer / Bea and firm client Creative Mobile Technologies, Inc., filed suit in the Northern District of California seeking redress for Flywheel Software's failure to honor its contractual promises and its intentional interference with Creative Mobile's contracts with their customers. Law360 published an article on the action. The case is Creative Mobile Technologies … full story
Above the Law has recognized Singer / Bea as one of the best boutiques in Silicon Valley. The article, entitled “The White Sandal Elite: The Go-To Law Firms of Silicon Valley” named Singer / Bea the “best firm to keep you out of e-discovery hell,” and describes Singer / Bea as a “nimble and ruthlessly efficient firm of business litigation and IP n… full story
Singer / Bea represents San Francisco based start-up Telesocial, Inc., in its dispute with French telecom giant Orange S.A. over the theft of its social calling technology. Last year, Singer / Bea convinced the trial court to deny Orange's efforts to move the case to France; a result Orange challenged via a petiton for a writ of mandamus. This year, Singer / Bea convinced the Ninth Circuit to uphold the trial court's ruling, allowing the case to proceed to trial in the Northern Distri… full story
The Northern District of California ruled today that firm client The Sustainable Aviation Foundation, Inc. and its founder Dr. Brien Seeley may proceed with their Sustainable Aviation Symposium, rejecting a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by plaintiff CAFE Foundation, Inc. The plaintiff sued Sustainable Aviation and Dr. Seeley for trademark infringement, unfair competition, conversion, and a handful of other causes of action, and then moved the Court for a preliminary injunction to … full story
A federal judge granted Singer / Bea’s application for a temporary restraining order in Sumotext Corp. v. Zoove, Inc., No. 5:16-cv-01370-BLF (N.D. Cal.). Successfully navigating the stringent requirements for temporary restraining orders, Singer / Bea partner Adam Cashman and associate Katie Erno won an important victory on behalf of client Sumotext. In order to craft a successful application, Ms. Erno marshaled both complicated facts and a constellation of preceden… full story
Another Singer / Bea client is happily out of litigation today with the filing of a joint stipulation of dismissal with prejudice in the trademark case Orion Pictures Corp. v. Orion Entertainment, Inc., No. CV 15-01464-PSG (C.D. Cal). In the end, the successful termination resulted from the analysis and advocacy of partner Benjamin Singer and associate Walt Pfeffer.
Singer/Bea recently obtained dismissals, prior to discovery, of two lawsuits brought against Intuitive Surgical, the designer and manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic surgical system.
In the first action, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, a hospital system agreed to purchase the da Vinci robot from Intuitive, and to finance its purchase through a separate financing company. When the Hospital failed to make required payments, the financing company brought suit… full story
November was another good month for Singer / Bea, who managed to end another case without having to engage in expensive discovery. The firm’s client, Semtech Corporation, was sued for breach of contract and related claims, with alleged damages in excess of $400,000. Singer / Bea analyzed the complaint, identified key flaws in Plaintiff's allegations, and filed a demurrer before the Contra Costa Superior Court. On April 9, 2015, the Court sustained the demurrer and … full story