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California Central District Judges & Copyright Law Firms

Posted by Steve Vondran | Oct 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Federal Court Judges – [Central District of California] – may hear Copyright Infringement cases

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Introduction

If you are involved in a copyright lawsuit in the Central District of California, you may be assigned to one of the following judges.

California Central District Court Judges

Otis D. Wright II

Robert Gary Klausner

Christina A. Snyder 

Sample Cases

Romex Textiles, Inc. v. A.B.N., Inc. et al

Unicolors, Inc. v. Mackson, Inc. et al

Shason, Inc. v. International Private Label, Inc. et al

Paul Reiffer v. Fox River Conservation Partners, LLC

C and SM Intl v. Number 1 Clothing, Inc et al

Arthur Lee Alfred et al v. Walt Disney Company

The et al Vladamua, LLC v. Guess, Inc. et al

Jitrade, Inc. v. Jollychic, Inc. et al

Gold Value International Textile, Inc. v. Westport et al

Bruce W. Talamon v. Tuff Gong Worldwide LLC et al

Urban Fab Corp. v. Cornerstone Apparel, Inc. et al

Brittani Friedman v. Popsugar, Inc. et al

Daniel O'Donoghue et al v. James Arthur et al

Boost Beauty, LLC v. Woo Signatures, LLC et al

Richard Bell v. Wilmott Storage Services, LLC, et al

Kilina America, Inc. v. R and R Goldman Associates, Inc. et al

Star Fabrics, Inc. v. Opensky Project, Inc. et al

Jeffrey R. Werner et al v. Landon Dowlatsingh et al

Fabric Selection, Inc. v. Topson Downs of California, Inc. et al

Ghodooshim and Son Inc. v. Lulus Fashion Lounge Holdings, Inc. et al

X17, Inc. v. Awesomeness, LLC et al

Star Fabrics Inc. v. Saks Fifth Avenue LLC et al

C and SM Intl v. Wholesalefashionsquare.com, Inc. et al

Klauber Brothers, Inc. v. AnnTaylor, Inc. et al Strike 3 Holdings, LLC v. John Doe

Percy Anderson

Sample Cases

Test Innovators, Inc. v. Revolution Prep, LLC

B and M Noble Co. et al v. Old Master Products, Inc. et al

Arthur Lee Alfred et al v. Walt Disney Company,

The et al Salt and Pepper Clothing, Inc. v. M Collection Group, Inc. et al

Gold Value International Textile, Inc. v. Westport et al Noah Daar v. Oakley, Inc et al

Christopher L. Knowles v. Spin Master, Inc. et al

Donald Robbins et al v. Oakley, Inc. et al

Fraiche Textile, Inc. v. Torrid LLC et al

Robert Skazel v. Thomas Valfrid Anderson et al

David Zindel v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. et al

Klauber Brothers, Inc. v. Target Corp. et al

Paul Reiffer v. The Oppenheim Group, Inc. et al

Robin Bain v. Film Independent, Inc., et al

Jamie Spinello v. Express, Inc. et al

Star Fabrics, Inc. v. The TJX Companies, Inc. et al

Star Fabrics, Inc v. 2Bella, Inc. et al

United Fabrics International Inc v. White Mark Universal Inc et al

C and SM Intl. v. CCK IT, Inc. et al

Larry G. Philpot v. MetaBrainz Foundation, Inc.

Peter Kredenser v. BSX Records, et al

BackGrid USA, Inc. v. Lehren Networks Private Limited

NS Intl Textiles v. Macys, Inc. et al

Star Fabrics Inc v. SteinMart Inc et al

C and SM Intl v. Fashion Eden et al

George H. Wu

John F. Walter

Dolly Maizie Gee

Stephen Victor Wilson

Dale S. Fischer

S. James Otero

Philip S. Gutierrez

Manuel Lawrence Real

Dean D. Pregerson

Michael Walter Fitzgerald

Consuelo Bland Marshall

John Arnold Kronstadt

Fernando Manzano Olguin

Ronald S. W. Lew

Beverly Reid O'Connell

Andre Birotte Jr.

George H. King

Margaret M. Morrow

Intellectual Property Law Firms that You May Encounter in C.D. Cal.

  1. Fox Rothschild (Strike 3 Holdings, LLC (filing hundreds of lawsuits in 2018)
  2. Doniger Burroughs (Star Fabric cases, Gold Value International Textile, Klauber Brothers, Inc.)
  3. Higbee & Associates (photo infringement – Grecco Productions, Inc., Adlife Marketing & Communications Company)
  4. Jeong & Likens
  5. Crowell Law (Millennium Films / King Tuna).  Might also be known as “Rights Enforcement” touting clients such as AMBI Distribution, Benaroya Pictures, Cinelou Films, Hannibal Pictures, Hannibal Classics, Voltage Pictures)
  6. Davis Wright Tremaine
  7. Sanders Law, PLLC (FameFlynet, Inc. cases)
  8. Schneider Rothman IP Law Group (Fotohaus, LLC)
  9. Call & Jensen
  10. Resch Polster & Berger (Fabric Selection, Inc. cases)
  11. Perkins Coie (Clients include Adidas America, Craigslist, Microsoft and Blue Nile copyright infringement actions related to Diamond Photos)
  12. Johnson & Pham (BMW, Adobe cases)

FameFlynet Lawsuits

As noted above, FameFlynet, Inc. is filing lawsuits in the Central District of California.  Here is a sample of the Court's decision in one case (ruling in favor of the Plaintiff on a motion for summary judgement):

“The Plaintiff is FameFlynet, Inc., a California-based photojournalism corporation that provides entertainment-related goods and services. FFN owns the rights to a multitude of photographs, primarily featuring celebrities, which it licenses to online and print publications for profit. Plaintiff's primary assets are its library and archive of celebrity photographs. Defendants Shoshanna Collection and Shoshanna Group are a New York-based retail company and the website operator of www.shoshanna.com (the “Website”), respectively.  At issue here are two photographs, allegedly owned by the Plaintiff, of the celebrity Emmy Rossum taken at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood, California on July 16, 2015 (collectively the “Rossum Photos” or the “Photos”).

The Plaintiff asserts that it registered the Rossum Photos with the United States Copyright Office (the “USCO”) on September 24, 2015, under Application No. 1-2734759362, and that the USCO approved the registration (the “Registration”) that day. While the Defendants do not deny that the Plaintiff successfully registered some photographs with the USCO, Defendants dispute that the deposit copy of materials submitted to the USCO contained the Rossum Photo.”

The Court went on to discuss Fraud on the Copyright Office:

“To bring a successful claim for copyright infringement, the plaintiff must preliminarily establish valid ownership of the copyrighted work. See Castle Rock Entm't, Inc. 150 F.3d at 137. In addition, “copyright registration is a prerequisite to bringing suit for infringement under the Copyright Act.” BWP Media USA, Inc. v. Gossip Cop Media, Inc., 196 F.Supp.3d 395, 401 (S.D.N.Y. 2016) (citing 17 U.S.C. § 411(a)).

Crucially, a “certificate of registration made before or within five years after first publication of the work shall constitute prima facie evidence of the validity of the copyright and of the facts stated in the certificate.” 17 U.S.C. § 410(c); see also Overseas Direct Imp. Co. v. Family Dollar Stores Inc., 309 (S.D.N.Y. 2013) (noting that the existence of a copyright registration issued by the USCO establishes a presumption of the validity of the copyright).

While [the Plaintiff] bears the burden of proving copyright ownership, defendants — as the party challenging the validity of the copyright registration — have the burden of proving that the … Copyright Registration is invalid.” Jetmax Ltd. v. Big Lots, Inc., No. 15-CV-9597 (KBF),  (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 28 2017) (citing Urbont v. Sony Music Entm't, (2d Cir. 2016)). The Defendants may rebut the validity of a registration “by proof of a certificate holder's fraud on the Copyright Office,” though the defendant “bears a heavy burden” in establishing such fraud.”

This Plaintiff is filing many lawsuits and if you received an infringement notice or a subpoena contact our firm below or at the email at the right side of this page.

Northern District Judges involved in Copyright Infringement Actions

William Haskell Alsup

Contact our Copyright Infringement Boutique Law Firm

If you are a Plaintiff or Defendant in need of litigation counsel (or copyright legal advice) in the Central District of California call us for a free initial consultation.  We can be reached at (877) 2786-5084.  We handle a wide variety of copyright infringement cases from software licensing audits & piracy cases, online p2p file sharing lawsuits, photo infringement license recovery (contingency programs available), font infringement, jewelry infringement and more.  We are a leader in online copyright infringement in the United States.

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