Temporary Restraining Orders: Represented prevailing parties in back-to-back TRO proceedings in the Fall of 2020. The first matter took place in Texas state court, on behalf of a foreign defendant; the second, in Texas federal court, on behalf of an individual.
Lead counsel for 7Road in Proficient City Ltd. v. Shenzhen 7th Road Technology Co., Ltd., Cause No. DC-20-15569 (193rd Judicial District, Dallas County). The Firm was engaged after Plaintiff PCL secured an ex parte TRO against Defendant 7Road based on PCL’s claims that included trade secret misappropriation. After considering arguments advanced by the Firm, the court dissolved the TRO and dismissed PCL’s claims against 7Road.
Co-Counsel for Plaintiff Steve Emery in Emery v. Sun Cupid Technology (HK) Ltd., Civil Action No. 3-20-cv-3519-L. Mr. Emery was involved in a breach of contract dispute with companies controlled by a billionaire based in Hong Kong. Although contract disputes are generally not subject to emergency relief, Li and his co-counsel persuaded the Court in the Northern District of Texas to grant an ex parte TRO against Defendants. After conducting an evidentiary hearing, the Court converted the TRO into a preliminary injunction and required a modest bond. The case settled on confidential terms shortly thereafter.
Lead counsel for NEC Corporation of America in Oracle v. NEC Corporation of America, Civil Action No. 5:21-cv-05270-CRB (N.D. Cal. Jul. 8, 2021). NECAM was an authorized sub-licensor of Oracle’s database software. This is a dispute arising out of Oracle’s IT audit of NECAM’s records, where Oracle contends NECAM is not compliant with terms in the Oracle license; and where NECAM contends that it justifiably relied on Oracle’s representations and that Oracle’s license restrictions constitute copyright misuse. Insofar as we’re aware, this is the first time a litigant has applied the copyright misuse doctrine against Oracle. The case is pending.
Architect of Tellabs’s trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference, unfair competition, and business disparagement claims against Fujitsu. This bet the company case, conceived and developed by Li, garnered significant industry attention. The case was recently settled on confidential terms.
Architect of a 10-figure conversion, unjust enrichment, and breach of fiduciary duty claim on behalf of the claimant against an industry giant. After fiercely contesting these claims over the course of 4 years, defendant and its CEO brought-in new lead counsel (4 months before trial). The case settled on confidential terms a month before trial.
Co-Lead trial counsel for Plaintiffs Bo Strathmeyer and Alentown International in a breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, and breach of contract suit brought against a majority shareholder. After observing our lawyers present their case on the first day of trial, defendant agreed to settle the case for an amount that exceeded compensatory damages.
Lead counsel for a major electronics company to assess how the company’s agreements, including form Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreements, may unintentionally jeopardize its trade secrets. Devise and implement strategies to identify and mitigate potential risks.
Lead counsel for U.S.-based semiconductor company to formulate trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims against a competitor.