Mendler v. Winterland (U.S. District Court, N.D. Cal.)

The firm successfully defended at trial Winterland Productions, the world's then largest purveyor of music industry merchandise, in a copyright infringement action brought by a photographer. In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the copyright infringement claim on a closely contested issue involving the use of digital photo technology. Back in the trial court, the firm successfully defeated plaintiff's six-figure damages claim, convincing the trial court to reduce it to less than $10,000.