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  • Misappropriation of Trade Secrets; Foreign Company
  • United States District Court for the District of Michigan
  • Defendant Taiwanese Based Company
  • Todd A. Roberts
  • Represented a Taiwanese based company with U.S. operations from allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets relating to an alleged proprietary manufacturing process.  The claim involved approximately $10 million in alleged damages.

     

  • Successfully compelled a dismissal with prejudice.

  • Corporate Restructuring; Inversion ("flip") of Company
  • Digital Media Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented European technology companies in their corporate structure inversion ("flip") resulting in the existing foreign company becoming the wholly-owned subsidiary of a newly formed US entity. Negotiated with existing shareholders and investors, drafted all US documentation, and supervised tax advisors and foreign counsel.

  • Outside General Counsel from Formation to Acquisition
  • Software Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a US public company in its $3.5 million asset purchase of a Swiss company’s equipment and technology used in the manufacturing of women's apparel.9). Organized and represented a software company specializing in wireless communications software. Drafted and negotiated all bundling, joint development and distribution contracts with US, European and Asian partners. Prosecuted US trademarks. Handled a $ 17.5 million cash acquisition by the US public company.

  • Foreign Investment in Silicon Valley Software Company
  • Institutional Investor
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a Swiss bank in its acquisition of privately held shares of a Silicon Valley-based high tech company.

  • International Stock Option Plans
  • Private Information Technology Companies
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented several bi-national companies in the drafting and implementation of their Stock Option Plans.

  • Acquisition (For Buyer)
  • Publicly-Traded Foreign Biopharmaceutical Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a European public corporation in it's $28.5 million cash and $18 million earn-out acquisition of a California-based manufacturer of leading biopharmaceutical storage and transport technology.

  • Settlement of Commercial Dispute
  • Spinal Implants Manufacturer
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a French manufacturer of spinal implants in a commercial dispute with a US distributor. Coordinated development of the case, prepared international discovery and drafted motions with company executives and local co-counsel.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for our client.

  • Organization of Business Entities
  • Software Development Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Responsible for all aspects of the organization of a software development company using the labor of Russian software engineers.

  • Technology Licensing
  • Microprocessor Design Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Responsible for all aspects of organization and legal work associated with a microprocessor design company. Represented the company in negotiations with contractors, developers and venture partners.

  • Acquisition (For Sellers)
  • Voice Over IP Software Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a French software company specializing in IP telephony in its $14 million stock acquisition by a US public company.

  • Trademark
  • UK Internet Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented an English internet company in the purchase of a US domain name and in related trademark matters.

  • Formation Through Late-Stage Growth of Internet Company
  • Private Internet Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a Silicon Valley veteran in the organization of a new venture dedicated to Internet data mining. Organized corporation as investment vehicle for seed financing. Represented corporation in Series A through D Preferred Stock Issuance and coordinated financing from multiple international sources. Drafted technology licenses, a Stock Option Plan and agreements, employment contracts, and International (US, EU, Japan, Mexico, Canada) trademark applications.

  • Joint Venture; License Agreement
  • Public Coporation
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a subsidiary of a French public corporation in all aspects of negotiations of European joint venture and license agreements with US entities. Negotiated a comprehensive agreement with a leading semiconductor manufacturer for the design, manufacture and distribution of an internet appliance developed for the European market.

  • Litigation Management
  • San Francisco County Superior Court & Arizona
  • Alcohol Producer
  • Gerald G. Knapton
  • A Korean Soju producer made many rather speculative investments in the United States and some of these resulted in litigation. The company was experiencing problems managing the litigation and explaining its concerns to the American counsel while being charged very large sums of money for some of the litigation which was being incorrectly staffed and badly managed by the law firms that were retained by the company. The distant client felt powerless to change the situation. Through business connections in Asia, we negotiated reasonable charges for some litigation, suggested a change of counsel in others and monitored the ongoing cases for general counsel. A systematic procedure for budgeting, staffing and monitoring the litigation and the charges was implemented.

  • Our work resulted in a substantial reduction in the charges to the client.

  • Contract Negotiation
  • Trust & Investment Company in China
  • Negotiated with a renowned American golf designer for an international contract to construct a world class golf course in China. The project involved 660 acres of land and plans for a 36 hole golf course and 770 resort villas. The contract terms developed stipulated arbitration in Hong Kong, and was governed by California law.

     

  • Successfully executed an international contract (U.S-China) for construction of a golf course facility in China.
     

  • Immigration; Permanent Residence
  • U.S. Immigration Department
  • Chinese Individual
  • Represented a Chinese citizen in his permanent residence application to immigrate to the United States. The client is recognized worldwide for his expertise in strategic Goe competitions and in the top 10 rankings. He immigrated to the United States under the immigration category of "Persons With Extraordinary Abilities."
     

  • Successful approval of U.S. Citizenship for Client.
     

  • Piercing Corporate Veil
  • Federal Court of Northern California
  • Defendant Taiwan Computer Mother Board Manufacturer
  • A U.S. publicly listed corporation alleged that our client, a Taiwan publicly listed company, was responsible for its subsidiary work in $10 million contract damages.

  • Successfully obtained a unanimous 8-0 verdict in favor of our client.

  • Sexual Harassment; Hostile Work Environment; Gender Discrimination
  • USDC: Central District of California
  • Defendant International Wallcovering Company
  • David M. McLaughlin
  • Represented the defendant, an international wallcovering company, in an action alleging sexual harassment, hostile work environment and gender discrimination.

     

  • The matter was resolved in a successful settlement.

  • wine beer and spirits transactional manufacturing
  • Spirits Brand Owner and Manufacturer
  • Robert A. Rivas
  • Developed the structure of a spirits brand and negotiated and drafted international production, manufacturing, importation and distribution as well as master distiller agreements.   Registered trademark and trade dress in United States and abroad and negotiated and drafted IP licensing agreements. 

  • Acquisitions (For Buyer)
  • Foreign Publicly-Traded Naval Technology Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Represented a publicly-traded French company developing underwater exploration equipment in its acquisition of California-based software company.

  • Organization of Business Entities; Commercial Contracts
  • Aircraft Maintenance Company
  • François G. Laugier
  • Responsible for all aspects of organization, domestic and international legal work associated within an aircraft maintenance company set up to assure the maintenance of a leading aircraft manufacturer fleet.

  • wine beer and spirits transactional manufacturing
  • Spirits Brand Owner and Manufacturer
  • Robert A. Rivas
  • Developed the structure of a spirits brand and negotiated and drafted international production, manufacturing, importation and distribution as well as master distiller agreements.   Negotiated and drafted trademark sales proceeds agreement.

  • First Amendment
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Media Companies
  • On behalf of two European media companies we filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in which we argued that the interpretation of Section 17500 B.&P.C. by the California Supreme Court seriously interfered with the European Union’s requirements that companies report on social, environmental, and ethical issues in their annual reports.