Benson, Patricia

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Fashion Industry Practice (Co-Chair)
Entertainment Litigation
Intellectual Property & Technology

Legal Expertise
Complex commercial litigation with emphasis on intellectual property, business torts and employment litigation.  Extensive experience in federal and state courts as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Industry Focus
Entertainment, fashion, consumer products, and retail

Key Professional Accomplishments
* Successful representation of Sony Pictures Television, Lifetime and A&E Entertainment against plaintiff's attempt to enjoin broadcast of the remake of "Steel Magnolias."
* Successful representation of Fortune 100 company against Lanham Act and false advertising claims.
* Current representation of major television network against satellite company in dispute over service that deletes commercials from prime time shows.
* Obtained summary judgment for client on claims for alleged violation of First Amendment Rights.
* Successful representation of record companies in copyright infringement action against a CD manufacturing plant, resulting in a jury trial award of $136 million.
* Successful representation of a major arts and cultural institution in a disability discrimination and wrongful termination suit brought by a plaintiff who had been an employee for 24 years. After a five and a half day jury trial, the jury returned in just over an hour with a unanimous verdict in favor of the client.
* Successful representation of subsidiary of large consumer products company in trial to confirm company’s trademark and enjoin the import and sale of “knock off” products manufactured overseas.
* Successful representation of American co-producer of motion picture made and partially financed in Canada, in arbitration resulting in award to client of creative control over project and $4.8 million in damages.
* Successful representation of major generic pharmaceutical company against claims for violation of Lanham Act, false advertising and unfair competition.
* Obtained summary judgment for motion picture company in case involving anti-circumvention provisions of DMCA. 321 Studios v. MGM Studios, Inc., et al., 307 F. Supp. 2d 1085 (N.D. Cal. 2004).
* Representation of record companies in content piracy litigation case against Aimster.
* Obtained summary judgment for record companies on claims of contributory and vicarious copyright infringement against one of the largest flea markets on the East Coast. Arista Records, Inc. v. Flea World, Inc., 78 U.S. P.Q. 2nd 1339 (D.N.J. 2006).
* Obtained summary judgment representing employers in numerous state court employment discrimination cases.
* Successful mediations of federal and state court employment actions for alleged discrimination and harassment.

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations
* Co-Chair, MS&K Fashion Industry Practice
* Co-Vice Chair of the Litigation Division, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
* Board Member, St. Joseph Center
* Former Member, Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association
* Former Member, Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers
* Former Member, Board of Directors of Western Center for Law and Poverty
* Former Member, Board of Directors of Public Counsel
* Former Trustee, Los Angeles County Bar Foundation
* Former Member, Los Angeles County Bar Judicial Appointments Committee

Court Admissions
* California, 1972
* USDC, Central District of California, 1974
* USDC, Northern District of California, 1974
* U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1977

University of Southern California Law Center, J.D., 1974; Order of the Coif
Stanford University, B.A., 1971; Phi Beta Kappa; with Great Distinction