In a 41-page cert petition filed with the Supreme Court of California on Monday, Manatt and a team of outside lawyers led by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan national appellate practice chair Kathleen Sullivan argued that the legal issues surrounding the malicious prosecution case the firm faces from The Franklin Mint were muddled enough to require clarification by the state’s highest court.

In early May, California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a 3-2 ruling reinstating The Franklin Mint’s case against Manatt and IP partner Mark Lee. The litigation stemmed from a suit Manatt brought against The Franklin Mint, a popular Exton, Pa.-based coin and collectible maker, on behalf of the estate of Princess Diana of Wales and a memorial fund set up in her memory.

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