Our first runners-up this week are Derek Shaffer, Kathleen Sullivan, and William Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan who scored a major First Amendment victory at the U.S. Supreme Court on July 1 in Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta. The decision nixed a California law forcing charities to report the names and addresses of major donors. The Quinn team has handled the case since filing the complaint in the trial court in 2014.
Also landing runners-up honors this week are Steve Strauss, Jeff Karr, and Erin Trenda of Cooley who won a $50 million damages award in an arbitration for Javo Beverage Company Inc., a maker of coffee, tea and botanical extracts. An arbitrator last week issued an interim arbitration award in favor of Javo for breach of contract in a dispute against co-founder and former executive Stephen Corey and his new company, California Extraction Ventures Inc. The arbitrator determined Corey improperly used Javo’s proprietary information for the benefit of his new company and disclosed Javo’s proprietary extraction process in applying for patents. Cooley associates Alex Miller, Dane Voris and Rachael Heller also worked on the matter.