Partners Michael Bierman and Jeffrey Wexler help client prevail in false advertising and unfair competition case
LOS ANGELES (November 14, 2011) –Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, one of California’s leading litigation law firms, announced today a recent trial victory for its client K&N Engineering in a false advertising and unfair competition case, K&N Engineering, Inc. v. Spectre Performance, Case No. ED CV 09-1900 VAP (DTBx), United States District Court for the Central District of California (Eastern Division), before the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips. The jury awarded K&N more than $7.3 million, the exact amount sought, on six different claims brought against competitor Spectre Performance.
Michael Bierman and Jeffrey Wexler, partners in Luce Forward’s Los Angeles office, and their team, convinced the jury that Spectre intentionally engaged in false advertising in connection with the marketing and sale of its performance automotive air filters and air intake systems. The jury also returned a defense verdict in favor of K&N on Spectre’s counterclaims for false advertising.
“We are pleased that the jury understood the evidence that was presented and applied the law fairly.” says Bierman, a business litigation attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, corporate investigations and resolution of difficult business disputes. “Its verdict sends the message that false advertising to obtain a competitive advantage will not be tolerated.”
Additional Luce Forward attorneys who worked on the case include associates Michelle Sugihara and Vicky Pham, along with paralegal Kathryn Howard.
K&N Engineering is the inventor of oiled cotton gauze high-flow air filters and continues to manufacture its products in Riverside, California.
About Luce Forward
Founded in 1873, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Orange County and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.luce.com.
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