Gregory A. Nylen

Gregory A. Nylen

Associate
Location:
Corona, California
Phone:
877-388-1136
951-788-9410
Fax:
951-788-0766
Email:

Significant Representations

• Seized millions-of-dollars worth of counterfeit merchandise in dozens of trademark infringement actions on behalf of international trademark owners.
• Shut down hundreds of unauthorized retailers of merchandise bearing clients’ marks and using clients’ copyrighted materials.
• Conducted intellectual property audits for numerous companies.
• Represented the best-known variety-show host in Latin America and numerous celebrities in disputes regarding infringing domain names.
• Enjoined the misappropriation of trade secrets by a competitor of one of the world's largest processors of credit card transactions.
• Represented online service providers in litigation involving web site development, issues arising under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Communications Decency Act.
• Prevailed at trial in trademark infringement action against manufacturer of infringing bourbon brand.
• Defended putative class action against a major retailer of pre-paid calling cards in UCL and CLRA case concerning alleged improper fees and surcharges applied against talk time; convinced opposing counsel in a similar, prior lawsuit to drop the case after GT filed motion to dismiss.
• Defeated class certification motion on UCL case filed against major ticketing manufacturer relating to alleged false advertising of various charges.
• Defeated class certification of unfair competition claims filed against publicly traded for profit owner of various “trade schools.”
• Defending numerous putative class actions alleging claims under UCL, FAL and CLRA against other “trade schools”, including in San Francisco Superior Court.
• Represented a cooperative of rural telecommunications providers in a nationwide class action against the provider of satellite broadcast services.
• Defended numerous companies in consumer class actions involving claims under California's Business and Professions Code sections 17200 and 17500, as well as the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
• Defended a writer and director in a major right of publicity case that ultimately was resolved in the clients' favor in the California Supreme Court.
• Represented both writers and production entities in WGA credit arbitrations.
• Defended numerous copyright infringement actions on behalf of a major production company.
• Handled numerous contract disputes on behalf of a major talent agency.
• Obtained $8 million + judgment against former executives of major shoe retailer who embezzled funds from the company.
Professional and Community Involvement
• Board Member, Craft & Folk Art Museum
• Chair, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California, 2008-2009
• Chair, Litigation Section, Santa Monica Bar Association, 2002

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California

Education

  • University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Law Review: Southern California Law Review, Notes Editor
    • Law Review: Southern California Law Review, Staff Member
  • University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Major: Motion Picture and Television Production
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • M.A. - 1990
    • Major: Communications Management

Published Works

  • A Free Pass For Merchant Account Provides For Secondary Liability In Trademark Counterfeiting?, Mealey's Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce, Vol. 9, #11, January, 2008
  • Author, Unfair Competition/Business and Professions Code section 17200 chapter for the Annual 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 editions of the Litigation Review, Litigation Section of the California State Bar
  • Author, "Media Management" (regarding the pitfalls of defamation claims in the U.S. involving celebrities), International Association of Entertainment Lawyers 2005 Annual Compendium
  • Author, "Are Emails Worth the Paper They Are Written On? The Interplay of Electronic Signature Legislation and the Copyright Act's Statute of Frauds", New Matter, Volume 27, Number 1, 2002
  • Author, "Back Door: Court to Review Fluid-Recovery Issue in "Korea Supply", The Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 7, 2001
  • California Unfair Competition Law, June 5, 2008
  • Handling Claims under the CLRA, June 2, 2008
  • Perfect 10, Inc. v. Visa International Service, Association, 494 F.3d 788 (9th Cir. 2007): A Free Pass For Merchant Account Providers For Secondary Liability In Trademark Counterfeiting Cases?, January 14, 2008
  • California Unfair Competition Law, December 3, 2007
  • California Unfair Competition Law, November 1, 2005
  • IAEL 2005 Celebrity, March 1, 2005
  • Are Emails Worth the Paper They Are Written On?, April 1, 2002
  • Court to Review Fluid-Recovery Issue in 'Korea Supply', December 7, 2001

Classes/Seminars

  • Panelist, Pro-Active Case Management: How to Create a Litigation Plan and Budget, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California
  • Panelist, Combating Counterfeiting and Priacy: Strategies to Protect Your Business and IP Interests in the US, China (And Other Asian Countries), Europe and Latin America, International Law Section of the State Bar of California

Honors and Awards

  • Selected by Super Lawyers magazine in the IP Litigation category, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Chair, 2008 - 2009
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Litigation Section, Chair
  • U.S.C. Entertainment Law Institute, Member, Syllabus Committee
  • U.S.C. Entertainment Law Institute, Co-Chair, Syllabus Committee
  • U.S.C. Entertainment Law Institute, Member, Advisory Committee, 2006 - Present
  • U.S.C. Entertainment Law Institute, Member, Planning Committee, 1994 - 2006
  • Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar, Elected to three-year term as member, 2003 - 2006
  • Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar, Secretary, 2005 - 2006
  • Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar, Treasurer, 2006 - 2007
  • Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar, Vice Chair, 2007 - 2008
  • Annual Trial Symposium Committee, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California, Panel Captain
  • Annual Trial Symposium Committee, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California, Co-Chair, 2003 - 2005
  • Annual Trial Symposium Committee, Litigation Section of the State Bar of California, Producer, 2005 "Champions of the Courtroom" DVD