Represented Banque Audi, one of the largest consumer banks in Lebanon that also does business in the U.S. and whose name is identical to a major car manufacturer. Shortly after the passage of the U.S Federal Trademark Dilution Act, the car manufacturer sued the bank for both trademark infringement and dilution. We developed a defense that revolved around showing that since the majority of the Banks' customers in the U.S. were natives of the Middle East, their use of the Banks' name did not dilute the strength of the manufacturer's mark because this population based on its middle eastern roots would distinguish between the bank and the car company. A survey commissioned by our team substantiated these findings. On the eve of trial the court granted the car manufacture summary judgment on its dilution claim but sue sponte reversed his decision during trial when he heard the testimony of the bank's survey's expert. The case settled on an amicable basis after trial.

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Breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty for a large financial institution
The firm represented a large financial institution in defense of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by another major bank more
Acquisition for one of the largest bank holding companies located in Georgia
Represented one of the largest bank holding companies located in Georgia in the acquisition of four branches of a Canadian bank. more
Acquisition of General Electric's Hydro Equipment Business
Represented Andritz AG in the acquisition of the hydro power equipment business of General Electric, including GE’s majority interest in GE Hydro more
International arbitration for a Fortune 500 company relating to the commercial development of a pesticide
Represented a Fortune 500 company in an international arbitration administered by the ICC involving a longstanding contract with a partner more