Litigation In 2022, Hughes Hubbard’s litigators racked up victories for clients as varied as a world-famous auctioneer, a top-ranked esports organization, a not-for-profit saving vulnerable populations and many more.

Employment Win for Imperial Pacific

A federal judge granted HHR client Imperial Pacific International’s bid to throw out, for a second time, a suit brought by Turkish workers of the hotel-casino in the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Win for FaZe Clan in SDNY

HHR helped FaZe Clan, a top-ranked esports and entertainment organization, win a victory in the Southern District of New York against Adult Use Holdings and Zola Ventures, venture firms that were early Series A and Series B investors in the gaming company. The judge denied the plaintiffs’ petition to vacate or modify a pre-hearing arbitral award, and instead granted FaZe Clan’s cross-petition to confirm the award. Ultimately, the firm scored a complete arbitration victory for FaZe Clan when an International Centre for Dispute Resolution arbitrator issued a partial final award dismissing all claims by the two venture firms.

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Defending Sinclair in Multidistrict Class Action

The Firm continued its long-running defense of Sinclair Broadcast Group in Illinois federal court against plaintiffs’ efforts to expand the scope of discovery in a case involving accusations that Sinclair and other major broadcast groups were involved in a nationwide conspiracy to fix prices for TV advertising.

Victory for Imperial Pacific International in Battle with Casino Commission

HHR scored multiple victories for Imperial Pacific International and its investors against the Casino Commission of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in a long-running dispute over whether the force majeure provisions of an exclusive license agreement were triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic. In September, the court found that “IPI would be irreparably and imminently injured without injunctive relief, that the equities tilt in favor of IPI, and that public policy favors that this matter go to arbitration.”

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Unanimous Appellate Win for American Arbitration Association

In a crucial victory for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), HHR helped secure denial of Uber's motion for preliminary injunctive relief in its bid to block the AAA from charging nearly $92 million in arbitration fees.

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Phillips Auctioneers in Celebrity Memorabilia Case

HHR won a motion for summary judgment in California state court for longtime client Phillips Auctioneers regarding a Rolex Submariner wristwatch, which had been gifted by famous late actor Steve McQueen to his stuntman, Loren Janes.

Defense of Global Risk Advisors and its Founder

The firm continues to represent Global Risk Advisors and its founder, former CIA officer Kevin Chalker, in a case against Elliott Broidy.

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Biotronik’s Civil Settlement with DOJ

HHR advised medical device manufacturer Biotronik Inc. on the civil settlement that it entered into with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, to resolve historical claims of alleged overuse of paid consultants to train field personnel and limited instances of excessive customer meals and travel. The parties agreed that the settlement is not an admission of liability, and Biotronik continues to deny all allegations on behalf of itself and its physician partners.

Ninth Circuit Win for Imperial Pacific

HHR continued its winning streak for Imperial Pacific International (IPI) when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a judgment against the company and remanded the matter to district court. Before the firm got involved, the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands had entered summary judgment for nearly $500,000 in favor of plaintiff Ping Shun Corp. on its claim against IPI for alleged failure to make payment for certain meals delivered to IPI employees over the course of approximately 18 months. The district court held that, since IPI had not contested Ping Shun's monthly invoices when they were first presented, it had manifested its assent to the invoices.

After being engaged, HHR moved for reconsideration of the district court's decision, presenting new testimony from a Ping Shun whistleblower who corroborated IPI's suspicions that Ping Shun had fraudulently inflated its invoices. The district court denied IPI's motion for reconsideration, holding that the new evidence was unlikely to change its summary judgment ruling. The Ninth Circuit, however, disagreed and vacated the district court’s judgment, adopting HHR’s argument.

Victory for Bumble in Contract Case

HHR achieved a victory for Bumble when the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the trial court’s decision granting the dating app’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit it brought against restaurant company L&L NY 5 Inc. over a failed sublease.

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Another Victory for Phillips Auctioneers

The First Department of New York’s Appellate Division affirmed the trial court’s order dismissing all claims against longstanding HHR client Phillips Auctioneers.

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Shareholder Litigation Defense for ProPetro

HHR is representing oilfield services company ProPetro, and certain of its officers and directors, in shareholder litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas based on allegations that public disclosures over a two-year period contained false statements regarding the effectiveness of the company’s internal controls. HHR obtained the complete dismissal of shareholder derivative litigation alleging breaches of fiduciary duty against ProPetro’s officers and directors. In a related securities class action, HHR was successful in significantly narrowing the scope of claims against ProPetro and its officers and directors through motions to dismiss and strike, resulting in a favorable settlement of all remaining claims (which remains subject to final court approval). 

Bose in Front of International Trade Commission

HHR is serving as counsel to American audio electronics company Bose Corporation in a U.S. International Trade Commission patent infringement investigation against IP portfolio company Bell Semiconductor.

Save Our Allies’ Fraud Suit

HHR filed a lawsuit on behalf of firm client and not-for-profit organization Save Our Allies, who alleged it was defrauded by groups that had agreed to help relocate Afghan refugees waiting in Pakistan for resettlement

Dismissal of Breach‑of-Trust Suit Against Ross School

Hughes Hubbard achieved complete victory on behalf of an East Hampton private school when a New York State judge dismissed a $10 million lawsuit brought against it by a billionaire NYC real estate developer and his 17-year-old son, who alleged the son was bullied by teachers during a field trip to South America in March 2020.

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Epstein Victims' Compensation Program

HHR worked to establish the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program, which concluded its claims processing activities in August 2022, permitted sexual abuse victims of Mr. Epstein to participate in a voluntary, confidential, non-adversarial alternative to litigation.