David H. Sternis a litigation partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed's Los Angeles office. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Class Action practice group. With over 20 years of experience, David focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation.
David has considerable first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts, representing major clients in antitrust, class-action, intellectual property and media/entertainment matters. He also has significant experience litigating contract, copyright, trademark, securities, real estate and unfair competition matters.
Former director of the Western Center on Law & Poverty
Former member of the board of governors for the Los Angeles Athletic Club. He is a member of the club's basketball team, which participates in the annual North American Association of Club Athletic Directors (NACAD) basketball tournament
Included in the 2006 Los Angeles Business Journal's "Who's Who in Law—LA's Top Intellectual Property Lawyers—Entertainment"
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
In 2016, defeated a proposed class-action suit against Renal Advantage, a subsidiary for Fresenius Medical Care, when the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a lower court's dismissal. The plaintiff, an ex-employee of the company, had claimed she was misclassified as exempt from overtime under California law
In August 2013, after a two-week bench trial, won a judgment with attorneys' fees for a private real estate investment firm on all claims in a dispute with a commercial real estate developer
In 2013, won a motion to dismiss a business tort action against bwin.party digital entertainment PLC, the world's largest listed online gaming company, in the Southern District of Florida for lack of personal jurisdiction
Represented subsidiaries of bwin.party digital entertainment in an international arbitration for alleged breach of contract and fraud relating to the purchase of the World Poker Tour
Moreyra v. Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. et al: On behalf of Fresenius Medical Care, defeated class certification of meal-break wage and hour claims in the Central District of California
Represented a publicly traded financial institution in litigation against multiple borrowers on credit lines arising out of the development of luxury residential real estate in Hawaii
Won a motion to dismiss, in December 2008, a class action for Fresenius Medical Care North America in a multidistrict litigation in the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, seven health benefit plans, claimed that the defendants had conspired to promote off-label uses of two AMGen drugs, violating Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and California consumer fraud laws
Represented a subsidiary of Experian in litigation over internet marketing of consumer credit monitoring products
On behalf of Burberry, defeated a motion for class certification in the Central District of California in 2007 alleging that Burberry failed to comply with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by printing credit card expiration dates on customer receipts
Obtained summary judgment in 2007 for Tim Mosley (Timbaland) and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) in a copyright infringement action in the Central District of California. The court held that the plaintiff lacked standing to pursue a copyright infringement action regarding the critically acclaimed Jay-Z/Linkin Park "Big Pimpin'/Papercut" mashup
Obtained summary judgment in 2006 on behalf of the songwriting, performing and recording artists Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin (OutKast) in a declaratory judgment action commenced against them in federal court in Los Angeles, in which the plaintiffs claimed joint copyright ownership in certain OutKast recordings and compositions on the multiplatinum, award-winning album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"
After five weeks of trial in 2005 and a series of decisions limiting the amount of potentially recoverable damages to the plaintiff, a favorable settlement was reached in an insurance coverage case regarding California's alleged $750 million liability for the Stringfellow Acid Pits
Represented The Boeing Co. and McDonnell Douglas Corp. in federal multidistrict litigation arising out of the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, an MD-83 aircraft. The crash off the coast of Southern California on Jan. 31, 2000, killed all 88 passengers and crew members. In May 2003, summary judgment was obtained in Boeing/McDonnell Douglas' favor, which subsequently led to a favorable settlement in the multidistrict litigation
Obtained summary judgment in 2001 for a physician in major False Claims Act litigation arising from end-stage emphysema surgery
Architect of the successful summary judgment motion in the Central District of California that led to the US Supreme Court's seminal decision in Independent Ink v. Illinois Tool Works Inc., abolishing the presumption of market power in a Section 1 "patent-tying" action
Represented more than 20 drag racing teams in their successful unfair-competition suit in 2004 against the National Hot Rod Association
Member of the trial team that represented Litton Systems in an antitrust case against Honeywell International Inc. in 1998. Following a 13-week jury trial, a federal jury in Los Angeles awarded Litton $250 million ($750 million after trebling) after it found Honeywell monopolized the worldwide market for a sophisticated navigation system used on nearly all commercial aircraft