Mr. Aldisert handles a wide variety of business and entertainment litigation and has a reputation for litigating cases aggressively and efficiently. He brings a businessman’s perspective to solving complex legal problems in the most cost-effective manner. Mr. Aldisert handles cases involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property, medical technology, corporate governance, partnerships, employment, and real estate. He has handled a number of international business disputes and represents prominent law firms as well.
- Defended a 50% owner of a prominent billboard business that settled in 2017 after defeating the other 50% owner’s summary adjudication motion.
- Represented professional baseball player who purchased excessive whole life insurance policy in claims against insurance agent and insurance carrier, which favorably settled in 2016.
- Negotiated the transition of high-end commercial real estate brokers between major commercial real estate companies in 2016, and avoided lawsuit being filed.
- Successfully defended film director in Director Guild of America disciplinary proceedings arising out of a crew person’s death during production.
- Successfully defended distressed debt management firm in connection with potential claims by foreign private equity firms in 2016.
- Successfully defended art collector who was sued on a fraudulent transfer claim in Bankruptcy Court for District of Hawaii.
- Obtained a $4.3 million settlement in 2014 on behalf of the Chapter 11 Trustee and Creditors Committee for medical technology company, Gamma Medica Inc., which asserted breach of fiduciary duty claims against two private equity firms (who were lenders and shareholders in Gamma) that bought two Gamma business lines out of bankruptcy.
- Obtained a substantial settlement in 2014 for Tre Milano, the inventor of a successful hair tool product, on a contributory trademark infringement claim against Amazon for allowing third party vendors to sell counterfeits resulting in negative reviews that hurt sales of the hair tool.
- Won summary judgment in 2014 on behalf of defendant law firms and lawyers (one who is now a judge) in a complex malicious prosecution case that spanned 17 years.
- Obtained a large settlement in 2013 for Adrenalina Inc., a Florida perfume manufacturer, in a dispute with Selena Gomez arising out of her termination of their license to sell her perfume brand.
- Won an arbitration in 2012 on behalf of an elderly buyer of life insurance against National Bank of California that resulted in loan agreements being rescinded—the insurance buyer had borrowed monies to buy the policy and intended to resell it, but was unable to do so after the secondary market collapsed; obtained a substantial jury verdict in 2012 for the elderly insurance buyer against the insurance agent—The Wall Street Journal wrote about this matter on February 2, 2011.
- Won a seven-figure fraud claim and an attorneys’ fee award in an arbitration in 2010 arising out of the purchase of real estate in Bel Air.
- Won summary judgment and a substantial attorneys’ fee award for Sanctuary Records defending right of publicity, trademark, and copyright claims filed by the Beach Boys’ Mike Love stemming from UK’s Mail On Sunday promotional giveaway of a Brian Wilson CD. Mike Love v. Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., 611 F.3d 601 (9th Cir. 2010).
- Won a defense judgment at trial (upheld on appeal in 2009) on behalf of international diamond dealers who bought millions of dollars of rare diamonds in Spain that were allegedly owned by Swiss and New York diamond dealers—the Los Angeles Times wrote a Column One about this matter on March 29, 2006.
- Obtained a substantial settlement on behalf of the creator of the Skelanimals brand against a brand management company; and settled claims arising out of the merchandising rights to the Boondock Saints brand.
- Represented an actress who was victimized by identity theft in connection with dating website where the District Court held in a case of first impression that the Federal Community Decency Act of 1996 did not bar her claim because owner of site was an “interactive computer service” and was an “information content provider.” Carafano v. Metrosplash.com Inc., 207 F.Supp.2d 1055 (C. D. Cal. 2002).
- Won a seven-figure arbitration award, plus attorneys’ fees, on behalf of Newmarket Films against Mel Gibson’s company, Icon Distributions, in connection with the distribution of the motion picture The Passion of the Christ; obtained the dismissal of Regal Cinemas’ claims against Newmarket relating to the revenue split with the exhibitor in a separate federal court action.
- Obtained a judgment in the amount of $1.5 million for the creator of Tae Bo against business managers who embezzled monies from his accounts; settled negligence claim on behalf of restaurant and nightclub owners against Wells Fargo Bank for allowing accountant to use forged checks to steal from their accounts.
- Co-tried the first Anna Nicole Smith trial against E. Pierce Marshall in United States Bankruptcy Court based on a tortious interference with inheritance claim resulting in a judgment of $475 million on her behalf; reported to be the largest single plaintiff judgment in the country that year. Vickie Lynn Marshall v. E. Pierce Marshall, 253 Bank. Rptr. 550 (C.D. Cal. 2000) and 257 Bankr. Rptr. 35 (C.D. Cal. 2000).
- Won summary judgment for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers licensee sued on an interference with contract claim by establishing that there could be no actionable interference where the first contract with another licensee was voidable because that exclusive license violated the Copyright Act. PMC Inc. v. Saban Entertainment, 45 Cal.App.4th 579 (1996).
- Successfully defended several class action lawsuits on behalf of various businesses, including The Sports Club Company involving alleged violations of various consumer statutes, One World Network Integrated Technology involving unfair business practices allegations, and Oakwood Worldwide involving alleged violations of the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.
- Successfully represented a variety of actors, directors, and athletes, including Jennifer Lopez, Mike Tyson, Quentin Tarantino, Brian Wilson, Wayne Gretsky, and Luc Besson, and several producers and studios, including Newmarket Films, Warner Bros., RKO Pictures and Miramax Films.
- Won defense judgments on defamation claims filed by the McMartin family against reporter Wayne Satz who covered the McMartin pre-school investigation. Satz v. Superior Court (Virginia McMartin), 225 Cal.App.3d 1525 (1990); also defended defamation claims against the owners of the National Enquirer.
- Handled several Independent Film and Television Alliance arbitrations (formerly American Film Market Association) on behalf of both producers and distributors.
- Represented investors in a wholesale fruit business in a dispute with a supplier involving the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Phi Beta Kappa)
- University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law