Erin Trenda’s practice focuses on contract and licensing disputes, intellectual property litigation and other commercial tort claims. Erin has experience litigating all stages of a case, from discovery and motion practice through trial, post-trial motions and appeal.
Cooley Secures California Appellate Win Upholding Right to Arbitral Finality
June 24, 2022
Cooley secured an appellate victory for Interwest Capital, a prominent California-based real estate investment firm, and its CEO and chairman Alex Roudi, which reinforces the contractual right to arbitral finality. Partners Steve Strauss and Erin Trenda led the Cooley team advising Interwest and Roudi.
Cooley Obtains Summary Judgment for Qualcomm in Patent Infringement Lawsuit
April 5, 2022
Cooley achieved a significant victory for longtime client Qualcomm when US District Judge Paul G. Byron of the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted the firm’s motion for summary judgment in a contested patent infringement lawsuit, ParkerVision v. Qualcomm. Lawyers Stephen Smith, Matthew Brigham, Eamonn Gardner, Dena Chen, Jeffrey Karr, Priya Viswanath and Benjamin Lin led the Cooley team advising Qualcomm. Brigham and Gardner argued the motion for summary judgment, with assistance from the larger team.
Cooley Secures Interim Arbitration Award in Favor of Javo Beverage Company
July 13, 2021
Cooley secured an arbitration win for Javo Beverage Company in a contractual dispute against its former co-founder Stephen Corey involving theft of Javo’s intellectual property. The arbitrator, retired Judge Jay C. Gandhi, issued an interim arbitration award on July 6, following a five-day remote hearing that involved live testimony from 10 witnesses and hundreds of exhibits. Partners Steve Strauss, Jeffrey Karr and Erin Trenda led the Cooley team representing Javo.
Cooley successfully defended Activision Blizzard and certain officers in a securities class action filed in the Central District of California alleging the company made false and misleading statements regarding the termination of its partnership with Bungie LLC and its future involvement with the Destiny video game franchise. The court ultimately granted our motion to dismiss and the plaintiff did not appeal the trial court’s ruling.
DOJ Settles Discrimination Case with Immigration Judge
November 3, 2015
Cooley announced the resolution of a suit against the US Department of Justice on behalf of sitting Immigration Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor. The lawsuit challenged a 2012 order imposed by the DOJ that Judge Tabaddor recuse herself indefinitely from all cases involving Iranian nationals.
Tabaddor v. Holder, filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California, asserts that the DOJ ordered the blanket disqualification in a racially discriminatory fashion, based on Judge Tabaddor's national heritage and association with the Iranian-American community, including her speaking, educational and volunteer activities within that community.
Pursuant to the settlement, the DOJ has agreed to lift the order, undertake to review its policies, and pay $200,000. "We are proud and honored to have represented Judge Tabaddor and to have achieved this resolution," said Cooley Partner Ali Mojdehi. "In our view, this resolution completely vindicates the time honored principles which our client had sworn to uphold. We express gratitude to Magistrate Judge Gandhi who guided the parties in the discussions which resulted in this settlement. We also thank the numerous organizations and individuals who have rejected silence and have voiced their support in pleadings or otherwise in favor of our client. Finally, we are also pleased the DOJ came to terms on this matter."