Christopher Beatty has substantial trial and appellate litigation experience in both state and federal court. He particularly focuses on finance and entertainment litigation, but also has experience in antitrust, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, family disputes, employment, intellectual property and other complex business matters.
Chris has significant finance litigation experience, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He successfully protected Natrol Inc., a multinational nutraceutical company, from a takeover by a private equity lender. He currently represents Moshe Barkat, the owner of MVF Inc., a Hollywood post-production facility, in a lender liability suit against a hedge fund. Chris also represents David Eyerly, the creator and co-founder of Surf Air, an all-you-can-fly subscription airline, in litigation for stock dilution against Surf Air’s venture capital lenders. Chris also has extensive experience representing financial institutions. He has successfully represented California Bank & Trust, Cathay Bank and CoreLogic in finance-related matters and currently represents a hedge fund in a breach of contract dispute.
Chris has comprehensive entertainment litigation experience as well. He obtained summary judgment on behalf of Universal Music in trademark litigation brought by a former band manager and currently represents Universal Music in an accounting action. He represented Activision in high-profile lawsuits brought by the creators of Call of Duty seeking profits from and creative control of the franchise and a related competition lawsuit brought by Activision against Electronic Arts. Chris also currently represents an entertainment executive in a confidential arbitration relating to his wrongful termination. Other matters include representing a movie studio in a copyright dispute related to a prominent movie character, representing an acclaimed artist in a confidential arbitration and representing a mobile games company in a copyright lawsuit.
- Represented GlaxoSmithKline in federal court as a plaintiff against Abbott Laboratories. The case involved antitrust, breach of contract, and unfair competition claims. After a four-week jury trial, jurors awarded GSK with a multimillion dollar verdict.
- Represented Santarus in Hatch-Waxman cases against defendants Par Pharmaceuticals and Zydus Pharmaceuticals. In one case Santarus sought lost profits flowing from Par’s at risk launch of a generic copy of Santarus’ Zegerid product. The lawsuit resulted in a $100 million settlement. Three other related cases involved patent infringement claims against Zydus and Par related to Zegerid products.
- Represented Activision in lawsuits related to the videogame Call of Duty, with more than $2 billion in damages alleged. The suits included a competition lawsuit brought against Electronic Arts and claims brought by over forty employees, including the creators and former heads of the videogame franchise, seeking profits from and control of the franchise. All parties reached a confidential settlement shortly before trial.
- Obtained complete summary judgment in federal court on behalf of Universal Music against claims of trademark infringement, dilution and false designation of origin brought by a former band manager claiming that Universal Music improperly used the band’s name and owed him millions in royalties. Also obtained summary judgment cancelling a trademark for the name of the band that the band manager purported to own. Chris took the case over from another law firm less than two months before trial and just weeks before the summary judgment deadline, with no discovery completed.
- Represented Corelogic in two mass actions in California state court and federal court involving allegations of appraisal fraud. In one case the court granted Corelogic’s demurrer of the complaint, which included common law fraud and Cal. UCL § 17200 claims, without leave to amend.
- Represented GlaxoSmithKline in a successful appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The panel ordered a new trial because Abbott Laboratories impermissibly struck a gay juror from the jury pool in violation of Batson v. Kentucky.
- Acted as pro bono counsel in two Ninth Circuit mediations related to immigration. In one case involving a family of five, the government administratively closed all five cases even though orders of removal had been issued.
Prior to joining Miller Barondess, Chris was a litigation associate at Irell & Manella LLP and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Chris received his Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of Michigan in 2009, where he was a Contributing Editor of the Michigan Law Review and President of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. During law school, Chris worked as a law clerk at Federal Signal Corporation, the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, and Irell & Manella. Chris received his B.A. in History from Brigham Young University in 2005.