Matters Of Note
John represents former directors and senior officers of Tribune Company (including its CEO and CFO) in multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit. The cases include claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent conveyance and preference arising out of the leveraged buyout of Tribune and the Company’s subsequent bankruptcy.
John obtained judgments for a trustee in bankruptcy and a class of plaintiff noteholders in litigation involving accounting malpractice, legal malpractice and securities fraud. The litigation included a six week jury trial in federal court, several appeals and two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court (John argued one of the two).
John secured injunctions for WGN Continental Broadcasting in antitrust litigation attacking efforts by the NBA to prevent WGN from telecasting Chicago Bulls games outside the Chicago market. The litigation included a bench trial and two appeals.
John represented Interclaim, a company based in Ireland, in a legal malpractice case against one of the country’s most prominent plaintiffs’ class action firms. In a three week jury trial in federal court, John obtained a $36 million verdict (with $27 million in punitive damages).
In a three week arbitration hearing, John defended a major Chicago law firm and defeated an $80 million claim for legal malpractice and fraud brought by a former client of the firm.
John represented a major steel company in a patent infringement suit against one of its principal competitors. After a three week trial, the jury found the patents at issue to be both valid and infringed.
John represented the Chicago Cubs in federal court litigation against the rooftop owners outside Wrigley Field. In the first case, he successfully brought claims against the rooftops for misappropriation and copyright infringement, securing a groundbreaking settlement for the Cubs just before trial. He subsequently represented the Cubs in other actions involving the rooftops, including defeating the rooftops’ suit for an injunction involving the NHL Winter Classic played in Wrigley Field.
John successfully represented the National Hockey League Players’ Association (“NHLPA”) in a six week bench trial in New York state court. The breach of contract case against the NHLPA was brought by Licensing Corp. of America, a Time Warner unit terminated by the NHLPA as its exclusive licensing agent.
John represented the NHLPA in labor matters that included one strike and two lockouts and negotiated three collective bargaining agreements between the NHLPA and the NHL. John also represented the NHLPA in negotiating the agreements with the NHL and the IOC that set the terms on which NHL players have participated in the Winter Olympics for their various home countries. John handled dozens of individual grievance and salary arbitrations for NHL players, and represented the NHLPA in commercial litigation involving antitrust, rights of publicity, breach of contract and trademark issues.