• David Kesselman, Amy Brantly and Trevor Stockinger were again chosen as Southern California Super Lawyer in Antitrust for 2018.

  • The civility and decency of a legal titan: Maxwell M. Blecher March 20, 2018 - At a time when our society’s civility and decency are being threatened every day, I feel compelled to write about the passing of a true legend in the legal profession who embodied civility and decency in everything that he did. Last October, we unexpectedly lost a giant of the antitrust bar: Maxwell M. Blecher. A truly gifted lawyer for more than 60 years, Max was a throw-back to another era. In his view, the practice of law was a profession in which your word was your bond and a handshake meant more than any document drafted by the ablest of counsel. The highlights of Max’s remarkable career are worth recounting...

  • SEASONED REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS LITIGATOR S.V. STUART JOHNSON JOINS KESSELMAN BRANTLY STOCKINGER LLP January 17, 2018 - Manhattan Beach, Calif. – Kesselman Brantly Stockinger LLP (KBS), an antitrust and business litigation firm, announces the addition of S.V. Stuart Johnson, as Partner and Head of the Commercial Real Estate and Partnership Matters Practice Group. Associate Ryan Davis and Legal Assistant Brittney Igor also join the firm with Johnson. KBS represents companies and individuals in complex business disputes, including antitrust and unfair competition litigation, competition counseling and trademark and copyright litigation...

  • KBS Prevails at Court of Appeal on Anti-SLAPP Ruling for Physician
    November 2017 - David Kesselman and Kara McDonald, with co-counsel Steven Schear, successfully secured complete reversal of a trial court's anti-SLAPP ruling on a physician whistleblower claim. KBS client and neurosurgeon, Dr. Kofi Kessey, filed suit against Los Robles Regional Medical Center, and its parent corporation, alleging unlawful retaliation for raising concerns about patient safety at the hospital. The California Court of Appeal ruled that the trial court erred in finding that the conduct at issue arose out of protected activity, and therefore the trial court should not have applied the anti-SLAPP statute. The case is Kofi Kessey, M.D. v. Los Robles Regional Medical Center, et al., Case No. B270156, in the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District.

  • Partner Amy Brantly Is Elected to the Chancery Club
    June 2017 - Founded in 1925, the Chancery Club of Los Angeles is composed of distinguished lawyers who are active in professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations. Its members have held positions of honor and responsibility in important legal, judicial, academic, governmental and civic organizations. Membership in the Chancery Club is by invitation only and many of the current members are former federal and state judges. The induction for all new members was held at the California Club on June 8, 2017.

  • KBS Successfully Defeats Antitrust, Tortious Interference, Theft of Trade Secret and Related Claims on Motion to Dismiss
    May 2017 – Trevor Stockinger and David Kesselman, on behalf of their client Operation Technology Inc. ("Etap"), secured dismissal of Plaintiff Power Analytics Corp.’s antitrust claims brought under section 1 of the Sherman Act, Section 2 of the Sherman Act, and Section 3 of the Clayton Act, as well as related claims for violation of the Lanham Act, trade theft, and tortious interference with contract. This suit alleged anticompetitive exclusive dealing agreements and monopolization in the market for software used to design and monitor nuclear power plants and high-reliability data centers. Among other things, Hon. John A. Kronstadt dismissed the Section 1 and 2 claims without prejudice for failure to plausibly allege, among other things, the existence of an exclusive dealing agreement, a relevant market, foreclosure from that market, and antitrust injury. The Section 3 claim was dismissed with prejudice on grounds that Section 3 applies only to tangible goods and not software. The case is Power Analytics Corp. v. Operation Technology, Inc., et al., Case No. 8:16-CV-1955-JAK-FFM (C.D. Cal.).

  • KBS Wins Writ Relief On Antitrust Claim
    March 2017 – David Kesselman and Amy Brantly successfully obtained writ relief for a defendant law firm on a plaintiff’s Cartwright Act claim. After the Superior Court overruled a demurrer to the Cartwright Act claim, the Court of Appeal granted writ relief holding that the complaint failed to include allegations that are essential to a Cartwright Act claim, including the relevant market, market power within the relevant market, and harm to competition.

  • KBS Successfully Defeats Motion for Preliminary Injunction In Battle Over Africa
    February 2017 - David Kesselman, Amy Brantly and Kara McDonald, on behalf of their client ZA Central Registry, NPC ("ZACR"), succeeded in again defeating Plaintiff DotAfricaConnect Trust’s ("plaintiff DCA") second motion for preliminary injunction in Los Angeles Superior Court. This case arises out of a dispute over the award of the generic top level domain name .Africa. ZACR prevailed in the competition for .Africa but plaintiff DCA filed suit and sought to prevent ICANN (represented by Jones Day) from delegating .Africa to ZACR. The Court again denied plaintiff DCA’s request. Earlier, KBS succeeded in obtaining a dismissal of the claims against ZACR who is now an intervenor in the case. The case is DotConnectAfrica Trust v. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, et al., Case No. BC607494 (L.A. Superior Court).

  • KBS Defeats TCPA Claim for Earth Fare
    February 2017 – David Kesselman and Amy Brantly won dismissal of a Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") case filed by Jalen Epps against grocery store chain Earth Fare, in the Central District of California. Judge James Otero dismissed the case without leave to amend holding that plaintiff did not successfully revoke consent to receive text messages and that even if she did, plaintiff failed to plausibly allege that Earth Fare’s messages were sent using an automatic telephone dialing system. The case is Jalen Epps v. Earth Fare, Inc., Case No. 2:16-cv-08221-SJO-SSx (C.D. Cal.).

  • David Kesselman, Amy Brantly and Trevor Stockinger named Super Lawyers in 2017
    March 2017 Los Angeles, CA - In recognition of their talents and success, KBS partners David Kesselman, Amy Brantly and Trevor Stockinger have been named Super Lawyers in Southern California, and Ms. Brantly also received the distinction of being named a Top Woman Attorney in Southern California by this Thomson Reuters rating services. Mr. Kesselman and Mr. Stockinger were named Super Lawyers in the Antitrust practice area and Ms. Brantly in the Business Litigation practice area.

  • Amy Brantly named President-Elect of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles for 2016-2017
    September 2016 Los Angeles, CA - KBS partner Amy Brantly has the honor of serving as the President-Elect of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles in 2016-2017. WLALA is the leading bar organization for women attorneys in Southern California and works to support the promotion and retention of women attorneys and judges in Los Angeles. WLALA provides support and resources to local practitioners on an array of legal issues, puts on important continuing education programs and seminars throughout the year, and works with several pro bono organizations to provide services to women in need. Ms. Brantly previously served as First Vice President of WLALA.

  • David Kesselman named Chair of LACBA Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section for 2016-2017
    July 2016 Los Angeles, CA - KBS partner David Kesselman has the honor of serving as the Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Section for 2016-2017. The Section provides support and resources to local practitioners on all types of antitrust and unfair competition issues, and puts on a number of important continuing education programs and seminars throughout the year. Mr. Kesselman previously served as Vice Chair of the section.

  • Majed Dakak named a Rising Star Super Lawyer in 2016
    June 2016 Los Angeles, CA - In recognition of his talent and success, KBS partner Majed Dakak has been named a Rising Star Super Lawyer in Southern California by this Thomson Reuters rating service. Mr. Dakak, whose practice includes all types of complex business litigation, was named a Rising Star Super Lawyer in the Antitrust practice area.

  • David Kesselman and Amy Brantly named Super Lawyers in 2016
    February 2016 Los Angeles, CA - In recognition of their talents and success, KBS partners David Kesselman and Amy Brantly have been named Super Lawyers in Southern California, and Ms. Brantly also received the distinction of being named a Top Woman Attorney in Southern California by this Thomson Reuters rating services. Mr. Kesselman was named Super Lawyer in the Antitrust practice area and Ms. Brantly in the Business Litigation practice area.

  • Big law experience, small firm perspective March 18, 2016 The Daily Journal chronicles KBS's successful year.

  • KBS Partners David Kesselman and Amy Brantly Named Super Lawyers February 23, 2015 Los Angeles, CA - In recognition of their talents and success, KBS partners David Kesselman and Amy Brantly have been named Super Lawyers in Southern California, and Ms. Brantly also received the distinction of being named a Top Woman Attorney...

  • California Cipro Case Puts Pay-For-Delay Deals Under Scrutiny February 11, 2015 David Kesselman quoted as an expert on the status of the California Supreme Court case concerning pay-for-delay settlements.

  • Ordered recusal of immigration judge boggles the mind December 10, 2014 KBS partner Majed Dakak co-authors op-ed concerning U.S. Immigration Judge Ashley Tabbador being ordered to indefinitely recuse herself.

  • Trevor Stockinger Discusses New Antitrust Boutique October 22, 2014 Over the past two years, David Kesselman, Amy Brantly and Trevor Stockinger collaborated to expand the antitrust group at Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax. It functioned as a firm-within-a-firm, so establishing their own practice seemed the next logical step: Kesselman, Brantly...