Consumer & Class Actions,
Contract & Commercial,
White Collar Criminal
Jeff Chanin became a partner of the firm in 1985. For over three decades, his practice has spanned the full range of complex intellectual property, commercial, and white collar criminal defense matters. His forte is strategic leadership in complex, high-stakes litigation, and the preparation and presentation of technically challenging matters. Mr. Chanin has won numerous trial and pretrial victories for his clients in trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement, copyright, legal malpractice, and civil false claims matters, and in criminal cases ranging from money laundering to manslaughter.
We represented SanDisk in a massive trade secret misappropriation and corporate espionage case. SanDisk, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, sued competitor SK Hynix for misappropriating approximately ten gigabytes of highly confidential trade secret information and using that information over the course of six years to revamp Hynix’s technology and unfairly compete with SanDisk. We obtained a sweeping preliminary injunction that barred Hynix from any further use or disclosure of stolen SanDisk information, and fought back efforts to dismiss the case, to send it to arbitration, to transfer it overseas, and to remove it from the court that granted the preliminary injunction. Following a series of courtroom victories for our client, the parties reached a confidential settlement and entered into a product supply agreement.
We represented Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) against Tela Innovations in the ITC and in the District of Delaware. Both cases concerned patents that relate to integrated circuit design. Tela attempted to prevent TSMC, the world’s leading pure play foundry, from working with its hundreds of US customers, including Apple and Qualcomm, to manufacture chips that are the heart of nearly every smartphone and television sold in the US. In the offensive case, TSMC asserted that Tela Innovations partnered with TSMC in order to learn about the company’s technology, which it used to build its own patents. After successfully briefing and arguing to limit the ITC investigation only to TSMC’s importations into the US, as opposed to TSMC’s customers, we negotiated a resolution between the two companies that resulted in TSMC purchasing a portion of Tela Innovations.
We represented TSMC against China's then-leading semiconductor manufacturer, SMIC, in the largest trade secret misuse case tried to date. SMIC owed its very existence to technology stolen from our client. Following a jury verdict on liability in favor of TSMC, SMIC agreed to pay $200 million in cash and approximately $130 million of its company stock. The case serves as precedent for the strong protection afforded by California's trade secret statute, even where the actual theft occurred in Asia.
We secured an injunction, restitution and settlement monies totaling $460 million for our client Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in a trade secret misappropriation suit against Avant! and its founders. After successfully handling the civil matter, the largest trade secret litigation to date, we referred the case to the Santa Clara County District Attorney which secured criminal convictions of the company and four executives.
We represented Netflix in patent infringement litigation against Blockbuster over Netflix's online DVD rental program. Blockbuster countersued, alleging antitrust violations. The matter was resolved on favorable terms.
We defended 11 Oracle Corporation engineers accused of trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition by their former employer. The plaintiff sought to prevent our clients from launching a development laboratory for their new company. After a three-week preliminary injunction trial, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss the claims against our clients and issued an apology.
We represented the developer of a protein recognition chip in a contract dispute with a competing company. Although the competitor was founded by the inventor of the technology, we negotiated a pre-trial settlement that allowed our client to retain exclusive rights to the technology in question.
We brought suit on behalf of the patent owner for breach of an exclusive license to its pioneer patent for soft-contact lens technology. The case was settled on favorable terms for our client.
We defended GPS software company Global Locate against claims of trade secret misappropriation by its rival Magellan. The case was dismissed by Magellan with no payment or other consideration by our client.
We successfully defended Cordis Endovascular Systems, Inc., allowing its microcatheter product for treating vascular disorders in the brain to remain on the market by obtaining an emergency stay of a preliminary injunction. Ultimately, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals adopted our argument that the patent was not infringed.
In a landmark decision that changed the rules for legal malpractice, we defended former law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP against legal malpractice allegations. We secured dismissal on summary judgment, which the California Supreme Court affirmed.
An implantable defibrillator manufacturer brought us on two months before trial to defend it against claims of trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. The jury awarded us a defense verdict on all counts in the trade secret case after which the patent claims were settled on favorable terms. This defense win was listed by the National Law Journal as one of the “Top 10 Defense Verdicts” of 1992.
We represented semiconductor test equipment manufacturer ThermaWave in a patent infringement case against a German competitor, Jenoptik. We won a jury verdict of infringement and validity, and secured a permanent injunction barring Jenoptik from importing its equipment.
We served as trial counsel for Broadcom, one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, against SiRF, a GPS chip manufacturer, and its parent CSR. Broadcom asserted multiple patents covering graphics, video processing, and digital signal processing techniques, as well as claims arising under the Lanham Act and unfair competition laws. This case, along with other actions between the parties, was settled shortly before trial on terms that were very favorable to Broadcom.
We represented Palm in a suit for misuse of its operating system source code by Olivetti. We secured a preliminary and permanent injunction against Olivetti’s importation and sale of its handheld device.
We defended Google in numerous state and federal court actions alleging trade secret misappropriation. The litigation began when our client left Microsoft Corporation to head Google’s China operations. We litigated the case through the preliminary injunction stage and resolved it on favorable terms.
We prosecuted a trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract case against former LSI employees and their new employer (which has since become our client.) After we won a preliminary injunction from a Colorado federal court, the parties settled on terms that ensured the protection of LSI’s trade secrets.
We represented Kendall-Jackson in a dispute with its former wine maker to prevent his disclosure and misuse of a proprietary wine making method and to secure Kendall-Jackson’s rights to certain grape contracts. After a thirty-day trial, the court issued a permanent injunction preventing the winemaker from disclosing or using Kendall-Jackson’s method and awarding the grape contracts to Kendall-Jackson.
We won a complete defense judgment in favor of McKesson after a month-long trial of a qui tam action alleging violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statue. The trial victory allowed McKesson to avoid paying nearly $1 billion in fines, and to avoid the collateral penalties that government agencies can impose on companies found to have paid illegal kickbacks. The Justice Department’s complaint charged McKesson with paying kickbacks to a nursing home operator in the form of underpriced services, and with submitting “legally false claims” to the government. After we had the whistleblower dismissed, a key victory, we then won dismissal of related claims that the nursing home’s supplier subsidiary failed to comply with Medicare supplier standards. With the case’s scope significantly narrowed, we lead our client through a bench trial which featured 24 witnesses, hundreds of exhibits and post-trial briefing. The judge ruled in our client’s favor, vindicating McKesson and its employees. This victory was listed by the National Law Journal as one of the year's five most significant trial wins.
We represented a medical device manufacturer against personal injury claims based on a theory that dental amalgams caused the plaintiff to contract Guillain Barre Syndrome. We secured a dismissal through summary judgment under the Kelly-Frye standard by establishing that there was no accepted scientific evidence of a causal link between mercury exposure and Guillain Barre.
A class action asserted that our client’s spring water did not originate from a “spring” as defined by the plaintiffs. We settled the case before trial for its nuisance value, with no affect on our client or its operations.
We represented a distinguished group of California premium wineries in a suit to enjoin reapproval of the California Wine Commission, based on its bias towards bulk wineries and the Commission's refusal to release voting lists in violation of the First Amendment. We secured a preliminary injunction against the reapproval referendum, forcing the Commission to release the voting lists, leading to a successful campaign by our clients to defeat reapproval.
We represented an executive of a global telecommunications company charged with violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The trial court ordered a directed verdict of acquittal mid-trial after the Department of Justice rested its case.
We defended the subsidiary of a large medical device distributor, accused of criminal violations of the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute. We secured a plea agreement on very favorable terms to the company.
We defended several executives from an international communications and information technology company, accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Midway through the trial, the judge dismissed all charges.
We represented a bank vice president against charges of conspiracy to launder money arising from a joint IRS/Customs Department sting operation. The jury acquitted our client based on a finding that he was entrapped by the government’s agents. A co-defendant manager whom we did not represent was convicted.
We defended our client against claims of money laundering and mail fraud. The case was dismissed shortly after the jury trial began.
We represented an executive of a foreign computer manufacturer charged with conspiracy to misappropriate trade secrets. The indictment of our client was dismissed prior to trial, with no liability.
We represented the owners of a California winery accused of attempted insurance fraud resulting from the disappearance of wine from a fermentation take. After we presented polygraph and other exculpatory evidence the investigation was dropped and no charges were filed.
We represented a defense contractor accused of bribery and false claims in the Pentagon’s “Ill Wind” investigation, and convinced the government not to prosecute or seek debarment of our client.
We represented a U.S. Air Freight Company accused of filing false claims for overnight shipments of defense supplies and convinced the government not to prosecute or debar our client.
We defended the captain of an oil tanker accused of manslaughter after his tanker collided with a fishing vessel off the Northern California Coast. We secured a dismissal for improper venue in San Francisco after which the New York U.S. Attorney declined to prosecute.
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One name mentioned by virtually everyone the Daily Journal spoke to was Keker & Van Nest. Lawyers at some of the best firms in California said they model themselves after the litigation powerhouse. Read more
Sandisk lead counsel Jeff Chanin and his team won a preliminary injunction requiring South Korea-based SK Hynix Inc. to hand over the alleged secrets. Read more
Jeff Chanin and David Silbert overcame tough odds and high financial stakes to prove their client was innocent of kickback charges. Read more
The firm receives top rankings for bet-the-company, intellectual property, criminal defense, securities, commercial, legal malpractice, and appellate litigation. Read more
Listed as Band 1 attorneys in white collar, commercial litigation and intellectual property. Read more
Jeff Chanin and Matthew Werdegar convinced the plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss his law suit. Read more
Keker & Van Nest partners were recognized in more than ten categories, including bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense, and intellectual property litigation. Read more
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California Lawyer magazine named Keker & Van Nest partner Jeffrey Chanin a 2010 Attorney of the Year in the area of intellectual property law. Read more
The American Lawyer highlights his trade secrets win for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Read more
An Alameda County jury handed Keker & Van Nest a clear victory in a hard-fought trade secrets trial. Read more
In a case that pitted two San Francisco business litigators against each other, a China-based chip-making startup will pay Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. $175 million to settle a trade secrets theft suit. Read more
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Keker & Van Nest has spent a decade transforming itself into one of the nation's best and leanest IP litigation firms. Read more