Richard L. Seabolt
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Richard L. Seabolt is co-head of the Commercial, Securities and Antitrust division of Duane Morris' Trial Practice Group. Mr. Seabolt practices in the area of litigation, with a focus on complex trials and appeals arising from commercial disputes, including those involving technology, construction and insurance. He has successfully defended various class actions, and recently obtained dismissals of two significant class actions following pre-trial motions. During his more than 30 years as a lawyer, Mr. Seabolt has tried a number of multimillion-dollar cases to defense verdicts, including a jury trial that was profiled on the front page of the National Law Journal as among the largest cases tried to a defense verdict in 1992. Mr. Seabolt is a past Chair of the 10,000-member Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. He also serves as an officer and member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Northern California Chapter, and is on the California Judicial Council's Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions (CACI Committee). Mr. Seabolt is co-author of the four-volume California Practice Guides California Pretrial Civil Procedure and California Civil Discovery published by Lexis Nexis/Matthew Bender. Mr. Seabolt is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Client Comments), Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Who's Who in America and Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition - The Top Attorneys in Business Litigation. Mr. Seabolt is a 1975 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a graduate, with distinction, of the University of Michigan. Representative Matters · In re Zynga Privacy Litigation- Commercial Litigation - Obtained November 2011 judgment dismissing consolidated federal class actions alleging claims under Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Stored Communications Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as state common-law and statutory claims. Plaintiffs alleged that Zynga shared personally identifiable information with advertisers through the transmission of referrer headers that linked to Facebook user pages - allegations that were the subject of an October 18, 2010, front-page Wall Street Journal article. Zynga's defenses included assertions that any leakage resulted from standard web-browser operations and that plaintiffs suffered no actual harm. Judgment and dismissal were concurrent with the dismissal of the related action, In re Facebook Privacy Litigation. · Swift v. Zynga Inc. - Commercial Litigation - obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a class action brought against Zynga Inc. under the California Unfair Competition Law and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, following a successful motion to compel arbitration based on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 AT Mobility v. Concepcion decision. In the first application of that decision to an online terms of service agreement, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that the Zynga's modified click-wrap agreement was effective to bind the plaintiff to arbitrate the claims as an individual - and, not as a representative of the putative class. · The Kindred Limited Partnership v. Screen Actors Guild- Commercial Litigation - Copyright infringement and wrongful foreclosure action brought on behalf of Feldman/Meeker Co. to obtain return of copyright for the motion picture The Kindred. Obtained partial summary judgment that SAG's foreclosure on the motion picture copyright was unlawful and ineffective. Damages claim settled shortly before trial set for June 2010. · Airis v. City and County of San Francisco - Commercial Litigation - Plaintiff's jury verdict in May-June 2007 trial in favor of world's largest air cargo developer arising from planned quarter-billion dollar air cargo facility at SFO. The verdict against the city was based on a unanimous jury finding that the city's airport staff breached its contract duties under a San Francisco Airport Commission-awarded exclusive negotiation agreement by unfairly interfering with the approval process before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The California Court of Appeal, First District, Division Two, in September 2010 reversed the trial court's JNOV and reinstated the unanimous jury verdict. · PeopleData v. Yahoo! - Commercial Litigation - representation of Yahoo! in defense of breach of "pay-per-click" advertising contract and various related tort claims and prosecution of cross-complaint for successor liability and fraudulent conveyance of business assets. Matter was settled, with Yahoo! as a defendant obtaining an affirmative recovery. · Hool and Meeker v. Village Roadshow Limited - Commercial Litigation - representation of independent movie producers in fraudulent conveyance action against entertainment industry conglomerate based on transfer of business and employees of a corporate subsidiary following arbitration award and judgment, which with interest totaled $40 million. Case settled after defeating summary judgment motions and within one month of trial. · Pacific Resources v. ULR - Commercial Litigation - successful defense, including recovery of defense attorneys' fees in a three-judge arbitration panel dispute involving breach of contract/fiduciary duty claims associated with the dissolution of a financial consulting joint venture · FMC v. London Market Insurers - Insurance Coverage - defense jury verdict in FMC's $20 million claim for environmental cleanup at its Mouat site (later reported at FMC Corporation v. Plaisted and Companies, 61 Cal.App.4th 1132, 1165-1179 (1998). · Aerojet-General v. Cheshire and Companies - Insurance Coverage Litigation - Mr. Seabolt was lead defense counsel in Aerojet-General Corp. v. Transport Indemnity Co., a ten-month, four-phase trial (including two jury trial phases) in a specially constructed, converted auditorium courtroom involving more than 30 other law firms. After three months of trial, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict, rejecting Aerojet's claim against its insurers for pollution cleanup costs estimated at between $500 million to $1 billion. The National Law Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal highlighted the case as among the largest jury trials tried to a defense verdict in 1992. Mr. Seabolt's opening statement in that case has been published in Environmental Insurance Litigation (Shepard's/ McGraw-Hill 1992). The California Supreme Court later affirmed the defense verdict on Aerojet's indemnity claim. Aerojet-General v. Transport 17 Cal.4th 38 (1997). The Court of Appeal later affirmed the res judicata effect of that judgment and quoted part of Mr. Seabolt's closing argument at the original trial. See, Aerojet-General Corp. v. American Excess, 97 Cal.App.4th 387, 412 (Feb. 2002). · Kelly v. Alexander Grant - Commercial Litigation - successful defense of preliminary injunction and arbitration brought by a national accounting firm against key Tax partner under partnership noncompete clause. · Briscoe v. Morrison-Knudsen - Construction Litigation - successful defense of construction manager in a $30 million construction delay case involving an advanced wastewater treatment plant (other aspects of the case reported at Frank Briscoe Co. v. Clark County, 857 F.2d 606 (9th Cir. 1988)). · Morrison-Knudsen v. Kaiser Cement - Construction Litigation - International Chamber of Commerce arbitration arising from the construction of a cement plant in Indonesia. · Other Construction Litigation Matters - representation of contractor for construction contract delay claim arising from the construction of the Trans-Panama Pipeline, defense of design engineers arising from dam failures at Winslow, Arizona and Bajo Piura, Peru, defense of design engineer on San Francisco Muni-Metro Rail Center · Representation of the company that developed the first computerized engraving system in a trade secret dispute. Professional Activities · Litigation Section, State Bar of California, Chair (2005-2006) (Executive Committee or Officer, 2001-2005) · Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter - Officer (2010-present); Board of Governors (2003-present) · Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions (CACI), California Judicial Council (2003-present) · American Arbitration Association, Large Complex Case Panel · University of California, Hastings College of the Law, UC Hastings Foundation Board of Trustees (2008-present) Experience · Hancock Rothert Bunshoft LLP
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Duane Morris LLP
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University of California
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J.D. - Juris Doctor
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University of Michigan
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