Lou Karasik is head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group in the Los Angeles office. He has extensive background in intellectual property litigation, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as equally broad experience in complex commercial litigation and class actions. For over 25 years, he has handled such matters for Twentieth Century Fox, DIRECTV, Eaton Corporation, News Corp., MySpace, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and numerous others. Lou has handled several high-profile matters for entertainment and media companies, with notable engagements in major copyright cases like Watchmen. He has tried cases or led trial teams in matters involving a variety of technologies, including electronics, computer software, telecommunications, robotics, high-definition and digital recording, turbine engine technology, CT scanning and nuclear medicine. In 2008, Lou was named one of the top 50 intellectual property litigators in California in the Daily Journal’s ranking of top attorneys in the state. In 2009, Lou was named one of the top 100 lawyers in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and was also named to the prestigious “Power Lawyer” list of top entertainment industry lawyers by the Hollywood Reporter.
- Lead counsel for Amazon, defending a patent infringement claim in the Eastern District of Texas accusing Kindle Fire and Amazon streaming video of infringing on a system patent.
- Co-lead counsel for AOL and MySpace, defending a patent infringement claim in the Eastern District of Texas accusing Linux computer systems of infringing patent for “on the fly” data deletion.
- Counsel for eBay, Amazon and Chicago Mercantile Exchange, defending a claim in the Eastern District of Texas accusing Linux computer systems of infringing a patent for “on the fly” data deletion.
- Counsel for Dell and UPS in patent litigation in the Central District of California over a patent for an online business transaction system.
- Counsel for JAKKS Pacific in patent litigation in the Central District of California over gelatinous material and cushioning technology used in toy products.
- Co-lead counsel for Optivus Technologies, Inc., in patent litigation in the Central District of Texas over proton beam medical treatment technology.
Copyrights & Trademarks
- Lead counsel for Twentieth Century Fox in a copyright claim in the Central District of California against Warner Bros. Studios over the movie Watchmen, a theatrical release for which Fox claimed distribution rights and other copyright interests.
- Lead counsel for Twentieth Century Fox defending copyright and contract claims brought by owners of Alvin & the Chipmunks characters in the Central District of California seeking joint ownership and 50 percent of the profits of Fox’s successful Alvin movies.
- Lead counsel for Solar Turbines in disputes involving trademark and copyright issues over Solar technical manuals and product specifications in several matters.
- Lead counsel for Ortho Mattress in copyright and trademark claims brought in the Central District of California against competitors infringing the famous Ortho mark.
- Lead counsel for Solar Turbines Incorporated in connection with DOJ prosecution in U.S. v Shearer in Dallas, resulting in a $7.65 million award of civil restitution to Solar, the shutdown of a competing business and prison terms for former employees who stole trade secrets.
- Lead counsel for Solar in numerous civil trade secret cases resulting in more than a dozen consent judgments, civil awards and other recoveries in the millions of dollars in San Diego, Houston and Dallas.
- Lead counsel for Solar in a multiyear dispute resolution process and the arbitration of worldwide disputes with a major competitor over trade secret misappropriation.
- Lead counsel for Twentieth Century Fox in connection with the Los Angeles district attorney prosecution of a former Fox employee for the wiretapping of executive committee meetings of the FX cable network.
- Lead counsel for Fox Interactive Media subsidiary Alena in trade secret claims in Los Angeles Superior Court against former employees and third parties alleged to have misappropriated Fox confidential information.
- Lead counsel for a Fox Interactive media subsidiary in trade secret claims in Los Angeles Superior Court against the former general counsel of the Fox subsidiary over alleged malpractice and failure to prevent misappropriation of trade secrets.
- Lead counsel for DIRECTV in a DOJ prosecution of an employee in Los Angeles for theft of trade secret technology.
- Lead counsel for DIRECTV in defending a DOJ subpoena from Miami into signal piracy-related matters.
- Lead counsel for DIRECTV and certain DIRECTV Regional Sports Networks in nationwide antitrust class actions filed in the Southern District of New York involving claims that DIRECTV and the RSNs conspired with Major League Baseball (Garber v. Office of the Commisioner of Baseball) and the National Hockey League (Laumann v. NHL et al) to unlawfully restrict competition by enforcing the league's grant of exclusive telecast territories through "blackout rules" in the distribution of MLB and NHL sports programming.
- Lead counsel for DIRECTV in a nationwide class action lawsuit in the Central District of California challenging DIRECTV’s right to raise prices under a standard consumer agreement and claiming false advertising and unfair competition involving over 15 million alleged class members.
- Lead counsel for DIRECTV in a nationwide class action lawsuit in the Central District of California claiming HD DVR was a defective product and that DIRECTV committed fraud and false advertising in marketing of said product.
- Lead counsel for DIRECTV in a putative class action in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging DIRECTV’s charges and marketing practices for a California product insurance and repair program.
- Co-lead counsel for DIRECTV in a nationwide class action in the Northern District of California challenging the DIRECTV practice of installing satellite receiving equipment in commercial properties based on tenant consent.
- Co-lead counsel for DIRECTV in a nationwide class action in the Central District of California claiming false and deceptive marketing of NFL Sunday ticket programming.
- Counsel for Eaton Corporation in federal and state antitrust lawsuits in the District of Delaware claiming indirect purchaser injury arising from the alleged monopolization of the market for heavy-duty truck transmissions.
Other Complex Litigation
- Lead counsel for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in claims brought in Los Angeles Superior Court by 70 patients that they received 8-10 times the overexposure to x-ray radiation during CT brain perfusion exams conducted on General Electric scanners.
- Lead counsel for DIRECTV in EchoStar v. NDS, involving claims in the Central District of California by DIRECTV’s competitor that DIRECTV’s conditional access technology provider, NDS, pirated EchoStar code and caused over $100 million in damages by posting the code on the Internet.
- Lead counsel for Browning Ferris Industries in a U.S. attorney investigation into alleged bribery of local government officials to obtain a $50 million waste hauling contract (two former BFI employees were indicted for felony misconduct, while BFI was found blameless and praised for exemplary conduct by the U.S. attorney).
- Co-lead counsel for Eaton in defense of alleged multimillion government fraud and RICO claims brought by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco involving an advanced automated storage and retrieval system designed to distribute money supply for the San Francisco vault.
- Lead attorney for Eaton in numerous commercial cases and employment matters (including “whistleblower” and age and race discrimination employment cases).
Alston & Bird has been recognized as a global leader in patent law in the 2016 edition of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, marking the fifth consecutive year that the firm has earned this recognition.
June 16, 2016
Seventeen Alston & Bird attorneys have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. The attorneys are selected based on the publication’s annual research into the IP market, as well as publicly available information and client and peer comments. The listed attorneys and their practices are:
May 16, 2016
Alston & Bird has been recognized as a global leader in patent law in the 2015 edition of Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, marking the fourth consecutive year that the firm has earned this recognition.
June 18, 2015
Seventeen Alston & Bird attorneys have been named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
May 13, 2015
- Board of Directors, Public Counsel, Los Angeles, California
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Patent Litigation Committee