Jeff E. Scott: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jeff E. Scott

Los Angeles Co-Managing Shareholder; Co-Chair, Class Action Group
Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.

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  • Litigation
    Contact InfoTelephone: 310.586.7715
    Fax: 310.586.7800
    University Government, Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude, Member
    Law SchoolUniversity of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1986
    Admitted1986, California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

    Professional & Community Involvement

    •Board Member, Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)
    •Board Member, Public Counsel, Board of Directors
    •Chair, State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Annual Symposium Committee
    •Member, American Bar Association
    •Member, Association of Business and Trial Lawyers
    •Member, Century City Bar Association
    •Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
    •Member, Volunteers in Parole (organization assisting youth in their transition from juvenile facilities back into the community)

    BornNew York, N.Y., November 6, 1961

    Jeff E. Scott handles sophisticated litigation matters and has served as lead trial counsel for clients in many cases tried before judges, juries and arbitrators. Jeff is the managing shareholder of the Los Angeles office and is Co-Chair of the firm's Class Action Group.

    For many consecutive years, Jeff has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers as a top commercial and class action defense attorney, and he has consistently been rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell.

    Areas of Concentration

    •Class action and unfair competition defense
    •Entertainment and intellectual property litigation
    •Commercial litigation
    •Partnership and corporate disputes
    •Real estate litigation
    •Alternative dispute resolution
    •Regulatory investigations

    Awards & Recognition

    •Listed, Variety, Legal Impact Report, 2015
    •Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2009-2015
    •Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006, 2011-2015
    •Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Commercial Litigation, 2015
    •Listed, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012
    •Featured, Los Angeles Business Journal, Who's Who in L.A. Law, 2007
    •Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

    AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

    Articles, Publications, & Lectures

    Co-Author, Arbitration Loophole Exposed, Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 22, 2013
    •Co-Author, California's Expanding Unfair Competition Law, Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 19, 2013
    •Co-Author, In Key Decision, Supreme Court Applies 'Rigorous Analysis' to FRCP 23(b)(3) Class Determination in Reversing Class Certification Based on Lack of Showing that Damages Can Be Measured on Classwide Basis, GT Alert, April 1, 2013
    •Quoted, High Court's CAFA Ruling Carries Dangers for Defendants, Law360, March 19, 2013
    •Co-Author, Don't Wait to Refine Boilerplates, Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 30, 2012
    •Co-Author, Concepcion's Inconsistent Application, Daily Journal, August 24, 2012
    •Co-Author, California Appellate Court Holds that FAA Preempts CLRA Prohibition Against Class Action Waivers, GT Alert, August 13, 2012
    •Quoted, Roundtable: Class Action, California Lawyer, August 2010

    Associated News & Events

    Press Releases

    06.15.15 12 Greenberg Traurig California Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Legal 500 United States Guide
    06.08.15 100-Plus Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers
    06.04.15 Greenberg Traurig's Los Angeles Office Raises Over $11, 000 Toward Food From the Bar Campaign
    05.28.15 Greenberg Traurig Welcomes Jean-Paul Buchanan to the Los Angeles Office
    04.14.15 Variety Legal Impact Report Selects Four Greenberg Traurig Attorneys
    08.27.14 23 Greenberg Traurig California Attorneys Recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America
    08.21.13 24 Greenberg Traurig California Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
    09.21.12 26 Greenberg Traurig California Attorneys Included in 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
    11.21.11 Greenberg Traurig Announces 22 Best Lawyers Throughout California
    09.01.11 Greenberg Traurig's Expansion Continues in California; Adds Former Federal Prosecutor Mathew Rosengart

    Published Articles

    08.30.12 Don't wait to Refine Boilerplates
    08.24.12 Courts of Appeal inconsistent when applying Concepcion
    04.13.12 Unsinking Mr. Kingley's Titanic (subscription)
    10.01.05 Class Action Fairness Act of 2005: The Defendant's View


    11.12.14 Ninth Circuit Clarifies Preclusive Effect of Private Class Action Settlement on Attorney General Enforcement Action
    05.31.13 Antitrust Quarterly, Spring 2013
    04.01.13 In Key Decision, Supreme Court Applies 'Rigorous Analysis' to FRCP 23(b)(3) Class Determination in Reversing Class Certification Based on Lack of Showing That Damages Can Be Measured On Classwide Basis
    08.13.12 California Appellate Court Holds that FAA Preempts CLRA Prohibition Against Class Action Waivers
    07.01.03 Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. (Also at San Francisco Office)

    Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Defended a major American television production and distribution studio in a federal jury trial involving a claimed $50 million lawsuit alleging interference with a promoter's contracts with personalities from our client's hit television show. After the close of plaintiffs' case, the federal judge granted our Rule 50 Motion for Judgment and dismissed the case with prejudice.; Tried to jury and obtained full defense judgment for major motion picture studio on claims seeking many millions of dollars for alleged tortious interference with contracts.; Tried Lanham Act case to verdict and obtained national product recall for brand distributor Brown Forman Corporation against Constellation Brands.; Defended publicly traded corporations in defense of consumer class action and unfair competition litigations.; Represented owners, developers and sellers in various contractual disputes related to the purchase, sale and use of commercial real property.; Represented major motion picture studios in a variety of contractual disputes.; Represented major brands in trademark litigation matters.; Defended corporate clients in complicated trade secret and unfair competition cases.; Prosecuted and defended sophisticated litigation arising in context of partnership and corporate dissolutions.; Obtained precedent-setting decision in Federal Court in a test of liability for publication of third party material on the internet under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The court ruled that the company was not liable for copyright infringement. Hendrickson v. EBay, Inc., etc., et al., 165 F.Supp.2d 1082 (2001).; Published opinion confirming that defendants could not be liable under California's unfair competition statute or under the Lanham Act for reverse passing off for failing to credit the alleged author and editor of a motion picture. Relying on a Supreme Court of the United States case, argued that a creative contributor is not entitled to claim lost credit under the Lanham Act because that claim only applies against the actual producer of the goods (i.e. the entity that manufactures the product and is entitled to credit as the producer/manufacturer). Williams v. UMG Recordings, Inc., 281 F. Supp. 2d 1177 (C.D. Cal. 2003).; Obtained dismissal at pleadings stage on putative national class actions filed against major motion picture studios.; Obtained dismissal on pleadings of putative national class action alleged against entertainment company.; Defeated class certification for major electronics company and publicly traded education company.; Obtained directed verdict after two-week jury trial in copyright infringement case, upheld on appeal at 9th Circuit.; Defended division of public company client in regulatory action against state of California, resulting in trial victory declaring the challenged state action null and void and invalid.; Represented high-profile music songwriters, performers, producers and record labels in a variety of copyright, touring, record contract, right of publicity and other disputes.

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    Ninth Circuit Clarifies Preclusive Effect of Private Class Action Settlement on Attorney General Enforcement Action
    Robert J. Herrington,Jeff E. Scott, November 28, 2014
    A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit may make it more difficult to settle class action lawsuits where there is a potential for parallel government enforcement action.

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    Jeff E. Scott

    1840 Century Park East, Suite 1900
    Los AngelesCA 90067-2121


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