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Constitutional Law
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a) provides the appropriate standard for reviewing, at the pleading stage, a motion to dismiss in a Title IX case. Assuming, without deciding, that student athletes have property and liberty interests in their education, scholarships, and reputation, they still received due process through a university's disciplinary proceedings since they had notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard.

Austin v. University of Oregon - filed June 4, 2019
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 17-35559
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Intellectual property
A party's copyright registration was invalid under 17 U.S.C. Sec. 411(b) where the party knowingly included inaccurate information in its copyright application that would have caused the Copyright Office to deny registration.

Gold Value International v. Sanctuary Clothing, LLC - filed June 4, 2019
Cite as 2019 S.O.S. 17-55818
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LACBA Celebrates Over 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community and Recognizes Past and Present Bar Leaders in Honor of LGBTQ Pride Month

“Michael   Michael S. Brophy
Michael Brophy is a partner in the trust and estate litigation team at Withersworldwide, operating as Withers Bergman in the U.S., and is Managing Director of the Los Angeles Office. Michael has extensive experience representing individuals, families, charities, corporate trustees, private professional fiduciaries and creditors in litigation involving complex trusts and estates. Michael's diverse practice includes will and trust contests, accounting disputes, breach of duty actions, elder abuse and conservatorship disputes, document interpretation matters, and other contested probate and fiduciary-related matters. Michael also has experience in business and commercial litigation, including contract, real estate, copyright, Lanham Act, trade secret, and unfair competition matters. In addition to litigation and trial work, his practice includes risk assessment and counseling, alternative dispute resolution and administrative proceedings.

A leader in the legal community, Michael frequently writes and speaks on trust and estate litigation topics and serves in leadership roles to further diversity initiatives. Michael is a member of LACBA’s Diversity in the Profession Committee and is co-chair of its Diversity in the Judiciary Subcommittee. He is also a member of the LGBT Bar of Los Angeles Board of Governors and serves on Withersworldwide’s Diversity Committee. Michael's other key roles include work on behalf of the LACBA’s Court Funding Initiative and membership on the Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Bench Bar Liaison Committee. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA, magna cum laude, from American University.

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