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Valle Makoff LLP is a premier boutique litigation firm for businesses, trusts and individuals throughout California. Our 16-lawyer Firm is led by veteran trial lawyers, Jeffrey Valle and Jeffrey Makoff, who have handled hundreds of business cases since the mid-1980s.

Valle Makoff specializes in all types of business disputes involving breach of contract and torts, intellectual property (patent, trademark, and copyright), entertainment and media disputes, appeals and writs, corporate control and management disputes, trust/estate/marital business and asset disputes and real property, employment and bankruptcy litigation.

Valle Makoff LLP has three offices in California (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Walnut Creek). We deliver unparalleled legal representation, personalized service and considerable cost savings to our diverse business and individual clientele.

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Current Matters

Won Dismissals in Two Class Action Cases For Major Cosmetics Company
We defended a major cosmetics company in two consumer class actions alleging false advertising and related torts related to the Company's skin care products. In the first case, we defeated plaintiff's motion to certify the class, which resulted in a dismissal of the case. In the second case, we obtained a voluntary dismissal of the case at the pleading stage after successfully winning a motion to dismiss the original complaint.

Anderson News Bankruptcy Litigation
We represent Time Warner Retail Sales & Marketing, Inc., American Media, Inc. and three other magazine publishing companies seeking to recover over $300 million in creditors’ claims through a derivative lawsuit on behalf of book and magazine wholesaler Anderson News LLC, which is a debtor in chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Victory for Valeant Pharmaceuticals in Multi-Plaintiff Business Lawsuit
We won a complete victory for Valeant Pharmaceuticals in a 16-plaintiff $30 million lawsuit related to Slobodan Milosevic’s takeover of Valeant’s Serbian subsidiary.

Dismissal in Wrongful Termination/Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
We won dismissal of our clients, USA Yoga Federation and Rajashree Choudhury, in a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in which the plaintiff asserted defamation, retaliation and other related causes of action.

Victory for in Anti-Spam Lawsuit
We won a complete defense verdict for, the nation’s leading Internet postage provider, in a $40 million “anti-spam” lawsuit, one of the first lawsuits under the federal anti-spam act to go to trial.

Heller Ehrman LLP Bankruptcy Litigation
The firm has been selected by the estate of Heller Ehrman LLP as counsel to pursue litigation on behalf of Heller’s unsecured creditors.

$4.5 Million Writ of Attachment Against Freedom Communications
We obtained a highly unusual $4.5 million prejudgment writ of attachment against Freedom Communications (owner of the Orange County Register) on behalf of our clients, the former CEO and CFO of the Company, and then ultimately a stipulated judgment in our clients' favor for $4 million, and a dismissal with prejudice of the Company's $60 million fraud claim against our clients.

Multi-Million Dollar Judgment For Bankruptcy Estate
We won a multi-million judgment for our clients, the Bankruptcy Estate of James D. Baker and Florida Asset Financing Corporation, in a real estate dispute involving a Garden Grove Rehabilitation Facility. The Bankruptcy Trustee overseeing the case wrote: “Without a doubt, you have accomplished one of the finest results I have seen in over 46 years of the practice of law.”

Jury Verdict for President of Special Effects Company
We won a $2 million jury verdict in a wrongful termination action on behalf of our client, the former President of Digital Domain, a leading Hollywood special effects firm, in a breach of contract and wrongful termination lawsuit.

Victory for HBO and Sacha Baron Cohen
We won a compete dismissal of all claims against our clients Home Box Office and Sacha Baron Cohen, in a lawsuit relating to an episode of Da Ali G Show.

Successful Settlement in Idea Submission Case
We won a favorable settlement for our client in a lawsuit against the owners of American Idol arising out of our client’s submission of an idea for an internet game based on American Idol.

Jury Verdict for Real Estate Investors
We won a complete jury verdict for our clients, commercial real estate investors, against First American Title Insurance Company, in a lawsuit arising out of a failed commercial real estate transaction.

Represented Owner of Sports Team
We represented an owner of a National Hockey League team in a partnership dispute with other owners.

Representing NBA Players
We currently represent several NBA players, including Los Angeles Laker Jordan Hill and Detroit Piston Brandon Jennings, in various legal matters.

Defeat of Anti-Slapp Motion In Trial Court and On Appeal
We defeated, in the trial court and on appeal, an anti-SLAPP motion brought against a claim we filed on behalf of the owners of a leading stand-up paddleboard manufacturer against the company's former CEO.

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