David Boren, along with Greg Weisman, launched the Los Angeles office of Ritholz Levy Fields LLP in March of 2012. David is a partner and West Coast Chair of the litigation practice of the firm.
For over 20 years, David has provided comprehensive and experienced litigation services to individuals and business owners throughout California and the United States. David’s practice consists primarily of entertainment and intellectual property litigation. In intellectual property litigation, David has represented software license companies, film producers, studios and apparel companies in copyright infringement, trade secret and trademark infringement actions. In entertainment litigation, David has litigated merchandise disputes, disputes over rights to screenplays, idea submission cases, royalty disputes and breach of contract and fraud cases.
In May of 2014, David gave a presentation to the CBS Television Group in Los Angeles and New York about the latest developments in the doctrine of fair use under copyright law.
David is very involved in the Los Angeles community. He has been an active member of the Jewish Federation since 2000 and was the Chairman of the Legal Division of The Jewish Federation for 2014 and 2015. David was involved for over 10 years coaching his children in basketball, baseball and soccer. He is an active runner, swimmer and cycler (and plays basketball on the occasional Sunday).
David received his B.A. in 1992 from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. in 1996 from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Here is a list of representative matters that he has worked on
Second Generation, Inc. v. Kody Branch of California, Inc., et al. – represented Plaintiff in breach of contract action alleging late delivery of goods. Plaintiff filed a motion for summary adjudication which was granted by the Court and resulted in a judgment of over $3,400,000 (damages, prejudgment interest and attorney’s fees), which was affirmed by the California Court of Appeal in August of 2019.
Markwins Beauty Products, Inc. v. Fergie (Arbitration) – represented musician in right of publicity and breach of contract stemming from failure to pay royalties; case settled just prior to start of arbitration.
Threshold Media Corp v. Relativity Media, LLC, Catfish Picture Company, LLC, et al. – represented Defendants in copyright litigation stemming from Defendants’ use of a song in the 2010 documentary “Catfish” without Plaintiff’s consent. Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the song was used under the doctrine of fair use. The district court agreed and granted Defendant’s motion for summary judgment.
Sophia Stewart v. Andy Wachowski, Gale Ann Hurd, James Cameron, 20th Century Fox Productions, Warner Bros., et al., 574 F. Supp. 2d 1074 (C.D. Cal. 2005) – represented Defendants in copyright litigation. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment granted on Plaintiff’s copyright infringement claim regarding her claim that her treatment was the basis for the “Terminator” films and the “Matrix” trilogy. Defendants also filed a motion for attorney’s fees which was granted by the Court.
Diamond Supply Co. v. Forever 21, Inc. – represented Plaintiff Diamond Supply Co. in trademark infringement litigation over Forever 21’s infringing use of the Diamond logo on its apparel; case settled.
Kennedy and Casey v. Krewella – represented Plaintiffs in breach of music management agreement; case settled.
InGroup Licensing, Inc. v. True Religion Apparel, Inc. – represented Plaintiff (licensing agent) in dispute over failure to pay royalties; case settled.
Martinelli v. International House, USA, et al. – represented defendants in defamation matter in which plaintiff alleged she was defamed by defendants’ accusations that she asked defendant to ignore federal immigration law and not report plaintiff’s niece to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency for violation of her student visa and also that defendants’ employees made slanderous statements about her to her niece; state court granted summary judgment in favor of defendants and the decision was affirmed on appeal [See Martinelli v. International House USA, 75 Cal. Rptr. 3d 186 (2008)].
Preferred Plus International, Inc. d/b/a Preferred Plush v. Big “T” Concessions, Inc. – represented defendant in copyright litigation involving the copyrighted design over a plush animal (where defendant’s plush animal allegedly infringed upon another plush animal); took Plaintiff’s deposition and demonstrated Plaintiff had not created the design but that there was prior art and that Plaintiff had copied the design from elsewhere; case settled.
LA Printex v. Stony Apparel Corp., Kohl’s Department Stores, Macy’s Retail Holdings, Inc., et al. – represented defendants in copyright litigation where Plaintiff sued Stony and retailers for manufacturing garments with its registered design and selling such garments to retailers; defendants argued that such design was not original, protectable or worthy of copyright protection, among other affirmative defenses, and filed a counterclaim for declaratory relief; case settled.