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Dec 08, 2014 - IP attorney William R. Trueba Jr., a founding member of the law firm of Espinosa | Trueba, P.L., won the Daily Business Review's 2014 Most Effective Lawyer Award on December 5, 2014 (in the category of Intellectual Property). As the ‘last man standing’, Trueba was recognized for winning a major victory in June 2014 in a patent infringement lawsuit, Tawnsaura v. Vitacost.com. The firm's client, Vitacost.com, an online vitamin supplement retailer, was one of 88 vitamin and supplement companies nationwide sued by Tawnsaura Group, a CA-based non-practicing entity (NPE), referred to by some as a patent troll. Trueba was part of a joint defense group, but ended up arguing the entire case himself after the other parties, whose attorneys were scheduled to argue parts of the motion, settled 24 hours before the hearing in federal court in Los Angeles. Trueba worked through the early morning hours the night before to prepare to make the entire argument. The next morning, after arguing the Motion for Summary Judgment, U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero ruled from the bench in Vitacost.com’s favor. The outcome also benefitted 15 other remaining defendants who had not settled their cases.
Sep 03, 2014 - A story ran in the industry trade publication Nutritional Outlook quoting Patent attorney William R. Trueba Jr., a founding member of the firm, about Espinosa | Trueba PL’s major victory in a patent infringement lawsuit, Tawnsaura v. Vitacost.com, for the firm’s client, Vitacost.com, an online vitamin supplement retailer, who was sued by a California-based non-practicing entity (NPE). Trueba argued the case. One of the takeaways from the case he discussed is the importance of competitiors banding together to defend themselves against NPEs. Click here for the story: http://bit.ly/1C66LDw
Aug 06, 2014 - A story ran in the National Law Journal quoting Patent attorney William R. Trueba Jr., a founding member of the firm, about Espinosa | Trueba PL’s major victory in a patent infringement lawsuit, Tawnsaura v. Vitacost.com, for the firm’s client, Vitacost.com, an online vitamin supplement retailer. Trueba spoke about the judge’s ruling from the bench and the outlook for defense lawyers in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings and Congressional legislation aimed at curbing the activities of Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) such as Tawnsaura. Click here for the story: http://tinyurl.com/lmfhn26


 
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