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Talya is an associate in the Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on copyright and entertainment matters and general commercial litigation. She has experience representing clients in a variety of matters, including intellectual property disputes, contract disputes, defamation cases, First Amendment cases, False Claims Act cases, partnership disputes, film financing disputes, and malpractice case. She is involved in all aspects of a litigation, from pre-lawsuit investigations to trials and arbitrations, and everything in between, including drafting pleadings, conducting and defending depositions, drafting and responding to discovery, participating in mediation and settlement conferences, and making court appearances. With a practice evenly divided between representing plaintiffs and defendants, her clients have included some of the world's largest record companies and music publishing companies, movie and television studios, international retailers, entrepreneurs, producers, and celebrities.

Talya has obtained wins for her clients at the pleading stage and on summary judgment in both state and federal courts, and has authored multiple successful briefs for the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Some of Talya’s specific experiences and successes include:

  • Obtaining summary judgment for both defendants and plaintiffs in copyright and contract actions on a variety of grounds, including:
    • Willful copyright infringement by an airline music supplier.  UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Glob. Eagle Entm't, Inc., 2016 WL 3457179 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 20, 2016).
    • Lack of originality or substantial similarity in action alleging infringement by John Newman’s Love Me Again.  Apps v. Universal Music Grp., Inc., 283 F. Supp. 3d 946, 956 (D. Nev. 2017).
    • No genuine disputes of material facts on numerous breach of written contract theories.  Overrated Prods., Inc. v. Universal Music Grp. Recordings, Inc., 2019 WL 7195327 (C.D. Cal. 2019).
    • Lack of evidence supporting breach of oral contract and fraud.

  • Winning large judgments and other, nonmonetary relief, for successfully litigating suits, including:
    • Over $350,000 in attorneys’ fees defending against breach of contract claims.  Overrated Prods. v. Universal Music Group Recordings, Inc., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52136 (C.D. Cal. 2020).
    • Six-figure attorneys’ fees award against plaintiff for copyright action brought in bad faith.
    • Over $350,000 in compensatory damages against defendant in defamation case.
    • Injunction to enjoin corrupt manager from taking further actions.

  • Obtaining dismissal at the pleading stage on a variety of grounds, including:
    • Motion to transfer based on lack of jurisdiction in California.  Beata Music, LLC v. Danelli, 2018 WL 8243999 (C.D. Cal. July 9, 2018).
    • Motion to quash for lack of personal jurisdiction.
    • Motion to dismiss for improper service of complaint.

  • Successfully representing clients on appeal in a variety of cases, including:
    • Universal Music MGB NA LLC v. Quantum Music Works, Inc., 769 Fed. Appx. 445 (9th Cir. 2019) (foreign defendant that authorizes copyright infringement in the U.S. is subject to nationwide personal jurisdiction)
    • Apps v. Universal Music Group, Inc., 763 Fed. Appx. 599 (9th Cir. 2019)
Education

J.D., Stanford Law School, 2013
Managing Editor – Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance
President – Stanford Entertainment and Sports Law Group
President – Stanford Jewish Law Student Association

B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2009

Bar Admissions State Bar of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
US District Court, Central District of CA
US District Court, Northern District of CA
US District Court, Eastern District of CA