Unpublished Opinions

Estate of David R. Foster v. Aehui Gomer, et al. - RICO defendant’s motion to dismiss complaint on the basis of the court’s lack of personal jurisdiction denied.  Given that the defendant is a partner at a law firm and has previously served as counsel for co-conspirator’s estate, which is located in California, the court determined that the defendant would not be unduly burdened by defending herself in California. Jeff Grell is co-counsel for plaintiffs, along with Blake & Associates (Boston, MA).  United States District Court for the Central District of California – Order of the Honorable A. Howard Matz (Jan. 16, 2013).

WW, LLC, et al. v . The Coffee Beanery, Ltd., et al. - Plaintiff survives motion to dismiss RICO claims predicated on mail and wire fraud arising out of defendants’ sale of franchise opportunities.  Jeff Grell is co-counsel for plaintiffs, along with Harry M. Rifkin (Baltimore, MD) and W. Michael Garner (Minneapolis, MN).  United States District Court for the District of Maryland – Order of the Honorable Williams M. Nickerson (Aug. 27, 2012)

Estate of David R. Foster v. Aehui Gomer, et al. – Plaintiff survives motion to dismiss RICO claims.  Plaintiff’s RICO claims are predicated on acts of extortion, mail / wire fraud, and interstate transportation of stolen property arising out of defendants’ management of the affairs of a vulnerable elderly person.  Jeff Grell is co-counsel for plaintiffs.  United States District Court for the Central District of California – Order of the Honorable A. Howard Matz (Feb. 15, 2012).

Stueve, et al. v. Novell, et al. - Plaintiff survives demurrers seeking to dismiss RICO claims (see Motions 11, 12 and 13).  Jeff Grell was plaintiff’s co-counsel.  Superior Court of the State of California (Orange County) – Order of the Honorable Nancy Wieben-Stock (Oct. 21, 2011).

Marini, et al. v. Adamo, et al. - Plaintiff, whose counsel retained Jeff Grell as a consultant, defeats motion for summary judgment to dismiss RICO claims.  United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York – Opinion of the Honorable Joseph F. Bianco (Sept. 26, 2011).

St. Croix Printing Equipment v. Sexton, et al.Jeff Grell’s client (the plaintiff / counter-defendant) successfully brings a motion for summary judgment, obtaining dismissal of Defendants’ counterclaims under the Lanham Act.  United States District Court for the District of Minnesota – Opinion of the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson (May 30, 2008).

Shoreline Amphitheatre Partners, et al. v. City of Mountain View, et al. - Defendant / Cross-plaintiff, whose counsel retained Jeff Grell as a consultant, defeats motion for summary adjudication on its RICO claims.  Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara – Opinion and Order of the Honorable William J. Elfving (Dec. 27, 2005).

Brutlyn, N.V. v. Anthony Gagliano Co., Inc.Defendant, whose counsel retained Jeff Grell as a consultant, obtains summary judgment on RICO claims brought against it.  United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin – Decision and Order of the Honorable William E. Callahan, Jr. (Nov. 29, 2005).

Heaven & Earth, Inc. v. Wyman Properties Ltd. Partnership, et al. – Defendant represented by Jeff Grell obtains dismissal of consumer fraud claims; the Court determines, however, that the plaintiff’s RICO claims are adequately pled.  United States District Court for the District of Minnesota – Memorandum Opinon and Order of the Honorable Donavan W. Frank (Oct. 21, 2003).

Marshall Wolf Automation, Inc. v. Kostopolous - Plaintiff represented by Jeff Grell defeats motion for summary judgment to dismiss RICO claims.  United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Opinion of the Honorable Blanch M. Manning (Aug. 15, 2002).