Cochran Ex-Partner Slips Former Colleagues' Counterclaims

Law360, New York (February 9, 2015, 12:19 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday dismissed counterclaims against an attorney embroiled in trademark litigation with The Cochran Firm PC over the use of Johnnie Cochran's moniker, saying the attorney's former colleagues' contract claims are barred by a related state court action.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez tossed Joseph M. Barrett and Brian T. Dunn's countersuit alleging Randy H. McMurray breached a partnership agreement between the three by using firm funds for personal expenses during his management of The Cochran Firm Los Angeles LLP, the formation of which prompted the immediate federal trademark suit.

Judge Gutierrez said a state court...

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