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Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Duane A. Bosworth

Duane Bosworth is a veteran litigator in commercial and complex matters, with extensive experience in information industry litigation, including intellectual property. His experience also includes frequent appellate appearances in the 9th Circuit and in Oregon’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Information and Content Litigation
Duane’s legacy and digital clients in the Northwest include, for example, the Northwest’s largest newspaper; multiple television stations; Bent Image Labs; and the Western Communications chain of newspapers. National clients have included, for example: NBC; Penguin Random House; Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; TripAdvisor; Playboy; CBS (60 Minutes and 48 Hours); Gannett; Sony Pictures; Meredith Corporation; Clear Channel Communications; Time, Inc.; Warner Music Group; The Associated Press, and The Taunton Press.

Commercial and Complex Litigation
Duane’s experience includes: representing Comcast in a significant class action arising out of statutory fees, and in permit fee litigation, at trial and successfully on appeal through the state Supreme Court, and also in right of way and consumer claims; Lanham Act litigation for an auto consortium against a national advertiser; corporate governance litigation for a significant private institute; partnership litigation involving a $600 million claim in geothermal development; software licensing litigation between two significant national competitors; and a wide variety of litigation against local, state and federal government, including administrative challenges on behalf of a world-renowned business leader and philanthropist; a challenge to the constitutionality of state tax reform, at trial and through the state Supreme Court; free speech restrictions on private property, again at trial and through the state Supreme Court; and the defense of many unlawful trade practice and advertising matters.

Representative Experience

Recent Information and Content Litigation

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha

Representing Penguin Random House in its copyright infringement claims against a nonprofit that places publisher’s works online and claims fair use because of alleged transformative searchability. (D. Ariz. Ongoing)

Lincoln City Lodging Limited Partnership I v. John/Jane Doe, dba TripAdvisor User “12Kelly”

In a precedent-setting matter for TripAdvisor, successfully used Oregon’s media shield law to quash subpoena seeking the identity of an anonymous TripAdvisor reviewer. (2014)

LaHodny v. CBS News and 48 Hours

Successfully defended CBS News and 48 Hours against defamation and privacy claims arising out of criminal investigation. (2015)

Oregon Health and Sciences University v. The Oregonian

Successfully represented the Northwest’s largest newspaper at trial in public records litigation. Presented oral argument in the Court of Appeals, where the matter is pending. (2015)

Mullen v. KPTV

Represented Meredith Corporation and reporter in an invasion of privacy claim, at trial, and now in the Oregon Court of Appeals, where issues of the scope of Oregon’s anti-SLAPP statute are pending. (Ongoing)

Christenson v. FLTI, et al.

Successfully defended publisher, Campus Crusade for Christ, in copyright action against claims of substantial similarity infringement. (D. Or. 2013)

Oregon Public Broadcasting v. Portland Public Schools

Representing Oregon Public Broadcasting in its suit against school district, alleging failure to comply with public meetings laws. (Ongoing)

Karboau v. KGW-TV

Successfully brought anti-SLAPP action defeating libel claim against Gannett station arising out of broadcast concerning allegations of criminal matters. (2014)

Recent Commercial and Complex Litigation

Comcast v. City of Eugene

Represented plaintiff at trial and successfully in the Oregon Court of Appeals and in the Oregon Supreme Court. 211 Or. App. 573, 155 P.3d 99, affirmed at 346 Or. 238,209 P.3d 800, regarding fees charged by city. Continued representation in trial court. (Ongoing)

Expunged Records, LLC v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Defeated motions for injunctive relief sought against Warner, arising out of rights in recording artists and copyright matters. (2014)

Bent Image Lab v. Refuge VFX LLC

Represented plaintiff in claims of breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation, concerning images used in television series "Grimm" and others. Matter successfully resolved. (2014)

Imel v. Imel

Successfully represented newspaper chain at trial and in mandamus proceeding in the Oregon Supreme Court, arising out of statutory provisions requiring valid placement of public notices. (2013)

Noonan v. Bridges Produce

Represented organic food distributor in defending defamation claim, introducing anti-SLAPP motion and obtaining an immediate settlement. (2014)

Snook v. Stars Cabaret

Successfully used anti-SLAPP statute to obtain dismissal of multiple claims, including false arrest, against gentleman’s club. Obtained substantial fee award. (2014)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member; Past Chair – Oregon Bar Press Broadcasters Council
  • Past Chair, University of Oregon Law School Board of Visitors
  • Past Chair, Diversity Task Force, Oregon State Bar Association 
  • Past President, Understanding Racism Foundation
  • Past Director, Portland Art Museum
  • Director, Open Oregon
  • Director, Lines for Life