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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2011

Anna R. Buono

Anna Buono is a commercial trial lawyer who practices extensively in the health care and financial services industries, as well as handling intellectual property litigation and privacy and security issues across various industries. She represents clients on a wide range of claims, including breach of contract and business torts, antitrust and unfair competition, trademark, copyright, and patent infringement, data breach and security enforcement, as well as employment and franchising disputes.

Representative Experience

Department of Justice Investigation defense

Represented a regional bank in connection with U.S. Department of Justice investigation. (2016)

Employment defense for Bank of America, City of Hope and others

Defending single-plaintiff claims involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations for companies in banking, financial, and health care industries. (Ongoing)

Microsoft anti-piracy and consumer protection litigation

Representing Microsoft in copyright, trademark, and consumer protection enforcement actions filed against tech support companies and distributors of counterfeit and otherwise illegally-acquired software and software components, leveraging cutting-edge cyberforensic investigations and evidence. (Ongoing)

Natkin v. American Osteopathic Association et al.

Representing hospital and doctor in breach of contract and defamation claims stemming from termination of resident from residency program. (Ongoing)

Culinary Lab Partners, LLC v. David Myers et al.

Represented a restaurant company in trade secret misappropriation and corporate usurpation claims against former employee. (2016)

Digital Archives, Inc. v. Providence Health System - Southern California

Represented a healthcare provider in breach of contract action relating to records storage and management. (2016)

FDIC v. various mortgage bankers

Defense of mortgage bankers in several cases involving sub-prime loans filed by the FDIC (as successor to IndyMac Bank) asserting claims based on purported breaches of various representations and warranties and involving a variety of defenses including the applicability and enforceability of IndyMac's Seller/Lending Guide. (2014)

Long v. Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Obtained summary judgment for defendant in Unruh Act and Gender Tax Repeal Act class action brought on behalf of all males in California alleging gender price discrimination. Lead associate in drafting motion for summary judgment and appellate briefing. Summary judgment upheld by 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. (C.D. Cal. 2012, 9th Cir. 2014)

Pinkberry Ventures, Inc. v. Penninsular Group LLC; Pinkberry Ventures, Inc. v. Pinkberry of Florida, Inc.

Representation of franchisor in breach of contract and trademark infringement disputes with former franchisees. (2013)

Hulse v. MTV Networks

Successfully defended MTV Networks against idea-submission claims arising from hit reality series "Jersey Shore." After allowing plaintiff extensive discovery, the court granted MTVN’s motion for summary judgment, finding that VH1 had independently created the series without using plaintiff’s idea that allegedly was pitched to MTV. The court also found that plaintiff lacked standing to assert his implied-in-fact contract claim. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2012; Cal. Ct. App. 2013)

Medi Entity v. Health Investment Corp. & VCFB Management v. Anaheim General Hospital LP

Defended hospital-related entities in breach of contract and related claims arising from two failed attempts by plaintiffs to acquire hospital. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2012)

NuboNau, Inc. v. NB Labs, LTD, et. al.

Represented UK company in trademark case brought in the Southern District of California. Successfully moved to dismiss action for lack of personal jurisdiction. (2012)

People v. MTA

Defended artist Cristian Gheorghiu against unfair competition claims based solely on prior alleged involvement with tagging crews. The case was resolved prior to trial. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2012)

Tur v. A&E Television Networks

Defended A&E Television Networks against idea submission claims arising from the reality-based television show "Why I Ran." The case resolved after disclosures revealed independent creation. (C.D. Cal. 2012)

WebQuest, Inc. v. Lupe Fuentes, LLC

Represented WebQuest in breach of contract case alleging defendants failed to indemnify plaintiff in copyright lawsuit arising from content provided by defendants. (L.A. Cty. (Cal.) Sup. Ct. 2012)

Abbot Kinney Partners v. Bravo Media

Defended Bravo Media in unfair competition, nuisance, and slander of title case regarding use of images of a building in the broadcast of the series "Millionaire Matchmaker." The case was resolved after Bravo filed its motion to strike under the anti-SLAPP statute and a demurrer. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2011)

ANT v. The Gurin Company

Represented The Gurin Company in a lawsuit brought by a comedian known as 'ANT,' who claimed that his trademark and identity were misappropriated by Gurin's television program, "Wanna Bet," which starred the British comedy duo "Ant and Dec." All claims against Gurin were dismissed by the federal district judge and attorneys' fees were awarded. ANT dismissed his appeal in exchange for a waiver of fees. (C.D. Cal. 2010-2011)

McGhee v. MTV Networks

Defended MTV Networks and Randy Jackson against breach of implied-in-fact contract and other idea-submission claims arising from the reality-television show "America's Best Dance Crew." The case was resolved several days after MTV filed its motion for summary judgment based on independent creation and the statute of limitations. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2011) Read more

Antitrust counseling and litigation for Philip Morris USA

Regularly provided counseling regarding antitrust and other issues relating to the industry after the Master Settlement Agreement, and litigated arbitration and state court actions relating to allegations of industry price-fixing. (2004-2010)

Brand integrity counseling and litigation for Philip Morris USA

Regularly provided trademark advice and litigated trademark claims against counterfeit importers and sellers. (2005-2010)

Larsen v. NBC Universal

Defended NBC Universal against copyright and idea submission claims arising from the reality-television show "Dance Your Ass Off." The case was resolved prior to filing motions to dismiss. (C.D. Cal. 2010)

Images Everywhere v. Six Flags Theme Parks and Event Imaging Solutions

Successfully represented Qualex (formerly known as Event Imaging Solutions), a division of Eastman Kodak Company, in trial of breach of contract and intentional interference claims regarding contracts for theme-park photography. (Cal. Super. Ct. 2008)

SLB Toys USA, Inc. v. Wham-O, Inc.

Successfully represented Wham-O in trial of highly contentious color mark dispute; awarded $6 million judgment and fees, which was upheld on appeal. (C.D. Cal. 2007; 9th Cir. 2008)

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP, Los Angeles, 2008-2010
  • Associate, Heller Ehrman LLP, Los Angeles, 2004-2008
  • Research Assistant, Professor Laurie L. Levenson, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2002