Erik Swen Syverson
Erik S. Syverson, a partner at Miller Barondess, LLP, is a trial lawyer specializing in Internet law and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Syverson is one of America's leading Internet law attorneys and frequently appears on Fox and NBC television networks to discuss internet law issues. He has experience litigating ground-breaking Internet law, intellectual property and business law cases across the United States. Erik has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of plaintiffs in internet related litigation. On behalf of defendants, Erik is often able to secure dismissals of internet related lawsuits through the use of summary judgment motions, California's Anti-SLAPP statute and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Erik has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a distinction given to less than 2.5 percent of attorneys in California.”
Internet Law Litigation Experience
Attorney Syverson has handled hundreds of Internet-based legal disputes on behalf of businesses from a wide range of industries including technology, consumer products, financial services, entertainment and gaming. Internet marketing litigation has become a key focus for Erik. He frequently represents plaintiffs and defendants in litigation regarding internet advertising, social media assets, trademark infringement, trade libel and defamation, Lanham Act violations, copyright infringement, false advertising, unfair business practices, cybersquatting and trade secrets misappropriation.
In addition to Internet-based litigation, Mr. Syverson has handled a full range of commercial- and consumer-based disputes in federal and state courts across the country. He recently obtained a multi-million dollar defense trial verdict in a case involving the outdoor advertising industry. With millions of dollars at stake, Erik defended his corporate client's right to maintain billboards along Interstate 405 in Southern California and obtained an award of attorney fees. Other recent trial victories include the successful representation of a national travel company in enforcing secured promissory notes against former corporate executives.
Core Practice Areas
- Internet Law
- Domain Name Disputes
- Internet Class Actions
- Internet Defamation
- Copyrights and Trademarks
- General Business Law
- International Business
- Commercial Litigation
- Intellectual Property
Recent Litigation and Trial Successes
Lambotte v. IAC/Interactive Corp.: In a class action matter, Mr. Syverson obtained a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of businesses advertising on the Citysearch.com website and network.
Social Media Disputes and Harassment: Mr. Syverson has represented several financial services executives, entertainers and pro athletes, including NBA stars, with respect to defamatory and harassing social media content. Erik has obtained numerous confidential settlements and removals of defamatory and harassing content.
Allen Lund Company, Inc. v. AT&T, Inc. et al: In U.S. District Court, attorney Syverson defended a consumer class action lawsuit against several long distance telephone carriers relating to overcharges and deceptive billing. Over $100,000,000 in damages were sought, the case settled for approximately $2,000,000 in phone card rebates.
Business Defamation: Mr. Syverson recently obtained a six figure settlement for trade libel and defamation on behalf of a national consumer sales company as well as securing the removal of multiple defamatory internet postings.
Superior Property of Carson, LLC v. Viacom Outdoor, Inc.: Mr. Syverson acted as lead trial counsel defending an outdoor advertising company in a multimillion-dollar dispute relating to billboard rights along Interstate 405 in Los Angeles County before the Hon. James R. Dunn. After a 14-day trial, the judgment was rendered in favor of Mr. Syverson's client including an award of all the defendants' attorneys' fees and expenses. Additionally, the judgment was upheld before the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Syverson prepared and successfully argued the appeal on behalf of his client.
Affiliate Marketing: Mr. Syverson recently defended one of the country's fastest growing affiliate marketing networks in a trademark infringement case in U.S. District Court. Mr. Syverson obtained a favorable settlement whereby his client paid no money to the plaintiff and secured a dismissal of all monetary claims.
Girls Gone Wild Litigation: Attorney Syverson defended Girls Gone Wild founder Joseph Francis before the Hon. William F. Highberger in a class action consumer action lawsuit related to the marketing and sale of the defendants' DVD's through internet marketing and television infomercial sales.
The Orchard Enterprises, Inc. v. Tufamerica, Inc.: In U.S. District Court, Mr. Syverson served as lead counsel defending Tufamerica, Inc. in a complex Internet digital music distribution and advertising case. Both parties alleged multi-million dollar claims for breach of contract and fraud. The dispute involved more than 20,000 musical tracks including artists such as Ray Charles and Queen Latifah. The distribution of music occurred exclusively on the internet. Erik negotiated a confidential settlement on behalf of his client.
Areas of Practice
- Business & Commercial Law
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
- Juris Doctor - 2002
- University of Michigan
- B.A. - 1994
- "Is Social Media Entitled to Trade Secret Protection?", Daily Journal, February 13, 2012
- “Internet Defamation and Reputation Management” , Speaker, Thomson Reuters, West Legal Education Center, December 13, 2011
- “Is Farmville Just a Game, or Big Brother in Disguise?” , Huffington Post, October 22, 2010
- “The Coming Wave of Social Media Class Actions” , Huffington Post, September 2, 2010
- Fox News Internet Law Expert, Over Ten Television Appearances
Professional Associations and Memberships
- California State Bar Cyberlaw Committee
- Beverly Hills Bar Association
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- American Bar Association