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Yanny & Smith

Throughout the years, Y&S and the cases it handles have received much recognition in the legal and entertainment communities.

In February 2019, Yanny and Smith successfully defended the Mongol Nations MC, in USA v. Mongol Nation, a multi month Federal Criminal Racketeering case in which the Government sought forfeiture of the collective membership marks amongst other remedies. The Government presented evidence on over 15 homicides and attempted homicides and various alleged drug transactions. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Mongols on nearly all of the predicate acts and the Court ruled that the collective membership mark could not be forfeited as such would be in violation of the First and Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution.

For further coverage please read the article from Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03/01/feds-spent-decade-trying-seize-mongol-nations-notorious-patch-judge-ruled-they-cant-have-it/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fa324ec718c0

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In 2015, Yanny represented the Mongols Motocycle Club in the United States of America v. Mongols Nations, a case in which prosecutors brought a criminal RICO action that sought as a remedy the forfeiture of the Mongol Nation's trademarks. In September 2015 Yanny obtained the dismissal of the indictment.

In October 2011, in the case Chaney V. Grigg, the California Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a judgment in excess of $3 million that Y&S obtained for a client against his former lawyer. The case was argued by Y&S partner Joseph A. Yanny. Prior to the appeal, Y&S obtained a permanent injunction in aid of enforcement of the judgment and then a finding of contempt against the defendant for violation of the permanent injunction.

Y&S successfully defended television personality Jesse James in a lawsuit brought by a manufacturer of custom-embellished sportswear. The plaintiff sought $6 million and an award of punitive damages for violations of an alleged joint venture that the company claimed to have formed with James. The action, entitled Fortune Fashions Industries, LLC v. James, et al., concluded in the summer of 2010 after a six week trial with a swift verdict in favor of James.

In 2009, Y&S successfully resolved a patent infringement case between two lead players in the plumbing supply industry. The case involved novel legal issues in the patent arena and resulted in two published opinions for the firm.

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