By category, Norm’s more notable engagements include the following cases.
- People v. Altaire. Norm won a court trial that established that Bayer Corporation's
nasal spray products did not require Proposition 65 warnings due to the
presence of thimerosal and phenylmercuric acetate as preservatives. In
so doing, Norm became the first lawyer to establish a
court-determined maximum allowable dose level under Proposition 65 and
recorded the first trial win in a Proposition 65 case against the
California Attorney General.
- People v. Warner-Lambert, et al.
Norm represented American Home Products Company in defending its
calcium supplements from a Proposition 65 claim concerning naturally
occurring lead and played a significant role in crafting an
industry-wide settlement. He recently represented Pfizer and Bayer
against the California Attorney General in modifying the same consent
judgment as it relates to calcium supplements.
- ICC v. Van De Kamp and others. Norm prosecuted the first case that went to trial under
California’s Proposition 65 and, since that time, has represented
numerous companies in defending claims brought by “bounty hunters” and
the California Attorney General under this unique statute.
- Chem-Nuclear Systems v. Department of Health Services. After
a two-week trial, Norm obtained a writ of mandate against the
Department of Health Services directing it to comply with regulations
regarding bidding for a low-level radioactive disposal site in
- Ogden-Martin Systems v. County of San Bernardino. Norm successfully defended the county of San Bernardino in a federal
court breach of contract action involving interpretation of the
California Environmental Quality Act.
- Playboy Enterprises v. Yehudi International Network Group. Norm represented Playboy to obtain preliminary and permanent injunctive
relief against an Internet Web site infringing on Playboy’s copyrighted
and trademarked works.
- Information for Public Affairs v. Dow Jones & Co. Norm obtained preliminary and permanent injunctive relief against the Wall Street Journal’s infringement of The California Journal’s trademark.
- Gary Thompson v. Alan Miller Jr. Norm
obtained a defense verdict, after a nine-week jury trial, on claims of
fraud, constructive fraud, concealment, elder abuse and violations of
the California Corporate Securities Act.
- Bilzerian v. Guardian Industries Corp. Norm obtained dismissal of a “green mail” securities action as a sanction for plaintiff’s discovery abuse.
- Ferriera v. Quik Stop Markets.
Norm obtained a defense verdict, after a six-week jury trial, in
favor of a franchisor charged with fraud and violations of the
California Corporate Securities Act.
- Andy's BP v. Costco, et al. In a case alleging below cost pricing for gasoline, Norm won summary judgment in favor of The Kroger Co.
- Helix Milling Co. v. Terminal Flour Mills Co. In a Sherman Act Section One action, Norm obtained a $15 million judgment for the plaintiff.
- Europacific Parts International v. American Honda Motor Co. Norm obtained dismissal of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in Section One and Section Two actions.
- Sethavanish v. Balance Bar Co. Norm successfully settled a nationwide consumer class action alleging misleading advertising in the sale of energy bars.
- In Re Automobile Antitrust Cases I and II. Norm won dismissal for Honda Motor Co., Ltd. on jurisdictional
grounds in a series of California class action lawsuits, and obtained
affirmance by the Court of Appeal.
- In re State Savings and Loan Coordinated Cases. In
22 state and federal court lender liability cases, Norm obtained
either a dismissal or a favorable settlement in all cases on behalf of a
mortgage broker charged with conspiracy with a savings and loan to
engage in fraudulent real estate lending practices.
- Garamendi v. First Capital Life Insurance Company. Norm obtained court approval of the insurance commissioner’s rehabilitation plan for a failed life insurance company.
Government Litigation Cases:
- In re City of Vallejo. Norm was the lead litigation partner representing Vallejo in
establishing its eligibility for Chapter 9 protection and obtaining
approval for the City's rejection of its public employee contracts, all
of which was upheld on appeal.
- City and County of Sacramento v. All Persons.
Norm obtained a judgment in favor of the City and County of Sacramento in a
contested validation action challenging the issuance of bonds to finance
the Sacramento region’s light rail transit system.
- Sacramento City Taxpayers’ Rights League v. City of Sacramento. Norm
successfully defended the city of Sacramento against a taxpayer
challenge to its acquisition of Arco Arena, the venue for the NBA’s