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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear “Ghost Hunters” Case

On November 7, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review an en banc  decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of Martin’s clients in a case involving theft of the idea for the “Ghost Hunters” television show. 

Victim of Domestic Violence Wins Appeal

On October 21, 2011, Martin won a pro bono appeal affirming the renewal of his client’s restraining order against an ex-boyfriend.

Daily Journal Top 100 California Lawyers

The Daily Journal has named Martin Buchanan as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California for 2011.

Award of Fees Against Prominent Law Firm Reversed

On September 14, 2011, Martin won a reversal of an order directing a prominent law firm to pay the City’s legal fees for defending a case that was dismissed on summary judgment.  The Court of Appeal found that the trial court had erred in ruling that the law firm did not maintain the action in good faith or with reasonable cause.

Juvenile Justice Commission Award

On July 20, 2011, Martin received the annual Volunteer Award from the San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission.  The award recognized Martin’s “outstanding commitment to youth in the juvenile justice system” based on his volunteer work at San Diego Teen Court and as a board member for Social Advocates for Youth – San Diego.

Birth Control Patch Users Obtain Dismissal of Johnson & Johnson Writ

On June 6, 2011, Martin won a writ proceeding in the California Court of Appeal on behalf of three plaintiffs who sued Johnson & Johnson for blood clots caused by the Ortho Evra birth control patch.  Martin was retained to brief and argue the matter after the defendants filed a petition for writ of mandate and the Court of Appeal issued an alternative writ.  After full briefing and oral argument, the Court of Appeal discharged the alternative writ and summarily dismissed the defendants’ petition.

San Diego Super Lawyers Top 50

On June 2, 2011, Martin was named as one of San Diego’s Top 50 lawyers by San Diego Super Lawyers.  Martin was one of only three attorneys named in both the Top 50 list and the top Appellate Lawyers list.  The Top 50 list includes lawyers in all practice areas who received the highest point totals in the Super Lawyers nomination, peer evaluation, and review process.

Plaintiffs Win Idea Theft Appeal Involving “Ghost Hunters” Television Show

On May 4, 2011, Martin and his co-counsel won an appeal before the en banc Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving the theft of an idea for a television show.  Martin represents plaintiffs who allege that the defendants stole their idea for “Ghost Hunters,” a television show about paranormal investigators.  In September 2010, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled that the plaintiffs’ claims were preempted by the Copyright Act.  However, the Ninth Circuit subsequently took the case en banc and reached the opposite conclusion.  Martin was primarily responsible for the en banc briefing and his co-counsel at Girardi & Keese argued the case.