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Steven E. Young Quoted in Daily Journal Regarding Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund Case

January 18, 2018

Partner, Steven E. Young, was quoted in the January 18th edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal after a United States District Court judge granted his client, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund’s, motion to dismiss a federal complaint filed by the Fund’s former Chairman and son of Audrey Hepburn, Sean Ferrer.  The Court ruled that Mr. Ferrer had no right to bring a lawsuit seeking to interfere with the Fund’s ability to use Audrey Hepburn’s name, image and likeness in connection with its activities, without the inclusion and/or consent of his half-brother, and Audrey Hepburn’s other son, Luca Dotti.  Mr. Dotti, who is the current Chairman of the Fund and half-owner of the intellectual property rights at issue, vehemently opposed the filing Mr. Ferrer’s lawsuit.  The recently dismissed federal action, filed by Mr. Ferrer, follows the filing of the Fund’s own lawsuit in California state court against Mr. Ferrer. In the state court action, the Fund seeks to protect its long-held right to use Audrey Hepburn’s name, image and likeness without obtaining Mr. Ferrer’s permission and/or paying him a portion of the Fund’s proceeds that it receives from holding fundraising events to raise money for children’s charities.

“It’s very clear from the face of the Ferrer complaint that these [intellectual property] rights are jointly-owned rights,”  Mr. Young convinced the Court.  “You have Mr. Ferrer seeking personal individual remedy when his complaint is replete on its face with references that these are jointly owned rights.”

Mr. Young is a partner in the Los Angeles office and a member of the Litigation Department. His practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, entertainment, real estate and general business litigation.  Mr. Young has conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials in both State and Federal Courts as well as arbitrations. He has appeared before both State and Federal Appellate Courts.