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Maryland Federal Court Upholds Decision Modifying Subpoena, Granting Schulman Bhattacharya’s Motion to Protect Trade Secrets of Acclaimed Inventor

On September 23, 2022, Schulman Bhattacharya secured another victory for its client, Claudio De Simone, the inventor of the acclaimed probiotic product known as the De Simone Formulation.  The De Simone Formulation was formerly sold under the trademark VSL#3® and is now sold under the trademark Visbiome®.  In the recent court action, Professor De Simone prevailed again against VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the owner of the VSL#3® trademark, and its licensees, Alfasigma USA, Inc., and Leadiant Biosciences, Inc. On... Read More »

Schulman Bhattacharya Appellate Practice Secures Third Major Win Since 2021 — U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Affirms Contempt Finding Obtained by Firm Against Two Italian-Controlled Pharmaceutical Companies

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a unanimous, published decision today affirming yet another victory secured by Schulman Bhattacharya for its clients Claudio De Simone and ExeGi Pharma, LLC against Alfasigma USA, Inc. and VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc. On July 30, 2020, Judge Theodore D. Chuang for the United States District Court of Maryland granted the Firm’s motion and held Alfasigma and VSL in civil contempt and sanctioned them for violating the Court’s permanent... Read More »

Federal Court in Atlanta Upholds Contributory False Advertising Claim Against Emory University Professor; Schulman Bhattacharya Represents Client ExeGi Pharma, Seeking Injunctive Relief and More than $10 million in Damages

On May 20, 2021, Schulman Bhattacharya filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of ExeGi Pharma, LLC against Roberto Pacifici, a Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.  The suit asserted, among other things, a claim against Dr. Pacifici for Contributory False Advertising in violation of the Lanham Act arising out of a false advertising scheme facilitated by Dr. Pacifici that has damaged and continues... Read More »

Prominent European Medical Journal Withdraws Probiotic Article Following Schulman Bhattacharya Lawsuit in Miami Federal Court on Behalf of Visbiome® Owner ExeGi Pharma

On October 19, 2021, Schulman Bhattacharya filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of ExeGi Pharma, LLC, the distributor of the probiotic Visbiome®, against the Editor of the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Services (ERMPS).  The lawsuit asserted that the Editor had used the journal “as a commercial tool fraudulently to advertise a second-rate medical product,” namely the VSL#3 probiotic.  The lawsuit further alleged that “by refusing to withdraw,... Read More »

Schulman Bhattacharya Announces the Promotion of Two Attorneys to Counsel

Schulman Bhattacharya is pleased to announce that Sabina Schiller and James “Jake” Schaller have been promoted to the position of Counsel. Sabina Schiller joined the Firm in 2018 as an associate attorney.  She worked previously for a well-known boutique commercial litigation firm, where she successfully represented major international corporations and high-net-worth individuals in all stages of complex commercial controversies in federal and state courts across the country.  Ms. Schiller earned her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of... Read More »

Distinguished Former Federal Prosecutor Joins Schulman Bhattacharya; The Firm Welcomes Courtney Schaefer to its Rapidly Expanding Litigation Practice

Schulman Bhattacharya is proud to announce that Courtney Schaefer has joined the Firm as an associate attorney.  Ms. Schaefer is an experienced former federal prosecutor, law firm litigator, and federal “rocket docket” law clerk. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee of the Alexandria Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Following her clerkship, she was an Honors Attorney with the Criminal Division of the United States Department of... Read More »

Schulman Bhattacharya Continues Rapid Growth, Expands Virginia Practice With Addition of Seasoned Litigator and Former Clerk to Chief Judge of Prince William County Circuit Court

Schulman Bhattacharya is proud to announce the hiring of a new associate attorney who will be resident in the Firm’s Washington-area headquarters office. Akinyi Orinda joins the Firm after spending ten years handling civil litigation for several leading Maryland and Virginia law firms, and serving as a law clerk to Chief Judge Lon E. Farris of the Prince William County Circuit Court.  She earned her J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law, where she served as Notes Editor and... Read More »

Schulman Bhattacharya Prevails at Maryland Court of Special Appeals—Court Upholds Entirety of Schulman Bhattacharya’s Win in $160 Million Tortious Interference and Defamation Litigation

Just ten days after hearing oral argument, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has issued a unanimous decision affirming yet another victory secured by Schulman Bhattacharya for its clients ExeGi Pharma, LLC and Professor Claudio De Simone against Alfasigma USA, Inc. On August 20, 2020, Judge Ronald B. Rubin of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, granted the Firm’s motion for summary judgment, dismissing all five of Alfasigma’s claims against ExeGi Pharma and Professor De Simone “with prejudice, and... Read More »

Schulman Bhattacharya Completes Landslide Win in Litigation Over Share of Proceeds of Up To $480 Million Petroleum Company Sale

Maryland Court Grants Firm’s Clients Summary Judgment on All Seven Counts of their Amended Complaint, Dismisses All Eleven Counts of Defendants’ Counterclaims, Finds that Defendants Pressed Litigation In Bad Faith and Without Substantial Justification, and Awards All Attorneys’ Fees and Costs Sought by the Firm. In a series of orders entered recently by Hon. Ronald B. Rubin of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, Schulman Bhattacharya has obtained complete victory for its clients in a hotly contested dispute over... Read More »

Schulman Bhattacharya Wins Federal Appeal — U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict In Excess of $17 Million on False Advertising and Unjust Enrichment Claims and Affirms Core of Permanent Injunction Against Sellers of VSL#3 Probiotic Product

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today issued a decision affirming Schulman Bhattacharya’s trial win for clients Claudio De Simone and ExeGi Pharma, LLC, in which we secured more than $17 million from a Greenbelt, Maryland jury on Lanham Act (false advertising) and unjust enrichment claims and a permanent injunction prohibiting further false advertising of the VSL#3 probiotic product. At trial, we recovered an additional amount just under $1 million in unpaid royalties, which the defendants... Read More »