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Law—Sculptor of ‘Don Diego’ wins suit against marketer

Qualcomm Names Its New General


La Jolla artist Maher Morcos was recently awarded $180,000 in a lawsuit against Masterpiece Publishing Inc. of Orange County for not properly marketing his work.

A San Diego jury concluded Morcos was a victim of a breach of contract by the company. The jury found that Masterpiece did not put forward its best effort in marketing Morcos’ limited-edition sculptures and other artwork.

According to his attorney, Jennifer Hasso-Najm, Morcos could have made an estimated $1.9 million from the contract. Instead, she said, he made $57,000.

Morcos is perhaps best-known throughout San Diego for his creation of the Tommy Hernandez as Don Diego sculpture at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. His sculptures and oil paintings are also a part of the White House’s permanent collection.

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Letterhead Change: Louis Lupin was recently promoted to general counsel for Qualcomm Inc. Lupin will oversee all legal aspects of intellectual property licensing, investment and commercial transactions, employment law, litigation and dispute resolution. He replaces Steve Altman, who was promoted to executive vice president.

Lupin joined Qualcomm in 1995 as senior legal counsel and was later promoted to vice president, proprietary rights counsel and eventually to senior vice president.

Before joining Qualcomm, he was partner with Cooley, Godward, Castro, Huddleson and Tatum, where he focused on intellectual property litigation in the telecommunications, software and biotechnology industries.

Lupin represented Qualcomm in its 1994 patent infringement litigation with InterDigital Technology Corp. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Swarthmore College and a juris doctorate from Stanford Law School.

Law In Cyberspace: In a suit filed late last month by Qualcomm, the company claimed confidential information was posted on Yahoo!’s Web site.

The suit, filed against six individuals and 14 anonymous Internet users, claims the information is only available to employees, and that the accused parties violated their employment agreements by posting the information.

Qualcomm is seeking an injunction prohibiting the employees from continuing to post the confidential information and for restitution for the unjust enrichment the defendants enjoyed as a result of the acts.

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Public Disclosure: The National Investor Relations Institute will meet Oct. 18 to discuss its position on Regulation FD, which would prohibit public companies from tipping off selected financial analysts regarding earnings projections and financial information before the information becomes public.

The meeting will take place at noon at the La Jolla Marriott. The new regulation, approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission August 10, goes into effect Oct. 23.

Send legal news items to Denise Ward at dward@sdbj.com.


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