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Jacob (Jake) Veltman is a senior associate in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the Internet strategy and litigation practice. Jake specializes in assisting Internet companies with litigation and counseling issues concerning copyright, privacy, and trademark law. He also has experience representing technology companies in derivative and class action shareholder litigation, internal investigations, and SEC inquiries. His clients include Google Inc., YouTube, LLC, Square, Inc., Dropbox, Inc., and International Game Technology.
Jake's litigation matters include representing:
Google in In re: Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation (D. Del.), as well as related inquires by the Federal Trade Commission and 38 state attorneys general. This complex, multi-defendant, multidistrict litigation is made up of more than 20 putative class actions arising from allegations that Google improperly placed cookies on Safari web browsers. The plaintiffs assert claims arising under the Federal Wiretap and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts, as well as various California state laws. Google's motion to dismiss plaintiffs' complaint was granted in October 2013. Settlements were reached with the FTC and the state attorneys general in August 2012 and November 2013, respectively.
Dropbox in Officeware Corp. v. Dropbox, Inc. (N.D. Tex.). This trademark infringement action was brought against Dropbox by Officeware Corp., a competitor in the cloud-storage industry based in Dallas. Officeware alleged that it had used the mark "Dropbox" in connection with its cloud-storage services beginning in 2004, and that Dropbox's use of the mark violated the Lanham Act. After two years of litigation, a favorable settlement for Dropbox was reached.
Google in In re: Google Inc. Android Consumer Privacy Litigation (N.D. Cal.). This multidistrict litigation is made up of eight putative class action lawsuits and involves claims that Google's Android operating system or apps downloaded to Android devices have mishandled user information, including information about users' locations. The plaintiffs assert claims arising under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as other federal and state laws. Google's motion to dismiss was granted in March 2013, with leave to amend. An amended complaint has been filed, and the parties are currently briefing Google's renewed motion to dismiss.
YouTube in Ark Promotions, Inc. v. YouTube, LLC, et al. (W.D.N.C.). This copyright infringement action was brought against YouTube by Ark Promotions, a boxing promoter. Ark Promotions asserted that YouTube had committed copyright infringement and violated the Cable Act by hosting video footage of an Ark Promotions event that had been uploaded by a YouTube user. WSGR obtained one of the first decisions nationwide dismissing inducement of copyright infringement claims at the pleadings stage. The court also dismissed Ark Promotions' claims for violation of the Cable Act, after which Ark Promotions voluntarily dismissed its remaining claims against YouTube.
International Game Technology in In re IGT Securities, ERISA and Derivative Litigation (D. Nev.). WSGR defended IGT against 11 class action and derivative lawsuits alleging that IGT's officers and directors had mismanaged the company and misled shareholders and employees as to the readiness of IGT's new networked gaming platform. WSGR obtained complete dismissals as to eight of the complaints, after which it successfully defended two of the dismissals before the Ninth Circuit, and partial dismissals as to the other three complaints, after which favorable settlements for IGT were reached.
|Areas of Practice||1) Internet Strategy & Litigation, 2) IP Litigation, 3) Privacy & Data Protection and 4) Securities Litigation|
|Law School||UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2006)|
|Education||Duke University (B.A., 2003)|
|Bar Member / Association||California State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati|
Benjamin P. Smith is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on high-stakes disputes in the biotechnology, medical device, and internet industries.