Gretchen L. Jankowski
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Gretchen L. Jankowski

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Co-Chair, Litigation Section

Pittsburgh, PA
 
 
 
  • Successfully defended a preliminary injunction brought against a major metals manufacturer in an effort to undo a short-form merger (state court - Ohio).
  • Obtained a jury verdict award of over $2.3 million in a complex six-week trial for a medical device manufacturer alleging misappropriation of plaintiff's trade secrets in connection with its efforts to develop and market the world's first wearable defibrillator. The multimillion-dollar award included punitive damages against both the individual and corporate defendants (state court - Pennsylvania).
  • Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement in a securities lawsuit brought against a national consolidator of HVAC businesses (federal court - Pennsylvania).
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a coal sales agent seeking to enforce a long-term coal sales agency agreement with a coal mining company (state court - Pennsylvania).
  • Successfully defended a preliminary injunction action brought against a major financial institution's new employee in an effort to prohibit him from working for the new employer under the inevitable disclosure of trade secrets doctrine(federal court -Illinois).
  • Dry Cleaning To-Your-Door, Inc. v. Waltham Limited Liability Co., 2007 WL 4557832 (D. Colo. Dec. 20, 2007), obtained a preliminary and consented-to permanent injunction on behalf of a franchisor againstterminated franchisees that were violating their covenant not to compete.
  • Doe v. Upper St. Clair School District, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90649 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 9, 2008), obtained dismissal of all constitutional claims against non-profit's employee.
  • Obtained dismissal of a purported class action against a settlement services company for the alleged unauthorized practice of law (federal court - South Carolina).
  • Took over the defense and negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of an Internet service company against whom a preliminary injunction was issued for alleged misappropriation of a competitor's trade secrets (state court - Pennsylvania).
  • Obtained dismissal of a purported class action against a settlement services company in connection with alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (federal court - Alabama).
  • Obtained a preliminary and permanent injunction and consent decree on behalf of an industrial supplier against a former employee who was violating his covenant not to compete (federal court - North Carolina).
  • Miron v. Sloan, Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH) 13,101 (S.D. Tex. May 13, 2005), obtained dismissal based on arbitration clauses contained in plaintiffs' franchise agreements.
  • Barnes Group Inc. v. Rinehart, 2001 WL 301433 (S.D. Ind. Feb. 26, 2001), obtained a preliminary and permanent injunction and consent decree on behalf of an industrial supplier against a former employee and competitor for unlawful competition related to breaches of and tortious interference with a covenant not to compete.
  • Obtained a consented to extension of an expired covenant not to compete on behalf of a pharmacy benefit management company (federal court - Pennsylvania).
  • Successfully negotiated a favorable settlement in a commercial contract lawsuit brought by energy management company against metals manufacturer (federal court - Missouri).
  • Dry Cleaning To-Your-Door, Inc. v. Waltham Limited Liability Co., 2007 WL 3232599 (D. Colo. Oct. 30, 2007), defeated motion to dismiss to complaint, wherein plaintiff unsuccessfully argued that successor franchisor could not enforce non-compete agreement.
  • Obtained court approval of settlement class action lawsuit involving allegations that “innovative brokers” were excluded from subscribership in a multi-list in violation of the antitrust laws (federal court - Pennsylvania).
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of credit scoring company of a class action complaint alleging violation of Sherman Act § 1 regarding consumer lending practices (federal court - Pennsylvania).
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a security company (state court - Pennsylvania).
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement in a products liability lawsuit against energy manufacturer (state court - California).
  • Obtained jury verdict on negligence claim brought by major metals recycler against contractor (state court – Pennsylvania)
  • Obtained a preliminary and permanent injunction and consent decree on behalf of an athletic and sporting good franchisor against a terminated franchisee for trademark and copyright infringement and violation of a covenant not to compete (federal court - Wyoming).
  • Groupe SEB USA, Inc. v. Euro-Pro Operating LLC, 774 F.3d 192 (3rd Cir. 2014), affirmance of preliminary injunction obtained against competitor in false advertising/Lanham Act case.
  • Moore v. First Advantage Enterprise Screening Corp., 2013 WL 1662959 (N.D. Ohio April 17, 2013), obtained summary judgment and dismissal of plaintiff's individual and putative class claims.
  • R+L Carriers, Inc. v. Pitt Ohio Express, Inc., 2013 WL 440757 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 6, 2013), per curiam affirmance of attorneys' fees awarded under patent statute.
  • R+L Carriers, Inc. v. Pitt Ohio Express, Inc., 2013 WL 276119 (Fed Cir. Jan. 25, 2013) per curiam affirmance of summary judgment in Pitt Ohio's favor on non-infringement of patent.
  • Moore v. First Advantage Enterprise Screening Corp., 2012 WL 4461505 (N.D. Ohio Sept, 25, 2012), obtained dismissal of class allegations for failure to state a claim.
  • Dry Cleaning To-Your Door, Inc. v. Davis, 2008 WL 3245576 (D. Ore. Aug. 5, 2008), obtained attorneys fees under franchise agreement and statute
  • Dry Cleaning To-Your-Door, Inc. v. Waltham Limited Liability Co., 2007 WL 4557832 (D. Colo. Dec. 20, 2007), obtained a preliminary and consented-to permanent injunction on behalf of a franchisor against terminated franchisees that were violating their covenant not to compete.
  • Athlete’s Foot Brands, LLC v. Whoooah, Inc., 2007 WL 293487, (D. Idaho Oct. 5, 2007), obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of franchisor barring terminated franchisee from using franchisor’s trademarks.