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Nicholas A. Kurtz

Nicholas A. Kurtz



Nicholas A. Kurtz is an associate at Johnson & Johnson, LLP.  He specializes in entertainment, class actions, and complex business litigation matters.  Mr. Kurtz earned a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University in Washington, DC where he was a Presidential Scholarship recipient, a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, and a Colonial Athletic Association Scholar Athlete with the nationally ranked Division I varsity soccer team.  In 2004, Mr. Kurtz earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School, where he served as the Chief Research Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and garnered a First Honors Award in his Title IX Seminar course.

Some of his significant experience includes:

• Selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in 2009 Southern California Super Lawyers and 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers
• Directed multiple copyright infringement cases on behalf of rights holders, including for Academy award winning film The Hurt Locker, against infringers who utilize torrent platforms
• Litigated copyright infringement cases over the film Drumline and Cars film franchise
• Successfully represented musical artist in breach of contract litigation resulting in $350,000 judgment against former manager
• Awarded Rule 11 sanctions in securing dismissal of corporate defendant related to promotional campaign of former Beach Boys artist Brian Wilson in British newspaper

• American Bar Association – Copyright Litigation: Finding Anonymous Copyright Infringers, March 2012
• Beverly Hills Bar Association – Film and TV Producers: How to Squeeze the Lemon;
Additional income to be collected by producers and copyright owners, June 2009
• Los Angeles Copyright Society – The Music Download Class Action Suits, December 2006

• Electronic Evidence in Torrent Copyright Cases, Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Review, Pario Communications, Bedfordshire, UK (2011) (pp.171-178) (co-author with Thomas M. Dunlap)

Published decisions:
Call of the Wild Movie, LLC v. Does 1-1,062 (D. D.C. 2011) 770 F.Supp.2d 332
Donkeyball Movie, LLC v. Does (D. D.C. 2011) 810 F.Supp.2d 20
Maverick Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Does 1-2,115 (D. D.C. 2011) 810 F.Supp.2d 1
Voltage Pictures, LLC v. Does 1-5,000 (D. D.C. 2011) 818 F.Supp.2d 28
Call of the Wild Movie, LLC v. Smith (D. D.C. 2011) 274 FRD 334
Maverick Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Does 1-2,115 (D. D.C. 2011) 276 FRD 389
Voltage Pictures, LLC v. Vazquez (D. D.C. 2011) 277 FRD 28
Achte/Neunte Boll Kino Beteiligungs Gmbh & Co. v. Does 1-4,577 (D. D.C. 2010) 736 F.Supp.2d 212
West Bay One, Inc. v. Does 1-1,653 (D. D.C. 2010) 270 FRD 13

Bar Admissions:
• State Bars of California, Virginia, and District of Columbia
• United States District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and District of District of Columbia
• United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit