Ric T. Fukushima

Senior Associate

Orange County

Read full biography at www.orrick.com
Ric Fukushima is a California litigation attorney and is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution group. Ric is an experienced trial lawyer and his practice covers all stages of the litigation process. Ric represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, including product liability, general commercial litigation, and intellectual property matters. Ric has represented clients before California superior courts and various state and federal district courts. 

Ric is also an alumnus of the Orange County District Attorney's Office Trial Attorney Partnership ("TAP") program. With the TAP program, Ric first-chaired two criminal jury trials to verdict and conducted numerous felony preliminary hearings. 

Ric started his career at Orrick as a summer associate in 2009. Before joining Orrick, Ric was an intellectual property intern at San Diego-based medical device company, NuVasive, Inc., where he assisted patent counsel on matters relating to patent prosecution and freedom-to-operate assessments. 

Posts by: Ric T. Fukushima

From Corn-Gate to You-Stole-My-Trade-Secrets-Gate (Maybe): Defendant Beer Maker Moves to Add a Counterclaim for Trade Secrets Misappropriation in False Advertisement Litigation

MillerCoors (beer maker of Coors Light and Miller Lite) and Anheuser-Busch (“AB”) (competing beer maker of Bud Light) have been embroiled in a contentious federal district court litigation in the W.D. of Wisconsin since March 2019. MillerCoors filed a lawsuit against AB for false advertising and trademark dilution shortly after AB aired an ad during Super Bowl LIII saying that MillerCoors uses corn syrup during brewing. MillerCoors’ lawsuit alleges that this ad was part of a “false and misleading advertising campaign” designed to deceive consumers into thinking they will consume corn syrup if they drink Coors Light and Miller Lite, which MillerCoors denies. READ MORE

T-R-NO: Nevada District Court Denies Motion for TRO Despite Evidence of Mass Download of Company Files and Steps Taken to Cover Tracks

Our readers have seen enough of our blog posts to be familiar with the classic ex-employee trade secrets theft scenario:  employee downloads confidential files to his personal computer; employee attempts to cover his tracks with deletions of those files; employee resigns from the company to work for a competitor. When such a classic case results in litigation, the plaintiff company typically succeeds in obtaining injunctive relief against the ex-employee. We posted about one successful preliminary injunction motion last year. A recent district court decision out of the District of Nevada, however, shows that a motion for TRO on seemingly slam-dunk facts is never guaranteed. This decision highlights two important takeaways for litigators: (1) if your client is facing imminent business harm, seek an injunction immediately; and (2) in the Ninth Circuit, there is no presumption of irreparable harm, even if the evidence shows trade secret misappropriation or a breach of the employee’s confidentiality agreement. READ MORE