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Kathleen (Katie) M. O'Sullivan Partner

Firmwide Chair, Commercial Litigation Practice; Member, Firmwide Executive Committee

  • Seattle

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    Seattle

    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA

    +1.206.359.6375

    KOSullivan@perkinscoie.com

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OVERVIEW

EXPERIENCE

Experience

Appellate

GLOBAL BTG LLC V. NATIONAL AIR CARGO INC.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Represented the plaintiff Global BTG, an aircraft financing company, in a case arising out of the parties’ agreement involving the financing of eight commercial aircraft. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the judgment that had resulted from a jury verdict in favor of Global BTG on its breach-of-contract claim against National Air Cargo, ruling that the jury was properly instructed and that the jury damages award was supported by substantial evidence.  A video of the argument is available here. 2016 WL 2811591 (9th Cir.).

MAPLE V. COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Represented Costco in the trial court and on appeal. Obtained dismissal of first and second amended complaints for failure to state a claim. The district court found the plaintiff’s allegations of deception in the name of the product “VitaRain” to be implausible, and also concluded that the plaintiff had failed to adequately plead causation of any injury. The Ninth Circuit affirmed. 2016 WL 2621345 (9th Cir.), 2013 WL 5885389 (E.D. Wash.)

REINKING V. ALVESKA PIPELINE SERVICE CO.

U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Represented Alyeska and its pension and benefits plans on appeal. Obtained reversal of summary judgment in favor of plaintiff. The Ninth Circuit ruled that the plan administrators did not abuse their discretion in denying application for benefits. 539 Fed. Appx. 780 (9th Cir. 2013).

Brown v. Legal Foundation of Washington, et al.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court
Defeated constitutional challenge to Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program that provides substantial funding for legal aid programs nationwide. Supreme Court affirmed that such programs are not unconstitutional.  538 U.S. 216 (2003), aff'd 271 F.3d 835 (9th Cir. 2001) (en banc).

Dex Media West Inc. v. City of Seattle

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Obtained the reversal of a district court decision and award of injunction against an ordinance requiring distributors of Yellow Pages directories to register with and obtain a permit from the city, pay a fee for each book they distribute, participate in a city-run delivery opt-out program, and advertise the opt-out program on the front cover of each directory they distribute.  The Ninth Circuit concluded that Yellow Pages directories qualify for full protection under the First Amendment and that the ordinance was unconstitutional because it was not the most narrowly tailored means of achieving the city’s objectives. 696 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 2012).

Getz v. The Boeing Company

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Obtained a Ninth Circuit decision, in a wrongful death action arising out of a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, affirming summary judgment for Boeing and other manufacturers on the basis of the government-contractor defense. Persuaded court that the manufacturers could not be subject to tort liability where they had complied with the precise design specifications approved by the Army. 654 F.3d 852 (9th Cir. 2011).

Judd v. AT&T 

King County Superior Court (Washington), State Court of Appeals of Washington, State Supreme Court of Washington
Represented defendant Qwest in putative class action regarding disclosure of rates for long-distance telephone calls by Washington State prisoners. Won dismissal of claim and affirmance of that judgment on appeal.  66 P.3d 1102 (Wash. Ct. App. 2003), aff'd, 95 P.3d 337 (Wash. 2004) .

King v. King

State Supreme Court of Washington
Pro bono representation on appeal. In "civil Gideon" case, argued – ultimately unsuccessfully – that the trial court should have appointed counsel to defend our client (an indigent woman who could not afford counsel) in a child custody proceeding in which she faced the loss of her fundamental parenting rights and her opponent (her then-husband) was represented by counsel. 174 P.3d 659 (Wash. 2007).

McCarthy Finance, Inc., et al. v. Premera, et al.

King County Superior Court (Washington)
State Court of Appeals of Washington
State Supreme Court of Washington
Represented defendant Washington Alliance for Healthcare Insurance Trust and its trustee in putative class action regarding challenge to reasonableness of health insurance rates. Won dismissal of claim and unanimous reversal of adverse Court of Appeals decision. 328 P.3d 940 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014), rev’d, 347 P.3d 872 (Wash. 2015).

Shillinger v. Highline School District 

State Court of Appeals of Washington 
Represented school district on appeal. Obtained reversal and new trial following jury verdict for plaintiff alleging occupational mold disease. 2008 WL 2174436 (Wash. Ct. App.)

Turek v. General Mills Inc.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Obtained affirmance of the dismissal of a putative class action against our client, General Mills, on grounds that the plaintiff’s deceptive advertising claims were preempted by the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which sets forth uniform standards for food labeling.  662 F.3d 423 (7th Cir. 2011).

Litigation

Move, Inc. v. Zillow, Inc.

King County Superior Court (Washington)
Represented the defendant Zillow in an employment-related unfair competition/ trade secrets case against its largest competitor in which the plaintiffs sought approximately $2 billion in damages. After the Court dismissed more than $1 billion of plaintiffs’ claimed damages, found in favor of Zillow on allegations of spoliation, and granted several of the client’s motions for partial summary judgment including dismissal of most of plaintiffs’ tort-based claims, case settled on what was scheduled to be the first day of trial.

Borders, et al. v. King County, et al. and Washington State Democratic Central Committee

Superior Court of Washington, Chelan County
Challenge to the election of Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, the closest gubernatorial election in United States history. After two-week trial, the court upheld the election results.

City of Livonia Employees' Retirement System v. The Boeing Company

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Represented Boeing and two of its senior executives in a securities fraud class action relating to the delay of first flight of the 787 Dreamliner. Plaintiffs' operative complaint relied on the alleged statements of a confidential source who purportedly possessed high-level knowledge. After plaintiffs revealed the identity of their source, defendants secured a declaration and deposition from the source, in which he refuted the allegations attributed to him. Defendants subsequently moved for and won dismissal of plaintiffs' complaint with prejudice. The court agreed with defendants that plaintiffs' counsel failed to conduct a reasonable inquiry and made material misrepresentations of fact concerning the source's position and personal knowledge. Plaintiffs appealed and defendants cross-appealed seeking sanctions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. The court affirmed dismissal and remanded for consideration of sanctions. District court awarded all of Boeing's reasonable defense fees and costs as sanction against plaintiffs' counsel. 711 F.3d 754 (7th Cir. 2013).

Fultz v. World Savings & Loan Association

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Represented National City Bank and National City Mortgage Company in defense of "predatory lending" claim. Won dismissal of myriad of state law claims on basis of federal preemption. 2008 WL 4131512 (W.D. Wash. 2008).

In re Cheerios Marketing & Sales Practices Litigation

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
National counsel for General Mills in defense of putative class actions alleging false and deceptive marketing of the health benefits of Cheerios.  Obtained summary judgment dismissal of most of the individual plaintiffs' claims for failure to establish any damage, and summary judgment dismissal of the class action allegations of the remaining plaintiffs.

Pharmaceutical Industry Average Wholesale Price Litigation

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
State courts in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
National coordinating and trial counsel in defense of nationwide consumer protection class action, parens patriae, antitrust and false claims act challenges to pharmaceutical pricing.
431 F. Supp. 2d 98 (D. Mass. 2006); 339 F. Supp. 2d 165; 321 F. Supp. 2d 187; 309 F. Supp. 2d 165; 307 F. Supp. 2d 196 (D. Mass. 2004); 230 F.R.D. 61 (D. Mass. 2005).

Trinity Glass International Inc. v. LG Chem Ltd.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Defense of international chemical company in $50 million breach of contract, breach of warranty and fraud case involving polymer resin. Case settled on first day of trial.  Court granted client’s motion for partial summary judgment dismissing more than $25 million of plaintiffs’ claimed damages and dismissing all of plaintiffs’ tort-based claims.

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.,
    cum laude
    ,
    Senior Notes Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • Yale University, B.A., History,
    cum laude

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