Ridder, Costa & Johnstone’s attorneys are focused and passionate litigators. RCJ attorneys have litigated copyright, trademark, patent, internet defamation, First Amendment and commercial disputes in California and throughout the United States. We understand the technology that underlies the cases we litigate, but at the same time never lose sight of the importance of explaining it in a way that judges and juries can understand.

Before we initiate litigation, we make sure that we identify how it fits in with our clients’ individual goals, and help them to carefully weigh the risks and benefits. After we initiate litigation, we move aggressively and efficiently to bring cases to a successful conclusion.

At RCJ, we work as a team in a collaborative environment on every matter, and we provide top-notch legal services for a fraction of the cost that at a traditional large firm would.

In the past year, RCJ has:

  • Defended an affiliate marketing website in trademark litigation spanning multiple jurisdictions.
  • Defended individuals and nonprofits in copyright infringement actions brought by Righthaven LLC.
  • Litigated numerous cyber-harassment and cyber-defamation cases involving Doe plaintiffs and anonymous defendants in state and federal courts.
  • Represented numerous clients in pre-litigation disputes involving alleged theft of trade secrets, computer hacking, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and the First Amendment.

— In one such pre-litigation dispute, we persuaded the City of San Francisco that it violated the First Amendment when its Arts Commission passed a law banning a specific type of street art.

— In another, we persuaded the California State University that an order issued pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 2703(d) by its police department seeking information regarding a newspaper’s confidential sources was improper and unconstitutional.