Deborah SavareseSloan

Partner

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Deborah Sloan's litigation practice is diverse, ranging from lawsuits bringing innovative challenges to internet businesses to trademark and copyright intellectual property disputes. Her cases include large, complex, multidistrict litigation and single party business disputes. Deborah has defended and prosecuted claims in federal and state district and appellate courts, in arbitrations, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Deborah often serves as lead counsel for IBM in Texas, representing the company in contract disputes. She assisted IBM in a construction dispute stemming from Texas A&M's renovations and technology upgrades at Kyle Field. Deborah led the defense of Expedia and other travel websites in individual and class actions brought by tax authorities to retroactively extend local and state hotel taxes traditionally imposed only on hotels to websites facilitating hotel reservations. Other national coordinating counsel engagements include serving on the team coordinating a global retailer's defense of wage/hour class actions and defending tobacco companies in lawsuits brought by state attorneys general. Deborah's single party lawsuits include representing companies of all sizes in breach of contract and tort cases, including class actions.

Deborah's intellectual property experience includes counseling Wendy's on domestic and international trademark disputes, successfully defending Ball Corporation in a 24-day patent licensing dispute (resulting in an award on Ball's counterclaims and the recovery of attorneys' fees), and successfully prosecuting and defending trademark and copyright infringement claims.

Deborah also devotes time to pro bono clients, including assisting an elderly grandmother reclaim title to a family home and helping children secure special immigration status. She serves on the board of The Texas General Counsel Forum, DFW Chapter and the Dallas Chapter of JDRF.

Experience

  • Universities defend multidistrict putative class action litigation brought by former football playersJones Day is serving as lead counsel for all NCAA member institution defendants in a multidistrict litigation ("MDL") consolidating more than 300 putative class actions brought on behalf of former football players.
  • Online travel companies vindicated in Fifth CircuitJones Day assisted online internet travel companies Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com L.P., and Hotwire, Inc. in reversing an $84 million class action judgment for taxes, interest, and penalties awarded to municipalities in Texas, securing a ruling from the Fifth Circuit that hotel occupancy taxes are owed on amounts paid to hotels for occupancy and not on fees charged by websites to facilitate reservations.
  • Expedia maintains tax court victory all the way to Pennsylvania Supreme CourtAfter securing an unprecedented victory before the Philadelphia Tax Review Board reversing a million dollar tax assessment against Expedia, Inc. based on the website's online hotel reservation services, Jones Day defended the win through three layers of appellate review.
  • Expedia defeats hotel tax claims in FloridaJones Day helped secure trial court victories affirmed on appeal for Expedia, Inc. and other online travel companies hauled into court by several Florida counties representing high-volume tourist destinations including Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
  • NTR Metals secures declaratory judgment enforcing settlement agreementJones Day represented NTR Metals, LLC in a declaratory judgment action to enforce a Mutual Release and Settlement Agreement entered into with a business associate after years of unconsummated negotiations, prevailing on summary judgment in this breach of contract suit.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire secure summary judgment dismissing all claims with prejudiceJones Day represented online internet travel companies Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire in a case in which the City of Houston and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority sought to hold internet travel companies liable for hotel occupancy taxes under local ordinances applicable to hotels and third parties that own, operate, manage or control hotels.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com and Hotwire defeat Ohio municipalities' hotel occupancy tax claimsJones Day recently secured a significant victory in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of our clients, Expedia, Hotels.com and Hotwire, in an action brought by several Ohio municipalities, including the cities of Columbus, Dayton and Findlay, against the entire online travel industry for allegedly unpaid hotel occupancy taxes.
  • Hispanic Publishing Corp. secures settlement on eve of trialJones Day represented Hispanic Publishing Corporation and after lengthy pre-trial proceedings secured a mutual settlement the day before trial on copyright infringement and false advertising claims.
  • Simon Property wins $26.8 million jury verdict in trademark infringement and unfair competition actionJones Day won a jury verdict of $26.8 million for Simon Property Group regarding trademark infringement and violation of the Indiana unfair competition statute, including an award of $10 million in punitive damages (reduced by the court after trial, but injunctive relief granted).
  • MFP Financial secures take nothing judgment at bench trial and on appealJones Day represented MFP Financial Services, Inc. in securing a take nothing judgment after a bench trial in favor of the client.
  • Bridgestone/Firestone litigates trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices suit in NebraskaJones Day represented Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. in a trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices suit brought against retail tire stores in Nebraska.
  • Ball prevails in arbitration and state court lawsuitJones Day defended Ball Corporation in connection with an alleged breach of a technology license, prevailing on counterclaims, and recovering damages and attorneys’ fees.
  • Caremark defends against arbitration by purchaser of hospitals relating to postclosing accounting adjustmentsJones Day represented Caremark Rx in arbitration brought by purchaser of hospitals relating to postclosing accounting adjustments.
  • Pritchett secures summary judgment establishing copyright ownershipJones Day represented Pritchett LLC in a hotly contested dispute over ownership of copyrights in various books and publications.
  • Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire, online travel companies, defend nationwide litigation seeking to extend hotel room rental taxes to their internet travel reservation servicesJones Day represents Expedia, Hotels.com, and Hotwire in multiple individual and class action cases filed in federal and state courts across the country involving claims by state and local municipalities that online travel companies are subject to hotel room rental taxes and seeking to collect back taxes on reservations for hotel stays in their jurisdictions.
  • Dallas Morning News wins summary judgment to obtain public records from Denton County, TexasJones Day successfully represented The Dallas Morning News, an affiliate of Belo Corp., in securing summary judgment that a memorandum written by counties' paralegal was a public document under the Texas Public Information Act.
  • Hotwire, an online travel company, resolves nationwide consumer class actionJones Day represented online travel company Hotwire in a nationwide consumer class action regarding pricing and charges for hotel reservations placed through its website and call centers.
  • National retail store defends against class actions alleging off-the-clock violations of federal and state wage and hour lawsJones Day represented a national retail store in the defense of class actions filed in the states of Oregon and Washington alleging off-the-clock work practices in violation of federal and state wage and hour laws.
  • Client reclaims property after wrongful evictionAfter investing more than 2,600 hours of pro bono time, a team of Jones Day Dallas lawyers secured the reconveyance of a family home from a swindler who had taken advantage of some tough times to buy the family home out from under them.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 17, 2017
      Successfully Interacting with Executives and The Board
    • November 18, 2015
      Strategic Career Planning Panel
    • October 20, 2015
      Texas General Counsel Forum: Litigate, Mediate or Arbitrate? Evaluating the Options
    • September 2014
      Understanding Intellectual Property: Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights and More
    • June 2014
      Women's Leadership Forum
    • December 14, 2011
      Affirmative Discovery Strategies
    • November 8, 2011
      Litigation Breakfast Series Controlling Litigation Costs
    • August 12, 2011
      Expanding Your Business Over the Internet May Land You in a Web of New Lawsuits
    • October 2010
      Jones Day MCLE University - Dallas
    • March 8, 2006
      Jury Selection presented with other Inn of Court members to Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
    • January and February 2006
      The Auditor/Lawyer Tango: Dancing in the Dark? presented with Robert Estep (Jones Day) and Dave Middendorf (KPMG) to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Dallas and Fort Worth chapters
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