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Horton, J.D.

J.D. Horton

Partner

jdhorton@quinnemanuel.com
Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3167
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Mr. Horton is a trial lawyer in the health care, product liability, intellectual property, media, and general business litigation areas.  His practice includes the following substantive areas:  health care, product liability, patent, First Amendment, privacy/publicity, and real estate. 

  • In the health care field, Mr. Horton has represented such health plans as Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, Molina Healthcare and Universal Care.

  • In the product liability field, Mr. Horton has represented Colgate-Palmolive, Medicis, The Scotts Company, and others.

  • In the patent field, he has also represented the Johnson Controls, Inc., Seiko Epson Corporation, Freedom Wireless, and United Epitaxy Company.

  • In media-related matters, he has represented The Walt Disney Company and ABC.

  • In the real estate field, he has represented Playa Vista.

Health Care Litigation

  • Represented Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in an enforcement proceeding in which the Department of Managed Health Care sought to require California health plans to cover Viagra and other sexual dysfunction drugs. The Court held the Department lacked legislative authority for such requirements.  The decision was upheld on appeal.

  • Represented Blue Shield of California in a declaratory relief action against the Department of Managed Health Care where the Department sought to require California health plans to cover Xenical and other weight loss drugs. The Court granted summary judgment on behalf of Blue Shield of California.

  • Represented Blue Shield of California in a consumer class action alleging that Blue Shield of California misled its members by using "MediCare" reimbursement rates. The Court granted summary judgment on behalf of Blue Shield of California.

  • Represented Blue Shield of California in a consumer class action alleging that Blue Shield of California improperly coordinated emergency room benefits with its members' automobile "med-pay" policies. The Court granted Blue Shield of California's motion to dismiss.

  • Represented the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in a 40-day trial arising out of an enforcement proceeding brought by the Department of Managed Health Care; the court rejected virtually the entirety of the Department's case.

  • Represented major HMO's in investigations and litigation being conducted by the California Department of Managed Health Care.

  • Represented a major health care service plan in an arbitration against a large IPO. After the health plan terminated the IPO, the IPO improperly attempt to persuade the health plan’s Medicare members to sign with other health plans that were still contracted with the IPO. The matter was resolved favorably.

  • Currently representing a health insurance company in an investigation by the Department of Insurance in a claims audit.

Product Liability

  • Representing Colgate-Palmolive Company in cases in which plaintiffs claimed they developed mesothelioma by using body talcum powder products formerly manufactured and sold by Colgate. Quinn Emanuel took over the defense of two bellwether cases that were set for trial.  We have obtained dismissals or summary judgments in many cases venued throughout the country.
  • Represented The Scotts Company in approximately 5,000 asbestos cases related to alleged tremolite asbestos and other non-regulated asbestiform amphiboles in vermiculite containing products.  Cases were venued throughout the country.

  • Represented medical device company in personal injury action alleging need for heart transplant following injections of cosmetic dermal fillers.  Prevailed on a motion to dismiss based upon federal preemption.

Patent Litigation

  • Represented Seiko Epson in one of the largest patent infringement cases ever filed with the International Trade Commission, asserting eleven patents and thirty-one claims against 1,000 different cartridge models sold by twenty-four manufacturers, importers and distributors of aftermarket ink cartridges for resale in the U.S. After a 7-day trial, the Administrative Law Judge found for the client on every asserted patent and claim, against every single accused product that was adjudicated, and against every respondent that had not already entered into a consent order, and based thereon, it issued a general exclusion order prohibiting all companies, whether or not they were parties to the ITC proceeding, from importing and selling infringing cartridges in the U.S.

  • Represented Freedom Wireless in a suit for patent infringement against twelve defendants for infringement of its patents on prepaid wireless telephone systems and methods. The trial lasted 15 weeks and a $128 million jury verdict was entered against several wireless telephone carriers. The verdict is the largest ever awarded in Massachusetts, and was the eighth biggest verdict awarded in the U.S. that year. The case recently settled for a lump sum payment of $87 million, plus on-going royalties which are expected to generate an additional $50 million. 

Privacy and First Amendment Litigation

  • Represented The Walt Disney Company and ABC in a misappropriation of likeness action involving the alleged use of plaintiff's photographs without permission in a children's television show.  Court granted summary judgment on behalf of The Walt Disney Company and ABC, and the decision was upheld on appeal.  
  • Stanford Law School
    (J.D., 1997)
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993)
The State Bar of California