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Janet L. Ramsey

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Biography

If you met Janet in line at a local bookstore, she wouldn't introduce herself as an attorney. She doesn't let the practice of law define her as a person. Instead, she might tell you about her latest trip, Cross Fit, a great recipe she recently tried or one of the dozens of books on her nightstand. But, when you did get around to discussing work, Janet will make it clear that she is not an attorney – she is a litigator.

With a deep foundation in commercial litigation, Janet has developed an expertise in intellectual property litigation, particularly advertising and marketing disputes. Janet has worked on cases involving false advertising, intellectual property infringement, business defamation, trade secret theft, unfair competition and breach of contract. She has successfully obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions for clients in both state and federal court.

As a result of her litigation experience, Janet began counseling clients on how to avoid false advertising claims through appropriate claims substantiation and related procedures. Janet also counsels clients looking to challenge advertising by competitors, working to achieve the best solution possible based on the client's specific goals and budget.

Janet's experience and expertise has not gone unnoticed. Janet was named a "Michigan Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2009-2012. And, the year before, Janet was honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the "Up & Coming Lawyers" in the state. According to the selection criteria, "Up & Coming Lawyers" have established a name for themselves early in their careers and are "poised for even greater accomplishments in the future."

Industries

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington J.D. 1999 magna cum laude
  • Indiana University B.A. 1996 Political Science

Admitted

  • 2001, Michigan
  • 2002, Indiana

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana in 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire in 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana in 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois in 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania in 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington in 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado in 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 2011

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Indiana
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Steering Committee Member and Faculty Member; Hillman Advocacy Program

Experience

Advertising and Marketing

  • LG Electronics USA, Inc. v. Whirlpool Corporation, (Northern District of Illinois 2010). Trial team successfully obtained a no damages jury verdict in favor of Whirlpool in false advertising case seeking $85 million in damages.
  • Wrench LLC v. Taco Bell Corp. (Western District of Michigan 2003). WNJ team obtained largest judgment in the history of the Western District of Michigan ($42 million) for the theft of the Taco Bell Chihuahua advertising campaign.
  • Dyson, Inc. v. BISSELL Homecare, Inc. (Northern District of Illinois 2010) Member of defense team in multi-million dollar false advertising case regarding HEPA vacuum products.
  • Falcon Waterfree Technologies, LLC v. Ecotech Resource, Inc., et al. (Western District of Michigan 2007). Obtained preliminary injunction requiring disclaimer on all of competitor's products and marketing materials in case involving Lanham Act false advertising and breach of contract claims.


Intellectual Property

  • Warrior Sports, Inc. Represent leading lacrosse manufacturer in patent infringement litigation against multiple competitors
  • Great Lakes Intellectual Property. Represented inventor in patent infringement litigation against multiple parties across the country
  • LMI Technologies, Inc. Represented manufacturer in patent infringement litigation across the country
  • Sherman v. Jones. Obtained dismissal of copyright infringement action in lawsuit involving New York Times bestselling author Edward Paul Jones's book, The Known World
  • Bricor, Inc. v. Ecotech Resource, Inc. Represented plumbing manufacturer in patent litigation lawsuit against competitor
  • Spartan Stores Distribution, LLC v. Organ. Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against former employee in case involving claims of trade secret misappropriation, breach of employment duties and tortious interference with the contract and business relationship
  • Fowler v. Zondervan. Obtained dismissal of action alleging violations of constitutional and civil rights against publisher of King James Bible


Appellate

  • Cuno v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 126 S. Ct. 1854 (2006). Primary drafter on WNJ team that was successful in amicus curiae representation in United States Supreme Court's decision to vacate Sixth Circuit decision that held investment tax credits unconstitutional
  • Morales v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., 672 N.W.2d 849 (Mich. 2003). Successful amicus curiae representation in the Michigan Supreme Court's decision to overrule longstanding line of authority denying statutory prejudgment interest during interlocutory appeal periods, resulting in $7 million benefit to client
  • A&M Farm Center, Inc. v. AGCO Finance, LLC (Indiana Court of Appeals 2010). Successfully represented John Deere dealership in reversal of trial court's adverse grant of summary judgment


Other

  • Whirlpool Corp. v. Grigoleit Co. (Western District of Michigan 2008). Represented appliance manufacturer through trial in supply dispute (decision pending)
  • Yoder v. Waterfield Financial Corp., et al. (Western District of Michigan 2007). Obtained summary judgment on all of plaintiffs' claims in case involving allegations of violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-Present
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013-Present
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2009-2012
  • Named "Up and Coming Lawyer for 2008" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Order of the Coif

News

Leadership

Community Affiliations

  • Women's Resource Center
    Member, Board of Directors (2017-Present)
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
    Member, Board of Directors (2011-Present)
  • Inforum - a Professional Women's Alliance
    Executive Leadership (2009-10)

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent lecturer on various topics, including advertising and marketing law, eDiscovery and intellectual property litigation
  • "Automotive Impact of Recent SCOTUS IP Decisions," Emerging Intellectual Property Legal Trends for 2017 and Beyond, OESA seminar, November 7, 2017, Troy, Michigan
  • OESA Marketing Summit: Global, Social and Legal Considerations for Suppliers, July 13, 2016, Troy, Michigan

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