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Edward P. Sangster

Trial counsel for defendant sued for $26 million fee arising from procurement of significant equity investment in biofuel startup. Judgment following jury trial for amount admitted by client to be owed, which was less than 3 percent of claim.
Trial counsel for plaintiff class in civil rights litigation. Judgment for clients characterized by a dissenting U.S. Supreme Court justice as “perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our Nation’s history.”
Trial counsel for defendant venture capital firm sued by founder of portfolio company. Plaintiff sought more than $240 million for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and theft of trade secrets. Jury verdict in favor of clients following trial lasting more than four months.
Represented multiple clients in threatened enforcement action by Department of Toxic Substances Control concerning thermostat reclamation program.
Defended multiple clients against actions by predecessor of Department of Business Oversight seeking to impose penalties or revoke residential mortgage licenses
Trial counsel defending party alleged to be liable for more than $200 million in environmental cleanup costs. Judgment in favor of client after trial lasting approximately five months.
Trial and appellate counsel for property owners and developers in numerous actions brought pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).
Advised product manufacturers regarding compliance with chemical emission limitations
Represented multiple clients in negotiations with California Regional Water Control Boards concerning investigation or remediation of contaminated properties.
Defended client against claims by California Department of Pesticide Regulation for unlicensed brokerage of alleged pesticides. Agency dropped $1 million + claim following negotiations.
Lead counsel for plaintiff-insured in litigation seeking coverage under employee dishonesty insurance policy for 8-figure theft of corporate property. Favorable settlement reached after court summarily adjudicated insurer defenses in favor of client.
Trial counsel for defendant underwriter in action challenging validity of nearly $100 million in municipal securities. Judgment for client following validation proceeding
Defended manufacturer of diesel emission control devices against claim by California Air Resources Board for civil penalties. Claim settled for approximately 6 percent of agency demand.
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