Blanca Fromm Young

Profile

Blanca Fromm Young is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Young’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property, civil fraud, and products liability disputes. Ms. Young has represented clients in a broad range of industries and technologies, including the entertainment, computer hardware, Internet, home and commercial appliances, chemical manufacturing, and insurance industries.  

Ms. Young has an active intellectual property practice, which focuses primarily on copyright issues relating to new technologies. Examples include:

  • Represented four major record companies in a damages trial against the Lime Wire file-sharing service and its founder and CEO, resulting in a $105 million settlement.  The case is considered to be the most significant action against a file- sharing service since the 2005 Grokster decision. 
  • Represented a major record company in litigation against investors in the Napster file-sharing service.
  • Represented a major computer hardware manufacturer against a supplier’s claim of alleged theft of trade secrets.

Ms. Young also represents clients in civil fraud disputes arising under the False Claims Act, and in complex products liability matters. She has handled the following representative matters:

  • Defended a for-profit educational institution in multiple qui tam actions alleging violations of the Higher Education Act, and secured motions to dismiss.
  • Obtained motions to dismiss on behalf of a major insurance company in multiple qui tam actions alleging fraud in connection with flood insurance claims handling after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 
  • Defended equipment manufacturer in qui tam action arising from alleged non-compliance with government contract requirements, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Defended manufacturer of dry cleaning solvent in litigation concerning soil and groundwater contamination in California.
  • One of the lead trial and appellate counsel in Johnson v. American Standard, in which the California Supreme Court adopted the “sophisticated user” defense and upheld summary judgment in favor of the client.
  • Defended major oil company in personal injury actions by multiple plaintiffs related to well water contamination.  

An important part of Ms. Young’s practice is her pro bono work, which focuses on the needs of battered and underprivileged women. Ms. Young co-authored an amicus brief in the precedent-setting case of in re Lawrence, in which the California Supreme Court clarified the standard of judicial review of habeas challenges under California law. Ms. Young has litigated state and federal habeas challenges in coordination with the Action Committee for Women in Prison and the California Habeas Project. 

Ms. Young received a B.A. from Yale University in 1998, where she graduated magna cum laude and was twice recognized as MVP of the women’s soccer team. Ms. Young received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2001, where she graduated second in her class. While at UCLA, Ms. Young served as a comments editor on the law review, and taught an undergraduate class on legal and philosophical problems related to the punishment of crimes. After law school, Ms. Young served as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Shubb of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.  

 

Blanca Fromm Young is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Young’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property, civil fraud, and products liability disputes. Ms. Young has represented clients in a broad range of industries and technologies, including the entertainment, computer hardware, Internet, home and commercial appliances, chemical manufacturing, and insurance industries.  

Ms. Young has an active intellectual property practice, which focuses primarily on copyright issues relating to new technologies. Examples include:

  • Represented four major record companies in a damages trial against the Lime Wire file-sharing service and its founder and CEO, resulting in a $105 million settlement.  The case is considered to be the most significant action against a file- sharing service since the 2005 Grokster decision. 
  • Represented a major record company in litigation against investors in the Napster file-sharing service.
  • Represented a major computer hardware manufacturer against a supplier’s claim of alleged theft of trade secrets.

Ms. Young also represents clients in civil fraud disputes arising under the False Claims Act, and in complex products liability matters. She has handled the following representative matters:

  • Defended a for-profit educational institution in multiple qui tam actions alleging violations of the Higher Education Act, and secured motions to dismiss.
  • Obtained motions to dismiss on behalf of a major insurance company in multiple qui tam actions alleging fraud in connection with flood insurance claims handling after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 
  • Defended equipment manufacturer in qui tam action arising from alleged non-compliance with government contract requirements, resulting in a favorable settlement.
  • Defended manufacturer of dry cleaning solvent in litigation concerning soil and groundwater contamination in California.
  • One of the lead trial and appellate counsel in Johnson v. American Standard, in which the California Supreme Court adopted the “sophisticated user” defense and upheld summary judgment in favor of the client.
  • Defended major oil company in personal injury actions by multiple plaintiffs related to well water contamination.  

An important part of Ms. Young’s practice is her pro bono work, which focuses on the needs of battered and underprivileged women. Ms. Young co-authored an amicus brief in the precedent-setting case of in re Lawrence, in which the California Supreme Court clarified the standard of judicial review of habeas challenges under California law. Ms. Young has litigated state and federal habeas challenges in coordination with the Action Committee for Women in Prison and the California Habeas Project. 

Ms. Young received a B.A. from Yale University in 1998, where she graduated magna cum laude and was twice recognized as MVP of the women’s soccer team. Ms. Young received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2001, where she graduated second in her class. While at UCLA, Ms. Young served as a comments editor on the law review, and taught an undergraduate class on legal and philosophical problems related to the punishment of crimes. After law school, Ms. Young served as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Shubb of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.