Hailyn Chen is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations.
Complex Civil Litigation
Ms. Chen has significant experience in preparing complex commercial litigation cases for trial, representing corporations in various sectors including energy, financial services, entertainment and technology. Ms. Chen’s representative matters include:
- Shea Homes, Inc. in obtaining a denial of class certification in a lawsuit brought by homeowners alleging the company misrepresented the construction quality of its homes in violation of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.
- Western Asset Management in obtaining a favorable settlement in a lawsuit asserting breach of fiduciary duty in managing a client’s account during the financial crisis.
- LG Display, a manufacturer of TFT-LCD flat panels, in one of the nation’s largest antitrust class actions of indirect purchasers.
- Recorded music labels within Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, EMI and Sony in obtaining a permanent injunction against the notorious pirated music service LimeWire, and the ensuing damages trial that led to a $105 million settlement on behalf of the labels.
- Universal Music Group in an lawsuit asserting antitrust violations and tortious interference with business relations arising out of disputed right to license Bob Marley tracks. The case was successfully resolved on summary judgment.
- A defendant company and its chief executive in obtaining summary judgment in a dispute involving claims of tens of millions of dollars.
Investigations and White Collar Defense
Ms. Chen’s practice includes numerous internal corporate investigations, criminal and administrative investigations and state attorney general matters. Ms. Chen’s representative matters include:
- A cattle ranch in state felony prosecution and federal and state civil investigations for recklessly starting a fire that resulted in one of the largest wildland fires in California history. Obtained dismissal of all criminal counts. Obtained favorable settlement with federal and state governments for pennies on the dollar.
- The Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust in an internal investigation related to expenditures of Getty Trust funds, corporate governance issues, and the provenance of objects in its antiquities collection. The representation resulted in the successful settlement of claims with the governments of Italy and Greece. A parallel investigation by the California Attorney General was resolved as well.
- A celebrity entrepreneur accused of criminal tax evasion.
- Officers of a NASDAQ-listed company in an internal investigation of alleged accounting improprieties.
- Universities in internal investigations related to various topics including workplace safety, student conduct, conflicts of interest and research misconduct.
Before attending law school, Ms. Chen attended Yale University, where she was one of the first female coxswains to lead the Yale varsity men’s crew and was awarded the MVP award in 1996.