Kuruvilla Olasa is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. His litigation practice encompasses a wide array of high-stakes matters, with a particular focus on antitrust disputes and disputes involving the media and entertainment industries. Mr. Olasa has litigated cases before federal and state courts, arbitral tribunals, and administrative agencies. He has experience with matters at every stage of litigation, from developing a pre-litigation strategy to writing dispositive motions, and from taking and defending depositions to examining witnesses at trial.
Mr. Olasa also counsels clients in the entertainment and media industries on antitrust issues.
- A private plaintiff in successfully challenging a consummated merger under federal antitrust law. The jury awarded $58m in damages and the court ordered divestiture of a manufacturing facility acquired by the defendant.
- A major record company in successfully resolving antitrust claims asserted by a bankrupt streaming music service.
- TMZ and Warner Bros. in copyright litigation arising out of TMZ’s posting of a video of a famous actor and recording artist discussing the music of another recording artist.
- The Norton Simon Museum in obtaining summary judgment in a dispute involving the ownership of two paintings in the museum’s collection. The victory was named among the Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts of 2016 and earned the defense team a Daily Journal 2017 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award.
- SoundExchange, on behalf of record companies and recording artists, in a proceeding before the Copyright Royalty Board to set royalty rates for webcasters.
- 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.
- Bank of America in successfully resolving a $10 billion lawsuit brought by American International Group (AIG) claiming that Bank of America and its Merrill Lynch and Countrywide Financial units misrepresented the quality of the mortgages placed in securities and sold to investors.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Olasa served as a law clerk to Judge Sandra Ikuta of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Judge A. Howard Matz of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Mr. Olasa received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an articles editor for the California Law Review as well as the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He received his B.S. in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Olasa worked as a software engineer.