Morill ADR

Arbitration and Mediation

Mr. Morril's experience at Viacom included transactional, labor and employment (including executive employment), benefits, copyright, trademark, patent, environmental, real estate, privacy, technology, insurance, compliance, regulatory and government affairs matters. He has extensive experience with the law relating to the internet and online technologies. His involvement in complex negotiations and transactions included Viacom's sale of Simon & Schuster, the acquisitions of Blockbuster and CBS, the IPO of Blockbuster and the later spin-offs of Blockbuster and CBS.

Mr. Morril managed the liabilities arising from Viacom's extensive Westinghouse, Gulf+Western and Charter Oil discontinued industrial operations, including 138,000 asbestos cases arising from the Westinghouse business, numerous environmental matters arising from the operations of Gulf+Western and very large pollution insurance coverage disputes.

Mr. Morril's extensive litigation experience as business client and internal lawyer at Viacom included:
  • Contract and commercial matters
  • Patent cases involving video games and various interactive video uses
  • Copyright matters, involving new media copyrights, issues under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and idea origination cases
  • Executive employment, labor and benefits disputes
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Securities law claims
  • Derivative actions
  • Music performance rights and issues under the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees
  • Trademark cases
  • Environmental matters
  • Antitrust matters involving book pricing, video and home video distribution, cable network distribution and music licensing
  • Asbestos litigation (138,000 cases)
  • Internal investigations and compliance
  • Defamation matters relating to books, cable TV programming and movies
  • First Amendment matters
Mr. Morril was involved in a variety of mediations and arbitrations at Viacom as business client and internal lawyer, including disputes involving:
  • Post-closing adjustments in transactions, including earnout disputes
  • Contract and commercial matters
  • Labor and employment, including executive employment disputes and discrimination claims
  • Intellectual property (copyright and patent) and defamation claims
  • Insurance coverage disputes (pollution, general liability, errors and omissions, directors' and officers' liability and business interruption coverages)
  • Environmental disputes
Mr. Morril directly represented Viacom as the principal lawyer in numerous mediations.