Richard C. Landon

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Richard Landon is a business litigator and appellate specialist concentrating in the areas of franchise and distribution, antitrust, and intellectual property. Clients value Richard’s diverse range of litigation experience and his eagerness to take on complex legal issues regardless of their area of law. He also represents clients in a wide variety of shareholder, unfair competition, and insurance policy coverage disputes.

Before becoming a lawyer, Richard obtained his master’s degree at the University of Iowa, where he studied and wrote about the impact of copyright and trademark law on cultural production. His interest in intellectual property eventually led him to law school, where he served as a research assistant for Herbert Hovenkamp in the areas of antitrust and patent law.

Richard’s interest in intellectual property has led to substantial experience in patent litigation, as well as work representing clients in copyright, trademark, and trade secret lawsuits. 

In the area of franchise and distribution, Richard regularly provides assistance to franchisor clients in contract disputes with current and former franchisees. Richard also represents manufacturers and distributors in a wide variety of commercial disputes including dealer terminations, antitrust, and other unfair competition claims.

Richard also devotes part of his practice to appellate litigation at both the state and federal level, drawing from his experience as a judicial clerk with Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.


Recent Litigation Experience

  • Helped client obtain judgment on the pleadings in patent dispute by invalidating asserted patents as directed to ineligible subject matter and defend the ruling in the Federal Circuit
  • Helped patent client obtain summary judgment ruling that insurance carrier owed a duty to defend false advertising claims under a general liability policy
  • Successfully defended heavy equipment dealer client in two-day trial against negligent repair allegations
  • Helped franchisor client obtain arbitration awards against terminated franchisees who failed to perform post-termination obligations under their contracts
  • Helped defend franchisor client in federal court against franchisee seeking to enjoin franchisor from terminating franchise agreement
  • Helped client obtain summary judgment ruling against claims made by terminated railroad contractor
  • Helped insurance company obtain dismissal of allegations that denial of coverage for behavioral therapy for the treatment of autism violated ERISA, Mental Health Parity Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Selected Appellate Experience

  • Helped franchisor client obtain affirmance by the Illinois Court of Appeals of trial court’s ruling dismissing a putative class action involving alleged overpayment of state sales tax
  • Helped client obtain affirmance by the Minnesota Supreme Court of a ruling that it was not responsible for organizational conflicts of interest regarding a publicly bid governmental contract
  • Helped pro bono client obtain reversal at the Minnesota Court of Appeals regarding a determination that she had received an overpayment of food stamps
  • Represented non-profit client as amicus curaie supporting appellant in U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit who obtained reversal of district court’s ruling on the award of litigation expenses for class action plaintiffs
  • Represented American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota as amicus curiae supporting appellant in Minnesota Supreme Court who obtained reversal of lower court’s ruling on prosecutorial immunity
  • Represented association of nonprofit health care organizations as amicus curiae in insurance coverage dispute in the Minnesota Supreme Court
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