Pro Bono Testimony of Vice President Minh Doan Supports PetConnect Rescue’s Win in Trademark Infringement Trial

May 28, 2024

An Analysis Group pro bono team was retained by Pease Law on behalf of PetConnect Rescue, an animal rescue organization, in a trademark infringement lawsuit. PetConnect Rescue alleged that defendants Ray Rothman and Alysia Rothman founded a fake rescue organization, Pet Connect, which brokered the sale of puppies from puppy mills and falsely claimed they were rescue pets to avoid a 2019 law banning the sale of non-rescue pets in pet stores in California.

An Analysis Group team led by Managing Principal Carla S. Mulhern and including Managers Ashley Lee and Nicholas Blair supported Vice President Minh P. Doan, who submitted two expert reports and testified at trial as to the disgorgement of the defendants’ revenues and profits attributable to the trademark infringement.

Following testimony from Ms. Doan, a jury in the US District Court for the Southern District of California found that the defendants had infringed the PetConnect Rescue trademark and awarded PetConnect Rescue $3.9 million in damages.