Illegal Online Seller Enforcement
- Direct Selling Unauthorized Seller Enforcement
- International Illegal Online Seller Enforcement Programs
- Minimum Advertised Price Enforcement
- Online Counterfeit Enforcement
- Online Grey Market Enforcement
- Professional Beauty Products Diversion & Unauthorized Seller Enforcement
- Professional Skin Care Product Diversion and Unauthorized Seller Enforcement
- Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Technology Protection
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Antitrust and Trade Regulation Litigation
- Appellate Practice
- Business and Commercial
- Class Actions
- ERISA Litigation
- Financial Institutions Litigation
- Insurance and Insurance Coverage
- Intellectual Property
- Professional Liability and Discipline
- New York University School of Law, J.D., 2001
- University of Michigan, B.A., 1997, with High Honors
Bar & Court Admissions
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Adam is a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the technology and intellectual property group. He focuses his practice on trademark and copyright protection, unfair competition, brand protection, internet defamation, and commercial litigation. Adam also has experience handling cases that involve contract disputes, trade secrets, torts, privacy issues and fiduciary duties. He also serves as co-editor of the Online Seller Enforcement blog.
His notable experience includes:
- Successfully settled copyright litigation brought by a company against a large juvenile product manufacturer
- Obtaining a dismissal with prejudice for the defendant in a case involving the alleged theft of a trade secret
- Representing a manufacturer of skin care in online product diversion and brand protection issues
- Successfully representing financial-services clients in appeals of consumer-related claims
- Representing multiple defendants in one of the largest patent infringement multidistrict litigation cases in history, which involved approximately 200 defendants and a portfolio of more than 50 patents in the field of automated call center technology relating to automated attendant, automated call distribution, voice response unit, computer telephone integration and speech recognition
Adam is an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University, where he teaches intellectual property law.
Adam is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.
Adam received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.A. with high honors from the University of Michigan.
Honors & Awards
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, General Litigation, 2012
- 7/11/2016The Vorys online seller enforcement practice has developed a program that combines technology, expertise of cyber investigators and legal tactics to help stop unauthorized sellers.
- 9/9/2015Vorys announced the launch of the firm’s sixth blog, Stop Unauthorized Online Sales. The blog focuses on providing tips and solutions to help businesses stop unauthorized sales and product diversion online, including on e-commerce and auction websites.
- 1/1/2014Vorys is pleased to announce that Rajeev K. Adlakha, Patrick M. Hagan, Joseph W. Harper, Megan L. Hoelle, Laura A. Kulwicki, Kenneth J. Rubin, Adam C. Sherman and Kristin L. Woeste have been named partners of the firm.
- 1/12/2017Vorys attorneys Whitney Gibson and Adam Sherman were speakers at the Direct Selling Legal & Compliance Summit hosted by Momentum Factor on January 12, 2017.
- 9/6/2016Manufacturers implement minimum advertised price (MAP) policies to control the prices at which retailers can advertise their products.
- 8/11/2016We have published various posts on our blog about implementing an effective enforcement system to stop unauthorized sales, including our recent post featuring a video about our online seller enforcement program. As mentioned in numerous posts, an ideal enforcement program combines technology, legal and investigation tactics.
- 8/10/2016Ordinarily, serving a subpoena to identify an anonymous internet poster requires first filing a lawsuit. In fact, we have published several posts about using subpoenas to identify unknown authors of internet defamation and have explained that the first step in the process is filing a complaint against the unknown poster.
- 7/19/2016Adam Sherman, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the technology and intellectual property group, authored an article for Technology Law360 titled “VPN Dilemma: Anonymous Expression Vs. Anonymous Defamation.”
- 6/28/2016A California appellate court recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to require Yelp to remove three defamatory reviews. The First Appellate District did, however, remand the case to the trial court to narrow the terms of the removal order, which ordered Yelp to also remove potential future reviews.
- 6/17/2016For businesses and professionals defamed on the internet, most simply want the false content removed. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to obtain removal, one of which is through a court order.
- 3/1/2016Companies from many industries have long been contracting with distributors to sell products on an exclusive basis. As technology has evolved, however, it has become easier for anyone to sell products on the internet, and the diversion of products to unauthorized online sellers poses a serious threat to companies.
- 9/25/2015Many businesses today are finding their products being sold online without their permission, often on third-party websites. While the First Sale Doctrine generally permits buyers to resell others’ trademarked goods without incurring any liability, it does not apply when a reseller sells goods that are materially different from the genuine goods sold by a trademark owner.
- 3/18/2015Adam Sherman, a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the litigation group, authored an article for Law360 titled “Not All That Is Public Should Be Publicized.”
- 6/26/2014The Federal Trade Commission mandates that material connections between endorsers and advertisers be disclosed. Yet there are countless misleading review websites out there, masking payments received in exchange for positive publicity.