Courts & Litigation

Civil Actions

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Rachel Krevans of Morrison & Foerster.

Morrison & Foerster

By Ginny LaRoe |

A $120 million jury verdict for Apple Inc. would mark the climactic moment for most intellectual property practices. But the 2014 story of Morrison & Foerster's IP team had multiple plot lines.

Steven Davis during a break on the first day of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

Witnesses Line Up in Dewey Trial

By Julie Triedman / The American Lawyer |

Jurors last week got a taste of what's to come in the trial of three former executives facing multiple criminal fraud charges in the 2012 collapse of 1,400-lawyer Dewey & LeBoeuf.

<b>EVIDENCE:</b> One crowdfunded case alleged police brutality, as documented by video.

Lawyers Join the 'Crowd'

By Amanda Bronstad |

Taking a cue from Kickstarter Inc. and Indiegogo Inc., lawyers and advocacy groups are using crowdfunding to get the public to bankroll social-justice litigation such as cases alleging police brutality.

Salima Merani of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear.

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear

By Lisa Lednicer |

Knobbe Martens has a singular focus — intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Jeannie Heffernan of Kirkland & Ellis.

Kirkland & Ellis

By Sheri Qualters |

Kirkland & Ellis deployed an animated tutorial during a five-hour hearing to convince a Florida federal judge to knock out two of Atlas IP LLC's three patent infringement claims on summary judgment fewer than three weeks before trial.

Frank Scherkenbach of Fish & Richardson.

Fish & Richardson

By Sheri Qualters |

Fish & Richardson's deep expertise in intellectual property law means it can handle a client's patent dispute whether it lands in court or at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Lisa Pirozzolo of Wilmer

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

By Jenna Greene |

With dozens of attorneys who hold advanced degrees in everything from molecular biology to computer engineering, intellectual property lawyers at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr can handle just about any subject in any forum.

Heidi Keefe of Cooley.


By Karen Sloan |

The "Like" and "Share" buttons are integral to Face­book, but did the social-media giant infringe two patents by employing them on its site? That's what Rembrandt Social Media L.P. — a so-called "patent troll" — claimed in 2013 when it sued Facebook Inc. In stepped the intellectual property litigation team at Cooley.

Lori Gordon of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

By Lisa Lednicer |

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox filed 1,502 patent applications and saw 1,506 patents issued in the United States last year. It was the lead firm in 133 proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

Jennifer Kelly of Fenwick & West.

Fenwick & West

By Ginny LaRoe |

Law firms vying to represent Silicon Valley darlings in their intellectual property matters like to be seen as totally tech savvy. But a select few have lawyers who can offer "I'm a gamer myself" when talking about the latest courtroom victory for a electronic games client.

Jeffrey Cunard of Debevoise & Plimpton.

Debevoise & Plimpton

By Lisa Hoffman |

Debevoise & Plimpton earned a U.S. Supreme Court reversal last year in a case so consequential that The New York Times predicted it "will shape TV's future."

Ben Hattenbach of Irell & Manella. .

Irell & Manella

By Lisa Hoffman |

Like a baseball team that stocks its bullpen with ace relievers, Irell & Manella packs power onto its intellectual property trial roster.

Mark Perry of Gibson Dunn

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Ginny LaRoe |

Any mention of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's intellectual property work in 2014 must center on Alice v. CLS Bank. In a ruling viewed as the single biggest disrupter in patent law in recent times, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sided with Gibson Dunn on the limits of patent eligibility.


Jenner & Block

By Laura Castro |

Jenner & Block's intellectual property lawyers litigated one of the most important cases in the broadcast television industry last year, resulting in a U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Matthew Moore of Latham & Watkins.

Latham & Watkins

By Laura Castro |

At Latham & Watkins, the intellectual property litigation practice is built around first-chair lawyers, a strategy that consistently yields high-profile wins.

Thomas Selby of Williams & Connolly.

Williams & Connolly

By Zoe Tillman |

Following a nearly three-week trial in 2014, a jury in Montgomery County, Maryland, awarded Williams & Connolly client Mirowski Family Ventures LLC $309 million in a breach-of-contract and patent-licensing case against Boston Scientific Corp.

Joe Petersen of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

By Lisa Lednicer |

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton racked up multiple awards last year for its intellectual property practice, and one of its partners, Danny Marti, was confirmed as President Barack Obama's intellectual property enforcement coordinator — in effect, his IP czar.

<b>DRUGMAKER:</b> German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has sparred with the Federal Trade Commission for nearly seven years over a deal that involved the stroke medication Aggrenox.

The FTC's Seven-Year Subpoena Fight Against a Drugmaker

By Jenna Greene |

Nearly seven years. That's how long the Federal Trade Commission has been fighting to get documents from drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. in an antitrust investigation related to its stroke-prevention drug Aggrenox.

J. Dennis Hastert.

The 'Financial Speed Trap' in the Case Against Dennis Hastert

By Zoe Tillman |

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert isn't being prosecuted for the "prior misconduct" referenced in the indictment filed this week. Instead, he's accused of violating federal laws against "structuring," an offense that's faced public scrutiny in recent years.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

Fla. Law Firm Hit With $28M Judgment in Foreclosure Scheme

By Jenna Greene |

Federal and state consumer protection enforcers have won a $28 million judgement against a now-defunct Florida law firm that allegedly scammed distressed homeowners.

J. Dennis Hastert.

Feds: Former House Speaker Hastert Lied to the FBI

By Zoe Tillman and Katelyn Polantz |

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, a lobbyist at Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, was indicted Thursday on charges he made false statements about withdrawing $1.7 million in hush money to cover up unspecified "prior misconduct." Hastert has resigned from the firm.

Rosemary Collyer.

House, Obama Administration Clash Over Health Care Law

By Mike Sacks |

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington cast a skeptical eye Thursday over the Justice Department's push to push the House of Representatives' Affordable Care Act lawsuit out of court.

Eighth Circuit: Attorney Loses Challenge Over Segway Arrests

Minnesota attorney Mark Alan Greenman on Thursday lost his constitutional challenge to three arrests related to riding a Segway. The Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of Greenman's First and Fourth Amendment claims. Greenman's First Amendment claim was based on his assertion that police retaliated against him for his representation of a client.

Lori Alvino McGill, partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, left, and Matthew McGill, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, right.

New Challenge to Native American Adoption Rules

By Tony Mauro |

A husband-wife team from two Washington law offices filed suit Wednesday challenging new government guidelines for adopting Native American children in the aftermath of a landmark 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Steve LaTourette.

Former Ohio Congressman Accuses Congressional Doctors of Negligence

By Zoe Tillman |

Former Ohio congressman Steven LaTourette, diagnosed last year with pancreatic cancer, is accusing the congressional medical office of negligence. As his administrative claims proceed, he wants a federal judge to allow him to record testimony in case he's too sick or no longer alive by the time he's permitted to file suit.

Charging Documents: The FIFA Indictment

A 47-count indictment unsealed today in Brooklyn federal district court charges 14 defendants, including nine FIFA officials, with participation in a long-running corruption conspiracy.

KBR's headquarters in downtown Houston.

Justices Give Companies Partial Win in Whistleblower Suits

By Marcia Coyle |

Companies doing business with the federal government scored a partial victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in their efforts to defend against whistleblower claims.

The Man Behind the Newest Supreme Court Voting Case

By Tony Mauro |

Edward Blum, the mastermind behind successful U.S. Supreme Court challenges to affirmative action and the federal Voting Rights Act, has done it again—this time, in a case that could reshape the way voting districts are drawn nationwide.

Fifth Circuit Upholds Block on Obama Immigration Policies

Voting 2-1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday refused to lift a trial judge's nationwide preliminary injunction against the Obama administration's executive action on immigration. The appeals court further declined to narrow the scope of the injunction.

High Court Broadens Bankruptcy Judges' Authority

By Marcia Coyle |

Bankruptcy judges may decide controversies in a bankruptcy proceeding that ordinarily would be handled by federal district judges, if the parties consent, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

Ronald Shechtman, managing partner and chair of the Labor & Employment Group at Pryor Cashman.

Pryor Cashman

By Sheri Qualters |

Pryor Cashman spreads the firm's wealth by bringing a steady stream of younger lawyers into the partnership and fostering a climate that allows them to build sizeable books of business.

Carolyn Fairless of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell.

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

By Ginny LaRoe |
From left with hands folded: Dewey LeBoeuf attorneys Stephen DiCarmine; Zachary Warren; Joel Sanders; and Steven Davis are led into court.

NY Big Law Abuzz Over Dewey Trial

By Julie Triedman and Chris Johnson |

Fourteen months after their indictment and two years after their firm failed, three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders will face a jury in New York this week.

Robert Romanoff of Levenfeld Pearlstein. May 21, 2014. HANDOUT.

Levenfeld Pearlstein

By Jenna Greene |
Ajay Raju, executive chairman and CEO of Dilworth Paxson. 2015. HANDOUT.

Dilworth Paxson

By Marcia Coyle |

Law has never been a terribly innovative industry, given the deference lawyers pay to the way things have always been done. But, according to firm executive chairman and chief executive officer Ajay Raju, Dilworth Paxson is setting its GPS to innovation.

Gene Blackard, managing partner of Archer Norris.

Archer Norris

By Lisa Hoffman |

Managing partner Gene Blackard abandoned the age-old practice of attaching legal assistants to particular attorneys in favor of a "team-support" model under which the staff cross-trains to assist multiple practices as needed.

Maura Wogan of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

By Mike Sacks |

"We're very good at actually listening to clients asking, 'Can you help me?' "

Dominick Conde of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto.

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

By Carlyn Kolker |

For Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, being midsize means being multifaceted.

Judith Lockhart of Carter Ledyard & Milburn

Carter Ledyard & Milburn

By Jenna Greene |

Carter Ledyard & Milburn has been a fixture on Wall Street for 161 years, but there's nothing stodgy about the firm's practice or clients today.

<b>RICHARD CORDRAY:</b> Few companies have chosen to meet his Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in court.

CFPB Blurs Line Between Enforcement, Regulation

By John Van De Weert and Maria Earley |

Bureau asserts power to reform financial industry without resorting to formal rulemaking.

Bill Sider, CEO and a Taxation Practice Group partner of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss.

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

By Sheri Qualters |

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss is known for investing — in its impact investing and social enterprise practice; in the success of its female attorneys and paralegals; and in a flourishing transactional practice.

Thomas Methvin of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles. HANDOUT.

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles

By Amanda Bronstad |

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles has a reputation for handling some of the nation's most prominent cases — all from a single office in Montgomery.

Enforcement Scrutiny Falling on Individuals

By Satish M. Kini, David A. O'Neil and Robert T. Dura |

Regulators have tended to focus on institutional wrongdoing, but that's changing.

Zachary Warren - Former Dewey LeBoeuf employee waits before court - September 15, 2014

More Litigation Arising From Firm's Failure

By Nell Gluckman |

Federal regulators, the bankruptcy trustee and others are pursuing legal actions.

Steven Lowenthal, chair of Farella Braun + Martel

Farella Braun + Martel

By Sheri Qualters |

Farella Braun + Martel attracts high-stakes work and household-name clients by behaving like a business partner.

Ben Wilson of Beveridge & Diamond

Beveridge & Diamond

By Sheri Qualters |

The environment is top of mind for Beveridge & Diamond — both the practice area and an internal work culture that promotes diversity.

Prosecutors Won't Oppose New Trial for Chandra Levy's Convicted Killer

Prosecutors in Washington announced late Friday that they are dropping their opposition to a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted in 2010 of killing congressional intern Chandra Levy.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to students and faculty during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Concord, N.H.

Supreme Court 'Litmus Test' Emerges in White House Race

By Tony Mauro |

Unusually explicit comments this month by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have resurrected the debate over the propriety of establishing "litmus tests" for potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Republican candidates have criticized the court on issues ranging from abortion to same-sex marriage, but so far have not explicitly made the connection to nominations.

Tobacco Companies Defeat Judge's Order for 'Deliberately Deceived' Ads

By Zoe Tillman |

Tobacco companies will not have to publicly advertise a judge’s conclusion that they 'deliberately deceived' consumers about the health risks of smoking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Friday.

The Hurdles for Banks After Guilty Pleas

By Jenna Greene |

In the elite world of multibillion-dollar Wall Street banks, the U.S. Department of Labor rarely looms large. That changed this week. The agency will play a key role in determining whether five megabanks that pleaded guilty to criminal charges can effectively participate in the $7 trillion pension fund market.

Takata airbag components presented before a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing on Nov. 20.

Takata's Murky Admission

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs lawyers praised Takata Corp.’s admission on Tuesday that a defect was causing its air bags to spontaneously rupture, but they insisted that the company still hasn’t gotten to the root of the problem, which they hope to reveal through discovery in more than 100 pending cases.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announcing during a press conference at the Department of Justice that five major banks have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros.  May 20, 2015.

DOJ Cites 'Breathtaking Flagrancy' in Charges Against Five Banks

By Jenna Greene |

Five major banks on Wednesday agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and pay more than $5 billion to resolve allegations that they rigged the U.S. dollar-euro exchange rate. More perilous consequences for the banks may come as they seek waivers from regulators such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that will allow them to continue as felons to do things like manage pensions and issue securities.

PayPal headquarters.

Why the CFPB Found PayPal's Conduct 'Abusive'

By Jenna Greene |

When are a company's actions not just unfair and deceptive, but also abusive? A new case against PayPal Inc., which will pay $25 million to settle charges that the company illegally signed up consumers for unwanted credit, sheds light on a murky legal standard created by the Dodd-Frank Act.

John Paul Stevens.

Stevens Takes Swing at Baseball Antitrust Exemption

By Tony Mauro |

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens criticized Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption in a May 15 speech, at a time when a case challenging the exemption is before the high court. "It simply makes no sense to treat organized baseball differently from other professional sports under the antitrust laws," Stevens said in a talk before the Sports Lawyers Association in Baltimore.

Fourth Circuit: Radiance Foundation v. NAACP

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ruled against the NAACP in a dispute over alleged trademark infringement and dilution. The NAACP, represented by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, sued over an article, published online by the Radiance Foundation, that called the civil rights organization the "NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People."

FILE - In an April 21, 2010 file aerial photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice, La., the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning.

BP Injury Settlement Upheld, But Worker Must Answer Fraud Claims

By Amanda Bronstad |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has refused to invalidate a nearly $2.7 million settlement that BP PLC reached with a member of a boat crew who went to court to enforce the award after he never got paid. However, in its ruling on Friday, the panel determined that claimant Elton Johnson will need to provide evidence to a lower court that he didn’t exaggerate injuries sustained in the 2010 blast that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Attorney John Burris, center, representing Teresa Sheehan, accompanied by fellow attorneys Ben Nisenbaum, right, and Leonard J. Feldman, speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015, after the court heard arguments in San Francisco v. Sheehan case.

S.F. Police Immune in Arrest, Shooting of Mentally Ill Woman

By Zoe Tillman |

Police officers who shot a mentally ill woman armed with a knife are immune against claims that they failed to accommodate her health issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Professor Burt Neuborne of New York University School of Law.

Will Supreme Court Sing a New Tune on the First Amendment?

By Tony Mauro |

For the first time in years, New York University Law School professor Burt Neuborne thinks he heard some faint notes of James Madison's "music" in a First Amendment opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court.

William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota.

Profs Call Off Tenure Suit Against William Mitchell Law

By Karen Sloan |

Two professors at William Mitchell College of Law have voluntarily dismissed their breach-of-contract lawsuit against the St. Paul school.

Supreme Court Allows Convicted Felons to Sell Their Firearms

By Tony Mauro |

Convicted felons who are barred from possessing firearms under federal law may still sell the guns they already own on the open market, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Senator Robert Menendez, right, with his lawyer Abbe Lowell, outside the federal courthouse in Newark, New Jersey.

Menendez Seeks Trial In District

By Charles Toutant |

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has moved to change the venue of his bribery trial from Newark to Washington federal district court, claiming he can't get a fair trial in his home state.

Civil Actions

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Verdicts & Settlements

A summary of this week's notable cases.

<b>UNDERCOVER:</b> “Housing discrimination cases are very hard to move forward,” said Dion Irish, left, of Boston’s office of Fair Housing and Equity. “For me, it felt therapeutic. It felt like kicking ­discrimination in the face,” graduate Regina Holloway, right, said of her role in the clinic.

Housing Clinic Exposes Underhanded Discrimination

By Karen Sloan |

Students pose as would-be renters to expose landlords who refuse leases unfairly.

<b>ARGUMENTS DAY:</b> Students, faculty and adjunct lawyers in the University of Virginia clinic gathered at the Supreme Court in December for oral arguments in <i>Elonis v. United States</i>. “We’re steeped in prominent cases on the cutting edge of the law,” clinic student Joel Johnson said.

UVA Students Catch the Supreme Court's Attention

By Marcia Coyle |

UVA clinic participants have been involved in high court cases every term since 2006.

<b>DIALOGUE:</b> The clinic in April hosted a two-day conference on youth and the police. It brought together academics, law enforcement officials, judges, law students and local high school students.

Chicago Students Police the Police

By Karen Sloan |

Clinic program combines litigation with policy and community work.

<b>‘OBAMACARE’:</b> Pending <i>King v. Burwell</i> ruling will help cement the chief justice’s legacy.

Much Left on High Court's Plate

By Marcia Coyle |

As the Roberts Court enters the final stretch of its 10th term, the outcomes in a handful of cases could define that court for years to come.

Richard Posner.

Circuits Split On ID'ing Case Panels

By Zoe Tillman |

Of the 13 federal appeals courts, only three — the Fourth, Seventh and Federal circuits — wait to disclose the three judges assigned to a case on the day it is argued. The other circuits reveal their panels days or weeks in advance.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev Gets Death Sentence in Marathon Bombing

By Sheri Qualters |

A Boston federal jury determined on Friday that convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death.

Software Maker Settles ‘Barmageddon’ Class Action for $2.1M

By Karen Sloan |

Aspiring lawyers who sat for the July 2014 bar examination are eligible for $90 each from software company ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. under a class action settlement.

Officers Immune in Occupy Protest Case

Police are immune against allegations that they violated an Occupy D.C. protester's constitutional rights when they used a Taser to subdue him, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.

Abortion opponents conduct a prayer service on the sidewalk in front of the Jackson Women's Health Organization Clinic in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. The clinic is the only facility in Mississippi that provides abortions.

States Seek High Court Review of Abortion Restrictions

By Marcia Coyle |

As a number of state legislatures continue to push new restrictions on abortion clinics and providers, the U.S. Supreme Court soon will take a first look at two states' efforts that failed in the lower courts.

Menachem Zivotofsky, left, stands with his father Ari Zivotofsky, right, to speaks to media outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. The court is taking its second look at a dispute over the wording of U.S. passports for Americans born in Jerusalem, a case with potential foreign policy implications in the volatile Middle East. The parents of Menachem Zivotofsky, an American who was born in Jerusalem in 2002, is invoking a law passed just before the boy was born to try to force the State Department to list Menachem's place of birth as Israel on his U.S. passport.

Major Decisions Remain as Supreme Court Term Winds Down

By Marcia Coyle |

As the Roberts Court enters the final stretch of its 10th term, the outcomes in a handful of cases could define that court for years to come.

Beck Redden associate William R. Peterson

Justices Give Houston Associate His Supreme Court Debut

By Tony Mauro |

William Peterson, an associate at Beck Redden in Houston, was not expecting a phone call from a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But there was Justice Antonin Scalia on the line, asking Peterson in January whether he would be interested in arguing a case before the court a few months hence.

In 'Cramming' Cases, Two Agencies Take Action Against Wireless Carriers

By Jenna Greene |

Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corp. will pay a combined $158 million for illegally billing mobile phone customers for unauthorized third-party charges. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought the cases, similar to the enforcement actions the FTC brought cases against T-Mobile and AT&T.

Students wait outside Everest College, one of Corinthian's schools, in City of Industry, Calif., hoping to get their transcripts and information on loan forgiveness, following the company's closure of its campuses.

Lawyers for Students of Defunct Corinthian to Meet with Trustee

By Amanda Bronstad |

Lawyers hope to convince a U.S. trustee on Wednesday to create a special committee for an estimated 5,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this month.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

SEC Brings Fraud Case Against For-Profit College, Two Executives

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday brought fraud charges against for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services Inc. and its top executives, alleging they hid the "extraordinary failure" of two student-loan programs from investors.

Amit Priyavadan Mehta, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. September 17, 2014.

INADMISSIBLE: Standing Room Only For Antitrust Case

Courtroom 5 on the second floor at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with about 100 onlookers, all gathered to watch a merger trial that pits the Federal Trade Commission against Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc. Plus more in this week's column.

Cameron Findlay, general counsel of ADM.

Archer Daniels Midland Co.

By Sheri Qualters |

The legal team at Archer Daniels Midland Co., the agricultural giant that turns grains into food ingredients, is helping the company refine its mix of businesses through a steady stream of acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.

Pauline Levy, senior counsel at McDonald's.

McDonald's Corp.

By Ginny LaRoe |

When Pauline Levy interviewed with McDonald's Corp.'s legal department in 1997, she asked about its pro bono efforts. Individual attorneys might have done some work here or there, she learned, but nothing formal was in place.

Christine Castellano, senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer for Ingredion.

Ingredion Inc.

By Ginny LaRoe |

General counsel Christine Castellano started 2014 with a theme: "Manage our finances just as the business does." And she had a goal: "Right size outside-counsel representation."

<b>ROBERT FELLMETH:</b> “They are in the same position as a cartel of truckers, insurance agents and other horizontal competitors.”

High Court Shakes Up State Bars

By Marcia Coyle |

A U.S. Supreme Court decision is forcing state bars to re-examine their operations to avoid potentially huge antitrust liability. At the same time, three public interest-consumer organizations are pressing the nation's 50 state attorneys general to enforce the high court's ruling.

<b>DAMAGES:</b> Businesses that lost money to oil spill can seek compensation.

It's Plaintiffs' Turn to Attack BP Deal

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs lawyers have turned to the courts to fight changes to the $9.2 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement that they warn will leave out thousands of businesses suffering oil-spill losses.

Civil Actions

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Firms Race For State AG Practices

By Katelyn Polantz |

Cozen O'Connor lured from Dickstein Shapiro last week almost the entire group of lawyers who advocate in state attorneys general offices, a controversial but growing practice area that a number of law firms have jockeyed in this year.

Verdicts & Settlements

A summary of this week's notable cases.

Jose D. Padilla, vice president and general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at DePaul University.

DePaul University

By Sheri Qualters |

DePaul University general counsel José Padilla has steadily built a diverse team as vacancies crop up in his department. And as he's been building, he's been instrumental in helping the group's lawyers and staffers maximize their strengths.

A group of death penalty opponents hold a vigil outside St. Francis Xavier College Church hours before the scheduled execution of Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in St. Louis.

Q&A: Is Capital Punishment Near a 'Tipping Point'?

By Tony Mauro |

Robert Dunham became executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in March at a time of escalating debate among policy makers and the public over capital punishment. Botched lethal injection executions last year and the exoneration of death-row inmates have raised new questions about the death penalty.

Second Circuit Revives Challenge to NSA Phone Data Program

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday revived a challenge to the NSA's phone metadata bulk collection program. The court said the program "exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized."

State AGs Urged to Enforce Licensing Board Decision

By Marcia Coyle |

Three consumer organizations have asked the nation's 50 state attorneys general how they are responding to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision opening their licensing boards to huge potential antitrust liability.

Feds Paid $45M to Northrop to Settle Trade Secrets Case

By Jenna Greene |

The U.S. government paid $45 million to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. over claims that federal agencies misappropriated trade secrets related to a polar satellite program, The National Law Journal learned through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Hip Implant Cases in Federal and State Courts Head to Trial

By Amanda Bronstad |

A leading hip implant manufacturer facing about 400 products liability lawsuits goes to trial in two separate cases this month, starting on Wednesday with the first federal court suit.

Law Prof’s Assault, Workplace Claims Cleared for Trial

By Karen Sloan |

A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit brought by a professor at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law against the university and a colleague to move forward.

Standing Room Only for Antitrust Case Against Food Distributors

By Jenna Greene |

Kicking off his opening statement in a merger trial that pits the Federal Trade Commission against Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc., O'Melveny & Myers partner Richard Parker got a big laugh. "You know you're in Washington when an antitrust trial draws a crowd. If this was Minneapolis, no one would care," said Parker, who represents Sysco in the contested $8.2 billion deal.

Demonstrations outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the cases involving same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges.  April 28, 2015.

Okla. Judge Awards $300K in Legal Fees in Gay Marriage Case

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal judge in Oklahoma awarded nearly $300,000 to lawyers who fought the state's ban on same-sex marriage. States that unsuccessfully defended same-sex marriage bans in federal courts across the country have been ordered or agreed to pay more than $5 million in legal fees to the challengers.

Debtors Can't Appeal Actions on Proposed Repayment Plans

By Marcia Coyle |

A debtor in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding may not immediately appeal the rejection of his proposed repayment plan, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

Supreme Court Signals Interest in Dispute Over Colorado Marijuana Law

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court took action Monday that may bring it closer to refereeing an interstate dispute over Colorado’s 2012 legalization of marijuana.

Maryland's 2011 congressional redistricting plan underlies a challenge to the meaning of the 100-year-old Three-Judge Court Act.

State's Congressional Districts Rest on Jurisdictional Dispute

By Marcia Coyle |

In the Three-Judge Court Act, Congress required district court panels of three jurists to decide litigation involving redistricting, campaign finance and other key areas. Three Marylanders now are asking the U.S. Supreme Court the fundamental question of when a case must actually be heard by those special courts.

(l-r) Sri Srinivasan, Janice Rogers Brown, and Nina Pillard.

D.C. Circuit Skeptical of Ariz. Sheriff's Immigration Challenge

By Mike Sacks |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Monday appeared skeptical of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's case against the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration.