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PDF DocumentAndy Pincus comments on the school desegregation cases
4 December 2006 -- The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two important school desegregation cases today. In connection with those arguments, Andy Pincus, one of the team of lawyers who filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights in those cases (which is available here, has published an article in the Legal Times discussing the cases. Andy argues that the Court should view those cases through the lens of its school-desegregation precedents--beginning with Brown v. Board of Education--and should reject the plaintiffs' invitation to invalidate the school boards' desegregation plans. Read >>
PDF DocumentState High Court Condemns Arbitration Provisions That Don't Allow Class Actions
October 2006 - Congress enacted the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) eight decades ago to eliminate longstanding judicial hostility to the private resolution of disputes through arbitration. The United States Supreme Court has emphasized that the FAA embodies a strong federal policy favoring arbitration, and confirmed more than twenty years ago that the FAA preempts contrary state law. Read >>
PDF DocumentFederal Courts Reject Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses
October 2006 -- Businesses routinely include arbitration provisions in their standard consumer contracts, and require individual rather than class-wide arbitration in order to preserve the simplicity and efficiency of the arbitral process. Most courts enforce these class-arbitration waivers, guided by the strong pro-arbitration policy of the Federal Arbitration Act. Read >>
External DocumentMayer Brown lawyers Andy Pincus & Charles Rothfeld to direct Supreme Court litigation clinic at Yale Law School.
18 July 2006, Washington, D.C. -- Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP lawyers Andy Pincus and Charles Rothfeld will be directing a Supreme Court litigation seminar and clinic at Yale Law School, while continuing to practice at Mayer Brown. The clinic will represent parties and amici in the Supreme Court on a pro bono basis. The clinic's website is available here. The Legal Times has also written about the clinic. Read >>
PDF DocumentCharles Rothfeld on the Supreme Court's 2005 Term
17 July 2006. Washington, D.C. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP attorney Charles Rothfeld today published an article in the Legal Times on the Supreme Court's recently concluded 2005 Term, entitled The Unsinkable Center - Given the chance to tilt, the Supreme Court maintains its delicate balanceRead >>
This article is reprinted with permission from Legal Times, July 17, 2006
HTML DocumentAndrew Frey named One of "Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America"
June 26, 2006, New York -- The National Law Journal has named Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP partner Andrew Frey to its list of the "Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." Read >>
PDF DocumentEnvironmental Update - Fractured U.S. Supreme Court Reins In Army Corps of Engineers' Wetlands Program
22 June 2006 - The United States Supreme Court issued its decision June 19 in two closely-watched Clean Water Act cases, Rapanos v. United States (No. 04-1034) and Carabell v. United States Army Corps of Engineers (No. 04-1384). The decision placed some limits on the Army Corps of Engineers' authority to regulate "non-isolated" wetlands under the Clean Water Act (the "Act"). Read >>
HTML Document134 Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw Lawyers Listed in Chambers USA Guide to Leading Business Lawyers
One hundred thirty-four Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP lawyers are listed in the 2006 Chambers USA guide to leading business lawyers. The guide highlights the firm's work in several dozen practice areas throughout the U.S. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP senior counsel Philip Lacovara and partner Robert Baptista were also singled out in receiving prestigious "Chambers USA Awards for Excellence." Read >>
HTML DocumentSupreme Court to Review Punitive Damages Case
30 May 2006, Washington D.C. - The United States Supreme Court said today that it will hear a challenge to a $79.5 million punitive damages award against Philip Morris USA. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is counsel of record for Philip Morris in this case, in which the Court will examine the constitutional limits on awards of punitive damages. Read >>
PDF DocumentMoving Outside the Beltway
31 March 2006, New York - Fresh Hope is at hand for New York litigators and trial attorneys uncomfortable in the role of hard-charger-and who long for the days of high-minded, Socratic explorations deep into the belly of the legal beast. Read >>
(This article is reprinted with permission from the March 31, 2006 edition of the NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL. ¸ 2006 ALM Properties, Inc. All rights reserved. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. For information, contact American Lawyer Media, Reprint Department at 800-888-8300 x6111. #070-07-05-0028)
HTML DocumentIllinois Appellate Court Rejects "Compatibility" Requirement For SUVs.
The First District of the Illinois Appellate Court, sitting in Chicago, has rejected the claim that the makers of sport utility vehicles, or SUVs, can be held liable for injuries to occupants of vehicles that collide with SUVs where those injuries are alleged to have been caused by the SUV's greater size and weight. Read >>
PDF DocumentUnder Threat - Supreme Court Should Tell Judges to Balance Equities Before Squashing Infringers with Injunctions
26 March 2006 - Patent law is big news today. Before the BlackBerry infringement case was settled this month, millions of Americans trembled on the edge of their seats, fearing the abrupt cutoff of instant communication with friends, colleagues, and clients. Settlement of the action was featured on the television news and the front pages of national newspapers. Read >>
¸ 2006 ALM Properties Inc. All rights reserved. This article is reprinted with permission from Legal Times (1-800-933-4317  LTsubscribe@alm.com  www.legaltimes.com)
PDF DocumentState High Court Condemns Arbitration Provisions That Don't Allow Class Actions
24 March 2006 - Congress enacted the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) eight decades ago to eliminate longstanding judicial hostility to the private resolution of disputes through arbitration. The United States Supreme Court has emphasized that the FAA embodies a strong federal policy favoring arbitration, and confirmed more than twenty years ago that the FAA preempts contrary state law. Read >>
(Copyright 2006 Washington Legal Foundation)
PDF DocumentDeported Illegal Alien Wants to Remain in U.S. for Hearing
22 March 2006, WASHINGTON - An immigration attorney told an apparently divided Supreme Court on Wednesday that a 1996 law denying hearings to deported aliens who returned to the United Sates unlawfully does not apply to deportees who illegally reentered before April 1, 1997, the statute's effective date. Read >>
(Reprinted with permission from Law Bulletin Publishing Company.)
HTML DocumentSupreme Court Rules Unanimously in favor of Illinois Tool Works in Printer Ink Case
1 March 2006, Washington D.C., -- The Supreme Court, in an 8-0 decision favoring Illinois Tool Works, put new limits on antitrust suits against patent holders who bundle products for sale. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP partner Andrew Pincus argued the case on behalf of ITW. Read >>
HTML DocumentSeventh Circuit Allows Removal of Pre-CAFA Class Action
27 January 2006, Chicago - The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has for the first time permitted removal from state to federal court of a class action lawsuit that was originally filed prior to the enactment of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 ("CAFA"). The ruling, announced in an opinion by Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, came in response to a petition filed by Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP on behalf of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Read >>
HTML DocumentMayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP Announces Academic Affiliation with Constitutional Law Scholar Eugene Volokh
19 January, 2006, Los Angeles - The international law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is pleased to announce that Eugene Volokh, who holds the Gary T. Schwartz chair at the UCLA School of Law, has joined the firm's litigation practice as an academic affiliate. Volokh, who will continue to teach at UCLA, is nationally recognized in multiple areas of the law, including cyberspace law, First Amendment law, copyright law, workplace harassment law, and right of publicity law. Read >>
HTML DocumentSupreme Court Victory for Wachovia and Other National Banks
17 January 2006 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in a case of significance to all national banks, that a national bank is a citizen only of the state in which its main office is located and not, as the U.S. Fourth Circuit had held, of every state in which it has a branch. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP partner Andrew Frey argued the case on behalf of Wachovia Corp, working with partner Evan Tager and counsel Charles Rothfeld. It was Mr. Frey's 63rd Supreme Court argument, the most of any active member of the Bar. Read >>
HTML DocumentIllinois Supreme Court Overturns $10.1 Billion Verdict Against Philip Morris USA
15 December 2005, Chicago - The Illinois Supreme Court today overturned a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA. The plaintiffs had alleged Philip Morris USA (a unit of Altria Group) had violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act in marketing light cigarettes as being less harmful than its regular-strength offerings. Read >>
PDF DocumentAmendments to Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
1 December 2005 - The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure were amended effective December 1, 2005. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP's Supreme Court and Appellate Practice group has prepared a brief summary of those amendments for the convenience of its clients and friends. Read >>
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