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Mayer Brown In The News - Archive
 
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 >>
HTML DocumentIllinois Supreme Court Upholds 2001 Telecommunications Law
Chicago - The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Illinois legislature's 2001 comprehensive reform of Illinois telecommunications law. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP represented Illinois Bell before the court in support of the law, Big Sky Excavating Co. v. Illinois Bell Tel. Co., No. 99380 (Illinois Supreme Court). Read >>
HTML DocumentSeventh Circuit holds Vienna Convention Confers Private Right of Action
27 September 2005 - In Jogi v. Voges, decided today, the Seventh Circuit became the first court of appeals ever to hold that the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations creates a private right of action. This case, argued by Mayer Brown attorney Brad Rosenberg on a pro bono basis, involves the question whether a foreign national who is not informed of his Vienna Convention right to consular access upon arrest may sue for money damages based on that violation. Read >>
PDF DocumentAdvice to Solicitor General Must Remain Confidential
6 September 2005 - Speaking as former deputy solicitors general who served in the solicitor general's office for a total of 35 years, in both Democratic and Republican administrations, we believe that senatorial requests for Judge John Roberts' confidential memos, written as deputy solicitor general in the first Bush Administration, are unjustifiable and should be withdrawn. Read >>
(This article is reprinted with permission from the September 6, 2005 edition of the NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL. ¸ 2005 ALM Properties, Inc.)
PDF DocumentFederal Court Ruling Undermines Defendants' Ability to Appeal Class Action Certifications
29 July 2005 - Rule 23(f) was added to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 1998 to expand the availability of interlocutory appellate relief from class certification decisions for a simple reason: whether a lawsuit is pursued individually or as a class action often has more practical significance than the underlying merits of the case. The federal courts of appeal have applied the rule grudgingly, however, limiting the availability of interlocutory review to the most extreme cases. Read >>
(Copyright ¸ 2005 Washington Legal Foundation.)
HTML DocumentU.S. Court of Appeals Dismisses Price-Fixing Claim in International Vitamins Case
30 June, 2005, Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has affirmed the dismissal of a price-fixing claim brought in an international vitamins case, ruling that the court did not have jurisdiction to hear the claim. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP partner Stephen Shapiro argued the case, and partners Tyrone Fahner, Kenneth Geller, Andrew Marovitz, Donald Falk, and Jeffrey Sarles also worked on behalf of defendant BASF Corporation in the case. Read >>
PDF DocumentThe Impact of State Farm v. Campbell: A Two-Year Retrospective
May / June 2005 - The Supreme Court's decision in State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Campbell was greeted by many in the defense bar, including me, as a much needed message to lower courts to impose greater procedural and substantive constraints on punitive damages. I saw in State Farm a clear command to lower courts to provide juries with more detailed instructions for the setting of punitive damages... Read >>
(This article first appeared in the American Bar Association Litigation Section's newsletter Coverage, Volume 15, Number 3 (May/June 2005). Reprinted with Permission.)
PDF DocumentRecent Developments In Medical Device Preemption Law
Spring 2005 - A patient is diagnosed with heart disease; a pacemaker is implanted. Years later, she experiences internal bleeding, which she asserts is the result of a malfunction in the device. She has surgery again and a new pacemaker is successfully implanted, but she is incapacitated for several months as a result of having had to undergo a second round of surgery. Read >>
(This article originally appeared in Products Liability, the newsletter of the ABA Section of Litigation, Committee on Products Liability Litigation. Copyright 2005, American Bar Association. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.)
HTML DocumentCapitol Records Wins Copyright Ruling before NY Court of Appeals
5 April 2005, New York - The New York Court of Appeals today issued a decision in favor of Capitol Records, Inc., in its bitterly contested copyright dispute against Naxos of America, Inc. Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP senior counsel Philip Lacovara argued the case on behalf of Capitol Records. Read >>
HTML DocumentSupreme Court in 7-2 Vote Rejects Tax Court Secrecy
7 March 2005, Washington D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision has overturned the United States Tax Court procedure that shielded important judicial reports from disclosure to people with cases before the court and to federal judges who review the tax court's decisions.  Read >>
External DocumentPhilip Lacovara: Legend in the Law
4 January 2005, Washington D.C. - Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw Senior Counsel Philip Lacovara is featured in the Washington Lawyer's periodic series "Legends in the Law." Read >>
HTML DocumentErnst & Young Prevails in Fruit of the Loom Litigation
16 December 2004 - Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP partners Stanley Parzen and Bradley Andreozzi won an important victory for Ernst & Young LLP ("E&Y") when the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of all securities fraud claims against E&Y related to its 1998 audit of apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom. Fidel v. Farley, No. 02-6143 (6th Cir. Dec. 16, 2004). Read >>
HTML DocumentStephen Shapiro Argues Important Tax Case Before U.S. Supreme Court
8 December 2004 - Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP partner Stephen Shapiro argued a significant federal tax case before the Supreme Court yesterday. The case raises statutory and constitutional objections to the U.S. Tax Court's practice of preparing trial judge reports that are held in secrecy without disclosure to the parties or even the reviewing courts. Read >>
PDF DocumentSupreme Court Weighs Legality of Tax Magistrates' Silence
8 December 2004 - In a case involving the Internal Revenue Service and secrecy, a federal attorney told an apparently incredulous Supreme Court on Tuesday that tax courts need not disclose to appellate panels the factual findings and recommendations of magistrate judges, even when favorable to the defense. Read >>
(Reprinted with permission from Law Bulletin Publishing Company.)
PDF DocumentJustices Hear Arguments on Disclosure of Tax Court Special Trial Judges' Reports
8 December 2004 - The U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 7 heard oral arguments on whether U.S. Tax Court procedural rules allowing Tax Court judges to adopt the findings of special trial judges without making a special trial judge's "original" report part of the appellate record or disclosing it to the parties deny due process or violate governing federal statutes... Read >>
(Reproduced with permission from Daily Tax Report, No. 235, pp. G-8 - G-10 (Dec. 8, 2004). Copyright 2004 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com)
HTML DocumentMayer, Brown Leads Washingtonian's "Best of Washington" List of Constitutional Lawyers
Four Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP partners are cited in Washingtonian magazine's "Best of Washington" list of top lawyers specializing in Supreme Court and constitutional litigation. The list includes Mayer Brown attorneys Andy Frey, Ken Geller, Andy Pincus, and Evan Tager. Mayer Brown led all law firms in the number of lawyers included on the list. Read >>
PDF DocumentMayer, Brown's Pro Bono Team on a Hot Streak
The pro bono team at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP is crowing that they have won 10 decisions in a row in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and are in position to soon win an 11th. But the unexpected success rate has also forced the firm to re-evaluate its decision to continue to represent pro bono defendants when their cases get remanded to the U.S. District Court, said Marc R. Kadish, director of pro bono activities for Mayer. Read >>
HTML Document$70 Million Judgment Against E&Y Reversed On Appeal
October 21, 2004 - In an appeal from the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, District Court Judge Kimba Wood reversed the Bankruptcy Court on all claims and threw out a $70 million award against our client Ernst & Young ("E&Y"). Read >>
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