On Tuesday, April 14, 2021, the Firm obtained a significant victory for its client when the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision, following a bench trial, that our client’s blockbuster HIV drug should enter the United States duty-free. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) had sought to impose duties exceeding $100 million on the drug, darunavir ethanolate, which is the drug substance in HIV medication PREZISTA®.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that Lauren Schorr Potter, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has joined the Firm as a partner in the Litigation department. Ms. Potter will focus her practice on white collar defense and investigations and complex civil litigation.
Patterson Belknap has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as the 2021 “New York Firm of the Year” and “Pro Bono Firm of the Year.”
On March 26, the Firm secured a groundbreaking victory when the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) against fifteen student loan trusts. The decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s holding last summer that the CFPB was unconstitutionally structured, which left lower courts to resolve whether the CFPB could salvage individual cases by “ratifying” its earlier decisions to bring them.
Patterson Belknap partner Daniel S. Ruzumna has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), an invitation-only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers across the United States and Canada.
On February 23, 2021, the Firm secured a settlement for our client, a multinational biotech company, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The suit accused the defendant, a group of pharmacies in Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas, of selling consumers thousands of boxes of our client’s blood glucose test strips that were not intended for retail sale.
On Friday, February 5, the Firm secured a settlement for our client, a Multinational Healthcare Company, when a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a suit from our client against the defendant, after a consent judgment and permanent injunction was filed. The original suit accused the defendant and several employees of importing and selling dangerous and contaminated counterfeit versions of our client’s medical devices.
Patterson Belknap has been shortlisted for Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 U.S. Awards for the New York category. According to Benchmark, these annual awards “aim to recognize the firms and litigators who have performed exceptionally at both local and national levels. The shortlists are the culmination of months' research, analyzing hundreds of submissions, surveying thousands of referees and interviewing hundreds of lawyers.”
Patterson Belknap partner Rachel Sherman has been selected as the Firm’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2021, while associate Justin Zaremby has been selected as the Firm’s 2021 LCLD Pathfinder.
On Tuesday, January 19, the Firm proudly filed an amicus brief on behalf of 87 religious and religiously-affiliated organizations across the country in Trump v. Sierra Club. In this case, currently pending before the Supreme Court, the Sierra Club, the Southern Border Community Coalition, and the States of California and New Mexico challenged the Trump Administration’s attempt to misappropriate otherwise-allocated funds for construction of a southern border wall.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP today announced the launch of its Commercial Real Estate Workouts and Litigation Group. The group draws on its vast experience across multiple disciplines in advising clients on navigating their options in complex deal structures including workouts, bankruptcies, receiverships, and UCC dispositions, and, if necessary, exercising or defending their rights in the litigation arena.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2021, Andrew P. Beame, Barbara L. Mullin, and Hope K. Plasha will become partners of the Firm, and Jacqueline L. Bonneau, Andrew D. Cohen, Diana M. Conner, David Kleban, and George A. LoBiondo will become counsel.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP today announced the launch of “Notorious: The Legal Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” a new podcast that explores the late Justice’s cases, decisions, dissents, and her substantial overall impact on the rule of law in the United States.
Earlier this month, the Firm secured a decision from a California federal court holding that client Change.org did “no[t] breach … any contractual promise” to its users by pledging $10 million to a variety of racial justice initiatives.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that five of our partners were recognized as “Client Service All-Stars 2020” by BTI. These awards draw solely on in-depth, interviews with top corporate counsel and legal decision makers to single out those attorneys who “stand above all the others in delivering the absolute best in client service.”
Patterson Belknap Partners Harry Sandick and Jason Vitullo, Associates Jacqueline Bonneau and Nathan Monroe-Yavneh, and members of Bates White Economic Consulting, authored a three-part series in Bloomberg Law concerning collateralized loan obligations (CLOs).
Today the Firm announced the launch of “Judicial Clerkships: Perspectives on Value, Experience and Diversity,” a new podcast that aims to demystify the judicial clerkship application process and expand the pipeline of diverse applicants for these coveted positions.
Litigation partner Alejandro H. Cruz has been named a “2020 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal. The publication recognizes the region’s most promising lawyers under 40 who “are acknowledged for their influence in their practice areas in New York and beyond, developing unique practice niches, employing creative uses of technology, amassing robust books of business, demonstrating strong leadership qualities, showing expertise in litigation or transactional work, contributing to the improvement of their institutions, and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable and professional volunteer work.”
Patterson Belknap received top marks in multiple categories in the newly-released Vault 2021 survey of associate satisfaction. According to Vault, this year’s “Law Firm Quality of Life Rankings are derived from Vault’s Annual Associate Survey in which more than 20,000 associates rated and commented on various aspects of their work lives.”
At Patterson Belknap we continue to diligently monitor the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus and assess the potential legal and business issues that may arise relating to the virus. We are closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds, and share our latest perspectives on the legal issues relating to COVID-19.
On July 23, 2020, Patterson Belknap attorneys filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C. federal court challenging President Trump’s recent decision to exclude undocumented immigrants when calculating the number of seats each state receives in the House of Representatives.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm was recognized by Chambers High Net Worth 2020 in the Art and Cultural Property Law – USA practice area. Chambers rankings are based on extensive research and interviews with peers and clients around the country.
On July 15, 2020, the National Citizen and Immigration Services Council 119 ("Council 119"), which represents 14,500 employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, submitted its comments on the Trump Administration's proposed regulations on asylum, removal, and credible fear determinations.
Patterson Belknap secured a victory for our client, a former officer of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., when Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed claims that our client and three former members of the company’s board of directors breached their fiduciary duties to the company by failing to properly monitor and thereby uncover the fraudulent activities of the company’s former CEO.
On June 16, 2020, the Firm obtained an ex parte Seizure Order, Temporary Restraining Order and Asset Freeze Order for a medical device manufacturer in an anti-counterfeiting action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The suit accuses the distributor and several employees of importing and selling dangerous, contaminated and counterfeit versions of our client’s medical devices.
Patterson Belknap scored an appellate win in a novel class action concerning the labeling of Hershey’s chocolates. The plaintiff alleged that Hershey’s product labeling violated Massachusetts consumer protection laws because it did not disclose that some cocoa may be indirectly sourced from regions in West Africa where child labor is used.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP announced today the launch of its State Attorneys General practice, drawing on the Firm’s significant experience representing clients who are the subject of state AG investigations, prosecutions and policymaking. Members of Patterson Belknap’s State Attorneys General practice group bring direct experience working inside state AG offices, as well as in the offices of various U.S. Attorneys.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, restricting mobility and forcing federal, state and local governments to implement increasingly aggressive measures to curtail the spread of the virus. We have set forth below just some of the pertinent issues to consider.
The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is among the most devastating and disruptive forces in recent history, with, as of the writing of this article, tens of thousands of cases confirmed worldwide. In an effort to curb the outbreak, governments have introduced various emergency measures, including travel restrictions, curfews, bans on public gatherings, and mandatory quarantines.
The recent outbreak of 2019-nCOV, a flu-like respiratory illness better known as the Coronavirus, is causing employers to ready themselves for a variety of responses to the spread of the virus.
Recent market volatility and the public health implications of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been unsettling. It can be stabilizing in turbulent times to take a deep breath, focus on long-term planning strategies and goals, and assess whether there might be new opportunities to enhance your estate plan.
Over the last few days, Judge Lawrence K. Marks, the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Unified Court System, issued two memoranda bearing on COVID-19’s effect on the Commercial Division.
Patterson Belknap attorneys secured an unprecedented settlement relating to the death of an inmate with mental illness who died on April 13, 2015 at the Sullivan Correctional Facility, a New York State prison: $5 million for his estate, which is nearly three times the largest settlement for an inmate death in New York State history, and an agreement from the New York State Department of Corrections to install comprehensive video and audio recording equipment throughout the prison.
On February 6, 2020, the Firm secured duty-free treatment for a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical company's subsidiary for an HIV drug. The U.S. Court of International Trade ruled that the drug, which comes from Ireland and Switzerland, should enter the U.S. duty-free because the drug fits within the criteria of the pharmaceutical appendix to the U.S. tariff code that allows certain drugs to enter the U.S. without duty payment.
In December 2019, Patterson Belknap filed an amicus brief on behalf of The Credit Roundtable related to the Neiman Marcus debt restructuring.
Managing Partner and Co-Chair Lisa E. Cleary was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of its 2020 Notable Women in Law, a list comprising 100 “dedicated, gifted and determined female lawyers” practicing in New York City.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2020, Rachel B. Sherman and Edward H. Smoot will become partners of the Firm, and Abhishek Bapna, Craig W. Dent, Maren J. Messing, Lauren Simpson, and Amy N. Vegari will become counsel.
On November 13, 2019, the Firm scored a major victory for our client, a global pharmaceutical company, when the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s summary judgment ruling in a long-running civil RICO case.
The Firm was honored as one of the recipients of The Legal Aid Society’s 2019 Pro Bono Publico Awards for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients. In addition, Karen R. Berry, Lorri Emanu, Eugene M. Gelernter, and Lisa Wang were honored for providing exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers.
Litigation partner Jonah M. Knobler has been named a “2019 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.
On October 1, 2019, the Firm scored a significant victory when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that a New York law requiring tax-exempt organizations to disclose certain donors is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment.