Firm Secures Appellate Affirmance in Significant Victory for McGraw Hill Financial, Inc.

January 8, 2016

The firm secured a significant victory for McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a summary judgment decision in a long-running litigation brought in federal court in New York by Reed Elsevier. Reed brought the case in 2009, alleging violations of the RICO Act, the Sherman Act, the Lanham Act, and myriad state law claims as a result of McGraw Hill’s construction division’s alleged improper access to its competitor Reed’s database for construction project information. In 2010, the district court dismissed Reed’s RICO claims. On September 24, 2014, the district court dismissed all but one of Reed’s remaining claims, leaving only a limited version of its unfair competition claim, which Reed agreed to abandon if it lost on appeal. Separately, following a two-day hearing, the court excluded Reed’s damages expert. On January 7, 2016, The Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment decision resulting in a complete victory for our client.

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