Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation
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Led by one of the country's premier Supreme Court advocates, our Supreme Court and Appellate Practice regularly handles high-profile cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts. Our lawyers consistently secure victories for our clients in some of the most complex and important cases of our time.
U.S. Supreme Court
- Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta, 142 S. Ct. 2486 (2022) – secured a 5-4 Supreme Court victory on behalf of the state of Oklahoma in a case concerning jurisdiction over crimes committed by non-Native Americans against Native Americans in Indian country.
- Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, 142 S. Ct. 1562 (2022) – secured a 6-3 Supreme Court victory on behalf of Premier Rehab Keller, a Texas-based physical rehabilitation center, in a case concerning the availability of emotional-distress damages in a private action to enforce either the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Affordable Care Act.
- Goldman Sachs Group v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, 141 S. Ct. 1951 (2021) – secured a 8-1 victory at the Supreme Court for Goldman Sachs in a $13 billion private securities action in which plaintiffs alleged that Goldman Sachs had violated securities laws by making a series of generic and aspirational statements.
- Borden v. United States, 141 S. Ct. 1817 (2021) – secured a 5-4 Supreme Court victory narrowing the scope of a key part of the primary federal statute imposing mandatory-minimum sentences for repeat offenders.
- Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 140 S. Ct. 2183 (2020) – secured a 5-4 Supreme Court victory for Seila Law in a landmark case concerning the constitutionality of the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus, 139 S. Ct. 1029 (2019) – secured a unanimous Supreme Court victory in favor of McCarthy & Holthus, a law firm, on the question whether entities that engage in nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings in accordance with state law are not subject to the general provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Federal and State Appellate Courts
- SEC v. Rio Tinto, 41 F.4th 47 (2d Cir. 2022) – won an important decision from the Second Circuit on behalf of former Rio Tinto chief financial officer Guy Elliott, limiting the scope of scheme-liability claims under SEC Rules 10b-5(a) and (c).
- CNA COVID-19 Litigation (various courts) – won a series of appeals for CNA Financial and its affiliates before the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits in lawsuits concerning whether business-interruption provisions in commercial property insurance policies cover income lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Marion HealthCare v. Becton, Dickinson & Co., 29 F.4th 337 (7th Cir. 2022) – secured affirmance by the Seventh Circuit of the dismissal of an antitrust class action claiming that the defendant had conspired to inflate the prices of medical supplies by excluding competitors from the market.
- In re Tribune Co. Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation, 10 F.4th 147 (2d Cir. 2021) – won an appeal affirming the dismissal of claims brought against Citigroup in a lawsuit arising out of the bankruptcy of newspaper chain Tribune Corp.
- Anoush Cab v. Uber Technologies, 8 F.4th 1 (1st Cir. 2021) – obtained a victory in the First Circuit for Uber Technologies, defending the dismissal of a $750 million unfair-competition lawsuit brought by a Boston taxi conglomerate.
- Spirit Airlines v. Department of Transportation, 997 F.3d 1247 (D.C. Cir. 2021) – secured a victory for Spirit Airlines in a D.C. Circuit appeal under the Administrative Procedure Act challenging the Federal Aviation Administration’s allocation of flight authorizations at Newark Airport.
- Firefighters’ Retirement System v. Citco Group, 885 F. App’x 902 (5th Cir. 2021) – won an appeal affirming the dismissal of all claims against The Citco Group and its affiliates in a dispute with three Louisiana public pension funds.
- Overstreet v. Mayberry, 603 S.W.3d 244 (Ky. 2020) – obtained a victory for Blackstone Alternative Asset Management in the Kentucky Supreme Court, affirming the dismissal of $50 billion in derivative claims related to the Kentucky state pension system.
- Retractable Technologies. v. Becton, Dickinson & Co., 919 F.3d 869 (5th Cir. 2019) – secured affirmance of district court’s decision not to award relief to plaintiff under the Lanham Act in a long-running lawsuit against the defendant related to its marketing of syringes.
- Sea Breeze Salt v. Mitsubishi, 899 F.3d 1064 (9th Cir. 2018) – secured affirmance of the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against the defendant on the ground that the “act of state” doctrine precluded claims stemming from the conduct of a Mexican company owned and controlled by the Mexican government.
- Akorn v. Fresenius Kabi, 198 A.3d 724 (Del. 2018) – secured approval of the cancellation of a $4.8 billion agreement to acquire the target company in a Delaware Supreme Court decision affirming the finding of a “material adverse effect” based on the post-agreement financial decline of the target.