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Newsletter: August 2019

August 29, 2019
Business Litigation Reports

Firm Announcements:

  • Chambers USA Names William Burck “DC White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Lawyer of the Year
  • The American Lawyer Names Maaren Shah and Luke Nikas “Litigators of the Week”


Lead Article:

  • Supreme Court to Address Under What Circumstances A Later Congress May Revoke Governmental Obligations To Pay


Noted with Interest:

  • QE Class Action Win Celebrated By Both Plaintiffs And Defendants


Practice Area Notes:

  • Product Liability Litigation Update: Merck v. Albrecht: Impossibility Preemption Defense as a Question of Law and Guidance on the “Clear Evidence” Standard.
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation Update: Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, 139 S. Ct. 1652 (2019): The Supreme Court Protects Trademark Licensees, But Raises New Questions About The Effect Of Rejecting Executory Contracts
  • Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update: Securities Regulatory Framework For Cryptocurrencies Put To The Test 
  • Life Sciences Litigation Update: Federal Circuit Holds Diagnostic Method Claims Patent Ineligible While Acknowledging Public Policy Implications



  • Successful Settlement Achieved for ASM International
  • QE Scores Another Defamation Win; Decision Clarifies Scope of Damages Discovery