News Feed http://jenner.com/library News Description http://jenner.com/library Partner Ken Klein Honored for Exceptional Service as LA Law Library Trustee <p> The LA Law Library will hold a reception honoring Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/KennethKlein">Kenneth D. Klein</a> for serving for more than two decades on the library’s board of trustees.&nbsp; The law library, established in 1891, is the second largest public library in the United States and is a global leader in providing state-of-the-art legal research and services.&nbsp; Seven board of trustee members govern the library, including five Superior Court judges who are appointed by the presiding judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County and two attorneys who are appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.&nbsp; Ken is one of the longest serving trustees.&nbsp; The reception will be held on July 30, 2014 at the LA Law Library in Los Angeles.</p> <p> Ken is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.&nbsp; His experience includes a wide range of complex business litigation matters that have resulted in numerous trials in both federal and state courts.&nbsp; He has been lead counsel in a substantial number of cases, including litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, sexual and racial discrimination, accounting malpractice, consumer class actions, tortious inference, and antitrust.&nbsp; Ken is a frequent contributor to the <em>Los Angeles Daily Journal</em> and has been named to the <em>Southern California Super Lawyers</em> list every year since 2005.</p> 29 Jul 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13264 http://jenner.com/library <i>Legal 500</i> Hails CME Practice; Jenner & Block Recommended in 13 National Categories Overall <p> The 2014 edition of the<em> Legal 500 United States </em>2014 recognized Jenner &amp; Block in 13 national categories, including ranking the firm’s Content, Media &amp; Entertainment Practice as a Top Tier national practice in the Intellectual Property-Copyright category. &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>The Legal 500 US</em> is an independent guide to “the pre-eminent firms in the world’s strongest and most competitive legal market.”&nbsp; Its recommendations reflect the views of thousands of corporate counsel who are interviewed by the publication’s editors. &nbsp;</p> <p> Below is the list of the <em>Legal 500</em> national categories in which Jenner &amp; Block was recognized. &nbsp;Click <a href="http://www.legal500.com/firms/50501/53434">here</a> to read the publication’s entire commentary on the firm.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><em>Legal 500</em> practice categories:</strong></p> <ul> <li> Intellectual Property – Copyright (Top-Tier Recommended)</li> <li> Finance – Corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy)</li> <li> Industry focus – Insurance: advice to policyholders</li> <li> Labor and Employment – ERISA litigation</li> <li> Litigation – Securities: shareholder litigation</li> <li> Litigation – Supreme Court and Appellate</li> <li> Litigation – Trade secrets</li> <li> Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: data protection and privacy</li> <li> Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory</li> <li> Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast:&nbsp; transactional</li> <li> Mergers, acquisitions and buyouts – M&amp;A: middle-market ($500m-999m)</li> <li> Real estate and construction – Construction</li> <li> Tax – Domestic tax: Central</li> </ul> 30 Jul 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13271 http://jenner.com/library Firm Wins on Issues of First Impression Interpreting Michigan Shareholder-Oppression Statute <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JohnWardJr">John F. Ward, Jr.</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JessicaAmunson">Jessica Ring Amunson</a> and Associate <a href="http://jenner.com/people/MichelleSinger">Michelle R. Singer </a>recently secured an important victory for client Benjamin A. Taub when the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously reversed the judgment of the court of appeals and the trial court against Taub.&nbsp; The firm became involved with the case after Mr. Taub received an adverse jury verdict finding that he had violated Michigan’s shareholder oppression statute.&nbsp; The case generated significant attention from the business bar in Michigan as it involved issues of first impression regarding the proper interpretation of Michigan’s shareholder-oppression statute and the right to a jury under the statute.&nbsp; Taking the case from post-trial motions, through the court of appeals, and finally to the Michigan Supreme Court, the firm obtained a unanimous ruling in favor of Mr. Taub.&nbsp; Former associate Adam C.G. Ringguth also assisted with the case.&nbsp; Please <a href="http://courts.mi.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/Clerks/Recent%20Opinions/13-14-Term-Opinions/146289-Opinion.pdf">click here</a> to read the court’s opinion.</p> 31 Jul 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13274 http://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Again Named Among the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” <p> Jenner &amp; Block is once again recognized among the “<a href="http://www.workingmother.com/content/2014-working-mother-amp-flex-time-lawyers-50-best-law-firms-women">50 Best Law Firms for Women</a>” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers.&nbsp; The honor lauds the firm’s family-friendly policies and business development and career development initiatives that help to retain and promote women attorneys. &nbsp;Jenner &amp; Block has placed on the list each year since 2008.&nbsp; According to the August 5 announcement, “this firm clearly supports the advancement of women: In 2013, its female leaders included managing partner Susan Levy and the COO, CFO, CTO and CMO. New business development workshops and a women’s forum engage partners.”&nbsp; The announcement also notes that the firm has 15 percent female equity partners; 31 percent female non-equity partners; and 6 percent lawyers working reduced hours.&nbsp;</p> <p> In an accompanying article titled “<a href="http://www.workingmother.com/content/rule-breakers">The Rule Breakers</a>,” Partner Susan J. Kohlmann recalls one of her earliest opportunities for advancement – the day a circuit court argument in a pro bono prisoner case was scheduled when the senior associate was busy with other matters. &nbsp;Susan offered to take responsibility even though she had no experience arguing such cases at that point. &nbsp;“I said, ‘Yes, I can do that, no problem.&nbsp; Once I did it and argued the case, people looked at me as someone perfectly willing and able to stand up in court,” said Susan, who today is chair of the firm’s Diversity &amp; Inclusion Committee; chair of the Trademark, Advertising, and Unfair Competition Practice; and a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. &nbsp;Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is an international consulting firm, and Working Mother Media publishes <em>Working Mother</em> magazine.&nbsp; The recognized law firms are featured in the August/September issue of the magazine and on <a href="http://www.workingmother.com/">workingmother.com</a> and <a href="http://www.flextimelawyers.com/">flextimelawyers.com</a>.</p> 5 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13321 http://jenner.com/library Mercedes Hill Named to Lawyers of Color “Hot List” for Second Year in a Row <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner Mercedes M. Hill was recently named to the Lawyers of Color’s second annual “Hot List” of early to mid-career minority attorneys under 40 who are excelling in the legal profession.&nbsp; Mercedes was one of only 100 minority attorneys from the Midwest Region to receive the honor.&nbsp; This was her second time to be selected , having also been named to the inaugural “Hot List” in 2013.</p> <p> Mercedes is a member of the firm’s Mergers &amp; Acquisitions, Private Equity/Investment Funds and Corporate Finance Practices.&nbsp; She has been involved in a number of important transactions, including the historic General Motors IPO, the “Section 363” sale of GM assets in connection with its Chapter 11 reorganization and the post-IPO $5.5 billion share repurchase transaction in 2012.&nbsp; She has also represented other significant clients, including General Dynamics, KPS Capital Partners, Honeywell and Sam Zell.</p> <p> Mercedes is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee, a leader of the African American Affinity Group and a former member of the Associate Board of the Diversity &amp; Inclusion Committee.&nbsp; She serves as pro bono legal counsel to Ladies of Virtue, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of young women in underserved communities.</p> <p> Lawyers of Color was established in 2008 to report news of importance to black legal professionals and has now expanded to include lawyers of South Asian, Hispanic, Native American and other heritages.&nbsp; The media and research company now has the largest national social media presence of any minority legal organization.</p> <p> Mercedes was profiled in a special Lawyers of Color <em>Hot List 2014</em> issue in July. &nbsp;</p> 8 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13330 http://jenner.com/library Bloomberg Interviews Ross Regarding How Lawyers Are Helping Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Fleeing Central America <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/MichaelRoss">Michael W. Ross</a> is quoted in a Bloomberg article about how lawyers are “stepping up” to help tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-01/immigrant-children-get-pro-bono-assist-business-of-law.html">Immigrant Children Get Pro Bono Assist: Business of Law</a>,”&nbsp; the article explains that the Central American children can seek asylum or Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status.&nbsp; Seeking such status requires involvement of state family courts and the federal immigration system, and, as the article notes, the “stakes can be high.”&nbsp; Michael observes that “these cases are technical, and removal cases in particular are scary for everyone.”</p> 31 Jul 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13332 http://jenner.com/library Prominent Entertainment Attorney Dan Rozansky Joins Jenner & Block <p> Jenner &amp; Block LLP is pleased to announce that <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DanielRozansky">Daniel A. Rozansky</a> has joined the firm’s nationally acclaimed Content, Media &amp; Entertainment (CME) practice as a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office.&nbsp; An accomplished entertainment attorney, Mr. Rozansky will focus on disputes in areas including entertainment finance, profit participation, partnership disputes, trade secrets, reality television, anti-SLAPP, rights of privacy and publicity and First Amendment issues.</p> <p> “The firm is committed to growing our premier Content, Media &amp; Entertainment Practice as well as our Los Angeles office with talented lawyers of the highest caliber,” said Jenner &amp; Block Managing Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/TerrenceTruax">Terrence J. Truax</a>.&nbsp; “Dan’s experience in the area of entertainment finance disputes adds to our already strong presence in the industry and enhances our ability to provide our clients with sophisticated legal services.”</p> <p> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RichardStone">Richard L. Stone</a>, co-chair of the firm-wide CME practice, said, “Dan has built a successful entertainment litigation practice and his entertainment finance focus adds a new level of depth to our practice.”</p> <p> Mr. Rozansky, who previously worked at Stroock &amp; Stroock &amp; Lavan LLP for 15 years, is recognized by Chambers USA as a top media and entertainment litigator and by <em>Variety</em> as one of the top 50 entertainment attorneys making a significant impact in the entertainment industry.&nbsp; In addition to his diverse litigation experience, Mr. Rozansky counsels a broad array of clients on developing the best strategies to avoid disputes. Mr. Rozansky also reviews television pilots, screenplays and other material in development to assist those clients in identifying potential liabilities.</p> <p> “Jenner &amp; Block’s Content, Media &amp; Entertainment Practice provides a robust and respected platform on which to provide expanded offerings to my client base, who have increasingly sophisticated needs in this area.&nbsp; In addition, Jenner &amp; Block’s well-known reputation for quality litigation combined with its culture and commitment to pro bono service fits well with my personal values, as well as those of my clients,” Mr. Rozansky said.</p> <p> “We’re excited to have a lawyer of Dan’s caliber join our Los Angeles office and our litigation practice,” said <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RickRichmond">Rick Richmond</a>, managing partner of the Los Angeles office.&nbsp; “Our goal is to continue our growth in Los Angeles with as additional partners like Dan who add to the depth and breadth of our practice and whose practice and values align with our culture at Jenner &amp; Block.”</p> <p> This year, the firm’s CME practice won the Chambers USA “Award for Excellence” in Media &amp; Entertainment, a prestigious honor that recognizes the industry’s top law firm and shines a “spotlight on the firms and individuals that have excelled above all others in the US legal market over the period 2013-14.”&nbsp; This is the second time in three years that the CME practice received this high honor.&nbsp; The Legal 500 has twice recognized Jenner &amp; Block’s copyright practice as No. 1 in the United States and <em>Law360</em> named the firm’s practice as a 2013 “Practice Group of the Year: Media &amp; Entertainment.”</p> <p> A graduate of the University of California-San Diego, Mr. Rozansky received his law degree from Loyola Law School.&nbsp; He is admitted to practice in California. &nbsp;</p> 11 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13345 http://jenner.com/library Firm Wins Important Victory for UMG Recordings <p> A Jenner &amp; Block team led by Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AndrewBart">Andrew H. Bart</a> recently won an important victory for firm client UMG Recordings when District Court Judge Milton Shadur of the Northern District of Illinois granted UMG’s motion to dismiss a complaint for copyright infringement brought by gospel music artists Clara Shepherd (Warrick) and Jimmy Lee Weary.&nbsp; The plaintiffs’ claims concerned the sampled use of a small portion of their song “I’m So Grateful (Keep in Touch)” as background over which Jay Z, Dr. Dre and Rick Ross performed rap lyrics in a work titled “3 Kings,”&nbsp; on the album <em>God Forgives – I Don’t.</em></p> <p> The court granted the motion to dismiss the federal copyright claim with prejudice on two grounds: (1) that UMG was a co-copyright owner of the song and, thus, could not be sued for infringement and (2) that the statute of limitations for contesting copyright ownership was a strict three-year period and had run more than 30 years before plaintiffs brought their suit.&nbsp;</p> <p> This ruling continues a string of successes the firm's Content Media and Entertainment Practice has achieved for UMG, as both plaintiff and defendant, over the past 18 months, in a variety of cases ranging from claims of copyright infringement to disputes over the applicable royalty rate on digital downloads. &nbsp;</p> 13 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13349 http://jenner.com/library BTI Recognizes Firm’s IP Practice in “IP Outlook 2015” <p> Jenner &amp; Block has been listed on the BTI Consulting Group’s 2015 Honor Roll in the area of complex intellectual property litigation.&nbsp; The recognition is the result of unprompted interviews with more than 175 Fortune 1000 general counsel and IP decision-makers and BTI’s own independent research, performed between December 2013 and June 2014. &nbsp;Rankings were recently published in <em>BTI Intellectual Property Outlook</em>.</p> <p> The firm’s intellectual property practice includes more than 80 professionals with significant experience in patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters.&nbsp; The firm provides our clients with sophisticated intellectual property capabilities, from high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation and complex outsourcing and licensing counseling to cutting-edge representation in the areas of content protection, media and entertainment.</p> 14 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13353 http://jenner.com/library Firm Wins Dismissal of Proposed Class Action against Client Kashi Co. <p> The firm recently won a victory for client Kashi Co. when a judge dismissed a proposed consolidated class action accusing the snack maker of misbranding its foods.&nbsp; At issue was the plaintiffs’ claim that Kashi uses the term “evaporated cane juice” to mislead consumers into believing that the ingredient is healthier than sugar.&nbsp; Kashi argued that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently solicited for new comments regarding use of the term, proving that the agency intends to revise its guidelines and that the definition remains in flux.&nbsp; In granting the firm’s motion to dismiss, U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino said that the FDA should first resolve the question of whether “evaporated cane juice” is a common or unusual name for sweeteners derived from sugar cane syrup.&nbsp; The team representing Kashi includes Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/KennethLee">Kenneth K. Lee</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DeanPanos">Dean N. Panos</a> and Associate <a href="http://jenner.com/people/KellyMorrison">Kelly M. Morrison</a>.&nbsp; News of the dismissal was reported in <em><a href="http://www.law360.com/articles/566291/kashi-suit-nixed-as-fda-mulls-evaporated-cane-juice-">Law360</a>.</em></p> 15 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13357 http://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Again Named Among the “50 Best Law Firms for Women" <p> Jenner &amp; Block is once again recognized among the “<a href="http://www.workingmother.com/content/2014-working-mother-amp-flex-time-lawyers-50-best-law-firms-women">50 Best Law Firms for Women</a>” by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers.&nbsp; The honor lauds the firm’s family-friendly policies and business development and career development initiatives that help to retain and promote women attorneys. &nbsp;Jenner &amp; Block has been placed on the list each year since 2008.&nbsp; According to the recent announcement, “this firm clearly supports the advancement of women: In 2013, its female leaders included managing partner Susan Levy and the COO, CFO, CTO and CMO. New business development workshops and a women’s forum engage partners.”&nbsp; According to the firm’s winning nomination: women continue to serve in leadership roles in several core practice groups; women partners serve as strong role models for junior women attorneys; and the firm’s Women’s Forum continues to provide programs that empower women to build their practices, further the work-life balance and offer a platform for junior partners to exercise their leadership skills.</p> <p> In an accompanying article titled “<a href="http://www.workingmother.com/content/rule-breakers">The Rule Breakers</a>,” Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/SusanKohlmann">Susan J. Kohlmann</a> recalls one of her earliest opportunities for advancement – the day when a circuit court argument in a pro bono prisoner case was scheduled when the senior associate was busy with other matters. &nbsp;Susan offered to take responsibility even though she had no experience arguing such cases at that point. &nbsp;“I said, ‘Yes, I can do that, no problem.&nbsp; Once I did it and argued the case, people looked at me as someone perfectly willing and able to stand up in court,” said Susan, who today is chair of the firm’s Diversity &amp; Inclusion Committee; chair of the Trademark, Advertising, and Unfair Competition Practice; and a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. &nbsp;Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is an international consulting firm, and Working Mother Media publishes <em>Working Mother</em> magazine.&nbsp; The recognized law firms are featured in the August/September issue of the magazine and on <a href="http://www.workingmother.com/">workingmother.com </a>and <a href="http://www.flextimelawyers.com/">flextimelawyers.com</a>.</p> 5 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13359 http://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Wins Appellate Victory Dismissing Trademark Suit Against Warner Bros. <p> Jenner &amp; Block secured an important victory for client Warner Bros. Entertainment on August 14, 2014, when the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion affirming a district court’s dismissal of a trademark infringement case related to the blockbuster “Batman” film <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p> In 2012, Fortres Grand Corp., developer and seller of a security software program named “Clean Slate,” sued Warner Bros., alleging that use of the words “clean slate” in the movie, in reference to fictional software, infringed its trademark in the name.&nbsp; In 2013, U.S. District Judge Philip Simon of the Northern District of Indiana dismissed Fortres Grand’s lawsuit, noting, “Warner Bros.’ use of ‘clean slate’ in <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> does not infringe Fortres Grand’s ‘Clean Slate’ trademark…because there is no plausible claim for consumer confusion.”&nbsp; The Seventh Circuit agreed, affirming the dismissal.</p> <p> The team representing Warner Bros. included Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AndrewBart">Andrew H. Bart</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AndrewThomas">Andrew J. Thomas</a> and Associates <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LisaKohn">Lisa J. Kohn</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/KateSpelman">Kate T. Spelman</a>.</p> 18 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13360 http://jenner.com/library Six Los Angeles Office Attorneys Selected as Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for 2014 <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ChristopherChiou">Christopher C. Chiou</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/KennethLee">Kenneth K. Lee</a> and Associates <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LisaKohn">Lisa J. Kohn</a>, <a href="http://jenner.com/people/KellyMorrison">Kelly M. Morrison</a>, <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LRussell">L.David Russell</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/KateSpelman">Kate T. Spelman</a> were recently recognized as “Rising Stars” for 2014, by <em>Southern California Super Lawyers.&nbsp; </em>Chris, Ken, Kelly, David and Kate were all recognized in the Super Lawyers’ Business Litigation practice area; Lisa was recognized in the Media-Advertising practice area.&nbsp;</p> <p> Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.&nbsp; Selections are based on a rigorous, multiphase process including peer nominations and evaluation and third-party research.&nbsp; Rising Stars are the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the Southern California legal market who are 40 years old or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 19 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13361 http://jenner.com/library Forty-Two Attorneys Recognized in <i>Best Lawyers in America</i> <p> Forty-two Jenner &amp; Block attorneys are included in the 2015 edition of <em>Best Lawyers</em> <em>in</em> <em>America</em>.&nbsp; <em>Best Lawyers</em> compiles its list by conducting peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.</p> <p> This year's edition includes:</p> <p> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ChristianBartholomew"><strong>Christian R. Bartholomew</strong></a>, Litigation - Securities; Securities Regulation<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JosephBisceglia"><strong>Joseph G. Bisceglia</strong></a>, Litigation - Construction<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RichardCampbell"><strong>Richard P. Campbell</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JeffreyColman"><strong>Jeffrey D. Colman</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DavidDebruin"><strong>David W. DeBruin</strong></a>, Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ChristopherDickinson"><strong>Christopher C. Dickinson</strong></a>, Insurance Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/StevenEnglund"><strong>Steven R. Englund</strong></a>, Copyright Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/SamuelFeder"><strong>Samuel L. Feder</strong></a>, Communications Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JamesFeldman"><strong>James H. Feldman</strong></a>, Collaborative Law: Family Law; Family Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RobertGraham"><strong>Robert L. Graham</strong></a>, Environmental Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/EGrayson"><strong>E. Lynn Grayson</strong></a>, Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JosephGromacki"><strong>Joseph P. Gromacki,</strong></a> Mergers and Acquisitions Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JohnHamill"><strong>John J. Hamill</strong>,</a> Communications Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/MatthewJacobs"><strong>Matthew L. Jacobs</strong></a>, Insurance Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ChesterKamin"><strong>Chester T. Kamin</strong></a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CarterKlein"><strong>Carter H. Klein</strong></a>, Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DavidKroeger"><strong>David M. Kroeger</strong></a>, Insurance Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/VincentLazar"><strong>Vincent E. Lazar</strong></a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/BradfordLyerla"><strong>Bradford P. Lyerla</strong></a>, Litigation - Intellectual Property<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JamesMalysiak"><strong>James T. Malysiak</strong></a>, Appellate Practice<br /> <strong><a href="http://jenner.com/people/CraigMartin">Craig C. Martin</a>,</strong> Commercial Litigation<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/TerriMascherin"><strong>Terri L. Mascherin</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JohnMathiasJr"><strong>John H. Mathias, Jr.</strong></a>, Insurance Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DanielMurray"><strong>Daniel R. Murray</strong>,</a> Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Equipment Finance Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ThomasNewkirk"><strong>Thomas C. Newkirk</strong></a>, Litigation - Securities<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RonaldPeterson"><strong>Ronald R. Peterson</strong></a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/MatthewRenaud"><strong>Matthew J. Renaud</strong>,</a> Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DonaldResnick"><strong>Donald I. Resnick</strong></a>, Litigation - Real Estate; Real Estate Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/HarryRoper"><strong>Harry J. Roper</strong></a>, Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DavidSanders"><strong>David P. Sanders</strong></a>, Litigation - First Amendment<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LawrenceSchaner"><strong>Lawrence S. Schaner</strong>,</a> International Arbitration - Commercial; International Arbitration - Governmental<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ReidSchar"><strong>Reid J. Schar</strong>,</a> Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/GabrielleSigel"><strong>Gabrielle Sigel</strong></a>, Environmental Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CharlesSklarsky"><strong>Charles B. Sklarsky</strong></a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/PaulSmith"><strong>Paul M. Smith</strong>,</a> Appellate Practice; Litigation - First Amendment; Media Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CatherineSteege"><strong>Catherine L. Steege</strong></a>, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/BarbaraSteiner"><strong>Barbara S. Steiner</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ThomasSullivan"><strong>Thomas P. Sullivan</strong></a>, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/HowardSuskin"><strong>Howard S. Suskin</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Securities<br /> <strong><a href="http://jenner.com/people/WilliamTolbertJr">William L. Tolbert, Jr.</a>,</strong> Securities / Capital Markets Law<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/AntonValukas"><strong>Anton R. Valukas</strong>,</a> Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar<br /> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/RichardZiegler"><strong>Richard F. Ziegler</strong></a>, Commercial Litigation</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 18 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13364 http://jenner.com/library Experienced Private Equity Lawyer Jason D. Osborn Joins Jenner & Block <p> Jenner &amp; Block LLP is pleased to announce that <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JasonOsborn">Jason D. Osborn</a> has joined the firm’s Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions Practices as a corporate partner in the Chicago office.&nbsp; An experienced private equity lawyer, Mr. Osborn will focus on representing private equity funds and public and private company clients in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions, joint ventures, divestitures, private financings, recapitalizations and restructurings, and in related corporate governance, executive compensation and general corporate matters.&nbsp;</p> <p> “The firm is committed to growing our corporate practice with talented lawyers of the highest caliber,” said Jenner &amp; Block Managing Partner<a href="http://jenner.com/people/TerrenceTruax"> Terrence J. Truax</a>.&nbsp; “Jason’s transactional and private equity experience is the right fit for our growing corporate practice and responds to our clients’ needs for additional depth and sophistication.”</p> <p> <a href="http://jenner.com/people/JosephGromacki">Joseph P. Gromacki</a>, chair of the firm’s corporate department, said, “Jason has built a successful private equity practice, and we are excited to add his talents to our growing roster of corporate talent.”&nbsp;</p> <p> Mr. Osborn, who previously worked as a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland &amp; Ellis LLP, has handled matters on behalf of Harren Equity Partners, Hudson Ferry Capital, Prairie Equity, Liberty Partners, GTCR, Evergreen Pacific Partners, Parthenon Capital and other well-known financial firms.&nbsp; He has led transactions in a wide variety of industries, including health care, financial services, retail services and manufacturing.</p> <p> “With its strong corporate and litigation practices, Jenner &amp; Block provides an ideal platform for my clients to receive both highly personal and highly sophisticated legal services,” Mr. Osborn said.&nbsp; “I’m excited to join Jenner &amp; Block's corporate practice and be an important part of its growth and efforts to build upon its presence in the middle-market.”</p> <p> A graduate of New York University, Mr. Osborn received his law degree, <em>cum laude</em>, from the University of Michigan Law School.&nbsp; He is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York.</p> 21 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13365 http://jenner.com/library Boyle Elected to Chicago Bar Foundation Board of Directors <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/GregoryBoyle">Gregory M. Boyle</a> has been elected to the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Board of Directors.&nbsp; Greg began his three-year term in July, 2014.&nbsp; His election follows other service for the CBF, including as a member of the Development Committee and the Young Professionals Board.&nbsp; The charitable arm of the Chicago Bar Association, the CBF brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone.</p> <p> Greg represents corporations, law firms, lawyers, and other individuals in complex civil and criminal matters in trial and appellate courts across the country, as well as in arbitrations and grand jury and regulatory investigations.&nbsp; He also has an active pro bono practice, in which he has represented individuals seeking asylum and criminal defendants in state trial courts and in state and federal habeas proceedings.</p> 25 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13368 http://jenner.com/library Firm Wins Victory for Viacom in Dispute over Facebook Fan Page Regarding <i>The Game</i> <p> The firm won a victory for client Viacom when a Florida federal judge granted summary judgment in what may be the first case of its kind relating to who owns Facebook “likes.”&nbsp; At issue was a dispute between the Viacom-owned BET cable network and the creator of a Facebook fan page for the BET series&nbsp;<em>The Game</em> over who should control the Facebook page.&nbsp; The page creator, whose campaign was credited with reviving the series on BET after another network cancelled it, demoted BET’s access to the page when negotiations between her and the network to hire her as a social media &quot;freelancer” or buy the page outright fell apart.&nbsp; BET then asked Facebook to “migrate” fans of the page to a BET-created official Series Page, which it did; Facebook then shut down the original page and its creator sued BET.&nbsp; During litigation, the page creator argued that she owned the 6.2 million Facebook “likes” the page had accrued and that they were worth several million dollars.&nbsp; On August 20, 2014, U.S. District Judge James Cohn ruled that the page creator “cannot establish that she owns a&nbsp; property interest in the ‘likes’ on the FB page.”&nbsp; The judge dismissed the complaint in its entirety and terminated her tortious interference, breach of contract and conversion claims.&nbsp; The team representing Viacom includes Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/SusanKohlmann">Susan J. Kohlmann</a>, <a href="http://jenner.com/people/LukePlatzer">Luke C. Platzer</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ScottWilkens">Scott B. Wilkens</a>; Associate <a href="http://jenner.com/people/EricaRoss">Erica L. Ross;</a> and Project Assistant Francis J. Aul. &nbsp;News of the ruling was reported in <em><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/bet-wins-legal-war-tv-726594?utm_source=twitter">The Hollywood Reporter</a></em> and <a href="https://tv.yahoo.com/news/bet-triumphs-game-facebook-lawsuit-002700320.html">Yahoo! TV</a>.</p> 20 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13372 http://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Selected as Finalist for <i>NLJ</i> 2014 Chicago Litigation Department of the Year <p> <em>The National Law Journal</em> yesterday named Jenner &amp; Block as one of two finalists in its 2014 Chicago Litigation Department of the Year award.&nbsp;</p> <p> The award recognizes the firm as a “powerhouse” litigation practice in Chicago and is based on case results from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, client references and pending matters, among other factors. &nbsp;</p> <p> The publication likened the firm’s litigation practice – co-chaired by Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DavidBradford">David J. Bradford</a> and <a href="http://jenner.com/people/CraigMartin">Craig C. Martin</a> – to “the Army's special forces: highly trained and ready to deploy anywhere at any time. Its ability to tackle an array of legal obstacles makes Jenner &amp; Block a finalist for <em>The National Law Journal</em>'s Chicago Litigation Department of the Year.”&nbsp; The <em>NLJ</em> points to the Litigation Department’s “national reach and experience in more than 30 practice areas.”&nbsp;</p> <p> “We actually try cases.&nbsp; People come to us because they know we will take them to the decisional moment in the case. They come to us with what they consider their biggest, most intractable litigation problems,” Craig told the <em>NLJ</em>.</p> <p> Highlights from the award include some of the firm’s notable victories of the last year: the extraordinary legal victory for <a href="http://jenner.com/library/news/12010">pro bono client Nicole Harris</a>; the <a href="http://jenner.com/library/news/12570">14-day jury trial win for Duroc LLC</a> in a $100 million patent infringement case; the bench trial and <a href="http://jenner.com/library/news/12194">$15.5 million judgment for Sentinel Management Group</a>; and our <a href="http://jenner.com/library/news/12142">precedent-setting victory on behalf of CRST Van Expedited</a> against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> With 360 litigators, the department is a “group of people who see litigation through the prism of how it will play out at trial,” David told the <em>NLJ</em>. “While I think we're very tenacious and very creative, we never succeed at the expense of truth or in a way that anybody would view as less than civil and cooperative. All of us inherited this practice from people we deeply admire and who had a commitment to public service. It's a torch we're carrying and trying to live up to.”</p> <p> Click <a href="http://cdn.jenner.com/system/assets/assets/8172/original/NLJ_20Chicago_20Lit_20Dept_20Finalist.pdf">here</a> to read the <em>NLJ</em> story about Jenner &amp; Block.</p> 26 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13376 http://jenner.com/library Rozansky’s Move to Jenner & Block Featured in <i>Commercial Dispute Resolution</i> <p> Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/DanielRozansky">Daniel A. Rozansky</a> is featured in an article that explores how his move to Jenner &amp; Block reflects the pace of change in the entertainment industry.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="http://www.cdr-news.com/categories/litigation/featured/5162-out-to-entertain">Out to Entertain</a>,” the article in <em>Commercial Dispute Resolution</em> notes that Dan is widely seen as among the leading U.S. litigators in the entertainment and media industry.&nbsp; Dan, who joined the firm on August 11, observes that it is increasingly important for litigators in the field to be part of the right organization, as such companies face technological transformations that alter the nature of the legal issues they face.&nbsp; “What concerns my clients and general counsel is the ability of their outside counsel to keep up with this relentless change, and the breadth of Jenner’s platform is designed to meet this challenge,” he says.&nbsp; The article also notes that, in addition to Dan’s hire, the firm has been “strengthening its disputes capability in other areas of late, particularly in the government enforcement arena” with the additions of Partners <a href="http://jenner.com/people/ChristianBartholomew">Christian R. Bartholomew</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://jenner.com/people/JeremyCreelan">Jeremy M. Creelan</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://jenner.com/people/NeilBarofsky">Neil M. Barofsky</a> within the past year.</p> <p> Dan’s litigation practice is concentrated in the areas of entertainment, privacy, First Amendment and complex business and real estate disputes.</p> 21 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13377 http://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Recognized As a Top Illinois Firm for LGBT Inclusiveness <p> Jenner &amp; Block was recently honored by Equality Illinois (EQIL) as one of the law firms in the state that is leading the way in providing a welcoming and fair work environment for LGBT attorneys and staff and engaging with the LGBT community-at-large.&nbsp; Recognition was based on the firm’s performance in three categories in the most recent EQIL Law Firm Survey: employment benefits, workplace diversity initiatives and community relations.&nbsp;</p> <p> Partner <a href="http://jenner.com/people/HowardSuskin">Howard S. Suskin</a> and Associate <a href="http://jenner.com/people/BenjaminSauer">Benjamin J. Sauer</a> represented the firm at a celebratory recognition breakfast on August 13, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago; Chief Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit gave the keynote address.&nbsp; The firm also is included in the EQIL 2014 “<a href="http://issuu.com/eqil/docs/equality_illinois_raising_the_bar_2/1">Raising the Bar</a>” report.&nbsp; Founded in 1991, Equality Illinois is the state’s oldest, largest and most effective LGBT equality organization; this was its eighth annual comprehensive survey of law firms doing business in Illinois.</p> 13 Aug 2014 http://jenner.com/library/news/13378