News Feed News Description Firm Files Amicus Brief in Case Challenging Mississippi’s “Unnatural Intercourse” Law <p> Partner <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> and Associate <a href="">Elliot Tarloff</a> submitted an <a href="">amicus brief </a>in an important case about whether states may continue to criminally charge and punish persons for same-sex sexual conduct after <em>Lawrence v. Texas</em>.&nbsp; In <em>Lawrence</em> – successfully argued by Partner <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> – the Court invalidated Texas’s ban on sodomy between same-sex partners.&nbsp; More than a decade after <em>Lawrence</em>, Mississippi still has a sodomy law on the books and is still enforcing that statute by requiring people with Unnatural Intercourse convictions to register as sex offenders.&nbsp; In <em>Doe v. Hood</em>, the plaintiffs are Mississippi residents who have been charged with sodomy and required to register as sex offenders as a result.&nbsp; The class action civil rights lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Mississippi's sodomy statute and its ongoing enforcement through the state's sex offender registry.&nbsp; Filed in the US District Court Southern District of Mississippi Northern Division, the amicus brief supports the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and argues that <em>Lawrence </em>“made clear that <em>all</em> state anti-sodomy laws are invalid.”&nbsp; It further argues that narrowly enforcing sodomy statutes to only certain plaintiffs or fact patterns is not within the power of the courts and violates separation of powers principles.&nbsp; The brief is filed on behalf of the DKT Liberty Project, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Mississippi, GLBTQ Legal Advocates &amp; Defenders and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.</p> 10 Nov 2016 Firm’s SBIC Practice Thrives, Forming Nine of 21 Funds Licensed in Fiscal 2016 <p> Jenner &amp; Block’s Investment Funds and SBIC Practice enjoyed a robust 2016 fiscal year, which ended in September.&nbsp; The Small Business Administration (SBA), which licenses privately owned Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), recently released its <a href="">annual report</a> on SBIC activity.&nbsp; According to the SBA, it licensed a total of 21 SBICs with an aggregate of $1.188 billion in private capital from investors in the 2016 fiscal year.&nbsp;&nbsp; The firm created nine of those funds.&nbsp; The practice is led by Partner <a href="">Alan B. Roth</a>.&nbsp; Others on the team include Partner <a href="">Christopher J. Douglass</a>; Special Counsel <a href="">Kate L. Price</a>; and Associates <a href="">Hannah K. Costigan Cowles</a>, <a href="">Breanne K. Long</a>,<a href="">Erica E. Smith</a> and <a href="">Ryan S. McNish</a>.&nbsp; Others who provided invaluable assistance included Partners <a href="">Geoffrey M. Davis</a> and <a href="">Olga A. Loy</a> and Associates <a href="">Rafi W. Mottahedeh</a> and <a href="">Anna B. Sutti</a>.</p> 15 Nov 2016 Firm Secures Dismissal of Fraud Lawsuit over Rapper 50 Cent’s Track “P.I.M.P.” <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for firm client UMG Recordings, Inc. when a judge dismissed a &nbsp;lawsuit that focused on one &nbsp;track on rapper 50 Cent’s debut album <em>Get Rich or Die Tryin’</em>.&nbsp; At issue was a sample called “BAMBA” that was used in the track “P.I.M.P.”&nbsp;&nbsp; Producer Brandon Parrot sued 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) and several other defendants, claiming, among other things, that he entered into an agreement to permit the use of “BAMBA” in “P.I.M.P.” as a result of fraud.&nbsp; On November 16, US District Judge S. James Otero dismissed the complaint without leave to amend.&nbsp; The judge found that Mr. Parrot’s fraud claim was not only time-barred but also legally insufficient.&nbsp; UMG was represented by Partners <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a> and <a href="">Daniel A. Rozansky</a>.&nbsp; News of the judge’s dismissal was reported in <em><a href="">The Hollywood Reporter</a></em>.</p> 16 Nov 2016 Partner Angela Allen Featured in Michigan Law Quadrangle for Work “Building Support for Military Spouses.” <p> Partner <a href="">Angela M. Allen</a> is featured in the Michigan Law School Alumni Magazine, the <em>Law Quadrangle</em>, in an article titled “<a href="">Building Support for Military Spouses.</a>”&nbsp; The article discusses Ms. Allen’s efforts to encourage the Illinois Supreme Court’s adoption of a rule accommodation that allows an out-of-state attorney whose spouse is serving in the military in Illinois to receive a temporary law license.&nbsp; Partner <a href="">Jeffrey D. Colman</a> and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride are also credited for their help with this important effort.&nbsp; Ms. Allen continues to work with the Military Spouse JD Network to support military families and encourage enactment of licensing accommodations throughout the country, including more recent efforts pending before the Michigan State Legislature.</p> 21 Nov 2016 Thirty-three Jenner & Block Practices Ranked "Tier 1" in US News - Best Lawyers 2017 "Best Law Firms" Survey <p> Thirty-three Jenner &amp; Block practice areas have been ranked as “Tier 1” by U.S. News - <em>Best Lawyers<strong>® </strong></em>in its 2017 Best Law Firms<strong><em>™</em></strong> survey, nationally and by metropolitan area. &nbsp;They are:</p> <p> <strong>National</strong></p> <ul> <li> <a href="">Appellate Practice</a></li> <li> <a href="">Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Commercial Litigation</a></li> <li> <a href="">Communications Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Insurance Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – Antitrust</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – Construction</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation - First Amendment</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – Securities</a></li> <li> <a href="">Media Law</a></li> </ul> <p> <strong>Metropolitan Area</strong></p> <p> <strong>Chicago</strong></p> <ul> <li> <a href="">Appellate Practice</a></li> <li> <a href="">Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Commercial Litigation</a></li> <li> <a href="">Criminal Defense: White-Collar</a></li> <li> <a href="">Environmental Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Family Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Insurance Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – Antitrust</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – Bankruptcy</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – Construction</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – First Amendment</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation - Intellectual Property</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – Patent</a></li> <li> <a href="">Mergers &amp; Acquisitions Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Securities / Capital Markets Law</a></li> </ul> <p> <strong>New York City</strong></p> <ul> <li> <a href="">Commercial Litigation</a></li> </ul> <p> <strong>Washington DC</strong></p> <ul> <li> <a href="">Appellate Practice</a></li> <li> <a href="">Communications Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Copyright Law</a></li> <li> <a href="">Criminal Defense: White-Collar</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation - First Amendment</a></li> <li> <a href="">Litigation – Securities</a></li> <li> <a href="">Media Law&nbsp;</a></li> </ul> <p> The survey’s results are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes votes by almost 10,500 clients and more than 10,000 leading lawyers provided more than 850,000 law firm assessments.&nbsp; The rankings incorporate 7.3 million evaluations of 54,463 individual leading lawyers collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey.</p> 22 Nov 2016 Firm Recognized by BTI Consulting for Excellent Client Service <p> Jenner &amp; Block is named to BTI Consulting’s “Client Service A-Team 2017,” a list that is “limited solely to law firms considered by clients to deliver the absolute best levels of client service.”&nbsp;&nbsp; The guide to nearly 300 law firms is the result of 330 in-depth interviews with legal decision makers at the world’s leading organizations, according to BTI.</p> 29 Nov 2016 Firm Represents GCP Applied Technologies in Acquisition of Halex Corp. <p> Jenner &amp; Block represented client GCP Applied Technologies in its acquisition of Halex Corporation from American Capital, Ltd. for $47 million.&nbsp; Halex manufactures rolled moisture barrier flooring products and other flooring accessories.&nbsp; GCP plans to operate the business as part of its Specialty Building Materials unit.&nbsp; The transaction, which closed on November 9, 2016, was led by Partner <a href="">Thomas A. Monson</a>.&nbsp; Other members of the team included Partners <a href="">Geoffrey M. Davis</a>, <a href="">S. Tony Ling</a> and <a href="">Adam Petravicius</a><strong>; </strong>Associates <a href="">Jeremy A. Casper</a> and <a href="">Katherine J. Allison</a><strong>; </strong>and Of Counsel <a href="">Emma J. Sullivan</a>.</p> 9 Nov 2016 Partner Lawrence Schaner Recognized in <i>Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration</i> <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a> is recognized in the 2016 edition of the <em>Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration</em> published by Legal Media Group, which bills itself as “the international legal market’s leading guide to the top legal practitioners advising on commercial arbitration.”&nbsp; The <em>Guide</em> lists “individuals considered by clients and peers to be the best in their field.”&nbsp; It is updated every two years and is the result of an extensive research process that involves sending 4,000 surveys to senior practitioners and in-house counsel involved in this practice area in more than 80 jurisdictions.&nbsp; The results are analyzed and screened, discussed and refined with the help of advisers.&nbsp; Mr. Schaner has been included in the <em>Guide</em> continuously since 2009.</p> 30 Nov 2016 Partner Christian Bartholomew Discusses SEC Whistleblower Program <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Christian R. Bartholomew</a> is quoted throughout an article that examines the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower.&nbsp; Titled “<a href="">SEC Whistle-Blower Awards:&nbsp; No Guarantees</a>,” the article in <em>Bloomberg BNA</em> explains that the bounty program grants financial awards to qualified individuals who present original information to the SEC resulting in penalties and other sanctions totaling $1 million or more.&nbsp; According to the article, most reports of corporate misconduct to the office don’t result in awards to claimants; the article examines reasons why the SEC might reject a claim.&nbsp; A former SEC enforcement lawyer, Christian observes that the high number of tips that don’t lead to an enforcement action is partly due to “serial submitters” – claimants who repeatedly apply for awards based on information that has nothing to do with the case.&nbsp; Overall, he notes, the program has taken “full flight” since its inception and has issued several multi-million awards.</p> 1 Dec 2016