News Feed News Description Jenner & Block Represents KEMET Corporation in Acquisition of NEC TOKIN and Sale of NEC TOKIN’s Electromechanical Devices Division <p> Jenner &amp; Block is representing KEMET Corporation, a leading global supplier of passive electronic components, in two significant cross border transactions.</p> <p> In the first transaction, KEMET is acquiring NEC TOKIN Corporation from NEC Corporation.&nbsp; Upon closing, NEC TOKIN will change its name to TOKIN Corporation and become a wholly owned subsidiary of KEMET.&nbsp; The second deal is NEC TOKIN’s sale of its Electromechanical Devices business to NTJ Holdings 1 Ltd., a special purpose entity that is owned by funds managed or operated by Japan Industrial Partners, Inc., a private equity firm, for approximately $422 million, or approximately JPY 48.2 billion.&nbsp; Both transactions are expected to close in early April 2017.</p> <p> The deal teams are led by Partner <a href="">H. Kurt von Moltke</a> and include Partner <a href="">Geoffrey M. Davis</a>, Associate <a href="">Rafi W. Mottahedeh</a> and visiting attorney Takamasa Horio.</p> <p> Please click <a href="">here</a> for a press release about both transactions.</p> 23 Feb 2017 Partner Rick Richmond Named BTI “Client Service All-Star” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Rick Richmond</a> is recognized in BTI’s list of “Client Service All-Stars” for 2017.&nbsp; The 319 lawyers recognized were identified solely and exclusively by corporate counsel through BTI’s “independent and unbiased” research.&nbsp;&nbsp; For this year’s class, BTI interviewed more than 300 corporate counsel from large and Fortune 1000 companies representing more than 15 industry segments.&nbsp; “They are the leaders in superior client service,” BTI says of the honorees.&nbsp;</p> <p> To learn more, please click <a href="">here</a>.</p> 27 Feb 2017 Firm Launches Website Alumni Page <p> As part of Jenner &amp; Block’s commitment to its people – including those who have contributed to our success in the past – a new “<a href="">Our Alumni</a>” page has been added to the firm’s external website <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; The page can be accessed through “About Us” or “Join Us” on the website’s top navigation bar.</p> <p> Features of the page include:</p> <ul> <li> Links to the latest Alumni E-Newsletter as well as past newsletters</li> <li> A button linking to an “Update My Contact Information” form</li> <li> A link to the firm’s alumni mailbox, where alumni can submit news and ideas for the next Alumni Newsletter</li> </ul> <p> Plans are underway for a secure online alumni portal.</p> 27 Feb 2017 Partner Jeremy Creelan Named Visiting Fellow of the Rockefeller Institute of Government <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Jeremy M. Creelan</a> will join the Rockefeller Institute of Government as a visiting fellow, focusing his research on reform and social justice issues.&nbsp; The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government is the public policy research arm of the State University of New York.&nbsp; The Institute conducts fiscal and programmatic research on American state and local governments.&nbsp; &quot;We are thrilled to have Jeremy joining our team here at the Rockefeller Institute as a visiting fellow,&quot; said Jim Malatras, president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, in a statement.&nbsp; &quot;His broad career as a policymaker, litigator, and advocate will be invaluable to drive evidence-based policymaking, especially in government reform and social justice.&quot;</p> <p> Mr. Creelan is a highly experienced litigator who re-joined Jenner &amp; Block as a partner in 2014 after serving for three years in the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, first as special counsel for public integrity and ethics reform and then as special counsel to the governor.&nbsp; He is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practices.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mr. Creelan has authored significant reform legislation for the State of New York, prosecuted numerous voting rights cases and co-authored a landmark, comprehensive study of New York State's legislative process.&nbsp; In addition, from 2005-2007, he served as an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law, where he taught election law.</p> <p> News of Mr. Creelan's appointment as a visiting fellow was reported by <a href=""><em>The Albany Times Union</em></a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 1 Mar 2017 Jenner & Block Partner Kelly M. Morrison Named a 2017 LCLD Fellow <div> Partner <a href="" target="_blank">Kelly M. Morrison</a> has been selected for the 2017 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization comprising the top general counsel and managing partners in the legal profession. Ms. Morrison joins a class of more than 230 lawyers.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The LCLD Fellows Program has trained more than a thousand mid-career attorneys since its launch in 2011. &nbsp;According to LCLD President Robert J. Grey, Jr., the Fellows Program offers participants “an extraordinarily rich year of relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects, and extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership.” The LCLD and its more than 260 members are personally committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Fellows Program is one of the organization’s most important initiatives. Past members of the LCLD Fellows Program include Partners <a href="" target="_blank">L. David Russell</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Reena R. Bajowala</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Jolene E. Negre</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Ms. Morrison is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Class Action, Trade Secrets and Consumer Law Practices. She also serves as a member of the firm’s Diversity &amp; Inclusion Committee, Pro Bono Committee and Women’s Forum Steering Committee.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More information on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity can be found at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> 2 Mar 2017 Partners Lindsay Harrison and Gregory Petkoff Named to <i>Law360</i> Editorial Boards <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> and <a href="">Gregory H. Petkoff</a> have been selected to join two <em>Law360</em> editorial boards.&nbsp; As board members, Ms. Harrison and Mr. Petkoff will be asked to give feedback on <em>Law360’</em>s coverage and offer insight on how to best shape future coverage.&nbsp; Ms. Harrison is a member of the 2017 hospitality board, while Mr. Petkoff is a member of the 2017 government contracts board.</p> <p> Ms. Harrison is a co-leader of the firm’s Hospitality and Gaming Practice.&nbsp; She has substantial experience litigating matters involving the hospitality industry, successfully representing hotel management companies in high-stakes, multimillion-dollar lawsuits and arbitrations throughout the United States and internationally.&nbsp; She also regularly litigates before federal appellate courts and the US Supreme Court.</p> <p> Mr. Petkoff is a member of the Government Contracts Practice.&nbsp; He represents businesses in a wide variety of government contracts matters.&nbsp; He has more than 200 reported decisions in bid protests and has resolved major claims against the government using ADR processes.&nbsp; He also has extensive experience in False Claims Act litigation, investigations and mandatory disclosures.</p> 7 Mar 2017 Jenner & Block Wins Victory for Northern Trust when ERISA Complaint Is Dismissed <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> and <a href="">Amanda S. Amert</a> won a victory for Northern Trust when an Illinois federal judge dismissed a putative class action suit against the financial services and advisory firm.&nbsp; At issue was a complaint that Northern Trust violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) through changes to its employees’ pension plan.&nbsp; The lead plaintiff, James Teufel, alleged that a 2012 policy to cap yearly benefit increases at 1.5 percent violated a previous policy that tied the increases to wages.</p> <p> But on March 6, 2017, US District Judge John W. Darrah held that such wage increases were speculative, so Northern Trust did not violate ERISA’s provision against cutting “accrued” benefits by making the plan change.&nbsp; Judge Darrah wrote that “additional service and raises are not wholly outside plaintiff’s control, and an increase accrued benefit would not have necessarily occurred.&nbsp; At most, plaintiff here had an expectation of future accrual of a higher accrued benefit.”</p> <p> News of Judge Darrah’s dismissal was reported in <em><a href="">Law360</a></em>.</p> 6 Mar 2017 Firm Secures Dismissal of Broker Negligence Complaint Against Aon <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> and <a href="">April A. Otterberg</a> secured <a href="">dismissal</a> on behalf of two subsidiaries of Aon plc of a complaint alleging professional negligence with respect to Aon’s services as a broker of trade credit insurance.&nbsp; Plaintiff Acer America Corporation (Acer) alleged that Aon negligently failed to procure a trade credit insurance policy for Acer that would have provided coverage for preference claims filed against Acer by bankrupt former customers.&nbsp; Acer sought to hold Aon liable for the losses it allegedly incurred after settling a preference claim filed by one of its former customers, Circuit City, in which Circuit City’s bankruptcy trustee sought to recoup millions in payments that Circuit City made to Acer immediately preceding Circuit City’s November 2008 bankruptcy filing.&nbsp; Acer settled with Circuit City in June 2014 and sued Aon in May 2016.</p> <p> On February 27, 2017, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Sherlock dismissed Acer’s claims against Aon, with prejudice, as barred by Illinois’ two-year statute of limitations for broker negligence claims.&nbsp; The court rejected Acer’s argument that its claims accrued when it paid money to settle the Circuit City preference claim, holding, instead, that Acer’s claims accrued far earlier given Acer’s apparent knowledge of the alleged lack of insurance coverage long before Acer made the settlement payment to Circuit City.&nbsp; Judge Sherlock wrote that “appellate courts have drawn a bright line which this Court is bound to follow,” under which “the statute of limitations runs when the duty is breached, not when the damages are sustained.”</p> 27 Feb 2017 Pro Bono: Growing Up Fast — The Ramirez Story <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="255" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="450"></iframe>Karen and Greta Ramirez lives’ were forever changed when their father murdered their mother in 2011. Greta, then 9, and Karen, then 19, were effectively orphans. Six years later, the young women are thriving, in part due to the pro bono legal aid provided by Jenner &amp; Block lawyers. Former partner Jeff Koppy, along with current Partner Gail Morse, have spent the following years working to ensure the girls’ success. With legal issues ranging from title changes to taxes, immigration and child custody, the firm has maintained a close relationship with the sisters and helped them navigate their journey to adulthood.</p> 13 Mar 2017 Los Angeles Partners Honored with Prestigious CLAY Award <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Rick Richmond</a>, <a href="">Brent Caslin</a>, <a href="">Nick G. Saros</a> and <a href="">Julie A. Shepard</a> have been selected to receive one of this year’s prestigious&nbsp;<em>California Lawyer&nbsp;</em>“Attorney of the Year”&nbsp;(CLAY) awards. They are among honorees who, according to the publications, “dazzled in the courtroom” with cases featuring “far-reaching impacts in law, business and society.” &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> The partners were recognized in the trade secrets practice area for a <a href="">$940 million jury verdict</a> a Jenner &amp; Block trial team, led by Mr. Richmond, won on behalf of client Epic Systems Corp. against Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Wisconsin federal court.&nbsp; After a 10-day trial, an eight-member jury found that TCS, a hired consultant, stole Epic’s trade secrets and other confidential information about Epic’s proprietary software. The verdict represents one of the largest trade secrets verdicts in US history and reportedly the largest verdict of any kind in Wisconsin.</p> <p> A <a href=";shNewsType=Supplement&amp;selOption=CLAY%20Awards&amp;NewsId=1117&amp;pubdate=2017-03-15#section=tab3.cfm%3Fseloption%3Dnews%26pubdate%3D2017-03-15%26shNewsType%3DSupplement%26NewsId%3D954771%26sdivId%3Dtab3">profile</a> (subscription required) featuring the partners was published in the <em>Daily Journal</em>.</p> <p> Other members of the <em>Epic</em> trial team included Partner <a href="">Kelly M. Morrison</a>; Associates&nbsp;<a href="">AnnaMarie A. Van Hoesen</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Andrew G. Sullivan</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="">Mara Ludmer</a>; Staff Attorney Rasheda D. Kilpatrick; paralegal Diana Vuong; executive assistant Evelyne Torres; and legal secretary Tracie A. McDaniel.&nbsp; Additional contributions came from Associates&nbsp;<a href="">Kate T. Spelman</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Kathleen J. Covarrubias</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">Peter Goldschmidt</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="">Max T. Selfridge</a>; senior paralegal Christopher Ward; paralegal Robert Perrone; project assistant Julian Valenzuela; and legal secretaries Alison Blackburn and Kathleen White.</p> 15 Mar 2017 Firm Wins Victory when Judge Dismisses Employment Class and Collective Action <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for client FDM Group when a judge dismissed a putative class/collective action complaint alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.&nbsp; FDM trains and recruits workers in the information technology space and places them with FDM’s institutional clients.&nbsp; The lead plaintiff, Grace Park, was a trainee who was placed as an FDM consultant at a financial institution for a two-year placement term.&nbsp; She alleged minimum wage, overtime, gap time and record-keeping violations.&nbsp; On March 9, US District Judge Laura Taylor Swain for the Southern District of New York dismissed all claims, and accordingly refused to give notice to the members of the putative class/collective.&nbsp; The judge found that the plaintiff 1. did not plausibly show that she was entitled to wages during her period as trainee; 2. did not show that her compensation while serving as an FDM consultant was below minimum wage; and 3. did not adequately alleged that she worked more than 40 hours in any given week.&nbsp; Partners <a href="">Stephen L. Ascher</a> and<strong> </strong><a href="">Reena R. Bajowala</a> and Associates <a href="">Christine M. Bowman</a> and <a href="">Ryan H. Gerber</a> represented FDM.</p> 9 Mar 2017 Partner Andrew Vail Re-Elected Vice Chair of CRFC Board of Directors <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Andrew W. Vail</a> was recently re-elected to serve another year as vice chair of the Board of Directors of Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago.&nbsp; Mr. Vail has served as a board member since 2012 and served on the Benefit Committee in 2014 and 2015.&nbsp; He also serves as chair of the Nominating Committee and participates in the Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom Program, which is named after a late Jenner &amp; Block partner. &nbsp;Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Jeffrey D. Colman</a> and <a href="">Thomas P. Sullivan</a> are life directors of the CRFC Board.&nbsp;</p> <p> CRFC strengthens American democracy by providing elementary and secondary students with hands-on learning about the Constitution to prepare them for informed civic engagement.</p> <p> Please click <a href="">here</a> to learn more about CRFC.</p> 16 Mar 2017