News Feed News Description Firm Wins Significant Defense Victory for Dow in Patent Infringement Lawsuit <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a significant victory for client Dow Chemical Company in a patent infringement suit filed against it in 2012, by global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel Coatings, Inc.&nbsp; On January 26, 2015, the Delaware District Court granted Dow’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement in the case, which relates to Dow’s BLUEWAVE technology, used in the manufacture of aqueous polymer dispersions.&nbsp; Specifically, Dow utilizes the BLUEWAVE process to create its HYPOD™ Polyolefin Dispersions, an important product line that has a variety of applications in numerous industries including packaging and paper, carpet and textiles, coatings, glass, automotive, personal hygiene and health care.&nbsp;</p> <p> The firm team, led by Partners <a href="">Harry J. Roper</a>, <a href="">Aaron A. Barlow</a> and <a href="">Paul D. Margolis</a>, included Associates <a href="">Rachel C. Bell</a>, <a href="">Yusuf Esat</a> and <a href="">Michael T. Werner</a>. Senior Paralegal David A. Nelson and Case Assistant Jocelyn C. Carreon-Crawford also contributed.&nbsp;</p> 4 Feb 2015 Partner Craig C. Martin Joins Crown Family Philanthropies Board <p> Partner <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> has been appointed to the Board of Arie and Ida Crown Memorial (AICM) Foundation and Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP).&nbsp; After 60 years of grant making under AICM, CFP was formed in 2009 to represent an array of family grant-making practices.&nbsp; Program areas include Education, Arts, Culture and Civic Affairs Environment, Health and Human Services and Jewish Charitable.&nbsp; In addition to this recent appointment to the CPF Board, Craig was a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago from 1996 to 2014, including serving as secretary, vice-chairman and, most recently, as chairman from 2011-2014.&nbsp; Craig presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and he is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Club and the Economic Club of Chicago.</p> 9 Feb 2015 Partner Thomas Perrelli Testifies Before House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Thomas J. Perrelli</a> testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 12, 2015.&nbsp; Tom discussed his work as a member of the United States Secret Service Protective Mission Panel, an independent panel appointed by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to review the Secret Service’s protection of the White House compound.&nbsp; The four-member panel was formed in October 2014 and released a summary of its findings to the public two months later. &nbsp;Secretary Johnson called the panel’s recommendations “astute, thorough and fair.”&nbsp; Please click <a href="">here</a> to read the executive summary.&nbsp; Titled “U.S. Secret Service: Identifying Steps to Restore the Protective Agency,” the hearing was held to discuss reforms at the Secret Service.&nbsp; Please click <a href="">here </a>to read the testimony.</p> 12 Feb 2015 Firm Clears Critic of Bite-Mark Identification in Dispute with Professional Organization <p> Jenner &amp; Block has cleared Dr. C. Michael Bowers, a nationally renowned critic of bite-mark identification, of misconduct charges brought before the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a prominent professional organization.</p> <p> Dr. Bowers had supplied much of the research upon which the National Academy of Sciences, in its landmark 2009 report on forensic science, relied when it criticized the reliability and validity of claims that dental experts can identify a suspect or defendant, to the exclusion of all others, by examining the bite marks left in a victim’s skin. &nbsp;As an expert witness, Dr. Bowers gave testimony that helped exonerate a number of defendants convicted at least in part on bite-mark identification testimony, including Bennie Starks, who was released by authorities in Lake County, Illinois, and exonerated in 2013.</p> <p> The firm and Partner <a href="">Gabriel A. Fuentes</a> agreed to represent Dr. Bowers pro bono before the Ethics Committee of the AAFS after the organization received a complaint about testimony Dr. Bowers had given in several earlier cases in which he had testified as an expert.&nbsp; The complaint alleged that in these past cases, Dr. Bowers had misrepresented scientific data or misstated other facts or his own credentials.&nbsp; Mr. Fuentes and Associate <a href="">Ramon Villalpando</a> defended Dr. Bowers in a one-day trial before the AAFS Ethics Committee in July 2014 in Chicago.&nbsp; Their defense sought to establish that each of the allegations either did not state ethical violations or were based on an inaccurate or incomplete understanding of the facts of the earlier cases.</p> <p> After the trial, the Ethics Committee dismissed all but one of the charges against Dr. Bowers but still recommended his expulsion from the AAFS.&nbsp; &nbsp;Messrs. Fuentes and Villalpando appealed on behalf of Dr. Bowers to the AAFS Board of Directors.&nbsp; On February 16, 2015, the 18-member Board of Directors voted unanimously to dismiss the case against Dr. Bowers.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> “Dr. Bowers and the firm are grateful to the AAFS Board of Directors for thoroughly reviewing our presentation on behalf of Dr. Bowers,” Fuentes said. &nbsp;“He is pleased to move forward with his career as a noted expert witness.”</p> <p> The Jenner &amp; Block team also consisted of Summer Associate Angela Romano and Paralegal Gabriella Guajardo.&nbsp; In its representation of Dr. Bowers, the firm partnered with the New York-based Innocence Project and the New York law firm of Weil, Gotshal &amp; Manges LLP.&nbsp; Innocence Project Director of Strategic Litigation M. Chris Fabricant and Weil, Gotshal Partner Irwin H. Warren and Associate Albert F. Cahn provided critical assistance in developing the trial and appeal strategy and in preparing the pleadings and briefs filed by Dr. Bowers with the AAFS.</p> 16 Feb 2015 Firm Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of US Chamber of Commerce <p> Jenner &amp; Block filed an <a href="">amicus brief</a> on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm an en banc decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that a Los Angeles Municipal Code provision authorizing warrantless, on-site inspections of hotel guest records by any police officer is facially invalid under the Fourth Amendment.&nbsp; The brief argues that (1) business records have always been considered property protected by the Fourth Amendment; (2) compelled inspection of these records always constitutes a search that must either be justified by a warrant or fall into one of the limited exceptions to the warrant requirement; and (3) businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry, have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their customer records.&nbsp; Further, the brief argues, the city’s position that the inspection of hotel guest records is a permitted search under the “pervasively regulated” exception to the warrant requirement is “untenable.” &nbsp;Oral arguments in <em>City of Los Angeles v. Naranjibhai Patel, et al.</em> will be heard by the Court in March.</p> <p> Partners <a href="">Jessica Ring Amunson</a>, <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> and <a href="">Jessie K. Liu</a> and Associate <a href="">Amir H. Ali</a> authored the brief.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 18 Feb 2015 Chairman Anton Valukas and Partner Kevin Mullen Named BTI “Client Service All-Stars” <p> Jenner &amp; Block Chairman <a href="">Anton R. Valukas</a> and Partner <a href="">Kevin P. Mullen</a> have been named to the BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service All-Stars 2015” list, a registry of 354 of the legal profession’s client service elite.&nbsp; This is the second consecutive year that Tony has been named to the list; as such, he is among 54 “MVPs” and mentioned in a <a href=""><em>Law360</em> article</a> about the recognition.&nbsp; Mr. Valukas is listed in the civil and white collar litigation category, and Mr. Mullen is listed in the government contracts litigation category.</p> <p> In addition to the individual “All-Star” recognition, the firm ranked #31 in client service in the <em>BTI Client Service A-Team</em> <em>2015</em> report.</p> <p> BTI’s survey of client service performance is the only ranking that is based entirely on unprompted and direct feedback from corporate counsel.&nbsp; According to BTI, the survey was developed from nearly 320 in-depth, independent interviews with corporate counsel of large and Fortune 1000 companies representing more than 16 industry segments.</p> 19 Feb 2015 Los Angeles Partners Honored with Prestigious CLAY Awards <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a> and <a href="">Amy M. Gallegos</a> have been selected to receive this year’s prestigious <em>California Lawyer</em> Attorney of the Year (CLAY) awards.&nbsp; Only 62 attorneys across the state were honored with the 2015 awards, which recognize legal work that had “significant impact” during the preceding year.</p> <p> Mr. Stone and Ms. Gallegos were noted in the area of intellectual property, for the <a href="">U.S. Supreme Court win</a> they and their team attained for the firm’s television broadcast clients in their high-profile copyright infringement case against online streaming service Aereo, Inc.&nbsp; On June 25, 2014, the Court announced its 6-3 decision in favor of the broadcasting companies, ruling that Aereo’s retransmission of copyrighted over-the-air television programming without broadcaster authorization is a violation of copyright law.&nbsp;</p> <p> This significant victory for the broadcasters was one of 27 achievements in 17 areas of practice that were chosen for the 2015 CLAY Awards, which is the publication’s 19<sup>th</sup> annual listing.</p> <p> Profiles of the winners will be featured in the March 2015 issue of <em>California Lawyer</em>.</p> 24 Feb 2015 48 Firm Partners to be Recognized in 2015 Edition of <i>Chambers USA</i> <p> Forty-eight Jenner &amp; Block partners will be recognized in the 2015 edition of <em>Chambers USA</em>, slated to be published this May.&nbsp; This includes <a href="">Steven R. Englund</a>, <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a>, <a href="">Susan J. Kohlmann</a> and <a href="">Damien C. Specht</a>, who are newly recognized this year in addition to <a href="">Daniel A. Rozansky</a>, who is newly ranked as a Jenner &amp; Block partner, having been <em>Chambers</em>-ranked while at his prior firm.&nbsp; Four partners appear in the <em>Chambers Global</em> guide:&nbsp; <a href="">Mary Ellen Callahan</a> (Privacy &amp; Data Security),<strong> </strong><a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a> (International Arbitration), <a href="">Anton R. Valukas</a> (Litigation: Trial Lawyers) and&nbsp;<a href="">Richard F. Ziegler</a> (International Arbitration).</p> <p> <em>Chambers USA</em> is a prestigious and widely referenced directory that recognizes the top law firms and attorneys nationwide that have demonstrated “technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued” by clients, according to <em>Chambers</em>’ research.&nbsp; The rankings are based on thousands of interviews with clients and other attorneys and rely heavily on unprompted testimonials.</p> <p> Below are the individually recognized Jenner &amp; Block attorneys and the <em>Chambers </em>practice area(s):</p> <ul> <li> <a href="">Andrew H. Bart</a> - Intellectual Property: Trademark &amp; Copyright (New York)</li> <li> <a href="">Joseph G. Bisceglia</a> - Construction (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">David J. Bradford</a> - Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Mary Ellen Callahan</a> - Privacy &amp; Data Security (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">David A. Churchill</a> - Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Geoffrey M. Davis</a> - Tax (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">W. Jay DeVecchio</a> - Government: Government Contract (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Steven R. Englund</a> - Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright &amp; Trade Secrets (District of Columbia)</li> <li> <a href="">Samuel L. Feder</a> - Telecom, Broadcast &amp; Satellite (District of Columbia)</li> <li> <a href="">John Flynn</a> - Telecom, Broadcast &amp; Satellite (District of Columbia)</li> <li> <a href="">Robert L. Graham</a> - Environment: Mainly Transactional (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a> - Environment: Mainly Transactional (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Joseph P. Gromacki</a> - Corporate/M&amp;A (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">David A. Handzo</a> - Leisure &amp; Hospitality (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Mark A. Harris</a><strong> - </strong>Corporate/M&amp;A: Private Equity (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> - Leisure &amp; Hospitality (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Matthew L. Jacobs</a> - Insurance: Policyholder (District of Columbia)</li> <li> <a href="">Christian E. Kimball</a> -Tax (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Tobias L. Knapp</a> - Corporate/M&amp;A (New York)</li> <li> <a href="">David M. Kroeger</a> - Insurance: Dispute Resolution (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Susan J. Kohlmann</a> - Intellectual Property: Trade Mark &amp; Copyright (New York)</li> <li> <a href="">Vincent E. Lazar</a> - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Bradford P. Lyerla</a> - Intellectual Property (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> - Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">John H. Mathias, Jr.</a> - Insurance: Dispute Resolution (Illinois), Insurance: Policyholder (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Kevin P. Mullen</a> - Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Daniel R. Murray</a> - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Thomas C. Newkirk </a>- Securities: Regulation: Enforcement (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Dean N. Panos</a> - Food &amp; Beverages: Regulatory &amp; Litigation (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Ronald R. Peterson</a> - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Donald I. Resnick</a> - Real Estate (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Harry J. Roper</a> - Intellectual Property (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Daniel A. Rozansky </a>- Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation (California)</li> <li> <a href="">David P. Sanders</a> - Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Lawrence S. Schaner</a> - International Arbitration (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Reid J. Schar</a> - Litigation: White-Collar Crime &amp; Government Investigations (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Gabrielle Sigel </a>- Environment: Litigation (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Steven M. Siros</a> - Environment: Litigation (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Charles B. Sklarsky</a> - Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois), Litigation: White-Collar Crime &amp; Government Investigations (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Paul M. Smith</a> - Appellate Law (Nationwide), First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide), Media &amp; Entertainment (District of Columbia)</li> <li> <a href="">Damien C. Specht</a> - Government: Government Contracts (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Catherine L. Steege</a> - Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Richard L. Stone</a> - Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation (California)</li> <li> <a href="">Thomas P. Sullivan</a> - Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Andrew J. Thomas</a> - Media &amp; Entertainment: Litigation (California)</li> <li> <a href="">William L. Tolbert</a> - Securities: Regulation: Advisory (Nationwide)</li> <li> <a href="">Anton R. Valukas</a> - Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois), Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide), Litigation: White-Collar Crime &amp; Government Investigations (Illinois)</li> <li> <a href="">Richard F. Ziegler</a> - International Arbitration (Nationwide)</li> </ul> 24 Feb 2015 Firm Wins Dismissal of Royalty Suit Against PepsiCo <p> Jenner &amp; Block won a victory for client PepsiCo Inc. when a judge dismissed a $3 billion royalty suit filed by relatives of the actress who played Aunt Jemima.&nbsp; The great-grandchildren sued PepsiCo and subsidiary The Quaker Oats Co. for using Anna S. Harrington’s likeness in advertisements and logos and claimed that racial discrimination played a role in Quaker’s decision not to pay her or her estate a percentage of sales for Aunt Jemima products.&nbsp; On February 18, 2015, an Illinois federal judge ruled that that the plaintiffs lacked standing and did not have authority to bring the suit.&nbsp; The team representing PepsiCo included Partner <a href="">Dean N. Panos</a> and Associate <a href="">Jason M. Bradford</a>.&nbsp; <em>Law360</em> reported on the <a href="">dismissal</a> and named the case outcome a weekly “<a href="">Legal Lion</a>.”</p> 18 Feb 2015 Justice Entrepreneurs Project Secures Grant from MacArthur Foundation <p> The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) has received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to support the CBF’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP).&nbsp; The JEP is an incubator for recent law school graduates to start innovative, socially conscious law practices in the Chicago area that provide affordable services to low- and moderate-income people, a vastly underserved client base.&nbsp; In a <a href="">press release about the grant</a>, Partner <a href="">Terri L. Mascherin</a>, who is chair of the JEP Steering Committee, is quoted saying that the JEP is a “cutting-edge response to a growing and very troublesome failure of the consumer market for legal services.&nbsp; It marries proven principles from the business and tech startup fields with the latest innovations in legal practice to develop sustainable new models for delivering affordable legal services to low and moderate income people in need.”&nbsp;&nbsp; In an article in <em><a href="">Crain’s Chicago Business</a></em> (<em>subscription required</em>), Terri notes that the project bridges three problems: the shrinking budgets of legal aid organizations, the financial straits of “regular people” who need legal help and the&nbsp;need for training of lawyers&nbsp;who want to build practices to serve those clients.&nbsp; To learn more about the JEP, click <a href="">here</a>.</p> 27 Feb 2015 Jenner & Block Partners Recognized Among Top Lawyers in Illinois by <i>Leading Lawyers Magazine</i> <p> In the recently published <em>Leading Lawyers Network</em> <em>Magazine—Real Estate, Construction &amp; Environmental Edition, </em>Partner <a href="">Joseph G. Bisceglia</a> was ranked among the “Top 10 Leading Construction Lawyers in Illinois.”</p> <p> Partners <a href="">Robert L. Graham</a> and <a href="">E. Lynn Grayson</a> were included among the “Top 10 Leading Environmental Lawyers in Illinois” and Ms. Grayson was also ranked among the “Top 10 Leading Women Real Estate-Related Lawyers in Illinois.”</p> <p> Partner <a href="">Donald I. Resnick</a> was named among the “Top 10 Leading Real Estate Lawyers in Illinois.”&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Partner <a href="">Gabrielle Sigel</a> was ranked among the “Top 100 Leading Women Real Estate-Related Lawyers in Illinois.” &nbsp;</p> <p> The Leading Lawyers rankings are based on surveys of the attorneys’ professional peers, asking which of their peers, indeed their competitors, they would recommend to a family member or friend if they could not take a case within their area of law or geographic region. &nbsp;Lawyers cannot nominate themselves or anyone at their own law firm.</p> 2 Mar 2015 Mary Ellen Callahan Testifies before U.S. House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="">Mary Ellen Callahan</a> testified on March 4, 2015, before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, providing reaction to President Obama’s recently released cybersecurity information-sharing proposal. Ms. Callahan, the former chief privacy officer for the US Department of Homeland Security and chair of the firm’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice, explored six factors that she believes are crucial to establishing robust, effective private sector information with the government.&nbsp; The hearing was held in the Cannon House Office Building.</p> <p> Please click <a href="">here</a> to watch a live webcast of the hearing.</p> 3 Mar 2015 Partner Craig Martin Ranked Among <i>Chicago Magazine</i>’s “Power 100” <p> Partner <a href="">Craig C. Martin</a> is ranked among <em>Chicago Magazine</em>’s list of the Windy City’s 100 most powerful people along with one other lawyer in private practice.&nbsp; The fourth annual “Power 100” list describes “the Chicagoans who have the most clout – and why.”&nbsp; According to the magazine, Mr. Martin (#85) is recognized for the following:&nbsp; “Representing Fortune 500 companies and rich families, Martin got a $1 billion pension-loss case against Nuveen dismissed, bested former U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in court, and was picked to represent the Illinois Municipal League in state pension reform litigation.”&nbsp; The complete list appears in this month’s edition and online <a href="">here</a>.</p> 6 Mar 2015