News Feed https://jenner.com/library News Description https://jenner.com/library Firm’s Amicus Brief Challenges Juvenile Interrogation Methods in Dassey Case <p> Jenner &amp; Block filed an <a href="https://jenner.com//system/assets/assets/10537/original/Dassey%20amicus%20brief%20March%202018.pdf">amicus brief</a> with the US Supreme Court in <em>Brendan Dassey v. Michael Dittmann.</em>&nbsp; Filed on behalf of law enforcement instructors, consultants and specialists in police interrogation practices, the brief asked the Court to address common coercive and unreliable juvenile interrogation techniques like those used against Mr. Dassey.&nbsp; Then 16 years old, Mr. Dassey was featured in the Netflix documentary <em>Making a Murderer</em>.&nbsp; He was sentenced to life for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.</p> <p> “This case demonstrates textbook examples of coercive practices that cannot be squared with the Supreme Court’s decisions requiring the use of ‘special care’ in juvenile interrogations,” said Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/TerriMascherin">Terri L. Mascherin</a>, lead counsel on the brief.&nbsp; “The law enforcement experts who we represent believe such coercive tactics tend to lead to unreliable confessions that do not serve the goals of law enforcement.”</p> <p> Along with Ms. Mascherin, others on the team include Partners<a href="https://jenner.com/people/ThomasSullivan">Thomas P. Sullivan</a>, <a href="https://jenner.com/people/GabrielFuentes">Gabriel A. Fuentes</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AndrewVail">Andrew W. Vail</a> and Associate <a href="https://jenner.com/people/SkylerSilvertrust">Skyler J. Silvertrust</a>.</p> 26 Mar 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17850 https://jenner.com/library Special Counsel Amna Arshad Selected to <i>Law360</i>’s 2018 Transportation Editorial Board <p> Jenner &amp; Block Special Counsel <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AmnaArshad">Amna Arshad</a> has been selected as a member of <em>Law360</em>’s 2018 Transportation Editorial Board, which is designed to get feedback on <em>Law360</em>’s coverage and gain insight from experienced practitioners on how best to shape future coverage.&nbsp; Ms. Arshad is a member of the firm’s Aviation and Aerospace Practice.&nbsp; She focuses on regulatory counseling, commercial aviation transactions and litigation.</p> 26 Mar 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17851 https://jenner.com/library Partner Howard Suskin Discusses New Regulations for Mutual Funds <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--></p> <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> 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Suskin</a> was interviewed in <em>Board IQ</em>, a Financial Times publication, on the topic of the Securities and Exchange Commission's new liquidity risk management program requirements for mutual funds.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Howard discussed how mutual fund directors can avoid shareholder liability in instances where liquidity issues arise.&quot;</span></p> 27 Mar 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17853 https://jenner.com/library Patent Litigation Group Wins Substantial Victory for Coherus Biosciences Inc. <p> The firm won a victory for client Coherus Biosciences when Judge Leonard Stark of the Delaware district court granted Coherus’ motion to dismiss a patent infringement complaint brought by Amgen.&nbsp; &nbsp;The patent at issue was directed to a step in the manufacturing process for purifying the protein present in Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) biological drug product, a blockbuster drug with annual sales of over $4.5-plus billion.&nbsp; &nbsp;Neulasta is provided to patients after receiving cancer medications to help the body make white blood cells.&nbsp; &nbsp;In December 2017, Magistrate Judge Christopher Burke issued a Report &amp; Recommendation recommending that Coherus’ 12(b)(6) motion be granted with prejudice.&nbsp; &nbsp;Amgen objected, arguing that the report misinterpreted the claimed manufacturing process step and that since claim construction had not yet occurred in the case, the dismissal was premature.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> However, in adopting the report and dismissing the case with prejudice, Judge Stark agreed with Coherus’ arguments that Amgen had “clearly and unmistakably” surrendered claim scope during prosecution, and thus was now estopped from arguing that Coherus’ process (which was outside the literal language of the claims) infringed under the doctrine of equivalents.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> And although not addressed by the Magistrate’s report, Judge Stark also determined that Amgen dedicated to the public an aspect of the way Coherus purifies its product, meaning that Amgen cannot assert infringement against Coherus’ manufacturing process.</p> <p> Dismissal of the suit is a step forward for Coherus, which hopes to launch its biosimilar Udenyca by mid-2018.</p> <p> Led by Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/BradfordLyerla">Bradford P. Lyerla</a>, co-chair of the firm’s Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice, and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/LouisFogel">Louis E. Fogel</a>, the firm team also included <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AaronBarlow">Aaron A. Barlow</a>, <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AdamUnikowsky">Adam G. Unikowsky</a>, and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/ShaunVanHorn">Shaun M. Van Horn</a>; Associates <a href="https://jenner.com/people/EthanGlickstein">Ethan A. Glickstein</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/SusanOBrien">Susan A. O’Brien</a>; Department Counsel <a href="https://jenner.com/people/YusufEsat">Yusuf Esat</a>; former partners Joshua M. Segal and Paul D. Margolis; and former associate Chad Ray.&nbsp; &nbsp;Patent agent/technical specialist Christine Falaschetti and senior paralegal David Nelson also provided much needed assistance.</p> 3 Apr 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17864 https://jenner.com/library Partner Michael Nelson Discusses How The Ohio Supreme Court’s Decision in <i>Schmitz vs. NCAA</i> Will Influence Further Concussion Litigation in the Sports Industry <p> In an article for <em>Law360</em>, Jenner &amp; Block Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/MichaelNelson">Michael J. Nelson</a> discusses how the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in <em>Schmitz vs. NCAA and Notre Dame </em>will influence further concussion litigation in the sports industry<strong>. </strong>The article “<a href="https://www.law360.com/articles/1031986/ohio-high-court-to-tackle-cte-onset-in-ncaa-injury-suit">Ohio High Court to Tackle CTE Onset in NCAA Injury Suit</a>” examines the case of former football player Steve Schmitz, who played for the University of Notre Dame from 1974 to 1978.&nbsp; In October 2014, Schmitz and his wife, Yvette, filed suit against the NCAA and the university - less than two years after Schmitz was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease often found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. &nbsp;Schmitz claims that he suffered from CTE due to “repeated concussive and subconcussive blows to the head” while playing for the Fighting Irish.&nbsp; He also brought allegations for negligence, breach of contract and fraud, suggesting that Notre Dame and the NCAA ignored the long-term effect of concussions and failed to inform him of the risks.&nbsp; The Ohio Supreme Court is set to decide if the NCAA and Notre Dame are liable for the “later-in-life” brain disease, a decision <em>Law360</em> says could “set the stage for future litigation over latent brain conditions such as CTE suffered by athletes.”</p> <p> “The case has the potential for creating greater opportunities for players to bring individual concussion cases related to negligence and fraud,” Mr. Nelson says in the article.&nbsp;“On the flip side, it could eliminate the possibility for many older claims.” He adds that the issue is going to “turn on whether the injury that serves as the basis of the claim manifests itself immediately.&nbsp; Did you know you had it in the past or did you not know until it was diagnosed more recently?”</p> <p> Mr. Nelson has represented sports clients at the professional, collegiate and 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Northern Trust Company et. al</i>. was a 2012 amendment to the company’s pension plan that limited the salary increase considered by the funding formula to 1.5 percent each year, regardless of the actual increase.&nbsp; This change applied only to workers who started at the company before 2002.&nbsp; Northern Trust executive James Teufel claimed that the amendment illegally reduced older employees’ accrued benefits.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> But a three-judge panel held that because the new formula applied only to benefits earned in the future – and not to benefits a worker already accrued – the pension plan amendment did not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> “Nothing in the Northern Trust plan’s traditional formula guarantees that any worker’s salary will increase in future years.&nbsp; Teufel and others like him have a hope that it will, maybe even an expectation that it will, but not an entitlement that it will — and for the purpose of identifying the ‘accrued benefit’ that’s a vital difference,” the circuit court wrote.&nbsp; “ERISA protects all entitlements that make up the ‘accrued benefit’ but does not protect anyone’s hope that the future will improve on the past.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Partners <a href="https://jenner.com/people/CraigMartin">Craig C. Martin</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AmandaAmert">Amanda S. Amert</a> represented Northern Trust.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> News of the Seventh Circuit’s decision was reported in outlets including <a href="https://essential.bna.com/login/signin?msg=deny&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwsauth.bna.com%2Fwsauth%2Fblawauth%3Ftarget%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fwww.bloomberglaw.com%2Fdocument%2FP71FS63H0JK0%3Fbc%3DW1siU2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHMiLCIvbmV3cy9hZHZhbmNlZF9zZWFyY2gvc2VhcmNoL3Jlc3VsdHMvYTc4ZDFiNjE2YTI4Zjg5Y2NkZjNkZTQ5MzBmN2ZiYTMiXV0--b601a8409931658d07cad154597944af3ab2355e%26headlineOnly&amp;lddty=-518&amp;pcv="><i>Bloomberg Law</i></a> and <a href="https://www.law360.com/articles/1032397/7th-circ-backs-northern-trust-s-pension-plan-change"><i>Law360</i></a>.</p> 11 Apr 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17891 https://jenner.com/library Partners Terri Mascherin and Andrew Vail Serve as Founding Members of New CBA Committee <p> Jenner &amp; Block Partners <a href="https://jenner.com/people/TerriMascherin">Terri L. Mascherin</a><em> </em>and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AndrewVail">Andrew W. Vail</a> will serve as founding members of the Chicago Bar Association’s Business Divorce and Complex Ownership Disputes Committee. The group will address transactional and litigation issues that arise when relationships among owners of business organizations break down to the point where a separation and/or lawsuit are the only practical solutions. With a cross-disciplinary focus, the committee will offer content, speakers and discussions of interest to both business and trial lawyers. A kick-off celebration was held in April, with a launch in May.</p> <p> Ms. Mascherin was president of the CBA from 2010 to 2011.&nbsp; She is a litigator whom businesses turn to for help with&nbsp;disputes over corporate transactions, partnerships, joint ventures, licenses and contracts.</p> <p> Mr. Vail is a member of the CBA’s board of managers. He is a first-chair litigator who has significant experience in both federal and state courts, representing individuals, privately held, public and Fortune 500 companies as both plaintiff and defense counsel.</p> 16 Apr 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17896 https://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Wins Victory for Princeton and Microsoft to Preserve DACA Program <p> On April 24, 2018, Jenner &amp; Block obtained a significant victory for Princeton University, one of its students, and Microsoft Corporation when US District Judge John D. Bates ruled that the federal government’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful.&nbsp; As a result, the government will be required to accept new DACA applications and issue renewals unless the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can provide a valid rationale for ending the program or win an appeal within 90 days.&nbsp; The DACA program allows undocumented students who arrived in the country as children to obtain protection from deportation and an opportunity to continue their studies or work in the United States. &nbsp;The Princeton undergraduate student that brought the legal challenge has been a beneficiary of the DACA program.</p> <p> The <a href="https://jenner.com/system/assets/assets/10413/original/17-cv-02325%20Complaint.pdf" target="_blank">complaint</a>, filed in November 2017, argued that the government’s actions violate the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution and its guarantee of equal protection under the law, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.&nbsp; It further explained that the termination of DACA severely harms DACA-enrolled young people, and “the employers and educational institutions that rely on and benefit from their contributions.”&nbsp; The court combined the case with a similar lawsuit filed against the government by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other organizations.</p> <p> Click <a href="https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/04/24/princeton-microsoft-case-court-rules-government-acted-unlawfully-rescinding-daca" target="_blank">here</a> to read Princeton University’s statement.</p> <p> Led by Partners <a href="https://jenner.com/people/LindsayHarrison" target="_blank">Lindsay C. Harrison</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/ThomasPerrelli" target="_blank">Thomas J. Perrelli</a>, the Jenner &amp; Block team included Partners <a href="https://jenner.com/people/IshanBhabha">Ishan K. Bhabha</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/SamHirsch">Sam Hirsch</a> and Associates <a href="https://jenner.com/people/BenjaminEidelson">Benjamin M Eidelson</a>,<a href="https://jenner.com/people/AlexTrepp">Alex S. Trepp</a>,<a href="https://jenner.com/people/KendallTurner">Kendall Turner</a>, and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/JenniferYun">Jennifer J. Yun</a>.</p> <p> News of the win has been reported by multiple media outlets, including <em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/immigration/ct-trump-daca-20180424-story.html">Chicago Tribune</a></em>, <em><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/6e40ec36-483d-11e8-8ae9-4b5ddcca99b3">Financial Times</a></em>, <em><a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/384738-federal-judge-rejects-trump-excuse-for-ending-daca-order-him-to">The Hill</a></em>, <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-federal-daca-order-20180424-story.html">LA Times</a></em>, <em><a href="https://www.law360.com/articles/1037005/daca-program-rescission-unlawful-dc-judge-rules">Law360</a></em>, <em><a href="https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/24/third-judge-rules-against-trump-daca-550092">POLITICO</a></em>, <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/24/us/daca-dreamers-trump.html">The New York Times</a> </em>and <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/2018/04/24/cfb41578-4816-11e8-8b5a-3b1697adcc2a_story.html?utm_term=.45786d990f5d">Washington Post</a></em>.</p> 24 Apr 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17962 https://jenner.com/library Firm Achieves Victory for Aon Hewitt <p> A Jenner &amp; Block team achieved a victory for Aon Hewitt after a judge dismissed claims that Aon Hewitt violated ERISA when it “engaged in a kickback scheme with a 401(k) plan robo-adviser” that allegedly increased fees for retirement plan participants.&nbsp; Cheryl Scott, a retired Caterpillar Inc. employee and 401(k) participant, alleged that Aon Hewitt, which provided record keeping and administrative services for Caterpillar’s 401(k) plan, breached its fiduciary duties when it subcontracted with Financial Engines to provide investment advisory services to plan participants.&nbsp; Ms. Scott claimed that this violation caused participants to pay “excessive fees which amounted to improper kickbacks,” according to court documents.&nbsp; The class action suit was filed in January 2017.</p> <p> On March 19, 2018, US Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert concluded that the suit lacked evidence to support its claims and had not proven how Aon Hewitt was a fiduciary for the plan participants in the transaction.</p> <p> “The court concludes that Caterpillar had sole authority to select and hire Financial Engines, and it is not plausible on this record that Hewitt had any final authority or control over the selection and hiring of Financial Engines,” Judge Gilbert wrote in his opinion.&nbsp; “The court is not persuaded by any of [the plaintiff’s] arguments in support of her claims that Hewitt is a fiduciary or has a fiduciary duty to her and the plan participant.”</p> <p> The firm team was led by Partner and Litigation Chair <a href="https://jenner.com/people/CraigMartin">Craig C. Martin</a> and includes Partners <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AmandaAmert">Amanda S. Amert</a> and <a href="https://jenner.com/people/BrienneLetourneau">Brienne M. Letourneau</a>.</p> 25 Apr 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17963 https://jenner.com/library Jenner & Block Insights: The Defend Trade Secrets Act <div style="padding:56.25% 0 0 0;position:relative;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/266566881" style="position:absolute;left:0;top:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></div> <script src="https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js"></script><p> In this video, Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/DebbieBerman">Debbie L. Berman</a>, co-chair of the firm’s Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Practice, provides an overview of benefits to employers under the Defend Trade Secrets Act assuming that they take necessary steps to qualify. Partner <a href="https://jenner.com/people/AprilOtterberg">April A. Otterberg</a> also previews the firm’s practice series, “Understanding and Litigating Trade Secrets,” a comprehensive guide to trade secret law in Illinois and across the United States.</p> 25 Apr 2018 https://jenner.com/library/news/17964