December 20, 2006

A second federal court has recently appointed Jenner & Block Partner Andrew Weissmann to be a Special Master for two more cases in connection with civil suits brought by the City of New York against several gun dealers in an effort to curtail the flow of illegally obtained firearms into the city. As part of a settlement agreement with the dealers, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Georgia will allow Mr. Weissmann, along with Associate Joshua A. Block, to monitor the dealers' operations to ensure that their sale practices comply with federal law. In the civil suits, the City alleges that dealers sold firearms without the criminal background checks required by law. 

In early December, Mr. Weissmann was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to be a Special Master in monitoring three of the dealers from the original suit.  

Mr. Weissmann is the former Enron Task Force Director and former Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Joshua A. Block is an associate in the New York office of Jenner & Block, and a graduate of Yale Law School, who joined the firm after his clerkship for Second Circuit Judge Robert Sack.