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Jenner & Block Partners DeSanctis and Smith Comment on Unanimous Supreme Court Victory in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

Jenner & Block Partners Michael B. DeSanctis and Paul M. Smith are quoted in an Associated Press story that profiles former partner Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.  As the Obama administration's solicitor general, Mr. Verrilli will argue before the Supreme Court on March 26 to try to persuade the Court to uphold the president's overhaul of the nation's health care system.  The story talks about what may be Mr. Verrill’s biggest Supreme Court victory to date – a 9-0 victory in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster Ltd. which enabled Hollywood and the music industry to sue technology companies that encourage customers to steal music and movies over the Internet.  Mr. Verrilli was a partner at Jenner & Block at that time.  In this case, Mr. Verrilli introduced a legal doctrine — inducement — that had never been applied in such a context.   He argued that a developer of file-sharing software was actively encouraging consumers to steal.  Mr. DeSanctis said “This was a new technology, and Don was really taking his argument out of traditional legal paradigms.   He used that novel theory to expose the real core of what was offensive about the defendants' conduct.”  In the story, Mr. Smith also called Mr. Verrilli a perfectionist — relentless about “getting things just right.”   A Washington Post profile of Mr. Verrilli also mentioned that he handled First Amendment and telecommunications cases as a partner at Jenner & Block, and that he is noted in part for his role in representing motion picture studios and music recording companies against makers of file-sharing software that the companies said induced stealing.   This story also mentioned the win in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster Ltd.  Please see links below for full text of the articles.

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