Jenner & Block

Litigation

Our Work

Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department handles high-stakes, complex commercial litigation on behalf of a wide array of industry clients. Our litigators bring laser-like focus, agility and talent to every dispute. While not an exhaustive list, recent examples of our litigation work can be viewed by clicking here. Jenner & Block has earned its reputation as one of the most prominent and successful litigation departments in the United States. We are proud and appreciative of the many recent awards, rankings, and recognitions for our department—a reflection of our commitment to unparalleled client service that consistently exceeds expectations.

Specialization Program/Practice Series

Our litigation attorneys are trial-tested. In part through our nationally-recognized pro bono program, our attorneys become seasoned advocates early in their career. Through our specialization program, each of our litigators develops proficiency in one or more procedural and/or substantive aspects of litigation, so that the department collectively has focused and expansive knowledge about virtually any issue that recurs in litigation. Read More Our Practice Series books, written by our attorneys and made available as a courtesy to clients, provide a comprehensive survey and basic primer on a myriad of legal issues. They serve as straightforward guides through the changes and evolutions in the law, and present accessible frameworks for analyzing the most pressing issues of the day. Click here for a current listing of our Practice Series books.

Spotlight Newsletter

We also systematically monitor the cutting edge of litigation trends. As a service to our clients, we publish Litigation Monitor: The Spotlight, a monthly litigation newsletter distributed to more than 5,000 clients. Each issue provides insights and brief summaries on 12-14 substantive areas of litigation, Read More including analysis on key decisions from recent federal and state jurisprudence, as well as updates on recent legislative developments. In conjunction with our Spotlight newsletter, we also host Spotlight Live, a free monthly interactive round-table event that focuses on a wide array of litigation topics. We host Spotlight Live events in various geographic locations around the country to discuss items of importance to our clients as well as to present our year-end “round ups” on the US Supreme Court term, class action trends and outlooks, and other areas of law.

CLE Presentations

We also provide CLE presentations tailored to our clients’ specific needs. In recent years, we have presented seminars on well over 200 topics. We conduct these seminars at sites preferred by the client. Read More These in-house seminars are effective because they provide an efficient means to educate in-house counsel on areas of interest to the client, and with multiple client in-house counsel gathered together, it provides those attorneys a forum to discuss as a group topics addressed by the program.

Grand Rounds Program

The Litigation Department makes available a panel of nationally recognized senior trial attorneys and judges to vet and guide litigation strategy in pending cases. This program is patterned after what is known in the medical profession as “Grand Rounds.” Read More In medical grand rounds, the treating physician presents the medical challenges of a particular patient’s case to a panel of experienced colleagues followed by open discussion in the presence of residents and medical students. Here, the discussion takes place with the Firm’s trial team, including junior attorneys and where appropriate client representatives. Several of the senior Jenner & Block trial attorneys who are available to participate in the Grand Rounds Program are members of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and can collectively bring hundreds of years of trial and judicial experience, including personal experience in scores of landmark and complex cases, to your case. In conjunction with the Specialization project and other Knowledge Management initiatives, the Grand Rounds Program allows attorneys in all offices of the Firm to tap into an unparalleled base of institutional wisdom. The Firm does not charge clients for the services of the Grand Rounds panel. For more information or to schedule a Grand Rounds review, please contact David Bradford or Craig Martin.

Representative Engagements

Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department handles high-stakes, complex commercial litigation across the country on behalf of a wide array of industry clients.  While not an exhaustive list, recent examples of our litigation work include:

  • Served as Examiner in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., reported to be the largest bankruptcy in US history.
  • Won a $940 million jury verdict for Epic Systems Corp., a leading health care software company, in a substantial corporate espionage case. The verdict represents one of the largest trade secrets verdicts in US history and perhaps the largest verdict of any kind in Wisconsin.
  • Won a $272 million judgment on behalf of the Chapter 7 trustee for Emerald Casino against six former officers and directors who breached an agreement with Emerald by failing to comply with Illinois gaming regulations.
  • Won a US$101 million jury verdict on behalf of Ventas, Inc. for tortious interference arising out of its acquisition of a publicly-traded healthcare REIT.  Won again on appeal:  the Sixth Circuit affirmed, and remanded for consideration of punitive damages.  Following our victory, the punitive damage claim settled, bringing the total recovery to US$227 million.
  • Won more than $85 million for Olin Corporation in two separate insurance disputes related to environmental cleanup costs.
  • Won a jury trial on behalf of Duroc LLC (formerly Bush Hog LLC) in a patent infringement suit in which the plaintiff sought more than $100 million in damages. The complete defense victory was affirmed on appeal.
  • Won a US Supreme Court ruling on behalf of broadcasting company clients in ABC v. Aereo, defining the viability of public performance rights under the Copyright Act.
  • Won an eight-figure federal jury verdict for EMI Recorded Music in a long-running copyright infringement case against a pair of online music sites that had been “willfully blind” in allowing the illegal sharing of music.
  • Won a high-stakes litigation matter on behalf of Nuveen Asset Management concerning allegations of more than $1 billion in pension plan losses.
  • Won the largest fee award ever levied against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of CRST Van Expedited, following the culmination of six years of successful, hard-fought Title VII litigation, affirmed on appeal before the US Supreme Court.
  • Won a record US$431 million FINRA award on behalf of STMicroelectronics, N.V. in an auction-rate securities suit against Credit Suisse, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Won a US Supreme Court ruling on behalf of major U.S. record companies and motion picture studios that peer-to-peer sharing services are liable as contributory copyright infringers.
  • Won a US$181 million judgment on behalf of General Electric Capital Corporation after a jury trial against DirecTV.
  • Won a US$152 million jury verdict on behalf of Union Carbide in a case involving its patent on catalysts for making ethylene oxide.
  • Won a US$43.3 million judgment on behalf of the Chapter 7 Trustee of Consolidated Industries Corporation.
  • Won a US$76 million arbitration award on behalf of Honeywell International Inc. for the breach of a petrochemical supply agreement.
  • Won a US$48.7 million judgment on behalf of Energy Northwest in its litigation against the U.S. Department of Energy in a spent nuclear fuel disposal case.
  • Won a US Supreme Court decision on behalf of General Dynamics Corporation in favor of employers concerning Age Discrimination Employment Act claims in the context of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Won a reversal of a US$126 million verdict against L-3 Communications Corporation in a dispute arising out of a joint effort to purchase businesses.
  • Established that a pervasive form of mobile home rent control in California amounted to unconstitutional regulatory and a US$100 million private taking from Equity LifeStyle Properties.
  • Won a US$300 million arbitration claim on behalf of General Dynamics Corporation alleging breach of “best efforts” contract clause

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