The National Law Journal Selects Latham & Watkins for “Appellate Hot List”

National Law Journal

April 18, 2011

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has once again named Latham & Watkins to its annual “Appellate Hot List,” recognizing firms that have “made exemplary contributions to appellate practice during the past year.” In the related article about Latham’s work, NLJ emphasized the successful transition of former US Solicitor General Gregory Garre as Global Chair of the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group, noting his standout victories in two Supreme Court cases he argued just eight days apart. NLJ also recognized the overall quality and depth of the practice group, calling out “veteran advocate” Maureen Mahoney, Rick Bress and Scott Ballenger, as well as a number of other Latham attorneys who contributed to the firm’s victories before the Supreme Court and appellate courts in the last year. The article highlighted the practice’s collaborative, team-oriented approach and impressive victories over the past year in a broad array of cases including:

  • A high-profile Supreme Court victory for the University of California Hastings College of the Law, upholding its anti-discrimination policy against a First Amendment challenge (Christian Legal Society v. Martinez)
  • A critical Supreme Court win for Monsanto, overturning an adverse Ninth Circuit decision in a case making new law on injunctions and of great importance to Monsanto’s genetically engineered agricultural business (Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms)
  • A Supreme Court victory involving the liability rules governing a trillion dollars a year in US international trade for Union Pacific Railroad (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Regal-Beloit Corp.)
  • A landmark victory in the D.C. Circuit for NJOY rejecting the FDA’s attempt to ban electronic cigarettes as prohibited drugs or devices under the FDCA (Sottera Inc. v., FDA)
  • A successful challenge in the D.C. Circuit, for BNSF Railway, to the largest rate reparations order ever assessed against a US railroad (BNSF v. Surface Transportation Board)
  • A cutting-edge antitrust matter in the healthcare industry for client Palmyra Park Hospital (Palmyra Park Hospital v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital)
  • A major victory in the Federal Circuit for Prometheus Labs, in a closely watched case that confirmed the patentability of transformative medical procedures (Prometheus Labs Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services)

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