Washington, DC, March 16, 2011 1:00 p.m. EDST — Elizabeth Papez, a litigation partner and member of Winston & Strawn’s nationwide appellate and critical motions practice, delivered a bar-accredited presentation to the Firm’s global partnership this past weekend on some of the key business and civil practice cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this Term.
The presentation began with coverage of the Court’s recent decisions in two federal preemption cases that could have significant practical implications for business and industry. Papez then covered civil practice cases involving commercial arbitration rights, state court jurisdiction over foreign corporations, and the extent to which U.S. courts can create private rights of action against corporate defendants before addressing the biggest class action, securities, and patent cases before the Court: Walmart v. Dukes, Smith v. Bayer, Janus Capital v. First Derivative Traders, and Microsoft v. i4i.
Papez also covered some important labor decisions, including the Court’s recent decision on cat’s paw liability in Staub v. Procter Hospital, as well as an important False Claims Act case, Schindler v. US ex rel Kirk, the commercial and jurisdictional significance of which Papez recently addressed in a Federalist Society SCOTUScast. A link to the podcast is available here Fed Society SCOTUS Podcast
As Papez explained in that broadcast, “The Supreme Court’s ruling in Kirk could significantly impact the many multi-billion dollar industries that do business with the federal government because the decision will help define the circumstances in which plaintiffs who are not government lawyers, and would otherwise lack standing to sue, can use the federal courts to pursue large financial bounties for proving fraud on the Government.”
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