Bancroft Attorneys Secure $500 Million Reversal in Second Circuit

On July 22, 2014, Bancroft secured a unanimous victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Asbestos Personal Injury Plaintiffs v. The Travelers Indemnity Company, No. 12-1094. Reversing a February 2012 decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Second Circuit ordered Travelers Cos. to pay more than $500 million to people who suffered from asbestos-related diseases. The settlement stemmed from Travelers’ insurance of the bankrupt Johns-Manville Corporation, an insulation manufacturer, which the plaintiffs believe exposed them to asbestos. The Second Circuit’s ruling reinstates a 2011 U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision in favor of the claimants.

Jonathan Stempel, UPDATE 2-Travelers Ordered to Pay over $500 mln in Asbestos Case, Reuters (July 22, 2014)

Bancroft Lauded for 5-1 Record Before Supreme Court Last Term

On July 8, 2014, Law 360 applauded Bancroft for its impressive 5-1 record before the U.S. Supreme Court last term. The article also named Bancroft partner Paul Clement as the term’s biggest single winner, calling him “a one-man wrecking crew” for his 4-1 record in the last year and singling out his victory in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

Jake Simpson, Jones Day, WilmerHale, Bancroft Clean Up At High Court, Law360 (July 8, 2014)

Law360: Bancroft ‘Legal Lion’ of the Week

On July 3, 2014, Law360 named Bancroft one of the ‘Legal Lions’ of the week after securing “a groundbreaking victory” and “dealing a major blow to the Affordable Care Act” in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The article credits the Bancroft team of Paul Clement and Michael McGinley as well as co-counsel from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and others.

Jake Simpson, Law360′s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs, Law360 (July 3, 2014)

Erin Murphy Featured in National Law Journal Article ‘Understudies Take Stage at Supreme Court’

On July 7, 2014, Bancroft partner Erin Murphy was featured in a National Law Journal piece on first-time advocates before the Supreme Court during its last term. The article discusses her argument and victory in the “marquee” campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. FEC, and the support she received from Bancroft partner Paul Clement in getting the opportunity.

Tony Mauro, Understudies Take Stage at Supreme Court, The National Law Journal (July 7, 2014)

Paul Clement Named ‘Litigator of the Week’ by Litigation Daily

On July 6, 2014, the ALM Litigation Daily named Bancroft partner Paul Clement ‘Litigator of the Week’ after major victories last week in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo before the U.S. Supreme Court. The article notes the victories “cap[] one of Clement’s best Supreme Court terms in years” after he secured victories in four of the five cases he argued this term.

Jan Wolfe, Litigator of the Week: Paul Clement of Bancroft, Litigation Daily (July 6, 2014)

On April 9, 2014, as reported by the National Law Journal, Zac Hudson argued in Hinds v. Holder, before the First Circuit Court of Appeals, that deportation is a penalty that must be weighed in proportion to the crime committed.  Specifically, the statutory provision tasking immigration judges with deciding whether an alien is removable from the United States must be read to prohibit the entry of removal orders that would otherwise raise serious due process problems.  Hudson told the Court that removal orders that amounted to unduly harsh penalties and had tragic consequences would raise serious constitutional questions, and that in order to avoid those problems the statutory provision at issue should be construed so as to bar removal orders in certain exceptional cases.  Hudson explained that the plight of Bancroft pro bono client Rogelio Blackman Hinds proved the point.  Mr. Blackman is 59, has lawfully resided in the U.S. for nearly 40 years, is married to a U.S. citizen and has five U.S. citizen children (one is severely mentally and physically handicapped), served this country honorably as a U.S. Marine, and suffers from several health issues that are likely the result of his military service.

Hudson’s arguments received substantial amicus support, including from the Center for Constitutional Rights, the American Immigration Council, the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project at Boston College, the American Civil Liberties Union, and several law professors.

Sheri Qualters, Court Weighs Whether Deportation Fits Crime, The National Law Journal (April 9, 2014)

On April 3, 2014, Law360 named Bancroft one of the ‘Legal Lions’ of the week after securing victory in two major U.S. Supreme Court cases in one day. Describing Bancroft as an “Appellate titan,” the article details Bancroft’s wins in both Northwest  v. Ginsberg and McCutcheon v. FEC.

Brian Mahoney, Law360’s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs, Law360 (April 3, 2014)

On April 3, 2014, the ALM Litigation Daily reported on Bancroft’s recent victory in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in DuPont v. Kolon, No. 12-1260. Dubbed a “big win [for] appellate ace Paul Clement of Bancroft PLLC,” the decision vacated a $919 million jury verdict and ordered a new trial because the district court had improperly excluded critical evidence showing that the claimed “trade secrets” actually involved publicly available information.

Jan Wolfe, Kolon Escapes $919 Million Verdict in Battle With DuPont, Litigation Daily (April 3, 2014)

On April 3, 2014, the ALM Litigation Daily named Bancroft partner Erin Murphy ‘Litigator of the Week’ after she secured a major victory in the U.S. Supreme Court earlier in the week in McCutcheon v. FEC. Last fall, in her first argument at the high court, Murphy made the case that the federal limits on an individual’s aggregate campaign contributions violate the First Amendment. The court agreed, giving Murphy her first win in a high-profile case that has sparked widespread public debate.

Jan Wolfe, Litigator of the Week: Erin Murphy of Bancroft, Litigation Daily (April 3, 2014)

On March 21, 2014, Bancroft partner Paul D. Clement  was featured in a PBS piece on a landmark case before the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, before arguing the case to the high court later that week. PBS cites Clement as “an experienced Supreme Court advocate, who, as Solicitor General in the Bush administration, argued some of the government’s most weighty cases.”

Contraception Mandate, PBS (March 21, 2014)