Founding partner, Richard Emery, won a landmark victory in the Supreme Court of the United States that changed the structure of New York City’s government.
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously invalidated New York City’s “Board of Estimate,” on grounds that the legislative body violated the Constitution’s protection for “one person, one vote,” in a decision that radically altered the balance of power in New York City government.
The court reasoned that the city’s most populous borough (Brooklyn) had no greater effective representation on the board than the city’s least populous borough (Staten Island), in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause pursuant to the Court’s 1964 “one man, one vote” decision (Reynolds v. Sims). The Board was disestablished.
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Hagerman v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
The firm recovered more than $40 million as part of historic $2.7 billion settlement with the government of Libya for the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. This litigation created the terrorist exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA).
In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation
In one of the largest and most important antitrust litigations in U.S. history, the Firm joined with co-counsel to represent over 5 million U.S. merchants who alleged tying and monopolization claims against Visa and MasterCard.