Governmental Entities (State, Federal, Foreign)

The Attorney General of Mississippi in a case presenting the question whether a state's parens patriae action is removable as a “mass action” under the Class Action Fairness Act when the state is the sole plaintiff, the claims arise under state law, and the state attorney general possesses statutory and common-law authority to assert all claims in the complaint. Mississippi ex rel Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., 134 S. Ct. 736 (2014). See 2013 WL 3894136, 2013 WL 5532272 (briefs) (U.S. Supreme Court).

Amicus brief on behalf of 21 states and the Territory of Guam in major securities fraud litigation challenging the “fraud on the market” theory of reliance. Halliburton Co. v. Eric P. John Fund, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398, 573 U.S. ___ (2014).

The Government of Canada in a case seeking the recovery of taxes lost through cigarette smuggling. Attorney General of Canada v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, Inc., 537 U.S. 1000 (2002), 268 F.3d 103 (2d Cir. 2001).

The Illinois Director of Insurance in connection with the regulation, including in run-off, of one of the nation’s largest mortgage insurers.

The State of Texas in a case against tobacco companies for recovery of health-care costs attributable to smoking. State of Texas v. American Tobacco Co., 14 F. Supp. 2d 956 (E.D. Tex. 1997).

The State of Texas in a case presenting the question whether the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits state universities from considering race as a factor in individualized admissions decisions. State of Texas v. Hopwood, 518 U.S. 1033 (1996). See 1996 WL 33439162, 1996 WL 33439164 (briefs) (U.S. Supreme Court).

The State of Florida in a case against tobacco companies for recovery of health-care costs attributable to smoking. Agency for Health Care Admin. v. Associated Industries of Florida, Inc., 678 So.2d 1239 (Fla. 1996), 520 U.S. 1115 (1997). See 1997 WL 33561435 (brief) (U.S. Supreme Court and state courts of Florida).

The State of Mississippi in a case against tobacco companies for recovery of health-care costs attributable to smoking. Moore v. American Tobacco Co., No. 94-1429 (Miss. Ch. Ct.).

A group of leading Nuremberg scholars and international lawyers in cases presenting the question whether the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. ยง 1350, imposes liability on corporations and whether it allows courts to recognize a cause of action for violations of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign other than the United States. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., No. 10-1491 (U.S. S.Ct.); Doe v. Nestle USA, Inc., No. 10-56739 (9th Cir.).

A Washington, D.C., policy group in a complex discovery dispute related to the Sony hack and the Mississippi Attorney General's investigation of a major technology company.

The Municipal Gas Commission of Missouri in a challenge to greenhouse-gas rules issued by EPA. Coalition for Responsible Regulation, Inc. v. E.P.A., 684 F.3d 102 (D.C. Cir. 2012).

State agencies of Alabama, including the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the State Oil & Gas Board, and the Alabama Securities Commission, in a dispute involving leases between natural gas producers and state government. Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Alabama Dep't of Conservation & Natural Res., 986 So.2d 1093 (Ala. 2007).

The Republic of Venezuela in a health-care cost recovery action against tobacco companies. Republic of Venezuela v. Philip Morris Inc., 287 F.3d 192 (D.C. Cir. 2002).

The Republic of Guatemala in a health care cost-recovery action against tobacco companies. Service Employees Intern. Union Health and Welfare Fund v. Philip Morris Inc., 249 F.3d 1068 (D.C. Cir. 2001).