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Edwards Wildman’s litigation practice has more than 175 lawyers. We handle complex civil and criminal cases, internal investigations and regulatory matters on behalf of Fortune 100 corporations, closely held companies, tax-exempt organizations and individuals. We represent these clients across a wide range of substantive areas, including: Antitrust; Commercial Litigation; IP Litigation; Labor and Employment; Product Liability and Toxic Torts; and White Collar & Government Enforcement.

In an era when many litigators rarely see the inside of a courtroom, our attorneys stand apart. We try cases. In the last five years, our attorneys have served as lead trial counsel or as national, regional or coordinating counsel in matters in 49 U.S. states, all but one U.S. territory, the U.K. and several other countries.

In addition to traditional litigation, our attorneys are recognized as leaders in arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. We have successfully handled difficult cases before the American Arbitration Association, The International Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other domestic and international panels and organizations.

We pride ourselves on handling litigation matters efficiently and cost-effectively. We staff matters leanly and are adept at developing realistic litigation budgets and working within them.


 
 
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Supreme Court Upholds ERISA Plan's Limitations Period
Jonathan R. Shank,Gina D. Wodarski, December 20, 2013
On December 16, 2013, the United States Supreme Court upheld a limitations period in a long-term disability plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). In Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., the Court resolved a split among the...

UK: Supreme Court Refuses a Stay of Proceedings, Allowing Insurers to Pursue Damages for Breach of Settlement and Jurisdiction Agreements
Jane Elphick, December 13, 2013
The Alexandros T [2013] UKSC 70 concerned the application of Articles 27 and 28 of EC Regulation 44/2001 (the Brussels Regulation). Where proceedings are issued in more than one Member State and involve the same cause of action, Article 27 requires any court other than the first seised to stay...

Civil Forfeiture: Can the Outcome of SOCA v Turrall be Applied to Deprive Corrupt Foreign Public Officials of their Illicit Wealth?
James Maton,Antonio Suarez-Martinez, November 25, 2013
Would it be possible to forfeit the assets of a foreign public official on the basis that they represent the proceeds of corruption, without being able to prove any precise corrupt transactions, and instead simply relying on an inexplicable disparity between the assets that have been located and...

The Seventh Circuit Puts an End to Litigation Attacking the Cost of Force-Place Insurance
Patrick Frye, November 25, 2013
In Cohen v. American Security Insurance Co., the Seventh Circuit rang the death knell on mortgagors’ lawsuits complaining about the cost of force-place insurance bought by the mortgagors’ bank. When a bank makes a loan and takes a mortgage, the mortgagor’s real estate often is...

Who Owns a Bribe?
James Maton, November 15, 2013
A public official receives a bribe to award a contract. Does the bribe “belong” to the official or to the state that he or she represents? The answer to the question can matter a great deal to the success of a claim. But the issue is controversial and the answer unclear in English law....

English Court Holds Ultimate Beneficial Owner (“UBO”) Liable For Losses To Creditors
Rod J. Cowper, November 05, 2013
The English Court has devised a new route to impose liability on a company's UBO who strips assets from the company leaving creditors to claim in its insolvency. UBOs feeling comfortable about the security of their corporate veil after the Supreme Court’s decision in Prest, will need to look...

Fourth Circuit Finds Copyright Transfers with Electronic Signatures to be Valid
Seth A. Davidson,Ari Z. Moskowitz, October 23, 2013
In a unanimous three-judge opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the “writing” and “signature” requirements for assigning a copyright can be met by clicking a button in a web browser. This gives greater certainty to enforceability of...

Paris Prosecutors Launch Preliminary Corruption Investigation into Syrian President’s Uncle’s Assets
Antonio Suarez-Martinez,Antonio Suarez-Martinez, October 08, 2013
This is not the first time TI France and SHERPA have combined to target the alleged proceeds of corruption. As we reported in June 2013, TI France and SHERPA have previously utilised Article 2 of the French Criminal Procedure Code to request investigations in France concerning the assets of the...

Recent Upsurge of Massachusetts Class Actions on Merchant Zip Code Collection
Brian J. Green,Sander A. Rikleen,Mark E. Schreiber, October 03, 2013
There has been a flurry of class actions filed in the last six months against retailers in Massachusetts alleging improper collection of ZIP codes from consumers during credit card purchases. This upsurge follows the March 2013 decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Tyler v....

Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Aereo Competitor FilmOn
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding, September 14, 2013
On September 5, 2013, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order blocking FilmOn from offering its antenna/DVR service. FilmOn (previously known as “BarryDriller.com” and “Aereokiller”) is essentially a knock-off...

Creating & Modifying Online Terms of Use - What to Do, What Not to Do
Alan L. Friel,H. Straat Tenney, September 11, 2013
Instagram LLC caused an uproar last December when it announced changes to its terms of use agreement. The blowback continued recently when a customer filed a class action lawsuit in California state courts to stop the implementation of Instagram’s new terms. Rodriguez v. Instagram, LLC, Case...

Second Circuit Rejects First Amendment Challenge to FCC’s Program Carriage Rules, But Vacates Program Carriage Standstill Rule
Seth A. Davidson,Craig A. Gilley,Arthur H. Harding,Ari Z. Moskowitz, September 09, 2013
On September 4, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected a First Amendment challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) revised program carriage rules, but struck down on procedural grounds the FCC’s program carriage “standstill rule.”...

Data Hygiene Part of Corporate Compliance - Ten Steps to Build a Privacy and Security Program
, September 05, 2013
Data has become an essential tool and valuable asset at most companies. U.S. and international laws, and industry self-regulation, on consumer and employee data privacy and security have made it essential that companies understand what data they collect; how and where it is stored, processed and...

Second Circuit Rules that the FLSA Does Not Bar Enforcement of Class Action Waivers: Sutherland v. Ernst & Young LLP
Sang-yul Lee,Rory J. McEvoy,Teresa A. Sullivan, August 17, 2013
On August 9, 2013, the Second Circuit ruled that an employee may be compelled to arbitrate individual claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) if the employee had executed a class action waiver, even if it is “prohibitively expensive” for the employee to pursue...

Claims Control Clauses: No Self-Control?
Mark Everiss,William Haig,Sam Tacey, August 13, 2013
The High Court rules on the effect of a claims control clause where cedants and some reinsurers unilaterally paid out their share of a claim.

English Court Decides for the First Time Issues Concerning the Construction of the Bermuda Form
Lianna Chan,Rhys Davies,Nathan Hull, August 13, 2013
In a first for the English courts, the Commercial Court has decided a case concerning the construction of the Bermuda Form under English law: AstraZeneca Insurance Company Ltd v XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd [2013] EWHC 349 (Comm). Usually excess liability insurance underwritten on the Bermuda Form is...

Coming Clean About a Bad Smell? English Court Rejects Limitation Defence
Rod J. Cowper, August 09, 2013
Failure to point out, at least once proceedings commenced, that the wrong company had been sued for damages for causing an odour nuisance was fatal to the limitation defence used by the correct company when it was eventually sued: the claim could proceed.

Fresenius v. Baxter International: Riding Cross-Currents of Collateral Estoppel in a New Age of Patent Challenges at the USPTO
Ralph A. Loren,Brian P. Murphy, August 07, 2013
On July 2, 2013, a divided Federal Circuit panel issued a remarkable decision. It vacated Baxter’s patent infringement judgment and an award of $14.3 million in pre-verdict damages that already had been reviewed and affirmed by the Federal Circuit. There was no en banc review or certiorari...