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Jones Day's Business and Tort Litigation (USA) Practice earns its place among the top litigation departments worldwide for its breadth of knowledge and depth of resources, traits that garnered the inaugural awarding of The American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year.

Our more than 1,100 litigators in offices across the United States have substantial and diverse litigation, arbitration, and mediation experience.  These trial attorneys complement the Firm's other litigation practice areas, including: Antitrust, Business Restructuring, Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation, Global Disputes, Government Regulation, Insurance Recovery, Intellectual Property, Issues & Appeals, Labor & Employment, and Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement.

We serve corporations and other entities across a broad range of business disputes, torts, and civil litigation, from counseling through trial and appeal.  We are often engaged in “bet-the-company” cases, complex, multidistrict litigation and coordinated state law proceedings, and class actions.  Our cases typically involve multiple adversaries in federal and state courts across the nation.  Many clients engage us as national or worldwide coordinator of recurring or related cases.

We aim to solve litigation problems efficiently through a business-oriented approach.  Jones Day's consistent high performance has earned the Firm a number one ranking six times in the last ten years by BTI Consulting Group, an organization that monitors client satisfaction with legal services.

Our lawyers provide lean trial teams for small matters and armies of litigators for large or recurring matters pending in multiple jurisdictions.  We have tried cases in federal and state courts across the country.  Each of our U.S. offices has accomplished, tested trial attorneys who have experience trying cases in state and federal courts within their region and also nationally.  We know how to work efficiently with corporate counsel and, when appropriate, local counsel.  We have taken the lead in "high-stakes" trials and arguments, provided case guidance, drafted key motions, and provided strategic oversight in the defense of cases pending across the U.S.  We know how to defend large caseloads of hundreds and thousands of recurring cases, assemble well-prepared and experienced trial teams, and provide advice and effective defense of multi-jurisdictional matters.

In all litigation, e-discovery has become a significant, costly, and time-consuming obligation for companies.  Our attorneys have helped to draft the rules, and we stay up-to-date on the case law and latest techniques for managing and, in appropriate cases, challenging e-discovery requests.  Another growing tension exists between the need for discovery and the protection of privacy rights. Jones Day has substantial experience navigating the varying obstacles posed by privacy rights.

Finally, because of the continued growth in federal, state and local regulations, as well as government's search for new revenue sources, litigation against the government has increased substantially.  We have decades of experience challenging the government for its violation of constitutional and statutory rights, as well as defending against all types of claims brought by federal, state, and local governments.  Our experience includes preparing executives for Congressional hearings and defending against investigations brought by State Attorneys General.

Group Presentations
2013 Speaker Series: Year-End Energy Litigation Update, December 19, 2013
Executive Roundtable Series - A Year-End Legislative Roundup and Forecast, December 12, 2013
Ethical and Practical Considerations of Using Technology-Assisted Review in Litigation, November 14, 2013
The New Normal of Consumer Finance Regulation and Compliance: Significant Trends for the Second Half of 2013, October 9, 2013
Executive Roundtable Series - Responding to a Government Investigation: Defending the Company and Its People and Protecting Its Reputation, September 26, 2013
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Past Seminar Materials
PPP in Southeast Asia and India Seminar, September 27, 2013
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California Supreme Court Recognizes Concepcion Requires Reversal of Sonic-Calabasas but Continues to Display Skepticism Toward Arbitration
Aaron L. Agenbroad,Christopher J. Lovrien,Jason C. Wright, November 15, 2013
On October 17, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued its second decision in Sonic-Calabasas v. Moreno. In Sonic I, the court ruled that an arbitration agreement's waiver of an administrative hearing on wage claims was void and unenforceable. In Sonic II, the court reversed its prior decision,...

BIT Protection of Foreign Investments in Times of Volatile Currency, Slow Growth, and Political Uncertainty in India
Geoffrey S. Stewart,Sylvia Tonova,Baiju S. Vasani, October 11, 2013
A depreciating rupee, slowing growth, and high inflation are some of the many risks confronting foreign investors in India. With elections due to take place in less a year, political uncertainty is also likely to afflict the country, which is home to 1.3 billion of the world's population. After the...

American Arbitration Association Issues Revisions to Commercial Arbitration Rules
Peter J. Biersteker,Christopher J. Lovrien,David Perez, September 27, 2013
On September 9, the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") issued revisions to the AAA's Commercial Arbitration Rules, which (unless otherwise agreed to by the parties) will apply to any AAA-administered arbitration that is filed on or after October 1. Several of these amendments are...

Brazil's Clean Company Law: New Risks for Companies Doing Business in Brazil
, August 13, 2013
In early July, as millions of Brazilians flooded the streets to protest against government corruption and waste, Brazil took the final steps to enact a landmark anticorruption law. On August 1, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed Law No. 12.846, also known as the Clean Company Law (the...

Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease Act Enhances Royalty Transparency and Authorizes Limited Contiguous Lease Integration
, July 16, 2013
On July 9, Governor Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 259 into law. This legislation, which takes effect 60 days after enactment, requires specific minimum information to accompany royalty payments in Pennsylvania and authorizes the operator, in limited circumstances, to integrate contiguous leases to...

Africa Bulletin
, July 02, 2013
This Africa Bulletin outlines in brief a few of the recent legislative, constitutional and commercial developments in Africa during the first half of 2013.

Delaware Update: Court of Chancery Upholds Validity of Board-Adopted Forum Selection Bylaws
, July 02, 2013
In a highly anticipated decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery has upheld the validity of board-adopted forum selection bylaws. If upheld on appeal, the court's decision means that the boards of Delaware corporations can reduce the threat of multiforum litigation by amending their bylaws to...

Privacy Law Update: Notification Obligations for Data Breaches
Adam Salter, July 02, 2013
There have been significant developments in the Australia privacy landscape in the past year, with the most recent developments comprised in the Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013 (the “Bill”) which was introduced into Federal Parliament on 29 May 2013. The purpose of the Bill...

Supreme Court Weighs In Again on Class Arbitration in Oxford Health Plans and Italian Colors
Yael D. Aufgang,Jeremy P. Cole,James R. Daly,Jeffrey A. Mandell, June 27, 2013
In the past two weeks, the Supreme Court announced two major class arbitration decisions.

California Decision Approves Shortening Statutes of Limitation and Eliminating the Discovery Rule Via Contract
Aaron R. Gruber, June 25, 2013
In Brisbane Lodging, LP v. Webcor Builders, Inc., No. A132555 BL 146042 (June 3, 2013), the California Court of Appeal (First District, Division Four) recently confirmed that parties can contractually agree to limit not only statutes of limitation, but can also agree to the date from which the...

New York Taps the Brakes on Foreign Judgment Collection
Lee A. Armstrong,William J. Hine,Sevan Ogulluk,Alan M. Rabinowitz, June 25, 2013
Four years ago, the New York Court of Appeals, in Koehler v. Bank of Bermuda, greatly broadened the judgment enforcement power of New York courts, a decision of note especially for global financial institutions with customer assets in faraway places. This split decision by the state's highest court...

Forum-Selection Clauses: Limitations on Enforceability
Aaron R. Gruber, May 24, 2013
This Commentary discusses the jurisdictional limitations of forum-selection clauses, the inconsistencies with their enforceability, and the potential for the establishment of a standardized procedure to enable companies to evaluate forum-selection clauses with more certainty going forward.

The New York State Department of Financial Services at the One-Year Mark: A New Aggressive Regulator Worth Following
Robert W. Gaffey,Harold K. Gordon,Henry Klehm,Howard F. Sidman,Jayant W. Tambe, May 15, 2013
Since the New York State Department of Financial Services ("DFS") began operations in late 2011, the agency appears to have lived up to its billing as an activist regulator of insurers and financial institutions. DFS has taken on several novel issues and will likely continue to do so....

Seventh Circuit Approves Removal to Federal Court of Asbestos Exposure Suit Against Federal Government Contractor
, May 08, 2013
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that removal to federal court of an asbestos suit for liabilities based on products delivered to an agency of the United States government is appropriate. Companies that contracted with the military or other government entities should be cognizant of...

Towards an Implied Duty of Good Faith under English Law
, May 07, 2013
"I respectfully suggest that the traditional English hostility towards a doctrine of good faith in the performance of contracts, to the extent it still persists, is misplaced." So said a High Court Judge, Leggatt J, in the recent case of Yam Seng Pte Limited v International Trade...

Recent Developments in Suits against Foreign Governments and Corporations Doing Business Abroad
Shay Dvoretzky,Meir Feder,Edwin L. Fountain,James E. Gauch, May 06, 2013
The United States is an attractive forum for plaintiffs to challenge the actions of foreign states, due to U.S. courts' liberal discovery rules, higher damage awards, availability of class actions, and the absence of "loser pay" rules. But foreign states are generally entitled to immunity...

Court Injunction Will Require the FDA to Accelerate the Roll-Out of FSMA Regulations
, April 29, 2013
The Food Safety Modernization Act, known as "FSMA," calls upon the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") to promulgate extensive new regulations on a broad range of subjects touching upon food safety. FSMA also contains tight deadlines within which the FDA was to propose or...