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United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

The ‘very business-oriented’ Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a strong brand in the market. The team has a broad commercial litigation practice and is adept at handling domestic and cross-border disputes; though its US lawyers are concentrated in New York and Washington DC, the team regularly handles litigation across the length and breadth of the country. Healthcare litigation is a particular strength; for key client Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Maura Monaghan has been handling class action lawsuits in Missouri, Florida and California. Insurance is another sector focus, where recent highlights included Maeve O’Connor’s representation of a group of defendants in one of the closely watched ‘shadow insurance’ lawsuits brought by private plaintiffs. Other leading litigators in the department include Shannon Rose Selden, Mark Goodman - who chairs the group alongside Monaghan - and Jyotin Hamid, who is praised for his ‘very practical approach to problem solving’. Named attorneys are based in New York.

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United States: Intellectual property

Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Hailed as providing ‘highest-quality’ litigation advice, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘terrific’ department often represents clients in high-profile cross-border disputes. Clients ‘do not hesitate to recommend’ co-head David Bernstein, who, along with Jim Pastore, represented Case-Mate in federal litigation brought against Walmart regarding infringement over the ‘Case-Mate’ mark. Bernstein and Michael Schaper have been acting for WeWork in litigation brought against UrWork arising from the launch of a confusingly similar mark. Jyotin Hamid has been assisting GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) with opposition proceedings brought by Neutec Group and Sandoz regarding GSK’s Advair mark. The department, which is also led by Jeffrey Cunard, was bolstered by the arrivals of Henry Lebowitz from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Paul Rubin from Ropes & Gray LLP in 2017. All partners are based in New York.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: litigation

Within: Advertising and marketing: litigation

Led by ‘top advertising practitioner’ David Bernstein, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘excellent service and insightful advice’ makes it ‘a go-to firm in this arena’. The group handles matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Advertising Division (NAD) and has substantial preliminary injunction expertise. Its recent work includes representing Merck in a false advertising, trademark infringement and breach-of-contract dispute against Merck & Co over the use of the name Merck; defending Foundation Medicine in false advertising litigation brought by Guardant Health surrounding the client’s liquid assay products; and acting for FanDuel in false advertising claims. Other clients include Growcentia and Allergan; Bernstein and Michael Schaper are representing the latter in an NAD challenge over promotional claims made by Synergy Pharmaceuticals. The department also includes cybersecurity experts Jeremy Feigelson and James Pastore, ‘brilliant litigator’ Jyotin Hamid and Washington DC-based healthcare specialist Paul Rubin, who joined in 2017 from Ropes & Gray LLP. Unless otherwise specified, named attorneys are based in New York.

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