National Law Journal Names Weil To 2013 Intellectual Property Hot List

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 12:05

The National Law Journal has named Weil to its 2013 Intellectual Property Hot List, a list of 20 law firms that have “demonstrated creative, formidable talent in litigation, patent prosecution and deal-making.”

In its profile of Weil’s IP practice, the publication discusses Weil’s successful representation of Apple Inc. in connection with its high-stakes patent dispute with Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. The profile also highlights Weil’s patent infringement victory for clients Amazon and Yahoo! in a case against Eolas Technologies Inc. regarding interactive web patents.

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Weil has announced that its sixth survey of sponsor-backed going private transactions is now available. The survey, entitled “A Look at Sponsor-Backed Going Private Transactions,” provides an inside look at the material transaction terms and trends in going private transactions in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. This year’s survey analyzes 40 sponsor-backed going private transactions announced from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 with a transaction value of at least $100 million. To read the survey, please follow this link.

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A Weil pro bono team and The Legal Aid Society secured a major win for nearly 400 households displaced by Hurricane Sandy on May 15, when New York State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan granted a preliminary injunction enjoining the City of New York from unilaterally discontinuing a program that provided hotel rental assistance until the household members could locate alternate housing.

Weil and The Legal Aid Society obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the City on April 29. 

In her May 15 decision, Justice Chan ruled that plaintiffs have established a property interest in receiving housing assistance under the City’s program for a period longer than seven months, and “given the additional financial aid for defendants' housing programs coming seven months after the Hotel Program's inception, as forecasted, it can be said that there is a mutual understanding [between the City and the plaintiffs] that it would take more than seven months” to locate and place the households in alternate housing. Please click here to read Justice Chan’s decision.

The suit, Sapp, et al. v. City of New York, was filed on behalf of 488 city-based households currently receiving hotel rental assistance after being forced from their homes by the October 29, 2012 superstorm. The lawsuit maintains that the City created the hotel rental assistance program to provide shelter “until permanent, safe and sustainable housing” was found for the evacuees, but has failed to provide adequate help in locating alternate housing. 

Weil’s pro bono team – partner Konrad Cailteux, associates Isabella Lacayo, Jesse Morris and Emily Pincow, law clerk Chris Lewarne, and paralegals Elizabeth McConville and Kacey Carter – worked alongside The Legal Aid Society’s Josh Goldfein and Judith Goldiner on this matter.