Firm News

WMC was included in this Law360 article, “9th Circ. Revives Proposed Class Action Over Conseco’s Fees”

9th Circ. Revives Proposed Class Action Over Conseco’s Fees

Baton Rouge Homeowners Report That FEMA Would Not Have Paid Their Flood Claim Without Assistance From WMC

Baton Rouge Homeowners Report That FEMA Would Not Have Paid Their Flood Claim Without Assistance From WMC

WMC represents Mississippi’s Attorney General in the state’s highest court and prevails in a Hurricane Katrina case against State Farm

WMC represents Mississippi’s Attorney General in the state’s highest court and prevails in a Hurricane Katrina case against State Farm

SE Texas Record reports on WMC’s Lawsuit against FEMA for withholding Hurricane Sandy claim records

Law Firm Sues FEMA, Seeks Agency’s Records on Sandy Claims Review Program

Courthouse News Service reports on WMC bringing a Federal Complaint against FEMA for mishandling over 140,000 Hurricane Sandy claims

Hurricane Sandy Lawyers Want Records on FEMA ‘Boondoggle’

Members of Congress and Congressional Candidates File Lawsuit Seeking Reversal of Ruling that Spawned Massive Super PAC Spending in U.S. Elections

Earlier today, a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress and 2016 congressional candidates filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission seeking to end super PAC spending in US elections. The lawsuit, led by Representative Ted Lieu (Democrat from California), Senator Jeff Merkley (Democrat from Oregon), and Representative Walter Jones (Republican from North Carolina), seeks to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that created super PACs and has resulted in an explosion of spending in elections across the country.

You can read more about today’s lawsuit, and this important issue, on Free Speech For People’s website:

http://freespeechforpeople.org/cms/assets/uploads/2016/11/FSFP_FEC-Suit-Against-Super-PACs.pdf

Matt Krauss discusses the Hurricane Sandy Claims Review process on the radio talk show Central Jersey with Maggie Glynn.

Matt Krauss discusses the Hurricane Sandy Claims Review process on the radio talk show Central Jersey with Maggie Glynn.

Nina Pineda, from WABC’s 7 On Your Side, interviews Augie Matteis about WMC’s discovery of fraud in connection with a Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claim.

Nina Pineda, from WABC’s 7 On Your Side, interviews Augie Matteis about WMC’s discovery of fraud in connection with a Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claim.

Law360 reports on WMC opening a Philadelphia office with the Addition of Lee Epstein, John Koch and Emily Markos

Litigation Boutique Weisbrod Matteis Opens Philly Office

The D&O Diary analyzed a WMC insurance coverage victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

The D&O Diary analyzed a WMC insurance coverage victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Publications & Media

WMC was included in this Courthouse News article, “Bipartisan Group Takes on Super PAC Explosion”

Already looking past Election Day, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and congressional candidates have brought a federal complaint against the Federal Elections Commission to rein in super-PAC spending. The lawsuit filed on Nov. 4 in Washington says a “systemic crisis” has resulted from SpeechNow.org v. FEC, a ruling issued in 2010 by the en banc D.C. Circuit. The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Stephen Weisbrod with Weisbrod Matteis & Copley. You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on Courthouse News Service’s website: http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/11/07/bipartisan-group-takes-on-super-pac-explosion.htm

WMC Partner Stephen Weisbrod was quoted in this Common Dreams’ Article: “To Reclaim Democracy, New Lawsuit Aims to Be ‘Death of the Super PAC'”

While most people point to Citizens United as the case that opened the door to big money in U.S. elections, the lesser-known 2010 appeals court ruling in SpeechNow.org v. FEC is perhaps just as blameworthy—one legal scholar says the decision “gave birth to the super PAC takeover of American politics.” “The actual facts on the ground show that the massive expenditures by super PACs are distorting our country’s politics and causing people to lose faith in our government institutions,” Stephen Weisbrod of the law firm of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley said. You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on the Common Dreams website: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/04/reclaim-democracy-new-lawsuit-aims-be-death-super-pac

WMC was included in this Law360 article, “State Farm Spars With Relators In High Court Over FCA Seal”

Relators accusing State Farm of fraudulently misclassifying insurance claims faced off Tuesday with the insurer in the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing over the severity of sanctions they should face for breaking the seal on False Claims Act suits, from discretionary penalties to automatic dismissal. Despite the intentional press leak by the relators’ former counsel — the now-disbarred Dickie Scruggs, who was convicted of bribing a judge in a different case — of information about the qui tam suit, in violation of the FCA’s automatic seal requirement, relators and former insurance adjusters Cori and Kerri Rigsby have faced effectively zero consequences, Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said on behalf of State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. The Rigsbys are represented by William E. Copley, August J. Matteis Jr., Derek Y. Sugimura, Pamira S. Matteis, Matthew S. Krauss and Timothy M. Belknap of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC. You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on the Law360 website: https://www.law360.com/articles/854223/state-farm-spars-with-relators-in-high-court-over-fca-seal

WMC was included in this Law360 article, “Gov’t Tells High Court FCA Seal Violations Need Discretion”

The federal government has argued that breaking the seal on a False Claims Act case should not require automatic dismissal of that suit, in a U.S. Supreme Court dispute over alleged abuse of the federal flood insurance program. District judges traditionally have broad discretion to decide on the appropriate sanctions for violating court rules and orders, authority which should extend to instances where the automatic seal on a qui tam FCA case has been broken, federal attorneys said in an amicus brief filed Monday, asking the high court to rule against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. Although the particular seal violations at issue — leaks to a journalist by former attorneys for relators Cori and Kerri Rigsby — were carried out in bad faith, they were “relatively minor” and done without the Rigsbys’ knowledge, and the district court and Fifth Circuit had reasonably determined that the other relevant factors outweighed that bad faith, according to the brief. The Rigsbys are represented by William E. Copley, August J. Matteis Jr., Derek Y. Sugimura, Pamira S. Matteis, Matthew S. Krauss and Timothy M. Belknap of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC. You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on Law360’s website: https://www.law360.com/articles/842422/gov-t-tells-high-court-fca-seal-violations-need-discretion

WMC was included in this Reuters article, “Criminal Defense Bar Sides with Business Lobby in False Claims Act Case at SCOTUS”

It’s easy to understand why groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Tort Reform Association and the Coalition for Government Procurement are siding with State Farm in one of the most colorful business cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in its upcoming term. But the organized criminal defense bar? The case, State Farm v. United States, stems from a 2006 False Claims Act suit two onetime insurance adjustors filed against State Farm, which they accused of fraudulently shifting Hurricane Katrina property damage claims to a government-backed flood insurance program. The adjusters – sisters named Cori and Kerri Rigsby – were represented by plaintiffs’ lawyer Dickie Scruggs, who was at that time one of the most powerful plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country. Scruggs also represented thousands of homeowners who alleged insurance companies were improperly denying their claims by attributing damage to floods rather than wind and storm surge. State Farm, represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Sullivan & Cromwell, asked the Supreme Court to use the case to resolve a split among the circuits on whether seal violations require the dismissal of FCA suits. Despite opposition from the Rigsby sisters, represented by Weisbrod Matteis & Copley, and from the Justice Department, the justices granted the petition for certiorari last May. You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on Reuters’ website: http://blogs.reuters.com/alison-frankel/2016/08/17/criminal-defense-bar-sides-with-business-lobby-in-false-claims-act-case-at-scotus/

WMC was included this Law360 article, “Tire Maker’s China Arbitral Bid Rightly Denied, 6th Circ. Told”

A U.S. tire distributor sought to shut down a Sixth Circuit bid by its ex-business partner to send their dispute to Chinese arbitrators on Monday, saying an Ohio federal judge rightly decided that he couldn’t enforce an expired arbitration clause after months of fierce litigation. Horizon Tire Inc. and its sister companies first sued tire manufacturer Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd. in California federal court in May 2015 for allegedly failing to repay a $3.6 million loan and trying to cut it out of the picture by selling a Horizon-designed tire called the Crosswind directly to retailers. Linglong filed its own suit against Horizon in Ohio, and the U.S. companies voluntarily ditched their California lawsuits to advance counterclaims in the Ohio litigation. Horizon Tire and its affiliates are represented by William E. Copley and August J. Matteis Jr. of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC, and John B. Nalbandian of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on Law360’s website: https://www.law360.com/articles/829127/tire-maker-s-china-arbitral-bid-rightly-denied-6th-circ-told

WMC was included in this Law360 article, “Blackwater FCA Relators On ‘Fishing Expedition,’ Co. Says”

Blackwater successor Academi Training Center Inc. on Wednesday blasted whistleblowers alleging that it provided unqualified security guards in Iraq and Afghanistan, telling a Virginia federal judge it’s placed reasonable limits on discovery in the False Claims Act suit and that efforts to expand production are a “fishing expedition” to back unsupported accusations. Former marksmen Lyle Beauchamp and Warren Shepherd want the court to force Academi to hand over documents created after Aug. 7, 2011 — the date its contract with the U.S. Department of State expired — even though, the company said, later documents are far outside the suit’s accusations that Academi lied about firearms training and qualifications for State Department guards under that contract. Beauchamp and Shepherd are represented by William E. Copley, Susan M. Sajadi, Janet L. Goetz, Chadwick Mitchell Welch and William E. Jacobs of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC. You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on Law360’s website: https://www.law360.com/articles/819835/blackwater-fca-relators-on-fishing-expedition-co-says

WMC Partner August Matteis is quoted in this Breitbart article: “Sandy Victims Shocked as Notoriously Ethics-Challenged Attorney Joins National Flood Conference”

Victims of the 2012 Super Storm Sandy, still fighting for resolution of their flood insurance claims from the federally-administered National Flood Insurance Program, told Breitbart News they were stunned to learn that an attorney once deemed by a judge to have “unquestionably engaged in sanctionable conduct” had a role at the 2016 National Flood Conference held in Washington May 15 to May 18. August “Augie” Matteis, an attorney at Weisbrod, Matteis & Copley, represents 1,300 homeowners hit by Sandy in their struggles with FEMA and the NFID. “After the Raimey v. Raisfeld v. Wright ruling, the judge hit the insurance company with a $1 million fine,” Matteis said. “Nielsen went back to Louisiana — leaving the Sandy claims scene altogether.” You can read more about this lawsuit, and this important issue, on Breitbart News Network’s website: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/05/17/sandy-victims-shocked-notoriously-ethics-challenged-attorney-joins-national-flood-conference/

WMC Partner Stephen Weisbrod was quoted in Law360 on a D&O insurance victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

DC Court Revives Carlyle’s Coverage Bid For Investor Suits

WMC partner Martin Bienstock quoted by MarketWatch in Article Entitled Was Obamacare ruling nitpicking over language, or a viable law glitch?

WMC partner Martin Bienstock quoted by MarketWatch in Article Entitled Was Obamacare ruling nitpicking over language, or a viable law glitch?

Events

Joshua B. Katz to Speak at Live Webinar on March 9, 2015 Entitled Insurance Coverage for Data Breaches: What Every Firm Needs to Know in 2015

Joshua B. Katz to Speak at Live Webinar on March 9, 2015 Entitled Insurance Coverage for Data Breaches: What Every Firm Needs to Know in 2015

Stephen A. Weisbrod to Speak at American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Controlling Litigation Costs

Stephen A. Weisbrod to Speak at American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Controlling Litigation Costs

WMC Partner Hosts Program Regarding Insights into the Economic Espionage Act

WMC Partner Hosts Program Regarding Insights into the Economic Espionage Act

Stephen Weisbrod to Chair New York City Bar Association Panel on “Professional Liability, Legal Ethics & Risk Management: Preventing, Defending & Obtaining Insurance for Claims against Law Firms”

Stephen Weisbrod to Chair New York City Bar Association Panel on “Professional Liability, Legal Ethics & Risk Management: Preventing, Defending & Obtaining Insurance for Claims against Law Firms”

Stephen Weisbrod to Speak at HB Litigation Forum “Too Big To Litigate?” in Chicago

Stephen Weisbrod to Speak at HB Litigation Forum “Too Big To Litigate?” in Chicago

Weisbrod Matteis & Copley Attorneys to Speak at Upcoming New York Legal Ethics Conference

Weisbrod Matteis & Copley Attorneys to Speak at Upcoming New York Legal Ethics Conference

Stephen Weisbrod to Chair HB Food, Drug and Medical Device Litigation Forum in Minneapolis

Stephen Weisbrod to Chair HB Food, Drug and Medical Device Litigation Forum in Minneapolis

Stephen Weisbrod to Chair New York City Bar Association CLE on Ethical Issues Confronting Insurers, Policyholders and Counsel

Stephen Weisbrod to Chair New York City Bar Association CLE on Ethical Issues Confronting Insurers, Policyholders and Counsel

Stephen Weisbrod to Chair Minneapolis Food, Drug, and Medical Device Litigation Forum

Stephen Weisbrod to Chair Minneapolis Food, Drug, and Medical Device Litigation Forum

Stephen Weisbrod to Speak on Supply Chain Litigation at Grocery Manufacturers Association Conference

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