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This law firm has a history of delivering best results in corporate transactions and trial court litigation. The attorneys at the firm offer substantial experience in a broad range of legal areas, including bankruptcy, real estate, healthcare, corporate, environmental, intellectual property, and labor and employment, among others. Firm’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to small and medium-sized businesses. In the public sector, the firm represents a variety of state and local governmental entities.


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09-20-2007

Jenner & Block New York Partner Andrew Weissmann testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee's second hearing regarding the advisability of passage of a Senate bill to correct problems that still exist with the Department of Justice policy regarding its corporate charging practices.

Mr. Weissmann told the committee that the Justice Department's McNulty Memorandum, which governs the filing of criminal charges against corporations, did not go far enough to remedy the problems in its predecessor, the so-called Thompson Memorandum.

Mr. Weissmann explained that to understand the deficiencies in the McNulty Memorandum one has to understand the context of its implementation, namely the corporate charging decision. Given the state of the federal common law, a company can be charged based on the conduct of any low-level employee and regardless of the company policies in place to detect and deter an employee's criminal conduct. Moreover, if a company is charged it can result in a death sentence, even before a company has its day in court.

Mr. Weissmann made the following critiques of current DOJ policy:

* Given the wide disparity in corporate charging decisions and adherence to the McNulty Memorandum, the Justice Department should establish a national oversight policy, requiring Main Justice to approve the indictment of any corporation by a federal prosecutor in the field, a decision that today does not receive such scrutiny.
* The McNulty Memorandum "leaves completely intact the government’s ability to penalize a company that does not take punitive action against employees for asserting a constitutional right to remain silent," Mr. Weissmann told the committee. The Justice Department "should simply not base its decision to prosecute a company on whether it has punished an employee for asserting a constitutionally guaranteed right." Mr. Weissmann expressed support for a bill introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) that would prohibit the government from considering employees’ assertion of the Fifth Amendment in making charging decisions.
* Mr. Weissmann said that the McNulty Memorandum still can lead to the infringement of a corporation's attorney-client privilege. Although the memorandum says that a company cannot be punished for refusing to disclose legal advice it has received, the same does not hold true for information that the government deems "purely factual." Mr. Weissmann noted, however, that the examples of what are supposedly "purely factual" information enumerated in the McNulty Memorandum encompass core attorney-client and work-product information and thus the memorandum "does little to protect the privilege with respect to a large category of important privileged information."

Mr. Weissmann was the Director of the Enron Task Force and Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York before joining Jenner & Block.
09-20-2007

In another victory for Jenner & Block’s video game industry clients, an Oklahoma district court granted the Firm’s motion for summary judgment and permanently enjoined the State of Oklahoma against the enforcement of a law that would categorize certain video games as “violent” and "harmful to minors" and would have criminalized the display, sale, or other dissemination of those games.

In its motion for summary judgment, the Firm argued that the law was unconstitutional and asserted that video games are a form of expression protected by the First Amendment.

Judge Robin J. Cauthron of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in her decision stated that “Because the Act applies only to video games and software containing ‘inappropriate violence,’ its provisions constitute a content-based regulation on protected expression. Hence, the attempted regulation is presumptively invalid and subject to the strictest scrutiny under the First Amendment.”

The court also stated that the restriction of video games categorized as “violent” does not constitute a “compelling state interest” that would override First Amendment concerns. The court stated that while the State’s goal to protect children is a valid interest, they have not shown that the harms of certain video games are real or that the law is narrowly tailored “to materially advance that interest without unnecessarily interfering with First Amendment freedoms.”

In November 2006, the Firm was successful in securing a preliminary injunction against the law. Since March 2006, Jenner & Block has successfully challenged similar laws on constitutional grounds in California, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Michigan. The Firm’s team also persuaded a court in Illinois in 2005 to strike down analogous laws, and successfully challenged laws in Washington State and St. Louis in 2003.

Partners Paul M. Smith and Katherine A. Fallow and Associates Matthew S. Hellman, Duane Pozza and Elizabeth Valentina are representing the Entertainment Software Association and Entertainment Merchants Association in this matter.


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