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Locke Reynolds Presents "Insurance Law Update" to the Association of Corporate Counsel
David T. Kasper presented “Insurance Law Update” to the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The presentation was made at the group’s monthly breakfast meeting.

The Association of Corporate Counsel is the in-house bar association, serving the professional needs of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations and other private sector organizations worldwide. The association promotes the common interests of its members, contributes to their continuing education, seeks to improve understanding of the role of in-house attorneys, and encourages advancements in standards of corporate legal practice.

Mr. Kasper is a partner of Locke Reynolds with almost forty years experience. He concentrates his practice in insurance law, and has chaired over 80 trials to verdict. Mr. Kasper serves as chair of the Locke Reynolds Insurance Services Group.


Perkins Coie Expands Antitrust and Commercial Litigation Practice With the Addition of Alexis, Chiappetta and Yurasek
Perkins Coie announced today that Geraldine Alexis, David Chiappetta and Jason Yurasek have joined the firm as partners in its Commercial Litigation practice. All three will practice in Perkins Coie's San Francisco office and joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen.

"We are excited to have these three extremely talented attorneys join our team," said Jay Rossiter, San Francisco managing partner. "We are committed to enhancing our California presence as a way to ensure that our clients in this state and elsewhere continue to receive exceptional legal service. That commitment is reflected in the growth of our practices throughout the state."

Alexis, who was co-chair of Bingham's Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice, has extensive experience representing clients before courts and governmental agencies. She has represented clients before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and state antitrust enforcement agencies in several significant mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and government antitrust investigations. Alexis also counsels businesses on the antitrust aspects of joint ventures, distribution contracts, and intellectual property licenses as well as other transactions.

"I am delighted to join Perkins Coie's San Francisco office” said Alexis. “I know that, given the strategic locations of Perkins' offices and the superlative legal service David Chiappetta, Jason Yurasek and the many other great lawyers at Perkins will provide my clients, they will be well-served by Perkins." Prior to joining Bingham, Alexis was a partner at Sidley & Austin in Chicago. She earned her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, her master's degree from Kellogg School of Business and her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.

Chiappetta was a partner in Bingham's Antitrust and Complex Commercial Litigation practice groups. He has represented clients in a wide range of matters, and has both bench and jury trial experience. Chiappetta’s areas of focus include antitrust and unfair business practice claims, professional negligence claims, and the electronic payments industry. He has also managed a number of significant electronic discovery (eDiscovery) matters relating to the organization and production of electronic documents. Chiappetta earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Willamette University.

Yurasek has represented clients in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including antitrust, business torts and intellectual property and trademark litigation. He has extensive experience in eDiscovery, including counseling clients on the issue and successfully litigating eDiscovery issues before state and federal courts. He is a member of the Sedona Conference's exclusive eDiscovery think-tank (WG1), and has actively participated in and organized several conferences on eDiscovery. He also has significant experience representing clients in complex state and federal class actions. As a partner in Bingham's Antitrust group, he prosecuted and defended claims involving a number of antitrust issues, including cross-over issues related to antitrust and intellectual property. His intellectual property practice includes patent, trade secret and trademark litigation. He earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Indiana University.


Rich May Client, Galaxy Internet Services Will Launch First Town-Wide WiFi Network
Congratulations to Rich May client Galaxy Internet Services, Inc. (“Galaxy”), the regional leader in Internet services and municipal wireless networks. The town of Brookline announced that it will launch the region’s first town-wide combined WiFi/public safety network at a July 18 “wire-cutting event” as part of an innovative public/private partnership. The multi-use network will be owned and operated by Galaxy and Brookline will be the first municipality in the United States to have a “border-to-border”, multi-use first responder WiFi network providing important public safety benefits.

The goal of the project is to satisfy Brookline’s need for improved public safety and municipal communications while providing consumers and business with new options for Internet access. In addition to paid wireless Internet access for consumers and businesses, limited free access will be available in certain commercial areas, Brookline Housing Authority properties and public parks, the town said. The packages made available by Galaxy to residents and businesses will be less costly for similar plan types offered by other companies.

According to Bob Carp, Galaxy’s president, “The Brookline WiFi mesh network is an excellent example how a single wireless infrastructure can support both public safety and general public access.”

Rich May, P.C. represented Galaxy in developing and implementing these WiFi arrangements.

About Galaxy Internet Services Inc.

Galaxy Internet Services Inc. is a Massachusetts based Internet service provider which has been providing Internet and IT Solutions to the public, private enterprise and government municipalities since 1995. Galaxy’s mission is to enable wireless broadband access coupled with intelligent internet services everywhere through innovative joint partnerships with government municipalities and the private-sector. Galaxy’s services include a wide range of Internet connectivity, hosting, wide area networking and professional services. Galaxy operates the border-to-border wireless service in Brookline, Massachusetts, servicing public safety, municipal, commercial, and residential users. Galaxy has also taken a prominent role in the WiFi pilot projects undertaken by the City of Boston and the recently formed non-profit, tasked with building a wireless network for the City.


Baker Donelson Attorneys Inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America
Barry W. Ford and Henry I. Frohsin of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, were inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) at the LCA's Spring Conference and Induction of Fellows in New York.

A shareholder in the Firm's Jackson office, Judge Ford concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation and criminal law. Prior to joining the Firm, he served three terms as Circuit Court Judge for the First Circuit Court District, the largest Circuit Court District in Mississippi, serving Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss and Tishomingo Counties. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Ford served for approximately five years as the Circuit Judges' representative on the Board of Governors, the governing body of all state, county and youth court judges in Mississippi. Judge Ford has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® list (Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) in the practice area of business litigation; by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading commercial litigation lawyer in Mississippi; and by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the practice area of personal injury defense.

A shareholder in the Firm's Birmingham office, Mr. Frohsin concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, mediation and arbitration. He previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and as first Assistant U.S. Attorney. A fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, Mr. Frohsin was also previously Municipal Judge for the City of Mountain Brook, Alabama and was Chairman of the U.S. District Court, Northern District, Speedy Trial Committee.

The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership.


Court affirms trial victory for Ropes & Gray client
On July 10, 2007, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied a motion to set aside a jury verdict favoring the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI), a client of Ropes & Gray.

Under the court's ruling, MEEI is entitled to a 3.01 percent royalty on worldwide sales of Visudyne®, a treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Visudyne® is the market leader in the U.S. and the only drug-based treatment for AMD sold in other countries, with total sales to date of about $2.3 billion. The ruling also awards MEEI prejudgment interest at an annual rate of 12 percent effective as the sales were made and the royalty would have become due. Finally, the court awarded MEEI more than $14 million in attorneys' fees.

MEEI brought suit more than five years ago against QLT, a Canadian biopharmaceutical company, seeking compensation for MEEI’s researchers' contributions to the development of Visudyne®. On November 8, 2006, after a three-week trial and two days of deliberations, a federal jury found that QLT had been unjustly enriched by MEEI's contributions and that QLT had committed unfair trade practices under Massachusetts state law. The jury awarded MEEI a 3.01 percent royalty on net sales worldwide. QLT subsequently filed a motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, contending that, in federal court, the jury could only serve in an advisory capacity.

In considering QLT's motion, the court waded through what it called "the murky waters of Seventh Amendment jurisprudence and a dense thicket of First Circuit precedent" and found that, while unjust enrichment was for the court and not the jury, it would defer to the jury’s factual findings on the issue of unfair trade practices. The court then went on to say: "Nonetheless, the best way conclusively to demonstrate that the jury got it right is to rehearse the facts as they would independently have been found by the court had it been the fact finder," which the court did in its 67-page decision.

"The royalties and other payments to MEEI recognize the significant contributions made by MEEI and its researchers, Drs. Joan Miller and Evan Gragoudas, to this important treatment for a major cause of blindness and will advance this renowned institution's work on curing diseases of the eye, ear and throat," said Ken Herman, the partner who led Ropes & Gray's trial team.

Congratulations to our team representing MEEI, which also included: Herb Schwartz, Jim Haley, Chris Harnett, Bob Goldman, Ching-Lee Fukuda, Paddy Chinta, Karen Mangasarian, Brian Biddinger, David Chun, Carla Sereny, Brynn Metzger-Hare, Andrew Bradt, Derek Kato, and Olivia Choe.


Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP, Named Leading Minnesota Firm for Litigation by Chambers USA
The law firm of Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP, is pleased to announce that it was named a leading Minnesota firm for Litigation in the 2007 Edition of Chambers USA; America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

The Maslon Law Firm is noted for housing "an 'excellent and diverse litigation team' with particular expertise in complex class actions, trade secrets, and soft IP litigation, including patent licensing, trademark and copyright disputes." Clients described the firm as "top-flight litigators and top quality across the board."

The Maslon Law Firm is equally pleased to announce the following top-ranked "Leading Individual Attorneys in Litigation":

* David Herr was one of only two individual attorneys in Minnesota included in "Band One," the highest ranking for Appellate Litigation: "clearly one of the leading appellate lawyers in the state."

* Bill Pentelovitch was one of only nine individual attorneys in Minnesota included in "Band One," the highest ranking for General Commercial Litigation: "A good strategist; smart and approaches the case in an intelligent way."

* Rich Wilson was one of only thirty-two individual attorneys in Minnesota to make the top rankings for General Commercial Litigation: "very professional and well prepared."

In addition to the above attorneys rankings as "Leading Individual Attorneys in Litigation", Maslon Attorney Martin Rosenbaum was one of only 30 individual attorneys in Minnesota included in Chambers' "Leading Individuals" listing for Corporate/M&A. The publication cited his corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions work.


Bessko Joins Grogan Graffam
Grogan Graffam, P.C. announced that Stephanie Clark Bessko recently joined the firm as a Senior Associate in the Professional Liability practice group.

Ms. Bessko is an experienced litigator and concentrates her practice in medical malpractice and other professional liability defense and commercial litigation. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.

Ms. Bessko received her B.A. from the University of Delaware in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1996. Her volunteer activities include serving as a coach for the Pittsburgh (Ellis) Chapter of Girls on the Run.


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