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The founders of Covington & Burling LLP foresaw the pervasive effects of the forthcoming era of federal legislation, regulation, and taxation. In 1919, they sought to create a firm in the nation's capital that could advise and represent corporations located anywhere in the nation or the world on a wide range of legal issues. Today our Washington office has over 500 lawyers representing clients according to the highest standards and fulfilling the firm's strong commitment to public service.
May 24, 2016
WASHINGTON — Covington partner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was named to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s (LDF) National Board of Directors.
Mr. Holder recently received LDF’s highest honor, the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, named for its founder and the first African-American Supreme Court justice. Mr. Holder's ...
May 23, 2016, Covington Alert
As we move toward the 2016 general election, campaign activity at the federal, state, and local levels continues to heat up. Super PACs again promise to play a prominent role in federal races, while at the same time impacting a wider range of non-federal races further down the ballot.
On Friday, May 20, 2016, FDA issued two final rules to revise the nutrition labeling requirements for conventional foods and dietary supplements—the first major revisions to the nutrition labels since they were originally required over 20 years ago. Recognizing a shift in the average American’s consumption habits and understanding of the Nutrition Facts label, ...
May 19, 2016
BRUSSELS — Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, has joined Covington as a Senior Policy Advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Mr. Bildt served as Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs between 2006 and 2014.
As Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Bildt led the government that negotiated and signed ...
May 18, 2016, The Washington Post
Rob Kelner is quoted in a Washington Post article regarding the impact of changes to campaign fundraising rules in 2014 on donations to this year’s presidential campaigns. According to Kelner, “It is a partial return to the soft-money days, and in my own view, it doesn’t go far enough.” He continues, “The end of soft money dramatically disempowered the political ...
May 16, 2016, Covington Alert
Today, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a Final Rule to add a new subpart and contract clause (52.204-21) to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) “for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store, or transmit Federal ...
May 16, 2016, Financial Times
Witney Schneidman is quoted in a Financial Times article looking at the President of Gabon’s warning that western powers need to step up efforts to help west Africa combat terrorism. According to Schneidman, the US response is “missing an overarching strategic approach.”
In a decision closely watched by businesses that are the targets of consumer class action lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that a plaintiff asserting a statutory claim must make a showing of particularized and concrete harm sufficient to establish Article III standing, even if the underlying statute provides for statutory damages without a separate ...
Last week, FDA finalized its guidance for industry about medical foods, which it issued in draft form in August 2013. This guidance incorporates most of the principles that FDA articulated in the 2013 draft guidance regarding the agency’s position on the definition of medical foods, the scope of lawful uses of medical foods, and other labeling and safety ...
May 13, 2016, Law360
Keir Gumbs is quoted in a Law360 article providing key takeaways from new equity crowdfunding rules. According to Gumbs, new rules and regulations take time to absorb. “It will be probably years, not months, before we really have a good sense for what exactly these rules hold in terms of opportunities for a new form of capital raising,” he says.
May 12, 2016, Covington Alert
Corporate mergers and acquisitions often overlook political law compliance issues—including whether the acquired company has a PAC—until after the transaction is complete and Day One has come and gone. We recommend considering PAC issues during the due diligence review to ensure there are no legal issues to be addressed in the acquired entity, and to prepare ...
May 12, 2016, Law360
May 12, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Covington advised China Molybdenum Co., Ltd (“CMOC”) on certain aspects of its agreement to acquire Freeport-McMoRan Inc.’s indirect 56% Interest in Tenke Fungurume for $2.65 billion in cash plus contingent consideration of up to $120 million.
CMOC is primarily engaged in the mining, processing and marketing of mineral products. The acquisition ...
May 11, 2016, Covington Alert
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which creates a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. The Senate passed the DTSA on April 4, 2016 by a unanimous vote of 87-0. The Senate bill (S. 1890) was passed by the House of Representatives without amendment on ...
May 11, 2016, Law360
Steve Anthony is Covington & Burling LLP’s deputy chairman of litigation. He has tried 33 cases before juries, ranging from patent infringement to white-collar criminal trials. Earlier in his career, he served more than eight years as a federal prosecutor. Since returning to private practice in 2000, he has managed complex litigation matters including ...
May 10, 2016, Covington Alert
On May 5, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued its long-awaited final rule on beneficial ownership with respect to customer due diligence requirements. The final rule requires covered financial institutions to adopt due diligence procedures to identify and verify a legal entity customer’s beneficial owner(s) at the time a new account ...
May 6, 2016, Mining Journal
Theodore Garrett is quoted in this Mining Journal article looking at the landscape of the mining industry for lawyers. According to Garrett, “The industry seems to be poised for a recovery as markets stabilise around the world. Mining projects have a long time horizon, and our clients are in the process of developing a number of important projects.”
May 5, 2016, Covington Alert
Federal law prohibits contributions and expenditures made “directly or indirectly” by foreign nationals “in connection with a federal, state, or local election.” 52 U.S.C. § 30121; 11 C.F.R. § 110.20. It is also unlawful to provide substantial assistance to help foreign nationals violate that ban, or to solicit, receive, or accept contributions from foreign ...
Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a proposed rule substantially curtailing the ability of financial services firms and consumers to enter into voluntary pre-dispute arbitration clauses. The proposed rule would prevent financial services providers from including arbitration clauses in consumer contracts unless those arbitration clauses ...
May 5, 2016, Data Guidance
Michael Nonaka is quoted in this Data Guidance article regarding the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council’s latest version of its data security standard. According to Nonaka, "PCI DSS version 3.2 does not reflect sweeping changes to the requirements in prior versions, but it is indicative of the data security priorities being expressed by card ...
May 4, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
David Addis is quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an article discussing technology exports to Iran, and how the Iran nuclear deal may pave the way for those exports. According to Addis, “Companies that were allowed to do trade in Iran found that even though they were able to sell devices, they had difficulty finding a financial actor” to facilitate the action. ...
May 4, 2016, Bloomberg
Deborah Garza is quoted in this Bloomberg article discussing the Justice Department’s recent merger investigations under Bill Baer. According to Garza, "The Justice Department is increasingly adopting the Nancy Reagan slogan: ‘Just say no.’"
May 3, 2016, Law360
May 2016, National Defense Magazine
April 29, 2016, Covington Alert
The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United expanded the rights of corporations to engage in political activity, particularly concerning their First Amendment right to express their views to the public about candidates for public office. With the upcoming 2016 presidential election and the increased use of mobile technology for personal political ...
April 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia awarded Tom Williamson with its Servant of Justice Award at its 27th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner. Mr. Williamson, who joined Covington in 1974 and has spent his entire private practice career at the firm, was recognized for making the struggle for equal justice a core part of his ...
April 28, 2016, Bloomberg Brief
Keir Gumbs is quoted in this "Bloomberg Brief" looking at the SEC’s “disclosure effectiveness” project. According to Gumbs, “The project is a lot less about taking things out. It’s evolved to look at the intersection between materiality and sustainability disclosure.”
April 27, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Covington represented a cross-industry coalition of companies in assisting in the development of legislative language and persuading Congress to pass the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S.1980). The Senate unanimously passed the legislation on April 4 by a vote of 87-0, and the House of Representatives approved the bill with an overwhelming ...
April 27, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Robert Kelner is quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an article discussing delegates’ use of GoFundMe pages to offset the costs needed to attend national nominating conventions. According to Kelner, “In a normal election, campaigns have more important things to spend their money on than delegate expenses.” He continues, “This year, all the old rules are being ...
April 27, 2016, Covington Alert
In late April 2016, federal financial regulators began the process of re-proposing rules (the “Proposal”) to implement restrictions on incentive-based compensation required by Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). Section 956 directs a number of federal regulators (the “Agencies”) to jointly issue ...
April 25, 2016
The recent decisions of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the Marblegate and Caesars Entertainment cases contain language that suggests a significant departure from the widely understood meaning of TIA Section 316(b) that has prevailed among practitioners for decades. These cases have introduced interpretive issues that ...
April 25, 2016, The American Lawyer
Phyllis Jones is featured in this American Lawyer story about women litigators who have developed successful careers despite the low numbers of women trial lawyers. According to Jones, "Getting trial experience in the law firm setting is tough for women and men. She continues, "Firms need to be focused on getting female associates the opportunity to get ...
April 25, 2016, Inside Defense
Jay Carey is quoted in this Inside Defense article discussing House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry’s expectation that lawmakers will debate proposals to reform the way defense contractors protest losing bids. Carey, disagreeing with Thornberry’s view, says it is inaccurate to characterize contractor protests as being out of control. “Some folks ...
April 23, 2016, The Washington Post
James Garland is quoted in this Washington Post article discussing whether the discovery of alternative ways to unlock iPhones without the help of Apple during investigations undermines the Justice Department’s case in seeking similar, future court orders. According to Garland, “[T]he fact that they subsequently figured out how to do it — without Apple’s help — ...
April 21, 2016
NEW YORK — Covington has partnered with Columbia Law School and its Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration to launch the Covington Academy on International Arbitration (CAIA). The program is open to Columbia’s J.D., LL.M, and S.J.D. students.
The three-day program will consist of training followed by practical exercises and live feedback ...
April 21, 2016, National Defense
Roger Zakheim’s remarks made at the NDIA Forum on defense acquisition reform are quoted in this National Defense article. According to Zakheim, “[HASC Chairman] Thornberry knows that when it comes to defense acquisition, he can’t legislate out of the problem. Legislation is just one tool he has. He knows he has to keep pressing the DoD leadership.”
April 21, 2016, Covington Alert
On April 5, 2016, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”), through the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, announced a one-year Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement pilot program (the “Pilot Program”) intended to motivate companies to voluntarily disclose FCPA-related misconduct and increase transparency around the Fraud Section’s approach ...
April 20, 2016
BRUSSELS — Sophie Bertin, a former senior official who served as Head of Unit in the “Financial Crisis” Task Force within the Directorate-General for Competition at the European Commission, has joined forces with Covington’s global antitrust and competition practice. Ms. Bertin will be working with the firm’s Brussels and London offices.
At DG COMP, Ms. Bertin ...
April 20, 2016, Covington Alert
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) recently announced a significant change in policy that will allow it to purchase drug products that were previously unavailable due to the Trade Agreements Act (“TAA”) because they were manufactured in countries with whom the United States does not have a procurement agreement in place. The VA has issued a ...
April 20, 2016, National Defense
Roger Zakheim’s remarks made at the NDIA Forum on defense acquisition reform are quoted in this National Defense article. According to Zakheim, it would be shortsighted of lawmakers to zero in on reforming major acquisition programs. Growth in operating and sustainment costs, as well as spending on the acquisition of services by the Defense Department, eats into ...
April 18, 2016, Law360
April 18, 2016, Modern Healthcare
Peter Hutt II is quoted in this Modern Healthcare article discussing the upcoming oral arguments at the Supreme Court in Universal Health Services v. United States ex. rel. Escobar. Hutt argues it is the biggest False Claims Act case to be weighed by the Supreme Court in more than 30 years, and the case would be the "polestar" for any future decisions from ...
April 15, 2016, Law360
April 14, 2016, Covington Alert
It has now been a full year since the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved the first biosimilar product to proceed under the new abbreviated biological pathway. With recent spotlights on the cost of pharmaceutical drug products, the potential of biosimilars to offer patients additional and more affordable choices has been widely discussed. Most ...
April 13, 2016, Covington Alert
Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) regulations permit a corporation to communicate with its “restricted” or “solicitable class” on any subject, including electoral advocacy and political fundraising. See 11 C.F.R. § 114.3(a). This includes solicitations of contributions to the corporation’s PAC. We frequently see questions arising about who falls within the ...
April 13, 2016, China Daily
David Fagan is quoted in a China Daily article regarding Chinese direct foreign investment in the United States. According to Fagan, the economies of China and the United States are truly intertwined. "In turn, the economic relationship that can be forged through investment is not just something that is economically beneficial. The relationships that can develop ...
April 13, 2016, National Defense
Scott Freling and Kathy Brown are quoted in this National Defense article exploring the DOJ and FTC joint statement on preserving competition in the defense industry. According to Freling, the interagency truce should “provide some comfort” to defense contractors that mergers and acquisitions can go forward, albeit “under the right circumstances.”
Brown adds, ...
April 12, 2016
NEW YORK — Covington advised Turner Sports on the extension of its rights to distribute the NCAA men’s basketball tournament via a partnership with CBS. With the extension in place, Turner and CBS will hold the media rights for “March Madness” through 2032.
The new agreement allows the networks to distribute the tournament games across a wide range of their ...
April 12, 2016, The National Law Journal
Witney Schneidman is quoted by The National Law Journal in an article discussing Covington’s inaugural LEX Africa fellowship program. Schneidman explains why building strong relationships with lawyers and law firms across the continent is important. He says, “Each client has different needs and interests. Having an exclusive link doesn't make any sense. Having a ...
April 8, 2016, Covington Alert
On April 6, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, issued a Request for Comment (RFC) seeking public feedback on the benefits, challenges, and potential roles for the government in fostering the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT).
NTIA issued the RFC as part of the Commerce ...
April 8, 2016, Law.com
Richard Hertling and Kurt Calia are quoted in this article discussing the future of, and reactions to, the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Hertling says, “I don’t think [House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte] would have indicated an intention to move forward with this legislation if patent reform were going to stand in the way."
Calia sees some risk of abuse of ...
April 8, 2016, Law360
Marney Cheek’s remarks made at the American Bar Association’s Annual Intellectual Property Conference are quoted in this Law360 article discussing the overbearing rules that “claw back” food names. According to Cheek, geographical indications often serve as “trade barriers” to geographically descriptive foods that have become generic to consumers, such as ...
April 2016, Covington Alert
Right to Private Life v. Right to Monitor
On January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights published its judgment in another case concerning an employee’s use of company information systems, once again highlighting the challenge of balancing an employee’s right to a private life against the right of an employer to monitor employees at work.
April 7, 2016, ABA Section of Antitrust Law 64th Annual Spring Meeting “Hot Topics” Panel
April 7, 2016, Covington Alert
Yesterday, FDA published in the Federal Register its final rule establishing sanitary transportation requirements for both human and animal food. The rule is intended to ensure that food transportation practices do not create food safety risks. FDA provides a flexible, risk-based approach that largely aims to allow the transportation industry to continue to use ...
April 6, 2016, Global Investigations Review
Steven Fagell is quoted in this GIR article regarding a recent Court of Appeals decision that a lower court overstepped its authority by rejecting a DOJ settlement with Dutch aerospace company Fokker. According to Fagell, “The ruling will likely clip the wings of any US district judge looking to second-guess the Justice Department's charging decisions in ...
April 6, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Global Competition Review has selected Expedia’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide as its “Merger Control Matter of the Year - Americas” at the GCR Awards 2016. Covington partners Thomas Barnett and Anne Lee served as lead antitrust counsel to Expedia during the transaction.
The acquisition triggered a U.S. Department of Justice ...
April 6, 2016, Politico
April 5, 2016, Covington Alert
On Monday, April 4, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA,” S. 1890), as amended, by a unanimous vote of 87-0. S. 1890 was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and supported by 65 cosponsors. Companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3326) has been introduced by ...
April 5, 2016, Global Competition Review
Eric Holder’s remarks from “GCR Live: Cartels” are quoted extensively in this GCR article. Holder said, “Regardless what the election holds in November, my strong belief is that the antitrust division will continue to focus on cartel enforcement. This is a priority for the Justice Department now, and will continue to be for the next attorney general.”
Robert Wick recently spoke at “GCR Live: Cartels” and was quoted extensively in an article about the event. Without government enforcers coordinating during cartel investigations and follow-on actions, Wick says there is a risk of disproportionate punishment, “whether it’s criminal sentences or whether it’s fines that could be disproportionate.”
April 4, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Zack Parks is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article regarding political spending and disclosure. According to Parks, "Companies need to think strategically about these issues.” He adds, “Companies that ignore disclosure initiatives have been the target of shareholder resolutions, bad press and lawsuits. But kitchen-sink disclosure isn't risk free.”
April 4, 2016, Global Competition Review
Kevin Coates, Johan Ysewyn and Deborah Garza are quoted in this GCR article announcing the arrival of Coates as a partner in the firm’s European competition practice.
April 4, 2016, Law360
Keir Gumbs and Donald Murray are quoted in this Law360 article exploring the 506(c) provision and Regulation A-Plus of the JOBS Act. According to Gumbs, 506(c) has had the “biggest impact” to date among the various avenues for private companies the JOBS Act created, and it’s drawing interest from startups and established companies alike.
Murray thinks ...
April 4, 2016
BRUSSELS — Kevin Coates, a former senior official who served as Head of one of the Cartels Units at the Directorate-General for Competition at the European Commission between 2012 and 2016, has joined Covington’s antitrust and competition practice.
Over the last 16 years, Mr. Coates has held several senior positions within DG COMP and before that served as ...
April 1, 2016, Covington Alert
Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a whitepaper, Supporting Responsible Innovation in the Federal Banking System: An OCC Perspective, that introduces the agency’s principles for facilitating and regulating “responsible innovation” in the federal banking system, particularly in financial technology or “fintech.” The whitepaper ...
April 1, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Covington has promoted eight lawyers to of counsel and eight to special counsel, effective April 1, 2015.
The new of counsel are as follows:
Stefanie Doebler (Washington) focuses her practice on health care compliance matters for pharmaceutical and medical device clients. She provides advice related to advertising and promotion, fraud and abuse, ...
April 2016, National Defense Magazine
March 31, 2016, Update
March 29, 2016, Global Competition Review
Robert Wick discusses important themes as they relate to antitrust enforcement in the US and abroad in this interview with Global Competition Review.
March 28, 2016, InsideEPA
Gary Guzy’s remarks from a panel session at the GlobalChem conference are quoted in this InsideEPA article discussing the EPA’s ability to implement the pending Toxic Substance Control Act reform bill. Guzy pointed to the EPA's development of greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants as an example of the EPA's "incredible machine for making rules."
March 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Lawyer has named Covington partners Mark Plotkin and David Fagan as “Dealmakers of the Year.” The annual feature showcases “the lawyers behind the most significant work” in dealmaking.
In its profile of Mr. Plotkin and Mr. Fagan in the magazine’s April 2016 issue, The American Lawyer praises the pair’s strategy that steered ...
March 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — A report focusing on the overwhelming challenges faced by D.C. women who are incarcerated was released today by The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and Covington.
The report, titled “D.C. Women in Prison: Continuing Problems and Recommendations for Change,” provides an in-depth look at the experience of women who ...
March 24, 2016
NEW YORK - Covington advised the underwriters in the $45 million initial public offering of common stock of Senseonics Holdings, Inc. The offering closed on March 23, 2016. Shares of Senseonics trade on the NYSE MKT under the ticker “SENS.”
Senseonics develops continuous glucose monitoring systems for patients with diabetes. Its Eversense product consists of ...
March 22, 2016, Covington Alert
March 21, 2016, IAM
Stuart Eizenstat’s remarks made during his opening speech at the LeadershIP conference are quoted extensively in this IAM article on patent reform. According to Eizenstat, “By making it harder for our most innovative individuals, universities and companies to enforce their patents, we risk devaluing intellectual property, making it too difficult for investors to ...
March 18, 2016, Corporate Counsel
March 18, 2016, BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report
March 17, 2016, Law360
March 17, 2016, Covington Alert
March 16, 2016, C-SPAN
March 14, 2016, Covington Advisory
March 11, 2016, Global Arbitration Review
Miguel López Forastier is quoted in this Global Arbitration Review article regarding a recent ruling in favor of client Tidewater after an ad hoc ICSID committee finds it had the power to order a partial stay of enforcement resulting in an award of $27.4 million in damages. According to López Forastier, this decision is a “first of its kind.”
March 10, 2016
NEW YORK — Covington represented MidFirst Bank in its acquisition of 1st Century Bancshares, Inc. 1st Century is a publicly traded bank-holding company of 1st Century Bank of Los Angeles.
Simultaneously with the closing of the acquisition, 1st Century Bank will be merged into MidFirst Bank. Following these transactions, the business of 1st Century Bank will ...
March 8, 2016, Covington Alert
March 3, 2016, InsideDefense.com
Jay Carey is quoted in this InsideDefense.com article focusing on the need for the bid protest process and its unintended consequences. Carey, backing the need for greater information throughout the whole process said, "If agencies can share more info in a debriefing, I think that will lower the protest rate." He also added that the government can improve the ...
March 2, 2016, BNA Federal Contracts Report
Jay Carey is quoted extensively in this BNA Federal Contracts Report article discussing bid protest rates. At a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Carey shared that bid protest rates are increasing but are still low by historical standards. Speaking to BNA, Carey says, “I think people tend to focus on the increase in ...
March 2, 2016, Center for Strategic and International Studies
March 2016, E-Commerce Law and Policy
March 2016, Cyber Security Law & Practice
March 2016, National Defense Magazine
Spring 2016, Information Law Journal
February 29, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - Peter Hutt II has joined Covington as a partner in the Government Contracts practice.
“Further enhancing Covington’s standing within the defense community as a leader in the False Claims Act and government cost accounting standards fields remains a key priority for the firm,” said Jennifer Plitsch, co-chair of the firm’s Government Contracts ...
February 29, 2016, Bloomberg BNA
Peter Hutt II and Fred Levy are quoted in this Bloomberg BNA “Big Law Business” article discussing Covington’s growing government contracts practice. Hutt, who has watched the firm’s growth from a distance before joining recently says, “It was an eye opener to everyone in the government contracts space.” Levy, who joined last year, adds, “There continues to be a ...
February 26, 2016, Covington Alert
February 26, 2016, The National Law Journal
February 25, 2016, Reuters
Mark Plotkin is quoted in this Reuters article discussing the CFIUS approval process of Chinese acquisitions and investments. According to Plotkin, advisors will often seek to gauge their chances for CFIUS approval before the deal is announced to avoid the embarrassment and cost of announcing a deal that is later halted. He adds, “The CFIUS process is going to ...
February 22, 2016, Covington Alert
February 19, 2016, Law360
Mark Young and Libbie Canter are quoted in this Law360 article offering tips on how deal makers can mitigate cybersecurity risks.
According to Young, any discovered incidents can give buyers pause on how — and if — they want to move forward. “We’ve dealt with at least a couple examples where deals were at least delayed if not reconsidered because of ...
February 18, 2016, Law360
Robert Wick is quoted by Law360 in an article discussing DOJ appellate antitrust head Kristen Limarzi’s defense of the foreign reach of U.S. antitrust law. Disagreeing, Wick says, “It shows insufficient respect for foreign governments’ right to regulate their own economies.”
February 18, 2016, Communications Daily
Gerry Waldron is quoted in this Communications Daily article discussing the history of the 1996 Telecom Act. Waldron remembers drafting many telecom bills as a House aide "that went nowhere" after the 1984 breakup of the old AT&T/Bell local and long-distance phone monopoly. But he said the legislative efforts gained momentum with enactment of a cable act in 1992 ...
February 18, 2016, The Wall Street Journal
Mark Plotkin is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article discussing the scrutiny that Chinese acquisitions will receive from U.S. regulators. According to Plotkin, "Given the amount of state ownership of Chinese companies, together with the history of espionage between our countries and U.S. concerns about the potential appropriation and proliferation of ...
February 17, 2016, Covington Alert
February 16, 2016, Associated Press
Robert Kelner is quoted in this AP article discussing the intrusive interrogation that all prospective Supreme Court Justices face during the vetting process. According to Kelner, "I always tell clients that they should think long and hard about whether they want to go through the process at all." He continues, "You give up any semblance of privacy. Your name ...
February 10, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has chosen Covington partner Anne Lee to be a member of its 2016 class of Fellows. The program is designed to build relationships and leadership skills that can be passed down to future generations of leaders in the legal profession. Tammy Albarrán, Co-Chair of Diversity Initiatives at Covington ...
February 10, 2016, Law360
Alexander Chinoy is quoted in this Law360 article discussing the number of cases filed at the ITC in 2015. With 36 cases filed, it was the lowest number in five years, in part due to the end of the “smartphone wars.” However, as Chinoy states, "Over the last 10 years, the agency [ITC] has been busy and it remains busy. It’s a testament to the fact that it’s an ...
February 9, 2016, Covington Alert
February 9, 2016, Law360
Jack Schenendorf is quoted in this Law360 article discussing how the Obama administration’s proposed $98.1 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation for fiscal 2017 is unlikely to pick up much momentum. According to Schenendorf, "It's just very surprising that the administration didn't make much of an effort during the surface transportation bill ...
February 8, 2016, BNA's Banking Daily
February 8, 2016
BRUSSELS — Erika Mann, a former Member of the European Parliament and policymaker with over 20 years of experience, has joined Covington in its Brussels office as a senior European policy advisor in the firm’s global Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. Most recently, Ms. Mann served as Managing Director of Public Policy for Facebook in Brussels from ...
February 4, 2016, Covington Alert
February 3, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC — Covington assisted the National Football League in negotiating its partnership with CBS and NBC to produce and televise "Thursday Night Football" for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
In addition to continuing its Thursday Night Football partnership with CBS, the NFL is adding NBC as a partner, with both networks set to air five Thursday Night Football ...
February 2, 2016, Marketplace
Robert Kelner speaks to Marketplace about what super PACS are able to do with leftover funds once candidates suspend their campaigns, in light of Martin O’Malley and Mike Huckabee’s exits from the 2016 presidential primaries. According to Kelner, “Super PACS have very wide discretion on what they can do with left over funds." He continues, “They can’t start ...
January-February 2016, CDR News
Marney Cheek is quoted extensively in a CDR article offering a US perspective of TTIP. According to Cheek, “even though the US and EU represent the world’s largest trade and investment relationship, the TTIP has not, to date, received the same level attention in the United States as it has in Europe.” She points out that the “debate over investor-state ...
Maureen Browne and Alexander Chinoy are quoted in this CDR article assessing the work of the ITC, and its relationship with intellectual property in 2015. Browne states that the ITC is performing well although down from the peak during the ‘smartphone wars’ years, while Chinoy notes a “slight upward trend in the number of cases heard, peaking in outlier years in ...
February 1, 2016, Covington Alert
January/February 2016, Update
January 28, 2016, Bloomberg BNA
Keir Gumbs is quoted extensively in this Bloomberg BNA article regarding his participation in “Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions” webinar. According to Gumbs, the SEC rule that will play a major role in proxy access, “is going to be an important area for staff guidance this year.”
January 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - Law360 has named six Covington practice groups among its “Practice Groups of the Year.”
The practice groups recognized by Law360 are as follows:
January 28, 2016, Covington Alert