RSHC in the news

    • October 2020

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila Secures Another Victory for Humane Society

    RSHC’s Bruce Wagman represented the Humane Society of the United States and several other animal protection groups in a successful defense of California's landmark farm animal protection law, Proposition 12. The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) had sought to overturn the prohibition on the sale in California of pork and veal products that come from animals who were kept in cruel confinement conditions.
    Full story: Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila Secures Another Victory for Humane Society
    • July 2020

    Bruce Wagman Secures Victory for the Humane Society

    RSHC’s Bruce Wagman has secured another victory on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States. This time, the win comes in the form of successfully defending the constitutionality of San Francisco’s ban on the sale of fur. Last week a federal judge dismissed the fur industry’s challenge to the ban finding that the fur industry had failed to present a valid legal theory for why San Francisco’s law was unconstitutional.
    Full story: Bruce Wagman Secures Victory for the Humane Society
    • June 2020

    Bruce Wagman Published in Marin Independent Journal About Recent Win for Birds Across America

    The federal government has been mandated by federal law to protect birds in commerce since 2002. However, it was not until this year that the American Anti-Vivisection Society and Avian Welfare Coalition finally won its fight to force the government to enact regulations that will cover birds sold commercially and used in exhibitions, public shows, and zoos.
    Full story: Bruce Wagman Published in Marin Independent Journal About Recent Win for Birds Across America
    • July 2019

    RSHC Secures Dismissal of All Claims Against Bitcoin Exchange Founder

    RSHC’s Yakov Wiegmann, Amory Minot, and Matthew Lee have secured the final dismissal of conversion, breach of contract, and fraud claims against cryptocurrency pioneer Jered Kenna. Mr. Kenna was the founder of Tradehill, one of the earliest bitcoin exchanges. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. of the Northern District of California ruled that the four plaintiffs’ complaints were doomed for failure to pierce Tradehill’s corporate veil.
    Full story: RSHC Secures Dismissal of All Claims Against Bitcoin Exchange Founder
    • February 2019

    Netsmart Technologies’ Invalidation of Troll Patent on Abstract Idea Affirmed by Federal Circuit

    On February 8, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed a win for Netsmart Technologies, Inc. against the appellants, Uniloc USA, Inc. and Uniloc Luxembourg S.A., both non-practicing entities. The appellate court panel, consisting of Judges Wallach, Moore, and Hughes, affirmed by per curium order the district court’s grant of Netsmart’s motion to dismiss a patent infringement suit last May, because the asserted patents were directed to unpatentable subject matter.
    Full story: Netsmart Technologies’ Invalidation of Troll Patent on Abstract Idea Affirmed by Federal Circuit
    • July 2018

    Chicago Victory Protects Status as Welcoming City

    On Friday, July 27, Judge Leinenweber of the Northern District of Illinois entered a permanent injunction against the Trump Administration’s attempts to force the City of Chicago’s cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts as a condition of receiving federal grant funding. The Court’s injunction invalidates three conditions that the Administration imposed on Byrne JAG funding, and will allow Chicago to receive and use these critical funds for local law enforcement efforts.
    Full story: Chicago Victory Protects Status as Welcoming City
    • July 2018

    DC Federal Court Suspends Indiscrimate Detention of Some Asylum Seekers

    On July 2, a federal judge in Washington, DC ordered ICE to stop blanket denials of parole to asylum seekers at five of its Field Offices, and to follow its own internal 2009 Parole Directive which requires individualized determinations of parole applications. In issuing his preliminary injunction, Judge James Boasberg relied on ICE data which RSHC lawyers Mishan Wroe and Yakov Wiegmann had helped obtain in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The data showed that the five ICE Field Offices are flouting the 2009 Directive, detaining nearly all asylum seekers even when they pose no flight risk or danger to the public.
    Full story: DC Federal Court Suspends Indiscrimate Detention of Some Asylum Seekers
    • June 2018

    7th Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year in Residence’ Rule

    The NCAA’s ‘Year in Residence” Rule permits Division I football student athletes to apply to transfer to different schools and to play at their new school after a year in academic residence. The rule operates to prevent trading from year to year like professional athletes. On June 25 the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected antitrust claims stating the NCAA’s eligibility rules define the status of student athletes and preserve the amateur character of college athletics. Congratulations to the NCAA and Greg Curtner on this victory.
    Full story: 7th Circuit Upholds NCAA ‘Year in Residence’ Rule
    • April 2018

    Another Sanctuary Cities Victory Against the DOJ

    The Riley Safer team, in partnership with WilmerHale, helped the City of Chicago achieve another victory against the Trump administration on Thursday. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Leinenweber's grant to Chicago of a nationwide injunction stopping Attorney General Jeff Sessions from applying new conditions to grant money to force cities across the country to cooperate with immigration authorities.
    Full story: Another Sanctuary Cities Victory Against the DOJ
    • February 2018

    RSHC Partner Testifies Before the Missouri Senate on the Public Policy Behind Statutes of Limitations.

    RSHC Partner Brian Watson testified before the Missouri Senate on the public policy behind statutes of limitations and Senate Bill 934, which would reduce the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits from five years to three years in Missouri.
    Full story: RSHC Partner Testifies Before the Missouri Senate on the Public Policy Behind Statutes of Limitations.
    • January 2018

    Backing Beaman’s Rights to Sue for Wrongful Conviction

    RSHC Partner Ron Safer, one of Alan Beaman’s attorneys from Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, along with eleven other former federal prosecutors back his efforts to sue former Normal police officers.
    Full story: Backing Beaman’s Rights to Sue for Wrongful Conviction
    • November 2017

    Arthur Brown, Free After 29 Years for Wrongful Arson Conviction

    On Tuesday, November 14, Arthur Brown walked out of prison and into the arms of his family after serving over 29 years for a crime he did not commit. In an all too familiar story, Arthur was convicted based solely on a confession he gave after being beaten and choked by police officers. A team of lawyers from RSHC worked to free Arthur and unraveled the State’s case. After a lengthy hearing, RSHC lawyers convinced the Judge to vacate Arthur’s conviction. Kim Foxx and her staff dug into the facts and quickly dismissed the case.
    Full story: Arthur Brown, Free After 29 Years for Wrongful Arson Conviction
    • September 2017

    RSHC Prevails in 7th Circuit Appeal – Krik v. Exxon Mobil Corp

    Congrats to the RSHC team for a significant victory in the 7th Circuit.
    Full story: RSHC Prevails in 7th Circuit Appeal – Krik v. Exxon Mobil Corp
    • April 2017

    RSHC Texas Patent Victory Affirmed by Federal Circuit

    On Wednesday, April 12, the Federal Circuit affirmed a victory for our client Allscripts Healthcare Solutions in a patent infringement case brought in the Eastern District of Texas. Allscripts, a leader in the medical records software and solutions industry, was accused of infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,640,271 which claimed a “portal”-type system for patient access to electronic medical records. The case was brought by a non-practicing entity, Preservation Wellness.
    Full story: RSHC Texas Patent Victory Affirmed by Federal Circuit
    • February 2017

    All Charges Against "Marquette Park 4" Dismissed

    State’s Attorney Dismisses All Charges Against Wrongfully Convicted "Marquette Park 4", Ron Safer and Eli Litoff Part of the Team of Lawyers that Provided Pro Bono Legal Counsel.
    Full story: All Charges Against "Marquette Park 4" Dismissed