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Covington Named to NLJ’s ‘Appellate Hot List’

April 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, April 19, 2011 The National Law Journal named Covington and Burling LLP for the third time to its “Appellate Hot List.” The 2011 list recognizes firms whose appellate track records include significant victories in cases that affect the course of industries, vindicate important constitutional rights, and have high financial stakes. The list and profiles of the winning practices appear in the NLJ’s April 18th issue.

Covington’s profile in the NLJ cites Covington victories in two Supreme Court cases and thirteen court of appeals cases, including a win valued at more than $1 billion. The profile also praises Robert Long, chair of Covington’s appellate practice, who has argued sixteen cases before the high court.

The NLJ highlighted the firm’s work in Conkright v. Frommert, an ERISA case where the Supreme Court ruled for Xerox’s pension plan and held that “a single honest mistake” in a plan interpretation does not justify stripping a plan administrator of deference in subsequent interpretations of the plan. The NLJ also spotlighted the firm’s work in UFCW Local 1776 v. Eli Lilly and Co., where the Second Circuit rejected class certification for third-party payers who sought up to $7.7 billion in damages in a RICO action against Eli Lilly, holding such claims required individualized proof. In addition, the NLJ noted the firm’s work in Robertson v. Watson, a Supreme Court case, that presented a constitutional challenge to a District of Columbia law that allows victims of domestic abuse to pursue criminal contempt proceedings against individuals who violate court-issued civil protective orders.

Covington’s highly regarded appellate practice, spanning offices across the country, includes former federal judges, former assistants to the Solicitor General, and a large number of former federal appellate and U.S. Supreme Court law clerks.

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