The Week at Ropes & Gray

In The News
March 20, 2020
  • This week, Ropes & Gray continued to provide up-to-date insights on legal developments and best practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic on its online resource center dedicated to the coronavirus outbreak. The resource center includes updates on:
    • Public Health Guidance, Clinical Trials and Vaccine Development
    • Workforce Planning and Safety
    • SEC Guidance and Enforcement for Public Companies
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Asset Management
    • Contractual and Supply Chain Management Issues for Private Equity Sponsors
    • Real Estate
    • Tax
  • Insights from our attorneys on the impact of COVID-19 were published in major media outlets:
    • Amid the tumult caused by COVID-19, private equity firms are targeting deal-making opportunities. Asset management partner Morri Weinberg commented on the availability of capital for new acquisitions in Financial Times.
    • The spread of the virus may be causing a growing appetite for litigation. Litigation & enforcement partner Gregg Weiner discussed the phenomenon in The American Lawyer.
    • The market turmoil caused by the spread of the virus is creating risks and opportunities for members of the private credit industry. Stefanie Birkmann, co-head of Ropes & Gray’s global finance practice, provided analysis in WSJ Pro Private Equity and Private Equity News.
    • For the first time in more than a century, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to postpone oral arguments scheduled for the next two weeks. Appellate & Supreme Court practice leader Douglas Hallward-Driemeier commented on the situation in Law360.
    • The spread of COVID-19 has introduced new patient privacy challenges for doctors and other health care providers. Health care partner Deborah Gersh examined these challenges in The Chicago Tribune.
    • After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new guidance allowing certain laboratories to develop their own tests for COVID-19, FDA regulatory chair Greg Levine counseled a coronavirus lab test developer through the new approval process. Greg’s efforts were profiled in a Law360 article.
  • The Federal Circuit affirmed Multi Packaging Solutionsinter partes review win against CPI Card Group in a Rule 36 affirmance. The petition was filed in response to a District of Colorado suit initiated by CPI alleging that MPS infringed a patent on making secure gift card packages. Ropes & Gray represented MPS in the appeal.
  • In the latest episode of Ropes & Gray’s Alumni @ RopesTalk podcast series, IP litigation partner Matt Rizzolo interviewed Alex Roberts, who left Ropes & Gray eight years ago and is now an associate professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Alex discussed life as a professor and shared how her experience as an associate at Ropes & Gray helped develop her interest in—and prepare her well for—a career in teaching. 
  • IP litigation partners James Batchelder and James Davis were featured as California’s “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” by The Daily Journal. The list was compiled from hundreds of nominations submitted by lawyers statewide, with the honorees selected by editors based on the impact of their work in intellectual property.
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