The Week at Ropes & Gray
❖Aimbridge Hospitality Announces Merger with Interstate Hotels & Resorts
❖Department of Education Begins to Redress Unlawful Loan Payment Denials
❖Health Care Attorneys Examine India’s Final Clinical Trial Rules
❖IP Litigators Address Supreme Court Ruling on Government Patent Challenges
❖Anti-Corruption Attorney Presents on Triaging Whistleblower Allegations
❖Private Equity Lawyer Honored for Leadership in Advancing Women in Law
This week, Ropes & Gray attorneys advised a major hospitality firm on a merger and contributed thought leadership on key developments in health care, intellectual property and anti-corruption law. Pro bono clients were awarded redress following a successful lawsuit brought by the firm. And a leading private equity partner was recognized for her efforts in advancing opportunities for women in law. Here’s a summary of the week’s highlights:
- Aimbridge Hospitality, North America’s largest independent hotel management firm, announced its merger with Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading independent multinational hotel operator. Ropes & Gray represented Ambridge Hospitality in the merger.
- The Department of Education has begun to restore loan payment credits to American Bar Association employees and other public servants who were previously denied relief through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). This development follows a successful Ropes & Gray pro bono lawsuit alleging that the department mismanaged the PSLF by retroactively—and wrongly—changing eligibility requirements.
- India has finalized various rules under its clinical trial regulatory framework, which has been undergoing significant transformation since 2013. Health care partner Mark Barnes and associate Minal Caron examine these rules in a Food and Drug Law Journal article.
- In Return Mail v. U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government is not a “person” with the standing to challenge a patent under the America Invents Act. IP litigation partner Matt Rizzolo and associate Kyle Tsui provide insight on the decision in IP Litigator.
- Ryan Rohlfsen, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s global anti-corruption and international risk practice and a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Fraud Section, FCPA Unit, delivered a presentation on investigating whistleblower allegations at the First Chair Awards Conference in Chicago.
- Private equity partner and co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s Women’s Forum Amanda Morrison will be recognized at Corporate Counsel’s Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards as a “Women’s Legal Awards – Private Practice” honoree. The awards honor general counsel, in-house leaders and law firm partners who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in law.
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