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Litigation 2010 (3)

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InnovationHelping to set up one of the largest desalination plants in the US
Originality6
Rationale6
Impact6
Total18
DescriptionBreaking ground on the Carlsbad Ocean Water desalination plant in San Diego required an expert team of lawyers to jump over regulatory and litigation hurdles as well as help the sponsor, Poseidon Resources, meet its voluntary commitment to a carbon-neutral project

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InnovationAn epic battle over an artificial blood vessel
Originality7
Rationale7
Impact6
Total20
DescriptionUsing sophisticated graphics and thorough preparation, the firm defended CR Bard, the inventor of the artificial blood vessel, and won $658m in damages from WL Gore & Associates, which tried to claim the patent in a battle spanning three decades

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InnovationDefending railwaycompanies from being liable for the pollution of others
Originality7
Rationale7
Impact7
Total21
DescriptionThe lawyers crafted a creative solution to their client’s environmental dispute that involved a return to first principles and 19th-century law. The resulting win in the US Supreme Court gave clarity to the law in terms of what constitutes reasonable apportionment