Best Buy v. HannStar (In re LCD Antitrust Litigation): Lead appellate counsel for Best Buy in two appeals to the Ninth Circuit, overseeing the briefing process and delivering both oral arguments. As opt-out plaintiffs from the class actions consolidated in the In re LCD Antitrust Litigation MDL, Best Buy tried its antitrust claims and a federal jury returned a verdict in its favor. HannStar appealed, arguing that the judgment constituted an improper extraterritorial application of federal antitrust laws and challenging the sufficiency of Best Buy’s damages evidence. The Ninth Circuit affirmed judgment for Best Buy under the Sherman Act and Minnesota Antitrust Act, as well as the district court’s award of attorney’s fees and costs to Best Buy.
Allied Erecting, et al v. Genesis Equipment, et al.: Primary author of the brief in this Sixth Circuit appeal, which resulted in the affirmance of the district court’s dismissal of a trade secrets case against the firm’s client.
U.S. v. Bryant: Key member of the appellate team representing former U.S. attorneys who had served in Indian Country who submitted an Amicus Curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Attorneys supported the federal government’s position in this appeal relating to the Violence Against Women Act’s (VAWA) treatment of Native American tribal court convictions as predicate domestic violence convictions, to enable prosecutors to address escalating violence with escalating legal consequences. The Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth Circuit’s decision and validated the position advocated by amici that prior tribal court convictions are properly considered predicate offenses under VAWA.
LifeSpan v. Minneapolis Schools: Part of the appellate team representing the Minneapolis Public Schools before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which obtained reversal of summary judgment against the firm’s client. Katie worked closely with co-counsel, providing strategic guidance on how to frame arguments in the briefs and mooting co-counsel, which led to reversal of a judgment of more than $700,000 against the MPS.
Gray v. FedEx Ground Package Systems, Inc.: Part of the appellate team before the Eighth Circuit that, in collaboration with co-counsel, won reversal of a grant of summary judgment to the class plaintiffs for FedEx Ground Packaging System, Inc. in this employment classification class action. The Eighth Circuit held that summary judgment was improperly granted on the issue of whether FedEx Ground’s truck operators are independent contractors or employees under Missouri law, and reversed and remanded.