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Out-of-State Client Successfully Defends Against Preliminary Injunction

Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC was hired to defend an out-of-state manufacturer of hybrid batteries in a preliminary injunction proceeding by an Alabama automobile manufacturer. The expedited discovery schedule resulted in the production of hundreds of thousands of documents and included depositions in Alabama, Michigan, Texas, and London. Following a two-day hearing, the court found in favor of Spotswood’s client, concluding that the automobile manufacturer had not met the injunction standards regarding likelihood of success on the merits, irreparable harm, and public interest. We are a boutique law firm built for flexibility.

Federal Judge Agrees with SSS Interpretation of Motor Carrier Act

In a putative nationwide class action and collective wage-and-hour action involving temporary employees, Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC obtained summary judgment on federal overtime claims based on innovative arguments regarding the Motor Carrier Act exemption. Spotswood attorneys argued that prior decisions construing an amendment to the exemption were incorrect, and persuaded the federal judge that their interpretation was correct — a decision which had significant ramifications for motor carriers nationwide, as well as for other litigation faced by Spotswood’s client. In every case and in every situation we face, we consider the long-term, big-picture legal implications of the strategies that we create.

National Class Action Dismissed Pre-Certification Regarding ERISA Claims

Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC, as national counsel, obtained pre-certification dismissal of a putative nationwide ERISA class action and putative New England state law class action alleging that a motor carrier jointly employed certain drivers who worked for independent transportation services contractors. In its decision, the district court ruled that the plaintiffs had failed to exhaust administrative remedies as contemplated by ERISA and had not complied with federal pleading requirements as clarified by the United States Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 127 S. Ct. 1955 (2007). Following dismissal of the federal ERISA claims, the district court declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the pendent state-law claims. Since our founding in 2001, Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC has taken on some of the most important legal issues facing businesses in America.