Responses prepared by Skadden’s New York Litigation Group.
What are some of the department’s most satisfying successes of the past year and why? Our most satisfying successes often have implications beyond those faced by our clients. We aim to surpass clients’ expectations and demonstrate why we are their first call when tackling any issue. We recently navigated plaintiff-friendly venues to successfully defend Johnson & Johnson in back-to-back jury trials involving its baby powder, with over $1 billion in claims on the line in the highly publicized cases. We also represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a challenge to its affirmative action admissions process. Following a three-week hybrid trial, the court agreed that our client’s process was lawful. Had that result gone another way, the use of affirmative action in college admissions may have had implications nationwide. This case has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.