Public Client & AG Practice
Zimmerman Reed’s Public Client and AG practice provides legal services to governmental and public entities, including municipalities, public retirement systems, and State Attorneys General. Our firm brings a wealth of experience in representing these entities. And our proven record in litigating complex cases in a wide range of practice areas—including antitrust, consumer protection, antitrust, health care, and securities and investment fraud—makes us uniquely qualified to advise and represent governmental and public entities. We also understand the public policy issues that inform the debate surrounding litigation by governmental and public entities. As such we dedicate significant time and resources to the assessment and investigation phase and have resources to vigorously pursue litigation.
Our successful public sector representation extends to the U.S. Supreme Court with a 9-0 win. The firm represented the State of Mississippi in an antitrust case against LCD manufacturers before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. On January 14, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of Mississippi, holding that a state Attorney General’s parens patriae action is not removable to federal court as a mass action under the Class Action Fairness Act. Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics, 134 S. Ct. 736 (2014). Described by commentators as “Arguably the State AG case of the year.” The Supreme Court decision has significant implications for all state Attorneys General by foreclosing defendants in large enforcement actions from removing state cases out of state court to federal court as mass actions, a practice that corporate defendants routinely attempted prior to this decision.