The National Law Journal recognized partner Amanda MacDonald as a 2021 Litigation “Trailblazer” for her representation of CVS Health in multiple federal and state securities class actions. Plaintiffs’ firms around the country have leveraged a 2018 Supreme Court ruling to file substantively identical 1933 Securities Act claims in state and federal courts in parallel. CVS Health, represented by Mandy and a Williams & Connolly team, has won multiple motions to dismiss or stay the cases in light of the others that had been filed. In 2020, CVS Health won a motion to stay the cases filed in one state court under the “first-to-file” rule. Then, in February 2021, the team secured a dismissal with prejudice of one of the claims pending in federal court (a decision that is currently on appeal) and a month later, the New York Supreme Court-Appellate Division unanimously reversed the trial court’s denial of the motion to dismiss, ending the cases filed in that jurisdiction. Other team members representing CVS Health in these matters include Steve Farina, George Borden, Melissa Collins, Michael Mestitz, and Elizabeth Wilson.
Mandy co-chairs Williams & Connolly’s Securities Litigation and Securities Enforcement practice groups and is a leader in the firm’s investigations practice. She defends Fortune 100 issuers, underwriters, Big 4 accounting firms, and corporate officers in securities litigation, class actions, and investigations and enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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