Selected Filings, Presentations, and Media Mentions

  • On June 10, 2019, the Supreme Court issued a favorable decision for Petitioner in Parker Drilling Management Servs., Ltd. v. Newton, No. 18-389, a case in which Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief in support of Petitioner on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America. Describing it as "a close question of statutory interpretation," the Court unanimously held that state law applies on the outer continental shelf "only if federal law does not address the relevant issue." The Court found its textual reading reinforced by statutory context, because given "the primacy of federal law" on the outer continental shelf, it would make little sense for ordinary preemption principles to apply. The opinion can be found here.

  • On June 3, 2019, the Supreme Court issued a favorable decision for respondent hospitals in Azar v. Allina Health Services, No. 17-1484. Deutsch Hunt PLLC represented the hospitals as co-counsel with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In a 7-1 decision written by Justice Gorsuch, the Court affirmed the D.C. Circuit, holding that the Medicare Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking before it can change the standard governing Medicare payment to hospitals for services furnished to low-income patients. The Court rejected the government's argument that the Medicare Act incorporates the APA's exception for interpretive rules, and held that "when the government establishes or changes an avowedly 'gap'-filling policy" for Medicare, it cannot evade notice and comment by contending that the policy is an interpretive rule. The opinion can be found here.

  • On May 16, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC's amicus brief on behalf of Investors Exchange LLC (IEX) in support of the SEC in The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC and NYSE Arca, Inc. v. SEC, Nos. 18-1292, 18-1293 (D.C. Cir.), was described in Richard Henderson, 'Flash Boys' exchange IEX backs regulator in data fees fight, Financial Times, May 16, 2019 (subscription required).

  • On April 24, 2019, Ruthanne Deutsch was quoted by Tony Mauro in Supreme Court Brief regarding the Supreme Court's order in Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, dismissing the case as improvidently granted ("DIG"), an outcome foreshadowed by the amicus brief filed by Deutsch Hunt PLLC in support of Respondents, on behalf of the North American Securities Administrators Association. Read Tony Mauro, Anatomy of a 'DIG' (paid subscription required).

  • On April 8, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed a final brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States as amicus curiae in support of Plaintiff-Appellant, in Ipsen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Azar, No. 18-5299 (D.C. Cir.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On April 1, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed a brief on behalf of the Small Business Majority Foundation as amicus curiae in support of Defendants-Appellants, in Texas v. United States, No. 19-10011 (5th Cir.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On March 28, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed a brief on behalf of the North American Securities Administrators Association as amicus curiae in support of Respondents, in Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, No. 18-459 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On March 20, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed a brief on behalf of property and tort law scholars as amici curiae in support of Appellants, in City of Oakland v. B.P. P.L.C., No. 18-16663 (9th Cir.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On March 15, 2019, Hyland Hunt published an article analyzing a recent SDNY decision regarding the dormant commerce clause, as part of Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Opinion Letter series. Read Court Finds NY Unconstitutionally Shifted Cost of "Opioid Stewardship Fund" to Out-of-State Commerce, Washington Legal Foundation, Mar. 15, 2019.

  • On March 8, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC, together with lead counsel Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, filed a brief on behalf of America's Health Insurance Plans as amicus curiae in support of certiorari, in Moda Health Plan v. United States and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina v. United States, No. 18-1028 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On February 28, 2019, the Candid Counsel interviewed Ruthanne Deutsch as part of its "Marquee Players" section, which features talented and innovative small-firm lawyers and inside counsel. Read Margaret M. Cassidy, Marquee Player: Attorney Ruthanne Deutsch, The Candid Counsel, Feb. 28, 2019.

  • On February 27, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America as amicus curiae in support of Petitioner on the merits, in Parker Drilling Management Servs., Ltd. v. Newton, No. 18-389 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On February 12, 2019, Deutsch Hunt's amicus brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce in support of Petitioner in Soundboard Ass'n v. FTC was quoted in C. Ryan Barber, Compliance Hot Spots: DOJ Defends FTC Staff Advisory Opinions, National Law Journal, Feb. 12, 2019 (subscription required).

  • In January 2019, Ruthanne Deutsch was featured in a story about the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute, in which she was recognized as last year's most frequent "justice" for the Institute's Supreme Court moots. Read Barbara Grzincic, The School for SCOTUS, Georgetown Law Magazine, Fall-Winter 2018.

  • On January 16, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of Casey Family Programs and thirty other organizations with expertise in child welfare as amici curiae in support of the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, in Brackeen v. Zinke, No. 18-11479 (5th Cir.).

  • On January 8, 2019, Ruthanne Deutsch was quoted in a story about the need for Supreme Court review in Soundboard Ass'n v. FTC. Read Anne Cullen, FTC Soundboard Ban Already Crushing Industry, Justices Told, Law360, Jan. 8, 2019 (registration required).

  • On January 7, 2019, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America and the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center as amici curiae in support of certiorari, in Soundboard Ass'n v. FTC, No. 18-722 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On December 13, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC, together with lead counsel Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, filed a brief at the merits stage in the Supreme Court on behalf of Allina Health Services and other hospitals in Azar v. Allina Health Servs., No. 17-1484 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On October 26, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America as amicus curiae in support of certiorari, in Parker Drilling Management Servs., Ltd. v. Newton, No. 18-389 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On September 24, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America as amicus curiae in support of Respondents, in Chan Healthcare Group v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. , No. 95416-0 (Wash. S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On September 21, 2018, Ruthanne Deutsch served as a panelist for two sessions during the Supreme Court IP Review conference at Chicago-Kent College of Law, reviewing decisions from last term and previewing this term’s intellectual property cases to be heard by the Supreme Court.

  • On September 17, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC, together with Kirkland & Ellis LLP filed an amicus brief in support of Respondent in Jam v. International Finance Corp., No. 17-1011 (S. Ct.). Ruthanne M. Deutsch represented 17 member countries of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency as amici curiae. The brief may be viewed here.

  • On July 27, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America as amicus curiae in support of certiorari, in Emerson Electric Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., Orange County, No. 17-1713 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On June 18, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as amicus curiae in support of Petitioner, in Stokeling v. United States, No. 17-5554 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On June 14, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Small Business Majority Foundation as amicus curiae in opposition to a preliminary injunction, in Texas v. United States of America, No. 4:18-cv-167 (N.D. Tex.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On April 19, 2018, Ruthanne Deutsch was interviewed for a story about the potential impact of Lucia v. SEC, prompted by the amicus brief filed by Deutsch Hunt PLLC on behalf of the Association of Administrative Law Judges. Read Jennifer Bennett, High Court Dispute Over SEC Judges Could Affect Other Agencies, Bloomberg Law, Apr. 19, 2018.

  • On April 2, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Association of Administrative Law Judges as amicus curiae in support of affirming the judgment below, in Lucia v. SEC, No. 17-130 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On March 7, 2018, Hyland Hunt gave a presentation as part of a CLE webinar presented by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law entitled Inter Partes Review After Oil States: Likely Impact and Next Challenges. A recording of the event is available here (paid registration required).

  • On March 1, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Certified Service Providers and the Software & Information Industry Association as amici curiae in support of neither party, in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., No. 17-494 (S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • Deutsch Hunt PLLC's amicus brief on behalf of Federal Courts and Federal Indian Law Scholars in support of Respondents in Patchak v. Zinke, No. 16-498 (S. Ct.), was mentioned in connection with the Supreme Court's decision in favor of Respondents (issued on February 27).

  • On January 31, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of America's Health Insurance Plans as amicus curiae in support of Appellant BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, in Individual Healthcare Specialists, Inc. v. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. (Tenn. S. Ct.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On January 23, 2018, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of America's Health Insurance Plans as amicus curiae in support of West Virginia officials in Air Evac EMS, Inc. v. Cheatham, No. 17-2349 (4th Cir.). The brief may be viewed here.

  • On January 17, 2018, Ruthanne Deutsch was interviewed by Tony Mauro in a "Q&A" feature in Supreme Court Brief about amicus briefs filed by former judges, prompted by the amicus brief filed by Deutsch Hunt PLLC in Hall v. Hall. Read Tony Mauro, Q&A: When Former Judges Become Friends of the Court-and Clients (paid subscription required).

  • On December 19, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of retired U.S. District Judges as amici curiae in support of Respondents in Hall v. Hall, No. 16-1150 (S. Ct.).  The brief may be viewed here.

  • On November 2, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the American Lighting Association, Home Furnishings Association, Jewelers of America, National Sporting Goods Association and six other national trade associations as amici curiae in support of Petitioner in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., No. 17-494 (S. Ct.).  The brief may be viewed here.

  • Deutsch Hunt's amicus brief on behalf of Federal Courts and Federal Indian Law Scholars in Patchak v. Zinke, was mentioned in news coverage previewing the argument in that case (held on November 7).

  • On October 16, 2017, the amicus brief filed by Deutsch Hunt PLLC on behalf of 3M Co., The Procter & Gamble Co., Johnson & Johnson, Shell International, and other companies in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC, was quoted in an article about the intellectual property cases before the Supreme Court in its 2017 term. Read Scott Graham, At High Court, Just One IP Case That Matters, National Law Journal, Oct. 16, 2017 (registration required).

  • On October 2, 2017, the news media covered the Supreme Court's denial of a petition claiming that public use of North Carolina beaches was a taking despite historic and long-standing public use of the beaches. Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed a successful brief in opposition to the petition on behalf of Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

  • On September 18, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of Federal Courts and Federal Indian Law Scholars as amici curiae in support of Respondents in Patchak v. Zinke, No. 16-498 (S. Ct.).  The brief may be viewed here.

  • On September 13, 2017, Ruthanne Deutsch and Hyland Hunt presented a CLE for Lawline that illustrated strategies for persuading the Supreme Court that a case warrants certiorari review and presented tips for arguing a case in front of the Justices.

  • On August 31, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of 3M Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Cargill Incorporated, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto Company, the Procter & Gamble Company, Raytheon Company, and Shell International as amici curiae in support of neither party in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712 (S. Ct.).  
  • On July 26, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC was mentioned in connection with its representation, together with lead counsel Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, of hospitals in a successful D.C. Circuit appeal invalidating an attempted Medicare rule in Allina Health Servs. v. Price. Read Eric Topor, Hospitals Score Big Win on Appeal of Medicare Payment Rule, BNA, Jul. 26, 2017.

  • On June 27, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of Former U.S. Counterterrorism and National Security Officials as amici curiae in support of Petitioners in Jesner v. Arab Bank PLC, No. 16-499 (S. Ct.).  The brief may be viewed here.

  • On May 19, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC, together with Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP, filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Civil Liberties Union as amici curiae in support of Petitioner in Class v. United States, No. 16-424 (S. Ct.).  The brief may be viewed here.

  • On March 31, 2017, Hyland Hunt moderated the Supreme Court Review panel at the ABA's 2017 National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, hosted by the Section of Labor and Employment Law.

  • On March 27, 2017, Ruthanne Deutsch gave a presentation regarding Endrew F. v. Douglas County School Board, as part of the D.C. Bar's CLE seminar series on issues and cases before the court. More about the event can be viewed here.

  • On March 6, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of Current and Former Directors of Publicly Traded Companies as amici curiae in support of Petitioner in California Public Employees' Retirement Sys. v. ANZ Securities Inc., No. 16-373 (S. Ct.).  The brief may be viewed here.

  • On March 2, 2017, Ruthanne Deutsch and Hyland Hunt published an article, First Steps for Launching Your Own Firm, in the Winter 2017 issue of The Woman Advocate. Read the article here (ABA membership required).

  • On February 7, 2017, Deutsch Hunt PLLC, together with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, filed an amicus brief on behalf of America's Health Insurance Plans in Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Ins. Co. v. United States, No. 17-1224, arguing in support of Appellant in an appeal addressing the Affordable Care Act's risk corridors program.

  • On February 6, 2017, Ruthanne Deutsch and Hyland Hunt presented a podcast on Ten Tips for Preparing and Presenting Oral Argument for the American Bar Association's Sound Advice podcast series.
    • Listen to the podcast here (ABA membership required).
    • Read the companion written summary here.

  • On December 21, 2016, Deutsch Hunt PLLC  filed an amicus brief on behalf of AASA, the School Superintendents Association; CASE, the Council of Administrators of Special Education; the Association of School Business Officials International; and five other educational organizations as amici curiae in support of Respondent in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School Board, No. 15-827 (S. Ct.).