Independent Review Panel Releases Interim Report on Integrity Issues Facing Professional Tennis

Wilkinson Stekloff Assists Panel Reviewing Allegations of Match-Fixing and Betting-Related Corruption Washington, D.C. – An Independent Review Panel tasked with reviewing betting-related integrity issues facing professional tennis released its interim report and record of evidence and analysis, finding that “tennis faces a serious integrity problem” and that “no level of professional tennis is immune from betting-related and other breaches of integrity.” The interim report specifically notes that “the problem is particularly acute and pervasive at the lower levels.” Wilkinson Stekloff Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson served on the three-person panel, which was appointed by the organizations responsible for governing professional tennis, including the ATP, the WTA, the ITF, and the Grand Slam Board. Wilkinson Stekloff Founding Partner Sean Eskovitz provided substantial assistance during the course of the review. The independent panel was commissioned after a 2016 report from BuzzFeed and the BBC alleged “evidence of widespread match-fixing by players at the …

Benchmark Names Beth Wilkinson Trial Lawyer Of The Year

Wilkinson Stekloff’s Work On Georgia-Pacific Case Also Recognized By Benchmark WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Stekloff Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Litigation 2018. Benchmark Litigation also awarded Wilkinson Stekloff the National Impact Case Award for its role in winning summary judgment for Georgia-Pacific in a multi-billion dollar class action in Chicago federal court alleging Sherman Act violations by the largest manufacturers in the containerboard and corrugated products industries. The Trial Lawyer of the Year award is the latest in a series of accolades honoring Beth and Wilkinson Stekloff, which Benchmark named the 2017 “Boutique Firm of the Year.” Since founding Wilkinson Stekloff less than two years ago, Beth has notched a string of standout trial victories, been honored and recognized for her and Wilkinson Stekloff’s various successes, and built the firm into a boutique powerhouse while mentoring the next generation of trial lawyers. …

CFPB Dismisses Enforcement Action Against Wilkinson Stekloff Tribal Client

WASHINGTON – On January 18, 2018, the CFPB announced the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the economic development arms of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a sovereign Indian Nation based in California.  The Tribe had retained Wilkinson Stekloff in February 2017, shortly after the Tribe was first contacted by the CFPB, to serve as lead counsel in the event the Bureau decided to bring an enforcement action against its economic development arms, which provide loans over the internet to customers throughout the country who freely consent to tribal jurisdiction as a condition of obtaining their loans. In April 2017, the CFPB sued the tribal arms in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, claiming that the loans they originate violate federal law and regulations because they allegedly violate the laws of several different states. Wilkinson Stekloff’s team moved to transfer the case to the U.S. …

Wilkinson Stekloff Wins Victory for Bayer in First State-Court Xarelto Trial

WASHINGTON – On January 9, 2018, Wilkinson Stekloff, led by Founding Partners Beth Wilkinson and Alexandra Walsh, won the first state-court bellwether trial over the blood-thinner Xarelto when the trial court entered judgment for Bayer and Janssen notwithstanding a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff.  Wilkinson and Wilkinson Stekloff had previously secured two full defense verdicts for Bayer in similar cases in the federal multi-district litigation in Louisiana. In December 2017, a jury in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas awarded nearly $28 million to plaintiff Lynn Hartman in a lawsuit that alleged that Bayer and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals were liable for claims that the Xarelto label did not adequately instruct doctors on the risks of bleeding associated with the anticoagulant Xarelto.  Bayer and Janssen then filed motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and a new trial.  The motions raised two key points (among many others).  …

Law360 MVP: Wilkinson Stekloff’s Beth Wilkinson

Law360, New York — Wilkinson Stekloff & Eskovitz PLLC’s Beth Wilkinson only co-founded her firm a year ago, and she and her team have already scored major victories defending Georgia Pacific from a $10 billion antitrust suit and winning the first two trials in the high-stakes Xarelto litigation, securing her a place as one of Law360’s 2017 Trials MVPs. The story is available here. Her biggest accomplishment this year: Wilkinson said that despite the many trial and motion victories her young firm has notched up this past year, her biggest accomplishment is undoubtedly the founding of Wilkinson Stekloff itself back in January. “The building of our firm and the incredibly talented people we’ve managed to get together to work on these cases has been nothing short of amazing,” Wilkinson said. “We started with 17 lawyers and now we’re at 40, and we’re already taking on big, bet-the-company cases that people normally think only BigLaw can …

Law360 Names Beth Wilkinson MVP of the Year for Trial Practice

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Stekloff Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson has been named MVP of the Year for Trial Practice by Law360. The award recognizes Beth for “securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation” throughout the year. “This award is only possible because of the standout work from the entire Wilkinson Stekloff team, who delivered impressive results for our clients all year,” said Beth Wilkinson. “I am confident that we will build on this success as the firm continues to grow in our third year.” Since founding Wilkinson Stekloff in 2016, Wilkinson has notched a string of exceptional trial victories, received several honors for her and Wilkinson Stekloff’s successes, and helped to build the firm into a boutique powerhouse while mentoring the next generation of trial lawyers. The Law360 award is the latest in a series of accolades honoring Beth and Wilkinson Stekloff, which Benchmark named the 2017 “Boutique Firm of the Year.” …

Benchmark Names Beth Wilkinson a Top 100 Trial Lawyer

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Stekloff Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by Benchmark Litigation 2018. The award recognizes Beth’s expertise as an “elite trial strategist” and her stellar results, based on client and peer review. Since founding Wilkinson Stekloff less than two years ago, Beth has notched a string of standout trial victories; she has delivered other significant results for major clients; and she has built the firm into a boutique powerhouse while mentoring the next generation of trial lawyers. The Benchmark award is the latest in a series of accolades honoring Beth and Wilkinson Stekloff, which Benchmark named the 2017 “Boutique Firm of the Year.” View Benchmark’s Top 100 here. ###

Beth Wilkinson Joins Recode Decode Podcast

WASHINGTON –Wilkinson, Walsh + Eskovitz Founding Partner Beth Wilkinson joined the Recode Decode podcast hosted by Kara Swisher for a conversation about the intersection of technology, law, and politics. Wilkinson was joined on the show by Yelp VP of Public Policy Luther Lowe and special guest co-host Hilary Rosen. This episode of the podcast—released just days after executives from Google, Facebook and Twitter testified on Capitol Hill—focused on relations between Silicon Valley and Washington. “There’s a focus in the government on what’s on the front page when they use their investigative resources, and that’s the same for the FBI, and there can be that perfect storm, and that’s where tech is right now,” Wilkinson said on the podcast.  “They’re in the crosshairs of the government.  You have Congress adding to that . . . and that puts these companies in a very difficult place where they want to cooperate publicly …

Wilkinson Stekloff Wins Two High Stakes Antitrust Cases in Two Months for Georgia-Pacific and the NFL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wilkinson Stekloff has won two major antitrust cases before trial for Georgia Pacific LLC and the National Football League. On August 3, Wilkinson Stekloff won summary judgment for Georgia Pacific LLC in an antitrust class action lawsuit involving over $10 billion in claimed damages.  The court’s decision came just one day after it preliminarily approved a settlement in which Georgia Pacific’s co-defendants agreed to pay over $350 million. Plaintiffs in this case were direct purchasers of containerboard products who claimed that Georgia Pacific and several other major containerboard producers conspired to restrict the supply of containerboard, and thus increase its price, between 2004 and 2010.   After the district court certified Plaintiffs’ proposed class, Georgia Pacific hired Wilkinson Stekloff to handle all aspects of summary judgment briefing and trial. The Wilkinson Stekloff team, led by Beth Wilkinson, Alexandra Walsh, and Brant Bishop, developed an evidentiary record focused on …

Vault Names Wilkinson Stekloff One Of The Best Midsize Firms To Work For

WASHINGTON – Wilkinson Stekloff today was named by Vault as one of the best midsize firms to work for, in the publication’s new 2018 Midsize Quality of Life Rankings and Top 150 Under 150 list. Coming in at #6 overall, Wilkinson Stekloff boasted strong marks in all categories in the review including compensation, diversity, firm culture, quality of life, and overall satisfaction. “We joined together to launch a different kind of firm, one that successfully serves our clients with tight-knit teams of smart, innovative, and highly skilled litigators committed to delivering excellent results,” said founding partner Beth Wilkinson. “Our record in courtrooms across the country speaks for itself and our commitment to training the next generation of trial lawyers by giving them early responsibility will ensure that we continue to excel.” The Midsize Quality of Life rankings are based on the results of a survey distributed to associates at each …