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Cali Cope-Kasten

Associate

Cali is an Associate at Wilkinson Stekloff. Since joining the firm at its founding in 2016, she has served as a member of seven trial teams. Her experience includes three federal multi-district litigation bellwether jury trials and two bench trials. She has argued numerous motions in state and federal court, including recently in Hardeman v. Monsanto, the first federal-court trial over allegations that Roundup causes Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Cali has also helped obtain successful results for clients prior to trial. She has represented former government officials in a nationally publicized series of cases brought under the Freedom of Information Act. She has also briefed every stage of litigation, including securing a full grant of summary judgment for Georgia-Pacific LLC in a recent consumer class action.

Cali represents corporate clients across a diverse set of industries, from pharmaceuticals to sports to social media. Before joining the firm, Cali practiced at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in Washington, DC.


Education

  • Undergraduate: Macalester College, B.A., summa cum laude.
  • Law: University of Michigan, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Managing Board, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.

Clerkship

  • Judge John R. Tunheim, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Notable Matters

  • Member of trial team for Monsanto in Hardeman v. Monsanto, the first federal-court trial over allegations that Roundup causes Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff. Cali has assisted with post-trial briefing as well as the ongoing expert witness preparation and strategy in the larger MDL.
  • Helped brief summary judgment for Georgia-Pacific in Kleen Products LLC et al. v. Packaging Corporation of America et al., 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 court granted summary judgment for Georgia-Pacific one day after it preliminarily approved a settlement in which the company’s codefendants agreed to pay over $350 million.
  • Member of trial team for the NCAA in lawsuits brought by current and former student- athletes challenging, under the Sherman Act, NCAA rules limiting the level of athletics-based financial aid and benefits that student-athletes may receive. The Court’s opinion reaffirmed the procompetitive value of the NCAA’s rules limiting pay for student-athletes while enjoining certain limitations on benefits that student-athletes may receive. An appeal is pending.
  • Member of trial teams for Bayer in the first two federal multi-district litigation bellwether trials in Louisiana involving the blood-thinner Xarelto, and in the second state-court bellwether trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Obtained complete defense verdicts in all three trials.
  • Member of trial team on behalf of Facebook, Oculus VR, and individual defendants in ZeniMax Media et al. v. Oculus VR et al., a federal jury trial in the Northern District of Texas. Plaintiffs sought $6 billion in damages based on allegations that the defendants improperly used its trade secrets and other intellectual property in designing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Obtained a defense verdict for Facebook and a partial defense verdict for the remaining defendants, including the jury’s rejection of plaintiffs’ lead claim of trade secret misappropriation. Wilkinson Stekloff’s post-trial briefing persuaded the court to sanction plaintiffs withholding evidence and prevented them from recovering $40 million in attorneys’ fees.

Publications

  • It’s Time to Start Showing a Little Restraint: In Search of a Compromise on Federal Seclusion and Restraint Legislation, 47 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 217 (2013).
  • Bidding (Fair)well to Due Process: The Need for a Fairer Final Stage in Special Education Dispute Resolution, 42 J.L. & EDUC. 501 (2013).
  • Cali Cope-Kasten & Patrick Schmidt, Book Review, 17 L. & POL. BOOK REV. 158 (2009) (reviewing DAVID KAIRYS, PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM: MEMOIR OF A CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER (2008)).

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