Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Law.com’s list of the top ten defense wins of 2004 has only one contract dispute on it, but that one was a doozy. The online journal picked Swiss Re’s court victory in its insurance coverage dispute with the World Trade Center owners as one of the year’s biggest victories. In the case, the WTC owners had claimed that the two planes that crashed into the two towers were two separate occurrences under the policy, while Swiss Re successfully argued that it was only one. Swiss Re was represented by Barry R. Ostrager and Mary Kay Vyskocil of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Three other business-related cases made the top-ten, including Latham & Watkins’s successful antitrust case for Oracle Corp. in its bid for PeopleSoft (voted number one), Fish & Richardson’s win for Microsoft in a major patent dispute, and Orrick Herrington’s defense of Union Carbide in a fraud action by Kelly-Moore Paint.