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Steve Rummage of Davis Wright Tremaine. Steve Rummage of Davis Wright Tremaine.

Tell us about your top U.S. Supreme Court or federal circuit court victory over the past year and how you and your team achieved the win. In Microsoft v. Baker, Stephen Rummage, Fred Burnside and former partner (now Stanford professor) Jeffrey Fisher earned an 8-0 victory at the Supreme Court. The court held the Ninth Circuit lacked jurisdiction over an appeal seeking review of an order striking class allegations, after plaintiffs manufactured a final judgment by voluntarily dismissing with prejudice. The decision capped 10 years of litigation, during which judges twice denied class certification and the Ninth Circuit twice denied review. The team exposed the practical effect of the Ninth Circuit’s assertion of jurisdiction: It unfairly allowed plaintiffs an avenue to review class certification decisions that was unavailable to defendants.

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