September 03, 2009
The Friends Are All Here
Posted by William Birdthistle

Today was the deadline for all amici supporting Harris Associates to file their briefs in the Supreme Court case of Jones v. Harris.  Neither the official Supreme Court docket nor the SCOTUSwiki for the case reflects today's filings yet, but I've seen a number of briefs distributed throughout the day.  So here is a preliminary list of amici, together with their counsel:

  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, represented by Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin
  • Mutual Fund Directors Forum, represented by G. Eric Brunstad of Dechert
  • Cato Institute, represented by Ilya Shapiro & Timothy Sandefur
  • Fidelity Management & Research, represented by Jim Benedict of Milbank and Stephen Shapiro of Mayer Brown
  • Independent Directors Council, represented by Ted Olson of Gibson Dunn 
  • Law and Finance Professors, represented by Frances S. Cohen of Bingham McCutchen (Specifically, the professors are William Baumol, Michael Bradley, William Carney, Stephen Choi, Robert Clark, John Coates, Allen Ferrell, Joseph Grundfest, Ehud Kamar, Steven Kaplan, Edmund Kitch, Kate Litvak, Thomas Lys, Jonathan Macey, Fred McChesney, Adam Pritchard, Mark Ramseyer, Larry Ribstein, Eric Roiter, Steven Schwarcz, Kenneth Scott, J.W. Verret, Sunil Wahal, and Roman Weil.)
  • Chamber of Commerce, represented by Richard Bernstein and Barry Barbash of Willkie Farr
  • Investment Company Institute, represented by Seth Waxman of WilmerHale

Last month, the following amici filed in support of the petitioners Jones, et al.:

  • Law Professors (specifically, the professors are Barbara Aldave, myself, Barbara Black, Douglas Branson, Jim Cox, Steven Davidoff, Lisa Fairfax, Jim Fanto, Jesse Fried, Theresa Gabaldon, Joan MacLeod Heminway, Don Langevoort, David Millon, Larry Mitchell, Bud Murdock, Donna Nagy, Liz Nowicki, Alan Palmiter, Frank Partnoy, Margaret V. Sachs, Bill Sjostrom, Marc Steinberg, Ahmed Taha, Steven Thel, Randall Thomas, and Manning Warren.)
  • John Bogle
  • AARP & Consumer Federation of America
  • National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys
  • North American Securities Administrators Association
  • Professors Deborah DeMott and Mark Ascher
  • Professors Robert Litan, Robert Mason, and Ian Ayres
  • The United States

Even by Supreme Court standards, this collection appears to be a large, impressive, and remarkable array of contending forces for a business law case. 

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