Hogan Lovells Partner Christopher Handman Recognized by 2013 Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers
21 November 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. 21 November 2013 – Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that partner Christopher Handman and Hogan Lovells were recognized in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution category in the 2013 Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers Report.
Handman was commended for successfully challenging a rule issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which granted an unprecedented Clean Air Act regulatory exemption to truck manufacturer Navistar. EPA’s action allowed Navistar to continue to use unlawful emissions-control technology in its engines years after all its competitors—including Handman’s client, Daimler Trucks North America—had engineered engines that fully complied with new, tougher pollution standards. In a unanimous decision, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that EPA violated the law by adopting this radical new rule without affording Navistar’s competitors any advance notice of the rule and without soliciting any comments from those interested parties.
The Hogan Lovells victory led to immediate real-world business benefits for Daimler. Following the D.C. Circuit’s decision, Navistar announced that it would abandon its nonconforming technology and adopt the same emissions-control technology that Daimler had used for years. Further, Navistar voluntarily dismissed three different pending lawsuits challenging Daimler’s implementation of its technology, favorably resolving years of litigation within the truck industry. Handman argued the appeal and was assisted on the briefs by partner Latane Montague and associate Sean Marotta.
The FT report was released at a gala event on 20 November in New York City. FT US Innovative Lawyers 2013 is available on the Financial Times website.