Lee A.Armstrong

Partner

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For almost 25 years, Lee Armstrong has successfully litigated some of the most complicated bet-the-company disputes across the country in matters involving banking and finance, bankruptcy, construction, consumer class actions, employment, M&A, and securities. Lee is the New York Office Administrative Partner.

Lee's representations the last two years alone illustrate the breadth of his practice. He recently completed a trial in New York federal court defending one of New York's largest union construction companies against alter ego claims by union pension funds; successfully defeated a preliminary injunction sought by an Indian drug distributor against pharmaceutical company Celgene; co-led SiriusXM's national defense against various consumer class actions (including the recent successful resolution of a $100 billion TCPA class action); and obtained dismissal for Citizens Bank against securities class actions, a relationship that began more than a decade ago when Lee led the successful defense of then-parent RBS in the multibillion dollar securities class action arising from Enron's collapse.

Lee has acted as trial counsel in some of the most complex bankruptcies in history, such as Chrysler LLC, a 42-day historic effort that involved multiple evidentiary hearings and appellate practice, and more recently Nextel International. Lee also has tried trademark disputes (e.g., securing a trial verdict exonerating Citizens Bank against infringement claims and successfully arguing the Sixth Circuit appeal), defended movie producers at the highly publicized jury trial involving Woody Allen, and secured an employment litigation jury verdict for famed jewelry company Harry Winston.

Experience

  • SiriusXM Radio prevails before D.C. Circuit in challenge to TCPA orderOn March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit unanimously ruled in favor of Jones Day’s client Sirius XM Radio Inc. in its challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s order interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • American internet retailer responds to SEC investigationJones Day is representing an American internet retailer in response to an SEC investigation concerning its initial coin offering and related public statements.
  • Citizens Financial Group secures dismissals of putative class action claimsJones Day client Citizens Financial Group Inc. (“Citizens”) secured dismissals of putative class action complaints brought by two shareholders who claim that Citizens violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by making alleged misstatements regarding the extent to which customer appointments were made or kept.
  • Celgene prevails over Indian supplier in TRO/preliminary injunction hearing to prevent termination of supply agreementCelgene Corporation affiliate Abraxis Bioscience, Inc., represented by Jones Day, does not have to continue to supply pharmaceuticals to Indian distributor Biocon Limited in the face of evidence of continued product diversion, a district court judge ordered.
  • ACI Worldwide wins declaratory judgment granting all requested relief in software licensing disputeJones Day client ACI Worldwide Corp. ("ACI") won a declaratory judgment granting all of ACI's requested relief against defendant Churchill Lane Associates, LLC ("Churchill") in a case arising from a dispute between the parties concerning software licensing royalties.
  • National bank resolves threat of service discontinuation by vendorJones Day represented a national bank in litigation brought by a vendor that provides armored car and other cash-in-transit services to the bank's branches and ATMs.
  • NII Holdings obtains approval for reorganization planJones Day client NII Holdings, Inc. obtained approval for its chapter 11 reorganization plan following a 9-day contested trial on confirmation.
  • CFG defends against class actions over alleged pyramid schemeJones Day is defending Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (CFG) in a series of class actions filed after the collapse of Telexfree, LLC, which is alleged to have conducted the second largest pyramid scheme in U.S. history.
  • TalentWise defends against preliminary injunction involving non-competition agreementJones Day successfully defended TalentWise Solutions LLC ("TalentWise") and its employee in a preliminary injunction matter seeking to enforce a purported non-competition agreement to prevent the employee from working for TalentWise.
  • Client wins summary judgment in action involving disputed distribution proceedsJones Day won summary judgment on behalf of its client in an interpleader action filed in New York State Supreme Court.
  • CareerBuilder obtains favorable resolution in suit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and claims relating to cbResume.com softwareJones Day defended CareerBuilder, LLC against a lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and other claims relating to software used in CareerBuilder's resume critique and writing service, cbResume.com.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland successfully defeated motion by Fifth Third Bank to enjoin drawing down on $103 million letter of creditJones Day represented The Royal Bank of Scotland plc ("RBS") in successfully defeating motion by Fifth Third Bank to preliminarily enjoin RBS from drawing down on a $103 million letter of credit.
  • Chrysler sold to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" after historic court proceedingsAfter a historic battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court, Chrysler LLC sold substantially all of its assets to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" (Chrysler Group LLC) on June 10, 2009, providing the opportunity for its iconic brands and U.S. operations to survive.
  • RBS Citizens prevails at bench trial in trademark infringement caseJones Day successfully represented RBS Citizens at a preliminary injunction hearing and subsequent bench trial in a trademark infringement case.
  • Sweetland Films reaches settlement in litigation brought by Woody AllenJones Day defended movie producers and production company Sweetland Films at trial in an action brought by filmmaker Woody Allen resulting in a confidential settlement before verdict.
  • Senior officer of company defends against cross-border securities class action in U.S. and CanadaJones Day represented a senior officer of Royal Group Technologies Inc. in a cross-border securities class action brought in the U.S. and Canada against the company and several officers alleging disclosure violations under U.S. securities laws concerning the company's performance and alleged self-dealing.
  • Air Products defeats Honeywell's attempt to block its acquisition of a competitorJones Day successfully defended Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. against an effort by Honeywell International, Inc. to preliminarily enjoin Air Products' acquisition of Honeywell's largest competitor in the chemicals industry.
  • Movenpick wins dismissal of contract dispute on jurisdictional groundsJones Day successfully defended Movenpick Holding AG, a Swiss-based international franchisor, in a contract dispute.
  • Washington Group International settles litigation involving construction of $700 million hydroelectric project in AsiaJones Day represented Washington Group International, Inc. (formerly Morrison Knudsen Corporation) in an action by a contractor and design engineer.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland defends action arising out of collapse of EnronJones Day represented The Royal Bank of Scotland ("RBS") in a shareholder class action and other related cases arising out of the collapse of Enron, alleging participation in a scheme to misrepresent Enron's financial condition and performance via certain structured finance transactions.
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