Rebekah E.Blake

Associate

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Rebekah Blake defends corporations in a variety of cutting-edge litigations. Her active caseload includes general commercial disputes, consumer class actions, pharmaceutical litigation, litigation regarding derivatives and corporate securities, and regulatory inquiries.

Rebekah practices in federal and state courts as well as in the commercial arbitration context. She has represented pharmaceutical and laboratory companies in qui tam whistleblower False Claims Act actions relating to claims of off-label marketing and improper pricing. In addition, she has represented defendant-companies in consumer class action cases, shareholder derivative lawsuits, and clients in FINRA arbitrations involving structured products. She also has experience advising financial institutions on compliance and regulatory matters.

Rebekah is committed to providing pro bono legal representation for those with limited means of access to legal services. She has worked with organizations including Kids in Need of Defense, Her Justice, and the Legal Aid Society to represent victims of abuse, asylum seekers in removal proceedings in federal court and women detained at the border in Laredo, Texas, left-behind parents in international child abduction cases, and female-prisoner victims of sexual assault and assisted nonprofit companies to achieve tax-exempt status.

Rebekah is author of the note "Prison Ain't Hell: An Interview With the Son of Sam — David Berkowitz, and Why State-Funded Faith-Based Prison Rehabilitation Programs Do Not Violate the Establishment Clause," 31 Pace L. Rev. 488 (2011).

Experience

IBM defends software services agreement lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Dep’t of Labor & Industry
In a lawsuit brought by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Jones Day is defending International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) against breach-of-contract and other claims premised on allegations that IBM failed to deliver a computer system that would aid the administration of both the tax assessment and benefit payment sides of Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation system.

Sanofi defends proposed class action alleging conspiracy to raise prices
Jones Day is defending Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC against a proposed class action alleging that the company conspired with or through pharmacy benefit managers to raise prices for its diabetes drug, Lantus, in violation of federal and state antitrust, consumer protection, fraud, RICO, and employee benefit laws.

Celgene resolves False Claims Act case related to alleged off-label promotion of Thalomid® and Revlimid®
Jones Day represented Celgene Corporation in a False Claims Act lawsuit related to allegations that Celgene promoted the cancer treatment drugs Thalomid® and Revlimid® for off-label uses prior to their FDA approval for such uses, and paid kickbacks to physicians in order to get them to promote and prescribe those drugs.

Wendy's board of directors obtains dismissal of shareholder derivative action alleging breach of fiduciary duty
Jones Day defended the board of directors of The Wendy's Company, obtaining dismissal of a shareholder derivative action brought against ten board members.

Banorte obtains dismissal of claims it tortiously interfered with financial services consulting agreement
Jones Day successfully defended Banorte, a major Mexican bank, and its affiliates and certain of their directors and officers who were sued in New York Supreme Court on the allegation that they had tortiously interfered with plaintiffs' financial services consulting agreement with co-defendant Metrofinanciera in connection with the termination of a foreign exchange swap agreement between Metrofinanciera and a Banorte affiliate.

Global financial institution responds to FINRA arbitration
Jones Day represented a global financial institution in a FINRA arbitration concerning sale of TRUPs, CDOs, and CLOs to community bank.

SiriusXM Radio obtains summary judgment in shareholders derivative lawsuit filed against their directors
Jones Day obtained summary judgment in a shareholders derivative lawsuit filed against the directors of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

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