Common Cause et al. v. Rucho et al.


Patterson Belknap represented Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party, and 14 North Carolina voters in the lawsuit, which included four separate counts against North Carolina’s 2016 Congressional Redistricting Plan as a whole and each of its 13 congressional districts. The counts cited the gerrymander as a violation of the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, and Article I, sections 2 and 4 of the Constitution relating to the manner in which Representatives are popularly elected.

In a 191-page opinion, Judge James A. Wynn Jr. concluded that the “2016 Plan violates the Equal Protection Clause, the First Amendment, and Article I of the Constitution.” The court “enjoin[ed] Defendants from conducting any further elections using the 2016 Plan,” and announced that “the General Assembly will have until 5 p.m. on January 24, 2018, to enact a remedial districting plan.”

Patterson Belknap represented Common Cause with a team including Gregory L. Diskant (Picture), Jonah M. Knobler, Peter A. Nelson and Elena Steiger Reich

Involved fees earner: Peter Nelson – Patterson Belknap; Elena Steiger Reich – Patterson Belknap; Gregory Diskant – Patterson Belknap; Jonah Knobler – Patterson Belknap;

Law Firms: Patterson Belknap;

Clients: Common Cause;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti