Block Firm Wins Important Appellate Victory for the Online Merchants Guild

The Block Firm won an important appellate victory for our client, the Online Merchants Guild, today in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court. This case arises from the efforts by state revenue departments to shift the costs of billions in secret subsidies they gave Amazon to small businesses with none of Amazon’s political power. The Court, sitting en banc,…

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The Block Firm Welcomes First Partner – Max Marks

We are pleased to welcome our first partner, Max Marks! Max is an alumnus of Harvard Law School and Alston & Bird. He has extensive experience litigating cases in the areas of antitrust, civil rights, real estate, and contract law. Most recently, Max was the chief author of the firm’s nationwide class action against Acella…

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Civil Rights Win: The Block Firm Leverages Seven-Figure Pre-Suit Settlement in Title IX School Sexual Abuse Case

On behalf of an elementary-aged student and her family, the Block Firm negotiated a seven-figure monetary settlement and significant policy changes prior to filing a lawsuit against a school district. The student was sexually abused by a school staff member while enrolled in an after-school program. Despite having actual knowledge that the student’s abuser had…

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Constitutional Lawsuit: The Block Firm Files Federal Lawsuit Against the State of California for Unlawful Pursuit of Back Taxes from Small Business Owners

In Online Merchants Guild v. Nicolas Maduros, No. 2:20-at-00954 (E.D. Cal.), the Block Firm, Rafelson Schick PLLC, and Candice Fields Law filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California challenging California’s unlawful pursuit of nearly 10 years of back taxes from hundreds of thousands of small, out-of-state businesses…

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Civil Rights Win: The Block Firm, Brought in as Substitute Counsel Following Trial Court Loss, Successfully Appeals Order Dismissing Plaintiff’s Title IX Action

In Schwake v. Arizona Board of Regents, No. 18-15725 (9th Cir. 2020), following oral argument by Aaron Block, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s order of dismissal in an action alleging that the University of Arizona violated Title IX by discriminating against a doctoral student on the basis…

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Constitutional Law Win: The Block Firm Successfully Challenges Unconstitutional Kentucky Statute that Unduly Burdens Small Businesses

In Online Merchants Guild v. Daniel Cameron, Attorney General of Kentucky (E.D. Kentucky 2020), the Block Firm, along with Rafelson Schick and Deatherage, Myers & Lackey, brought suit on behalf of the Online Merchants Guild to enjoin the Kentucky Attorney General’s application of price-gouging statutes to merchants who sell on Amazon, an interstate platform where prices are…

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Civil Rights Win: The Block Firm Leverages Settlement Allowing Family to Start a New Life Following Government Misconduct

The Block Firm utilized 43 U.S.C. § 1983 to secure a life-changing settlement on behalf of victims of sexual abuse which had been concealed and facilitated by corrupt government officials in a rural Georgia county. Section 1983 provides an individual the right to sue state government employees and others acting “under color of state law”…

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