On November 5, 2018 Steve Shadowen argued the appeal of the Yanez case before the Ninth Circuit in Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Yanez was killed in 2011 by a Border Patrol agent acting pursuant to the agency’s “Rocking Policy” which authorizes agents to shoot to kill Mexican nationals who allegedly throw rocks at them, regardless of whether the alleged rock-throwing poses an imminent risk of death or serious injury to the agent, and regardless of whether other, non-lethal means are available to avert any such risk. The “Rocking Policy” was repealed by the Department of Homeland Security in 2014 as it violates the U.S. Constitution, U.S.-ratified treaties, peremptory international norms, and our fundamental national values. The government has nevertheless defended the agent’s actions, arguing that the U.S. and the agent are immune from suit.
In October 2018 Steve Shadowen appeared on behalf of end-payors before Judge Abrams of the Southern District of New York to argue against defendants’ motions to dismiss class action claims that end-payors are pursuing against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. The case involves the blockbuster anti-diabetic drug, Actos, which generated over $3 billion in annual sales.