Cases of Note

Prior to founding RLA in 2020, Attorney Ryan litigated and argued multiple cases dealing with cutting edge issues in defamation/First Amendment law and the federal False Claims Act:

  • Argued and successfully obtained dismissal for financial market commentator in defamation case based on investigative report published online. See Decision and Order, Yangtze River Port and Logistics Ltd. v. Hindenburg Research, et. al, No. 150721/2019 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Feb. 25, 2020) (Sherwood, J.);
  • Secured full dismissal in defamation case brought by publicly traded international corporation against market researcher who published critical market commentary concerning public company. See Decision and Order, Eros Intern. PLC v Mangrove Partners, et al, No. 653096/2017, 2019 WL 1129196 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Mar. 08, 2019) (Cohen, J.) (appeal pending);
  • Argued and defeated motion to dismiss unsealed False Claims Act case against multiple former pharmaceutical executives for alleged off-label marketing scheme. See United States ex rel. Clarke v. Aegerion Pharm., Inc., No. 13-CV-11785-IT, 2019 WL 1437914 (D. Mass. Mar. 31, 2019);
    • See Reuters’ coverage of the oral argument on the motion to dismiss, quoting Stephen Ryan: Nate Raymond, Ex-Aegerion execs, employees seek to escape drug marketing case, Reuters (Mar. 21, 2019), https://www.reuters.com/article/health-aegerion-idUSL1N21809V.

Attorney Ryan also has broad experience with complex commercial cases involving G.L. c. 93A, fraud, conversion, breach of contract, non-competes and wrongful termination. He has argued motions to dismiss, summary judgment, attachment hearings, and others. Additional representative matters handled personally by Attorney Ryan include:

  • Bench trial in Suffolk Superior Court concerning damages on commercial loan agreement involving contested signature; result affirmed on appeal
  • Multi-witness evidentiary hearing in Essex Superior Court concerning whether to issue preliminary injunction against tenant after premises purchased by new landlord
  • Bench trial (before clerk magistrate) in Woburn District Court concerning contractor’s suit for damages against condominium association
  • Evidentiary hearing in Framingham District Court concerning abuse prevention order