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Build upon a more than 180-year foundation, Kelley Drye & Warren increased its number of offices from seven to nine when it merged with an environmental law firm and expanded its presence into Texas via Austin and Houston offices. This year, Jeffrey Jacobson and Michael Lynch join the ranks of Benchmark litigation stars. Each based out of the firm's headquarters in New York, their practices include work involving advertising and class actions. Lynch has been with the firm for more than 20 years and has an active practice that also covers intellectual property matters. Lynch assists in handling a long-running dispute and high-profile matter known as the "rum war" and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He helps represent spirits company Bacardi in defending it claim to the HAVANA CLUB trademark and seeking cancellation of Cuba's registration in the D.C. District Court. In a matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Lynch helped obtain a motion to dismiss with prejudice a consumer class action alleging that Kohl's department stores advertise false sale prices. The plaintiff has appealed the decision to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Jacobson, who also specializes in securities, obtained a dismissal of civil rights action claims against 20th Century Fox Television regarding the treatment of detainees at a the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Illinois. The plaintiffs claimed that while Fox filmed scenes for one of its shows in unused areas of the facility, the detainees were "unreasonably confined to their residential areas," the firm says. The Court held that Fox was not liable for improper conditions at the facility because there was no "meeting of the minds" between Fox and the government to deprive the plaintiffs of their rights, according to the firm. Jacobson also has achieved favorable outcomes for companies in class actions alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act including video messaging app maker Voya Communications.