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Stroock Wins Constitutional Claim to Place Philip Pidot on the Republican Primary Ballot for Congress

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP successfully represented Philip Pidot in a constitutional claim in Federal Court to be included on the ballot for the Republican primary for Congress for Nassau/Suffolk/Queens, NY. The primary, originally scheduled for June 28th, will be held on October 6th.

After ruling that Pidot was eligible to run for Congress in the Republican Party primary, the Nassau Supreme Court nevertheless barred an election because it was only four days away. Jerry H. Goldfeder, lead Stroock attorney, brought a constitutional claim in federal court on behalf of Pidot and other voters.

“This was a terrific outcome for Mr. Pidot and the Republican Party voters of the Third Congressional District. They will be able to exercise their constitutional rights by voting in a primary election,” stated Goldfeder.

In over 30 years, this is Goldfeder's first litigation on behalf of a Republican. He has represented many Democratic nominees for Congress, Mayor and Governor. He served on President Obama's litigation team, and currently is on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee. “Depriving Pidot and 152,000 Republican primary voters of a primary was so patently unfair, I was compelled to take the case. I am obviously very pleased with the result.”

In addition to Jerry Goldfeder, the Stroock team included James L. Bernard, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, David V. Simunovich, Kerry T. Cooperman and Nathaniel H. Benfield.