News 30 Aug. 2021

Curtis Returns to SCOTUS in Historic Sequel on the Rights of Citizens in Puerto Rico

Today, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP (“Curtis”) filed its principal brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of client José Luis Vaello Madero in United States v. Vaello-Madero—a case with historic significance for the constitutional rights of the residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. The Supreme Court is considering whether denying Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) to citizens in Puerto Rico under the Social Security Act violates equal protection under the Fifth Amendment. The Curtis team is being led by litigation partner Hermann Ferré and associates Juan Perla, Robert Groot, and Andrew Larkin.

“This case means so much to so many Puerto Ricans in and outside the island, as well as residents of other U.S. territories that are routinely subject to less favorable treatment in national welfare laws as compared to their fellow Americans on the mainland,” said Ferré. “Curtis is honored to bring this historic equal protection challenge on behalf of Mr. Vaello Madero.”

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