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The Ten Most Significant Class Action Cases of 2014

Year-end lists are funny things. They take a sort-of arbitrary starting and stopping point, and then they cram a bunch of prejudices into a (usually) arbitrary number of items. And then people take them kind of seriously....more

A Quick Guide To Venture Capital Law In Europe

How To Use This Guide: Private Equity and Venture Capital in Europe - Finance in Europe has been the subject of a wide range of new regulation since the onset of the economic downturn in 2007- 08. Increased...more

Consumers Permitted To Proceed With Data Breach Class Action Against Target

On December 18, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled, in a 46-page opinion, that a putative class of consumers could proceed with a majority of their claims against Target arising from the data...more

Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Customer Data Breach Class Actions Against P.F. Chang’s

On December 10, 2014, a United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the class action complaints filed by two customers of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro who alleged damages resulting from a data...more

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Clarifies “Patent Eligible Subject” Matter in its Recent Guidance in Light of Alice

Summary On December 15, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) released its updated 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (the “Interim Eligibility Guidance”) in light of the recent Supreme...more

Nation’s Highest Court Schedules Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell

A Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) spokesperson announced on December 22, 2014, that the Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell on March 4, 2015. This means that not only could the highest court soon...more

Some Human Embryonic Stem Cells Are Once Again Patent-eligible in Europe

Last Thursday, the European Court of Justice rendered a decision in International Stem Cell (ISCO) Corporation v. Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (UK) that significantly modified the landscape for human...more

Employment Flash - December 2014

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Rejects Security Screening Time Pay - NLRB Finalizes Union Election Rule - NLRB Reverses Employers’ Ability To Ban Employee Nonwork Email Use - EEOC Challenges Employer...more

Court Grants Motion To Dismiss Allegations Against P.F. Chang’s

In a seven-page opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted P.F. Chang’s motion to dismiss claims brought by two of its customers alleging that P.F. Chang’s failed to comply with reasonable...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes Changes to Exchange Act Registration Requirements to Implement JOBS Act Mandates - The SEC announced that it is proposing rule amendments under the Securities Exchange Act...more

Fifth Circuit upholds “seamen” exemption and dismisses “day-rate” FLSA collective action suit.

A wave of FLSA collective (class) actions have been filed against scores of marine shipping and towing companies in the Gulf States for violation of the FLSA. Specifically, these suits claim that the commonly used “day-rate”...more

District of Colorado: Insureds Have No Obligation To Hire Public Adjusters To Recover Amounts Due Under A Policy

Norman v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., No. 13-CV-01643-PAB-CBS, 2014 WL 6478046 (D. Colo. Nov. 19, 2014). District of Colorado holds that insured has no duty to hire own adjuster in order to receive payment, and denies...more

NY regulator settles lawsuit filed using Dodd-Frank authority

A settlement has been announced in the lawsuit filed by Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, using his Dodd-Frank Section 1042 authority. Section 1042 allows state attorneys...more

12 of the Most Aggressive Junk Debt Buyers in Arizona

Over the years I have battled a lot of different junk debt buyers here in Arizona and while the underlying business model is generally the same between them all (they buy charged off debts and sue people), there are some...more

The Next Frontier in ADA Litigation: Website and App Access for the Disabled

For the last several years, consumers have increasingly turned to online shopping as an alternative to traditional "brick and mortar" stores. Some reports showed that "Cyber Monday" sales figures beat out those for "Black...more

The Patent Office Clarifies the Ban on Patenting Naturally-Derived Drugs and Other Products

Since the very beginning of America’s revolutionary patent system, inventors in the life sciences have been granted patents for discovering and purifying natural products. It was taken as a given that a purified natural...more

Executive Labor Summary - November/December 2014

NEWS & ANALYSIS - NLRB changes longstanding rule for deferral to arbitration awards - The National Labor Relations Board has had a busy December with four major new developments. We have already reported on two of the...more

Who Determines if Class Arbitration is Available? Why it Matters and Will the Supreme Court Decide

In the wake of several favorable U.S. Supreme Court decisions, companies increasingly are using arbitration agreements to control their exposure to class action liability. Although recent cases have reinforced the power of...more

Supreme Court's Petition Denial in Clean Air Act Pre-emption Case Reinforces Threat From Common Law Claims

The United States Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari earlier this month after the Iowa Supreme Court held in June that the plaintiffs' nuisance claims were not pre-empted by the Clean Air Act (CAA) in Freeman v....more

California Court of Appeal Applies Delaware Law to Deny Discovery in Shareholder Derivative Action

In Jones v. Martinez, 230 Cal. App. 4th 1248 (2014), the California Court of Appeal, Second Division, held that a plaintiff asserting a shareholder derivative action against directors of a Delaware corporation in a California...more

Litigation Strategy: Avoid the “Selfie” – Let the Expert be the Expert

It’s human nature to think we’re the smartest person in the room or at the table. It’s also human nature, and a trap for lawyers, to feel like you have to prove that point in front of the client. It’s a real pitfall, when the...more

Court Vacates Imminent Bar To Third-Party Employer's Claiming Companionship/Live-In Domestic Exemptions

We have reported that the U.S. Labor Department's changes in its regulatory provisions affecting the federal Fair Labor Standard Act's Section 13(a)(15) "companionship" exemption and the FLSA's Section 13(b)(21) overtime...more

A Cautionary Tale: Members of a Defunct LLC May Have Liability For Attorney Fees

In CB Richard Ellis Inc. v. Terra Nostra Consultants the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting issue concerning the liability of an LLC member for a fee award imposed against the...more

Fish Two, Water Withdrawals Zero: The 9th Circuit Affirms Another Biological Opinion

On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt another blow to traditional operation of the massive water projects that supply California’s Central Valley. The Court reversed those parts of a District Court opinion that...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 12

Welcome to the twelfth edition of The Construction Advantage! In this issue, we bring you issues of competitive bidding, more mechanics lien case law, and a Maine case of a dismissed appeal. We hope that you enjoy our...more

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