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Sylvester Stallone Sues Warner Bros. over Profits from “Demolition Man”

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Sylvester Stallone filed suit against Warner Bros. on April 13th, claiming the studio has fraudulently concealed his share of revenue from the 1993 sci-fi action film, “Demolition Man.” The film starred Stallone as a Los...more

Trust but Verify – When Speculation and Assertion Are Not Enough

In a non-precedential opinion in Gravelle v. Kaba Ilco, Co., [2016-3218] (April 12, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of summary judgment for Kaba on the grounds that the plaintiff (Gravelle)...more

Recovery of Prejudgment Interest in Negligence Actions in Florida

Florida legislators are considering a bill that would allow Plaintiffs to recover prejudgment interest (“PJI”) in negligence actions. Exposure for Defendants may increase significantly if these legislative efforts are...more

A Federal Court in Kentucky Shoots Down Drone Airspace Case

The Western District of Kentucky recently granted a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, determining that there is no federal question jurisdiction when a claim is brought for trespass to chattels and...more

Nazi-Looting and Forced Sales Support Jurisdiction—Guelph Treasure Ruling Analysis

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The decision on Friday to allow our clients’ claims to proceed against German and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz for the restitution of the Guelph Treasure (or Welfenschatz) is ground-breaking in important respects,...more

Key Updates Regarding the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act – Chapter 93A

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Litigation involving claims of unfair or deceptive business practices under Chapter 93A of the Massachusetts General Laws is constantly evolving, and these claims remain a favorite for the plaintiffs' bar, particularly given...more

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 ("LARA") by a vote of 230–180. 163 Cong. Rec. H2025-03, H2025. The bill seeks to undo the 1993 amendments to Rule 11 of the...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty (and Related) Claims Are Not Easily Defeated: A Case Study in Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Just what must be alleged for claims for breach of fiduciary duty to proceed past initial pleadings and into meaningful fact development? In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of...more

False Claims Act Dangers on Display in Ruckh

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A recent jury verdict in an FCA lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida resulted in a not-so-subtle reminder of just how high the stakes can be in such litigation....more

Family breeds contempt: the expansion of the tort of conspiracy by unlawful means

by White & Case LLP on

The recent Court of Appeal decision in the long line of Ablyazov cases (Khrapunov v JSC BTA Bank1) has given contempt of court extra steel – being in contempt can constitute "unlawful means" in a tort claim for unlawful means...more

English Courts Stay Enforcement of ICSID Award

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 20 January 2017, the English Commercial Court handed down an important judgment addressing the intersection of a State’s public international law obligations in investment treaty arbitration and its obligations under...more

Don’t Friend My Friends: Nonsolicitation Agreements Should Account for Social Media Strategies

As social media becomes an important part of many companies’ sales and branding strategies, issues relating to companies’ ability to protect their investments in such strategies are emerging. Indeed, this blog has previously...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Addresses Fee-Shifting Bylaws and Raises the Question of whether Fee-Shifting Could Be Plausible by a...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In 2015, the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) was amended to prohibit Delaware corporations from adopting bylaws that imposed liability on a stockholder for the attorneys’ fees or expenses of the corporation or any...more

In Bizarre Procedural Posture, Ninth Circuit Finds FCRA Willful Violation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In Syed v. M-I, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that combining a liability waiver and a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure in an employment application constitutes a willful...more

Recovery of Contractual Attorneys’ Fees for Tort and Contract Claims - Dismissing Contract Action May Mean Attorney’s Fee...

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Dismissing Contract Action May Mean Attorney’s Fee Liability. Neeshat S. Khan v. Michael Shim - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (December 29, 2016) - Civil Code § 1717(b)(2) generally bars the award...more

Commercial Division Grants Preliminary Injunction in Shareholder Dispute

On January 6, 2017, Justice Charles E. Ramos of the Commercial Division issued an order enjoining two corporations from taking action in violation of a shareholders agreement of a third company. The case, Ciment v. SpanTran,...more

Case Halted: California Court Denies Class Certification in Ford Defective Steering Case

On December 22, 2016, a federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of California denied certification of three proposed classes of statewide consumers who purchased or leased certain Ford Fusion or Ford Focus...more

Voluntary Dismissal of Contract Claims Leads to Involuntary Payment of Attorneys’ Fees

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Recently, in Khan v. Shim, No. H041608 (Cal. Ct. App. Dec. 29, 2016) (“Khan”), the California Court of Appeal held where a plaintiff voluntarily dismisses an action involving contract and tort claims, Civil Code section 1717,...more

Federal Court Rejects Defend Trade Secrets Act Whistleblower Immunity Defense on a Motion to Dismiss and Orders Employee to Return...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This past Spring, we reported on the recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which provides a new federal civil cause of action to trade secret owners seeking to pursue claims of trade secret misappropriation. ...more

Sole Owners of Close Corporation and LLC Discover They're Not So Sole

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What makes a shareholder a shareholder? What makes an LLC member a member? The simplicity of the questions belies the difficulties and endlessly unique fact patterns encountered in case after case involving close...more

Supreme Court Rejects Mandatory Dismissal for an FCA Seal Breach

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Supreme Court held that a relator’s breach of the seal in a qui tam case does not require mandatory dismissal of the complaint, but the Court declined to articulate what factors are appropriate to consider in determining...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Whether Defamatory Statements Constitute Libel Per Se

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case where defendant carried out a personal vendetta against the plaintiff following plaintiff's report against defendant for violations of securities laws. Following...more

Gatekeeping - stops class action cold!

by DLA Piper on

On 16 November 2016, Madam Justice Dillon issued her decision in Harrison v. Afexa Life Sciences Inc., 2016 BCSC 2123, denying the certification of a class action against the makers of Cold-Fx under the Class Proceedings Act,...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Application of Manifest Disregard of the Law

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former trader fraudulently purchased $1 billion in Apple shares that ultimately forced the closure of the trader's firm, Rochdale Securities. Rochdale...more

Change in How SC Supreme Court Views Conspiracy Claims May be Coming

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

As our various courts decide cases, we watch to see if there are any trends that seem to be developing or whether a case signals that the courts are beginning to change how they view a particular issue or type of case. We've...more

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