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A reminder why certainty in contracts is so important

by Dentons on

In the recent New South Wales Court of Appeal decision Port Macquarie-Hasting Council v Diveva, the Court considered the contractual interpretation of a renewal clause. The clause was phrased in general terms and did not...more

Court Grants Motion for Terminating Sanctions Against Defendants for Intentional Spoliation: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Omnigen Research et. al. v. Wang et. al., No. 16-00268 (D. Oregon, May 23, 2017), Oregon District Judge Michael J. McShane granted the plaintiffs’ Motion for Terminating Spoliation Sanctions and agreed to issue an Order of...more

Georgia Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Georgia Patronage Capital Lawsuits

The Georgia Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of two class action patronage capital lawsuits against Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC), and certain distribution electric membership...more

Supreme Court Recognizes Five-Year Statute of Limitations for SEC Disgorgement Claims

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In a unanimous decision with significant implications for Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) enforcement, the U.S. Supreme Court in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission1 held June 5, 2017 that disgorgement in...more

The Supreme Court Reins in the SEC Further on Its Time to Pursue Enforcement Remedies

by BakerHostetler on

On June 5, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided in Kokesh v. SEC[1] that when the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) seeks the disgorgement of ill-gotten gains that a defendant...more

SCOTUS Sets a Clock on Disgorgement in SEC Enforcement Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC imposes a five-year statute of limitations on agency-sought disgorgement in SEC enforcement actions, resolving a Circuit split and definitively categorizing...more

5-Year Statute of Limitations Applies to SEC Disgorgement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, resolving a circuit split and holding that the 5-year statute of limitations for civil penalties applies to SEC...more

Dissipation of Assets May be Tort Under English Law: Marex Financial Limited v. Carlos Sevilleja Garcia [2017] EWHC918

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There is a joke that freezing injunctions are dangerous to heath. They appear to be carcinogenic, as people subject to them often tell the Court they are too ill to engage with proceedings....more

SCOTUS Limits SEC Disgorgement Remedies

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that SEC disgorgement remedies used as punitive sanctions for violating federal securities laws constitute civil penalties and are subject to the five-year statute of...more

Case Law Precedent for an Award of Attorney Fees in Excess of Compensatory Damages for a Trustee’s Failure to Account

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Following up on the recent blog post on basic principles of trust reporting, the Fifth District Court of Appeals released a timely analysis involving a trustee’s failure to account and an award of attorney fees against the...more

Court Affirms Jury Finding Of No Breach Of Fiduciary Duty In Partnership Dispute

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In Thunder Rose Enters. v. Kirk, the plaintiffs sued the defendant for various claims, including breach of fiduciary duty based on an alleged partnership dispute. No. 13-15-00431-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 3481 (Tex....more

Insured May Bear the Consequences of Insurer’s Negligence

For decades, California courts have mandated that an insurer is obligated to accept a “reasonable” settlement demand within policy limits on behalf of its insured. If it fails to do so, it is liable for the entire judgment,...more

Eleventh Circuit Deems Voluntary Dismissal of a Coverage Action Sufficient to Award Attorneys’ Fees to a Policyholder as the...

by Carlton Fields on

In a recent unpublished opinion, the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision that should serve as a warning to insurers to be sure to resolve all issues before dismissing a coverage action, particularly when involved in the...more

Mareva injunctions - Update from the Divisional Court on the Chitel v. Rothbart guidelines

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The Divisional Court’s recent decision in SFC Litigation Trust (Trustee of) v. Chan represents a significant development in the law governing Mareva injunctions in Ontario. It clarifies that courts have wide discretion in...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Enforcement of Exculpatory Clauses

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed the court's enforcement of an exculpatory clause in the context of a Trading Advisory Agreement. Where parties elect to include exculpatory clauses in their contracts, such...more

Not a Trade Secret

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In U.S. v Jennifer Salgado & Jenny’s Tax Service, (No. 1:16-CV-03186-SMJ, Mar. 24, 2017) the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (the “Court”) held that a taxpayer’s client list and client identifying...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19734 - Wall Systems, Inc. v. Pompa - Plaintiff - construction company - discovered one of its supervisors who was paid ~$200k/year was working for a competitor at the same...more

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

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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

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