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Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency

Dual agency is a big deal to real estate agents. It lets them represent both a buyer and a seller in a transaction. Dual agency was the focal point of the Business Court's opinion last week in BDM Investments v. Lenhil,...more

The New York Court of Appeals Considers the Consequences of a Liability Insurer’s Breach of the Duty to Defend

What are the consequences of a liability insurer’s breach of the duty to defend its insured against a potentially covered claim? Recent decisions from the New York Court of Appeals highlight differing views nationwide on...more

Proxy Season Litigation Primer: Defending Shareholder Suits to Enjoin Annual Meetings for Allegedly Inadequate Disclosures...

Over the past few years, as plaintiffs have found it increasingly harder to succeed in “say-on-pay” litigation, another type of litigation over proxy disclosures has been on the rise. These cases are generally brought as...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Feb 26, 2014

Fourth Circuit Allows Punitive Damages Against Insurer For Bad Faith Despite Lack Of Actual Damages - Why it matters: A policyholder is not required to prove ascertainable damages to be entitled to an award of...more

Utica And Century Ordered To Mandatory Mediation In Reinsurance Dispute

Utica Mutual Insurance Company brought an action in 2013 against Century Indemnity Company (itself and against certain of its named predecessors) for breach of contract and breach of the duty of utmost good faith, as well as...more

OTK Associates, LLC v. Robert Friedman, et al., C.A. 8447-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 5, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied in substantial part motions to dismiss claims arising out of a since-abandoned restructuring transaction between Morgans Hotel Group Co. and its largest investor, Yucaipa...more

The Business Court Takes A Narrow View Of When Claims Are "In Or Affecting Commerce" Under Chapter 75 Of The General Statutes

Chapter 75 claims have rarely fared well in the Business Court, though there is not much doubt about why they are included in almost every Complaint in the Court. The prospect of treble damages (per G.S. §75-16) and...more

New Mass Termination Claim Certified in Ontario

On January 2, 2014, Justice Perell certified a class action alleging that, among other things, a group of over 500 putative class members had been wrongfully dismissed by their former (now insolvent ) employer. Justice...more

A technical variance in a "998 offer" can preclude an award of costs

In Rouland v. Pacific Specialty Insurance Co. the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case under California’s cost shifting provision, Code of Civil Procedure Section 998....more

For Executives, This May Have Been The Most Frightening Holding Of 2013

Recently, I wrote about the Court of Appeal’s holding in Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. v. Actelion Ltd., 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 1017 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. Dec. 18, 2013). Because it was the holidays, I’m not sure that the case...more

Economic Loss Rule of the Third Kind - Nothing New or Alien Concepts?

Can a contractor sue the project’s designer for losses allegedly caused by errors in construction documents? This question was presented in the Eby v. LAN/STV case, which is now before the Texas Supreme Court....more

In Harnett, First Circuit Rejects Bright Line "First Contact" Rule for Non-Solicitation Agreement

In a decision involving the “first contact” rule with respect to non-solicitation agreements, the First Circuit, in Corporate Technologies v. Harnett, rejected a bright line application and upheld a ruling of tortious...more

Indiana Supreme Court Determines “Sporty Car at a Great Value Price” Does Not Mean “It is Safe to Operate”

This week's discussion focuses on the puffery defense and the Indiana Supreme Court's partial reversal in the case of Kesling v. Hubler Nissan, Inc. thereby finding that "Sporty Car at a Great Value Price" was mere puffery...more

Directors' duties and collective responsibility

Directors owe duties to their company to act in good faith in the interests of the company, but how far can they avoid liability if they rely on their fellow directors, or if they are outvoted in a collective decision? A...more

Supreme Court Considering False Claims Act Appeal

The Supreme Court is considering an appeal from the 4th Circuit regarding the specificity necessary when pleading false claims act cases. The issue has serious implications for whistleblowers who can only document indirect...more

Long-Awaited Colorado Court of Appeals Stresscon Decision a Mixed Bag

Extends Notice-Prejudice Rule to Voluntary Payments under Liability Policies, Finds “Other Insurance” Clauses Curb Double Damages Penalties and Leaves Pertinent Bad Faith Question Unanswered - The Colorado Court of...more

Fraud Claims in Business Transaction Litigation

Fraud in business transactions is on the rise in the province of Ontario, Canada. Litigating business transaction claims involving fraud requires an understanding of complex aspects of legal procedure, contract and tort law....more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Controversial Condominium Decision

Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a high-profile appeal from the Second District, Spanish Court Two Condominium Association v. Carlson. ...more

Zhang v. Sup. Ct.: Violation of Unfair Insurance Practices Act May Support Unfair Competition Claim

In a highly awaited decision, the California Supreme Court in Zhang v. Sup. Ct. of San Bernardino County (August 1, 2013) 2013 Cal. LEXIS 6520, Case No. S178542, considered whether insurance practices that violate the...more

An Insurer Cannot Claim That It Was Unaware of Claims Handling Statutes As A Defense To Bad Faith

The South Dakota Supreme Court in Bertelsen v. Allstate Insurance Co., 833 N.W.2d 545, No. 26442 (June 12, 2013) (1) held that an insurer cannot avoid bad faith liability by claiming it did not know about controlling claims...more

Insurance Bad Faith: Conduct Counts

Bad faith claims are on the rise in North Carolina. As an insurer, you must familiarize yourself with the possible grounds for such claims so you will know how best to avoid them. As you will see below, the outcome of a bad...more

Australian Federal Court confirms existence of implied term of mutual trust and confidence

The recent Federal Court decision of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) v Barker [2013] FCAFC 83 sets important new precedent for employment law. For the first time in Australia, an implied term of mutual trust and...more

Inadequate Investigation By Insurer Is Insufficient To Support Finding Of Bad Faith

Tenth Circuit Holds That Inadequate Investigation By Insurer Is Insufficient To Support Finding Of Bad Faith Unless A Proper Investigation Would Have Revealed The Claim Should Have Been Paid - In Bannister v. State Farm...more

Weekly Law Resume - August 8, 2013: Insurance Coverage – Bad Faith - Unfair Claim Act Cause of Action

Yanting Zhang v. The Superior Court of San Bernardino County California Supreme Court (August 2, 2013) In Moradi-Shalal v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Companies (1988) 46 Cal.3d 287, 304 (Moradi-Shalal) the California...more

'Reps' and Warranties: One Could Cost More Than the Other Under English Contract Law

Contractual representations and warranties are often grouped together, referred to in shorthand as “reps and warranties.” The differences between the two concepts are often forgotten, but the distinction is important: a...more

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