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No Wishes Granted for Aladdin—Class Cert Denied

In the Central District of California—often known as a magical kingdom for plaintiffs in wage-hour lawsuits—Judge Fernando Olguin brought everyone back to reality by denying class certification. Plaintiff Aladdin Zackaria...more

EEOC Conciliation Efforts Subject To Limited Judicial Review

In Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, the United States Supreme Court held that the conciliation efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are subject to judicial review, although such review is limited to ensure...more

Texas Supreme Court: Companies Shielded from Defamation Claims for Statements in Internal Investigation Reports

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court joined the majority of jurisdictions in holding that a company enjoys an absolute privilege when providing the Department of Justice (DOJ) with an internal investigation report containing...more

Some Limited Trouble with Tibble? Part II –Supreme Court Decides Excessive-Fee Case Involving 401(k) Plan

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided the case of Tibble v. Edison International. In Tibble, the Court held that the statute of limitations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974...more

Supreme Court of Tasmania reminds insurers how to interpret common exclusion clauses

In Hammersley v National Transport Insurance, the Full Court of Tasmania’s Supreme Court examined the authorities on the meaning of “accidental”, “recklessness” and “used in an unsafe or unroadworthy condition” – terms which...more

Court Clarifies Free Offers and Dual Purpose Calls

A recent decision from the Southern District of Alabama provides more clarity as to the treatment of “dual purpose” telephone calls to wireless numbers that offer free goods and services. The Federal Communications Commission...more

Allegheny County Court Rules UPMC/Highmark Agreements Trump Consent Decrees

The ruling by Judge Ward of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas highlights another facet of the ongoing dispute between UPMC and Highmark. On February 18, 2015, Judge Ward of the Allegheny County Court of Common...more

Prevailing FEHA Defendant Not Entitled To Litigation Costs Unless Plaintiff’s Lawsuit Lacked Objective Basis

The California Supreme Court in Williams v. Chino Valley Independent Fire District affirmed the asymmetrical nature of litigation costs awards in discrimination lawsuits under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

CCP Section 998 Offers to Compromise and Howell v. Hamilton Meats Collide

In Lee v. Silveira, et al., 2015 DJDAR 5287, the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, held that a plaintiff is not entitled to recover fees under California Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) Section 998 where...more

Supreme Court to Determine if Offer of Relief to Named Plaintiff Moots Class Action

Over the past several years, employers defending wage and other class action lawsuits have increasingly used a procedural move intended to defeat the class claim. In these cases, the employer offers complete financial and...more

Call Answered: Supreme Court to Decide if Offer of Judgment Moots TCPA Class Action and Scope of Gov’t Contractor Liability

On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action. The case raises two related questions that are the source of frequent litigation...more

Sixth Circuit Clarifies Proof Required To Show Below-Cost Pricing in Antitrust Case

A recent Sixth Circuit decision clarified the minimum standard a plaintiff must meet to prove a claim of below-cost pricing under either the concerted or independent antitrust provisions of the Sherman Act. In Superior...more

401(k) Fee Litigation to Increase Following Tibble Decision

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Tibble v. Edison Int'l, it will now be easier for participants in 401(k) and other participant-directed plans to bring lawsuits challenging investment options added to the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: The Supreme Court Opines In Tibble v. Edison That The Duty to Monitor Investments Is Ongoing

In a highly anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court recently held that a 401(k) fiduciary breach lawsuit may proceed even when the claim is based on an imprudent selection of investment funds that occurred more...more

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman: Tenth Circuit Applies Statutory-Violation Exclusion To Junk Fax Claims That Try To Skirt The TCPA

Enacted in 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (TCPA), inaugurated the era of “junk fax” class actions, in which recipients of mass fax advertisements may pursue statutory damages of $500 per class...more

Delaware Supreme Court Preserves Benefit of Exculpatory Provisions for Independent Directors at Motion to Dismiss Stage

A recent decision by the Delaware Supreme Court provides independent directors, such as special committee members, with the ability to escape protracted fiduciary duty litigation during its initial stages. The court’s...more

Supreme Court: 401(k) Plan Fiduciaries Have An Ongoing Duty To Monitor

In April 2013 I reported on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Tibble v. Edison International which involved an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the Edison 401(k) Savings Plan committee selecting six retail...more

Dispute Resolution: The Alabama Supreme Court allows arbitration to proceed, even after litigation had been initiated

Recently, the Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a Mobile County trial court’s order granting the stay of an action until arbitration was completed. IBI Group, Michigan, LLC v. Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC. In 2007 and 2008, IBI...more

Sprint Spectrum Obtains Arbitration Of Putative TCPA Class Action

Ronald and Anna Andermann filed suit against Sprint Spectrum L.P., alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”), arising out of several service phone calls they received from Sprint...more

Third Circuit Emphasizes Distinction between Ascertainability Analysis and Rule 23 Requirements

Action Item: Byrd, the latest in a recent line of cases from the Third Circuit concerning the ascertainability standard, emphasizes the importance of keeping the ascertainability analysis distinct from Rule 23’s other...more

The PTAB Allows Discovery "Of Persons Who Provided Direction To, Or Had The Authority To Provide Direction To, Petitioner Or Its...

In IPR2014-01201, Patent Owner ThermoLife International, LLC sought discovery regarding whether Purus Labs, Inc., a company related to the Petitioner John's Lone Star Distribution, Inc., should have been identified as a real...more

Stipulations Can Make Trial Easier, But The Devil is in The Details

It is often beneficial to limit the issues at trial to those that are truly disputed and to stipulate to facts that are no longer in dispute. In some cases, for example, liability may be sharply disputed, but the amount of...more

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Contractor Labor Posting Requirements

In 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13496 requiring federal contractors to post a new notice of employee federal labor rights. Among other things, the posting advised contractors’ employees of their rights to...more

PTAB Issues Subpoenas in Two IPR Proceedings

To date, the PTAB has sparingly used its power to issue subpoenas in inter partes review proceedings. In two recent cases, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC, (IPR2014-00553) and LG Chem, Ltd. v....more

Data breach coverage denial upheld by Connecticut Supreme Court

In a 3 page per curiam decision issued this week, the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision holding in Recall Total Information Management, Inc., et. al v. Federal Insurance Company, that Federal Insurance...more

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