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Murray v. Farmers Insurance Company

Murray v. Farmers Insurance Company Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, January 19, 2016 - Court of Appeals Addresses Insurance Agent Negligence Claim; Plaintiff May Claim Emotional Damages - For years, the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed a series of actions this week which included: three cases based on insider trading; an accounting action against a company and its employees; an audit failure; the unregistered sale of securities; and the...more

Best Practices for Sharing Threat Indicators with the Government

After a security incident is identified organizations often consider whether to share information concerning the incident with government agencies. If the incident involved criminal conduct, federal law enforcement agencies –...more

Plaintiffs’ Experts Out in Dietary Supplement Death Case

Recently, some of the more footloose of the Drug and Device Law Relatives auditioned for the game show Family Feud. The first step was a mock “round” of the game, played against another auditioning family. All were...more

Repeated Disparagement of the Prior Art in the Specification Can Operate as a Clear and Unmistakable Disavowal of Claim Scope -...

Addressing issues of claim construction, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s narrow construction based on a disclaimer in the specification. Openwave Systems, Inc., NKA...more

De Novo Review Used In Remand in Claim Construction - CardSoft, LLC v. Verifone, Inc.

Addressing issues of claim construction after a remand from the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit again reversed the district court’s judgment of infringement, finding that it was based on an...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2016

President Obama Highlights TPP, Cuba Embargo in Final State of the Union Address - On January 12, President Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Among the...more

Turning A Blind Eye Cost Lender Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars; Inquiry Notice Spoils Lender’s Good Faith Defense In Fraudulent...

Lending credence to the old adage “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a secured lender was on inquiry notice of possible fraud by its borrower in...more

Casino Owner Sues Cybersecurity Services Provider, Alleging Botched Response to Data Breach

On December 24, 2015, Nevada casino owner Affinity Gaming filed suit against Trustwave in federal district court, alleging that Trustwave failed to contain and remediate a data breach at Affinity Gaming. ...more

Intellectual Property Law - February 2016

Both Sides Claim Victory in ITC Ruling re Converse's "Chuck Taylors" - Why it matters: On November 17, 2015, an International Trade Commission judge issued an initial ruling in In the Matter of Certain Footwear Products,...more

Reminder – Truthful Advertising Is Not Optional

We blog frequently about new regulatory developments coming from CPSC or FDA and about enforcement actions brought by those federal agencies as well as state counterparts and private plaintiffs. But we don’t very often...more

Fahmy v. Jay Z - USDC, C.D. California, February 1, 2016

District court enters final judgment dismissing plaintiff’s copyright infringement suit against Jay Z with prejudice, finding that its previous ruling that plaintiff’s claimed “moral rights” were not cognizable under American...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Employee’s FLSA Off-the-Clock Claim; Highlights Importance of Overtime Authorization and Reporting Policies...

The Fifth Circuit recently sided with an employer in an off-the-clock overtime case where the employee failed to comply with her employer’s overtime approval and reporting policies. For employers, this decision highlights...more

Stop the Presses. Superfund is Stupid.

I know that pointing out CERCLA’s stupidity has something of a dog bites man quality, but sometimes Superfund’s stupidity bears repeating. Today’s exhibit? New York v. Next Millenium Realty, in which Judge Feuerstein held –...more

Retroactive Tax Law Provides Tax Benefits for Victims of Wrongful Incarceration

At the end of 2015, Congress eliminated some of the uncertainty regarding the tax treatment of damages for wrongful imprisonment. Newly enacted Internal Revenue Code section 139F provides that gross income does not include...more

Twentieth Century Fox Television v. Empire Distribution Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, February 1, 2016

District court rules Fox’s hit television show “Empire” did not infringe or dilute trademark of record label Empire Distribution because Fox’s use of “Empire” was protected by First Amendment....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - February 2016

Be Still, My Heart: New Suit Says Fitbits Fail to Track Heartbeats as Promised - Why it matters - Fitbit has been hit with another consumer class action asserting false advertising claims, this time alleging that...more

Implications of the Clean Power Plan Stay

Late in the day on Tuesday, February 9, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed, for at least a year and possibly longer, the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s)...more

Driessen v. Sony Music Entertainment (Fed. Cir. 2016)

On February 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued a nonprecedential opinion in a case captioned Driessen v. Sony Music Entertainment, Best Buy Stores, Fye, & Target Corp. addressing issues related to means-plus-function claims...more

Courts Send Mixed Messages on Standing for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Litigation

New decisions from two federal courts may allow defendants in data breach class action litigation to breathe somewhat easier, following a run of adverse decisions last year. These decisions illustrate an emerging trend of...more

Two Claimants, One Check: A Common Maneuver That Can Get You Sued…Again

In 2009, Javier Escobar was injured in an auto accident that caused him to undergo extensive medical care at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center - a hospital owned and operated by the County of Santa Clara (the “County”)....more

Harvard and MIT: A Decision Is Here! (Sort Of)

Long after the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Statements of Interest (SOI) were filed in June of 2015 in the cases involving Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), touching off a flood of...more

Contractual Assignees Are Not Subject To Equitable Subrogation Rule Of Superior Equities

In AMCO Ins. Co. v. All Solutions Ins. Agency (No. F070038, filed 2/8/16), a California Court of Appeal held that claims against an insurance broker for failure to procure requested coverage are assignable, and that express...more

Not So Fast My Friend: Implied Covenant to Develop and Non-Apportionment Subdivision Tracts

I can acquire a 2,000-acre lease in Ritchie County, West Virginia, held by production from one well, drilled in 1905. I can acquire a 100-acre lease with an affidavit of nonproduction from an individual who has owned...more

Proposed $13 Million Settlement in LinkedIn Privacy Case Awaits Court Approval

Lawyers in a privacy class action against LinkedIn have urged the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California to give final approval to a $13 million settlement that was made public last year. The deadline for...more

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