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Patent Infringement Lawsuit Reminds ERISA Fiduciaries to Monitor Service Providers

In August 2014, GRQ Investment Management, LLC (GRQ) sued Financial Engines, Inc. and Financial Engines Advisors, LLC (collectively, Financial Engines), alleging that Financial Engines’ sale of account management and advisory...more

Delaware Supreme Court to Chancery: You Have Broad Powers

Books-and-records litigation does not typically grab headlines. In fact, few cases litigated under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law result in written opinions authored by the Delaware Supreme Court....more

Supreme Court to Consider Scope of “Good Faith” Belief and the Intent Requirement of § 271(b)

Commil USA v. Cisco Systems - Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a good-faith belief that a patent is invalid may negate the element of intent required to prove induced...more

District Court Rules Online Agreement Does Not Bind Customers to Unknown Future Contract Terms

On December 10, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment in a class action suit filed against a large grocery chain. Plaintiff claims that the...more

Supreme Court of Arizona Weighs in on the Preemption Provision of the State’s Trade Secrets Act

Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC v. Noder - The Uniform Trade Secrets Act’s (UTSA) displacement provision creates an exclusive cause of action for claims based on misappropriation of trade secrets and preempts...more

Amended Complaints and Industry Standards

Can a party who is accused of an unfair trade practice raise the same defense? That is, can a business avoid section 75-1.1 liability by proving that the plaintiff business engages in the same allegedly unfair conduct?...more

Florida’s First District Holds a Cause of Action Exists for “Coverage by Estoppel”

In Bishop v. Progressive Express Insurance Co., 40 Fla. L. Weekly D119a (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. January 6, 2015), the First District considered a case alleging that the insurer made statements and undertook actions...more

IP Newsflash - January 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Explains the Role of Actual Profits in Reasonable Royalty Calculations and the Relationship Between Preliminary Injunctions and Willful Infringement - On December 22,...more

Monster Bites Back, Accuses Beats of Monstrous Scam

It’s a monster movie cliché – near the end, when the monster is “dead,” the dust is settling and the heroes are patting each other on the back, the monster rises from the dead and goes on one more rampage before it expires....more

CFPB Enforcement Data Reveals Increased UDAAP Focus, Willingness to Litigate

In conjunction with a forthcoming survey on the CFPB’s UDAAP enforcement actions and our UDAAP enforcement action database, we generated data to analyze all of the CFPB’s enforcement activity since the agency came into...more

Unicorns and Beer: A Match Made in Portland

Hipsters and Portland go together like…. hipsters and Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR). So naturally, when PBR decided to host a music festival, they chose Portland, Oregon. Unfortunately for PBR, some of their choices along the way...more

NC Appeals Court gives Big Win for Financial Institutions

North Carolina Court of Appeals – No Causes of Action against Financial Institutions for Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty or Bank Secrecy Act Violations - While many bank employees were counting down to...more

Competing Claims Challenges And The Right To Recover

Your insured is sued, along with several other additional or named insureds. You receive a policy limits demand that is reasonable, but the limit is insufficient to settle all claims against all of the defendants. What do you...more

The EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions

In This Issue: - Proof of the Competition Law Infringement - Measure of Damages and the “Passing-On” Defence - Disclosure of Evidence - Limitation Periods - Joint and Several Liability and Contributions...more

Retailers' Claims Against Visa Time Barred

In Arcadia Group Brands Ltd & ors v Visa Inc & ors [2014] EWHC 3561 (Comm) the Commercial Court has struck out a substantial damages claim for alleged breaches of competition law on the basis that it was time-barred, granting...more

First Party vs. Third Party – Who can sue for bad faith?

For the purpose of those individuals who undertake direct representations of insurers, it is significant to be able to recognize who can sue an insurer (their clients) for bad faith. Nine years have passed since the...more

Southern District Dismisses Complaints Against China North Director and Consultant

On December 10, a New York district court judge dismissed a securities fraud class action brought by investors in China North East Petroleum Holdings, Ltd. against former director Robert Bruce (and others) on the ground that...more

Forum Selection Bylaws Gain Additional Support in California

In adopting an exclusive forum selection bylaw, companies can avoid the cost and complication of multi-forum litigation after an M&A transaction. In response to the wasteful and burdensome trend of multi-forum...more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Bad Faith Claim Rejected Where Insurer Requested Examination of Claimant, Made Settlement Offer...

Stanford v. National Grange Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 11-7144 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 3, 2014). Eastern District of Pennsylvania grants insurer’s motion for summary judgment on bad faith claim in dispute over payment of...more

District of Colorado: Insureds Have No Obligation To Hire Public Adjusters To Recover Amounts Due Under A Policy

Norman v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., No. 13-CV-01643-PAB-CBS, 2014 WL 6478046 (D. Colo. Nov. 19, 2014). District of Colorado holds that insured has no duty to hire own adjuster in order to receive payment, and denies...more

NY regulator settles lawsuit filed using Dodd-Frank authority

A settlement has been announced in the lawsuit filed by Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, using his Dodd-Frank Section 1042 authority. Section 1042 allows state attorneys...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Pleading Standard for Securities-Fraud Claims

The Ninth Circuit recently joined the debate on whether the heightened pleading standard of Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b) or the more relaxed notice-pleading standard of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a) applies to pleading loss causation for a...more

Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal

Tibble v. Am. Physicians Capital, Inc., No. 306944, 2014 WL 5462573 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2014). The Michigan Court of Appeals holds that although the trial court erred when it defined “bad faith” for the jury, the...more

Reflections and Gratitude

We started this blog about eight months ago. We did so because of the prevalence of section 75-1.1 claims in North Carolina business disputes. Indeed, it’s the unusual business dispute in North Carolina that does not include...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2014

This month's newsletter focuses on how Plan Trustees can appropriately settle ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims in order to achieve "complete peace." The article provides a check list and discusses strategies for handling...more

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