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Bad Faith Sentinel - April 2014

In This Issue: - Third Circuit Seeks Guidance from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Regarding Whether Insured Tortfeasor May Assign Bad Faith Claim to Injured Third Party - District of Colorado: Insurer Entitled To...more

DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction

Enacted in 1977 in response to the revelation of widespread bribery of foreign officials by U.S. companies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA” or “the Act”) was “intended to halt those corrupt practices, create a level...more

Three Lessons On Appealing From Arbitrations

Three decisions came out recently that offer guidance on appealing from arbitration awards. Here are three pearls of arbitration appeal wisdom, one from each case...more

Part III: Has Congress Spoken and Does It Really Matter? The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police...

In the first and second parts of this series, we provided a summary of the District Court of New Jersey’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and then focused on whether the FTC has given “fair notice” to...more

NBCUniversal Media, LLC v. Superior Court

NBCUniversal Media, LLC v. Superior Court - California Court of Appeals, April 1, 2014 (unpublished)- Petitioners NBCUniversal Media, LLC, formerly known as NBC Universal, Inc., and Universal Television Network (the...more

Queen v. Schultz

Queen v. Schultz - USCA, D.C. Circuit, April 4, 2014 - Defendant Ed Schultz is a radio and television personality currently hosting “The Ed Show” on the MSNBC network. Plaintiff Michael Queen is an NBC employee who...more

Fear and Trebling: E-Book Class Action Takes a(nother) Bite out of Apple

The legal drama continues for Apple, Inc., as the tech giant recently suffered another in a string of significant legal setbacks in the e-book antitrust saga in the Southern District of New York. Last month, Judge Denise...more

New York Federal Court Takes Different Stance on Medical Staff Bylaws

On April 14, MedLaw Blog posted a comment about Villare v. Beebe Medical Center, a case in which a Delaware trial court granted summary judgment on the basis that the medical staff bylaws were held not to constitute a...more

1st Circuit Limits Secured Lender’s Right to Post-Petition Interest by Applying Flexible Standard

In an important decision for lenders, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided In re SW Boston Hotel Venture LLC, holding that a bankruptcy court was right to give a lender a claim for post-petition interest...more

Coverage Opinions Remain Privileged in Bad Faith Action Even Where Gist of Recommendation is Set Forth in Letter to Insured

As a matter of first impression, the Supreme Court of West Virginia recently held that coverage opinion letters were protected by the attorney-client privilege even though the insurer subsequently sent correspondence to its...more

Generic’s Counterclaims for Non-Infringement are Proper Despite Covenant Not to Sue From Brand

On April 9, 2014, in Purdue Pharmaceutical Products, L.P. v. TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Civ. No. 12-5311 (D.N.J.), Judge Jose L. Linares of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled that a generic...more

Tenth Circuit Clarifies When Trial Is Necessary To Determine Arbitrability

In a beautifully written opinion, the Tenth Circuit examined an under-used aspect of the Federal Arbitration Act this week: having a jury or court trial. Usually disputes about arbitrability can be determined on a motion akin...more

State + Local Tax Insights -- Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Where’s Walden? Finding Protection under the Due Process Clause - Upcoming Speaking Engagements - CFCs and Subpart F Income in a California Water’s-Edge Election and What’s Wrong with the Apple...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Motorola’s LCD Antitrust Claims Based on Foreign Purchases

On March 27, in the latest major development in Motorola Mobility’s lawsuit alleging price-fixing of liquid crystal display modules (LCDs), a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit, including renowned antitrust jurist Judge...more

California Court Of Appeals: Discrepancy Between Insurer’s Initial Repair Estimate And Actual Cost Of Repairs Did Not Constitute...

Meuser v. Allstate Ins. Co., A136243, 2014 WL 802535 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2014). Court of Appeals of California finds no breach of contract or bad faith where actual cost of repairing fire-damaged home was higher...more

California Court Gives The Green Light For Arbitration Of Wrongful Termination Suit

Sanchez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California, LLC, B244772 (March 4, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently found that an employer’s arbitration agreement and dispute resolution rules and procedures (DRRP) are not...more

Privy Council rules on Fairfield

On 16 April 2014, the Privy Council ruled in the claims brought by the liquidators of Fairfield, one of the largest feeder funds into Bernard Madoff’s investment company. The BVI Commercial Court and the Eastern...more

High Tide for Lapse Cases? New York Federal Court Holds That Investor Lawsuit Is Not Barred by Statute of Limitations

On March 28, 2014, a New York federal court issued an opinion that may have a significant impact on the already increasing number of lapse-related lawsuits in the life insurance industry. In Lebovits v. PHL Variable Insurance...more

Vermont Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Vermont And Against Alleged Patent Troll In Preliminary Decision

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell won a major victory in his groundbreaking effort to use state law to crack down on “patent trolls.” In State of Vermont v. MPHJ, LLC, the Vermont federal court has rejected the...more

Stay Ahead Of The Curve When Choosing Desired Tax Treatment

A foreigner starting business in the U.S. usually hires attorneys for visas, leases and licenses. The tax advisor comes later, when returns loom. This tendency is unfortunate because entering the U.S. starts the clock for...more

When Is An Internal Investigation Not Privileged?

Compliance programs have grown in importance along with the demands of new laws and regulations. These programs are increasingly seen as vital to preventing corporate misconduct or, at least, mitigating sanctions if...more

Insurance Coverage – Liability of Adjuster for Negligent Misrepresentation

Bock v. Hansen - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (April 2, 2014)- 40 years ago in Gruenberg v. Aetna Ins. Co. (1973), the California Supreme Court held that in general, an insurance company’s agents...more

D.C. Circuit Largely Upholds SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule But Supports First Amendment Challenge

On April 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, a case that sought to challenge the conflict minerals rule released by the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

California Court Holds An Adjuster May Be Personally Liable For Misrepresentations Made To The Insured

Earlier this month, an intermediate level California court rejected arguments that an insurance company’s adjuster owes no independent duty to the policyholders and cannot be liable even for “appalling” misconduct if he is...more

Court Compels Arbitration Of Coverage Issue In Underinsured Motor Vehicle Policy

A federal district court has compelled arbitration of a coverage issue arising out of an Underinsured Motor Vehicle Coverage (UIM) policy issued by Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company. ...more

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