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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

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

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

When Policyholders Aren't Entitled To Preaward Interest

Most property insurance policies contain an appraisal clause that provides that if the parties cannot agree on the amount of loss, either party may demand an appraisal. An appraisal panel consisting of two party-appointed...more

Railroad Commission Not Off the Hook for Plugging the Wrong Well

“You are my friend, kind of.” Hush Puppy, as she stares down the Aurochs in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Is our “friend” the Texas Railroad Commission? Gulf Energy bought a package of offshore wells out of bankruptcy....more

Fraud Claims Not Covered By Standstill Agreement

A standstill agreement that postponed claims that a party "has or may have against the other" did not cover fraud claims. The old epithet "fraud unravels all", although too general and inexact a phrase to be taken simply at...more

Delaware Chancery Court Applies Entire Fairness Standard to Consulting Agreement Among Affiliates of a Controlling Shareholder

In the recent decision of In re EZCORP Inc. Consulting Agreement Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 9962-VCL (Jan. 25, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery clarified the standard of review when faced with shareholder challenges...more

Timing is Everything

In Trieme Medical, LLC v. Angioscore, Inc., [2015-1504] (February 5, 2015) the Federal Circuit reversed the dismissal of Trieme’s complaint to have its assignor, Dr. Lotan, named as an inventor of Angioscore’s...more

New Federal Trade Secret Law is Pro Employee Mobility and Rejects Inevitable Disclosure

Proposed legislation creating a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation is on the fast track to becoming law, as described in James Pooley’s excellent post What You Need to Know About the Amended Defend...more

Joint Employment Challenges Continue in 2016

The legal concept of “joint employment” exists when a person is employed by two or more entities, such that the employers are responsible, individually and jointly, to the employee for compliance with a particular statute or...more

What Does an Independent Contractor Mean to You? Eleventh Circuit Issues Significant Independent-Contractor Ruling

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (which has jurisdiction over Alabama, Florida and Georgia) issued a ruling that is noteworthy for all employers, addressing the often-contested issue of whether a...more

Arbitral Awards Based on Penalty Clauses: Enforceable?

A recent English High Court decision suggests that some such awards may be enforceable notwithstanding the rule against penalties. In Pencil Hill Limited v US Citta di Palermo S.p.A., the English High Court enforced an...more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

Wilcox v. State Farm: Minnesota Supreme Court Decision In Labor Depreciation Class Action

Yesterday the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its opinion in Wilcox v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, a putative class action alleging that State Farm, in estimating the “actual cash value” of property damage under...more

Maryland Appellate Court Clarifies Applicability of Business Judgment Rule for Board Responding to Shareholder Demand

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently ruled in Oliveira v. Sugarman, -- A.3d --, 2016 WL 361055 (2016), that a Maryland board's rejection of a shareholder demand is subject to the presumption of the business judgment...more

FDIC Announces RMBS-Related Settlement with New York-Based Financial Institution

On February 2, the FDIC announced a settlement for more than $62 million with a New York-based financial institution to resolve “federal and state securities law claims based on misrepresentations in the offering documents...more

Share and Share Alike? Not so fast.

The joint ownership of patents is governed by 35 USC 262: - In the absence of any agreement to the contrary, each of the joint owners of a patent may make, use, offer to sell, or sell the patented invention within the...more

Drug Testing Company Settles FTC Case Alleging Invitation to Collude

The FTC has entered into a final settlement with Drug Testing Compliance Group LLC (DTC Group) by order issued January 21, 2016, resolving an administrative case that alleged DTC Group had invited a competitor to collude with...more

Employment Law - February 2016

In Equal Pay Push, EEOC to Collect Pay Data From Employers - Why it matters - On the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Barack Obama announced that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Court Held That Plaintiff Stated A Claim Against Bank’s Employees For Individual Liability Based On Alleged Fiduciary Breaches

In Medve v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., a plaintiff sued a bank and three of its employees for breaches of fiduciary duties arising from fiduciary accounts. No. H-15-2277, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11961 (S.D. Tex. February 2,...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Holds Condo Association’s Cause of Action Accrued After Unit Owners Took Control of Board, Not Upon...

In the Palisades at Fort Lee Condo. Ass’n v. 100 Old Palisade, Llc, et. al., No. A-4292-13T3, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 193, a New Jersey appellate court held that the six-year statute of limitations did not bar a...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Finding of Consumer Fraud Act Violation in Sales Tax Overcollection Case

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed a finding for a plaintiff individual, upholding the circuit court’s conclusion that defendant Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears) violated the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business...more

Liquidation Court Grants Receiver’s Application For Authority To Enter Into Reinsurance Settlements With Three Reinsurers

A Texas court presiding over the liquidation of Santa Fe Auto Insurance Company approved an application by the Special Deputy Receiver for the liquidating company (“SDR”) to enter into a reinsurance settlement with three...more

YouTube Rulings Emphasize the Importance of an OSP’s Terms of Service in Social Media Marketing

Two recent cases serve as a reminder of the key role an online service provider’s (OSP) terms of service play in social media marketing. The courts in Darnaa, LLC v. Google, Inc., 2015 WL 7753406 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 2, 2015) and...more

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