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New York and North Carolina Take a Narrow Approach to Common Interest Doctrine

Brief Summary - The "common interest doctrine" generally protects attorney-client communications, even if such communications are disclosed to a third party, as long as the third party shares a common legal interest with...more

Competition News - June 2016

The Paris Court of Appeal compromises the lawfulness of selective distribution networks - Only a few months after its decision rendered in the Caudalie case (see our April Newsletter), the Paris Court of Appeal adopts,...more

LendingClub Hit With Class Action Over Usurious Interest

A New York resident, Ronald Bethune, accused LendingClub Corporation of violating the state's usury laws by charging him 29.97 percent interest on his loan—roughly twice the 16 percent limit under New York law and high enough...more

The Tennessee Business Court Tackles Privilege Claims

The Tennessee Business Court has provided additional guidance to commercial litigators concerning internecine legal battles between members of limited liability companies. The Court has determined the fiduciary duties of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Types of Fraud Which May Bar a Bankruptcy Discharge

The Supreme Court has rewarded creditors and their attorneys with a decision expanding the kinds of “actual fraud” which will prevent the discharge of a bankruptcy debtor. Some lower courts had held that to prevent a...more

Case Reminds Insurance Agents to Review Process of Receiving Approval from Insureds Before Submitting Applications to Carriers

Schmidt v. Indiana Insurance Co., No. 22S01-1507-PL-412, Supreme Court of Indiana, December 2, 2015 - Plaintiff was the owner of a house in which he allowed his cousin to live from 2007 to 2009. When the cousin moved...more

In a Major FIRREA Victory for the Banks, the Second Circuit Overturns $1.27 Billion Jury Verdict

On Monday, the Second Circuit overturned a jury verdict and $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America imposed under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), 12 U.S.C. § 1833a....more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to MLP Drop Down Transaction

The Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed a challenge to a transaction in which a master limited partnership (the "MLP") repurchased an interest in a crude oil pipeline in 2015 previously sold to its general partner (the...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Remands Litigation Against Broker Back To State Court, Finding That Party Was Not Fraudulently Joined

The background of this case is that Boomerang Recoveries LLC, a reinsurance program review company, investigated Farmers Insurance Company’s reinsurance contracts to identify any premiums Farmers had been overcharged in...more

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you...

Disputes come from two directions. Either a claim form or a letter threatening legal action lands on your desk, or you discover that you have a potential legal claim against a third party. When this happens, what are the most...more

Trial Court’s Interpretation of a Contract Much Harder to Overturn, the Supreme Court of Canada Confirms

To overturn a trial court’s interpretation of a contract on appeal, it is not enough that the trial court was wrong, it must be really wrong, the Supreme Court of Canada recently affirmed in Heritage Capital Corp v Equitable...more

An Injunction By Another Name May Still Immediately Be Appealed

The Third Circuit recently reaffirmed its authority to hear appeals from district court interlocutory orders that grant prospective equitable relief under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(a)(1), even where injunctive relief had not expressly...more

False Claims Act “Implied Certification” Update: Supreme Court Oral Argument Forecasts Continued Vitality of Controversial...

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on April 19, 2016, in United Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, a case expected to resolve the current split among federal appellate courts on the so-called...more

Colorado Supreme Court: Insurers Need Not Show Prejudice to Enforce No-Voluntary-Payments Provision of Insurance Policy

On April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado District Court in what is believed to be a seminal victory for insurers. In Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v....more

California Court of Appeal Affirms Demurrer to Class Allegations Where Mobilehome Park Residents Lack Community of Interest

In Schermer v. Tatum, 245 Cal. App. 4th 912 (2016), the California Court of Appeal affirmed two important principles for class actions in California: (1) to have a community of interest, there must be a wrong that is truly...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Significant False Claims Act Case

Our colleagues Jackie Baratian and Jason Popp summarize...the oral argument for Universal Health Services v. United Sates ex rel. Escobar heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 19th, laying out the various...more

Dieckman v. Regency GP LP, et al., C.A. No. 11130-CB (Del. Ch. Mar. 29, 2016) (Bouchard, C.)

In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery reaffirmed that default fiduciary duties, including a duty of disclosure, may be modified or wholly eliminated when such modification or elimination is clearly set forth in a...more

The Tennessee Business Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of LLC Members

In a recent opinion, decided 12/22/15, the Tennessee Business Court clarified the circumstances under which members of a Tennessee limited liability company owe fiduciary duties to one another. In Ewing v. Miller, Case No....more

California Court Gives Two Thumbs Down and Voids Non-Compete in Actor’s Agreement

Seyfarth Synopsis: Limitation on an actor’s ability to work in certain films struck down as an unlawful restraint of trade. California, mecca of the film and media production industries in the U.S., is notorious for...more

Did the FCA’s “Implied Certification” Theory Dodge a Bullet?

Yesterday’s argument before the Supreme Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar had the potential to put false claims based on an “implied certification” in the crosshairs. Instead, based on the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rules that Qualifying to Do Business as a Foreign Entity Does Not Operate as a Consent to General...

On April 18, 2016 the Delaware Supreme Court, in a 4-1 decision, held that a foreign corporation does not expressly consent to general jurisdiction by merely registering to do business in the state and appointing an agent for...more

Potential Commercial Litigation Consequences of 'Brexit'

With the referendum for Britain potentially leaving the European Union (“Brexit”) fast approaching on 23 June 2016, a “leave” vote could have far-reaching consequences for commercial litigation in the courts of England and...more

Location, Location, Location: Fraud Suit Filed Against Anheuser-Busch Over 'Abbey' Beer

As anyone in real estate will tell you, location matters. Apparently, location also matters when it comes to selecting a beer. Recently, a purchaser of Leffe Beers brought a class action lawsuit in Florida federal court...more

Corporate Trustees: how gross must negligence be?

Surprisingly, the distinction between negligence and gross negligence in English contract and trust law is unclear. On one view, reflected in the older cases, there is little or no difference at all....more

Federal Court Permits BlackRock’s Breach of Contract Claims to Proceed against BNY Mellon

On March 28, Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part Bank of New York Mellon’s motion to dismiss an action brought by BlackRock. BlackRock, as a...more

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