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Frank Silvero, an actor who played the character Frankie Carbone in the film “Goodfellas” and other similar mobster characters during his career, filed suit against Fox Television alleging that the writers of the animated...more
Until recently, it was generally accepted that punitive damages awards are to track awards of compensatory damages on a 1:1 ratio. This ratio was convenient for defendants, as it provided some amount of certainty when...more
It depends. A recent decision out of the Federal Circuit tackled this very issue, and the court’s decision strongly suggests that a taking could arise under the right circumstances. (Filler v. U.S. (Fed. Cir. Mar. 10, 2015)...more
On March 9, 2015, Judge W. Neil Thomas, III, Hamilton County Circuit Court, ruled that the Tennessee Civil Just Act of 2011’s cap on non-economic damages awarded to injured plaintiffs is unconstitutional....more
On September 9, 2014, in a unanimous opinion authored by the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a Missouri statute which imposed a cap on the amount of punitive damages...more
In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery addressed plaintiffs’ application for attorneys’ fees under the corporate benefit doctrine in the context of a mooted litigation. Plaintiffs sought a $2.8 million fee award. The...more
This week's post explores last week's Indiana Supreme Court decision State v. Doe that upheld the punitive damages statutory cap and allocation of 75% of any award to the state. We also take a look at what this decision...more
In Kleveland v. Siegel & Wolensky LLP, 2013 DAR 4961(2013) the California Courts of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District affirmed the denial of a special motion to strike and the award of costs and attorney fees as...more
The first element of defamation is sometimes forgotten. The defamatory statement must be about the plaintiff. In most instances that will be self-evident, but sometimes the identity of the person being defamed will be known...more
The tale starts with an article in OC Weekly. The article was about a guy named Shaheen Sadeghi. The article was extremely favorable to Sadeghi, referring to him as the “Curator of Cool” and discussing his amazing success in...more
Despite the prohibitions against doing so, some attorneys can’t resist throwing a threat of criminal action into their demand letters. They apparently think (if they give it any thought at all) that an express or veiled...more
Following the prior decision of Flatley v. Mauro, the California Court of Appeal in Miguel Mendoza v. Reed K. Hamzeh finds that a demand letter from an attorney which threatens criminal prosecution is not protected under the...more
In an opinion issued on April 7, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a group of Nigerians living in the United States who sought to hold oil companies accountable for alleged human rights violations in Nigeria...more
A Texas federal judge denied defendants ArthoCare CEO Michael A. Baker and CFO Michael T. Gluk’s motion to dismiss the SEC’s claim against them under Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) Section 304’s clawback provision. Section 304...more
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court's reduction of a $55 million punitive damages award to only $620,000 and further reduced the punitive damages to $155,000-a 1:1 ratio to compensatory damages....more
"Cats prefer Whisker Nibblets to Gato Gourmet 4:1." "Only Marie’s sandwich cookies are made with real chocolate and cream." "Seatur’s Slick works 40 percent faster than other leading motor oils." "Shampoo with Lixertonic and...more
Dunkin’ Donuts in Hot Water Over Franchisee Discrimination Claims
by Joel N. Kreizman on August 30, 2012
Dunkin’ Donuts is in hot water after several former franchise owners have alleged that it discriminates against...more
In California a person who is not a party to a contract containing a mandatory arbitration clause may still be compelled to arbitrate whether that non-signatory is a plaintiff or a defendant. ...more
Three cases provide examples of situations in which the courts considered an outside overseer.
Allegations of impropriety by a bankrupt company's management can fuel heated litigation in bankruptcy cases — including...more
Table of Contents:
•Doe v. Gangland Productions, Inc., et al.
•Goldberg v. Cameron
•Mattel, Inc. v. MGA Entertainment, Inc.
Doe v. Gangland Productions, Inc., et al., USDC C.D. California, August 1,...more
A panel of the court ruled 2-1 on September 17, 2010 that the Alien Tort Statute gives U.S. courts jurisdiction over alleged violations of international law by individuals only, not by corporations.
The decision dismisses...more
This is a reply brief on the motion to dismiss the case filed against importers of "foreign" versions of textbooks against one of the publishers of those textbooks. The main issue involves the applicability of the First Sale...more
As anyone who has been sued can tell you, litigation is, at best, an annoyance, and at worst, and much more typically, scary. stressful, time consuming and expensive. Given that the longstanding rule of American jurisprudence...more
EFF has asked a federal court to protect the free speech rights of an animal welfare group after its video critiques of animal treatment at rodeos were removed from YouTube due to sham copyright claims.
The group Showing...more
On 2-6-08, Swiss bank Julius Baer filed suit in federal district court against "Wikileaks," a website designed to give whistleblowers a forum for posting materials of public concern, for hosting 14 allegedly leaked documents...more
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