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Employment Practices Newsletter - February 2016

In New Guidance, DOL Gets Aggressive on “Joint Employment” - By issuing a new interpretative document in January, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division attempted to clarify the concept of “joint...more

A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court

The NC Business Court's decision last month in Krawiec v. Manly, 2016 NCBC 7, illustrates a couple of things not to do in the Court. Don't Make "Aiding and Abetting" Claims - The Plaintiff made a claim against some...more

Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Dismisses Declaratory Judgment Claim

A while back, I wrote about a Georgia Supreme Court decision, Royal Capital Development LLC v. Maryland Casualty Co., that held that diminution in value of real property is potentially covered under a property insurance...more

Court of Appeals Addresses Insurance Agent Negligence Claim; Plaintiff May Claim Emotional Damages

For years, the Murrays bought minimum limits vehicle insurance, including minimum UM/UIM from agent Jones. Then they gradually began increasing their limits. They testified that when they discussed UM/UIM coverage with Jones,...more

No Stay of Execution or of Proceedings pending Appeal – insufficient evidence provided regarding funds available to judgment...

In Catalyst Managerial Services v Libya Africa Investment Portfolio [2015] EWHC 3639 (Comm) the Commercial Court has refused to vary an order requiring the Defendant to make a payment into court of the judgment debt sum or...more

Use of Denton on an Application to Set Aside Default Judgment in the TCC

In Tideland Ltd v Westminster City Council [2015[ EWHC 2710 (TCC) (a judgment dated July 2015 but only just published), the TCC made a decision to set aside default judgment regarding a £7m claim . The judgment provides...more

3 Stage test in Denton applied and relief refused by High Court!

In Pipe v Spicehaart Estate Agents Ltd (t/a Haart) [2016] EWHC 61 (QB) (18 January 2016) the High Court has applied stage 3 of the test set out in Denton and refused to allow a respondent to file a respondent’s notice 48 days...more

The Demise of Disclosure-Only Settlements?

On January 22, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in an opinion of Chancellor Bouchard, rejected a proposed disclosure-only settlement in the context of M&A litigation that offered no new helpful information to the...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Rules That Condominium Assessment Liens Could Extinguish First-Priority Mortgages

First mortgage holders in Rhode Island beware: in a 4-1 decision handed down on December 4, 2015, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that pursuant to the Rhode Island Condominium Act, RIGL § 34-36.1-1.01 et seq., liens...more

“Insanity Defense” Fails To Preserve Coverage For Insured’s Arson

Missouri resident James Roller set fire to his garage in an attempt to commit suicide. When smoke and fumes surrounded him he changed his mind, fled the garage, and alerted his wife of the fire. Mrs. Roller called 911. A...more

To Litigate or not to Litigate: Practical Considerations for Every Business

It should come as no surprise that business is booming in Silicon Valley, although with the growing number of businesses comes increased potential for conflict and litigation. Know that litigation is serious business. ...more

Intervention by Individual Homeowners Deemed Timely

Ziani Homeowners Association v. Brookfield Ziani LLC, et al. - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three - (December 22, 2015) - The Court of Appeal considered the issue of timeliness of a...more

Disclosure Settlement Rejected in Trulia Merger Litigation

Chancellor Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery rejected a disclosure settlement in In Re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation. The Chancellor concluded the terms of the proposed settlement were not fair or reasonable...more

Not Worth Fighting Over?

In wage and hour disputes, sometimes an employer would rather just pay a claim instead of fighting it. Maybe the claim is only worth several hundred dollars and attorney’s fees would be a far greater expense. Or maybe not...more

Supreme Court Takes Away a Class Action Defense Tool That We Couldn’t Really Use Anyway

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court held in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2016), that when a defendant makes an offer to resolve the named plaintiff’s claim for full value, but the plaintiff turns...more

Supreme Court Limits ERISA Plan Reimbursement Rights: ERISA Fiduciaries Need to be Diligent

On January 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court held that an ERISA plan could not satisfy its reimbursement rights from a participant’s general assets. ERISA plans’ reimbursement rights are now so limited that...more

Defendants Summary Judgment Motion in In re Cathode Ray Tube Antitrust Litigation May Illuminate Policy Justifications Behind...

Earlier this month, defendants in the In re Cathode Ray Tube Antitrust Litigation moved to challenge the standing of major retailers to pursue damages claims under the Supreme Court’s 1977 Illinois Brick decision. LG...more

How Not to Moot a Case: Supreme Court Rules Case Remains Live After Unaccepted Offer of Settlement

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided another case in a line of cases addressing the issue of class action mootness. Specifically, the justices ruled that an unaccepted settlement offer or offer...more

ASBCA continues to undermine a contractor's ability to successfully establish a statute of limitations defense to government cost...

Recently, in Alion Science & Tech. Corp., ASBCA No. 58992 (Nov. 10, 2015), the ASBCA issued yet another decision undermining a contractor's ability to successfully raise a Contract Disputes Act (CDA) statute of limitations...more

SCOTUS to TCPA Defendants: Offer of Complete Relief to Lead Plaintiff is No Easy Out from Class Actions

What happens when you make an offer they can't refuse . . . and they refuse? The Supreme Court addressed this question in the context of complete relief offers to lead plaintiffs in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds ERISA Plan Cannot Enforce Equitable Lien Against Participant’s General Assets

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Eleventh Circuit and held that when a ERISA plan participant obtains a third-party settlement subject to a plan’s subrogation provision, and then...more

Morton Salt Presumption Of Injury Under Robinson-Patman Act

Plaintiffs and appellants, the disfavored purchasers in a Robinson-Patman Act case, were twenty-eight retail pharmacies who alleged that the pharmaceutical manufacturer defendants had charged them higher prices than those...more

Florida 5th DCA Says Referral Relationships Not Protectable

A recent case out of Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeals raises important raises important issues related to physician non-compete agreements. Let’s take a look: Before addressing the specifics of this case, some...more

ESG Capital Partners v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund, C.A. No. 11053-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint seeking declaratory relief in which plaintiffs alleged that certain investors in ESG Capital...more

Avoiding Unenforceable Penalty Clauses

The Supreme Court in 2015 reviewed and redefined the rules governing unlawful penalty clauses. The new test considers whether there is a legitimate interest in creating damages or a fine and whether such fine imposes an...more

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