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Product Liability Update - July 2015

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Failure-to-Warn Claim Against Drug Manufacturer Not Preempted Because There Was No “Clear Evidence” FDA Would Not Have Approved Plaintiffs’ Suggested Warning; Also Holds...more

Purchasing Credit Monitoring May Not Protect Companies from Data Breach Class Actions

2014 set a record for data incidents, with nearly 30% of the 783 data incidents reported by companies caused by hacking. At least 97 incidents are reported to have occurred from hacking during 2015, affecting approximately 7...more

Federal Circuit Review | July 2015

Nunc Pro Tunc Assignments Insufficient To Confer Retroactive Standing - In ALPS SOUTH, LLC v. OHIO WILLOW WOOD CO., Appeal Nos. 2013-1452, 2013-1488, 2014-1147, and 2014-1426, the Federal Circuit reversed the denial of a...more

FTC Commissioners Weigh in on FRAND Debate

Two weeks ago, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, writing on her own behalf, submitted comments in Investigation No. 337-TA-613, Certain 3G Mobile Handsets and Components Thereof (the 613 Investigation)...more

The European Court of Justice on Enforcement of FRAND Patents: Huawei v. ZTE

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered its highly anticipated ruling in Huawei v. ZTE on the enforcement of standard essential patents (SEPs) which are subject to a FRAND commitment. SEPs play a significant role in the...more

Barbarians at the Gate: Seventh Circuit Finds Article III Standing for Data Breach Class Actions

As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA, 133 S. Ct. 1138, 1147 (2013), data breach class actions were largely considered dead in the water. The overwhelming majority of courts, relying...more

Smartflash v. Apple: After $500M Verdict, District Court Grants New Trial on Damages Based on Improper Use of Entire Market Value...

After a jury returned a verdict against Apple, Apple filed a motion for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial. The district court subsequently notified the parties pursuant to Rule 59(d) that it was considering granting...more

Northern District of California Upholds Assignment of Antitrust Claims to Indirect Purchasers

Portions of a reverse payment suit against Endo Pharmaceuticals and others were recently dismissed by Judge William H. Orrick of the Northern District of California. The case was brought by plaintiffs who allege that a...more

EU Court Clarifies the Conditions Under Which Assertion of Standard-Essential Patents May Constitute Abuse of Market Dominance

Last week, in response to a request for a preliminary ruling by a German court hearing a patent infringement action brought by Huawei against ZTE, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) took up the question of...more

The Court of Justice’s Preliminary Ruling in Huawei v. ZTE: The Final Word?

The application of competition law to standard essential patents (SEPs) has been the subject of significant debate. The latest instalment was provided by the Court of Justice on 16 July 2015 with its much-anticipated...more

Did the 7th Circuit Just Ease the Way for Consumer Data Breach Lawsuits?

On July 20, 2015, a federal appeals court in Chicago issued what could be a watershed ruling in favor of consumers pursuing class action lawsuits against retailers and other companies following data breaches that involve the...more

Federal Circuit Issues Its First Decision Interpreting BPCIA

The courts must “say what the law is,” even when that law, as Judge Lourie described the BPCIA, is “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Today, in Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., No. 2015-1499 (Fed. Cir. July 23,...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

When You Wish Upon A (Lode)Star: NC Business Court Cuts Fees Requested By Attorneys For Class Plaintiffs

The Business Court last week knocked down a fee request of Plaintiffs' class action counsel to $500,000, from the $660,000 requested, in an Order in Nakatsukasa v. Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2015 NCBC 68. The...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Patent Holders Can’t Charge Royalties After Patent Expires

In a decision issued June 22, 2015 — Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC — the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed and declined to overrule long-standing precedent holding that a patent holder cannot charge royalties for...more

The Revolution that Wasn’t: New Jersey’s Direct-To-Consumer Exception to the Learned Intermediary Doctrine

The learned intermediary doctrine – in which a manufacturer’s duty to warn runs to the physician, not to the patient – is one of the most potent weapons in the arsenal for a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer faced...more

Amarin Pharma v. FDA – More Briefs Filed Regarding Off-Label Promotion And The First Amendment

Our prior posts looked at the Amarin Pharma, Inc. v. United States Food and Drug Administration lawsuit, which raises issues regarding the First Amendment and how it applies to speech by drug and device manufacturers...more

Is An Offer Of At-Will Employment Adequate Consideration For A Non-Compete? Recent Court Rulings Split Three Ways

Three very recent decisions reflect the irreconcilable division of judicial authority regarding the adequacy of at-will employment as the sole consideration for an otherwise valid non-compete. Compare (a) Standard Register...more

U.S. District Court Affirms FIFRA Arbitration Award

On June 19, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion for default judgment by the Non-Dietary Exposure Task Force (Task Force) and confirmed an arbitration award against an Indian...more

Litigation Alert: Even Spider-Man Can't Defeat Ban on Post-Patent Expiration Royalties

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se.” 379 U.S. 29, 32 (1964). On June...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2015

California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know - Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got...more

Adobe settles proposed class action data breach case with award of $1.18 million for plaintiffs’ attorneys

Adobe Systems, Inc. has agreed to settle the proposed class action lawsuit filed against it following the breach of its system in 2013. The breach compromised personal and payment card data of millions of its customers. There...more

Cephalon and Teva's $1.2 Billion Consent Order with the FTC: Is it Really a Harbinger of Things to Come?

On June 17, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania approved a consent order (the “Consent Order”) between the Federal Trade Commission and defendants Cephalon, Inc. and its parent, Teva...more

Helios Software, LLC, et al. v. Spectorsoft Corporation, C.A. No. 12-81 – LPS, June 2015

Stark, C. J. Defendant’s motion for clarification and reconsideration of a 9/18/14 opinion is granted with respect to damages outside the U.S. and willfulness. It is denied with respect to denial of defendant’s motion for...more

Federal Circuit Oral Arguments in Amgen v. Sandoz

On June 3, the parties in Amgen v. Sandoz presented oral arguments to the Federal Circuit as part of their dispute over the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). The appeal is focused on two questions:...more

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