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SEC Charges Colorado Woman and Her Two Companies with Offering Fraud

On August 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Heidi Ann Gamer and two companies under her control, Gamer Economic Systems, LLC and Gamer Media Partners Corp. The SEC alleged that between...more

Massachusetts Court Awards Attorneys' Fees for In-House Counsel's Work: The State Is the Latest To Recognize Shifting of In-House...

In a question of first impression, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals recently held that trial court judges have discretion to award attorneys' fees for work performed by in-house counsel for claims brought under the state's...more

Court Draws Line Against Union Hotel Boycotts: National Labor Relations Act Bans "Secondary Boycotts"

A recent decision of the federal appeals court in Chicago gave hotel operators some welcome protection against union-organized boycotts arising from a labor dispute. In that case, 520 S. Michigan Ave. Associates, Ltd. v....more

When Does Section 75-1.1 Reach Out-of-State Conduct? (Part I of a two-part series)

Imagine that an out-of-state company causes an injury to someone in North Carolina, but does so only through acts outside North Carolina. Can the plaintiff use N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 to seek treble damages and attorney...more

SEC Obtains Nearly $70 Million Judgment Based On Prior Jury Verdict

The SEC obtained a judgment for nearly $70 million in a fraud action based on a jury verdict obtained last fall. SEC v. AIC, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:11-cv-00176 (E.D. Tenn.). The action named as defendants the AIC, Community...more

Texas Supreme Court's Recent Shareholder Oppression Opinions Reaffirm Primacy of Common Law Fiduciary Duties Under Gearhart

In three recent cases, the Texas Supreme Court has made it clear that for claims of "minority shareholder oppression" — essentially, acts of a majority shareholder group that are harmful to a minority shareholder without...more

Interfere at Your Own Risk: Legal Fees Awarded as Damages for Violating A Non-Compete Agreement

We all know the default American Rule for attorneys’ fees: unless you get fees in a contract or from a statute, you shouldn’t count on someone else paying the freight if you win your case. But a recent non-compete case brings...more

Texas Supreme Court Rejects a General Cause of Action for Minority Shareholder Oppression

The Supreme Court of the State of Texas recently issued a significant opinion relating to the remedies available to minority shareholders of Texas corporations. In Ritchie v. Rupe, No. 11-0447 (Tex. June 20, 2014), available...more

Raul v. Astoria Fin. Corp., C.A. No. 9169-VCG (Del. Ch. June 20, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendant’s motion to dismiss, finding that plaintiff was not entitled to attorneys’ fees under the corporate benefit doctrine because plaintiff had not presented a...more

Sanctions Are Appropriate for Factual Misrepresentation and Abuse of Judicial Process

Monsanto Co. v. E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. - Addressing the issue of sanctions following a finding that a litigant abused the judicial process and acted in bad faith, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Excess Insurers Bad Faith Claim Against Primary Insurer Due to Lack of Damages Causation

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Florida district court’s award of damages to the excess insurer on the ground that the excess insurer failed to prove the primary insurer’s alleged bad faith had caused the...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Refuses to Transform Non-Disclosure Agreement into a Non-Competition Agreement

A recent decision from the Massachusetts federal district court serves as a good reminder to Massachusetts employers that courts are unlikely to view the breach of a non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement as justification...more

Does the Economic-Loss Rule Bar Claims Under Section 75-1.1?

The economic-loss rule says that a contract dispute generally does not state a tort claim. The concern is that if a plaintiff could recover tort damages, that outcome would disregard the expectations reflected in the parties’...more

Legal Alert: Supreme Court of Texas Finds Contractors Cannot Recover Delay Damages for Negligent Misrepresentation Against an...

On June 20, Texas joined a number of states that apply the economic loss rule to damages claims arising from negligent misrepresentation between contractors and the owner’s architect. In LAN/STV v. Martin K. Eby Construction...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - June 2014

In This Issue: - Court of Appeals of the State of Washington: Bad Faith Damages May Exceed the Amount of a Reasonable Covenant - Southern District of Mississippi: Insurer Providing Coverage Opinion to Insured...more

Court of Appeals of the State of Washington: Bad Faith Damages May Exceed the Amount of a Reasonable Covenant Judgment

Miller v. Kenny, No. 68594-5-I, 2014 WL 1672946 (Wash. Ct. App. Apr. 28, 2014) - The Court of Appeals of the State of Washington held that a reasonable covenant judgment, consisting of the total liability of the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Validates Fee-Shifting Bylaws

The Delaware Supreme Court has declared valid on its face a bylaw requiring the members of a non-stock corporation to pay its legal fees incurred in defending the members' unsuccessful suit against the corporation, endorsing...more

Business Court Judges Explain Section 75-1.1

In my research for this blog, I recently found a June 2006 presentation on section 75-1.1 by Judges Al Diaz and John Jolly. This presentation occurred when Judge Diaz and Judge Jolly were serving together on the North...more

Gotham Insurance V. Warren E&P Answers Age-Old Question

In Gotham Insurance Co. v. Warren E&P Inc., the Texas Supreme Court recently addressed an age-old and often-asked question: Can an insurer recoup money paid to its insured when it later learns it overpaid? The answer:...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Dismisses Hope-Based Claim and Reaffirms Limits for Pure Economic Loss

In Mandeville v. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, 2014 ONCA 417, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered whether a company owed a novel of duty of care to stakeholders in connection with a legitimate transaction that...more

Justices Mulling Whom Insurers Can Sue for Reimbursement

Insurance companies hate paying to defend claims they believe may not be covered - especially where the defense fees are significant. But when they do pay for the defense of claims they feel they should not have to...more

"Fee-Shifting Bylaws: The Delaware Supreme Court Decision in ATP Tour, Its Aftermath and the Potential Delaware Legislative...

On May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Federation), No. 534, 2013 (Del. May 8, 2014), holding that fee-shifting provisions in a Delaware...more

Delaware Supreme Court upholds fee-shifting provision in company bylaw, signifying a future sea change in corporate litigation

The Delaware Supreme Court, sitting en banc, has held that a Delaware corporate bylaw that requires a losing claimant to pay the legal fees and expenses of the defendants is not invalid per se, and if otherwise enforceable...more

Is The Free Lunch Ending For Stockholders Who Sue Corporations? Fee-Shifting Introduced In Intra-Corporate Litigation

ATP Tour: The Little Case That Could - On May 8, 2014 the Delaware Supreme Court upheld a “loser pays” fee-shifting bylaw for a Delaware non-stock corporation in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund. ...more

Summary Update On The Law Of Chapter 93a

Standards Governing Business Claims Under 93A ¦ Higher standard applies for business plaintiffs. More decisions confirm that a business plaintiff must make a higher showing of defendant wrongdoing in order to...more

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