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Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015

In the Context of a Bad Faith Claim, Insurer’s Defense That Coverage Denial Was Reasonable Put at Issue Otherwise Protected Attorney-Client and Work Product Communications - Why it matters: Recognizing the “conflicting...more

Delaware hammers the last nail into the coffin of fee-shifting bylaws

Delaware Governor Jack Markell has signed into law Senate Bill No. 75, which prohibits fee-shifting (or “loser pays”) bylaws for stock corporations. Much to the chagrin of the US Chamber of Commerce, the legislation...more

Jordan-Benel v. Universal City Studios, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, June 24, 2015

District Court allows screenwriter’s suit alleging feature film The Purge was based on his screenplay, Settler’s Day, to proceed, denying defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion because acts supporting plaintiff’s implied contract...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds No Duty to Defend Directors Serving in Mixed Capacities

On June 22, 2015, the 11th Circuit affirmed a Georgia federal court decision that there was no coverage under a director’s and officer’s (D&O) insurance policy for claims asserted by beneficiaries of a family trust against a...more

Construction Licensing – Substantial Compliance – Settlements and Suspension of License

Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros. Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 18, 2015) - Business and Professions Code Section 7031 precludes a contractor from maintaining any action...more

Ninth Circuit Revives Tort Claims Initially Dismissed Under Economic Loss Doctrine Where Product Caused Damage to “Other Property”

On June 29, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in CHMM LLC v. Freeman Marine Equipment, Case No. 13-35163 (D.C. No. 3:12-cv-01484-ST), reversed the District Court’s judgment in an admiralty case, holding that a vessel...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Management Projections In An Appraisal

Thus, it turns out differently from the recent decision in the Owen v. Cannon litigation because, as the Court explained, the facts are different, particularly when as here the merger price had all indications of being fairly...more

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee-Shifting

Last week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 75, which amends the Delaware General Corporation Law to prohibit Delaware stock corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they...more

Professor Bainbridge Takes On S.B. 75 And The Delaware Bar

UCLA Law Professor Stephen Bainbridge recently posted an article calling Delaware’s recently enacted S.B. 75 a “self-inflicted wound”. SB 75, which was signed into law late last month, limits the ability of Delaware stock...more

Chasing Payments: District Court Holds that Providers Lack Standing to Sue ERISA Plans for Benefits if the Patients Remain Liable...

A district court in Tennessee recently rejected ERISA claims by healthcare providers against a plan insurer, holding that the providers lacked standing to sue under ERISA as their patients’ assignees. Brown v. Blue Cross...more

Read Before Signing: Court Finds Fact-Intensive Gross Negligence Claims Should Proceed to Jury, Where Deviation from Industry...

In Jimenez, et al. v. 24 Hour Fitness, USA, Inc. (filed June 9, 2015, No. C071959), California’s Third Appellate District held that where fact-intensive gross negligence claims exist, especially with evidence of potential...more

UPDATE: Significant Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Enacted, Become Effective August 1st

Delaware Senate Bill 75 (“SB 75”) was approved by the House of Representatives on June 11, 2015 and signed into law by Delaware Governor Jack Markell on June 25. The new law enacts two very significant changes to the Delaware...more

Do Equities Militate Against Restrictions Barring Petition for Dissolution?

Delaware courts often emphasize the freedom of contract of parties to define their rights, powers, duties, obligations, liabilities and restrictions in a limited liability or operating agreement under the Delaware Limited...more

In Overhead and Profit Class Actions, The Third Trade’s No Longer The Charm

When repairs to a damaged home reach a certain level of complexity, they call for supervision by a general contractor, who receives a percentage of the actual repair costs as “general contractor’s overhead and profit” or...more

A Year Later: The Impact of Halliburton II Is Still Developing

In June 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc. (“Halliburton II”), a putative class action in which Halliburton investors alleged that the company made misrepresentations...more

Eastern District of Pa. Again Recognizes Montreal Convention Exclusively Governs Claims

Action Item: Until there is appellate resolution of the preemptive effect of the Montreal Convention, airlines sued in state court over damages allegedly arising during the course of international transportation should...more

Good-Faith Belief of Invalidity No Longer a Shield for Induced Infringement Claims

On May 26, 2015 the Supreme Court vacated and remanded the Federal Circuit's decision in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., 720 F.3d 1361 (Fed. Cir. 2013). In an interesting 6-2 decision (Justice Breyer did not...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

Intercreditor Agreements: Recognize That Second Lien Financings Are A Special Case Of Subordinated Lending

BOKF, N.A. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re MPM Silicones, LLC), 518 B.R. 740 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014) – Senior lienholders sued lenders holding junior liens on common collateral, arguing that the junior lienholders...more

Landmark Supreme Court ruling on default clauses and damages: Bunge SA v Nidera BV

The decision has been long awaited. In its landmark unanimous ruling handed down on 1 July 2015, The Supreme Court laid down clear guidance on the assessment of damages arising out of a wrongful repudiation of a contract for...more

Service Of Suit Clause Waives Reinsurers’ Rights To Remove Case To Federal Court

A federal district court in New Hampshire has held that a service of suit clause contained in reinsurance contracts waives the reinsurers’ rights to remove a litigation brought against them in state court by the Insurance...more

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Public Section Union “Fair Share Fees”

On June 30th, the United State Supreme Court granted certiorari in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and will consider whether public sector agency shop arrangements, also known as “fair share” contractual...more

Eleventh Circuit Denies Coverage for Wrongful Acts of Directors and Officers That Arose Out of Their Wrongful Acts as Trustees, an...

On Monday, June 22, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit, in The Langdale Company v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, No. 14-12723 (11th Cir. 2015), ruled for the insurer on a “capacity” exclusion in a director...more

Superior Court Extends Jurisdiction Under The Director Long Arm Statute

It is conventional wisdom that the director long arm statute only confers jurisdiction for breaches of fiduciary duty. Yet as this decision points out, that limitation is not firmly grounded in the words of the statute....more

New York Court of Appeals Provides Guidance on Deficiency Judgments

The level of proof that a lender must submit to obtain a deficiency judgment following a mortgage foreclosure was recently clarified by the New York Court of Appeals. Under RPAPL § 1371, a lender may seek a deficiency...more

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