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Third party access to without prejudice communications

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Without prejudice communications should be disclosed to a third party because two exceptions to the without prejudice rule applied (the “concluded settlement agreement” and “reasonableness of mitigation” exceptions). Previous...more

Even a Clear Choice of Law Provision Can Be Vulnerable

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

When two parties reside and/or conduct business in different states, any agreement between them almost always has a choice of law provision. Typically, such a clause is as simple as: “The Parties agree that this Contract...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 62 - Arbitration Clauses in IC Agreements: The Winds Are Shifting

by Benesch on

Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a case of first impression (Oliveira v. Prime) further demonstrated the importance of choice of law provisions in Independent Contractor Service Agreements (“ICSAs”) as they...more

SCOTUS Holds American Pipe Tolling Does Not Apply to Securities Class Action Opt-Out Claims Filed Outside Repose Period: CalPERS...

by Carlton Fields on

We have blogged about the evolution and application of the American Pipe tolling rule, as further expanded by Crown Cork, many times, most recently following the Ninth Circuit’s Resh decision last month. Under American Pipe,...more

Finality in commercial arbitration further affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada

by Dentons on

Confirming its 2014 decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp.1 (Sattva), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), in another appeal from the Province of British Columbia, has held that there is limited jurisdiction for...more

Time’s Up: Supreme Court Affirms Three-Year Deadline for Opting Out of Section 11 Class Actions

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that will have a significant effect on securities class action litigation, changing the strategic calculus for both institutional plaintiffs and defendants. In...more

Jelly Beans Contain Sugar - The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In February, plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against candy maker Jelly Belly on behalf of consumers who purchased jelly beans marketed as “Sport Beans.” They claimed that Jelly Belly used the phrase...more

Locked-In: TCPA Consent Not Revocable If a Term of Contract

Consent to be contacted under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is not revocable if included as a term of a written contract, according to a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Reyes v....more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration As To The Claims Of Non-Signatory Plaintiffs

by Carlton Fields on

A buyer of a manufactured home sued the manufacturer, seller and lender in connection with toxic mold that was found in the home’s water system. The underlying retail installment contract contained an arbitration agreement...more

The “New Flamenco”

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court has today handed down Judgment allowing Owners’ appeal in the “New Flamenco”. For those of you who are not familiar with the case, Charterers were in repudiatory breach of the Charterparty, which Owners...more

Alert: Supreme Court to Decide if State Courts Have Jurisdiction to Hear IPO Litigation

by Cooley LLP on

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, Case No. 15-1439 (Cyan), to decide whether state courts have subject matter jurisdiction over class...more

DOJ Flips the Switch on Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, Signaling Possible Changes to Come

On Friday, June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief reflecting a change of heart when it comes to the enforceability of class waivers in arbitration agreements. In an unprecedented...more

SEC Disgorgement Constitutes a Penalty – How Far Will the Argument Go?

by Sedgwick LLP on

On June 5, 2017, Justice Sotomayor delivered the unanimous opinion in Kokesh v. SEC, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 3557 (June 5, 2017), holding that disgorgement collected by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) constitutes a...more

Effect of failure to renew appointment of a process agent for service of process

by Allen & Overy LLP on

A defendant’s failure to renew a process agent’s appointment did not affect a claimant’s right to serve a claim form at the address of the original process agent (which had become a building site) because the contract...more

Mandatory Arbitration, Class Waivers, and the Future of Wage-Hour Litigation: 6th Circuit Shows One Reason Why High Court...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employers have faced questions about the enforceability of arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers since the NLRB’s highly controversial D.R. Horton decision in 2012, which held that the waivers...more

Supreme Court of Canada Leaves Forum Selection Clauses in a State of Uncertainty

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Facebook, Inc. (Facebook) recently lost a decision before the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the enforceability of the forum selection clause in its standard terms of use. Accordingly, organizations should carefully review...more

An Important New Decision On Substantial Aggravating Circumstances

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

North Carolina courts regularly dismiss claims for violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 where the allegations amount to nothing more than a breach of contract. A recent decision by Judge Adam M. Conrad of the North...more

One Way Out: California District Court Finds Insurer Had Right to Pay Limits Despite Possible Defense

by Carlton Fields on

In Film Allman, LLC v. New York Marine and General Insurance Company, Inc., 2:14-cv-7069-ODW, (C.D. Cal. May 23, 2017), a California district court granted summary judgment in favor of an insurer of a production company. The...more

Sweet as Candy? Sugarfina takes Competitor to Court

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On June 15th, Sugarfina Inc. (“Sugarfina”), a gourmet candy boutique, sued one of its competitors, Sweet Pete’s LLC (“Sweet Pete’s”), accusing Sweet Pete’s of trade dress, copyright, trademark, and patent infringement, as...more

Iris House Provides Valuable Reminder to Landlords About Non-Profit Renters

Recently, the Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department, handed down a decision affirming the lower court in 2363 ACP Pineapple, LLC v. Iris House, Inc, 2017 NY Slip op 27047. As the attorney on this case, Michael D....more

Will he or will he not issue the arbitration rule?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

I have previously expressed serious doubt whether Director Cordray will issue a final arbitration rule. In the CFPB’s last semi-annual regulatory agenda issued last year, the CFPB stated that the arbitration rule would be...more

Posner Pounces on Class of “Dissatisfied” Eye Drop Purchasers

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Raleigh-based litigator Joan Dinsmore brings us a discussion of yet another memorable opinion by Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner. Earlier this year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit refused...more

Caffeine Crash: Court Denies Class Certification for Consumers Contesting Caffeine Content

by Reed Smith on

A United States district court recently tossed a certification bid by a putative class of consumers who alleged that popular energy-shot, 5-Hour Energy, deceptively marketed its effectiveness. The action arises out of what...more

Supreme Court: Biosimilar Applicants May Provide Commercial Marketing Notice Before FDA Approval

by Jones Day on

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two important questions under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act ("BPCIA"), which provides an abbreviated pathway for the approval of generic biologics: (i) the...more

Using Demonstratives To Effectively Communicate Complex Business Cases To A Jury

by Weintraub Tobin on

Business attorneys understand that complex business litigation involves complex issues, usually encompassing voluminous amounts of complicated financial data in the form of balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow...more

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