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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

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

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

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

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

How Not to Get Snared in Brulotte’s Web

The Supreme Court’s Kimble Decision Reminds Licensors and Licensees to Evaluate Post-Expiration Royalties with Care - On June 22, 2015, the Supreme Court, in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, declined to overrule–on...more

Everything Old is New Again: Post-Expiration Patent Royalties are a Bad Idea!

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the longstanding case law that prohibits a patent owner from receiving royalties after a patent has expired. In Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC (June 22, 2015) 2015 U.S....more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Arbitration Agreement In Absence Of Actual Proof Of Unconscionability Due To Cost

The Eighth Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri which rejected the contention that an arbitration agreement was unconscionable, and unenforceable under the Federal...more

Alabama Rewrites Its Noncompete Statute

The Alabama legislature recently passed a comprehensive revision of the state’s noncompete statute, and Governor Bentley has signed the act into law. The new statute will become effective January 1, 2016. The new statute does...more

Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act

On April 2, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed legislation enacting the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (“DRAA”) which became effective on May 2, 2015. 10 Del. C. § 5801, et seq. On June 17, 2015, the Delaware Supreme...more

Focus on the practical consequences of the ECJ’s Gazprom decision

Arbitral tribunal, state court – who is allowed to decide? Where a dispute concerns conflicting decisions made by courts of EU Member States one of the first things that springs to mind is “Council Regulation (EC) No...more

How a Trade Secret Could Have Saved a Running Royalty From a Nearly Invincible Law

In Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, just handed down June 22, 2015, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the 50 year old holding of Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U. S. 29 (1964), that patent royalties cannot extend beyond the...more

French Employment Law Reforms: Good and Bad News for Employers | Le droit du travail français à la une – bilan mitigé pour les...

Employment law has been in the news headlines for several months as various reforms on working time, employee representation and fixed-term contracts will soon have a significant impact on employers. In a nutshell, two...more

High Court Upholds Ban On Post-Expiration Patent Royalties While Recommending Loopholes

Background - On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court left intact a 50-year-old rule prohibiting royalties for post-expiration use of a patent. In Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, No. 13-720 litigation arose from Marvel’s...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

Supreme Court Keeps Spider-Man Maintaining The Status Quo - Royalties End When The Patent Expires

On June 22, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, 576 U. S. ____ upholding a long-standing 50-year rule from Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U.S. 29 (1964) that prevents...more

The Finite Life of a Patent Upheld: No Royalties After Expiration

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6 to 3 ruling citing stare decisis, upheld the half-century rule against royalty payments accruing after expiration of a patent. The Court’s decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC is a...more

Maintaining Trade Secret Confidentiality in Litigation

Early Monday morning you learn that Jane, your former employee, has stolen your company’s confidential information and her new employer is using it. You call your lawyer and tell her that you want to put Jane in jail. Your...more

Practice Considerations Post Kimble v. Marvel

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kimble et al. v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, rejuvenates a 50-year old rule addressing patent royalties, bringing it to the forefront of patent and licensing practice. On June 22,...more

Getting Tangled in the Web of a Hybrid Royalty Clause Part II: Supreme Court Re-affirms Brulotte Decision

In July of 2013, I wrote a blog post about the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment LLC and its effect upon royalty provisions in hybrid IP license agreements. (...) By “hybrid” I am...more

Chancery Court Expands on When Legal Fees Can Be Advanced

Advancement and indemnification rights provide directors and officers of Delaware corporations comfort when accepting positions that often lead to being named in litigation. However, once the interests of the executive and...more

Delaware House of Representatives Bars Fee-Shifting Provisions but Approves Forum-Selection

There has been considerable interest over the last year about whether a fee-shifting provision in the charter or bylaws of a Delaware corporation is enforceable. On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the Delaware House of...more

License Dispute Is Remanded To Court Of Chancery

Plaintiffs seek a TRO to prevent defendant from advancing a suit in the Intellectual Property Court of Taiwan. The parties here are parties to a license with a forum selection clause whereby the parties “irrevocably consent...more

Appraisers’ Failure to Perform Assessment of Property’s Existence or Damage is Reversible Error

In Lee v. California Capital Insurance Co. (No. A136280; filed 6/18/15), a California Court of Appeal held that it was error for an appraisal panel to assign loss values to items simply because they were listed in the...more

Third Circuit Holds That Under Pennsylvania Law An Insured Against Whom Punitive Damages Have Been Imposed May Not Recover Those...

As a matter of public policy, Pennsylvania (like a number of other states) prohibits insuring against punitive damages. But what happens if an insurer refuses to settle a case against a policyholder within policy limits and...more

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