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Preserving California’s Tied-House Rules - Ninth Circuit en banc decision upholds decades-old law restricting alcohol beverage...

On June 14, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, issued its decision in Retail Digital Network LLC v. Ramona Prieto, Case No. 13-56069, D.C. No 2:11-cv-09065-CBM-PJW. The decision rejects a...more

Client Alert: Effects of Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Framework on Patients, Physicians, and Entrepreneurs

During a special legislative session ending June 2, 2017, the Florida legislature passed Senate Bill 8-A (“SB 8-A”), authored by Senator Bradley, amending Florida's medical marijuana laws to reflect the 2016 passage of...more

THE SLANTS Decision Affects More than a 2(a) and an (R)

In Monday’s decision in the newly minted, Matal v. Tam case, the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit decision that the Trademark Office’s refusal to register THE SLANTS mark on disparagement grounds was...more

District of New Jersey Further Defines the Evolving Boundaries of Injury-in-Fact After Spokeo

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On June 6, 2017, in Kamal v. J. Crew Grp, Inc., No. CV 2:15-0190, 2017 WL 2443062 (D.N.J. June 6, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed a plaintiff’s second attempt to assert a claim...more

Tobacco companies sue state for cigarette fee

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The tobacco fee’s critics warned that the state might get sued because of the measure, and they were right. Tobacco companies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to argue the measure is unconstitutional. Tobacco giant Phillip Morris...more

TCPA Tracker - June 2017

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D.C. Circuit Denies Request for En Banc Review of Fax Advertisement Decision On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied a request by a group of class action plaintiff petitioners in...more

District of New Jersey Dismisses FACTA Suit on Spokeo Grounds

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Even a year after it issued its opinion in Spokeo v. Robins, the Supreme Court’s decision on Article III standing continues to be hotly contested. On June 6, 2017, the District of New Jersey cited Spokeo in dismissing an...more

Massachusetts Requires Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax Beginning July 1, 2017

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The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued guidance under which it will require the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by remote sellers that meet certain sales thresholds in Massachusetts....more

Bankruptcy courts cannot approve structured dismissal of Chapter 11 case that violates absolute priority rule

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In Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 137 S. Ct. 973 (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court was not authorized to approve a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case that violated the absolute priority...more

Recent Developments with Respect to Conflict Minerals

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In the Spring 2017 issue of our Corporate Communicator, we included a brief discussion of the status of the conflict minerals rules contained in Rule 13p-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange...more

If You Don’t Hold the Bond, You Can’t Sue for Fraud

Commercial Division Justice Eileen Bransten recently concluded that plaintiff bondholders lacked standing to bring fraud claims against the bond obligor and trustee after having sold their interests in the bonds. One William...more

Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo

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Courtside questions: Is it fair or foul to show a player’s tattoo in a video game? LeBron James is a talented individual: three-time NBA Champion; 13-time NBA All-Star. And he gave a more than respectable performance playing...more

The Value of a Life: Standing to Sue Your Company in a Gamified World

No matter how small it seems to you, if your company offers a reward to consumers as encouragement to market your goods or services, then your company should not remove or expire that reward without notice and a rational...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending May 19 & 26, 2017

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Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing/Lost Note: if plaintiff did not have right to enforce note when lost, plaintiff should present evidence of assignment from payee to plaintiff or affidavit of ownership - ...more

Substantive Consolidation of Non-Debtors-Standing and Notice Issues

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U.S. courts generally agree that the substantive consolidation should be applied sparingly, and even more so when substantive consolidation of debtors with non-debtors is sought. While many opinions address the grounds for...more

High Court to review availability of judicial review of adjudication determinations

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Judicial review of adjudication determinations - In our earlier update concerning the decisions in Southern Han1 and Shade Systems2 we noted the NSW Court of Appeal decision in Shade Systems was under appeal to the High...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Heading into a long holiday weekend the Chairman continued to fill out the senior staff of the agency. Peter Uhlmann, a staff veteran who has held several senior management positions, was appointed as Managing Executive in...more

SEC Stays ALJ Cases Subject to 10th Circuit Review

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On Monday, May 22, the SEC stayed all its administrative proceedings assigned to an ALJ in which a Respondent has an option for review by the 10th Circuit. (Securities laws provide appellate review of SEC administrative...more

FRANCHISOR 101: State Taxes on Franchise Fees

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Franchisors collect weekly or monthly "franchise fees." In many cases, fees are for particular services, such as marketing assistance or IT support. In franchising, the parties may be in any number of different states: for...more

ROADBLOCK IN PLACE: Court Grants Limited Preliminary Injunction in Waymo v. Uber

Imagine preparing for that big meeting on your way to work, while you ride along in your car—without the need for a driver. What sounds like it might be out of a sci-fi movie, may actually be the not-so-distant future. Such...more

Substantial Risk of Harm in Data Breach Class Actions Ripe for Supreme Court Review

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Early in May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, Inc., No. 16-260 (L) (2d Cir. May 2, 2017), affirmed the dismissal of a data breach class action brought against Michaels Stores...more

Supreme Court Reinforces the Primacy of the Federal Arbitration Act, Even Over a “Divine God-Given Right”

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Kentucky law speaks of the right to jury trial in theological terms. The Kentucky Constitution provides that “[t]he ancient mode of trial by jury shall be held sacred, and the right thereof remain inviolate, subject to such...more

Government’s Termination of Lease Pursuant to its Terms is Not a “Taking”

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Public agencies own significant amounts of property throughout California and the United States. Sometimes, those properties are not being put to a public use, and the government acts as a landlord, leasing out property to...more

Millenium Lab Holdings – Ruling on Third Party Releases Highlights Continuing Constitutional Questions Regarding Power of...

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In Millenium Lab Holdings, Delaware District Court Judge Leonard Stark, on an appeal from a bankruptcy court order confirming a plan of reorganization, recently upheld a challenge to the bankruptcy court’s constitutional...more

Assignment of LLC Interest Defeats Standing Despite Alleged Lack of Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The rules of “standing” in business divorce litigation generally require that the plaintiff have an ownership interest in the business entity at the time of the alleged wrongful conduct and, for derivative claims brought on...more

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