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Supreme Court Tightens Personal Jurisdiction Requirements

by Benesch on

Determining whether a nonresident defendant is subject to a forum state’s jurisdiction became clearer on June 19, 2017, when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

Tips for a Startup Manufacturer in Negotiating Vendor Contracts

by JD Supra Perspectives on

As a startup manufacturer, vendor contracts are one of the most common types of agreements you are likely to encounter. ...more

Business Litigation Report - February 2017

French Anti-Corruption Law Reform - Despite signing the OECD anti-corruption Convention in 1997, France has long been perceived as lacking necessary tools for domestic and international anti-corruption enforcement,...more

Takata: The Unfortunate Recall

The tragedy - Takata Corporation is a Japanese-based company that manufactures safety products, primarily airbags and seat belts, as a tier one supplier to the global auto industry. Unfortunately, due to alleged...more

California Supreme Court Decision Could Allow for Greatly Expanded Personal Jurisdiction

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The California Supreme Court’s recent opinion on specific jurisdiction may have far-reaching consequences for future actions brought in the state. In the recently published opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior...more

Second Circuit Stresses Control, Not Attribution, In Applying Janus’s “Ultimate Authority” Test, And Also Allows Expert Testimony...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In Janus Capital, the Supreme Court established the “ultimate authority” test to determine who may be liable under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) as a “maker” of a materially misleading...more

Defense and Indemnity Demands in Today’s Global Marketplace

by Wilson Elser on

In defending product liability cases, product manufacturers, sellers and distributors often tender a request for defense and indemnity from claims to one of their business partners. Typically, the tender arises from two...more

What are the Implications of Alice v. CLS?

by Fenwick & West LLP on

While the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank does not mean that software is ineligible for patent protection, the decision leaves many questions on patent eligibility unanswered. In the second video of a two-part...more

Environmental Liability of Dissolved Corporations in Delaware is Forever

Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United, an effort has been made to humanize corporations, culminating in Mitt Romney’s infamous pronouncement that “Corporations are people my friend.” Now it turns out...more

CPSC Seeks to Hold Former CEO Responsible for Buckyballs® Recall

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) obtained an unprecedented ruling when Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Dean Metry granted leave to name Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and...more

Benefits of Established Company Attorney

by Jason Wischmeyer on

Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and sole proprietorship companies are sometimes big and sometimes small. No matter the size, having an established relationship with an attorney can have significant and...more

Chinese Contracting Best Practices

There are many risks involved in dealing with Chinese companies. We previously discussed The Importance Of China Due Diligence And Corporate Seals. And we asked the probing question: Is The Era Of Cheap Goods From China...more

Automotive Quarterly - 3rd Quarter 2012

by Dickinson Wright on

In This Issue: - VOLVO AGREES TO $1.5 MILLION LATE DEFECT REPORTING PENALTY. LARGER PENALTIES ON THE HORIZON. by Richard A. Wilhelm: NHTSA’s safety defect reporting regulations require manufacturers of motor...more

We've been sued! Now what? A guide to handling business litigation

By William S. Cherry, III A 2010 litigation trends survey warns, “Companies Expect More Litigation.” Federal statistics indicate that the number of employees suing employers rose 35% from 2007 to 2011. A study conducted...more

Can You Back Up the Hype? Gerber Lawsuit Highlights Legal Risks of Advertising

by Robert Levy on

Earlier this month, Gerber Products Co. was hit with a potentially costly class action lawsuit in New Jersey over health claims related to several of its baby food products. According to the New Jersey Law Journal, the...more

Co-Promoter Liability

by Dechert LLP on

“Co-promotion,” for those not familiar with the term, is a contractual arrangement between two drug companies. The details will differ, but basically one company has a drug but not enough sales people. The second company –...more

Condominium Developer Cannot Enforce CC&R's After Selling All Units: Promenade at Playa Vista Homeowners Association v. Western...

This month the Second District Court of Appeal concluded that the developer of a condominium complex lacked standing to enforce the declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R's) after it had sold all the...more

On Being the Best Dolphin

by The Taormina Group, Inc. on

Aggressive litigators are labeled "sharks." Dolphin's are one of the sharks' only natural enemies. Learn how to use your head to sink your shark opponents....more

Managing Supply-Chain Risks Post Goodyear, McIntyre

by Gilbert LLP on

Originally published in Law360, New York (July 18, 2011). On June 27, 2011, the United States Supreme Court announced two decisions that clarify and limit the ability of plaintiffs, including corporate plaintiffs, to...more

A Checklist of Reasons to Start Your Own Business

Here is a list of reasons why I started my own business and why you may want to start your own small business:.....more

Stationery, emails and websites for companies - what needs to be where (UK)

by Chris Robinson on

Reminder of the requirements to disclose corporate name and other details on websites, emails, stationery and buildings, including Distance Selling Regulations content for websites (UK)...more

S-Corporation or C-Corporation? Incorporating in Arizona

S-Corporation or C-Corporation? Incorporating in Arizona S-corporations and C-corporations share many of the same advantages and disadvantages. Probably the single biggest drawback to both forms of corporation in Arizona...more

Will Regional, Mid-Tier Firms Emerge as Winners in the Current Crisis?

by Pamela Woldow on

As General Counsel face reduced 2009 budgets, many companies are finding significant savings by moving legal work to regional firms. The article discusses the trend and provides examples of companies and law firms that...more

Law Firm Fees Defy Gravity

by Pamela Woldow on

Despite the worsening economy, many law firms continue to raise billing rates. The article discusses the impact to clients and provides examples of law firm rate increases....more

Practical tips for ensuring your comparative advertising is lawful

by Emma Atkins on

Businesses that run comparative advertisements need to ensure that any comparative claims that they make can stand up to scrutiny. A successful claim for false, deceptive or misleading advertisements can be expensive and...more

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