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PTAB Applies Collateral Estoppel to Exclude Purported Patent Owner

The PTAB issued an order applying collateral estoppel to determine that one purported owner of U.S. Patent 7,215,752 and U.S. Patent 7,844,041 (the “challenged patents”) had no authority to act as the patent owner in...more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts Broad View of Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd Frank

On March 8, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Dodd Frank anti-retaliation provisions protect individuals who complain internally and are not strictly limited to those individuals who...more

The Supreme Court reinforces the SAAMCo Principle

The Supreme Court in BPE Solicitors v. Hughes-Holland [2017] UKSC 21 (also known as Gabriel v. Little) has considered for the first time, and reinforced, the principles set out in the landmark professional negligence case of...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dismissal Of LPA Breach Claims, Holding General Exculpatory Provisions Did Not Preclude Claims For...

On March 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware reversed the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a transaction between affiliated entities. Brinckerhoff v. Enbridge Energy Co., No. 273, 2016 (Del. Mar....more

Eleventh Circuit Looks To Alabama’s Doctrine Of “Intertwining” To Determine Non-Signatory Cannot Be Compelled To Arbitrate

Under Alabama law, “arbitration may be compelled under the doctrine of ‘intertwining’ where arbitrable and nonarbitrable claims are so closely related that the party to a controversy subject to arbitration is equitably...more

Presentation Matters When Seeking to Compel Arbitration in Consumer Class Actions

A pair of recent opinions proves that when it comes to compelling arbitration in a consumer class action, presentation of the arbitration clause may matter more than favorable Supreme Court precedent. First, in Norcia v....more

Expect a Mess When Food and Class Actions Collide: Part 1

Remember eating pasta and spaghetti sauce as a kid? Remember what it did to your shirt? Your face? Want to rekindle that memory? Two recent cases will help you revive it. One involves gumbo; the other, gourmet foods and...more

An Important New Decision on Whether Section 75-1.1 Applies to Multistate Conduct

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued a meaty decision about N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. The decision, in a case called SmithKline Beecham Corp. d/b/a GlaxoSmithKline v. Abbott...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Reinforces that Hindsight is not a Basis to Object to Indenture Trustee Fees

In the Chapter 11 case of Nortel Networks Inc., et al. ("Nortel"), pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the "Bankruptcy Court"), a group of senior noteholders (the "Noteholders")...more

Delaware Supreme Court Issues New Standards Governing Master Limited Partnership Cases

Agreements for limited partnerships, in particular for publicly-traded master limited partnerships, are notoriously complicated and often hard to understand, so much so that two of the state’s judges co-wrote a detailed...more

Court of Chancery Enjoins Transaction Pending Clearer Disclosure of Banker’s Conflicts

A board must disclose all information material to the stockholder vote for a transaction. Moreover, disclosures may be inadequate when they are buried in various places in a lengthy proxy statement. One piece of material...more

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Non-Consensual Structured Dismissal Deviating from Bankruptcy Priority Scheme

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22, 2017, in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., that without the consent of affected creditors, bankruptcy courts may not approve "structured dismissals" providing for distributions that...more

DTSA’s First Verdict “Fig”-ure: Jam’n to the Tune of $500,000

In little under a year after its enactment, a Federal Court jury in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued the first verdict under the Defend Trade Secrets Act in favor of the Plaintiff Dalmatia Import Group, Inc. The...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which the plaintiff claimed Merrill Lynch acted improperly in selling shares held as collateral for a loan when plaintiff had not defaulted on the loan. The...more

The importance of aggregation clauses in professional clauses in professional indemnity insurance policies

UK Supreme Court clarifies effect of aggregation wording: AIG Europe Limited v Woodman - In a long awaited judgment, which will affect all organisations with professional indemnity insurance, the Supreme Court has...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Cure Amount May Include Post-Default Rate of Interest

In Pacifica L 51 LLC v. New Investments, Inc. (In re New Investments, Inc.), 840 F.3d 1137 (9th Cir. 2016), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Section 1123(d) of the Bankruptcy Code provides that a cure amount may...more

Supreme Court Decides Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp.

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., No. 15-649, holding that a structured dismissal under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code must follow ordinary priority rules...more

Absolute Priority Remains Absolute – US Supreme Court Holds Structured Dismissals Cannot Violate Priority Rules

In a highly anticipated bankruptcy opinion, the United States Supreme Court, in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., held that courts may not approve structured dismissals providing for distributions that deviate from the...more

A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Requirements for Shareholder Inspection Demands

In Chitwood v. Vertex Pharm. Inc., SJC-12101 (March 20, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided important guidance on the scope of the Massachusetts shareholder inspection statute, Mass. G.L. 156D §...more

CBCA Affirms It Cannot Direct an Agency to Revise a CPAR

The Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) recently affirmed that it would follow the Court of Federal Claims (COFC) and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) in refusing to direct an agency to revise a Contract...more

Disclosure Only Settlements - the Effect of Choice of Law

The Delaware Courts took a significant step in 2016 to reduce the filing in Delaware of lawsuits aimed at procuring disclosure only settlements (meaning settlements that involve only the provision of additional information...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Coverage for Contempt Proceedings under Lloyd's Professional Liability Insurance Policy

In Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. v. Prosight-Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s, United States No. 15-12399, 2017 WL 586450 (11th Cir., February 14, 2017) the insured law firm sought to recover legal fees and costs incurred...more

UK: AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal’s judgment in AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others UKSC 2016/0100, ruling on how claims arising from similar acts or omissions in a series of related...more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v....

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281,...more

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