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On-Sale Bar for Contractor and Supplier Activities

The Federal Circuit addressed the potential for contract manufacturing to create an “on sale” bar to patentability, in a decision that could affect how supplier relationships are managed. Whether a sale or offer for sale of...more

Claimants' Guide to Antitrust Competition Litigation in EU

Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of private competition claims in the European Union. The Claimants' guide to Antitrust/Competition Litigation in the European Union provides an overview of the...more

Court of Appeal confirms the conventional operation of extension of time provisions

The Court of Appeal in Carillion Construction Limited v EMCOR Engineering Services Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 65 has confirmed that the industry-wide practice of awarding extensions of time running contiguously from the previous...more

Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege In Reinsurance Dispute, Rejecting Assertion Of The Crime-Fraud Exception And Questions...

The case involves a dispute over Utica Mutual Insurance Company’s claims for reinsurance proceeds from Munich Re. One of Munich Re’s defenses in the litigation asserts that Utica “strategically orchestrated a settlement...more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

Court of Appeal confirms relevance of communications subsequent to an alleged contract

Contract negotiations necessarily involve much toing and froing between the parties, but at what point does the contract become final? When can you stop taking further exchanges into account and what is the effect of "subject...more

Delaware Court Affirms Utility of Buyer Acknowledgment Clause in Dismissing Fraud Claim

In IAC Search, LLC v. Conversant LLC (f/k/a ValueClick, Inc.), 2016 WL 6995363 (Del. Ch. Nov. 30, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery provided a reminder on how potentially-overlooked contractual provisions could have a...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Orders Denying Arbitration In Two Class Action Lawsuits Against Samsung

The Ninth Circuit issued two similar opinions arising out of Samsung’s appeals of orders denying arbitration in two putative class actions filed against it. The claims against Samsung allege that the smartphone maker...more

A Reprieve from the Deluge of Hail Litigation in Texas

In recent years, the number of Texas lawsuits arising from hail-damage claims to residential and commercial properties has reached staggering levels, leaving the courts in several Texas counties struggling to keep up with...more

Third Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification Because Expert’s Exclusion of Relevant Data From Analysis of Classwide...

The Third Circuit affirmed an order denying class certification because the plaintiffs failed to provide sufficient evidence of classwide antitrust impact, and thus, could not satisfy Rule 23(b)(3)’s predominance requirement....more

SCOTUS Hearing Arbitration Case Wednesday; Spotlight On State Cases

While the Supreme Court has put off hearing a more contentious arbitration case until the fall (presumably in hopes that it will have nine justices by then), tomorrow it will hear the nursing home arbitration case from...more

Depreciation of Labor Costs Class Action: Nebraska Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Insurer

I’ve regularly followed on my blog key developments in the numerous class actions against the insurance industry involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of estimated replacement cost value in...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2016 Year in Review – Whitepaper

Introduction - In comparison to recent history, 2016 was a tame year for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”). While continuing to issue decisions that left employers scratching their heads, the...more

Mineral Lease Prevails in Louisiana Royalty Dispute

Prevails over what, you ask? In Gladney v. Anglo-Dutch Energy, LLC, a conditional allowable from the Office of Conservation didn’t supersede lease royalty obligations....more

2016’s Top Patent and Trade Secret Developments for Chemistry and Nanotechnology

While 2016 saw several significant IP developments regarding the USPTO claim construction standard and the standard of review of USPTO decisions, the following three developments may have the greatest impact on how in-house...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Class Distribution Procedures

Distributing the proceeds from a class action settlement is not as easy as you might think. Tracing ownership is complicated by the use of various intermediaries such as Cede & Co. This decision explains why that is so and...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When To Appoint Corporate Custodian

On the same day the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the widely-reported TransPerfect decision, which ordered the sale of a successful company by custodian under Section 226 of the DGCL in order to break deadlock, the Court of...more

Eighth Circuit Undoes Target Data Breach Settlement Class

The $10 million settlement class in the Target data breach case was unraveled by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in a recent decision that will force the district court to address the impact of the Supreme Court’s...more

Relief from forfeiture granted to a mere licensee

In General Motors UK Limited v. The Manchester Ship Canal Company Limited 2016 EWHC 2960 (Ch) the High Court granted relief from forfeiture to a mere licensee, thereby reinstating a licence that had otherwise been validly...more

Serving contractual notices: wrong method, right result

Contracts usually stipulate for specific requirements that need to be carefully followed in serving contractual notices, failing which serious issues may arise. Two recent cases highlight the courts' approach to notice...more

Smith & Nephew, Arthrex Settled Suture Anchor Patent Dispute Before Trial

On February 14, 2017, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman of the United States District Court, District of Oregon granted a Joint Stipulated Motion for Dismissal with Prejudice submitted by Plaintiffs Smith & Nephew, Inc. and...more

Ninth Circuit Says Ethics Policies Are “Inherently Aspirational,” and Violations Don’t Support Securities Fraud Claims, in Retail...

A senior officer’s violations of a corporation’s code of conduct do not give rise to a claim for violation of the federal securities laws—even where the corporation (including the officer himself) has touted the company’s...more

Third Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Indirect Purchaser Class in Auto Transmission Case, Revives Individual Claims

On February 9, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a ruling by the US District Court for the District of Delaware that indirect purchasers of Class 8 transmissions did not meet the requirements for class...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Scope of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which objectors (a law firm, banks and accountants) opposed a bankruptcy trustee's Rule 2004 Motion requesting information related to his investigation of...more

Fraud and Performance Securities

Performance securities are an everyday feature of construction and engineering projects. It is increasingly common to see calls on performance securities challenged on the basis of "fraud". Two recent cases from the English...more

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