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Republican lawmakers move forward on CRA resolutions to override CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

House and Senate Republicans announced yesterday that they are sponsoring Congressional Review Act resolutions to override the CFPB’s final arbitration rule, which was published in the Federal Register. ...more

Business Litigation Alert - "Enterprise Products v. ETP: No Legal Obligation really means No Legal Obligation"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

A Texas Court of Appeals ruled this week that when companies agree in writing that they have no legal obligations to proceed with a project, they mean it. That may appear to be a simple concept but a jury came to a different...more

NY Court Rules That Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable

by Reed Smith on

While pundits and practitioners eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court’s looming decision on whether class action waivers in employment-related agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) – which will not be...more

UK arbitration news round-up

by Dentons on

Our arbitration news round-up includes commentary on the following: - The "Brexit effect" on London as a dispute resolution centre. - Recent gender statistics show more women arbitrators appointed. - ICC...more

How Employers Can Avoid California Labor Code Section 925

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Many non-California employers view the enactment of California Labor Code Section 925 as destroying any possibility of avoiding the state’s restrictive covenants laws for California-based employees. But there is hope! With...more

M&A Watch: That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles – Delaware Court Rejects MAE Claim in Commercial Contract Litigation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently reaffirmed its approach to Material Adverse Effect jurisprudence in the context of a commercial arrangement. Please see full Analysis below for more information....more

Arrested Development: Ship Released from Arrest Despite Pending Appeal

In Platypus Marine, Inc. v. TATU (TATU), the Federal Court of Canada (Court) ordered that the defendant ship be released from arrest because there was no outstanding judgment. Although the plaintiff was appealing a judgment...more

Check the Rules Redux

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Several weeks ago, we reported on some recent updates to Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Bransten’s individual practice rules. New York commercial litigators should take note of some recent changes in the Queens County...more

No Certification Where Loss of Data Prevents Class Identification

by BakerHostetler on

Identifying potential class members is not an issue in most employment cases, as the employer likely has any number of employment records for each of the claimants, including personnel files, electronic data, tax forms, time...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Order Compelling Arbitration, Rejecting Contract Defenses Of Unconscionability And Lack Of Consideration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eighth Circuit affirmed an order compelling arbitration in a case filed by a volunteer concession worker against an operator of concessions at a sports stadium in St. Louis. The concession worker had volunteered to work...more

Deeper Dive: Application of Work-Product Doctrine to Forensic Investigations

by BakerHostetler on

In a recent post, we addressed the role a forensic investigation plays in a company’s response to a data security incident. We noted that to maximize the likelihood that a forensic firm’s work will be covered by the...more

Court Addresses Formation of Accidental Partnerships in Long-Awaited Enterprise v. Energy Transfer Appeal

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Dallas Court of Appeals yesterday issued its opinion in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. , in which the court reversed a judgment of more than $500,000,000 rendered after a jury...more

You Can Dance If You Want To

In borrowing a page from the '80s band "Men Without Hats," on June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court brought greater certainty for both biosimilar applicants and originator companies. In Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., the Supreme...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Leases To be Stripped in Section 363 Sale

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Courts consistently have held that the sale of real property under the Bankruptcy Code cannot "strip off" the leasehold interests in that property. Until now, only one case held to the contrary and was generally considered an...more

Acting Comptroller reacts to Director Cordray’s latest response; final arbitration rule published in Federal Register

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a letter dated July 18, 2017 to Acting Comptroller Noreika purporting to respond to Acting Comptroller Noreika’s July 17 letter, Director Cordray continued to question how there could be “any plausible basis for [Acting...more

Director Cordray continues to doubt that safety and soundness concerns are raised by the final arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The letter-writing war between Director Cordray and Acting Comptroller Keith Noreika continues. Director Cordray sent a letter dated July 18, 2017 to Acting Comptroller Noreika in which he purports to respond to Acting...more

CFPB final arbitration rule to be published in Federal Register on July 19

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB final arbitration rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register today, July 19. The rule’s effective date will be the 60th day after publication and the compliance date will be March 19, 2018. Based...more

Court Finds No Exceeding Of Powers Or Manifest Disregard Of The Law In Confirming Allegedly Speculative Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerned an agreement by which Clos La Chance Wines, Inc., a wine producer, appointed AV Brands, Inc., a wine importer and wholesaler, as the exclusive brand agent and distributor of its wine products for the...more

Shipped Goods Deemed “Received” Upon Physical Possession for Allowed Claims for Administrative Expenses in Bankruptcy

by Burr & Forman on

Signed, sealed, delivered, but am I yours? Apparently not, according to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, at least in the context of allowed administrative expense claims under Section 503(b)(9) of the...more

Third Circuit Confirms That One Call Is All for TCPA Violation

One errant solicitation call to the wrong person’s cellphone is all it takes to trigger liability under the TCPA. That was the essence of last week’s decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the putative class action...more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

Recent Developments Regarding Noncompete Agreements

by Payne & Fears on

There is no question that noncompete agreements in California employment contracts are generally unenforceable. Many other states, however, may enforce such agreements if they are “reasonable” in duration and geographic...more

Court Overturns Much of EPA’s 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt EPA another blow to its over-zealous attempts to regulate as hazardous waste the hazardous secondary materials (HSM) that are...more

Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.: Meal Periods, Ascertainability, and the Importance of Removal

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., five former Shift Supervisors brought a putative class action against CVS under the Massachusetts Wage Act, contending they were required to work through their unpaid breaks. Specifically,...more

In Lease Case, Maryland's Highest Court Brings State Law in Line With FOIA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Confidentiality is important for landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions. For that reason, a recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision should be kept in mind when leases and other documents are submitted to...more

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