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Ryan v. Editions Limited West, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Cir., May 19, 2015

Ninth Circuit holds Copyright Act does not preclude enforcement of contractual attorneys’ fee provision in copyright-based litigation. Artist Victoria Ryan sued Editions Limited West, Inc. (ELW), a publisher of her...more

TracFone Files Supplement to Emergency Petition for FCC Preemption on 911 Fees

As noted in our prior update, in November 2014, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice requesting industry comment on a Petition filed by TracFone Wireless regarding 911 fees charged to Lifeline...more

Ticket to Sue – Pennsylvania’s Registration Requirement for Foreign Business Entities

Consider the following scenario: You represent a foreign corporation in a breach of contract action in Pennsylvania state court. Your client is seeking substantial damages for unpaid widgets that it shipped to the defendant...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Direct Marketing – Out of State Retailers may be in for a Shock!

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in one of the three state and local tax cases argued in this term - Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, 575 U.S. __(2015) At first glance, the Court’s ruling adds clarity to the Tax...more

Yet Another Reminder on the Importance of Careful Drafting of Termination Clauses…

As if employers needed one, we now have yet another decision invalidating a termination provision for failure to comply with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the “ESA”): Miller v. A.B.M. Canada Inc., 2014 ONSC 4062...more

Massachusetts SJC Holds That Wage Act Does Not Preempt Common Law and Equitable Claims for Unpaid Wages

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has overruled a Superior Court decision holding that a state statute requiring payment of wages preempts common law and equitable causes of action for recovery of unpaid wages....more

Ninth Circuit: Injunctive Relief Claims Relating Only to Past Harms to a Limited Class Are Not Exempt From Arbitration

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision favoring arbitration clauses in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Kilgore v. KeyBank, N.A. that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Plan Terms Trump Equitable Defenses

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in U.S. Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen in which the Court unanimously ruled that a clearly drafted reimbursement clause will trump all equitable defenses....more

Ninth Circuit Delivers a Key Victory for Consumer Arbitration

Proponents of consumer arbitration have been buoyed by a Ninth Circuit opinion issued on April 11, 2013, that underscores the dramatic impact that AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion has had on the enforcement of consumer...more

Does The Alabama Trade Secrets Act Limit Remedies For Theft Of Information?

Alabama enacted the Alabama Trade Secrets Act (the “ATSA”) in 1987. However, since that time, there have been relatively few reported court decisions analyzing the impact of the ATSA on common law claims. A federal district...more

Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable Despite Any State Statutory Right To A Class Action

In Flores v. West Covina Auto Group, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2013 WL 139200 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. Jan. 11, 2013), the California Court of Appeal extended the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in AT&T Mobility, Inc. v....more

Enforcing Class Action Waivers: A "Major Change In California Law"

In Phillips v. Sprint PCS, __ Cal. App. 4th __, 2012 WL 4378199 (1st Dist., Sept. 26, 2012), the California Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s decision to reconsider its past order refusing to enforce an arbitration...more

Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in South Korea

This article generally demonstrates under what requirements the Korean courts recognize and enforce the foreign judgments....more

Concepcion Mandates Individual Arbitration Even When Statutory Rights Cannot Be Vindicated, Third Circuit Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), obligates courts to compel individual arbitration even where the plaintiff has proven that doing so would make it impossible to...more

The Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Any Right To A Class Action Under State Law

The California Court of Appeal recently held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts any statutory right to a class action under the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). See Caron v. Mercedes-Benz Financial...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Expansive Reading of Texas Law Regarding an Insured’s Right to Independent Counsel

Under Texas law, “when the facts to be adjudicated in [a] liability lawsuit are the same facts upon which coverage depends, the conflict of interest will prevent the insurer from conducting the defense.” N. Cnty. Mut. Ins....more

Federal District Courts Continue to Find Ways to Invalidate Arbitration Clauses Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's Recent...

A recent federal court decision provides warning that companies should be balanced in drafting arbitration provisions and not include provisions that are "unfairly one-sided" at the expense of the consumer. Otherwise, courts...more

Vollstreckung - Anerkennung und Vollstreckbarkeit ausländischer Gerichtsurteile in Belgien

Grundsätzlich ist zwischen der Anerkennung und der Vollstreckung ausländischer Gerichtsurteile in Belgien zu unterscheiden. Die Frage der Anerkennung betrifft die Rechtskraft des Urteils in Belgien, wohingegen die Frage...more

Prozessrecht Beweisaufnahmeverordnung - Die Zwangsvollstreckungproblematik von ausländischen Entscheidungen zur Erteilung eines...

Das Gericht erster Instanz in Turnhout (Belgien) erließ am 06. März 2008 ein beachtliches Urteil im Zusammenhang mit der Anwendung der Europäischen Verordnung Nr. 1206/2001 des Rates vom 28. Mai 2001 über die Zusammenarbeit...more

Verfahren und Prozessrecht - Verfahren vor Zivil- und Handelsgerichten in Belgien

Das belgische Gerichtssystem ist durch einen zweistufigen Aufbau gekennzeichnet: Grundsätzlich kann gegen jedes erstinstanzliche Urteil Berufung erhoben werden. ...more

Using Federal Antitrust Law To Void Class Action Waivers

Originally published in Competition Law360 on May 15, 2012. Last year, in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S.Ct. 1740 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the so-called “collective arbitration waivers” (also...more

New York Appellate Court Holds that Federal Law Does Not Preempt State Contract and Consumer Protection Laws in Gift Card Suit

On April 17, 2012, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court held that federal laws and regulations do not preempt state contract and consumer protection laws, reversing an earlier trial court decision dismissing a...more

UK Judgment Validates ISDA Master Agreement Performance Suspension Provision

Section 2(a)(iii) of every standard International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreement provides in relevant part that a non-defaulting party does not have to perform so long as any event of default or...more

The Ninth Circuit Again Follows Concepcion And Enforces Consumer Arbitrations

On March 16, 2012, the Ninth Circuit followed the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility, Inc. v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), and held that the Federal Arbitration Act (the FAA) preempts state law...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preempts California Law Prohibiting Arbitration of Claims for Broad Public Injunctive...

On March 7, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that significantly limits the power of California, and other states, to restrict the enforcement of arbitration agreements and class action waiver...more

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