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Retail Hospitality Newsletter - Late Fall 2016

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United Statesand is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC Enforcement Limitations

On Friday, January 13, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to resolve a Circuit split on the extent to which SEC enforcement actions are restricted by the five-year statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. § 2462. Section...more

Six Days In Court – Almost As Fun As A Christmas Party

I missed the office Christmas party. Doing so was one benefit of having a six-day trial 116 miles away. It wasn't just me who missed the holiday luncheon. My partners Joe and Tim and a legal assistant named Cheri each...more

Third Circuit Upholds District Court Decision in Pennsylvania Baptist Church Sign Case

Recently, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals entered an order upholding the district court’s decision in the case of Tearpock-Martini v. Shickshinny Borough, which we reported on last summer. The case involved an...more

Court of Appeals to Decide Controversial Partnership Dissolution Case

In a controversial ruling last year in Congel v Malfitano, the Appellate Division, Second Department, affirmed and modified in part a post-trial judgment against a former 3.08% partner in a general partnership that owns an...more

Eleventh Circuit Resolves Jurisdictional Issues Regarding The Confirmation Of An Arbitration Award

The Eleventh Circuit recently held that a district court retained jurisdiction over a motion to confirm an arbitral award, even though the plaintiff had voluntarily dismissed its claims while the motion to confirm was...more

Supreme Court Will Review Three Cases Involving the Lawfulness of Class and Collective Action Waivers

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases involving the lawfulness of class and collective action waivers in arbitration agreements. Since the National Labor Relations Board’s 2012...more

Patent Owner Submits His Own Expert Declaration and Then Refuses to Appear for a Deposition; Board Authorizes Petitioner to Move...

On January 10, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) ruled that Petitioner’s inability to depose, and therefore cross-examine, Patent Owner’s expert could warrant striking the expert’s declaration....more

What Is An Offer of Judgment And Can It Really Lower the Cost of or Shorten Litigation?

Insurance coverage litigation today is often time consuming and expensive. Many cases include claims for “bad faith” damages, and some cases seek punitive damages. To support their allegations, litigants will usually seek a...more

Third Circuit Allows “Subgroup” Disparate-Impact Claims to Proceed Under The ADEA

Employers are well aware of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), which protects individuals over the age of forty, as well as its disparate-impact provision, which makes it unlawful for an employer to...more

Is There an Opening to Withdraw or Modify Electronic Logging Device Rule?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published its final electronic logging device (ELD) rule on Dec. 16, 2015, which the FMCSA claims, "is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and...more

Federal Court Strikes Down Lincolnshire’s “Right to Work” Ordinance

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the Village of Lincolnshire’s municipal ordinance regulating union activities was invalid under federal law. The ruling is a defeat for...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide an important issue that has deeply divided the Courts of Appeals—are arbitration provisions in employment agreements that waive an employee's right to bring or participate in class...more

SCOTUS to Determine Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses

The United States Supreme Court granted and consolidated three petitions for certiorari related to the validity of class action waiver clauses in employer/employee arbitration agreements. The Court has consolidated the...more

Missouri Church Wins Digital Sign Appeal

The Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled that the Kansas City, Missouri, Board of Adjustment abused its discretion in failing to grant a variance to Antioch Community Church (Church) to install digital components into its...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: Is Arguing Over the Appropriate Level of Efforts Worth the Effort?

The recent Delaware case, Williams Cos v. Energy Transfer Equity LP (No. CV 12168-VCG, (Del. Ch. June 24, 2016)), sought to provide some additional guidance on this question, but at bottom the standard adopted by the court is...more

Post-Petition Transfers: Sixth Circuit Opines on 11 U.S.C. § 542 versus § 549

The United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit recently clarified whether a trustee could rely upon 11 U.S.C. § 542, and in the process side-step 11 U.S.C. § 549, to recover an unauthorized post-petition...more

Ostensible Agency, Hold the Class Certification: Would You Like Franchise With That?

It’s a common business model in the fast-food industry: a massive restaurant company provides the menu, the marketing—including catchy slogans and a universally recognized logo—and the basic operational standards for the...more

News from Abroad: Summary Report on the Final Guidance from the English Court of Appeal on Second Medical Use Patents

The final decision of the Court of Appeal in the Lyrica® litigation was handed down on 13 October 2016. This litigation, relating to the painkiller pregabalin marketed by Warner-Lambert for the treatment of pain under the...more

IP Cases to Watch in 2017

The New Year brings excitement and anticipation of changes for the best. Some of the pending patent cases provide us with ample opportunity to expect something new and, if not always very desirable to everybody, at least...more

Eighth Circuit Rules That ERISA Expressly Preempts Iowa Pharmacy Benefit Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that ERISA expressly preempts an Iowa law that imposes onerous regulatory requirements on pharmaceutical benefit managers operating in Iowa. The reversal...more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York Confirms Chapter 11 Plan Less Than Two Weeks After Commencing...

On January 10, 2017, in the case of In re: Roust Corporation, et. al., (1623786 ) (RDD), pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Bankruptcy Court”), Judge Robert D. Drain entered an...more

The Limitation of Liability Act of 1851: Recent Court Decisions Highlight Significant Issue for Offshore Energy Industry

In 1912, a vessel owner by the name of White Star Lines invoked a little understood U.S. maritime law to limit its liability arising out of a maritime disaster. In 2010, a vessel owner by the name of Transocean invoked the...more

Flipping the Script: Court holds that a Lender can sue a Borrower for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices

Recently, in Makadia v. Continental Waste Management, LLC, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina considered a matter that may have caused a double-take. The case involved a dispute...more

Ninth Circuit and “Ascertainability”: No “Administratively Feasible” Method of Identifying Class Members Required

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to grant class certification, finding that, at the class certification stage, Rule 23 does not require plaintiffs to demonstrate that there is an...more

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