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Fourth Circuit Rejects Retirees’ Claim for Vested Health Benefits

The Fourth Circuit upheld an employer’s unilateral decision to amend a collective bargaining agreement to cap employer contributions to retiree health benefits and freeze Medicare reimbursements for hourly retirees...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #4

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the following case today: Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, No. 15-1391: Five businesses in New York, petitioners here, wanted to pass along the...more

Eleven Professors File Amicus Brief in Sandoz v. Amgen

As we have previously reported, various amicus briefs have been submitted in Sandoz v. Amgen. On March 17, 11 professors submitted an amicus brief in support of Amgen. The 11 professors “teach and write on patent law and...more

Supreme Court Rules: Even Gifts Must Play by the (Absolute Priority) Rule

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Czyzewski v.Jevic Holding Corp., stating that non-consensual, priority violating, structured dismissals are not allowed under the Bankruptcy Code. In a well-reasoned...more

Interim interdicts a growing trend in Botswana

There is a growing trend on the part of lawyers and members of the public alike to seek an interdict when the rights of a party have been, or are thought to have been, infringed. Whilst there is no doubt that in the correct...more

Second Circuit Reverses ADA Jury Verdict for Pharmacist with Fear of Needles

In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., No. 15-277 (March 21, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury award of almost $2 million in favor of a pharmacist who suffered from a fear of needles because he...more

The EU Court of Justice dismisses EMA's appeals in interim measures and suspends the release of clinical study report to third...

On March, 1st 2017, by Order of its Vice-President, the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) upheld the suspension of the release to third parties of a clinical study report concerning the medicinal product Translarna granted...more

Third Circuit Rules Arbitration Agreement Included In Product Manual Is Unenforceable

This action involved a class action suit brought in New Jersey federal court. The complaint alleged that plaintiff David Noble saw Samsung advertisements stating that the Samsung smartwatch’s battery lasted 24 to 48 hours...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #5

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was active this week, moving to shorten the settlement cycle for broker-dealer transactions from T+3 to T+2 and issuing updated guidance...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Denies Writ Application in XXI Oil & Gas v. Hilcorp

On March 24, 2017, the Louisiana Supreme Court declined to consider the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in XXI Oil & Gas v. Hilcorp. The Third Circuit’s decision involved the interpretation of Louisiana’s...more

Higher Education Highlights - Spring 2017

On March 28, 2017, the United States Supreme Court was poised to hear Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board—a case slated to meaningfully impact the rights of transgender students under Title IX. The Court certified two...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Securities Fraud Omissions Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will resolve a critical question governing the scope of liability in securities fraud cases which has split the circuit courts to date. The case, Leidos Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System, No....more

Supreme Court Decides Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, No. 15-1391, holding that New York General Business Law § 518, which prohibits merchants from posting a cash price and imposing a...more

Destruction of Evidence, Cyberstalking and False Testimony: When Your Business Partner (and Romantic Partner) Behaves Badly

In this business dispute (Shawe v. Elting 2017 Del. LEXIS 61 [Del. Feb. 13, 2017]), the plaintiff – Phillip Shawe– appealed the Court of Chancery’s decision* sanctioning him for serious misconduct throughout a litigation with...more

Is There a Correlation Between the Time Under Submission and the Result in Criminal Cases (2010-2016)?

Yesterday, we demonstrated that while affirmances generally are pending longer in California from grant of review to argument to decision, the evidence is more equivocal in Illinois, at least on the civil side. Today, we...more

These Foolish Things – The Oddest Employment Issues of the Past Year

Even outside the Capital Beltway, this has been a strange year. Those of us who handle labor and employment issues everyday often think we’ve seen it all—only to be proven wrong time and again. As April Fools’ Day approaches,...more

The UK Supreme Court: Reintroducing ‘Flexibility’ or ‘Uncertainty’ into the Interpretation of Aggregation Clauses?

The UK Supreme Court has handed down its decision in AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others [2017] UKSC 18. In doing so, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal. It found, broadly, for the insurer...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #4

Ad Groups Push for FCC Privacy Rule Reversal - The drama surrounding the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rules continues. Part of an Order passed last year along party lines under former Chairman Tom...more

Federal Circuit Evaluates PTAB Reliance on Expert Testimony to Satisfy Substantial Evidence

Addressing for the first time the extent to which the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) may rely on expert testimony to satisfy the substantial evidence standard of review, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

“Honorably Retired” for California Police Officer Defined by Court

Among the many benefits bestowed on the brave men and women who honorably retire after serving behind the badge is the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. Owing to federal law, this right extends to every...more

Delaware Courts Expand Corwin Line of Cases

On March 7, 2017, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed the action In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc., C.A. No.12152-VCL. Stockholders of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (“CPG”) claimed that CPG’s...more

Will 30 Years Of Practice Be Overturned? Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods.

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, a case that could have a profound impact on where patent infringement cases may be litigated....more

Federal Court of Appeal dismisses Teva’s appeal relating to utility and sufficiency

On March 14, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) dismissed Teva’s appeal of Locke J.’s Order prohibiting the Minister of Health from issuing a notice of compliance (NOC) to Teva in respect of its calcipotriol and...more

Jury Waiver And Arbitration Agreements Require Specificity

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision once again highlights the specificity required to enforce jury waivers or agreements to arbitrate employment disputes. In Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., ___ N.J....more

Montana Supreme Court Rules That Statute of Repose Is an Absolute Bar to Claims and Cannot be Tolled for Any Reason, Including...

Hill County High School District No. A v. Dick Anderson Construction, Inc., 2017 Mont. LEXIS 38 (Mt. Feb 7, 2017) - This action arose out of the design and construction of a new roof for a high school in Hill County,...more

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