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Resolving Cross-Border Disputes Post-Brexit: UK Position Paper

by Dechert LLP on

Businesses and consumers need certainty over the laws that underpin trading across the borders of the EU and the millions of contracts they make each day which currently benefit from the legal certainty membership of the EU...more

No Payday for Objecting Stockholders as Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Appraisal Ruling

by White & Case LLP on

The Delaware Supreme Court recently reversed a Delaware Chancery Court's finding that a private equity buyer had underpaid in connection with its acquisition of payday lending firm DFC Global Corporation....more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Fiduciary Duty Claims, Finding The Complaint Failed To Plead Bad Faith

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 17, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a shareholder suit asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against the directors of MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MW”) in connection...more

New Jersey Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Inapplicable to Unintentional Contamination

In its recent decision in Benjamin v. State Farm Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131078 (D.N.J. Aug. 17, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to consider the scope of the...more

Health Alert (Australia) 22 August 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 11 August 2017 - South Western Sydney Local Health District v Sorbello [2017] NSWCA 201 - NEGLIGENCE – assessment of damages...more

Plaintiff in Gridiron Battle Over Place of Expert Testimony in Software Copyright Claim Requests Supreme Court to Be Referee

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The software engineer who first coded the popular “John Madden Football” (now Madden NFL) computer video game has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow expert witness testimony to support his software copyright claim, over 25...more

Eighth Circuit Holds That Question Of Class Arbitration Is For Courts, Not Arbitrators, To Decide

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, the question presented was whether a court or an arbitrator should determine whether an arbitration agreement authorizes class arbitration. The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet resolved this issue. Several circuit...more

The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on ERISA’s Plan Document and Summary Plan Description Requirements: Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health...

Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health Plan educates employers on the basics of the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governing plan documents and summary plan descriptions. The lessons are...more

EPA Given Additional Time to Ponder Next Steps on Clean Power Plan as Court Grants Another Stay

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Over the last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed two high-profile litigations concerning the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants. By...more

Bullet-Point Update: Electronic and Federal Court Discovery Issues for the Week of July 31, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Use this when the other side tries to dig up dirt on your expert. Collett v. GEICO Cas. Co., 2017 WL 3336614 (E.D. La. Aug. 3, 2017) (denying motion to compel expert witness to testify about fraud allegations that had been...more

D.C. Circuit Revives Data Breach Putative Class Action On Standing Grounds, Widens Circuit Split

by King & Spalding on

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit revived a data breach class action that was dismissed for lack of standing, holding that the district court improperly applied the Article III injury-in-fact...more

Northern District Of California Dismisses Putative Securities Fraud Class Action Against SolarCity Corp. For Failure To Adequately...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 11, 2017, Judge Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a putative securities class action brought against SolarCity Corp. (“SolarCity”) and four of its...more

On Remand From Supreme Court in Spokeo, Ninth Circuit Holds FCRA Violation Satisfies Article III Standing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Ninth Circuit finally weighed in again on Article III standing issues after the remand of the Spokeo case from the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016),...more

Tibble and Class Action Plaintiffs Win Round Two versus Edison International and Its 401(k) Investment Committees

In past articles in this Blog I reported on decisions of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with a class action for breach of fiduciary duty for selecting retail mutual funds in...more

Handling Improper Coaching of Witnesses During PTAB Deposition Proceedings

by Jones Day on

Many attorneys have encountered an opposing party’s witness that provides very concise, supportive responses to the questions of the witness’s own attorney after a recess in a deposition. Often, these helpful responses occur...more

Judicial acceptance of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol 2nd Edition

by White & Case LLP on

The recent Australian case of Santos Ltd v Fluor Australia Pty Ltd [2017] QSC 153 gives credence to the Society of Construction Law Delay & Disruption Protocol 2nd ed in determining the sufficiency of the plaintiff’s pleaded...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: July 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour (payment of wages) and civil procedure (class and representative actions). Wage and Hour - Payment of Wages: Minnick v. Auto. Creations, Inc., 2017 WL...more

District Court Dismisses Class Action for Failure to Plead Fraud Claim with Particularity

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent 40-page opinion from the Central District of California illustrates how a Rule 12(b)(6) motion is still a viable vehicle to fight back against putative class actions. We have seen an increase in the number of...more

“I Got the Power!” – EEOC’s Investigatory Power Trumps Dismissal of Discrimination Claim in Federal Court

Can the EEOC keep investigating a claim after it has issued a right to sue letter? What about after the charging party has already filed a lawsuit and lost at the summary judgment stage? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Third Circuit Introduces New Uncertainty While Attempting to Clarify Ascertainability Jurisprudence

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On August 16, the Third Circuit gave the plaintiff a pass for failing to pursue evidence necessary to determine whether its proposed class was ascertainable and took the opportunity to clarify that affidavits may be used, at...more

Legislation Would Legalize ‘Valid When Made’ Rule

A new bill introduced by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) would overrule the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, decision in Madden v. Midland Funding and legalize the “valid when made” rule....more

SDNY District Court Judge Rules Escobar FCA Test Is Mandatory

by King & Spalding on

District courts nationwide have been split on the issue of whether the two-part falsity test set forth in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Universal Health Services v. Escobar must always be satisfied in federal False...more

Federal Circuit Criticizes PTAB Reliance On Routine Testing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Honeywell International, Inc. v. Mexichem Amanco Holdings S.A. DE C.V., the Federal Circuit vacated the decision of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated Honeywell’s patent in an inter partes...more

UIM Claims – Still No Bad Faith for Refusal to Settle, But….

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

South Carolina has never recognized a bad faith cause of action based upon the failure of an underinsured (UIM) carrier to settle a UIM claim. Maintaining the established precedent, the United States District Court recently...more

Good Risperdal Times, Part Three: Summary Judgment for Janssen in Philadelphia

by Reed Smith on

We write this in the first minutes of the eclipse, about 75 minutes from whatever “totality” will be visible here in southeastern Pennsylvania. We have our certified safety glasses at the ready, we have instructed the midday...more

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