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Fuzzy Math? 6 Differing Arbitration Agreements = 0 Arbitration Agreement

If you ever wanted an “Exhibit A” for how drafting arbitration agreement(s) could go very, very wrong, the Tenth Circuit has just provided it. In Ragab v. Howard, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 6832870 (10th Nov. 21, 2016), a majority...more

Port Jervis, NY Sued by DOJ; Settles Two Days Later

The City of Port Jervis, New York has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging that the City’s revision to its zoning code violated the Religious Land Use &...more

Florida Supreme Court Decides that Concurrent Causes Equal Coverage

It’s said that “defeat is an orphan,” but insurable losses often have multiple, concurrent causes. In some cases, one or more of those causes might be outside the scope of coverage, either by omission or exclusion. In Sebo v....more

Texas Court of Appeals Finds Noncompete Agreement Inapplicable to Former President’s Post-Termination Activities Due to the...

On October 27, 2016, the Fort Worth Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s order denying an application for temporary injunction seeking to enjoin Thomas Musgrave, the former president of Henry F. Coffeen III Management,...more

Forfeiture: High Court grants relief after 14 months

Landlords and agents may have to look again at whether 6 months is sufficient time to allow the tenant to apply for relief, before exercising peaceable re-entry. In Pineport Ltd v Grangeglen Ltd [2016] EWHC 1318 (CH) the...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 7, Issue 12

NYC ALJ Holds That Consulting Firm May Source Receipts Based on Location of Independent Contractors - The nature of the services performed by a corporation, and how that corporation should source its receipts from those...more

Termination of Distribution Agreement Does Not Affect Licenses to Cloud-Based Access

After finding that a copyright infringement question analyzed by the district court was more properly a contract interpretation issue, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that...more

New Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes

The Pre-Action Protocol for Construction and Engineering Disputes (PAP) was introduced to encourage disputing parties to exchange information and meet to discuss, and hopefully narrow, the issues before starting court...more

Yahoo Awarded Over $1.5 Million in Sweepstakes Promotion Lawsuit

Last week, a Dallas federal court concluded that Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo”) should be paid over $913,000 in attorneys’ fees in connection with its March Madness sweepstakes promotion, bringing Yahoo’s total award in the case to...more

First Circuit Affirms Tough Standard for Alleging Securities Fraud; Revives One Claim Against Local Drug Maker

On November 28, 2016, the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of all but one of the class action securities fraud claims against Cambridge, MA drug company, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reaffirming the exacting pleading...more

New York Court Upholds Insider-Trading Verdict

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff denied motions for judgment as a matter of law or for a new trial after a jury found the defendants civilly liable for insider trading. The decision in SEC v. Payton (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2016)...more

Recent Regulatory Actions Against TPAs

Recently, two state insurance departments took action against third party administrators in their respective states based on their failure to be properly licensed. These regulatory actions demonstrate the importance for TPAs...more

Court Upholds Prior Ruling That Unfiled Rates Charged Under Reinsurance Agreement Were Not Void

On July 21, 2016, we reported on a putative class action filed in a California U.S. district court by Shasta Linen Company against Applied Underwriters, Inc. and its affiliate entities, alleging that the “EquityComp” workers’...more

Court rejects contractor’s mechanic’s lien because of ‘intent’

The Illinois Court of Appeals’ recent decision in AUI Construction Group, LLC v. Vaessen highlights the need for careful planning in structuring development agreements, construction contracts, and the use of an easement as...more

‘I’m yours … and yours’: California Supreme Court puts restrictions on ‘dual agents’

The California Supreme Court just closed a loophole as to whether a salesperson’s duties to a buyer in a real estate transaction – when that salesperson’s broker is acting as a “dual agent” – includes the duty to learn and...more

Clarity on Clawback Claims in Cayman

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal recently smoothed the path for Cayman liquidators to pursue clawback claims. The decision clarifies the Cayman courts’ approach to voidable preference payments, making it easier for Cayman...more

Court Grants Default Judgment Confirming Arbitration Award, With A Lesson On Jurisdiction

Choice Hotels filed an application to confirm an arbitration award of over $247,000 for the alleged breach of a franchise agreement by two defendants, which failed to timely commence construction of a hotel. The defendants...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Fraud Defense To Advancement

Delaware strongly protects a party’s right to advancement of attorney’s fees. This decision holds that a claim of fraudulent inducement cannot be asserted as a defense in a contractual advancement case even when the fraud is...more

Superior Court Limits Contractual Indemnification To Third Party Claims

This decision holds that a general obligation to indemnify another party to a contract applies only to claims filed by a third party and not to claims between the parties to the contract itself. Hence, if you want to cover...more

Make-Whole Momentum Halted: Third Circuit Rejects Momentive Rationale and Requires Debtor to Pay Make-Whole Premium

In a recent decision (“Energy Future Holdings”) poised to have wide-reaching implications, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decisions of the Bankruptcy and the District Courts to hold that a debtor cannot use a...more

Second Circuit: International Comity Precludes Antitrust Liability of Chinese Manufacturers for Conduct Mandated by Chinese Law

On September 30, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, No. 13-4791-cv, reversing a $147 million judgment against Chinese vitamin C manufacturers on...more

Court Holds That There Was No Harm In Failing To Submit A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Question To A Jury

In Gengenbach v. Rodriguez, a defendant alleged a counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty arising from a farming operation. No. 13-14-00711-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 12289 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi November 17, 2016, no pet....more

Keep Looking Forward: Federal Court Holds Company’s Bad Legal Predictions Protected by PSLRA’s Safe Harbor

In a comprehensive tour of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s (“PSLRA”) safe-harbor provisions, on November 22, 2016, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a shareholder class-action lawsuit against Neovasc,...more

How Concerned Should Insurers be About Punitive Damages in California?

The California Court of Appeal recently published another opinion about the Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance case. The court held to its maximum 10:1 punitive-to-compensatory-damages ratio and analyzed whether this...more

Third Circuit Reverses Order Denying Arbitration, Ruling That State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Of Insurance Matters Challenged...

Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company appealed from the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in a dispute related to a reinsurance participation contract with South Jersey Sanitation Company. The trial...more

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