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Rewarding Loyalty: ECJ Holds that Loyalty Rebates Do Not Per Se Restrict Competition

by Jones Day on

The Background: In September 2017, the European Court of Justice (Case C-413/14 P) reversed the ruling of the General Court, which had upheld the European Commission's €1.06 billion fine on Intel for abusing its dominant...more

Ruling Elevates Conflicts Considerations in Insurance/Tripartite Relationship Cases - After Washington Supreme Court Decision,...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Relationships between insurer, insured and insurer-appointed defense counsel – also known as the "tripartite relationship" – have long been recognized as a potential source of conflicts of interest. By a 5-4 majority in...more

Refer to This: Referral Sources Can Be a Legitimate Business Interest for Non-Compete Purposes in Florida

Can relationships with referral sources give rise to a legitimate business interest sufficient to enforce a non-compete? The answer is yes, at least in Florida....more

Lender-Affiliated Captive Reinsurer Obtains Dismissal Of Mortgage Insurance Lawsuit Brought By Illinois Director Of Insurance

by Carlton Fields on

The suit arose out of an arrangement where lenders would refer borrowers to (now-defunct) Triad Guaranty Insurance Company (Triad) to obtain private mortgage insurance. The lender-affiliated captive insurance company would...more

Omaha Breach: Doctrine of First Breach May Hinge on Correct Contract Interpretation

Which party first breached a contract often plays a determinative role in assessing entitlement for damages in a contract dispute. This theory is often referred to as the First or Material Breach Doctrine....more

Oral Contract Upheld in California Despite Offer Letter Purporting to Supersede It

Does an employment offer letter that expressly supersedes any oral statements on the part of supervisors concerning conditions of employment preclude verbal wage promises made after the employee is hired? Chen v. M&C Hotel...more

New North Carolina Law Adds Predictability to Litigation Involving Business Contracts

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

North Carolina businesses commonly enter into contracts to buy or sell goods and services west of Murphy, north of Mt. Airy, south of Charlotte, and even east of Ocracoke. When contracts such as these extend beyond state...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Orders Specific Performance, Finding Plaintiff Did Not Breach Its Contractual Obligation To "Reasonably...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 11, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery ordered defendant, Comdata, Inc. (“Comdata”), to specifically perform under, and pay damages for its termination of, its merchant agreement...more

Client Alert: Supreme Court Settles Debate in Florida in Favor of Protection of Referral Sources Under Non-Compete Statute at...

On September 14, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in consolidated cases White v. Mederi Caretenders Visiting Services of Southeast Florida, LLC, SC Appeal No. SC 16-28 and Americare Home Therapy,...more

Beware: Claims Investigations May Not Be Protected From Disclosure In Maryland

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Insurance companies and lawyers defending insurance companies oftentimes try to shield claims investigations from disclosure during discovery. Oftentimes, the claimed basis for non-disclosure is the work-product privilege. In...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Post-Liquidation Reinsurance Claim As Time-Barred

by Carlton Fields on

We previously posted on the trial court’s ruling addressing the statute of limitations in this case on June 23, 2016. By way of background, the underlying contract between the insurer and the reinsurer required the insurer to...more

Despite No Allegations of Bad Faith or Tortious Conduct, Liberty Mutual Owes Millions for Breaching the Duty to Defend

by Carlton Fields on

In Hyland v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., No. 1:15-cv-01264-JES-JEH, 2017 WL 3388161 (C.D. Ill. Aug. 7, 2017), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment for...more

Buyer Beware: Make Sure Your Copyright Assignment Is Valid

by Payne & Fears on

You are in negotiations with a copyright owner to obtain a license to her work, which you want to publish, distribute, and/or license yourself. You want to ensure that you have the right to enforce the copyright against...more

Changing of the Guard in the New York County Commercial Division

On May 22, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Justices Anil C. Singh and Jeffrey K. Oing had been appointed to fill vacancies on the bench of the Appellate Division, First Department. June 12, 2017 was the last day...more

Defending Breach-Of-Contract Claims In Data-Breach Litigation

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

We’ve previously discussed the “overpayment” theory of injury in data-breach litigation. This theory rests on the premise that the price of a product or service includes a payment for data security measures. When a data...more

Up, up and away: BC Court of Appeal dismisses unjust enrichment class action against international airlines

by DLA Piper on

On September 12, 2017, Mr. Justice Groberman, writing for the BC Court of Appeal, upheld the decision of the BC Supreme Court in Unlu v Air Canada, 2015 BCSC 1453 (“Unlu”), refusing to certify as class proceedings five...more

Judicial Guidance about "Perfection by Possession" under Australia's Personal Property Securities Act

by Jones Day on

The Federal Court of Australia has provided judicial guidance about what constitutes taking possession by seizure under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) ("PPSA"). Knauf Plasterboard Pty Ltd v Plasterboard West...more

At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

Professor Sovern Disagrees with Senator Warren and Concedes that Consumers Do Well in Arbitration But Raises Another Red Herring

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Professor Jeff Sovern has responded to our recent blog, “Senator Warren’s Numbers Don’t Add Up,” with a blog of his own. He does not contest the main point of our blog, which was that Senator Warren’s claim that consumers...more

Unlicensed Contractor Shoots for the Stars . . . Sputters on Takeoff

Elon Musk . . . Eccentric engineer. Technology billionaire. And, now, litigation bad ass. Frequent readers of the California Construction Law Blog know that we’ve talked about the importance of being properly...more

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Auto Body Shops’ Antitrust Claims Against Insurers

In a 2-1 decision issued on September 7, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing antirust claims brought by auto body shops against a group of car insurance companies in the In re Auto Body...more

CJEU clarifies the treatment of non-full-function joint ventures under EU merger control law (Austria Asphalt)

by White & Case LLP on

On 7 September 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU" or "Court") delivered its judgment following the Austrian Supreme Court's (Oberster Gerichtshof) request for a preliminary ruling, seeking clarification...more

Senator Warren’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a press release issued earlier this week, Senator Elizabeth Warren argued that the CFPB’s arbitration rule should not be repealed under the Congressional Review Act because consumers recovered “in only 9 percent of the...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

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In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The White House announced its intention yesterday to blocked a China-backed investor from buying American semiconductor maker Lattice over national security concerns. The “rare move” could “signal more aggressive scrutiny of...more

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