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ERISA: Plaintiff’s Attorney Fees Denied — Filing Of Lawsuit Was Not Reason Why Benefits Were Granted

You already know that in ERISA cases a court may, in its discretion, award attorney fees if a party achieved “some degree of success on the merits.”…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Insurance

Where Bankruptcy Law and Intellectual Property Law Intersect

The intersection of bankruptcy law and intellectual property law is not a very nice neighborhood. Anyone dealing with intellectual property license agreements must think about how these agreements are affected if one party to…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Lean Six Sigma: Are You and Your Vendors Sufficiently Focused on Process Improvement?

Every commercial enterprise employs processes in its day-to-day operations, from a manufacturer that produces widgets to a service provider who provides professional advice. Some of these processes may lead to Aristotle’s…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

ERISA ATTORNEY FEES – 1st Circuit: Court Remand to Claims Administrator “because the record is insufficient for de novo review” is “sufficient success on the merits” to Award Attorney Fees?

You have seen this issue before: The court remands the ERISA-governed long term disability claim for further consideration by the claims administrator because the administrative record was insufficient for de novo review…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

Lean Six Sigma - It’s not just for manufacturing

Motorola developed Six Sigma in 1986 to provide techniques and tools for process improvement. It subsequently used Six Sigma in all of its manufacturing operations. The name comes from the world of statistical modeling, where…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

ERISA: 6th Circuit — Benefit Denial Letters: Include The Time Limit For Judicial Review Or Lose Contractual Limitations Defense

Does your ERISA claim benefit denial letter preserve the contractual limitations defense? If your denial letter fails to expressly state the contractual limitations timeframe, it might not preserve that defense…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Patent Troll Legislation: Oregon State Courts Curb Abuse of Patent Laws by NPEs

Patent trolls, or more politely, Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), are firms that collect “license” fees on patent rights by threatening lawsuits. Rarely do NPEs make any products, provide any services or operate any systems…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

Senseless (in) Seattle - Confusing application of city’s B&O tax leaves service businesses in a quandary

More than 40 Washington cities impose local business and occupation (B&O) tax. This is in addition to the state’s B&O tax on gross receipts. When a business engages in activities both inside and outside a B&O tax city,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Electronic Discovery: Glossary of 123 Commonly Used Terms

The following is a glossary of 123 commonly used terms to help you navigate the world of Electronic Discovery. Active Data: This term is often used to describe information currently displayed on a computer screen. The…more
| Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery

ERISA (8th Circuit): Over-The-Counter Vitamin Supplements Trigger Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion

What sort of “medical treatment” triggers the pre-existing condition exclusion in an ERISA-governed disability policy?…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Insurance

More Disabled Employees But Fewer Employees Covered With Long Term Disability Coverage

Here is a recent news item showing the scope of the employee disability problem. In a nutshell..…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Affordable Care Act Compliance: With Summer Approaching, Are Employers Feeling the Heat?

As we embark on summer and employers inch closer to some of the major compliance deadlines put into place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it seems like a good time to review some recent updates that employers should be aware…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Insurance

Oregon’s Statute of Repose May Block Common Law Environmental Claims

Oregon’s 10-year statute of repose may now play a bigger role in environmental lawsuits in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA),…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Environmental Law, Personal Injury, Toxic Torts

The Washington Supreme Court Mandates New Obligations for Employers Under State Law to Accommodate Employees’ Religious Beliefs

In a dramatic shift in Washington state law on accommodating religious beliefs, the Washington Supreme Court’s decision in Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, Inc. recognized, for the first time, that the Washington Law Against…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

US Supreme Court Rules in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International Case Regarding Software Patentability

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the anxiously awaited Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International case (13-298). The issue in this case was whether a computerized system, method, and computer-readable medium for intermediated…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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