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Supreme Court Confirms Deferential Standard of Review for EEOC Subpoenas

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court confirmed that federal appeals courts should apply a deferential standard of review to federal district court determinations regarding the legal sufficiency of EEOC subpoenas....more

Supreme Court: District Court EEOC Subpoena Enforcement Decisions Subject to Abuse of Discretion

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision on April 3, 2017, in McLane Co., Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a case which presented the question of what the appropriate standard of appellate...more

I’ll Defer To You: Supreme Court Rules Appellate Courts Should Apply Abuse Of Discretion Standard When Reviewing EEOC Subpoena...

Recently, in McLane Co., Inc. v. EEOC, case number 15-1248 , the United States Supreme Court clarified the standard for when an appellate court reviews a trial court’s order to enforce or quash a subpoena from the EEOC....more

Supreme Court Defers to Lower Court Determinations on EEOC Subpoena Powers

In a disturbingly increasing number of charge investigations, employers have faced broad information requests from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including requests that appear unrelated to the charging...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Extent of Judicial Review on Motions to Quash EEOC Subpoenas

by Wilson Elser on

On April 3, 2017, the United States Supreme Court in its decision on McLane Company, Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 15-1248, U.S. Sup., ruled that a district court’s decision to quash or enforce an EEOC...more

Business Litigation Report - March 2017

Culture: Meeting Regulatory Expectations - Recent scandals in the corporate and financial spheres have served to highlight the importance of a strong and well-embedded institutional culture. It is difficult to pinpoint...more

Supreme Court Message – Be Wary of EEOC Subpoenas

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Monday, the Supreme Court held that appellate courts must utilize the deferential “abuse-of-discretion” standard when evaluating a ruling on a subpoena issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That An Abuse-Of-Discretion Standard Applies To Review Of EEOC Subpoenas

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision in McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 2327 (U.S. 2017), a decision that clarifies the scope of review for employers facing...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects De Novo Review for EEOC Subpoenas

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court resolved a circuit court split regarding the standard of review applicable to district court decisions that evaluate the enforceability of EEOC investigative subpoenas and held yesterday that an abuse...more

Supreme Court Holds Deferential Standard is Appropriate for EEOC Subpoena Reviews

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Under Title VII, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has the authority to issue subpoenas for documents relevant to its investigations. Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in McLane Co. v. EEOC, which issued...more

The Supreme Court - April, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248: Damiana Ochoa filed a discrimination charge against petitioner McLane Co. when she was terminated after...more

Supreme Court Limits EEOC Subpoena Power

by Fisher Phillips on

In a 7 to 1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that courts of appeals should largely defer to lower courts’ decisions when policing subpoenas issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). By...more

EEOC Subpoenas are Subject to the Abuse of Discretion Standard of Review

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McLane Co. v. EEOC, addressing how federal courts review subpoenas that the EEOC issues while investigating charges of employment discrimination. McLane involved...more

Supreme Court Decides McLane Co., Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 3. 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided McLane Co., Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, holding that a district court’s decision whether to enforce or quash an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Patent Owner Cannot Create New Claim Construction Issues After the Jury Verdict

In TVIIM, LLC v. McAfee, Inc., [2016-1562] (March 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed jury verdicts that U.S. Patent No. 6,889,168 was invalid and not infringed because substantial evidence supported the jury’s findings,...more

Enhanced Patent Damages in the Wake of Halo May Not Be So Easy to Come By

Background - Last year, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016), the Supreme Court weighed in on the question of enhanced damages in patent cases and rejected the then-existing...more

Divided Panel Debates a Jury’s Ability to Resist the Persuasive Power of Hollywood

In United States v. Monsalvatge (Nos. 14-1113, 14-1139, and 14-1206), a divided panel of the Second Circuit explored the contentious topic of introducing blockbuster films as evidence in a criminal prosecution. Defendants...more

Power of the Subpoena: Will Nominee Gorsuch Limit Scope of EEOC Reach?

Just how broad is the EEOC’s subpoena power and are we likely to get some guidance soon? We’ve said before that the McLane v. EEOC case (which is about the EEOC’s subpoena power and is currently before the Supreme Court) is...more

CASE ALERT: 8th Circuit Rules Against Anheuser-Busch Plan Finding That ERISA-Plan Language Must Be Interpreted According to its...

by Kiesewetter Law Firm on

Case: Knowlton, et al. v. Anheuser-Busch Companies Pension Plan — Eighth Circuit Issue Presented: Whether a plan administrator’s interpretation of ERISA-subject plan language that resulted in a denial of pension...more

Upon Further Review: Supreme Court Weighs Deference Due District Courts in EEOC Subpoena Proceedings

In a recent oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices considered a narrow procedural issue that could have broader implications for the subpoena power of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Judge Gorsuch on Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

On January 31, President Trump announced that Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals would be nominated for the United States Supreme Court. We took a look at those opinions authored by Judge Gorsuch on the...more

Gorsuch on Class Actions: How Might He Compare to Scalia?

Justice Scalia made major contributions to class action law, writing the Supreme Court’s opinions in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes and Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, two of the Court’s most significant class action decisions in...more

“Unfamiliarity” with Federal Court Practice Not Enough to Avoid Default

In United Construction Products, Inc., v. Tile Tech, Inc., [2016-1392] (December 15, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed default judgment against Tile Tech on claims of patent infringement and unfair competition because of...more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Concurrent Benefit Awards Not Authorized by Law

by Roetzel & Andress on

Yesterday, in a 5-2 opinion, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Ohio Industrial Commission had abused its discretion when it awarded concurrent benefits to an injured worker (State ex rel. Ohio Presbyterian Retirement...more

When Is a Rule 54(B) Certification Appropriate?

Recently, opposing counsel asked if we would stipulate to Rule 54(b) certification of a particular order granting/denying summary judgment on some but not all of plaintiffs’ claims. Of course, we thought this would make a...more

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