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Client Agreement and Failure to Terminate Representation Under the Terms of Client Agreement Results in Firm's Disqualification...

Brief Summary - In 2013, three shareholders sued: (1) each other for breach of fiduciary duties; and (2) their company for involuntary dissolution. The law firm that represented one of the shareholders had been retained...more

Oil-And-Gas Services Companies Argue Over Trial Court’s Authority to Exclude Corporate Representatives Under New Texas Trade...

On January 13, before the Texas Supreme Court, two major oil-and-gas-services companies disputed whether Texas’s new trade secret laws require a trial court to exclude a party’s corporate representative from a hearing at...more

Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Approves Settlement Agreement with Foreclosing Lender Over Objections of the Debtor

Often overlooked by lenders and servicers, sometimes striking a deal with the Chapter 7 Trustee in bankruptcy court, is the more prudent and cost effective approach to resolving frivolous lawsuits filed by defaulting...more

Choosing Delaware, Instead Of California Law, May Prove Very Costly Indeed!

Last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen Valihura when we were speaking at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s annual Delaware & California Law Update. Given her visit to...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds ERISA Disability and Life Benefit Denials

In two decisions issued last month, the Fifth Circuit upheld ERISA plan denials of disability and life benefits, confirming its deferential approach in most ERISA benefit cases....more

Appellate Court Affirms Sanctions in Light of “Delay Tactics” and Spoliation (Massachusetts)

Long Bay Management Co. v. Haese, 2015 WL 7213811 (Mass. App. Ct. Nov. 17, 2015) - In this overbilling dispute, the defendants appealed a judgment pursuant to an order of default sanctions and an order assessing damages,...more

Texas Court’s Writ of Mandamus Relieves Discovery Pressures on Tire Manufacturer

A court in Harris County, Texas provided relief to Michelin North America Inc. in a case involving allegedly defective tires when it threatened to issue a writ of mandamus in favor of the tire manufacturer. The Texas...more

First Circuit Overturns SEC Ruling in Flannery v. SEC

The First Circuit’s decision underscores the limits of court deference to Commission decisions, gives teeth to the “substantial evidence” standard of review, and provides a valuable roadmap for evaluating and defending...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Appointment of Special Master for Discovery Matters (3rd Circuit)

Glover v. Wells Fargo Home Mortg., 2015 WL 5947812 (3d Cir. Oct. 14, 2015) - In this appellate case, the court affirmed the district court’s appointment of a special master to supervise discovery, as well as the...more

Fact-Intensive Reasonable Royalty Analysis Need Not Be Peer Reviewed or Published to Be Admissible - Summit 6, LLC v. Samsung...

Addressing the admissibility of expert testimony on damages issues, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s admission of expert testimony based on a fact-intensive analysis that was not...more

Federal Circuit Review | October 2015

Federal Circuit Revives Possibility of Permanent Injunction in Apple-Samsung Patent Dispute - In Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Appeal No. 2014-1802, the Federal Circuit reversed for abuse of discretion the...more

Court Strikes Down 340B Orphan Drug Rule Again: Will This Impact the “Mega Guidance”?

A federal court vacated the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Orphan Drug Rule that had allowed certain 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) hospital covered entities to receive discounted prices when...more

Indiana Tax Court Reverses Property Tax Ruling Based on Assessor’s “Trial by Ambush”

Even in a small claims proceeding, the Indiana Board of Tax Review must “uphold the fundamental tenet of our judicial system that neither party be subjected to a trial by ambush.” In RJK Trust v. LaPorte County Assessor...more

Apple v. Samsung Part IV: The Injunction May Not Be Dead

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, in the fourth Federal Circuit opinion arising out of the patent skirmishes between global high technology titans Apple and Samsung Electronics, a sharply divided Federal Circuit panel vacated...more

ITC Section 337 Update – October 2015

ITC Proposes Extensive Changes To Rules For Adjudicating Section 337 Investigations – On September 24, 2015, the Commission published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register announcing proposed changes to its...more

ERISA: When Does A Claimant Get To “Augment” The Administrative Record?

You already know that judicial review of ERISA claims generally will be limited to the administrative record considered by the claim administrator. But the courts will allow claimants to augment the record if ERISA...more

Section 325(d) Does Not Preclude All Second Petitions - Motorola Mobility LLC v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC

Addressing its decision to institute a covered business method (CBM) patent review based on a second petition, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found that its decision...more

Express Waiver of Assumption of Risk – Gross Negligence Exception

Stacey Chavez, et al. v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (July 8, 2015) - California’s public policy in favor of sporting and leisure activities provides strong support for...more

California, Nevada and 38 Other States Have These, But Delaware Doesn’t

According to the National Center for State Courts, forty states, including California and Nevada, have established intermediate courts of appeal.  California’s Court of Appeal was established by a constitutional amendment...more

The Abuse Of Discretion Standard Applies To The Appellate Review Of Reasonable Attorney Fees

In Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP v. Lujan, 2015 DJDAR 1965, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided another case in the ongoing saga arising out of litigation concerning the Estate of Larry...more

Potential Erosion of the Distinction Between Benefits Denials and Breach of Fiduciary Duty under ERISA in the Tenth Circuit

A recent decision from a federal district court in the Tenth Circuit provides an example of the potential erosion of the distinction between claims for wrongful denial of benefits and breach of fiduciary duty under the...more

“Ambush” Election Challenge Fails in Federal Court

A federal judge in Texas recently ruled in favor of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a case challenging the Board’s “ambush” election rules. The lawsuit, Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas, Inc. v....more

Federal Circuit Review | May 2015

Overly Narrow Statement Of Problem Can Show Reliance On Hindsight - In INSITE VISION INCORPORATED v. SANDOZ, INC., Appeal No. 2014-1065, the Federal Circuit held that enunciating an overly narrow statement of the problem...more

Florida’s 3rd DCA Reverses Dismissal Based on the Technical Admission

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals reversed the involuntary dismissal of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.’s (“Wells Fargo”) foreclosure action against borrower, Melissa Donaldson (“Donaldson”), ruling that it was an abuse of...more

Bad Faith Bargainer Beware: D.C. Circuit Enforces Award of Negotiation Costs

Last year the NLRB demonstrated an increased willingness to award negotiation costs as a remedy for bad faith bargaining in cases that are far less egregious than those where the remedy historically was given. Hospital of...more

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