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Abuse of Discretion

How Wrong Does a District Court Have to Be to Abuse Its Discretion?

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a District Court decision allocating 100% of CERCLA response costs at a San Diego Superfund site to TDY Holdings, which operated an aeronautical manufacturing plant from 1939 to...more

Wetland Mitigation Banks: Louisiana Appellate Court Addresses Whether Public Bid Law Applies to the Sale of Credits

The Court of Appeal of Louisiana (“Court”) was asked to consider whether the Louisiana public bid law applied to the sale of wetland mitigation bank credits. See Zachary Mitigation Area, LLC v. Tangipahoa Parish Council, 2017...more

In re Cray Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Judge Gilstrap's Short-lived Venue Calculus - The Federal Circuit has spent more than a decade as the Supreme Court's favorite judicial whipping boy, usually because the Court apprehended that their appellate inferior had...more

Federal Circuit Provides Important Guidance on Establishing Patent Venue

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Order Granting Mandamus and Directing Transfer of Case, Raytheon Company v. Cray, Inc., Federal Circuit (September 21, 2017) - The Federal Circuit today clarified what it means to have “a regular and established place of...more

Federal Circuit Vacates Judge Gilstrap’s Controversial Venue Test

The Eastern District of Texas has been the hotbed of patent ligation for years, and that is undoubtedly threatened in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on venue in TC Heartland.  But the Eastern District clearly won’t go...more

One Potential Remedy for FCA Overreach?

Sixth Circuit awards attorneys’ fees to False Claims Act defendant against the U.S. government in case involving underpayment of Davis-Bacon Act wages. ...more

ERISA: Discovery of Claims Procedures to Assess Compliance with DOL Regulations? Not So Fast.

You know that failing to follow Department of Labor (DOL) claims regulations can result in the court using the de novo review standard, rather than the abuse of discretion standard in reviewing claim decisions....more

Review Of Special Litigation Committee Recommendations

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post limned the Nevada Supreme Court’s adoption of New York’s Auerbach standard of review for special litigation committee recommendations. In re Dish Network Derivative Litigation, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. 61 (2017). ...more

Court of Appeals Reverses D.D.C. Order Requiring HHS to Eliminate Medicare Appeals Backlog by December 31, 2020

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Hopes were dashed for sooner relief from the backlog of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) appeals. With the backlog of Medicare reimbursement appeals steadily growing, a reversal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...more

Federal Circuit Review - August 2017

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District Court Abused Discretion in Ignoring Federal Circuit Mandate to Reconsider Attorneys’ Fees Under Octane Fitness - In Adjustacam, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-1882, the Federal Circuit held that a district...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Abstention Doctrine in Insurance Coverage Declaratory Action

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Insurers looking to remove declaratory judgment actions to courts in the Third Circuit were recently given some clarity — and, for one defendant insurer, a welcome reversal. On August 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

“A Reasonable Adjudicator Would have Wanted to Review this Evidence.”

In Ultratec, Inc. v. Captioncall, LLC., [2016-1706, 2016-1707, 2016-1708, 2016-1709, 2016-1710, 2016-1712, 2016-1713, 2016-1715, 2016-2366] (August 28, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded Board decisions...more

It Pays to be Persistent if PTAB Rulings Violate Due Process Ultratec v. CaptionCall and Matal (Fed. Cir. 2017)

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In Ultratec, the Federal Circuit cited several problems with the Board’s permissive rules of trial proceedings and held the Board abused its discretion in its consideration of supplementary evidence. The Board’s regulations...more

Court Held That Estate Representative Was Entitled To Discover Documents To Establish A Claim

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In In re Cokinos, Boisien & Young, a representative of an estate of a deceased attorney sought documents from a law firm related to an alleged agreement to share fees. No. 05-16-01331-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 6911 (Tex....more

Federal Circuit Review - July 2017

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District Court Abused Discretion in Not Finding Case Exceptional - In Rothschild Connected Devices v. Guardian Protection Services, Appeal No. 2016-2521, the Federal Circuit held that a district court abused its discretion...more

Tax Court Holds that IRS Cancellation of Advance Pricing Agreement was Abuse of Discretion

by King & Spalding on

On July 26, 2017, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Eaton Corp. v. Commissioner, holding that the IRS’s cancellation of two advance pricing agreements (“APAs”) reached with Eaton Corporation (“Eaton”) was “arbitrary and...more

Delaware Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Factors to Consider in Appraisal Valuation Procedure in Context of DFC Global...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In DFC Global Corp. v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P.,1 the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision relating to the 2014 acquisition of DFC Global Corporation, an international...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Settlement Approval in ERISA Class Action, Remanding With Instructions to Reexamine the Legitimacy of...

by Carlton Fields on

The Fifth Circuit recently vacated a class action settlement that included unsecured and uncollateralized future payments to the plaintiffs, while providing a swift and complete payout of fees to class counsel. The case...more

Plotting A Course To Defeat Claims Of Insurer Bias

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a strong decision for insurers, the Eighth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the administrator, rejected plaintiff’s conflict of interest argument, and found that it was not arbitrary for the...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Cause for Denial of Criminal Justice Act Funds

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which an indigent defendant sought to obtain Criminal Justice Act (CJA) funds to retain an expert. The court denied the defendant access to CJA funds because the...more

Eaton v. IRS: Tax Court determines IRS abused its discretion in cancelling two APAs

by DLA Piper on

The Tax Court in Eaton Corporation and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo, 2017-147 determined that the IRS abused its discretion in cancelling two unilateral advanced pricing agreements (APAs) covering the transfer of...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In AdjustaCam v. Newegg, the Circuit reverses the denial of attorney fees where Judge Gilstrap simply adopted a pre-Octane Fitness determination by a prior judge, despite the Circuit’s post-Octane Fitness remand of the case...more

Second Circuit Partially Vacates Class Certification, Holding That Whether Securities Transactions Are "Domestic" Raises...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 7, 2017, in a decision making several significant rulings and clarifications, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated in part an order certifying classes asserting claims under the Securities...more

Weak Infringement Position Makes Troll-like Behavior Exceptional

In Adjustacam LLC v. Newegg, Inc., [2016-1882] (July 5, 2017) the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s decision not to award attorneys’ fees to defendant after plaintiff voluntarily dismissing its complaint after a...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2017

In response to three questions asked of it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court opined as follows...more

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