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ERISA Plan Choice-of-Law Provisions: Dog Whisperer’s Disability Claim Reviewed Under Abuse of Discretion Standard of Review

An issue dogging claims administrators is: What effect do choice-of-law provisions have on the standard of review of ERISA benefit decisions?...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - June 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland patent-venue decision, the constitutionality of inter...more

Federal Circuit Reverses Fee Award in Case Tagged as Exceptional

While the Supreme Court’s decisions in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. and Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc. significantly relaxed the standard for awarding attorney fees under 35...more

Supreme Court Swats Down the “Voluntary-Dismissal Tactic”

by Benesch on

Let’s say you’re a plaintiff in a federal action and you’re seeking class certification. The district court denies your motion. ...more

Fifth Circuit’s Pierre Deference In ERISA Cases Trumps Texas’s Anti-Discretionary Language Statute

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 7072(5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), which involved a claim for benefits under an ERISA-governed health policy, the Fifth Circuit held that...more

Following U.S. Supreme Court Review, Ninth Circuit Remands EEOC Subpoena Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After the U.S. Supreme Court clarified in McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 2327 (U.S. 2017), that the scope of review for employers facing EEOC administrative subpoenas was the...more

Ninth Circuit: EEOC Has Broad Subpoena Powers

On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit again vacated a District Court’s Order denying enforcement of an administrative subpoena issued to an employer by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

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

In Mylan v. Aurobindo the Circuit affirms the grant of a preliminary injunction based upon the infringement of one of the three patents in suit. However, the panel reverses the injunction as to the other two patents based on...more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Patentee’s Unnecessarily Broad Prosecution Disclaimer Affirmed by Federal Circuit - In Technology Properties Limited LLC v. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Appeal Nos. 2016-1306, -1307, -1309, -1310, -1311, the Federal...more

Fourth Circuit Excludes FDA Evidence in Transvaginal Mesh Products Liability Case

by Sands Anderson PC on

In the Southern District of West Virginia, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., were sued for defective design and failure to warn for their transvaginal mesh TVT-O, in addition to a loss of consortium claim....more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2017

Ruth Featherstone alleged that her former employer (SCPMG) discriminated against her based on a "temporary disability" that was caused by an adverse drug reaction, which resulted in an "altered mental state." During this...more

Supreme Court Clarifies That Limited Appellate Review Applies To EEOC Subpoena Enforcement

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The Supreme Court’s recent McLane Company v. EEOC decision addresses the constraints placed on appellate review of actions to enforce or quash broadly written Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) subpoenas. The case...more

Fifth Circuit: Discretionary Ban Does Not Mandate De Novo Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174 (5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), the Firth Circuit concluded that Texas’ ban on discretionary clauses in certain insurance policies did not require a de novo review of...more

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

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