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Long Term Disability Payments: Standard for Abuse of Discretion

Insurance for long term disability – payments to an insured who is prevented from earning his or her income due to long term disability – is a fruitful field for litigation for many reasons. Though the insurance may be...more

Klesla et al. v. Wittenberg

Court did not abuse its discretion in denying a motion to confirm arbitration award that asked for more than was awarded. Kleslas sued for (1) the return of their residential lease security deposit, (2) statutory...more

Florida’s Fifth District Allows Evidence of Prior Sinkhole Insurance Settlement in Subsequent Sinkhole Trial

In Tower Hill Signature Ins. v. Speck, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 12167 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. Aug. 12, 2016), the Fifth District found the trial court abused its discretion by not admitting into evidence the amount of a...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s...more

The Renewed Importance of Opinions of Counsel in Patent Infringement Actions

Several recent court decisions in patent infringement actions reflect the significant impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., which dramatically altered the landscape for...more

Lowndes Attorneys Obtain Favorable Rulings for Court-Appointed Receiver

Orlando, FL–Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is pleased to announce that shareholder, Richard Dellinger, and appellate attorney, Jennifer R. Dixon, prevailed in defending a client appointed to serve as a...more

Can Parties Use Settlement Agreements to Vacate a Prior Judgment?

In Hartford Accident and Indemnity v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance et al., the Eleventh Circuit recently reversed a District Court’s decision refusing to vacate its prior judgments even though vacatur was a condition of...more

2nd Circuit Affirms Decertification of Class After Jury Verdict

Key Points - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit recently held that district courts have the power to decertify a class even after a jury verdict in favor of the class...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms FNC in Favor of Germany

We’ve mentioned before how our Trusts & Estates professor described the German legal system as “the mind of God revealed to man.” Professor Langbein was especially impressed with the German system of training judges, as well...more

A Tale of Two Decertification Motions

The Seventh and Eighth Circuits both addressed motions to decertify classes the week of July 5—with divergent results.  These cases illustrate the deference afforded district courts’ class certification determinations.  Both...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- July 2016 #1

Two decisions issued in June will be of interest to probate litigators and estate planning lawyers. The Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a decision in late June with an interesting twist on the burden required to...more

When Settlement and Secrecy Do Not Mix

Non-disclosure and confidentiality provisions can be an important aspect of resolving a case through settlement. But when one of the parties is a purported class, and the allegation is an antitrust violation, settlement and...more

Supreme Court Makes it Easier for Medical Device Companies to Recover Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement

The Patent Act provides that, in a case of infringement, courts “may increase the damages up to three times the amount found or assessed.” Previously, in order to recover enhanced damages under the Patent Act, a patent owner...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q2 2016

Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. PATENT – Decided: Jun. 13, 2016 Issue: Whether the Federal Circuit’s two-part test for willful patent infringement, with separate...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal Where Post-Trial Movant Refused to Recreate Missing Trial Record

You litigate a case in federal court and get an adverse verdict. Believing this result unjust, you file a post-trial motion for judgment as a matter of law and in the alternative for a new trial. But there is a problem:...more

Insurer’s Potential Exposure to Fees and Costs When Prosecuting Indemnity Action under Assignment from Insured

Hearn Pacific Corporation v. Second Generation Roofing, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (May 2, 2016) - It is not uncommon in construction defect and some other cases for an insurer of the general...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Reaffirms Heightened Standard for Recovering Punitive Damages

On June 1, 2016, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion in 1st Team Fitness, LLC, et al. v. Francesco Illiano, No. 0136, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jun. 1, 2016) reaffirming Maryland’s heightened...more

Supreme Court Lowers the Bar for Willfulness and Provides Major Win to Patent Holders

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in two consolidated cases (Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer) effectively lowering the standard for obtaining enhanced damages in...more

Court Reverses New Trial Order After A Jury Verdict On A Trust Dispute

In In re Jones, there was a jury trial on the issue of whether a revocable trust was revoked such that the trustee, Jones, or the settlor’s executor, Coyle, had the right to the trust assets. No. 05-16-0081-CV, 2016 Tex. App....more

Supreme Court Abolishes Federal Circuit’s Test for Willfulness

On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s 2007 decision in In re Seagate Tech., LLC, 497 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir....more

Supreme Court Clears the Path for More Enhanced Damages Awards in Halo

In recent years, the Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected the Federal Circuit’s strict tests concerning monetary relief in patent cases in favor of more fluid standards that commit discretion to the district courts. In...more

Supreme Court Relaxes Standard for Willful Infringement – Higher Risk of Enhanced Damage Awards May Require Clients to Reassess...

In a unanimous opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the prevailing Seagate test for finding willful infringement in patent cases – a finding for which a “court may increase the damages up to three times the amount found...more

Halo’s Aura: How the Supreme Court’s Halo Decision Will Impact Patent Damages and Influence Pre-Litigation Conduct

Patent infringers take note: clever defenses by ingenious litigation counsel may come too late to save you from an award of exemplary damages. On Monday, June 13, in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics and Stryker Corp. v....more

“Off the Rails:” A Plan Administrator’s Burden

When an ERISA plan provides the plan administrator with discretion to interpret the terms of the plan, the administrator’s claims and appeals decisions are generally reviewed by courts under a lenient standard of review such...more

US Supreme Court broadens district court discretion to punish "egregious infringement behavior"

In a unanimous opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., the Supreme Court has changed the standard for proving willful infringement...more

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