Abuse of Process

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Filing Serial Lawsuits for Nuisance Settlements May Be “Exceptional” if Improper Intent Established - SFA Systems, LLC v. Newegg,...

In considering a district court’s denial of attorneys’ fees in view of the Supreme Court’s Octane Fitness standard for finding an “exceptional case” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 (IP Update Vol. 17, No. 5), the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Kyle Bass Loses Round 1 of IPR Attack Against Pharma/Biotech Patents

On August 24, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) declined institution of two petitions filed by Coalition For Affordable Drugs for Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) of Acorda’s patents (U.S. Patent Nos: 8,007,826,...more

PTAB Denies Institution of Kyle Bass's Ampyra Patent Challenge

The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has put an end to Kyle Bass’s Ampyra patent challenge, by denying institution of Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings. While many were hoping the PTAB would render a decision...more

Celgene’s Pending Sanctions Motions against Kyle Bass’s Hedge Fund

The Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) previously authorized Celgene Corporation (“Celgene”) to move for sanctions against the Coalition for Affordable Drugs (“Coalition”), an entity affiliated with a Kyle Bass hedge fund...more

PTAB Denies Inter Partes Review Petitions Against Two Acorda Patents

One of the statistics gleaned from Director Michelle Lee's recent blog on the post-issuance review provisions of the America Invents Act is that only 42% of inter partes review petitions have been granted over the past three...more

Will New PTAB Rules Impact IPRs Filed By Kyle Bass Hedge Fund?

On August 19th, the USPTO released a new set of proposed rules related to post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Among the many offered rules was the addition of a “Rule 11-type certification”...more

Italy Introduces New Rules to Increase Certainty of Tax Law

The Italian Government has finally approved the long-awaited act on “certainty of law in the relationships between tax authority and tax payers” (Certainty of Tax Law Act)....more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: Employment Law Newsletter: The Labour Tribunal Has Teeth and Can Bite the Claimant Too!

Following the changes made to the Labour Tribunal Ordinance in December 2014, the Labour Tribunal now has power to order either the employer or the employee to provide security for payment of an award. However, can the...more

The Court of Justice’s Preliminary Ruling in Huawei v. ZTE: The Final Word?

The application of competition law to standard essential patents (SEPs) has been the subject of significant debate. The latest instalment was provided by the Court of Justice on 16 July 2015 with its much-anticipated...more

The UK continues its objective stance on rescue procedures

The High Court has considered whether a winding-up petition is permitted where the Petitioner has a collateral purpose for bringing the petition. The collateral purpose, also referred to as an ulterior motive, would result in...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update

Garcia v. Google: “Doubtful” Copyright Ownership Claim in Film Performance Does Not Outweigh First Amendment Right to Free Speech - Why it matters: In a closely watched case that tests the limits of copyright protection,...more

PTAB to Consider Motion for “Abuse of Process” Sanctions Against Kyle Bass Hedge Fund IPR Petition

In a recent order, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) indicated that it will consider a motion for sanctions based on a claim of “abuse of process” in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings filed by the Coalition for...more

High Court Rejects Appeal on Class Action Funding

Representative proceedings (or class actions) have recently come under increased scrutiny in both the policy and commercial contexts. The High Court recently rejected special leave to appeal from the Victorian Court of...more

Conflicting Decisions on Whether Parallel Class Actions Constitute An Abuse of Process

Two recent decisions of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta have come to opposite conclusions regarding whether it is an abuse of process to file the same class proceeding in multiple...more

ICSID tribunals address allegations of investor misconduct

Assertions of investor misconduct, ranging from allegations of abusive restructuring to outright corruption in procuring an investment, are evolving into an important part of the catalog of state defenses in investment...more

Hong Kong court - enforcing a maritime arbitration award by arresting a ship

The arrest of a ship to obtain security for a maritime claim in jurisdictions where this is permitted is a powerful weapon in the armory of a claimant in shipping disputes. There has, however, been a concern that a claimant...more

Recent Developments in Cases Dealing with the False Claims Act’s First-to-File and Public Disclosure Bars

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733, enables whistleblowers—also known as qui tam relators— to file fraud suits on behalf of the United States against private government contractors. With the assistance of qui tam...more

Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group DC Circuit Panel

The DC Circuit has announced that the Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group appeal will be heard on October 20, 2014 before Circuit Judges Kavanaugh, Srinivasan, and Senior Circuit Judge Edwards. I thought I would take a quick look...more

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease--You Won’t Get Fees if You Don’t Complain Early

Stragent, LLC v. Intel Corp. - Applying recent standards for determining whether a case is “exceptional” under Octane Fitness for purposes of awarding fees, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas...more

States Have the Right to Protect Businesses Against NPEs

State of Vermont v. MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC; In re MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC - Addressing the issue of state efforts to reign in non-practicing entities, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

5 Reasons Consumers Should Sue Abusive Debt Collectors Under the FDCPA

Despite popular belief that Americans are a litigious bunch always looking for a good lawsuit, I haven’t experienced this in my law practice in Arizona. Particularly when it comes to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Cherry-Picking: 7th Cir. Criticizes Lawyers' Summary-Judgment Practice

Two weeks ago, in an order given wide publicity nationally, federal District Judge Mark Bennett of the Northern District of Iowa issued sanctions in Security National Bank v. Abbott Laboratories, addressing what Judge Bennett...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Bankruptcy Court Applies To Collateral Estoppel To State Court Judgement For Fraud and Vexatious Litigation In...

In her first published decision, rendered in Mexico Construction and Paving v. Thompson (In re Thompson), Case No. 11-32924, Adv. Pro. No. 12-03065 (Bankr. D. Conn May 22, 2014), Judge Julie A. Manning held on the basis of...more

Court Found Case Frivolous For Five-Year Period, But $5.3M Attorney's Fee Request Will Be Trimmed - Touchtunes Music Corp. v....

Case Number: 1:07-cv-11450-RWS (Dkt. 291) - Judge Sweet unsealed [link to tab 9] his decision of April 3, 2014 [link to tab 10] granting counterclaim defendant TouchTunes' motion for fees and expenses, but said that...more

Fourth Federal Court Judge Holds That DC Anti-SLAPP Statute Can Be Applied In Federal Court

Another DC federal court judge recently held that the DC anti-SLAPP statute applies in federal court, and applied it to dismiss a libel and related torts action. This decision, in Forras v. Rauf, means that four DC federal...more

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