Affirmative Defenses

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Employer Loses WARN Affirmative Defenses In Class Action Due To Insufficient Description In Notice

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. As criminal charges continue to loom for some former Dewey partners, the judge overseeing Dewey’s bankruptcy has now ruled that the firm cannot...more

New value defense preserved for three-party transactions

New value is an important defense to preference liability under the Bankruptcy Code. It allows a preference defendant to relieve their preference liability on a dollar-for-dollar basis for the value provided to the debtor...more

De Minimis Defense Closes Shop on Starbucks Barista’s Off-the-Clock Claim in the Central District of California

On March 7, 2014, Judge Feess of the Central District of California granted Defendant Starbucks’ motion for summary judgment on Plaintiff’s proposed class claims for unpaid wages under the California Labor Code. Plaintiff...more

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Statute of Frauds Applies To Defenses, Too

On March 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of Ohio held that the statute of frauds barred a group of guarantors from raising, as a defense to a collection suit, a claim that the bank’s right to enforce the guaranties was barred by...more

SAE Power Inc. v. Avaya Inc.

Opinion and Order Affirming Denial of Avaya's Motion to Compel Arbitration

Defendant Avaya Inc. appealed an order by the NJ Superior Court denying its motion to compel arbitration in a case we filed on behalf of our Client SAE. We argued that Avaya waived its right to arbitration because it (1)...more

Is Mental Disease or Impairment a defense to “Willfulness” penalties for FBAR purposes?

In a pending civil penalty case in Florida the government puts forth its argument in clear language to describe what constitutes “willful” failure to file a Report of Foreign Financial Account (FBAR). In its Motion for...more

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You: The Lack of Knowledge Defense in Employment Retaliation Claims

When it comes to minimizing the risk of employment retaliation claims, can ignorance be bliss? In today’s competitive business environment, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” may sound naïve. But in the employment...more

Texas Supreme Court Holds Exclusion Inapplicable to Construction Defect Claim

In its recent decision in Ewing Constr. Co. v. Amerisure Ins. Co., 2014 Tex. LEXIS 39 (Tex. Feb. 27, 2013), the Supreme Court of Texas addressed certified questions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Extension of the “No Duty” Rule and Allows D&Os to Pursue State-Law Defenses Based on FDIC Conduct

In a decision announced at the end of 2013 in the case of FDIC v. Steven Skow, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rejected an argument proposed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that...more

Employment Law -- Jan 22, 2014

EEOC Reports On FY 2013: Charges Down But Recovery Up - Why it matters: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission touted several achievements in its Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal year 2013, from a...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued the first appellate decision holding that, in actions brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the officers and directors of failed banking...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 3

In this issue: - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to FCMs Relating to Enhanced Customer Protection Rules - Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct -...more

Weekly Law Resume - January 2014: Torts – Negligence – Sophisticated User Defense

Buckner v. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (December 20, 2013) - In Johnson v American Standard (2008) 43 Cal.4th 56, the California Supreme Court first recognized the...more

Loan Guarantors Fail To Establish Sham Guaranty Defense to Avoid Commercial Loan Obligations

A California appellate court recently found that despite the unity of ownership between a defendant's entities used for purposes of borrowing money in a commercial loan transaction, the debtor could not rely on the "sham...more

Eleventh Circuit Certifies Questions On Georgia Business Judgment Rule In Bank Officer Case, Declines To Apply “No Duty” Rule To...

On December 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit certified questions to the Georgia Supreme Court regarding whether bank directors and officers can be subject to claims for ordinary negligence under the state...more

“Failure To Conciliate” Not A Defense To EEOC Lawsuits, Seventh Circuit Holds

Breaking ranks with every other federal appellate court to address the issue, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that an employer cannot defend a lawsuit brought by the EEOC by contending that the...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Failure to Conciliate is Not a Defense Available to Employers in Litigation with the EEOC

In EEOC v. Mach Mining, LLC, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal circuit to foreclose an employer's ability to use the implied affirmative defense that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) failed to...more

Major Changes to Defamation Law in the UK to Take Effect 1 January 2014

An announcement from the UK justice minister has confirmed that the new Defamation Act ("the Act") will take effect from 1 January 2014.1 The Act makes major changes to existing defamation laws in the UK and will seek to curb...more

Pennsylvania District Court Considers Bad Faith Set-up as Affirmative Defense

As a matter of first impression under Pennsylvania law, the court in Shannon v. New York Central Mutual Insurance Company, No. 13-cv-1432 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 20, 2013) denied a motion to strike an insurer’s defense of “bad faith...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Can't Handle the Truth? The Truth Defense in the Texas Supreme Court

A decades-long string of libel opinions by the Texas Supreme Court in favor of media defendants came to a resounding halt this summer. In Neely v. Wilson, the Court reversed summary judgment for an Austin television station....more

Attention Internet publishers: Linking limits libel liability

When the Internet was young, and the thrills of hypertext linking were still new, hyperlinks were viewed as a potential source of liability. I wrote about linking liability then, and followed up a few years later, as more...more

Spilman Alert: W.Va. Supreme Court Rulings Impact Defense of Deliberate Intent Cases

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently issued two rulings that have a significant impact on the way employers may defend cases brought under West Virginia's deliberate intent statute (W.Va. Code § 23-4-2)....more

Top 7 Defenses for Product Liability Lawsuits in North Carolina

North Carolina law provides for a variety of affirmative defenses for manufacturers and sellers in product liability actions. The legislature has codified many of these defenses in the North Carolina Product Liability Act...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 12 with David Simon and Bill Athanas on adding a compliance defense to the FCPA [Video]

In this episode 12, David Simon, Bill Athanas and myself discuss whether a compliance defense should be added to the FCPA....more

ECOA Gets More Teeth in North Carolina

In one of my prior “Drive Thrus” in Community Banking Exellence, I reminded everyone that lenders can never require a spousal guaranty, but can request one. The North Carolina Court of Appeals brought that fact home recently...more

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