Affirmative Defenses

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New York Rejects Antitrust Defense To Breach Of Distribution Contract

Your client is sued for failure to pay on a contract and says it shouldn’t have to pay because the prices were fixed by a cartel or that it was strong-armed into paying for a “bundle” of services or distribution channels even...more

Seventh Circuit Eases ERISA Plaintiffs’ Pleading Burden Against Private Company Plan Fiduciaries

On August 25, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Allen v. GreatBanc Trust Co., No. 15-3569, 2016 WL 4474730 (7th Cir. 2016), held that (1) the defendant in an ERISA case, rather than the plaintiff,...more

The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: “Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way”

In recent years, there has been a hotbed of litigation across the nation, particularly in Florida state and bankruptcy courts, regarding a debtor’s ability to contest a secured creditor’s foreclosure notwithstanding the...more

Banking Disputes Quarterly Q3 2016

A recent Supreme Court judgment con rms that claims for malicious prosecution of civil proceedings can be brought under English law. It was previously unclear whether malicious prosecution claims were limited to the conduct...more

Magistrate Judge Love Denies Motion for Summary Judgment as To Defendants’ Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims Related to...

On August 23, 2016, Magistrate Judge John Love in the Eastern District of Texas denied plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment as to defendants’ affirmative defenses and counterclaims. These defenses and counterclaims related...more

Litigation Update: Answer Filed in AbbVie v. Amgen

Amgen has filed its answer in response to AbbVie’s complaint alleging infringement of 10 patents that allegedly cover Amgen’s recently-approved adalimumab biosimilar, Amjevita (formerly known as ABP501). Amgen asserts...more

Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

Applying Ohio’s tort reform legislation to a situation where a non-party is immune from the tort liability in issue has resulted in contradictory holdings. This article originally appeared in the 2016 September/October...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending August 19 & 26, 2016

Real Property Update: - Lis Pendens/Subsequent Liens: lis pendens statute only serves to discharge liens that exist or arise prior to entry of foreclosure judgment but does not affect liens that arise after entry of...more

Do not break the trust after a trust is created - The law on concurrence examined

Dentons Rodyk acted for Mdm Harianty Wibawa, the settlor of an offshore discretionary trust which has a value exceeding US$45 million (taking into account distributions of some US$10 million). One of the beneficiaries and the...more

Environmental Notes - August 2016

Time to Pay More: EPA Increases Maximum Civil Penalties - Remember the days when the maximum civil penalty EPA could assess for a violation of environmental law was $25,000 per day? Those days disappeared 26 years ago...more

Massachusetts Equal Pay Law

Effective January 1, 2018, Massachusetts’ equal pay law will impose new and broad sweeping requirements on employers. At its core, the law prohibits gender-based pay disparities. It also takes steps to encourage transparency...more

How Massachusetts’ New Equal Pay Law Impacts Employers

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts became the first state to bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history before making a formal job offer that includes compensation. Under the new law, employers may not...more

Massachusetts Passes Pay Equity Bill Restricting Employers From Inquiring Into Applicants’ Wage History

Massachusetts has passed an amendment to the state’s equal pay law aimed at strengthening prohibitions on gender discrimination in the payment of wages for comparable work. The new bill, signed by Governor Charlie Baker (R)...more

Massachusetts Enacts New Pay Equity Law

Summary - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a pay equity bill into law on August 1, 2016. The law is intended to strengthen existing law by promoting compensation transparency, limiting questions to job...more

Massachusetts Governor Signs Expansive Pay Equity Law

As we recently anticipated, on August 1, 2016 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law sweeping legislation that significantly modifies Massachusetts’s equal pay laws. Many consider the new law to be the most...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Sweeping Equal Pay Amendments

The law, which the governor is expected to sign, features a new “substantially similar” standard, strict limits on seeking compensation history, and an affirmative defense for good-faith self-evaluations. The General...more

Massachusetts Nearing Enactment of Sweeping Pay Equity Legislation

Continuing a trend, Massachusetts is poised to implement major changes to its equal pay laws. Following the lead of California, New York, and Maryland, which each enacted expansive equal pay laws in the last few months,...more

Poor Policy Publication Revives Sexual Harassment Suit in the Fifth Circuit

Maintaining a company anti-harassment policy on a bulletin board and website is not enough to avoid liability for sexual discrimination according to a recent decision. On July 20, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes New Pay Equity Law

The Massachusetts Legislature passed new pay equity legislation on July 23, 2016. Governor Baker has been reported to have said that he will sign the legislation. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2018. The...more

When is Aberrant Workplace Behavior Sufficient to Justify Termination?

Aberrant workplace behavior caused by stress or a psychological condition is not uncommon. However, such behavior can also cause employers to become anxious regarding how to lawfully deal with the disruption and its effect on...more

Court Holds Rule 26(b)(1) Cannot be Used for Unpled Claims or Defenses (New York)

Lifeguard Licensing Corp. v. Kozak, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68724 (S.D.N.Y. May 23, 2016) - In this intellectual property case, the defendants motioned the court to compel production of various discovery. The plaintiffs...more

Serial Plaintiffs Are Filing Waves of Disability Cases

Hotels, restaurants and retail establishments have been flooded with new lawsuits filed by serial plaintiffs that allege that a property (a place of public accommodation) is in violation of Title III of the Americans with...more

District Court Denies Leave to Amend to Add Implied License Affirmative Defense Where Motion for Leave Was Filed Just Two Months...

Google, Inc. and YouTube, LLC (collectively "Google") filed a motion for leave to amend their answer to include an implied license affirmative defense. Because Google filed the motion to amend its answer more than two months...more

Personnel Investigation By Outside Attorney Protected From Disclosure In Discovery

Seyfarth Synopsis: California Court of Appeal holds that (1) an outside attorney’s investigation can be privileged even though the attorney simply investigated facts, and (2) the employer does not waive the privilege simply...more

FTC Stands Down in Latest Head-to-Head Battle Between Federal and State Oversight of Healthcare Collaborations

In what will undoubtedly be seen by all interested parties as a significant setback in the Federal Trade Commission’s active opposition to potentially anticompetitive healthcare collaborations, the FTC voted unanimously on...more

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