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The Washington Supreme Court Addresses Meal Break Claims

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court case Brady v. Autozone recently addressed the standards that apply when a non-exempt employee alleges that an employer did not provide meal breaks. In short: it is now clear that if a lawsuit is...more

From the Top In Brief - July/August 2017

by Jones Day on

In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348, 2017 BL 161314 (U.S. May 15, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a credit collection agency does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") when it files...more

Assignor Estoppel is Not a Defense in Inter Partes Reviews

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently designated as “precedential” a PTAB opinion issued in 2013 finding that assignor estoppel is not a defense for patent owners in inter partes review proceedings (“IPR”). ...more

PTAB Designates As Precedential A Decision Finding Assignor Estoppel Is Not A Defense in IPRs

by Knobbe Martens on

The PTAB recently designated as precedential its 2013 decision that assignor estoppel is not a defense for patent owners in IPR proceedings in Athena Automation Ltd. v. Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., IPR2013-00290,...more

Minnesota Tightens Restrictions on “Drive-By” Disability Access Lawsuits

On May 23, 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law amendments to the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) that are intended to curb the flood of “drive-by” disability access lawsuits in the state. The law now...more

Fantastic Beast Sighting in the District of Massachusetts—Motion to Strike Allowed

In PetEdge, Inc. v. Yahee Technologies Corp., PetEdge accused Yahee of infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,621,236 (the “’236 patent”), which is entitled “Folding Pet Ramp and Steps.” PetEdge designs, makes, and sells merchandise...more

7th Circuit Balks At Class Action Defendant’s Attempt To Pick-Off Lead Plaintiff

On June 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit provided guidance on attempts by defendants to moot a plaintiff’s claim by depositing with the court damages sufficient to make the plaintiff whole. The practice...more

Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards in the U.S. – Could a Court Abstain Due To “Inconvenience”?

Forum non conveniens is one of several judicial abstention doctrines, applied from time to time by U.S. courts, that permit a court to dismiss (without prejudice) a plenary action in its discretion. In a forum non conveniens...more

Standing in the Shoes of a Suspended Corporation under California Law

A California Court of Appeal recently provided a reminder that under Code of Civil Procedure § 368, assignment of a right to recover money or other personal property (“a thing in action”) is subject to any defense existing at...more

The PTAB Terminates IPR Based on Sovereign Immunity of University of Maryland

by Knobbe Martens on

On May 23, 2017, the PTAB granted the University of Maryland’s (UM) motion to terminate inter partes review based on UM’s sovereign immunity in Neochord, Inc. v. Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore and Harpoon Medical, Inc.,...more

Summaries of All Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases Decided Since Jun. 1, 2016

This paper is based on reports on precedential patent cases decided by the Federal Circuit distributed by Peter Heuser on a weekly basis. Please see full publication below for more information....more

Does your Dog Cook? Possible Stove-Maker Liability!

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg has seen almost every type and kind of injury and insurance claim. This one might top the charts! The California Court of Appeal has attempted to answer the following...more

"Toxic" Tort Food Litigation: The Truth Behind the Headline

by Bryan Cave on

Chicago Partners Susan Brice and Thor Ketzback, along with San Francisco Associates Merrit Jones and Thomas Lee, presented on "Toxic" Tort Food Litigation: The Truth Behind the Headline, May 4, via a live presentation in our...more

Recent Developments In Patent Law May 17, 2017

Update to TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, Case No. 16-341 (May 22, 2017) - In an 8-0 opinion written by Justice Thomas (Justice Gorsuch did not participate), the Supreme Court rules that a defendant...more

Supreme Court Rules Creditors May Pursue Claims for Stale Debt in Bankruptcy

by PretiFlaherty on

With its recent opinion inMidland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, the Supreme Court has put to rest the question of whether or not filing stale claims violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), determining that...more

ALJ Finds ITC Remedial Orders Unenforceable

by Jones Day on

We previously wrote about the uphill battle Respondent Eko Brands faced in an enforcement proceeding after it defaulted in the underlying investigation. The ALJ found during the proceedings that res judicata barred its...more

Court of Appeal Defines Good Faith Defense Under The UFTA

by Allen Matkins on

In 2015, the California legislature refurbished the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and rechristened it as the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act. 2015 Cal. Stats. Ch. 44 (SB 161 (Vidak)). The UFTA has not left the stage...more

The Advice of Counsel Defense - Just How Far Does that Attorney-Client Privilege Waiver Go?

by Bryan Cave on

Following a recent federal court ruling, parties contemplating an advice of counsel defense must consider carefully the scope of the accompanying attorney-client privilege waiver. In United States ex rel. Lutz v. Berkeley...more

New Fair Employment and Housing Act Regulations Further Limit Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Considering criminal records when making employment decisions has long been the subject of scrutiny, and will soon be governed by new California regulations. On March 27, 2017, the California Office of Administrative Law...more

N.D. Indiana: Employer Bears Burden of Proving Whistleblower Exhausted Administrative Remedies

On February 1, 2016, the Northern District of Indiana ruled in a case brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) that whether a whistleblower has fulfilled relevant administrative requirements prior to filing suit...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Ingredient List Label on Product Not an Absolute Defense to Claim for Deceptive Merchandising...

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

Murphy v. Stonewall Kitchen, LLC, No. 104072 (November 8, 2016)- The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, reversed a trial court’s order dismissing an action on the grounds that an ingredient list label was a...more

The Most Important Government Contract Disputes Cases of 2016 - The Government Contractor

In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued two important decisions that will have a significant impact on the law of Government contract disputes. Specifically, the Federal Circuit has changed the lens...more

Ninth Circuit Further De-Fangs Spokeo in a TCPA Case; Gives Practical Revocation Guidance for the First Time

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The important TCPA cases keep rolling in. Yesterday the Ninth Circuit issued a big new decision addressing three of my favorite topics: Spokeo, express consent, and revocation. ...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case...more

Careful Drafting of Non-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants Can Save the Day

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

It generally is a defense to a breach of contract claim if the defendant proves that the plaintiff was the first one to materially breach the parties’ agreement. As a recent case from the Business Litigation Session of the...more

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