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Tax Litigation Update: Ninth Circuit Decision Provides Significant Support for Taxpayers Seeking to Discharge Tax Debt in...

On September 15, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a landmark decision strongly favoring debtors seeking to discharge tax debt in bankruptcy. The case, Hawkins v. Franchise Tax Board...more

Second Circuit Adopts FCC’s Narrow Construction of “Implied” Express Consent for Autodialed Calls to Cell Phones

This updates our report last summer on a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) letter brief filed at the invitation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Nigro v. Mercantile Adjustment Bureau, which...more

Keep Your Collection Away from the Collectors: Tax Planning for Fine Art

Appreciation of fine art can create challenging tax issues, but with proper planning collectors can minimize the estate, gift, and income tax consequences of their collections. For taxpayers hoping to keep their works...more

Back on the Case: Fifth Circuit Reexamines Detective's Race Suit

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that an individual show that he or she was subjected to an "adverse employment action" in order to proceed on a claim of discrimination. Courts have defined "adverse...more

United States Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Case Involving Use of General Verdict

Monday, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Khan v. Chowdhury, Case No. 13-1479. Notwithstanding the denial, this case is notable, as it highlights a recurring issue in preserving error for appeal: proposing...more

IP Newsflash - October 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Affirms Willful Infringement Judgment and Enhanced Damages Award - In an October 14, 2014, decision, the Federal Circuit upheld a judgment of willful infringement and an award of enhanced damages...more

Myriad’s Continuing Patent Debate

On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit entertained oral argument in the interlocutory appeal of the district court’s denial of Myriad’s motion for preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics....more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Demands More from Website Operators Before Terms of Use Will Bind Users

The Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion in Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., No. 12–56628, August 18, 2014, US 9th Circuit, provides insight regarding courts’ treatment of Internet-based contracts of interest to those operating in...more

The Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms FCC’s Authority To Coordinate National TCPA Policy And Ensure Uniformity Of Enforcement in Mais v....

Courts that have confronted the application of the “prior express consent” requirement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, see 47 U.S.C. § 227 – a.k.a., the TCPA – have in the main taken their cues from and adhered to...more

Insurance Coverage – Auto Exclusion for “Nonrelative Resident” not Permitted

Insurance Coverage – Auto Exclusion for “Nonrelative Resident” not Permitted - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (September 24, 2014)- Many automobile policies have exclusions against coverage for...more

Florida District Court of Appeal: A Prematurely Filed Bad Faith Claim Does Not Compel Dismissal

Safeco Ins. Co. of Ill. v. Beare, No. 4D13-3104, 2014 WL 4626851 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Sept. 17, 2014). The Fourth District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida denies an insurer’s petition seeking review of the...more

Second Circuit Fails to See the Comity in Chapter 15

In Krys v. Farnum Place, the Second Circuit ruled that, in a Chapter 15 ancillary proceeding, a SIPA claim is within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and its sale by the Foreign Representative must be...more

Court Applies MMBA Meet and Confer Requirement to Reorganization of Police Department Command Structure

In Indio Police Command Unit Association, et al., v. City of Indio, et al. (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ---, Cal.App. 4th Dist. September 15, 2014) a California Court of Appeal confirmed the applicability of Meyers-Milias-Brown Act...more

Pregnancy Is a Protected Characteristic Under the Florida Civil Rights Act

In April 2014, the Florida Supreme Court, resolving the split in the Florida District Courts of Appeal, held that the Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”) prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of pregnancy....more

George v. Anishinabek (Police Service): Ontario Court of Appeal Allows New, Dispositive Jurisdiction Argument to Be Raised on...

In his August 15, 2014 decision in George v. Anishinabek (Police Service), Justice Doherty, on behalf of a unanimous Ontario Court of Appeal, allowed an appellant to raise a dispositive jurisdictional argument on appeal, even...more

Mechanic’s Lien Reigns Supreme in the Battle of a Project Default? Not for a Waiving General

In what can only be described as a devastating result for a general contractor, the Fourth Appellate District held that a general contractor may prospectively waive the priority of a mechanic’s lien to the owner’s...more

Illinois Supreme Court Seems Likely to Reinstate Attorney General's Appeal from ICC Order

In the recently concluded September term, the Illinois Supreme Court heard one of the shortest civil arguments it has heard in many years in People ex rel. Madigan v. Illinois Commerce Commission. Madigan seems likely to...more

Third Circuit Holds that Envelope Revealing Consumer’s Account Number Violates the FDCPA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an envelope revealing a consumer’s account number through a clear plastic window constitutes a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). In doing so,...more

Federal Circuit Remands Trio of Attorneys’ Fee Award Cases Back to District Courts

Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Octane Fitness, LLC; Checkpoint Systems, Inc. v. All-Tag Sec., S.A.; Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc. - In the span of 10 days, and in the wake of the U.S Supreme Court...more

R. v. P.C.: No Automatic Constitutional Right to State-Funded Counsel for First Appeal in Criminal Cases

In her August 12, 2014 decision, R. v. P.C., Justice Weiler, for a unanimous Ontario Court of Appeal, rejected an accused’s argument that he had an automatic right to state-funded counsel for a first appeal in a criminal case...more

"District Court Dismisses State Parties’ Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5"

On September 30, 2014, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Rule 206(4)-5 (Rule) for lack of subject matter...more

CLIENT ALERT: Arizona Supreme Court to Decide if Borrowers and Guarantors Can Waive Fair Market Value Defense

In September 2013, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that commercial borrowers and guarantors cannot prospectively waive their right to seek a fair market value hearing to limit their potential deficiency liability following...more

Court of Appeal Holds Transfer Tax Applies to Legal Entity Changes in Ownership

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the 2nd District Court of Appeal held that Proposition 13 changes in ownership prompted by transfers of legal entity interests should also be characterized as “realty...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide If Accountant-Client Privilege Applies to Will Contests

In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed a petition for leave to appeal in Brunton v. Kruger. Brunton involves the scope of the accountant-client privilege – more specifically, what...more

Fifth Circuit Holds Multiple Disclosures Establish Loss Causation in Securities Action

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that multiple partial “corrective” disclosures collectively may satisfy the requirements of pleading loss causation in a securities fraud class action, even if no...more

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