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Florida’s 3rd DCA Reverses Dismissal Based on the Technical Admission

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals reversed the involuntary dismissal of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.’s (“Wells Fargo”) foreclosure action against borrower, Melissa Donaldson (“Donaldson”), ruling that it was an abuse of...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Order Striking Class Allegations in Microsoft Xbox Case

The Ninth Circuit reversed an order striking class allegations against Microsoft reasoning that the Washington district court misapplied its precedent and thereby abused its discretion. Plaintiffs alleged that a design defect...more

Abuse of Discretion Not Shown By Court’s Failure To “Show Its Arithmetic” in Significantly Reducing Claimed Attorney Fees in CEQA...

In Save Our Uniquely Rural Community Environment v. County of San Bernardino, __ Cal.App.4th ___, 2015 WL 1259781 (4th Dist., Div. 2, 2015) (SOURCE) , the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s decision...more

Federal Circuit Held District Court Abused Discretion in Refusing to Award Attorneys’ Fees

On April 10, 2015, in a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals–Judge Moore writing–vacated and remanded U.S. District Court Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer’s 2014 decision denying fees, finding that it “cannot...more

Contempt Charge Vacated Based On Valid Assertion of Attorney Client Privilege - Waste Management of Washington, Inc. v. Kattler et...

Finding that a district court had not provided procedural due process to an attorney for a sanctioned party, and that the district court abused its discretion in imposing sanctions for civil contempt against the attorney, the...more

Cy Pres Distributions in Class Action Settlements Addressed By Eighth Circuit

Over the last several years, federal courts of appeals have been closely scrutinizing cy pres distributions to charitable organizations in class action settlements. This includes opinions by the First Circuit, Third Circuit...more

McKee v. Peoria Unified School District: Court of Appeals Reverses Judgment Against School District in Public Records Case

In May, 2010, a student at a Peoria high school drowned during a swimming class supervised by physical education teacher Timothy McKee. After an internal investigation, the District sought to terminate McKee’s employment....more

Client Alert: Catch Me If You Can – Giorgio Is No Gingerbread Man

In Giorgio v. Synergy Management Group, LLC (2014) Case No. B248752, a California Court of Appeal held in an opinion published on November 6, 2014, that the Los Angeles County trial court did not abuse its discretion in...more

Affirmative Defenses Must Be Addressed In Class Certification Order, According To Texas Court of Appeals

A recent decision of the Texas Court of Appeals in Austin (Third District) caught my eye. Not because it involved insurance; rather, it was a securities class action challenging a board of directors’ approval of a corporate...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice - July 2014

With the dog days of summer upon us, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has concluded its Spring 2014 term, leaving practitioners with new guidance on a variety of trial and appellate practice issues. In one of its last...more

Justice Rubin Tackles the Amorphous “Abuse of Discretion” Standard

Today, Division Eight of the Second Appellate District of California issued its decision in Gaines v. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company (Dec. 12, 2013 B244961). The case involved the dismissal of a fraud case in the...more

Principled Appellate Decisions

In This Presentation: - Overview: • The "right" result on appeal depends on your perspective, but several factors go into reaching a principled appellate decision. • Our discussion will examine some...more

District Court Considers Evidence Outside Administrative Record

Helton v. AT&T, Inc. No. 11-2153, 2013 WL 812118 (4th Cir. Mar. 6, 2013) - In Helton v. AT&T, Inc., the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s consideration of evidence outside of the...more

Appealing Propositions: Appellate Issues In The Law - Distinguishing Between Error and Reversible Error; Recognizing and Avoiding...

Right after the judge or the jury renders a “bad verdict” we all have undoubtedly heard, at least, one our clients say they want to appeal the case “all the way to the United States Court, if that’s what it takes to get...more

Trial Court Abuses Its Discretion by Forcing Insurer to Bear the Cost of Giving Notice to Putative Class Members

In In re Insurance Installment Fee Cases, 2012 DJDAR 16696 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an important class action cost recovery issue. The case arose in the insurance...more

Delaware Supreme Court Allows Opt-Out Right in Securities Case Certified on Equitable Grounds

In In Re Celera Corporation Shareholder Litigation, No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012), the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the lower Court of Chancery and ruled that a large holder of Celera Corporation (“Celera”) shares...more

Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Settlement of Class Action Deal Litigation

In the final days of 2012, the Delaware Supreme Court resolved an appeal arising out of class action litigation concerning the sale of Celera Corporation to Quest Diagnostics, Inc. The litigation was settled by agreement of...more

In re Celera Corp. S’holder Litig., No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s certification of a class representative in a breach of fiduciary duty action, even though the class representative sold its stock in the...more

Patent Watch: Presidio Components, Inc. v. Am. Tech. Ceramics Corp.

[A] finding of no competition for the purpose of irreparable harm conflicts with the clear finding of competition for the purpose of awarding damages. On December 19, 2012, in Presidio Components, Inc. v. Am. Tech....more

Weekly Law Resume - November 29, 2012: Juror Misconduct: Mere Mention of Insurance Not Grounds For New Trial

Jean Barboni v. Fred Tuomi, et al. Court of Appeal, Fourth District Division Three (October 1, 2012) Juror misconduct can be demonstrated by establishing with substantial evidence that a jury improperly considered...more

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