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N.C. Court of Appeals Reminds of Factual Findings Required for Award of "Reasonable" Attorney Fees

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently reversed an award of attorney fees by the trial court on the basis that the trial court did not render the appropriate findings of fact. We're talking about Brown's Building...more

It’s Not Unusual: California Supreme Court Declines to Expand “Unusual Circumstances” Exception to CEQA Categorical Exemptions

In an important and highly anticipated decision under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Supreme Court overturned a Court of Appeal’s decision that would have severely limited public agencies’...more

Should You Abandon An Underperforming Partnership?

Good news for taxpayers who have, or who are considering, abandoning an interest in an underperforming partnership. Earlier this week the Fifth Circuit overturned the Tax Court’s 2013 decision in Pilgrim’s Pride, clearing...more

Client Alert: First Responders May Not Assert Comparative Negligence of Plaintiff for Pre-Accident Conduct

In Harb v. City of Bakersfield (No. F066839, filed 1/23/2015), the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, held that where a plaintiff is seeking damages only for aggravation or enhancement of an injury or...more

Preserving Pedigree: The Fifth Circuit Reverses Lower Court's Finding of Antitrust Conspiracy Involving Quarter Horse Association...

In a closely watched case out of a Texas federal court, the Fifth Circuit recently reversed the district court and found that the evidence was insufficient to show that the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) unlawfully...more

When can an organization conspire with itself?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week reversed a jury verdict and rendered judgment for American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in a much-contested antitrust case about AQHA’s ban of cloned horses. The...more

Appellate Court Reverses Jury Award To Golf Course Contractor

The Second District Court of Appeal recently reversed a jury verdict that awarded a contractor nearly $300,000 after determining that the amount had already been paid by another entity. The dispute in Tern Bay Community...more

Attorney fees claim becomes the tail that wags the litigation dog

In Ellis Law Group LLP v. Nevada City Sugar Loaf Properties LLC, 2014 DJDAR 13541, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District decided a case implicating the doctrine that self-represented law firms may...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Equitable Defenses to FLSA Claim Where Employer Aware of Underreported Hours

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that an employer that has knowledge that an employee underreported his hours cannot assert equitable defenses based on the employee’s own conduct as a...more

Eleventh Circuit Reverses Mais

In what promises to have significant implications for litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision issued by Judge Robert Scola of the Southern...more

Employers Finally Get a Break—Court Reverses $90 Million Verdict and Holds That Employers Are Not Required to Relieve Employees of...

On December 31, 2014, the Court of Appeal for the Second District of California held in an unpublished opinion that employers are not required to relieve employees of all duty during rest periods mandated by California state...more

Second Circuit Limits Insider Trading Law for Remote Tippees

Matt Levine is a big jerk. He just sits there at Bloomberg following events in finance and securities enforcement, and then writes interesting things about those events really quickly and with insight that no one else has...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Significant Insider Trading Ruling in U.S. v. Newman

Earlier today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its most significant ruling in an insider trading case in more than a decade. That opinion is available here. The Second Circuit vacated the criminal convictions of...more

NLRB Again Attempts to Invalidate Mandatory Arbitration Clauses for Employment Claims

In its Murphy Oil decision, the National Labor Relations Board affirmed its 2012 holding in D. R. Horton, which found an employer violates the NLRA when it requires employees “as condition of their employment, to sign an...more

Joe’s Crab Shack Managers Move Forward with Class Action Wage and Hour Misclassification Suit Despite Plaintiffs’ Inability to...

Last week, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District reversed a trial court’s class certification denial in a proposed overtime class action brought by Joe’s Crab Shack managers against the restaurant...more

Ohio’s Sixth District Reverses Order Granting Class Certification

In Gordon v. Erie Islands Resort & Marina, 6th Dist. No. OT-13-040, 2014-Ohio-4970, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth District of Ohio reversed an order granting class certification on the grounds that the trial court failed...more

California Supreme Court Eliminates Damages in FEHA Discrimination Cases Where Employer Proves Mixed Motive Defense

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling clarifying details of the “mixed-motive” defense applicable to discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). Harris v....more

Third Circuit "Clarifies" Continuing Violation Doctrine

In Mandel v. M & Q Packaging Corp., No. 11-3913, 2013 WL 141890 (3d Cir. Jan. 14, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit "clarified" the application of the continuing violation doctrine as defined by the U.S....more

Assessment Appeals Commission Holds that Personal Property is Valued at Capitalized Cost

The Assessment Appeals Commission (“AAC”) of the Tennessee State Board of Equalization has reversed a 2011 administrative law judge decision, holding that intangible costs (such as freight, installation, engineering costs and...more

California Supreme Court Rules On Mixed Motive Defense To Discrimination Claims, But Large Verdicts Persist…

Wynona Harris, a bus driver for the City of Santa Monica (the City), alleged that she was fired because of her pregnancy in violation of the prohibition against sex discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

Patent Watch: Cephalon, Inc. v. Watson Pharms., Inc.

On February 14, 2013, in, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Reyna, Bryson, Wallach*) reversed-in-part and affirmed-in-part the district court's judgment following a bench trial that Watson did not infringe...more

Class Action Settlement Take-up Significant for Fee Approvals - Lavier v MyTravel Canada Holdings Inc

On February 14, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Lavier v MyTravel Canada Holidays Inc, which deals with the approval of class counsel fees in a settled class proceeding. The decision provides some...more

Employee Is Protected By Whistleblower Provisions Of The Labor Code When He Or She Reports Illegal Conduct By A Fellow Employee

A terminated employee brought claims against his former employer for wrongful termination in violation of the California False Claims Act (“CFCA”), public policy, and the whistleblower protections provided by the Labor Code. ...more

Court of Appeals Rules that Title Companies Owe Duty of Care in Tort when Conducting Title Searches

In the case of 100 Investment Limited Partnership v. Columbia Town Center Title Co., the Maryland Court of Appeals was asked to determine whether a title company owed a tort duty of reasonable care to its customer, the...more

Washington Supreme Court Issues an Unprecedented Decision Regarding a First-Party Insured’s Compliance with a Policy’s EUO...

The examination under oath has long served as a valuable tool to prevent fraud and exaggeration in property insurance claims, while also keeping the cost of insurance as low as possible. The Washington Supreme Court, however,...more

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