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Recent Ruling Creates Potential Liability For Use of Common Contractual Terms

Contracts containing uniform terms and conditions are a common feature of modern commercial life. Consumers are oftentimes required to agree to such contracts in order to buy a good or service, and the contracts typically...more

Court Holds that Insurer is Liable for Contractual Prevailing Party Attorney’s Fees Following Unsuccessful Defense Fee...

In Hearn Pacific v. Second Generation Roofing (no. A142203, filed 5/2/16), a California Court of Appeal held that despite prosecuting an indemnity action against a subcontractor for reimbursement of defense costs in the name...more

ADA Website Accessibility Cases Continue to Grow

An increasing number of retailers are facing lawsuits or threats of lawsuits regarding website accessibility under the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”), despite the fact that the ADA and its implementing regulations do...more

Attorneys Pay Heavy Price for Block-Billing

Lawyers are aware of the increasing sensitivity—and hostility—of clients to block-billing: lumping more than one activity into a single time entry. A new Fifth Circuit decision shows that courts can be equally sensitive—and...more

District Court Declines to Grant Voluntary Dismissal of Action with Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings Pending Where Patent Was...

After a district court in the Eastern District of Virginia invalidated the patent-in-suit because it did "not pass the two part test laid out by the Supreme Court in Mayo and Alice." Peschke Map Techs. LLC v. Rouse Properties...more

DOL Persuader Regulations Expose Every Employer to Reporting Requirements and Disclosures

All employers should examine their use of labor and employment service providers to mitigate unwanted disclosure of fees paid to such providers. To protect confidentiality and the integrity of the attorney-client...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Texas Supreme Court Opinions Firm Up Anti-SLAPP Rights For Online Journalists

Online journalists and scholars from the Americas and around the globe recently gathered at the University of Texas at Austin to assess the state of internet-based journalism. The keynote address of the 16th annual...more

Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Yesterday, April 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., No. 15-375. The Court’s ruling in this case ultimately may affect the circumstances in which attorney’s fees are...more

Court Orders Plaintiff to Pay Defendants’ $8 Million in Attorney’s Fees in Patent Row

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s twin 2014 decisions in Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc. and Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. attorney’s fees awards are becoming more common in patent...more

Florida Appellate Court Bolsters Statutory HOA Safe Harbor

A significant opinion from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal further clarifies the extent of the Florida statutory homeowners association (HOA) “safe harbor.” In the end, entities that obtain title through judicial...more

Federal Court in Georgia Holds Specific Contractual Intent to Benefit Required for Tenant to Be Third-Party Beneficiary of...

J.C. Penney Props. v. Hiram LL, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8027 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 25, 2016) - In January 2008, Hiram LL, LLC (“Hiram”) leased property to J.C. Penney Properties, Inc. (“J.C. Penney”) for the construction and...more

Workers' Comp Plaintiff Attorneys Might Be Getting a Bigger Payday in Florida

On April 20, 2016, the 1st District Court of Appeals fired the most significant shot in years at controversial attorney fee restrictions in Florida. In 2003, the Florida State Workers' Compensation Statute placed strict...more

Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, April 12, 2016

District court refuses request of Marvin Gaye’s family for $3.5 million in attorneys’ fees following jury verdict in “Blurred Lines” trial. On March 10, 2015, the jury in the “Blurred Lines” trial returned a verdict...more

Absent a Fee-Sharing Agreement Signed by Client, Referring Attorney Cannot Recover Fees From Receiving Attorney

Naughton v. Pfaff, 2016 IL.App (2nd) 150360 - Brief Summary - A referring attorney sought to recover under an oral fee-sharing agreement with another attorney, alleging that their agreement constituted a joint...more

Purely “Compensatory” Debts Owed by Attorneys to Clients (Which Are Not Disciplinary or Punitive Fees Imposed by the State Bar)...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Scheer v. The State Bar of California (4/14/16 – Case no. 2:14-cv-04829-JFW) reversed the district court’s affirmance of the bankruptcy court’s decision that a...more

Supreme Court Decides Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt

On April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, No. 14-1175, holding that under the Full Faith and Credit Clause, U.S. Const., Art. IV, § 1, a State may not decline to apply the law of...more

Buy One, Get One Free: Appellate Court Strikes Deal to Permit Defendant’s Second Attempt at Removing Class Action Beyond Initial...

Addressing an issue of first impression, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Graiser v. Visionworks of America, Inc., recently upheld a defendant’s second attempt at removing a class action to federal court under the Class...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19384 - State v. Carter - SC19282 - State v. Peeler - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37262 - Dumbauld v. Dumbauld - AC37262 Concurrence -...more

Ninth Circuit Leaves it to Policyholder to Pay Eddie Haskell’s Attorneys’ Fees

Moral hazard lurks around the edges of many disputes about liability coverage. Everyone agrees in principle that insurance shouldn’t help bad actors benefit from their wrongdoing, but parties often clash over where the...more

Context Is Everything: Evaluating Different Approaches Toward Attorneys’ Fees Awards Under Copyright Act in Light of Supreme Court...

The Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments on standards for awarding attorneys’ fees to the winner of a copyright dispute. Currently there are at least three different test being applied by federal courts. Data analysis...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds $2 Million Punitive Award Against Chicago State University

The due process review of a punitive damages award for excessiveness has a number of interconnected parts. A series of relatively small errors can quickly add up and dramatically skew the outcome of a review process that is...more

Bad COBRA Notices Can Cost You

Sun Trust Bank was sued in a class action challenging its COBRA notice. The plaintiffs who brought the lawsuit claimed that the COBRA notice was materially deficient in that it failed to provide the name and address of the...more

IP Newsflash - April 2016 #2

DISTRICT COURT - Expert’s Failure to Disclose Certain Materials Relied upon in Forming Opinion Warrants Mistrial - On February 29, 2016, Judge Robert Payne of the Eastern District of Virginia declared a mistrial as...more

Mayimba Music Inc. v. Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC - USDC, Southern District of New York, March 31, 2016

In copyright infringement dispute over Shakira’s song “Loca,” district court denies plaintiff’s motion to set aside judgment that plaintiff’s work was fabrication and partially grants defendants’ motion for attorneys’ fees...more

NC Business Court Refuses To Enjoin Similar British Lawsuit

It's possible to get an NC state court to enjoin a party from pursuing parallel litigation in another American state. But what about enjoining a party before an NC court from pursuing a parallel case in another country?...more

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