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5 Key Takeaways: Three Years After Octane Fitness – Patent Litigation Fee Fights

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Clay Holloway, a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office, recently participated in a webinar as part of a panel to discuss the issue of attorney fees three years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in...more

Eight-Figure Class Action Attorney Fee Award Dissolves in the Court of Appeals

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There’s something uniquely interesting about judicial opinions involving class action attorneys’ fees. For class counsel, it’s the culmination of years of work. ...more

USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - July 2017

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Millennium Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz Inc. (No. 2015-2006, 7/17/17) (Newman, Mayer, O'Malley) - Newman, J.Reversing and vacating judgments of invalidity for obviousness in consolidated appeals. ...more

“All Expenses Paid” Is No Trip to the E.D. Va. for Patent and Trademark Applicants

by BakerHostetler on

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Circuit confirmed in Nantkwest, Inc. v. Matal (No. 2016-1794) that patent applicants facing rejection from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) may seek relief in the Eastern District of...more

Recent Arizona Commercial Law Cases

by Snell & Wilmer on

Over the last few months there have been several significant commercial law cases in Arizona. These have included four Court of Appeals and three Supreme Court cases, each addressing common loan document provisions and...more

No Standing = No Fees: Turning the Tide in Favor of Lenders and Servicers in the fight for fees in Florida

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 12, 2017, Locke Lord was successful in obtaining an order in a Florida trial court denying a borrower’s request for an award of attorneys’ fees following a successful argument that the plaintiff lacked standing to...more

Class Action Suits Against Massachusetts Car Dealers on the Rise

by Mintz Levin on

Spurred by a recent change in a Massachusetts wage and hour regulation, plaintiffs’ attorneys are aggressively pursuing class action lawsuits seeking unpaid overtime premium pay on behalf of car salespeople across the...more

Recover of Costs After Arbitration Pursuant to C.C.P. § 998

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Alan Heimlich v. Shiraz M. Shivji - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (May 31, 2017) - Must a party that has served a statutory offer to compromise pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 998 present it to...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Limits Sanctions to Compensation, Not Punishment

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

It is not every day the U.S. Supreme Court pays attention to matters that affect the practice of discovery, but that day came with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. v. Haeger, 581 U.S. ___, 137 S.Ct 1178 (April 18, 2017). Writing...more

Texas Passes Bill to Curb Hail Litigation

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed legislation designed to curb the state’s recent spate of hail litigation against homeowner’s insurers. The new legislation, House Bill 1774 (and its counterpart Senate Bill 10), will...more

Class Action and Regulatory Settlements Reflect the Rising Cost of Data Breaches

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As the number of data breaches continues to increase, so too do the costs. After a breach occurs, companies typically expend significant sums conducting investigations, notifying customers and regulators, and engaging in...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In AdjustaCam v. Newegg, the Circuit reverses the denial of attorney fees where Judge Gilstrap simply adopted a pre-Octane Fitness determination by a prior judge, despite the Circuit’s post-Octane Fitness remand of the case...more

Weak Infringement Position Makes Troll-like Behavior Exceptional

In Adjustacam LLC v. Newegg, Inc., [2016-1882] (July 5, 2017) the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s decision not to award attorneys’ fees to defendant after plaintiff voluntarily dismissing its complaint after a...more

What To Do When Your Prospect Objects To Your Fee

by LawVision Group LLC on

Fee objections happen often, but they are not always what they seem. Next time a prospect objects to your firm’s fees, think about the following questions: Is it real? Is it time? Is there something else? Is that all?...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2017

In response to three questions asked of it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court opined as follows...more

You Gotta Serve Somebody, But You Gotta Do So Correctly: Preserving Sanctions Motions

by Carlton Fields on

Emails can create many problems for litigants and their lawyers, but a recent appellate decision in Florida demonstrates yet another peril: proper service, and thus preservation, of demands for sanctions....more

Alleged Overcharge of Sales Tax on Food Triggers Missouri Lawsuits

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Several putative class action lawsuits have recently been filed in the city of St. Louis alleging retailers have overcharged sales tax for certain food items. These suits seek refunds of payments made by consumers, punitive...more

A District Court’s Discretion to Sanction Is Broad, “But For” a Causal Limitation

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger that even a district court’s exercise of broad discretion to impose a civil sanction for a litigant’s bad faith conduct has to be limited by a...more

Attempt to Set Aside Judgment Yields Exceptional Case Award

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the district court did not abuse its discretion in awarding fees to the prevailing defendant in a suit brought in equity seeking to have a patent infringement...more

Win or Lose: Appellants of PTO Decisions in District Court Must Pay Attorneys' Fees

by Jones Day on

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Circuit held in NantKwest v. Matal that patent applicants seeking review of a decision from the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") to the district court must pay the PTO's legal...more

USPTO Can Receive Its Attorneys’ Fees for Applicant Appeals to District Court

In NantKwest, Inc. v. Matal, No. 2016-1794 (Fed. Cir. June 23, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s denial of the USPTO’s motion for attorneys’ fees, holding that the “expenses” authorized under 35 U.S.C....more

Paying for Attorneys' Fees Whether you Win or Lose on Appeals from the PTAB

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Circuit held that a party appealing a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) by bringing a civil action against the Director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office...more

California Anti-SLAPP Motions: Potential Pitfalls for Plaintiffs

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California’s anti-SLAPP (“strategic lawsuit against public participation”) law has been an inviting first line of attack for defendants and cross-defendants—and a potential pitfall for plaintiffs and cross-complainants—ever...more

Co-Trustee Conflict Fuels California Trust Litigation

by Downey Brand LLP on

California trust litigation often stems from disagreements and hostility among family member co-trustees. Rather than picking one of their kids to serve as sole successor trustee when they die or become incapacitated, Mom and...more

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