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Attorney's Fees Appeals

Chris Lazarini Comments on Court's Remand for Clarification of Arbitration Award

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a court took the unusual step of remanding a case to the arbitration panel to explain the rationale behind its award. The Court made the decision because...more

Enforcing Public Contracts against a Surety

This summer, the Washington Supreme Court ended a long dispute within the construction industry and issued an opinion finding that a performance bond is, in essence, an insurance contract. The court made clear that a public...more

EEOC Ordered To Pay $1.9 Million For Frivolous Claims Against Trucking Company

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the latest chapter of the ongoing legal battle between the EEOC and delivery company CRST Van Expedited regarding the agency’s sexual harassment claims, a federal district court ordered the EEOC to pay...more

One Potential Remedy for FCA Overreach?

Sixth Circuit awards attorneys’ fees to False Claims Act defendant against the U.S. government in case involving underpayment of Davis-Bacon Act wages. ...more

Oral Contract Upheld in California Despite Offer Letter Purporting to Supersede It

Does an employment offer letter that expressly supersedes any oral statements on the part of supervisors concerning conditions of employment preclude verbal wage promises made after the employee is hired? Chen v. M&C Hotel...more

Octane Fitness Hits the Showers: Federal Circuit Affirms Attorneys’ Fees Award in Landmark Case

After an eight-year battle through the Federal Courts, the fight over attorneys’ fees in Octane Fitness v. ICON Health & Fitness has likely reached its end with the Federal Circuit upholding the hotly disputed $1.6 million...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Awards Attorneys’ Fees in Quiet-Title Action

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Arizona, a party successfully quieting title to property may recover its attorneys’ fees if it satisfies three requirements: (1) the party requests a quitclaim deed from the party adversely claiming title twenty days...more

Federal Circuit Review - August 2017

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District Court Abused Discretion in Ignoring Federal Circuit Mandate to Reconsider Attorneys’ Fees Under Octane Fitness - In Adjustacam, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-1882, the Federal Circuit held that a district...more

Attorney Fee Shuffle - The Arizona Supreme Court has Imported the Fee Shifting Provision of A.R.S. § 12-341.01(A) Into Private,...

by Jaburg Wilk on

Unlike many states, Arizona has long provided for the recovery of attorney fees, albeit on a discretionary basis, in contested contract disputes. See A.R.S. § 12-341.01(A). The Arizona legislature made clear, however, that...more

News Alert: Precedential Patent and Trademark Order by the Federal Circuit

In June, the Federal Circuit panel ruled (over Judge Stoll’s dissent) that 35 U.S.C. § 145’s “all expenses of the proceedings” provision requires a patent applicant to pay attorneys’ fees to the USPTO when the applicant...more

Prevailing HOAs Not Entitled to Attorneys’ Fees in Enforcement Actions Brought Under Davis-Stirling

In Retzloff v. Moulton Parkway Residents’ Ass’n, (2017) Cal. App. LEXIS 727, the Fourth District Court of Appeal considered the novel question of whether attorneys’ fees can be included as part of the cost award to a...more

Federal Circuit Review - July 2017

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District Court Abused Discretion in Not Finding Case Exceptional - In Rothschild Connected Devices v. Guardian Protection Services, Appeal No. 2016-2521, the Federal Circuit held that a district court abused its discretion...more

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

This was a busy week for precedential cases at the Circuit. In AIA v. Avid, the Circuit rules that there is no right to a jury trial as to requests for attorney fees under § 285. In Romag v. Fossil, a majority rules that the...more

The Sport of Kings: Federal Circuit Affirms $3.9 Million Fee Award for Two Week Trial on Patent Ownership

In AIA America, Inc. v. Avid Radiopharamaceuticals, [2016-2647] (August 10, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the award of attorneys fees because: (1) the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial does not apply to requests...more

Federal Circuit: Lanham Act Fee Awards Should Be Lead-Free

Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Octane Fitness, most clients ask what the chances are that they will recover their attorneys fees. This is always a tricky question and is even more complicated in trademark infringement...more

Patent Judgments and Awards - Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement...

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Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement Trial Involving Hepatitis C Drugs - On July 14, 2017, in a stunning reversal of fortune, a federal court in San Jose, CA,...more

Patentee’s Willful Ignorance, Vexatious Lawsuits Set Off Alarm Bells

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a district court decision that an infringement case was not exceptional and found that the patentee’s willful ignorance of prior art and commencement of multiple...more

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

by Benesch on

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

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

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

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

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