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Arizona Court Strikes Down Restrictive Covenants

In a notorious case, the Arizona Court of Appeals yesterday struck down Quicken Loans’ non-solicitation covenants and confirmed that the defendants in the case were entitled to recover their attorneys’ fees. Quicken sued...more

Making “Material Adverse Change” Mean What You Choose It to Mean — Neither More nor Less

A recent decision by the Court of Chancery of Delaware provides a reason to pause before agreeing to standard, boilerplate “material adverse change” clauses in purchase agreements. In Osram Sylvania, Inc. v. Townsend...more

Contract dispute leads to award of attorney fees

In Eden Township Healthcare District v. Eden Medical Center the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided a dispute giving rise to an attorney fee award pursuant to California Civil Code Section...more

"Prevailing party" is not limited to successful litigants. Attorney fees awarded in settlement.

In Medical Protective Co. v. Pang, 2013 DJDAR 14233 (2013), the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit decided a fee case under Arizona Revised Statute Section 12-341.01. The statute allows fee awards in cases...more

SJC Holds that Massachusetts Wage Act Is Not Intended to be Sole Remedy for Recovery of Unpaid Wages Under State Law

On August 12, 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held in Lipsitt v. Plaud that the Massachusetts Wage Act is not intended to be the sole remedy for the recovery of unpaid wages under state law. The Court concluded that...more

California Court Rules that D&O Insurer Not Obligated to Reimburse Screen Actors Guild for Underlying Attorneys’ Fee Award

In Screen Actors Guild Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, et al., 2013 WL 3525273 (C.D. Cal. July 11, 2013), the United States District Court for the Central District of California held that Federal Insurance Company...more

Senior Housing Capital, LLC v. SHP Senior Housing Fund, LLC, C.A. No. 4586-CS (Del. Ch. May 13, 2013) (Strine, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery awarded the plaintiff substantial payments, pre-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees and costs. Plaintiffs, entities that managed and invested in a fund that owned...more

The Relationship Is Governed By Multiple Agreements And Not All Require Arbitration; Must You Arbitrate?

In the past few months, two federal appellate courts have had to determine whether parties were bound to arbitrate claims that arose from relationships governed by multiple agreements, only some of which called for...more

Estée Lauder v. OneBeacon Insurance Group – Expanding the Scope of Discovery in Bad Faith Cases

On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, granted the insured’s request for the production of certain claims file material and previously sealed discovery in Estée Lauder Inc. v....more

Appellate Notes: Week of April 18th

Welcome to our Supreme and Appellate Court summaries webpage. On this page, I provide abbreviated summaries of decisions from the Connecticut appellate courts which highlight important issues and developments in Connecticut...more

Government Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Contract Dispute

On April 24, 2013, the United States agreed to settle a breach of contract lawsuit, International Industrial Park, Inc. v. United States, Case No. 09-691C, stipulating to the entry of final judgment and to payment of...more

Courts Continue to Split on Whether Defense Obligation Is a First Party Benefit Under Colorado Law, but Agree Duty to Defend Is a...

In D.R. Horton, Inc.—Denver v. Mountain States Mutual Casualty Co., No. 12-cv-01080 (February 25, 2013), another U.S. District Court judge for the District of Colorado determined a liability insured seeking defense costs from...more

Another California Court Awards Attorneys' Fees in Bad-Faith Trade Secret and Patent Inventorship Lawsuit

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California awarded more than $11 million in attorneys' fees and costs to three trade secret defendants, finding that plaintiffs who had raised a claim...more

High court set to examine prevailing party attorney fees

Originally published in The Daily Journal on 2/6/13. Last month, the state Supreme Court granted review of the question, “Is the party who obtains the dismissal of a contract action entirely on procedural grounds...more

Fee Awards in Contract Actions

The California Supreme Court is reviewing the following question: "Is a party who obtains the dismissal of a contract action entirely on procedural grounds entitled to an award of attorney fees under Civil Code section 1717...more

Diamond Aircraft Piloting a Change in Floridas Attorneys Fees Law

In Florida, in the absence of a written “prevailing party” clause in a contract or another such contractual basis for fees, prevailing civil litigants generally may recover their attorneys fees from non-prevailing parties...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Issues Decision Related to the Application of the Statute of Repose and Economic Loss Doctrine for...

On December 4, 2012, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a decision in Sullivan v. Pulte Home Corporation that will have significant implications in the construction industry. The case revolved around a home built by Pulte in...more

The Lack Of An Enforceable Contract Does Not Require Denial Of Attorney Fees Claim

In Douglas E. Barnhart Inc. v. CMC Fabricators Inc., 2012 DJDAR 15717 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided a unique and interesting claim for attorney fees arising from the alleged...more

DC Law Firm Sues POM Wonderful for Breach of Contract

Pomegranate juice maker POM Wonderful has become notorious for their litigation against competing juice makers, including Welch Foods Inc., Tropicana Products Inc., Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. (Minute...more

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