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Under The Public Records Act, A Losing Party May Be The Prevailing Party

by Allen Matkins on

When the California legislature enacted the Public Records Act, it declared “access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state”. Gov’t...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 Privilege Maintains Its Power: Texas Supreme Court Blocks Discovery of Insurer Attorney’s Billing Information

by Carlton Fields on

When (if ever) are an insurer’s attorney’s fees and billing information discoverable in a coverage dispute? Though the question is straightforward, the answer can vary from case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. 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

Texas Amends Insurance Code In Response To Weather Claims

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 26, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed into law Texas House Bill 1774/Senate Bill 10. The new law makes changes to the Texas Insurance Code that will impact the way in which weather claims are brought and how those...more

SCOTX Ends the “My Fees Are Smaller Than Your Fees” Squabble

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

How many times have you said, upon receiving your opponent’s demand for attorneys’ fees, “That’s outrageous! Our fees are a fraction of that amount!”? Until recently, Texas law was unsettled as to whether you could defend the...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Settlement Approval in ERISA Class Action, Remanding With Instructions to Reexamine the Legitimacy of...

by Carlton Fields on

The Fifth Circuit recently vacated a class action settlement that included unsecured and uncollateralized future payments to the plaintiffs, while providing a swift and complete payout of fees to class counsel. The case...more

To Fee Or Not To Fee, That Is The Question: The Florida Supreme Court Finds Coverage For Proposal For Settlement Sanctions In...

To understand the implications of Macedo II, it is important to understand what brought us here. It’s a long and bumpy road, but understanding what brought us here will be critical in order to understanding how to go...more

California Supreme Court Issues Critical Opinion Regarding Structure and Language of Contractual Attorneys' Fees Provisions

by Allen Matkins on

The California Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Mountain Air Enterprises v. Sundowner Towers, addressing a simple but important question regarding attorneys' fees provisions in commercial contracts: If a contract...more

Attorney’s Fees As Damages For Breach Of Contract? A Jury Must Decide

by Weintraub Tobin on

Often times, contracts contain attorney’s fee provisions. These terms allow the prevailing party in any action to enforce the contract to recover its attorney’s fees. Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 1717,...more

Certification an Even Lower Bar Against Lawyers

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Hodge v Neinstein, 2017 ONCA 494 [Hodge], released on June 15, 2017, was surprising with respect to its treatment of the balance between common and individual issues in a class...more

Michigan Court Reinstates its Full $254 Million Award to Stryker for Competitor’s Infringing Wound Irrigation Devices

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - On July 19, 2017, a federal court in Michigan awarded Stryker Sales Corporation (“Stryker”) a total of more than $254,000,000 in its patent infringement suit against Zimmer Inc. and Zimmer...more

CalAmp Hit with Treble Damages for Willful Infringement of a Patent Assertion Entity’s Portfolio of Auto Tracking Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - In a final judgment dated July 19, 2017, a Florida federal court awarded treble damages to Omega Patents, a non-practicing patent licensing entity, for the infringement of five patents directed...more

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

by Knobbe Martens on

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

District Court Awards Attorney’s Fees after Holding That Plaintiff Had Repeatedly Sought to Avoid a Section 101 Ruling

by Knobbe Martens on

In Shipping and Transit, LLC v. Hall Enterprises, Inc., a district court recently held that a patent infringement case was “exceptional” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 and the defendant was entitled to recover attorney fees and costs...more

Court Shifts Costs of Forensic Computer Exam to Plaintiff for Not Preserving Emails

by Zapproved LLC on

Estate of Shaw v. Marcus, Nos. 14 Civ. 3849 (NSR) (JCM), 14 Civ. 5653 (NSR) (JCM), 2017 WL 825317 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 1, 2017). In this complex dispute over a family business, the court redressed the plaintiff’s former...more

What's a Coverage Defense? 11th Circuit Addresses Coverage Defenses under the Florida Claims Administration Statute

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

When coverage is at issue, the interplay between a policy’s language and an insurer’s duties under the Claims Administration Statute, Florida Statute Section 627.426, becomes a key factor in claims handling for insurers. In...more

Repeated Discovery Failures And Abusive Litigation Tactics Warrant Terminating Sanctions, Treble Damages, Attorney Fees And...

by Weintraub Tobin on

In TASER International, Inc. v. PhaZZer Electronics, Inc. et al, 6-16-cv-00366 (FLMD July 21, 2017, Order), a Florida District Court took the drastic step of entering a default judgment in favor of Plaintiff Taser, along with...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

PTO Attorneys’ Fees Are Fixed Costs and Thus Recoverable Expenses

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issue of whether the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is entitled to recover attorneys’ fees in connection with the defense of a § 145 appeal, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit answered in the...more

Judge, Jury and . . . Attorney’s Fees

When a contract awards attorneys’ fees to one party in a contract action, California Civil Code § 1717 intervenes by a) directing the attorney’s fees to the prevailing party, regardless of the party awarded fees in the...more

Trademark and Patent Applicants Opting for a District Court Appeal Must Pay PTO’s Attorney Fees

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Circuit held that, whether they win or lose, patent applicants who appeal adverse PTAB decisions directly to a district court must pay the PTO’s attorneys’ fees. Patent applicants seeking...more

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

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

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