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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger Reignites Discussions of Federal Courts’ Inherent Authority

In recent years, discussions regarding the contours of a federal court’s inherent authority to sanction litigants for bad-faith behavior have been heating up faster than a defective tire at highway speeds. In the 2015...more

The Supreme Court - April 18, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, No. 16-149: The Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) is authorized under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (“FEHBA”), 5 U.S.C. §8901 et seq., to contract...more

Indemnities – Beware the Consequences of “Reasonableness”

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The provision of indemnities, particularly those provided to corporate trustees and agents, is an important feature of an effectively functioning structured finance market. It enables the parties involved to allocate the...more

Opinions of Counsel Should Be Rendered Timely, and Evidence of Opinions of Counsel Should Be Credible

Omega Patents, LLC (“Omega”) sued CalAmp Corp. (“CalAmp”) for patent infringement in the Middle District of Florida. The jury returned a verdict for Omega, finding all of the asserted claims valid and infringed. On April 5,...more

Question: When Is a $3 Million Attorney Fee Award Painful?

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Answer: When your fee request was $25 million higher. And so it was in In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, pending in federal court in San Francisco. ...more

Word Games Aside … an agreement to settle is an agreement to settle

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The Tennessee Court of Appeals refused to let a litigant weasel out of a negotiated and binding agreement to settle disputed claims. Tim Grace v. Jeanna Grace d/b/a Grace Trucking, Case No. W2016-00650-COA-Re-CV (11/29/16)....more

Congressional Overhaul of Class Action Procedure Pending Senate Consideration

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

As class action litigation has continued to proliferate, we have seen efforts to rein in the perceived abuses of the system on multiple fronts. Over a decade ago, Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA)...more

Trust but Verify – When Speculation and Assertion Are Not Enough

In a non-precedential opinion in Gravelle v. Kaba Ilco, Co., [2016-3218] (April 12, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of summary judgment for Kaba on the grounds that the plaintiff (Gravelle)...more

Florida's Fourth DCA Holds Borrower is Not Entitled to Attorney’s Fees for Dismissal Based on Lack of Standing to Foreclose

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Florida’s Fourth DCA issued an opinion on April 12, 2017 in Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Glass, No. 4D15-4561, following suit with the Third and Fifth DCAs in denying a borrower’s motion for attorney’s fees based on a provision...more

Plaintiffs’ Counsel Garner $15 Million Attorneys’ Fee Award For Largest TCPA Settlement In History

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Seyfarth Synopsis: In what is being billed as the “largest and strongest TCPA settlement in history,” Judge Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted Plaintiffs’ counsel a...more

After Metadata Shows Agreement Documents to Be Unreliable, Defendant’s “Hans” are Tied: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Ensing v. Ensing, et. al., No. 12591 (Del. Court of Chancery, Mar. 6, 2017), Vice Chancellor Slights ruled for the plaintiff in the case and concluding that the defendant “has engaged in blatant violations of court orders...more

TCPA Lawyers Awarded $15M in Legal Fees

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A United States District Court in Illinois has awarded attorneys’ fees of at least $15.6 million to the TCPA lawyers which shepherded through the largest class settlement in the history of the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

District Court Denies Motion for Exceptional Case and for Attorney's Fees after Trial

After the defendants Ingenico S.A.'s, Ingenico Corp.'s, and Ingenico Inc.'s (the "Ingenico Defendants") prevailed at trial, the defendants filed a Motion to Declare this an Exceptional Case and For Attorney's Fees Pursuant to...more

The Ongoing Pay Statement War: Employers Continue To Battle The Dark Side Of The Force

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California leads the nation in micromanaging pay statements, including (but not limited to) exposing an employer’s officers or agents who intentionally violate the law to criminal prosecution and fines up to $1,000. The...more

Utah 2017 Legislative Update – Employment Law Issues

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The 2017 session of the Utah Legislature produced few bills affecting employment law; but two bills recently signed by the Governor and one bill that was not passed this year may have an impact on Utah businesses....more

District Court Find No Federal Question Jurisdiction In Action Challenging Arbitration Award Based On Arbitrator Bias

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A federal court has rejected the attempt of the losing party in an arbitration to engage in discovery regarding the potential bias of the arbitrator, finding that it had no jurisdiction over the matter because it did not...more

A Stitch in Time Saves … An Insured From Incurring Non-Covered Defense Costs

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Timely notice is typically a condition precedent to coverage under an insurance contract, though many states require an insurer to demonstrate prejudice before denying coverage solely based on a failure to comply with a...more

Dismissal Based On Forum Non Conveniens Does Not Trigger Fee Shifting

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California generally follows the “American Rule” with respect to attorney’s fees. Trope v. Katz, 11 Cal.4th 274, 278 (1995). Under the American Rule each party to a lawsuit must ordinarily pay his own attorney’s fees. A...more

Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 Faces Uncertain Future in Senate

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On March 9, 2017, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 passed the House, 220-201, split almost entirely along party lines. No Democrats voted for the bill and only 14 Republicans voted against it. The proposal...more

Caveat creditor: Risks of filing an involuntary bankruptcy

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When faced with a recalcitrant debtor, clients sometimes move too quickly to put the debtor into an involuntary bankruptcy, especially when fraudulent transfers and other creditor avoidance attempts become apparent. But...more

Inventorship Claims That Took $8 Million to Defeat Were Not “Exceptional”

In University of Utah v. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften E.V., [2016-1336] (March 23, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the case was not exceptional within the...more

California Court Approves $700,000 Settlement for Seating Claim Brought By Retail Employees

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The effects of the California Supreme Court’s latest interpretation to provide seating to workers are beginning to show, as the United States District Court for the Central District of California recently approved a $700,000...more

Del. Justices Award Attorney Fees Under Promissory Note Fee-Shifting Provisions

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Persuaded by the arguments of the appellant noteholders, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that two fee-shifting provisions in the promissory notes entitled them to recover attorney fees the noteholders incurred filing suit to...more

Senate to Debate Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act

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A piece of federal legislation reflects a significant effort by Congress to curb perceived abuses of the federal class action procedure. The legislation is the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 – on March 9...more

House passes bill to clamp down on class actions

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 985, the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act,” on March 9, 2017. The bill would add eight new sections to the “Consumer Class Action Bill of Rights,” enacted as part of the...more

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