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SC Court of Appeals Curbs Personal Representative Fee - Appeal arose from administration of an estate

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently handed down the decision of In Re: Estate of Marion M. Kay, Op. No. 5414 (S.C.Ct.App. Withdrawn, Substituted and Refiled Nov. 2, 2016) (Shearouse Adv.Sh. No. 42 at 28). In Kay,...more

Yahoo Awarded Over $1.5 Million in Sweepstakes Promotion Lawsuit

Last week, a Dallas federal court concluded that Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo”) should be paid over $913,000 in attorneys’ fees in connection with its March Madness sweepstakes promotion, bringing Yahoo’s total award in the case to...more

Choice of Law Meets Civil RICO

The Supreme Court’s opinion in RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community (decided June 20, 2016) limited the extraterritorial reach of the Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Now, a recent case out of...more

NC Business Court Sends Some Important Messages About Fees To Lawyers For Class Action Plaintiffs

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I am very sour on substantial attorneys' fees being awarded to the lawyers for class action plaintiffs who obtain nothing more for the class than...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Fraud Defense To Advancement

Delaware strongly protects a party’s right to advancement of attorney’s fees. This decision holds that a claim of fraudulent inducement cannot be asserted as a defense in a contractual advancement case even when the fraud is...more

Superior Court Limits Contractual Indemnification To Third Party Claims

This decision holds that a general obligation to indemnify another party to a contract applies only to claims filed by a third party and not to claims between the parties to the contract itself. Hence, if you want to cover...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: A prior appeal in this case concluded that the defendant, former husband, was entitled to seek modification of alimony and support when he voluntarily moved from Florida to...more

Insurance Recovery Group News: Bad Faith Ruling Against The Travelers Affirmed In Massachusetts

Recently the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a ruling that The Travelers Companies Inc. violated the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L. c. 93A, as well as the Massachusetts unfair claims settlement practices...more

Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co.

The Florida Supreme Court’s opinion in Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co. is important for two reasons: It modifies the allowable use of a presumption established in Florida’s statutory sinkhole scheme; and it explains, and perhaps...more

Changes to Public Records Act Reshape Duties of Government Contractors

Recent amendments to Florida's Public Records Act both clarify and alter a contractor's responsibilities under the Act. The 2016 amendment to the Act applies to contracts with a public agency entered into or amended on or...more

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. v. X One X Productions, dba X One X Movie Archives, Inc. - USCA, Eighth Circuit, November 1, 2016...

In dispute over merchandise with images taken from old posters and lobby cards for “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz,” Eighth Circuit affirms $2.57 million award to Warner Bros. for copyright infringement and...more

Torts – Habitability Claims – Attorneys’ Fees

Christie Hjelm, et al. v. Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (October 5, 2016) - Civil Code § 1942.4 provides for attorneys’ fees in an unlawful detainer action in...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - November 2016

Patent Venue at the Supreme Court - If TC Heartland has its way, patent venue law is about to fundamentally change. Factual Background - Kraft sued TC Heartland, a limited liability company organized...more

Alpha Gas and Electric Settles TCPA Class Action for $1.1 Million

On November 10, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an order preliminarily approving a $1.1 million settlement of a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

Ninth Circuit Expands the Octane Fitness Attorneys’ Fee Standard to the Lanham Act

Following several other circuits as well as patent law precedent, in SunEarth, Inc. v. Sun Earth Solar Power Co., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently made it easier for Lanham Act litigants to recover...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Application of Manifest Disregard of the Law

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former trader fraudulently purchased $1 billion in Apple shares that ultimately forced the closure of the trader's firm, Rochdale Securities. Rochdale...more

Don’t be a Lemon: Be Careful What You Include in a “Lemon Law” Settlement

In Goglin v. BMW of North America LLC (No. D068442, filed October 21, 2016), a California appeals court held that a consumer was properly entitled to attorneys fees and costs under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act...more

The Fresh Scent of Clean Laundry

Our planet is plagued by many vexing problems. For some folks, front-loading washing machines was one of them. They claimed that certain front-loading washers manufactured by Whirlpool were defective. ...more

Nickerson Redux: Five Lessons On Punitive Damages For Bad Faith Attorneys

This past June the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company, 63 Cal.4th 363 (2016), holding that post-trial Brandt fees could be included in the damage calculus for...more

Appeals Court Explains Punitive Damages Awards For Extreme Reprehensibility Or Unusually Small, Hard-To-Detect Or Hard-To-Measure...

In Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co. (No. B234271A, filed 11/3/16), (“Nickerson II”) a California appeals court outlined the requirements for complying with the single-digit multiplier annunciated as a Constitutional...more

NY AG Secures $1.6 Million Settlement For Alleged Mortgage Relief Scheme

On November 2, the New York Attorney General (AG) announced a $1.6 million settlement with a debt settlement company and its principal, resolving allegations that the company violated New York’s deceptive and unlawful...more

Ninth Circuit Retires Fee-Award Standard, Imports Octane Fitness to Trademark Cases

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined a majority of appellate courts that have rejected rigid tests for attorneys’-fees awards in favor of flexible discretion at the district court level. The...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 21 & 28, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Condominium: allocation of square footage within the declaration controls where there is lack of clarity in both the perimetrical boundaries definition and the diagram of the lobby area in question...more

Plus Feature - OUCH

When plaintiffs’ counsel settle a massive antitrust class action for $244 million, they should be happy, right? One would think so, unless their $72.3 million fee request is cut by the court to $48,825,000 in the...more

What's a Court to Consider After a Post-Suit Payment?

Most first-party insurance lawsuits are accompanied by a claim for attorneys’ fees based on section 627.428, Florida Statutes. The operative language of this statute has been part of Florida law for over a century, and the...more

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