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Don’t Throw the Class Waiver Baby Out with the Arbitration Agreement Bathwater

Sound advice that the world has lived with since 1512…until recently flushed by the Ninth Circuit. Not so quick to discard 500 years of wisdom, however, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether this idiom will rest in...more

Supreme Judicial Court Hears Case Involving Access to Sweat Lodges in Prisons

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts heard argument in Trapp v. Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, SJC-11863. At issue is whether RLUIPA (and the Massachusetts Constitution) recognize...more

BRING-YOUR-GUN-TO-WORK-DAY? . . . . MAYBE! Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Robert Swindol brought his gun to work . . . kind of. He parked his car in the Aurora Flight Services parking lot with his firearm locked inside. Aurora’s mangers learned about the firearm and fired Swindol that day for...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Addresses Deposition Conduct And Instructions Not To Answer

Rhode Island has long honored the late Professor Robert B. Kent’s teachings on civil procedure, including his opinions concerning depositions. In keeping with Professor Kent’s teachings, Rhode Island courts take the position...more

A Criminal Waste Of Space Foments Securities Law Problem

California Court of Appeal Justice William W. Bedsworth writes the popular syndicated column “A Criminal Waste of Space”.  In this month’s column, Justice Bedsworth expounds on the highly improbable case of a man who...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Stay of the DOL Wage Rule for Home Care Workers

The Department of Labor (DOL) promulgated a rule that brings home care workers, employed by third parties, within the protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As a result, those home care workers employed by an...more

Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, No. 629, 2014 (Del. Oct. 2, 2015) (Strine, C.J.)

In this opinion affirming the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a stockholder challenge to a merger, the Delaware Supreme Court held that the approval of the merger by a fully informed, disinterested stockholder majority...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2015 Edition: Buyer Beware – Court Lowers Hurdle to Make Claim for Withdrawal Liability...

In Tsareff v. ManWeb Services, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an asset purchaser’s pre-closing knowledge of a seller’s potential multiemployer plan withdrawal liability could be sufficient...more

Making a Good Thing Better? NAD’s Plans to Modify Its Procedures

The National Advertising Division (NAD) has for more than 40 years been the premier avenue for self-regulation in the advertising industry. Born in the ’70s at a time when there was pressure from government and consumer...more

Massachusetts Highest Court Issues Important Decision On Insurers’ Duty to Defend and Liability for Multiple Damages

In Boyle v. Zurich American Insurance Company, 472 Mass. 649 (2015), decided on September 14, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) indicated, to the dismay of the insurance defense bar, that the right to...more

Pennsylvania Court Refuses to Enforce “No Damages for Delay” Clause

A Pennsylvania appellate court recently refused to enforce a “no damages for delay” clause and upheld an award of delay damages against a school district where the district actively interfered with a general contractor’s...more

Recent Second Circuit Decision Teaches Trial Lawyers a Difficult Appellate Lesson: Following Trial Rules that Conflict with Rules...

Lawyers are taught to follow the rules, and that includes local rules of trial courts and individual judges. But a recent Second Circuit decision adds an important caveat to that lesson: beware of local rules that can lead to...more

Supreme Court Denies Further Stay of Department of Labor's Home Care Rule; Effective Date is Imminent

On August 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Home Care Rule and reversed the lower court’s decisions vacating the new rule. On October 6, 2015, the U.S....more

Texas Court: No Prejudice Required to Deny for Late Reporting Under a Claims-Made Policy

This summer in Nicholas Petroleum, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2015 WL 4456185, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 7489 (Tex.App., Jul. 21, 2015), a Dallas panel of Texas’ intermediate level appellate court rejected policyholder...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Recent Developments in U.S. “Excessive Fee” Litigation

The U.S. mutual fund industry is poised to see significant developments in the ongoing wave of Section 36(b) “excessive fee” litigation. Days apart in August, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Bank’s Standing to Challenge Constitutionality of CFPB

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court decision dismissing a bank’s challenge to the constitutionality of the CFPB based on lack of standing. The district court had previously concluded that compliance...more

Massachusetts Court Refuses to Apply Discovery Rule to Commencement of the Suit Limitations Period

Monday, in Nurse v. Omega U.S.  Insurance., Inc., 2015 Mass. App. LEXIS 158, 2015 WL 5774390 (Mass.App., Oct. 5, 2015), a unanimous panel of Massachusetts’ intermediate level appellate court held that the two-year suit...more

Enablement: Multiple Measurement Methods Can Lead to the Same Result - Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien, Inc.

Addressing the issues of indefiniteness and non-infringement for both utility and design patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and vacated in part the district court’s grant of summary judgment...more

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Third Circuit Explains How Courts Should Balance Clashing Stay Factors

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently issued a rare opinion addressing the analysis courts should undertake when considering a request to stay a trial court judgment or order pending appeal. The...more

You’ve Got Mail! But Can You Get It Into Evidence?

With the advent of electronic discovery, emails and web pages are now common and fertile areas of discovery. However, until its 2014-2015 term, the Rhode Island Supreme Court had not addressed the means by which emails and...more

Sixth Circuit Takes the Bait: Worm Farm Employees Fit Under FLSA Agricultural Exemption for Overtime

Providing legal scholars nationwide a unique opportunity to opine on worm-farming, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held on Friday, October 2, that farm workers involved in the growing of bait worms are exempt overtime...more

Florida Court Confirms Substantial Compliance Standard Concerning Foreclosures

The Florida Second District Court of Appeal recently issued a long-awaited opinion in Green Tree Servicing v. Milam. Until this decision, the district courts in Florida had not spoken directly on the issue of whether strict...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Sets Forth Helpful Principles On Liability For Punitive Damages

Cases in which an appellate court holds that a state’s standard for punitive liability was not satisfied even though there was sufficient evidence to support liability for the underlying causes of action are regrettably rare....more

Discovery Rules Continue to Evolve for Cases Involving Social Media

Your social media content is not only susceptible to hacking; it’s also susceptible to disclosure requests from civil litigants (see our Sept. 14 blog post for more details) and even prosecutors without your consent if they...more

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