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Ownership of Social Media Accounts

It is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise relating to employer vs. employee ownership of a social media account and the names, addresses, etc. that go along with that account. Business-related social media...more

Rehitching the Horse: Oregon Court of Appeals Adjusts the Anti-SLAPP Cart

Although Oregon is in its 15th year of anti-SLAPP litigation under a decidedly robust statute, no Oregon appellate court had ruled on how to decide when Oregon’s anti-SLAPP statute applies until the recent decision in Mullen...more

Texas Supreme Court Considers Whether Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Can Keep Corporate Representatives From the Courtroom

In December 2014, Schlumberger subsidiary M-I LLC (d/b/a M-I SWACO) filed a writ of mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court over a trade secrets case decided in Harris County District Court. In its writ, M-I SWACO alleged that...more

A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court

The NC Business Court's decision last month in Krawiec v. Manly, 2016 NCBC 7, illustrates a couple of things not to do in the Court. Don't Make "Aiding and Abetting" Claims - The Plaintiff made a claim against some...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That Expectation Damages Involving the Breach of an Obligation to Negotiate in Good Faith a License...

On December 23, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court sitting en banc issued its second opinion in Siga Technologies Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc. In its first decision, the Court reaffirmed its recent decision in Titan “that where...more

No Free “Train” Ride for This Ex-Employee: Court Sides With Employer And Orders Quitting Employee To Pay Back Training Costs

In USS-Posco Industries v. Floyd Case (Ct. of Appeal A140457), published January 26, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District enforced an agreement requiring an employee to repay the costs of employer paid...more

Criminal or Civil Liability for Sharing Streaming Accounts?

We are at the beginning of a new era of media consumption. Traditional content delivery systems such as satellite and cable television are hemorrhaging customers to a wave of “cord cutting” that has been facilitated by the...more

Contractor’s Lawsuit Against Architect for Tortious Interference Allowed to Proceed

A U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts has allowed a lawsuit to proceed brought by a contractor against an architect, alleging the architect falsely certified grounds for termination to the project...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2016

Despite Finding Policy Application Misrepresentation, Jury Rules Against Policy Rescission - Why it matters: A federal jury concluded that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company did not have a valid basis to rescind the...more

"Expropriation Damages in Cases Involving Investment Treaties"

Most investment treaties assure investors that, in the event of expropriation, they will receive compensation based on the market value of the enterprise at the time of seizure (excluding the negative valuation effects of any...more

2015 Half-year in review M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Government Contracts Review, Alston & Bird LLP, January 2016

IN THIS EDITION: THE GOVCON FILES - It’s Good to Be King: The Curious Case of United States v. JAAAT Technical Services PROTEST DECISIONS - GAO Clarifies Discussions and Discusses clarifications...more

Florida District Court of Appeals Addresses Voluntary Payment By Insurer After Suit Filed

In a recent decision, another Florida District Court of Appeals weighed in on the issue of whether voluntary payment by an insurer after suit is filed is a “confession of judgment” for purposes of awarding the insureds’...more

ESG Capital Partners v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund, C.A. No. 11053-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint seeking declaratory relief in which plaintiffs alleged that certain investors in ESG Capital...more

Choosing Delaware, Instead Of California Law, May Prove Very Costly Indeed!

Last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen Valihura when we were speaking at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s annual Delaware & California Law Update. Given her visit to...more

Ability to Offset Damages May Destroy Typicality, Ohio Fifth District Holds

In Safi v. Cent. Parking Sys. Ohio, Inc., 5th Dist. No. C-150021, 2015-Ohio-5274, the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Fifth District reversed the trial court’s order granting class certification for claims alleging, inter alia,...more

PECO Logistics, LLC v. Walnut Investment Partners, L.P., et al., C.A. No. 9978-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 30, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery resolved a dispute regarding a put right in an LLC agreement between PECO Logistics, LLC (“PECO”), a Delaware limited liability company, and two of its preferred equity holders, Walnut...more

Avoiding Unenforceable Penalty Clauses

The Supreme Court in 2015 reviewed and redefined the rules governing unlawful penalty clauses. The new test considers whether there is a legitimate interest in creating damages or a fine and whether such fine imposes an...more

CA Court Holds No Fiduciary Duty To Warrant Holders

Judges must perforce pick and choose from the record what facts to include in their written opinions. As a result, opinions don’t necessarily tell the whole story and may omit important details. Recently, for example, I...more

Delaware Supreme Court Offers Insight on Enforceability of Preliminary Agreements and the Entitlement to Damages

In SIGA Technologies, Inc. v. PharmAthene, Inc., No. 20, 2015 (Del. Dec. 23, 2015), the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Chancery opinion awarding expectation damages for a parties breach of an agreement to...more

Protecting Rights and Finding Opportunity in Oil and Gas Industry Bankruptcies

2015 was a rough year for the oil and gas industry. The primary source of the trouble was (and continues to be) the dramatic fall in crude oil prices. In 2014, the price of U.S. crude oil averaged approximately $91 per...more

Court Affirmed Summary Judgment For Defendant/Attorney Regarding A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim Arising From A Conflict of...

In Macias v. Gomez, a client sued his attorney for breach of fiduciary duty arising from the attorney’s trust later suing the client. No. 13-14-00017-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 12967 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi December 29, 2015,...more

Guarantors’ “Lost Profits” Completely Offset Lender’s Deficiency Claim

Believe it or not, lenders can breach loan agreements too…and when they do, there can be significant consequences. In Great Western Bank v. LJC Dev., LLC, 726 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 21 (Ariz. Ct. App. Nov. 10, 2015), the Court of...more

Smart Selling And Buying: 5 Main M&A Pitfalls to Avoid

Marcellus Shale drilling was taking off, and the owner of an oil and gas service company fielded a buyout offer from a Wall Street private equity firm. Golden opportunity, right?...more

Federal Court in Pennsylvania Holds That Contractor’s Nominal Underpayment of Progress Payments Does Not Relieve Subcontractor’s...

Butch-Kavitz, Inc. v. Mar-Paul Co., Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160652 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 1, 2015) - The United States Army Corps of Engineers (the “Owner”) entered into a contract (the “Contract”) with Mar-Paul Company,...more

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