Breach of Contract Appeals

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ERISA Plan Can't Shrink Deadlines Without Providing Notice, Says 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that an ERISA plan can’t shorten the deadline for filing a legal action challenging a denial of benefits unless the participant receives written communication of the plan’s altered...more

Texas Anti-SLAPP Law: The Expanding Scope of the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act – Part 4 – A decision in Schlumberger, sort of

Since we published Part 3 that discussed the details of an interesting case here in Houston, Schlumberger v. Rutherford, the First Court of Appeals issued its opinion on Tuesday. The best description of the decision is a...more

11th Circuit Finds a Covered “Occurrence” Under CGL Policy For Damages Resulting From Contractor’s Faulty Work and Rejects...

In Pennsylvania National Mutual Insurance Company v. St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 790 F.3d 1173 (11th Cir. 2015), a judgment was obtained by the Parish (a Catholic Church) against Kiker Corporation (“Kiker”), which was...more

When Is a Breach of a Covenant Not to Compete Also Unfair or Deceptive?

Next Monday, August 31, the North Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments in an important business-versus-business case. Beverage Systems of the Carolinas v. Associated Beverage Repair (No. 316A14) includes two...more

Florida’s Fifth District Court Of Appeal Allows Insurer Facing Breach Of Contract Lawsuit Over Water Loss Claim To Join Plumber As...

In Florida Peninsula Insurance Company v. Ken Mullen Plumbing, Inc., 2015 Fla. App. Lexis 11572 (Fla. 5th DCA July 31, 2015), the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s decision to dismiss the insurer’s...more

How Not To Write An Employment Agreement Arbitration Clause: Court Of Appeal Rejects One Sided Clause As Procedurally And...

In Carlson v. Home Team Pest Defense, Inc. (Ct. of Appeal A142219), published August 17, 2015, the Court of Appeal held that an employer’s arbitration clause which allowed only the employer to file lawsuits for certain...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

Is There a Lesson from Dunkin’ Donuts for Franchisors Outside Quebec?

The Quebec Court of Appeal has recently upheld the 2012 decision of the Superior Court awarding substantial damages – CA$10.9 million – to former franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts.1 Application for leave to appeal was filed with...more

Breathing Room: The Alberta Court of Appeal Addresses the New Limitation Period for Third-Party Claims

The limitation period for a defendant seeking contribution from a third party has changed. In last month's Alberta Court of Appeal decision of Whitecourt Power Limited Partnership v Elliott Turbomachinery Canada Inc., 2015...more

Massachusetts Appellate Court Addresses Other Insurance Language In Property Policy

In Moroney Body Works, Inc. v. Central Insurance Companies, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts considered whether a commercial property insurance policy issued by Central Insurance Companies (“Central”) provided coverage for...more

The Abuse Of Discretion Standard Applies To The Appellate Review Of Reasonable Attorney Fees

In Calvo Fisher & Jacob LLP v. Lujan, 2015 DJDAR 1965, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided another case in the ongoing saga arising out of litigation concerning the Estate of Larry...more

Ninth Circuit is the First Appeals Court to Rule on RAND/SEP Licensing

In a decision written by Judge Marsha S. Berzon, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appels for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a first-of-its-kind district court judgment relating to royalty rates for standard-essential...more

What is a RAND Licensing Rate? The Ninth Circuit Weighs in.

July has just ended, and SEP and FRAND issues are in the air. On July 8, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) sought public comments on its proposed amendments to its Guidelines for the Use of Intellectual Property under...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Landmark FRAND Decision and Jury Verdict

The Ninth Circuit yesterday (July 30, 2015) issued one of the most significant appellate opinions regarding standard essential patents (SEPs) subject to commitments to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions - AC36506 - Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education - Due to budget cuts, the Board of Education laid off the plaintiff who was a tenured French teacher. She sued for...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds First District Court Determination of FRAND Licensing Rate and Affirms $14.5 Million Damage Award

The Ninth Circuit has affirmed Microsoft’s $14.5 million jury verdict against Motorola, upholding the first federal bench trial decision setting a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing rate. Armed with...more

Sales Of $8,000 Stemming From Trade Secret Misappropriation Results In Liability For $1.3 Million

At a time when an ex-employee’s newly created company was subject to an injunction prohibiting misappropriation of his former employer’s supposed trade secret, the new company allegedly used that confidential information on a...more

Tenth Circuit Addresses ERISA Limitations Provision in Class Action Decision

In Fulghum v. Embarq. Corp., 785 F.3d 395 (10th Cir. 2015), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considered the claims of a class of telephone company retirees whose life and health insurance benefits were reduced or eliminated...more

Franchise and Distribution News - July 2015

A VIEW FROM TWIN PEAKS - Quick. Define Twin Peaks. Other than the obviously now dated TV show, up until a couple of weeks ago, the only other definition of Twin Peaks was a restaurant chain that featured double entendre...more

Post-Employment Covenants: Is an Inducement to Smile An Inducement to Cancel?

A recent Circuit Court case confirms that the term “non-inducement” means just that. In American Family Mutual Insurance Company v. Graham, the Eighth Circuit affirmed a jury verdict against an insurance agent who, the jury...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015 #2

California Court: Rejected Demand Within Policy Limits Not Necessary for Bad Faith Claim - Why it matters: Insurers must proceed with caution when they become aware that a settlement within policy limits is possible,...more

No Attorneys’ Fee Award Based On Dismissed Counterclaim - Burford v. Accounting Practice Sales, Inc.

In an appeal between two parties to a contract for marketing and selling defendant’s accounting practices in various states, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit addressed whether the defendant breached the...more

New York’s Highest Court Affirms Dismissal of RMBS Suit Against DB Structured Products as Time-Barred

On June 11, 2015, the New York Court of Appeals issued its decision in the closely-followed case of ACE Securities Corp., Home Equity Loan Trust, Series 2006-SL2 v. DB Structured Products, Inc. New York’s highest court...more

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Intentional Acts

Shelly Albert v. Mid-Century Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 20, 2015) - Generally, when an act by an insured is intentional, Courts have consistently held that there is no...more

Courts Say There’s No Claim for “Reverse Bad Faith.” Could They Be Wrong?

Last month, in State Auto Property & Casualty Ins. Co. v. Hargis, No. 13-5020 (6th Cir. May 6, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit predicted that the Kentucky Supreme Court would not allow insurers to sue...more

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