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Venezuela Mines for a Reversal in Federal Appeals Court

Venezuela is taking its fight over a $1.4 billion arbitral award to the District of Columbia’s federal court of appeals. The award capped a bitter dispute between Venezuela and Crystallex International Corporation, a...more

First Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Court “Retention of Jurisdiction” Provisions Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Says No Breach of Contract Claim Unless Doctor Makes Special Promise Regarding Medical Treatment

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In a decision handed down on April 27, 2017 in the case of Heneberry v. Pharoan, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals rejected a breach of contract claim against a doctor who failed to completely perform a surgical...more

Supreme Court's Lexmark Decision Exhausts Patents

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On May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court reversed the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. altering the scope of the patent...more

Fifth Circuit Questions the Use of Claim-splitting Tactic by Plaintiff; Orders District Court to Consider Whether Plaintiff’s...

by BakerHostetler on

On May 9, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Slade v. Progressive Sec. Ins. Co, Case No. 15-300010, 2017 WL 1843737 (5th Cir. May 9, 2017), in which the court discussed how the practice of claim splitting...more

Patent Rights are So Anemic, They’re Exhausted on First Sale

The Supreme Court in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., has once again reversed the Federal Circuit, holding that a sale of a patented product by (or on behalf of) the patent owner, whether in the U.S....more

First Sale Extinguishes Patent Rights: Supreme Court Guts Manufacturer Control Over Secondary Market

Manufacturers have long used patents, licenses and litigation to deter competitive products and restrict secondary markets in their products. The U.S. Supreme Court just dealt these practices a severe blow, confirming that a...more

Choice-of-Law and Choice-of-Forum May Depend on the Choice of Where to File and When: Multi-State Employers Continue to Face...

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers who operate in a multi-state environment should take note of a recent case out of the Sixth Circuit (which governs employers that operate in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.) Stone Surgical, LLC v. Stryker...more

Supreme Court Affirms Strength of First Sale Doctrine

The Supreme Court continued its streak of reversing the Federal Circuit, this time in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc., a case involving the first sale doctrine (a/k/a patent exhaustion)....more

Supreme Court Holds First Authorized Domestic or International Sale Exhausts U.S. Patent Rights

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. that “patent exhaustion is uniform and automatic” and that patent exhaustion applies, both domestically (in an 8-0...more

Arizona appellate court takes the high road and enforces a commercial lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a case of first impression in Arizona, the Court of Appeals in Green Cross Medical, Inc. v. Gally (April 18, 2017) held that a lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary was not void from its inception, either under...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Enforcement of Exculpatory Clauses

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed the court's enforcement of an exculpatory clause in the context of a Trading Advisory Agreement. Where parties elect to include exculpatory clauses in their contracts, such...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2017 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

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When a portfolio company underperforms, an equity sponsor will want to assess the degree of negotiating leverage the company’s lenders have against the company under the circumstances, which can play a significant role in...more

Jury Waiver And Arbitration Agreements Require Specificity

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision once again highlights the specificity required to enforce jury waivers or agreements to arbitrate employment disputes. In Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., ___ N.J....more

District Court Does Not Have Unlimited Discretion in Assessing Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing attorneys’ fees in the context of a breach of contract claim, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed the district court’s limited award of attorneys’ fees, finding the award inconsistent with the...more

If You Checked The Box, You’re Bound By The Contract

A recent decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the well-established legal maxim that “when a party enters into a signed, written contract, that party is presumed to understand and assent to its terms.”...more

Nice Attorneys Sometimes Finish Last

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Attorneys are accustomed to being called “ambulance chasers” or “sharks,” always interested in increasing their fees. Even if a lawyer reduces a bill for an unhappy client, that conduct may backfire if the client isn’t...more

Employment News - March 2017 #1

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Missing the jackpot – High Court awards nominal damages for breach of confidentiality - Marathon Asset Management LLP v Seddon arose out of a team move from an investment management business (MAM). Prior to leaving...more

All Trade Secrets Must Be Secret; But Not All Secrets are Trade Secrets

A pair of recent cases illustrate two important interrelated points about trade secret law: First, all trade secrets must be secret. Second, and less obvious, not all secrets are trade secrets....more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

Ninth Circuit to Decide Key TCPA Insurance Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, a case raising the issue of whether an exclusion for invasion of privacy claims in a directors and...more

Construction Defect – Application of the Right to Repair Statute to Material Suppliers

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The Right to Repair Statute in California requires a homeowner show a breach of contract or negligence to succeed. Acqua Vista Homeowners Association v. MWI, Inc. - California Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate...more

Texas Court of Appeals Holds That Owner’s Change to Contractor’s Means and Methods Resulted in a “Breach,” Instead of a “Change”...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Port of Houston Auth. of Harris Cnty. v. Zachry Constr. Corp., 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13306 (Tex. App. Houston 14th Dist. Dec. 15, 2016) - This contract dispute dates back to 2004, when the Port of Houston Authority...more

Implied terms: Lord Neuberger's Cardinal Rule Applied

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In IBRC v Camden, the Court of Appeal held that a lender's express contractual power to market a loan was not subject to an implied limitation that doing so should not interfere with the borrower's ability to obtain the best...more

First Department Confirms Hedge Funds Did Not Act in Bad Faith and Affirms Multi-Million Dollar Judgment Against CDS Counterpart

In Good Hill Master Fund L.P. v. Deutsche Bank AG, No. 600858/10-2188B, 2017 BL 19363 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t Jan. 24, 2017), the First Department unanimously affirmed a judgment entered in the Commercial Division of over $90...more

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