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Broadway Producers Awarded $90,000 from New York Jury

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A New York jury found ex-publicist Marc Thibodeau liable for breach of contract and tortious interference for a Broadway production called Rebecca, which was supposed to premiere on Broadway. The jury did not find Thibodeau...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

Class Action Initiated Against Telehealth Provider for Disclosure of Sensitive Information

A class action was filed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week against a national telehealth provider, MDLive Inc. (MDLive) for its mobile app’s alleged secret capture of screenshots containing sensitive patient information...more

Withdraw a Dissolution Claim? Not So Fast

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Article 11 of the Business Corporation Law governs dissolution of closely held New York business corporations. Article 11 has existed, more or less in its current form, for decades. Some of its provisions have been heavily...more

Art Advisors and Duty of Loyalty in Focus Again Over Sale of Basquiat

by Sullivan & Worcester on

We reviewed in December an important decision that addressed the duties of loyalty that art advisors may, or may not, owe to their clients in dealing in the art market. That question—of to what extent advisors and...more

Sixth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Fraud and Contract Claims Against Employer Sponsoring Green Card Application for Employee

by Butler Snow LLP on

In an interesting case situated at the intersection of immigration and contract law, the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s dismissal of claims against Dow Corning Corporation stemming from its sponsoring an...more

Commercial Division Rejects Collateral Promise Argument as a Basis for a Fraudulent Inducement Claim

In a recent decision, Justice Anil Singh of the Commercial Division dismissed a counterclaim asserted by Visa against Wal-Mart for fraudulent inducement. According to Justice Singh, Visa’s allegations failed to satisfy the...more

Court Finds That Enron’s Fraud Does Not Void Contract Entered Into With Enron Subsidiary

by Carlton Fields on

A federal appellate court has upheld a district court order enforcing an arbitration award by the ICC against the Republic of Nigeria in favor of Enron Nigeria Power Holdings, Ltd. (“ENPH”), a former subsidiary of Enron...more

The Ghost of Systems Past: “Big Data” Suits Loom, But Old Data Issues Remain Unresolved

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

2017 could be big for litigation over “Big Data” applications in insurance. This past year saw the filing of several “price optimization” class actions, and claims against a fraud detection tool, similar to the ones used by...more

Delaware Chancery Court Provides Further Insights into the Validity of Anti-Reliance Clauses

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On November 30, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued another opinion in a growing body of decisions defining the parameters of extra-contractual fraud claims in M&A transactions. In IAC Search LLC v. Conversant LLC,...more

The Crime-Fraud Exception Can Apply to Innocent Lawyers' Communications

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The crime-fraud exception can strip away privilege protection from communications in which lawyers further their clients' future wrongful conduct. Under the majority approach, the adversary must (1) first meet a fairly low...more

Court Compels Arbitration To Determine The Arbitrability Of Reinsurance Dispute With Captive Insurance Company

by Carlton Fields on

In a suit by an auto body company against a captive insurance company for rescission of certain workers compensation reinsurance participation agreements, for disgorgement of $70,000 paid thereunder, and for fraud, breach of...more

Should You Litigate In Court or Arbitrate the Dispute?

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Faced with the rising costs of doing business in our increasingly litigious society, today's employers are looking at any way to manage fees and costs associated with resolving disputes over employment decisions. Some of the...more

Religious Institutions Update: August 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

When was the last time your organization reviewed your insurance policies? Not all policies are equal. Many religious organizations are underinsured. Most should have general liability, property, professional liability,...more

LinkedIn Has Beef With Data Scraping Bots

Linkedin has filed a lawsuit to prevent unauthorized use of “bots” that register fake profiles on the social network and steal data about actual users. According to the suit, these acts constitute a breach of Linkedin’s terms...more

Forgery May Not Constitute “Theft” Under an Employee Dishonesty Coverage

by Cozen O'Connor on

Ruling in favor of the insurer on a motion for summary judgment, on July 29, 2016 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the terms of a commercial crime policy, proof of a forgery by the insured’s employee in...more

A State Law Wolf in Federal Common Law Clothing: The Third Circuit Rejects Insured’s Attempt to Expand Causes of Action Under the...

Courts across the country (and particularly since Super Storm Sandy in 2012) have consistently held that, in litigation involving a dispute concerning the investigation, adjustment, or payment of a flood claim under the...more

Fifth Circuit Holds that National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA’s Commercial Crime Policy Does Not Cover...

Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13838 (5th Cir. July 29, 2016). In 2003, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, LLC (“Tesoro”) started selling fuel to...more

Avatar Wins Against Another Copyright Owner… in an Unusual Manner

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, ended the hopes and dreams of a copyright owner from receiving a share of the $2.8 billion earned by James Cameron’s Avatar film. In this...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Default Judgment Is Not Automatic Following Entry Of Default

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

On May 12, 2016, the Honorable Julie A. Manning issued a decision in an adversary proceeding entitled Law Office of W. Martyn Philpot, Jr., LLC v. Day, which addressed two issues. The first issue was whether the plaintiff was...more

Bank of America Wins Reversal of FIRREA $1.27B Penalty

A breach of contract is insufficient to also support a claim for fraud, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, reversing a $1.2 billion verdict against Countrywide Home Loans in the process. What happened...more

Second Circuit Deals Blow to Government’s Use of FIRREA as an Enforcement Tool

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When does a breach of contract amount to fraud? Last week the Second Circuit answered this question and reversed a $1.27 billion judgment against Bank of America and a $1 million judgment against a former executive for their...more

Second Circuit Overturns Fraud Judgment against Bank of America and Former Countrywide Executive

On May 23, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a judgment of fraud against Bank of America, Countrywide, and former Countrywide executive Rebecca Mairone in U.S. v Countrywide Home...more

In a Major FIRREA Victory for the Banks, the Second Circuit Overturns $1.27 Billion Jury Verdict

On Monday, the Second Circuit overturned a jury verdict and $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America imposed under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), 12 U.S.C. § 1833a....more

Vanishing premiums part deux?

by Butler Snow LLP on

Those of you with gray hair like me may recall the life insurance vanishing premium lawsuits from the mid-1990s. As a refresher, that flood of lawsuits arose from life insurance policies sold in the 80s (mainly whole or...more

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