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Delaware Court Of Chancery Orders Specific Performance, Finding Plaintiff Did Not Breach Its Contractual Obligation To "Reasonably...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 11, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery ordered defendant, Comdata, Inc. (“Comdata”), to specifically perform under, and pay damages for its termination of, its merchant agreement...more

Despite No Allegations of Bad Faith or Tortious Conduct, Liberty Mutual Owes Millions for Breaching the Duty to Defend

by Carlton Fields on

In Hyland v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., No. 1:15-cv-01264-JES-JEH, 2017 WL 3388161 (C.D. Ill. Aug. 7, 2017), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment for...more

Defending Breach-Of-Contract Claims In Data-Breach Litigation

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

We’ve previously discussed the “overpayment” theory of injury in data-breach litigation. This theory rests on the premise that the price of a product or service includes a payment for data security measures. When a data...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

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In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

Federal District Court in South Dakota Compels Arbitration Despite Defendant’s Failure to First Submit the Dispute to the Project...

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Dlorah, Inc. v. KLE Constr., LLC, No. CIV. 16-5102-JLV, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11043 (D.S.D. July 17, 2017) - Plaintiff, Dlorah, Inc. (“Dlorah”), filed suit against defendant, KLE Construction, LLC (“KLE”), in connection...more

Finding the Unicorn in Lender Liability Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Investors frequently talk in terms of trying to find the next unicorn, that small start-up company that is going to turn into a billion dollar valuation. Lawyers are like that as well, always looking for that new decision...more

It May Look Like Documentary Evidence, But Is It Under CPLR 3211(a)(1)?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

CPLR 3211(a)(1) allows a defendant to seek dismissal of a complaint when the defense is “founded upon documentary evidence.” “Documentary evidence”, however, is not defined by the CPLR – leaving many practitioners in the dark...more

Did You Know You’re an Escrow Agent?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Many purchase/sale transactions require payments into escrow. Sometimes counsel for one of the parties acts as escrow agent to keep the fees down. Providing such a service has its risks. In Alexander O&G, LLC v. Nomad...more

In A Post-Trial Opinion, Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Contract And Fiduciary Duty Claims For Lack Of Personal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty brought by plaintiffs against a prospective business partner,...more

NLRB: Employer’s Side Letter Explaining NLRB Notice Breached Settlement Agreement and Warranted Default Judgment

One of the fundamental pillars of any remedy doled out by the NLRB is the agency’s requirement that the employer (or union) post a “Notice to Employees,” a bright blue poster detailing the misdeeds of the charged party. Such...more

Should You Mediate Your Family-Owned Business Dispute?

by Murtha Cullina on

Disputes between and among owners of family-owned businesses are sometimes unavoidable. When such disputes progress to litigation, they can be extremely costly, time-consuming, and disruptive for the business and its owners....more

Ashley Madison: Life Is Short. Settle.

On July 21, 2017, Judge John A. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued a preliminary approval of a settlement agreement between the owner of AshleyMadison.com and the class representing...more

LinkedIn Over Her Head: When Broadcasting a Change in Employment Counts as Solicitation

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A recent blog post discussed an Illinois state court decision evaluating an employer’s claim against a former employee for breach of a non-solicitation agreement, when the employee had added former co-workers on LinkedIn...more

Swimming Pool Company’s Non-Compete Claim Takes a Dive

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When a company believes that an employee has breached a non-compete agreement by going to work for a competitor, one remedy it can seek is a preliminary injunction. A preliminary injunction is meant to preserve the status quo...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Data Breach Lawsuit, Despite Plaintiff Having Standing

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On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit concluded, in Kuhns v. Scottrade, Inc. , No. 16-3426, 2017 WL 3584046, at *1 (8th Cir. Aug. 21, 2017), that although a data breach plaintiff had Article III...more

Sharply-Divided Washington Supreme Court Holds That Sureties, Like Insurers, Must Pay Attorney Fees to Prevailing Parties When...

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King Cnty. v. Vinci Constr. Grands Projets/Parsons RCI/ Frontier-Kemper, JV, No. 92744-8, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 743 (July 6, 2017) - King County contracted with three construction firms (collectively, “VPFK”) to construct a...more

K&L Gates Triage: Reading the Fine Print: A Closer Look at the Proposed Regulation over Arbitration Clauses in Long-Term Care...

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This episode discusses CMS’ policy shift regarding binding pre-arbitration dispute clauses in long-term care resident agreements over the course of the past year. CMS’ current proposal reverses the ban on binding pre-dispute...more

The New Wave of Life Settlement Litigation: Attacks on Cost of Insurance Rate Increases

Starting in 2015 and continuing into 2016, a number of insurance carriers raised the cost of insurance ("COI") rates on universal life insurance policies, resulting in dramatic increases to the premiums required to keep the...more

Wisconsin High Court Affirms High Summary Judgment Bar to Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

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A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Wisconsin affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a defendant accused of conspiring to misappropriate its competitor’s trade secrets. By a 4-3 decision in...more

ITC Issues First Exclusion Order on SEPs and Upcoming Opinion Expected To Provide Important Guidance on FRAND and SEPs

The decision in U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1012 (“1012 Investigation”), is still confidential, but the ITC...more

Reverse Midas: Doctor Turns His $38K Debt into $65K Debt

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Dr. Bob Halterman is something of a Midas-in-Reverse. His refusal to pay $38,000 he owed Johnson Regional Medical Center resulted in a $65,000 judgment in favor of the hospital. When the hospital recruited Dr. Bob, the...more

Ohio District Court Dismisses Contract-Based Wage and Hour Class Action

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We’re used to seeing off-the-clock cases for minimum wage and overtime, but at times such claims aren’t available, such as when the employees are paid well above the minimum wage and either do not work overtime or are paid...more

Cyber Briefing: Second “Envelope” Lawsuit Against Aetna, Yahoo to Answer for 1.5 Billion Hacked Accounts and Eighth Circuit...

As we head into the new week, here’s a quick summary of major data security developments from around the country. Aetna Hit With Second “Envelope” Lawsuit - Aetna Inc. is now facing a second lawsuit over the disclosure...more

Missouri Appellate Court Clarifies MUFTA After Complicated Lawsuit

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A recent court case – May v. Williams, WD 79651, 2017 WL 3253046 (Mo. Ct. App. Aug. 1, 2017) – heard by Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals provided insight on the proper procedures and application for piercing...more

Debt Dialogue: August 2017 - Admitting an Inability to Pay Debts as They Become Due: What Does It Mean?

Among the litany of events of defaults often found in indentures and other credit documents is an issuer’s admission in writing of its inability to pay its debts as they come due. Like other insolvency events of default, this...more

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