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Queen v. Schultz

Queen v. Schultz - USCA, D.C. Circuit, April 4, 2014 - Defendant Ed Schultz is a radio and television personality currently hosting “The Ed Show” on the MSNBC network. Plaintiff Michael Queen is an NBC employee who...more

No Reasonable Person Would Believe Contract Exclusion Applies to Wrongful Eviction

In John Doyle Trust, et al. v. Country Mutual Insurance Co., 2014 IL App (2d) 121238, the Illinois appellate court affirmed summary judgment entered against Country Mutual, finding it owed its insured landlords a defense for...more

Ambiguities In Reinsurance Broker Agreement Preclude Summary Judgment

A federal district court in Arkansas recently examined provisions of a Broker Authorization Agreement between a reinsurance broker (Global Risk) and a ceding insurer (Aetna). In denying cross-motions for summary judgment on...more

New York Federal Court Grants Reinsurer’s Motion for Summary Judgment and Dismisses Action

Seneca Ins. Co. v. Everest Reinsurance Co., No. 11 Civ. 7846 (BF), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151594 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 17, 2013). A New York federal court granted summary judgment to a reinsurer and dismissed the cedent’s case...more

You Still Have To Follow The Rules If You Want An Advanced Degree!

A former Ph.D. student sued the University of Michigan and several faculty members after the university removed him from the Ph.D. program. Joseph Dean Vigil failed to complete his dissertation and Ph.D. requirements within...more

Recent Rulings Find Preemption of State Law Claims and Enforce Airline Contracts of Carriage

In the past few months, courts have issued several decisions favorable to the airlines finding preemption of various state law claims and rejecting breach of contract claims. The decisions address a variety of passenger...more

Flag on the Play

Football coach Vince Lombardi famously opined that, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” This mantra captured the public’s imagination during Lombardi’s reign as coach of the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s,...more

Smartmatic Int’l Corp. v. Dominion Voting Sys. Int’l Corp., C.A. No. 7844-VCP (Del. Ch. May 1, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied the parties’ cross-motions for partial summary judgment in a breach of contract case, reasoning that the contract language “in the United States” was ambiguous as to...more

Prompt Payment of An Appraisal Award Bars Bad Faith Per Austin U.S. District Court, Although Some Acts By An Insurer May Leave The...

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin recently held that an insurer’s timely payment of an appraisal award bars the insured’s extra-contractual tort claims. Michels v. Safeco Ins. Co. of...more

Another California Court Awards Attorneys' Fees in Bad-Faith Trade Secret and Patent Inventorship Lawsuit

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California awarded more than $11 million in attorneys' fees and costs to three trade secret defendants, finding that plaintiffs who had raised a claim...more

A Federal Court's Lifeline to the Servicing Industry: No Physical Pain, no Negligent Servicing Claim

Keith Andress, Natalie Bolling and Stephen Pudner of Baker Donelson's Birmingham office were recently successful in having a mortgagor's claims seeking punitive damages against a major mortgage servicing company dismissed...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2012: New Jersey Federal Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment to Retrocedent, But...

Munich Reinsurance Am., Inc. v. Am. Nat’l Ins. Co., No. 09:6435, 2012 WL 4475589 (D. N.J. Sept. 28, 2012). In a complicated retrocessional dispute, the New Jersey federal court granted in part and denied in part the...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2012: New York Federal Court Grants Reinsurer Summary Judgment on Most Claims Made...

Acumen Re Mgmt. Corp. v. Gen. Sec. Nat’l Ins. Co., No. 09 Civ. 796, 2012 WL 3890128 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 7, 2012). A New York federal court was faced with cross-motions for summary judgment on a dispute over commissions...more

Winshall v. Viacom Int'l Inc., C.A. No. 6074-CS (Del. Ch. Dec. 12, 2012) (Strine, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery held that stockholders of an acquired video game developer were not required to indemnify the acquirer for losses it incurred defending claims based on intellectual property...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Allows Borrower to Take Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Lender to a Jury

In what may be a first for a North Carolina appellate court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has reversed the entry of summary judgment for a lender on a borrower’s breach of fiduciary claim. In Dallaire v. Bank of...more

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