Bright-Line Rule

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Laches Remains a Defense to Legal Relief in Patent Infringement Cases After Petrella

Laches remains applicable in the patent context to bar pre-suit damages after an en banc Federal Circuit ruling late last week in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products. Last year in the “Raging Bull”...more

Heralding Wholesale Changes for Manufacturers, Labor Board Revamps “Joint Employer” Test

Just in time for Labor Day, the National Labor Relations Board handed organized labor a great gift and potentially disrupted the business and labor relationships of thousands of American manufacturers. On August 27,...more

The Ohio Supreme Court Places Limitations on the Ohio Bright Line Income Tax Residency Presumption

On July 8, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court found that Ohio nonresidents may not claim the benefit of the Ohio “bright line” presumption of nonresidency for income tax purposes if the taxpayer attests to having a domicile outside...more

Cracks in the Fifield Armor?: New Dissent Marks First Big Challenge to Illinois' Bright-Line Restrictive Covenant Rule

When continued employment is the sole consideration for a post-employment restrictive covenant (such as a noncompetition agreement), the Illinois Supreme Court requires that an employee be continually employed for a...more

New Final Inversion Rules Maintain Tight Standard for Corporate Expatriations

For expatriating US companies to avoid anti-inversion rules, their foreign business activities must satisfy a tough bright-line test, consistent with controversial 2012 rules. On June 3, 2015, the US Department of the...more

So Much for Bright-Line Tests on Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Securities Laws?

In its landmark 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the Supreme Court articulated what seemed to be a bright-line test for determining the extent to which the U.S. securities laws apply to transactions with...more

In Harnett, First Circuit Rejects Bright Line "First Contact" Rule for Non-Solicitation Agreement

In a decision involving the “first contact” rule with respect to non-solicitation agreements, the First Circuit, in Corporate Technologies v. Harnett, rejected a bright line application and upheld a ruling of tortious...more

Healthcare Update, No. 3, August 2013: Government Agencies Taking Dim View of Employers' "Bright-Line" Policies

For years, human resources practitioners have been able to confidently rely on a simple principle when dealing with a variety of tough decisions. That principle is “consistency” in applying company policies, meaning that...more

Drawing A Bright Line In The Fog: Eleventh Circuit Precedent For Challenging McNeal

As most mortgage lenders know by now, on May 11, 2012, the Eleventh Circuit issued an unpublished decision in McNeal v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC (In re McNeal) , 477 Fed. App’x 562, holding that a chapter 7 debtor can “strip off”...more

NLRB Expands NLRA Protections: Rejects Solicitation of Grievance Defense

On July 2, 2013, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided a case, Albertson’s LLC, 359 NLRB No. 147, implicating two elements of the National Labor Relations Act. ...more

The Latest Word From The Supreme Court Of Canada On Conflicts Of Interest: Canadian National Railway Co. V. Mckercher LLP

The Supreme Court of Canada shed a bit more light on the “bright line rule” for determining when a conflict exists when a law firm represents clients whose interests are adverse in the recent decision of Canadian National...more

Third Circuit TILA rescission decision adopts CFPB position

The Third Circuit has now joined the Fourth Circuit in ruling that a lawsuit seeking rescission filed more than there years after loan consummation is timely as long as the borrower sent a written notice of rescission within...more

As 2012 Ends, So Does the NLRB's Longstanding Bright-Line Rule Protecting Witness Statements from Disclosure

As the calendar year ends, so does National Labor Relations Board Member Brian Hayes' term, prompting a series of decisions, including Piedmont Gardens, 359 NLRB No. 46 (Dec. 15, 2012). There the Board reversed 34 year-old...more

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