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Umpteenth Time’s the Charm? Massachusetts Has Another Go At Non-Compete Reform

The Massachusetts legislature is back at it again — as the Boston Globe reports, the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development has sponsored a compromise bill with the goal of limiting non-competes in the Commonwealth....more

CA Court Plays “Tag” – Judge Refuses to Drop Facebook Photo-Tagging Privacy Case

Earlier this month, a judge from the Northern District of California allowed a putative class action suit to proceed against Facebook. In this case, the plaintiffs alleged Facebook collected and stored biometric data of...more

IP Infringement Claim Against Canadian Company Stays in U.S.

Where should a lawsuit be heard? Canada? The US? In other posts we discuss the idea of a “choice of law” and “forum selection” clauses in contracts. In those cases, the parties agree to a particular forum in...more

The New Jersey Truth-In-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act: What You Need to Know About “TCCWNA” and the Rise in Consumer...

Businesses with consumer products should be aware of the rise in class action filings based on the New Jersey Truth-In-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”). Although the statute has been in place since 1981,...more

California Court Refuses to Dismiss Biometric Privacy Suit against Facebook

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently issued what could be a very significant decision on a number of important digital law issues. These include: the enforceability of “clickwrap” as compared...more

Why Delaware Corporations Should Worry About California Law When Making Dividends

When paying a dividend to shareholders, California corporations are subject to Chapter 5 of the California Corporations Code. Corporations incorporated in Delaware and other states may also be subject to Chapter 5 if they...more

Pending California Legislation Threatens to Eviscerate Consumer and Employment Contractual Choice of Law and Venue Provisions

Out-of-state companies doing business in California would be well-advised to look closely at a new bill pending in the California State Legislature. If you are concerned about defending litigation cases in the most...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Motion to Compel Arbitration in FDCPA Putative Class Action

Hayes v. Delbert Servs. Corp., No. 15-1170, 2016 WL 386016 (4th Cir. Feb. 2, 2016) - In Hayes v. Delbert Servs., Corp.,the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement between the...more

What Law Governs A Foreign General Partnership?

The California Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 defines a “partnership” to mean “an association of two or more persons to carry on as coowners a business for profit formed under [Cal. Corp. Code] Section 16202, predecessor...more

Dueling Forums: New York Court Rejects Australian Court’s Effort to Disregard New York Forum Selection Clause

A producer and a distributor entered into an agreement to sell shoes in Australia. The contract contained broad New York choice of law and venue provisions. When relations soured, the distributor brought suit in an...more

Is Choice of Law Subject to Waiver? Fifth Circuit Petitioned for En Banc Rehearing

On March 10, 2016, I reported on the Fifth Circuit’s opinion in Petrobras America, Inc., et al. v. Vicinay Cadenas S.A., No. 14-20589 (03/07/16), where the Fifth Circuit addressed the waivability of OCSLA’s choice of law...more

When In Rome: Escaping The Default Rules On Governing Law

Entering into an agreement without specifying its governing law is rarely a good idea. In Molton Street Capital LLP v Shooters Hill Capital Partners LLP & Odeon Capital Group LLC [2015] EWHC 3419 (Comm), 26 November 2014,...more

Ontario PPSA Amendments – Is there greater harmony with the UCC?

At the end of last year, I received bulletins from Ontario law firms alerting that the amendments to the Ontario Personal Property Security Act (“PPSA”) changing the definition of the “location” of the debtor in the PPSA...more

Courts Wrestle with Privilege Choice of Law Issues

Although most jurisdictions agree on the basic elements of the attorney-client privilege, some differences among the jurisdictions' standards could be important. For instance, some states take a narrower view than others...more

Rosa Parks Name and Likeness Free for Use? (Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development v. Target Corp.)

Addressing the balance between privacy rights and matters of public interest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint, holding that the defendant...more

Fourth Circuit Reverses District Court’s Decision; Rules Debt Collector’s Arbitration Provisions Unenforceable

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a District Court’s decision that a debt collector’s arbitration provisions in loan agreements were enforceable. Hayes v. Delbert Services Corp., No. 15-1170...more

Fifth Circuit Refuses to Apply Texas Choice of Law to Noncompete Agreement

Companies conducting business in more than one state frequently seek to select the state law that will govern the interpretation and enforcement of their contracts by including a choice of law provision in their agreements....more

Breaking News – Learned Intermediary Mandates Dismissal of 31 of 32 New Jersey Accutane Plaintiffs

The demise of the New Jersey Accutane litigation under the new mass tort judge continues apace. Today 31 more Accutane cases were dismissed for failure to establish warning causation under the learned intermediary rule. ...more

Choosing Delaware, Instead Of California Law, May Prove Very Costly Indeed!

Last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen Valihura when we were speaking at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s annual Delaware & California Law Update. Given her visit to...more

New Year, New Fraudulent Transfer Law

It’s a new year, and we have a new law affecting debtors and creditors in California. Effective January 1, 2016, California’s Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA) has replaced California’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act...more

Coming Soon to a Jurisdiction Near You: Amendments to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

Fraudulent transfer law governs a debtor's rights to transfer property vis-à-vis its creditors and provides a mechanism under which a transaction may be unwound if the debtor transfers its property or incurs obligations: (i)...more

Changes in California’s Fraudulent Transfer Law

QUESTION: I heard California’s fraudulent transfer law is being changed. How will the changes affect my ability to pursue fraudulent transfers as a receiver? ANSWER: Earlier this year the California legislature, based on...more

Locke Lord Article: Enforcing US Stock and Bonus Plan Provisions Against UK Executives

Summary - Key UK Court of Appeal decision highlights the difficulty in enforcing US choice of law provisions within stock or bonus plans against UK based executives. The Issue - It is not unusual for US...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 2, 2015: Understanding Your "Boilerplate"

Whilst most people associate boilerplates with mundane provisions in the back of award agreements and stock incentive plans, their importance to employers in providing security and flexibility when setting up plans should not...more

Whose Choice Is It Anyway? Split Decisions Over Choice of Law and The Impact On Your Defense Strategy

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has been embroiled in a mass tort MDL in Philadelphia for its anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal, for almost a year now. So far in 2015, the juries have split – two in...more

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