Collateral Estoppel

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Binding Claim Construction Rulings Pre- Teva Vs. Post -Teva

In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that clear error review applies to factual determinations underlying district court claim constructions. There has been much discussion about the...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: In "Vogue," Burning Man, Building Plans and More

Copyright Opinions - Samples in Madonna's “Vogue” Too Trivial to Be Infringing: VMG Salsoul, LLC v. Ciccone, Nos. 13-57104, 14-55837 (9th Cir. June 2, 2016) - Graber, J. In a suit claiming infringement of both...more

Judge Briccetti Stays Patent Case Against a Customer Pending Resolution of Lawsuit Against Supplier

On June 3, 2016, District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti (S.D.N.Y.) stayed a patent infringement action brought by plaintiff Marine Travelift (“Marine”) against defendant K. Graefe & Sons Corp. (“Graefe”), pending the resolution...more

Failure to Institute Inter Partes Review Is Not Grounds for Common Law Estoppel to Prevent Defendant from Re-Litigating Issues...

The defendant filed a petition for Inter Partes Review ("IPR") with the Patent Office. As part of its application, it submitted a 65 page brief along with several hundred pages of accompanying evidence. The plaintiffs...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Spring 2016 Newsletter

A snapshot of noteworthy cases from the Spring terms of the North Carolina appellate courts related to lending practices, property rights and construction in North Carolina - Money - FORECLOSURE: - Lender...more

Delaware Superior Court Clarifies When The Duty Of Acting In Good Faith Applies To Enforcement Of A Guarantee

This is a novel decision because it deals with when a guarantor can defend against enforcement of his guarantee by claiming the company whose obligations he guaranteed was wrongly put out of business by the plaintiff who is...more

District Court Declines to Grant Voluntary Dismissal of Action with Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings Pending Where Patent Was...

After a district court in the Eastern District of Virginia invalidated the patent-in-suit because it did "not pass the two part test laid out by the Supreme Court in Mayo and Alice." Peschke Map Techs. LLC v. Rouse Properties...more

Bench Trial Findings Come Back to Bite Finjan

Collateral Estoppel Results In Summary Judgment On Priority Date, Finjan, Inc. v. Proofpoint, Inc., et al., Case No. 13-cv-05808 (Judge Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr.) - How does an accused infringer use a patentee’s...more

Court Permits Additional Discovery Relating To Collateral Estoppel Defense

At issue in this case is a reissued patent. It was obtained during the appeal in a related matter where the court had ruled for defendants (including the defendant in this case). The appellate court reversed a claim...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Judgment May Be Dischargeable In Bankruptcy

It is not uncommon for a successful plaintiff in a breach of fiduciary duty case to have their collection efforts thwarted by a defendant filing for bankruptcy. The issue is whether the state court judgment is dischargeable...more

Court Denies Fee Application

Robinson, J. Defendants’ motion for attorney fees is denied. Defendants argue that this is an exceptional case because plaintiff pursued objectively unreasonable infringement and validity positions, which were barred by...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #5

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one per curiam decision on March 29, 2016: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Assn., No. 14-915: Petitioner Rebecca Friedrichs and other public school teachers in California...more

Wealth Management Update - March 2016

March Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The March § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

District Court Declines Request to Vacate Claim Construction Order after Parties Enter into Consent Judgment

Canvs filed a patent infringement action in 2014 asserting that Nivisys induced and contributed to the infringement of its patent through the sale of TACS and TACS-M products. After a lengthy stay, the district court held a...more

B&B Hardware – District Courts Consider Impact on Both Trademark and Patent Litigation

In B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, the Supreme Court held that, under some circumstances, determinations by the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board could have preclusive effect in subsequent federal court litigation...more

New York's Appellate Division Reverses Collateral Estoppel Ruling Against Payment Bond Sureties in Suit to Enforce Arbitration...

A recent decision by the First Department of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, addresses the preclusive effect of arbitration awards in subsequent judgment enforcement suits against payment bond sureties. In Five Star...more

Life and Annuity Series: Trend in Excessive Fee Decisions

The trend of excessive fee decisions relating to the insurance industry continues: - ..In re Davis New York Venture Fund Fee Litigation—The SDNY's opinion denying the motion to dismiss is notable for two...more

“Is This The Party To Whom I Am Speaking?”: Third Circuit Okays TCPA Suit Against Bank Over Call Meant For Roommate

On March 11, 2005, Bank of America (“BofA”) attempted to call Genevieve Dutriaux at her home where she resided with a roommate, Mark Leyse. Dutriaux was the registered subscriber for the phone number that BofA dialed. The...more

Can you file a tort action in state court that was previously dismissed in federal court?

In North Carolina the answer appears to be: Yes. The NC Court of Appeals recently decided the case of Fox v. Johnson, a case stemming from claims of malicious prosecution. The claim was initially filed in federal...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 10

State Tax Department Releases Draft Article 9-A Nexus Regulations Under Corporate Tax Reform - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released draft amendments to the Article 9-A corporate franchise...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19359 - Persels & Associates, LLC v. Banking Commissioner - Noting that it has generally been the policy of the Courts to defer to the Legislature, especially as to the...more

California Court of Appeal Rules in Favor of Public Entity Employer: No Forum Shopping for California Public Entity Employees

In a recent unpublished case, the California Court of Appeal ruled a public civil service commission decision on a worker’s employment claims precluded him from relitigating his claims in a civil action. According to the...more

Maryland Appeals Court Declines to Adopt “Meaningful Attorney Involvement” Standard

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently declined to adopt the “meaningful attorney involvement” standard for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims based on alleged insufficient attorney involvement in debt...more

Where’s the Beef Part II: Court Refuses To “Butcher” EEOC’s Religious Discrimination Claim

Our loyal blog readers may recall a post we authored in October 2013 regarding EEOC v. JBS USA, LLC (the “Nebraska Case”), where Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska entered...more

California Supreme Court Grants Review of Homeowner's Wrongful Foreclosure Claims

On July 15, 2015, the California Supreme Court granted review of Boyce v. T.D. Service Company (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 429. (Supreme Court Case No. S226267.) In Boyce, the Court of Appeal held that a plaintiff's wrongful...more

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