Recent developments -
The High Court of Australia (High Court) recently took a very practical approach to resolving a dispute relating to the inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents. The decision, ordering the...more
In Expense Reduction Analysts Group Pty Ltd v Armstrong Strategic Management and Marketing Pty Limited  HCA 46 the High Court has overturned a decision by the NSW Court of Appeal and ordered the return of privileged...more
In This Issue:
• Smartphone War Update: Some of Apple’s Patents Survive Invalidity Challenge
• Sale by Foreign Supplier Invalidated Patent
• District Court Abused Discretion in Refusing to Keep Confidential...more
All of the recent talk about privileged documents has been about the importance of clawback agreements. While important, it is more important to not produce privileged documents in the first place....more
Edward Snowden, the former technical contractor for the National Security Agency who caused quite a sensation by disclosing highly classified documents that reveal the existence and scope of the United States government’s...more
Rocket Group, LLC v. Jatib, 4D13-134 (Fla. 4th DCA May 29, 2013) -
Jatib (“Plaintiff”) sued Rocket Group (“Defendant”) for breach of the company’s operating agreement and dissolution of the company based on deadlock....more
There's a great diversity of cases where defendants won in the federal circuit's last week....more
In This Presentation:
Top 10 Q’s & A’s About Patent Litigation:
- 1. Can I Infringe a Patent If I Am Not Aware of It?
- 2. How Do I Tell Whether a Patent is Infringed?
- Novelty/Validity vs. Infringement...more
Arguing that relators’ counsel has retained and used, without authority, more than 800 of its attorney-client privileged and work product documents, Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (“KCI”) has asked the District Court for the Central...more
Earlier this week, Harvard University acknowledged the fact that, in the wake of last summer’s cheating scandal that rocked the campus, it had secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 Resident Deans. The e-mail search was...more
1. Can I infringe a patent if I am not aware of it?
Yes. Lack of knowledge of a patent or a lack of intent to infringe the patent is not a defense to an allegation of patent infringement. Patent infringement occurs when...more
On 29 November 2012, the EU General Court (GC) issued a provisional order suspending the European Commission’s decision to communicate to the High Court of England and Wales a copy of Alstom’s reply to the statement of...more
Employers who obtain witness statements in anticipation of litigation or grievances often contend the statements are exempt from the duty to provide information to the union, relying on the NLRB's 1978 decision in...more
Scenario: In the course of a safety and soundness examination, the bank examiners identify certain unusual transactions and bring the issue to the attention of management. Management, in turn, recognizing the potential...more
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
Since 1978, employers had not been required to disclose witness statements provided in internal investigations to unions deciding whether to pursue various grievances. All that changed last week when the NLRB overturned its...more
The National Labor Relations Board continued its attack on long established internal investigation best practices with its recent ruling in American Baptist Homes of the West, 359 NLRB No. 46 (December 15, 2012) in which it...more
It is 2013, and time for a bit of tough love. Here are five data governance matters that need your attention as soon as possible....more
The precedents are falling fast. Last week the NLRB overruled the five decade old Bethlehem Steel decision, and now another longstanding precedent has fallen....more
While continuing congressional inaction on the fiscal cliff is getting most of the ink/pixels in news headlines over the last couple weeks, several privacy bills have advanced in the House and Senate....more
In April 2013 Australian patent law will change to more closely align patent attorney privilege with legal professional privilege.
While this is a welcome change, and will hopefully rectify certain flaws of the current...more
Companies in product liability litigation often request Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c) protective orders in order to protect their trade secrets and confidential information from being leaked to the public. When a protective order is...more