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Punch to the Gut: Government Denied Contempt Ruling in Bayer Probiotic Case

Bayer recently avoided a contempt finding concerning its Phillips’ Colon Health (“PCH”) probiotics advertising. Bayer advertised PCH as “Promot[ing] Overall Digestive Health” and “Help[ing] Defend Against Occasional...more

LifeLock agrees to pay FTC $116M

We previously reported that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had filed suit against LifeLock alleging that it had violated a previous settlement with the FTC regarding false advertising and was in contempt....more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #3

With EU Safe Harbor Invalidated, Companies Ask: What Now? - What happens now?: That is the question that businesses across the country are asking after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) threw out the...more

Accidentally On Purpose: Washington Court Finds Coverage For Contempt Of Court Based On “Misunderstanding”

Professional liability policies cover claims based on the insured’s alleged negligent acts, errors or omissions, and not claims for “sanctions or penalties” for “willful” professional misconduct. But the insurer’s duty to...more

Putting the “force” into enforcement: the Commercial Court sentences arbitration award defaulters to 18 months in prison

A recent decision demonstrates the English courts’ resolve in the enforcement of arbitration awards and court orders. It is a useful reminder to those facing obstructive counterparties of the measures available to enforce...more

No En Banc Review of Panel Decision Vacating a Civil Contempt Remedye - Plus, Inc. v. Lawson Software, Inc.

Addressing the issue of contempt for violation of a non-final injunction, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to rehear en banc a panel decision that vacated a civil contempt holding for violation...more

Court Awards The EEOC Attorneys’ Fees And Contempt Fines In Post-Judgment Discovery Dispute

In EEOC v. Northern Star Hospitality, Inc., No. 12-CV-214 (W.D. Wis.), a case we have blogged about previously here, Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin imposed contempt...more

Menomonie Restaurant Owner in Contempt of Court

Wisconsin Company Held in Contempt for Failure to Provide Information and Pay EEOC's Attorney's Fees - MADISON, WISCONSIN - North Broadway Holdings, Inc., owner of a restaurant previously known as Sparx Restaurant, and...more

CPUC Judge Finds Uber in Contempt, Threatens Suspension of Service

Uber may have to suspend service in California and pay a $7.3 million fine as a penalty for withholding information from state regulators, according to a ruling this week by a CPUC administrative law judge. The decision found...more

No Clear Notice, No Contempt - U.S. Polo Ass’n, Inc. v. PRL USA Holdings, Inc.

In the latest episode of a 30-year dispute over the use of marks depicting mounted polo players, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the district court’s order finding contempt of a 2012 injunction. U.S....more

The E-Discovery Digest - June 2015

In This Issue: - - Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product Decisions: ..Decisions Protecting Against Disclosure ..Decisions Ordering Disclosure - Spoliation and Preservation Decisions: ..Sanctions...more

Appellate Court Rejects Reliance on Document Retention Policy; Justifies Harsh Sanctions (Washington)

Crews v. Avco Corp., 2015 WL 1541179 (Wash. Ct. App. Apr. 6, 2015). In this wrongful death action, the plaintiffs sought discovery concerning the design and manufacture of a carburetor that was believed to be the cause...more

Indianapolis Hampton Inn Operators Held in Contempt for Breaching EEOC Consent Decree Settling Earlier Class Race Bias Suit

Federal Court Also Rules That EEOC Is Entitled to Submit a Petition for Fees and Costs. INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge has held that the operators of the Hampton Inn on Shadeland Avenue in Indianapolis in contempt for...more

Failure to Comply with Terms of EEOC Consent Order Costs Employer $400,000 in Agency's Costs

Under federal civil rights laws, one major difference between suits brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and private parties involves liability for attorney’s fees. Losing employers must pay the prevailing...more

Diligence and Defensible Deletion Prevent Sanctions (Virgin Islands)

United Corporation v. Tutu Park Ltd., Inc., 2015 WL 457853 (V.I. Super. Jan. 28, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the plaintiff asked the court to impose sanctions on Kmart, a non-party to the suit, and to hold...more

The Dangers of Consent

Once an employer agrees to a Consent Decree with the EEOC (and a court enters the decree), that EEOC dispute is over, right? Oh no. The Consent Decree gives the EEOC a new enforcement tool; with any new act of...more

Jewel-Osco to Pay $400,000 to EEOC for its Fees and Costs in Contempt Action

Company's Breach of Earlier Consent Decree Led to Award to Federal Agency - CHICAGO - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today filed notice in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...more

GE Oil & Gas to Pay EEOC $5,300 for Contempt in EEOC Subpoena Enforcement Action

Company Failed to Comply With Court Order in Race and Age Bias Case - HOUSTON - A federal judge has ordered GE Oil & Gas, Inc., a subsidiary of General Electric Corporation, to pay $5,300 as a sanction for contempt of...more

The SEC Totally Cares about Its Injunctions

Last week I wrote a post discussing the injunctions the SEC typically obtains against defendants in federal court. I noted the oddity of these obey-the-law injunctions and wondered aloud why the Commission never pursues...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19037 - Brody v. Brody - In this multi-million dollar matrimonial dissolution action, the SCT took the opportunity to clarify Connecticut law on civil contempt. The court set aside prior Appellate precedent and held...more

EEOC Files Contempt Action Against Employer for Alleged Breach of Settlement Agreement

On December 3, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a press release announcing that it has filed a contempt action in Federal court against a Charlotte-based employer. In that action, the EEOC...more

EEOC Files Contempt Action Against Charlotte Security Provider Metro Special Police

Security Provider Failed to Make Payments Agreed Upon in Litigation Settlement, Federal Agency Charges - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has filed a...more

Do Not Pass Go: Federal Judge Orders Execs Jailed for Contempt of Recall Order

A recent federal decision has made clear that court-ordered recalls can have real teeth, not just for manufacturers but also their officers—especially when the court has reason to suspect a company’s execs are deliberately...more

Injunction and Civil Contempt Remedy Vacated After PTO Cancels Claim in Reexamination

ePlus, Inc. v. Lawson Software, Inc. - Addressing whether an injunction and civil contempt were proper after the sole claim on which the injunction was based was cancelled, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

No Appellate Jurisdiction Over an Interlocutory Contempt Order

Arlington Industries, Inc. v. Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. - Addressing whether an interlocutory contempt order stemming from a violation of an existing injunction is directly appealable, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

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