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PTAB Will Not Review Contract Issues Even if They Relate to Standing

Whether a Petitioner breached a contract, that limited its ability to challenge a patent, is an issue outside the purview of the PTAB, per a recent decision in Ford Motor Company v. Paice LLC & The Abell Foundation, Inc.,...more

Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege – Facebook’s Lawsuit

The crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege: As an attorney, you may not anticipate it applying to your emails, your letters or your advice to your client. But even if you never see it coming, your client’s...more

California Case Requires Arbitration Despite Lack of Actual Controversy

For parties to litigate a contract dispute in a court of law, the parties’ disagreement must have ripened into an actual controversy presenting more than a mere academic difference of opinion. But under a recent California...more

Illinois Court Holds Relief Available to a Sub-Subcontractor Under an Unjust Enrichment Theory for Work Requested but Not Paid for...

C. Szabo Contracting, Inc. v. Lorig Construction Co., 2014 IL App (2d) 131328; 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 699 (Sept. 29, 2014) - In May of 2006, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (“Highway Authority”) retained...more

Contract Prohibiting Patent Challenges Does Not Preclude Standing to File IPR Petition

Ford Motor Co. v. Paice LLC - Addressing whether it has the authority to decide a contractual dispute in the context of a post issuance proceeding under the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Letters of credit, on-demand bonds, and the "fraud exception"

On the 9th of September 2014, the Privy Council in the United Kingdom delivered a judgment in Alternative Power Solution Ltd. v. Central Electricity Board reaffirming the established principle that, other than in cases of...more

More Seismic Rumbling in Louisiana

In Olympia Minerals et al v. HS Resources, et al, the Louisiana Supreme Court addressed a decision we discussed in a February entry by affirming in part, reversing in part, amending in part and remanding (because why do one...more

How is litigation involving spouses handled in Arizona? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk Shareholder Roger Cohen discusses how litigation involving spouses is handled in Arizona. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com. ...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Approves Complex Business Litigation Program

The State Judiciary has recently announced the commencement of a Complex Business Litigation Program, which will begin accepting cases January 1, 2015. The new program will further the Judiciary’s goals of streamlining...more

Behavioral Managed Care Organizations Do Not Have Unbridled Discretion – Providers Have Rights

Here is a common scenario: A behavioral healthcare provider has committed substantial resources into developing specialized behavioral healthcare services in the counties managed by a Managed Care Organization (“MCO”) under...more

Texas Federal Court Clarifies Broad Scope of Professional Liability Policies for Lawyers

Lawyers may be surprised to learn that lawsuits brought by clients challenging something other than purely legal advice or advocacy—such as billing—may not be covered by their professional liability policies. Interpreting the...more

New Good-Faith Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance Recognized by Supreme Court of Canada

A new duty of honest performance has been imposed on all Canadian contracts by the Supreme Court of Canada. The notion of a general and independent doctrine of good faith performance of contracts has historically been...more

Texas Court Construes Professional Liability Policy to Require Defense of Law Firm in Fee Dispute

In Shamoun & Norman, LLP v. Ironshore Indemnity, Inc., Cause No. 3:14-1340, In the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, the federal district court construed a professional liability policy issued by Ironshore to...more

Follow the Rules or Get the Boot: A Lesson in Following the CDA Prerequisites

The Contract Disputes Act (“CDA”), which governs disputes between contractors and the federal government, sets forth the rules for appealing a Contracting Officer’s Final Decision (“COFD”) to the Boards of Contract Appeals...more

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The California Strawberry Commission’s Claim to University Plant Breeding Research

Plant patents are often overshadowed by their more well-known utility and design patent counterparts under U.S. law. Yet, with the increasing branding and differentiation of agricultural commodities, plant patent rights...more

State Supreme Court’s Interpretation of FAA Sidesteps SCOTUS Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent string of pro-arbitration decisions is well documented. In those decisions, the Court has not hesitated to admonish state courts for failing to follow the Federal Arbitration Act...more

Mediation Decision-Makers Need “Decision-Quality Information”

The decision on when to mediate is an important one. Indeed, one of the most common reasons why cases do not settle is because the parties tried to mediate too early in the dispute process. When is the right time to mediate?...more

First Department Affirms Dismissal of Ambac’s Contract Claims Against EMC

On October 16, the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of New York affirmed the dismissal of Ambac Assurance Corporation’s breach of contract claims against EMC Mortgage arising out of an RMBS...more

Prepare for Mediation Success: Six Tips for Writing a Strong Brief

Writing a persuasive brief is one of the most important things an attorney can do to prepare for mediation of a business dispute. A good brief provides the opposing side with information they need to consider. Perhaps even...more

You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover: When Are Domestic Negotiations a “Sale” or “Offer to Sell”?

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 2013-1472, - 1656 (October 22, 2014), the Federal Circuit concluded that there was no direct infringement when substantial activities of a sales transaction – including...more

About that English Law and Arbitration Clause: Consider enforcement implications before signing

As is frequently seen in international commercial contracts, parties with no operations or other relationship to England or the United Kingdom specify English law as controlling, with a clause providing for arbitration of...more

What should I do when a commercial dispute lands on my desk?

When a dispute arises, a risk manager/in-house counsel may find it difficult to remember everything they should keep in mind while trying to get to grips with the factual/legal issues and putting in place a litigation...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Company Law

COMPANY LAW - Some general matters relating to company law in New Zealand are discussed below. REGULATORY SCHEME - The Companies Act principally regulates companies. The Companies Act, together with major...more

Legal Briefs: A Periodic Summary of Judicial Decisions Affecting Accounting and Financial Services Professionals - October 2014

The New Jersey District Court recently ruled that an economic damages expert retained by plaintiffs’ counsel in a class action was not entitled to any further compensation for his work. The facts in Rothstein v. Harstad...more

Relying on an Affiliate for Past Performance to Win A Contract

When a company lacks past performance experience, it can find itself at a significant competitive disadvantage against its competitors. Companies without track records often try to address the problem by relying on the...more

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