The California Public Utilities Commission will decide whether Verizon is improperly shifting costs to California cities by refusing to pay its share of expenses related to the installation of underground service facilities....more
In the recent Summer Budget, the Chancellor announced that with immediate effect, there would be changes to the way that carried interest is taxed. In technical terms, the “base cost shift” which enabled an investment manager...more
Nationwide, states continue to enact laws requiring commercial health plans to cover medical services provided via telemedicine to the same extent they cover medical services provided in-person. These laws are intended to...more
On 8th July 2015, the UK Government announced several changes to UK tax legislation that will affect those holding carried interest in fund structures which utilise at least one partnership (including a limited partnership),...more
Nearly $7 billion: that is the projected cost of litigation filed by non-practicing entities, or patent trolls, in 2015. A recent report by Unified Patents revealed that patent case filings are expected to surpass 6,100 this...more
Declaring “liberty and independence” from the constraints of brick and mortar health care, Delaware became the 29th state to enact a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute. The legislation (HB-69) was sponsored by...more
Following our note “The Future European Patent System: Being Prepared,” we report here on the very latest news on the implementation of the major changes to the European patent system. In recent weeks, there has been...more
In This Issue: -
- Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product Decisions:
..Decisions Protecting Against Disclosure
..Decisions Ordering Disclosure
- Spoliation and Preservation Decisions:
In this Issue:
- Proposed Amendments to Rule 37
- Search Methodology/Technology-Assisted Review
If you want to see specific stocks take a hit then stop corporate inversions. Corporate inversions are the relocation of a U.S. company’s corporate domicile, (its formal headquarters) to a lower tax jurisdiction. Inversions...more
Though there has been significant price compression in the market over the last several years, the ever increasing volumes of corporate data during that time have seen the costs of e-discovery continuing to rise, while many...more
Policy Committees Driving Activity -
While the current surface transportation authorization, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), is due to expire on September 30th, the Department of Transportation...more
In Rouland v. Pacific Specialty Insurance Co. the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case under California’s cost shifting provision, Code of Civil Procedure Section 998....more
Cooperation, proportionality and efficiency. Oh my!
One of the first lessons we are taught as a child is how to share. Unfortunately, for decades, the opposite has been drilled into litigation professionals. Judicial...more
On July 23, 2013, United States Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore granted in part and denied in part plaintiff’s motion to compel in First Financial Bank v. Bauknecht, an action based on alleged wrongful conduct by Scott...more
In re Majestic Star Casino, LLC, F.3d 736 (3rd Cir. 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit broke from other courts by holding that S corporation status (or "qualified subchapter S subsidiary" or "QSub" status)...more
Efforts to amend the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took another step forward last week. On June 3, 2013, the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (“the Standing Committee”) approved a package of proposals...more
On March 16, the most significant provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force. The AIA was seen as the most extensive alteration to patent law in half a century, and was hotly debated over nearly a decade. The...more
In Martinez v. Brownco Construction Co. Inc., the California Supreme Court decided a unique issue under California’s offer of judgment procedure, Code of Civil Procedure Section 998. The court concluded that a second...more
A supplier who has had to respond to discovery requests that seek electronically stored information (“ESI”) knows there is a general presumption that the responding party bears the expense of complying with the discovery...more
W Holding Co., Inc. v. Chartis Ins. Co. of Puerto Rico, 2013 WL 1352426 (D.P.R. Apr., 3, 2013).
In this discovery dispute, the plaintiffs sought cost taxation of ediscovery costs under 28 U.S.C. § 1920 or cost-shifting...more
Country Vintner of NC, LLC v. E. & J. Gallo Winery, Inc., No. 12-2074 (4th Cir. Apr. 29, 2013).
In this case brought under the North Carolina Wine Distribution Agreements Act, the defendant submitted a bill of over...more
Phillips v. WellPoint, Inc., 2013 WL 2147560 (S.D. Ill. May 16, 2013).
In this taxation dispute, the defendants submitted $83,642.83 in costs for recovery under U.S.C. § 1920(4), alleging that costs from two ediscovery...more
As we’ve discussed multiple times, the issue of what types of ediscovery costs are taxable under 28 U.S.C. § 1920 was first addressed by a federal appellate court last spring in Race Tires America, Inc. v. Hoosier Racing Tire...more
Juster Acquisition Co., LLC v. N. Hudson Sewerage Auth., 2013 WL 541972 (D.N.J. Feb. 11, 2013).
In this case, the defendant motioned for a protective order with regard to sixty-seven allegedly overboard search terms...more
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