Counterclaims

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Indemnification And The Circle Of Litigation

An employee sues his employer for, among other things, violations of the California Labor Code. The quondam employer responds with a counterclaim against its erstwhile employee claiming that to the extent it is liable, the...more

Court Lets Debt-Collector Amend Answer and Assert Counterclaim for Plaintiff’s Debt

In a TCPA class action case concerning debt collection calls, the Southern District of California recently granted a debt-collector defendant’s motion to file an amended answer and assert a counterclaim for breach of contract...more

Employers Fight Back Against Whistleblowers

In 2013, the federal government recovered $3.8 billion from settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act (FCA). Whistleblowers—also called “relators”—can recover up to 30 percent of whatever a defendant pays in a...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 181

In this Issue: Missouri District Court Awards Attorneys' Fees And Costs In Termination Case: In Dunkin' Donuts Franchising LLC v. Sai Food (ST Hospitality, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67512 (E.D. Mo. May 16,...more

ENI Holdings, LLC v. KBR Group Holdings, LLC, C.A. No. 8075-VCG (Del. Ch. Nov. 27, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this opinion granting in part and denying in part a motion to dismiss counterclaims, the Court of Chancery held that the parties to a stock purchase agreement (“SPA”) had contractually agreed to shorten to one year the...more

Defendants' Oppose Myriad's Motions to Dismiss Antitrust Counterclaims

In responding to Myriad Genetics' complaint for patent infringement, both Ambry Genetics and Gene-by-Gene asserted counterclaims under the Sherman Antitrust Act, predicated on Myriad's filing its patent infringement lawsuit. ...more

Court Goes To The Dictionary To Establish Liability For A Non-Party

Even if you aren’t the actual plaintiff in a lawsuit you can still be personally liable for breach of a covenant not to sue. It’s easy! Sign a release in your individual capacity, cause an entity you control to bring a...more

Federal Circuit Determines It Does Not Have Jurisdiction to Address Dispute With Heinz

Under the America Invents Act (“AIA”), the Federal Circuit has jurisdiction over appeals based on a civil action “in which a party has asserted a compulsory counterclaim arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents.”...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 171

In this Issue: - Eighth Circuit Denies Injunction To Stop Competition By Former Franchisee, And District Court Allows Counterclaim: The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit last month upheld a...more

Myriad Moves to Dismiss Ambry's Antitrust Counterclaims on Noerr-Pennington Doctrine

The Supreme Court, in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007), and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662 (2009), has in recent years focused the requirements for pleadings under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending August 9 & 16, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Slander of Title: slander of title counterclaim barred by statute of limitations could not be brought as recoupment claim to avoid limitations because it...more

Justice! – The Case For Expedited Trials

Royal Pane, owner of A Pane in the Glass, fabricates high performance windows for commercial buildings. The good news? Business is going through the roof....more

Alabama Supreme Court Addresses Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Claim

In its recent decision in Shane Traylor Cabinetmaker, L.L.C. v. American Resources Ins. Co., Inc., 2013 Ala. LEXIS 42 (Ala. May 3, 2013), the Supreme Court of Alabama had occasion to consider whether a general liability...more

Real Estate Law Alert - Court Dismisses "Buyer's Remorse" Claim and Awards Developer $577,000 in Attorneys' Fees

Back in Autumn, 2010, we wrote that purchasers of condominium units in the New York metropolitan area were invoking the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, 15 U.S.C. §§1701-20 (ILSA), to cancel their agreements to...more

Rogers Towers: In re Sundale, Ltd.: Bankruptcy Court May Have Final Say in Certain State-law Counterclaims

As we have discussed in previous posts, the Supreme Court has held that not all counterclaims which arise within the context of a bankruptcy case are “core” proceedings, such that the bankruptcy court may make a final and...more

Should You Sue Your Contractor?

Suppose you decided to have some work done in your house – you planned what you’d like to do, you found a contractor, signed a contract, and the contractor started work....more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 31, 2013

In This Issue: - Mattel v. MGA Entertainment: Ninth Circuit vacates jury verdict and related damages, fees and costs award in connection with MGA’s misappropriation of trade-secrets counterclaim, finding that that...more

If You Don’t Want Your Registration Cancelled, Grant Your Opponent a Covenant Not to Sue

The United States Supreme Court, which rarely gets involved in trademark cases, has ruled that when a Defendant in a Trademark infringement case countersues to cancel the Plaintiff’s registration, the Plaintiff can divest a...more

“Sham Litigation” Claim Can Be Decided On The Pleadings

In a recent decision, the North Carolina Business Court in Lorillard Tobacco Company v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 2011 NCBC 30 (August 8, 2011) (“Lorillard”) has found that an unfair trade practice counterclaim, based on...more

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