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A null and void non-compete clause does not trigger automatic damages

Until now, there has been no requirement for an employee to demonstrate any loss suffered to be entitled to damages owing to a null and void non-compete clause inserted into his or her employment contract. In its...more

Caps on damages remain an open question in medical malpractice cases

Caps on non-economic damages from malpractice suits remain an issue for the courts to decide, which complicates understanding your rights even more. There are still questions about whether Tennessee’s laws concerning...more

After a Jury Trial Determining that the Defendant Infringed Several Valid Patents, the District Court Certified the Partial...

Plaintiffs asserted that defendants infringed several patents. The district court bifurcated liability and damages for all four patent infringement claims. After a jury trial, the jury concluded that the patents were valid...more

Three Point Shot - June 2016

Showtime and Top Rank Slug It out over "Fight of the Century" - Who said boxing was dead? Fight fans still bitter over the May 2015 Floyd Mayweather–Manny Pacquiao bout that was far more mega-bore than mega-brawl...more

Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies That District Court Jurisdiction is Determined by Looking at the “Amount in Controversy” at the...

Michigan district courts have exclusive subject-matter jurisdiction over civil actions when the “amount in controversy” does not exceed $25,000. So what happens if a plaintiff files a lawsuit in district court seeking damages...more

Brexit: How a Departure from the European Union Could Impact Your Dispute in the United Kingdom

If the United Kingdom (UK) votes to depart from the European Union (EU), the potential impact on litigation in the UK ranges from profound to negligible. Some UK laws owe their existence to direct European legislation, and...more

A Development in Trade-Secret Cases

The big trade-secret case, Southwestern Energy v. Berry-Helfand, has been worked over by the Texas Supreme Court. Highlights: - Lack of certainty in damages does not preclude recovery. - A “Flexible and...more

Updates On Some Cases About Which We Have Reported

There have been subsequent developments in several cases about which we have posted in recent months. On April 27, 2016, the California Supreme Court denied review in Casey v. Kaiser Gypsum Co., a case in which the...more

French Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies Liability For Defective Products

A February 25, 2016, decision by the French Supreme Court clarifies some conditions for the imposition of liability with respect to defective products in ways that may be surprising to those more accustomed to U.S. product...more

Trade Secrets Now Federally Protected Intellectual Property

Some of the most valuable intellectual property that companies own — their trade secrets — now enjoy federal protection, alongside patents, trademarks and copyrights. Designed to strengthen and supplement the protection of...more

Supreme Court Update: Williams V. Pennsylvania (15-5040), Dietz V. Bouldin (15-458), Simmons V. Himmelreich (15-109) And Ross V....

Greetings, Court Fans! Though the Puerto Rican Day Parade marched down Fifth Avenue Sunday, the Commonwealth was getting much less love on One First Street. Yesterday morning, in Puerto Rico v. Franklin California...more

Federal Judges May Recall a Discharged Jury to Correct a Mistaken Verdict

In Dietz v. Bouldin, No. 15-458 (June 9, 2016), the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the question of whether a federal district court judge may recall a jury to correct a mistaken verdict after the jury has been discharged, or...more

Supreme Court Update: New Standard for Willful Patent Infringement and Enhanced Damages Under 35 U.S.C. §284

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., discarding the Federal Circuit’s previous standard for awarding enhanced damages in patent cases. The Supreme...more

Enhanced Damages in Patent Cases to Depend on All Relevant Circumstances for “Egregious” Behavior

The Supreme Court yesterday unanimously reversed the Federal Circuit’s decisions on enhanced damages involving patentees Halo and Stryker (in consolidated appeals). Under the Federal Circuit’s Seagate test, a patentee could...more

Supreme Court’s Stryker/Halo Decision Makes it Easier for Courts to Award Enhanced Damages In Patent Infringement Cases

The recent Supreme Court decisions in the Stryker and Halo cases just made it easier for courts to award enhanced damages in patent infringement cases, discarding Seagate’s “objective recklessness” test. The Seagate...more

Supreme Court Decides Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc.

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., No. 14-1513, and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., No. 14-1520, holding that a patent-infringement plaintiff can...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on June 9, 2016: - Dietz v. Bouldin, No. 15-458: An automobile accident case went to a jury trial in federal district court. Respondent Hillary...more

Defective products liability: new clarifications on the regime’s implementation

In a ruling handed down on 25 February 2016, the Court of Cassation clarified the conditions for implementation of the defective products liability regime. In this case, a patient was prescribed Mediator treatment...more

Deceptive Marketing Class Actions: Trump University

The most talked about class action in Canada of late is not a Canadian class action at all, but rather one commenced in a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California. Low v. Trump University, already certified...more

Federal District Judges May Recall Discharged Civil Jury To Correct Errors, Supreme Court Holds

Eschewing an old common-law rule for practicality, the U.S. Supreme Court held today in Dietz v. Bouldin, No. 15-458, that federal district judges may recall a civil jury it has discharged to correct errors in certain...more

Court Orders Cigna to Pay Out-of-Network Surgical Claims

On June 1, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered Cigna to pay nearly $13.7 million to Humble Surgical Hospital, LLC (“Humble”). Of the nearly $13.7 million, almost $11.4 million...more

Even Conduct That Is Not Barred by a Contract Can Lead to Contract Damages

In Exercising Contractual Rights Can Be Risky If It Is for an Ulterior Purpose, I discussed how a business can subject itself to multiple damages and attorneys’ fees under Mass. General Laws, Chapter 93A if it attempts to...more

Claims for cartel damages limited by the UK High Court

On 23 May 2016, the Chancery Division of the UK High Court of Justice handed down judgment in the case Iiyama Benelux BV and others v Schott AG and others [2016] (“the Iiyama case”) and held that claims for cartel damages...more

The Duty to Follow-up Part II: When The Underlying Litigation Changes

Last month, we discussed the duty to follow-up in the context of an offer to settle made by a tort claimant and how neglect of that duty cost an insurer dearly by converting a claim that could have been settled for $25,000...more

Winners and Losers: A Prevailing Party’s Right to Costs Jointly Incurred with Non-Prevailing Co-Defendants and the Proper...

In Charton v. Harkey, (No. G050514 ), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held that a “prevailing party” is entitled to recover costs as a matter of right even if that party shared costs with non-prevailing...more

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