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Does Litigating Make Economic Sense?

One of the most important factors to consider when taking a case is whether the cost of litigating is likely to outweigh the gain. Even if the potential clients are willing to pay your fee, you may better serve them by saying...more

Wage Hour Claims and Casuto v. Town of Greenwich: The Department of Labor Investigation Is Not The End of The Story

Employers who have been through an investigation by the Connecticut Department of Labor Wage & Workplace Standards Division unfortunately have intimate knowledge of the potential burdens of defending against employee wage...more

’Tis the Season of Giving, Right?

We all think of December as the season of giving. Unfortunately, prevailing defendants in Title VII cases don’t always feel that way. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prevailing plaintiffs enjoy compensatory...more

Employment Law -- Dec 20, 2013

Despite $27,000 Jury Award, 9th Circuit Approves Almost $700,000 in Attorney’s Fees - Why it matters: Affirming the broad discretion of federal district court judges to award attorney’s fees, the Ninth U.S. Circuit...more

Consumer Attorneys Target Collection Agencies And Attorneys Over Garnishment Costs

Consumer attorneys in Michigan have recently filed a rash of class action lawsuits against collection agencies, their attorneys, and even creditors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") and Michigan law over...more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2014

The California Legislature was unusually active this year. Significantly, California increased the state minimum wage, created new “unfair immigration-related practices,” and expanded protections for whistleblowers. All laws...more

SJC Holds that Massachusetts Wage Act Is Not Intended to be Sole Remedy for Recovery of Unpaid Wages Under State Law

On August 12, 2013, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held in Lipsitt v. Plaud that the Massachusetts Wage Act is not intended to be the sole remedy for the recovery of unpaid wages under state law. The Court concluded that...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Aug 07, 2013

Home Base - General Principles of Insurance Policy Interpretation -- Trends in the case law tend to catch our attention, but often practitioners and clients become sidetracked and miss the connection to the insurance...more

Dispute Resolution Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2013/14 Country Q&A: Japan

MAIN DISPUTE RESOLUTION METHODS - 1. What are the main dispute resolution methods used in your jurisdiction to settle large commercial disputes? Litigation -- Litigation is the most frequently used...more

A prerequisite to the recovery of fees: How "reasonable and necessary" are your charges?

In State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Huff, 2013 DJDAR 7379 (2013), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided a novel fee case in the medical context, referencing standards used to...more

FDCPA Statutory Damages Award Reduced Because Collection Calls Were Misleading But Nonthreatening And Only Occurred On One Day

A woman received phone calls from a debt collector who said a “civil claim” was pending against the woman for a consumer debt. The woman sued in federal court, alleging violations of state and federal fair debt collection...more

Appellate Notes: Week of April 18th

Welcome to our Supreme and Appellate Court summaries webpage. On this page, I provide abbreviated summaries of decisions from the Connecticut appellate courts which highlight important issues and developments in Connecticut...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Plan Sponsor’s Recovery Of Participant Damages Award

On April 16, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in U.S. Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen finding in favor of U.S. Airways in its quest to recover $66,866 in medical expenses incurred by its employee as a result of a...more

Superstorm Sandy Is Causing New York and New Jersey Legislators to Reconsider Passing Legislation that Would Establish a Private...

Policyholders in New York and New Jersey presently have no private right of action against insurance companies for alleged violations of each state’s respective statutory claim handling guidelines – New York’s Unfair Claim...more

Sixth Circuit Paints Vivid Picture Of “Evident Partiality” Sufficient To Vacate Arbitration Award

One of the very few ways to show evident partiality by an arbitrator is to show the arbitrator had financial ties to a party or witness in the proceeding, another is to show the arbitrator prejudiced a party by reversing a...more

OSHA Penalizes Another Railroad Company In Whistleblower Action

On February 28, 2013, OSHA ordered Union Pacific Railroad (UP) to reinstate the employment of and pay over $309,000 ($150,000 in punitive damages, $87,600 in compensatory damages, $71,700 in back pay with interest, plus...more

California Supreme Court Rules "Mixed Motive" Is a Mixed Bag for Employers

The California Supreme Court recently clarified the defenses available to employers defending against claims of discrimination. In Harris v. City of Santa Monica, No. BC341469 (Cal. Feb. 7, 2013), the court ruled that, if a...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard For “Mixed Motive” Defense To Employment Discrimination Claims

In a partial victory for employers, the California Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. City of Santa Monica that even when an employee proves that a discriminatory motive was a “substantial factor” in an adverse employment...more

District Courts "Must Show Their Work" and Provide Detailed Figures when Deciding Fee Awards

In Padgett v. Loventhal, U.S.C.A. 9th, DAR p. 1933 (Feb. 11, 2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided District Courts must explain how they reduce requests for fees and costs from partially victorious plaintiffs. ...more

California Supreme Court Holds That Proof That Employer Would Have Made Same Employment Decision Absent Discrimination Precludes...

On February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court held that where a plaintiff proves that unlawful discrimination in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA") was a substantial factor motivating her...more

Bratz Litigation Has Provided Fertile Grounds for Attorney Fee Disputes

The Bratz litigation between Mattel and MGA Entertainment has provided fertile grounds for attorney fee disputes. In the latest installment, the Ninth Circuit upheld a $137 million attorney fee award in favor of MGA as a...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Victor Stanley, Inc. v. Creative Pipe, Inc.

Decision Date: September 30, 2011 - Court: D. Maryland - Patents: D523,263 - Holding: Defendants liable for design patent infringement - Opinion: Plaintiff, Victor Stanley, Inc. sued Creative Pipe, Inc....more

Offer of Judgment Not Valid in Case With Monetary and Non-monetary Claims – Horowitch v. Diamond Aircraft Indus., Inc.

In a case seeking monetary and non-monetary relief, pursuant to section 768.79, Florida Statutes (2011), Diamond Aircraft served Horowitch with an offer of judgment for $40,000. The offer of judgment stated...more

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