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Fourth Circuit Affirms Denial of Coverage for Accidental Gunshot Injury

On April 14, the Fourth Circuit held that an insurer owed no defense or indemnity coverage for an underlying personal injury suit against the policyholder’s employee, a security guard who accidentally shot a friend while...more

State Court Retroactive Change to IRA Beneficiary Not Given Tax Effect by IRS

A decedent had 2 IRAs. The death beneficiaries of the IRAs were trusts that qualified as "look through" trusts, such that the payout period for the IRAs after the decedent died could be computed using the life expectancy of...more

More Common Sense: Coverage for Collapse Requires More Than an Engineer’s Finding of Substantial Impairment

In February this blog commented on Washington State’s newly-adopted definition of “collapse” in property insurance policies that contain no specific definition of the term. (Observer, February 8, 2016, Common Sense Prevails: ...more

Third Circuit Slams The Door On Coverage For The Cost of Defending Excluded Claims—Then Leaves It Wide Open

An insured corporation settles a class action, and a portion of the settlement pays the plaintiffs’ attorneys. Payments to the class are excluded from coverage under the terms of the corporation’s liability policy. But can...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement Date for New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a lawsuit was filed against OSHA challenging its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule, OSHA announced a three month delay in the rule’s effective date. OSHA announced yesterday that it has...more

No Exception to Statutory Requirement that a Biosimilar Applicant Provide Notice of Intent to Market its Product

Last week in Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., No. 2016-1308 (Fed. Cir. July 5, 2016), a unanimous Federal Circuit panel ruled that under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”), a biosimilar applicant...more

Business Organizations Sue OSHA Over Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: A lawsuit has been filed against OSHA challenging its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule. We had blogged recently about the OSHA’s new rule on drug-testing, retaliation claims, and accident...more

Chancery Declines to Require Buyer to Complete Merger Transaction

Parties who at the signing of a merger agreement are eager to close may have a change of heart if intervening adverse market conditions reduce or eliminate the economic benefits. Those changing market conditions often do...more

Ask the Public Adjustor: Covering Life with Wisdom*

I’ll come right out and admit it: I was a crasher at last night’s party. Though they helped me bluff my way in, every stitch of clothing I wore was borrowed, and the limo … it’s a long story, but let’s just say Uber. Then I...more

DC Court: EEOC Guidance Final Action Subject to Review in Federal Court

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is a reminder to important federal agencies that they must take care to adhere to the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when they issue...more

Narrow Construction May Apply When No Evidence Supports Broader Construction

Addressing claim construction issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a claim construction limiting “communications path” to wired communications. Ruckus Wireless, Inc. v. Innovative Wireless...more

Florida Court Declines to Apply a Multiplier as to Attorneys’ Fees in a First Party Insurance Coverage Dispute

In Fla. Peninsula Ins. Co. v. Wagner, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 8262 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016), the Second District examined whether the trial court properly applied a multiplier as to attorneys’ fees after the insured homeowners...more

Court Dismisses Second-Filed Reinsurance Dispute Under First-Filed Rule Though Both Cases Assigned To Same Judge

Earlier this month, a federal court in Pennsylvania faced the issue of whether it must file a second-filed suit even though the first-filed suit was transferred to the same court, and judge, as the second. The issue arose out...more

Court Of Chancery Requires SLC Member Be A “Director”

Under the famous Zapata decision, a board of directors may take control of a derivative case, provided it meets the test set out in that opinion. But may such a board, or the managers in an LLC, delegate that authority to a...more

Step-Up, Insurer! Your Step-Down Provision Is Not Triggered

Where an automobile policy covers someone other than the named insured, a “step-down” provision may subject the amount of available coverage to the limit on “similar coverage” that is imposed by the injured person’s own...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

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Expands Application of Transfer Between Entities Act

Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center Education Association v. Penn-Trafford School District (Pa. Supreme Court, decided February 16, 2016). The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that paragraph (b.1) of the...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 2 (Spring 2016)

Pre-AIA and Post-AIA Issues Presented by the On-Sale Bar - The “on-sale” bar to patentability refers to a sale or offer for sale of an invention that can invalidate the patent for that invention. The...more

Court Report - June 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Orexo AB et al. v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC et al. 1:16-cv-00397; filed May 27, 2016 in the District Court of Delaware...more

Appellate Court Explains Difference Between Divorce Settlement Agreement And All Other Contracts

In an April 2016 non-precedential Superior Court Appellate decision, Doyle v. Doyle, the court found that a husband and wife had entered into a valid divorce settlement agreement despite the wife’s argument that the agreement...more

Standing Alone – The Current Status of the BPCIA’s Notice of Commercial Marketing

In March 2015, the FDA approved the first biosimilar application, which was for a follow-on biologic drug of Amgen’s reference product NEUPOGEN® (filgrastim). Yet, before the applicant, Sandoz, could launch its biosimilar...more

Texas Supreme Court: Company Representative May Be Excluded from Trade Secret Hearing

In a clash between two major oil companies, the Texas Supreme Court ruled May 20, 2016 that the recently enacted Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”) allows the trial court discretion to exclude a company representative...more

Court Report - May 2016 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Allergan, Inc. et al. v. Somerset Therapeutics, LLC 1:16-cv-00392; filed May 26, 2016 in the District Court of...more

5th Circuit Vacates Verdict for ExxonMobil in CAA Citizen Suit: Still Not Much of a Win for the Plaintiffs

Last Friday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a District Court decision which had refused to impose penalties on ExxonMobil for various violations of the Clean Air Act at ExxonMobil’s Baytown refinery. While the...more

Court Report - May 2016 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc. 3:16-cv-02703; filed May 18, 2016 in the Northern District of...more

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