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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

Court Grants Student Loan Debt Relief to a Graduate of a Non-Accredited Medical School

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York issued a decision that may significantly change the landscape of student debt relief. In re Decena, No. 15-72903, 2016 WL 1371031 (Bankr....more

TCPA Under Scrutiny in Court and by Senate

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and a 2015 omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (2015 Order) interpreting the TCPA issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have recently faced additional challenges...more

Professional Liability Policy Provides Coverage for Innocent Co-Insureds

In Evanston Ins. Co. v. Agape Sr. Primary Care, Inc., No. 14-2268, 2016 WL 192748 (4th Cir. Jan. 15, 2016), the Fourth Circuit affirmed the South Carolina District Court’s finding that a professional liability policy provided...more

Court Report - May 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Impax Laboratories, Inc. 2:16-cv-02526; filed May 6, 2016 in the District Court of New Jersey...more

Design Patent Claim Construction Should Include All Elements, Even if Certain Elements Have Functional Purposes

The Federal Circuit opinion of Sport Dimension v. Coleman confirms that as long as the design is not primarily functional, "the design claim is not invalid, even if certain elements have functional purposes." Ethicon...more

An Injunction By Another Name May Still Immediately Be Appealed

The Third Circuit recently reaffirmed its authority to hear appeals from district court interlocutory orders that grant prospective equitable relief under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(a)(1), even where injunctive relief had not expressly...more

Using Design Patents to Claim Functional Elements???

A recent opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Sport Dimension, Inc. v. The Coleman Co., No. 2015-1553, 7 (Fed. Cir. 2016), held that design patents can provide protection for ornamental...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Insureds’ Miller-Shugart Agreement Breached Policy’s Cooperation Clause

In its recent decision in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Donaldson, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7499 (8th Cir. Apr. 26, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, had occasion to...more

Late notice to insurer costs Maryland bank millions

Insurance law generally imposes on a policyholder the duty to give timely notice of claims to its insurance company. Sometimes, because of forgetfulness, ignorance, neglect, or a number of other reasons, companies fail to...more

BREAKING NEWS: Sales Tax Battle Breaks Out in South Dakota; Quill’s Last Stand?

On March 22, 2016, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law Senate Bill 106, which requires any person making more than $100,000 of South Dakota sales or more than 200 separate South Dakota sales transactions to...more

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