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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment or Insurer in STOLI Case

by Carlton Fields on

In Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n, the Eleventh Circuit recently clarified that where a life insurance policy lacks an insurable interest at its inception and is thus void ab initio, prejudgment...more

GEMSA’s Patent Onslaught Against Cloud Computing Customers

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. (“GEMSA”), a foreign non-practicing entity (“NPE”) organized under the laws of Australia, filed almost 40 patent lawsuits in five batches in 2015 and 2016. The majority of these...more

Broadsoft, Inc. v. Callwave Communications, LLC (D. Del. 2017)

Telephone Call Processing Patent Claims Found Invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 - In the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Plaintiff filed a declaratory judgment action on seeking a declaration that...more

FERC Holds Certain Passive Equity Interests in Public Utilities Are “Non-Voting Securities” for Purposes of Section 203 of the...

On October 4, 2017, in a decision with significant implications for the energy project finance community, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the “Commission”) granted a petition for declaratory order filed by...more

Wetland Mitigation Banks: Louisiana Appellate Court Addresses Whether Public Bid Law Applies to the Sale of Credits

The Court of Appeal of Louisiana (“Court”) was asked to consider whether the Louisiana public bid law applied to the sale of wetland mitigation bank credits. See Zachary Mitigation Area, LLC v. Tangipahoa Parish Council, 2017...more

Finance Industry Files Lawsuit to Overturn CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association, Financial Services Roundtable, American Financial Services Association, Texas Association of Business, Texas Bankers Association,...more

Federal Circuit Denies Request for Declaratory Judgment Based on Foreign Infringement Action

In Allied Mineral Products, Inc. v. OSMI, Inc., No. 2016-2641, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Southern Florida district court’s dismissal of a declaratory judgment action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction because...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In In Re Cray, the panel grants Cray’s petition for a writ of mandamus, ruling that the district court’s handling of the case is not consistent with its case law regarding what is “a regular and established place of...more

The Grinch loses and protection of parody wins

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Someone once said make sure your words are sweet as you may have to eat them. In the attached decision, the Judge finds the play "Who’s Holiday" is a parody entitled to fair use. He grants Plaintiffs’ motion for judgment on...more

District Court Invalidates Wheat Ridge Anti-TIF Initiative

On September 8, 2017, a Jefferson County District Court ("Court") essentially struck down Ballot Question 300 (“BQ300”), approved by the Wheat Ridge ("the City") voters on November 3, 2015. The ballot question was an...more

An Update from Mars: “CocoVaa” Dispute Resolved

Earlier this year, I posted about a dispute between candy company Mars Inc. and a small business based in Wisconsin, selling handmade fine chocolates under the mark CocoVaa....more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Allied v. OSMI, the Circuit affirms dismissal of a declaratory judgment action even though Allied’s Mexican distributors had been sued in Mexico on a corresponding Mexican patent. In a first Waymo v. Uber case, the panel...more

“Better Late Than Never” Not a Refrain for the Defaulting Defendant Lacking a Potentially Meritorious Defense

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Statutorily imposed deadlines are not optional for commercial litigants; this much should be obvious. Notwithstanding, and despite numerous technological calendaring options available to commercial litigators, deadlines are...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Abstention Doctrine in Insurance Coverage Declaratory Action

by Carlton Fields on

Insurers looking to remove declaratory judgment actions to courts in the Third Circuit were recently given some clarity — and, for one defendant insurer, a welcome reversal. On August 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Documents Challenging Attorney General Sessions’ Grant Conditions Regarding “Sanctuary Cities”

by Hogan Lovells on

We are filing a lawsuit against Attorney General Sessions in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the City of Philadelphia. It asserts the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) new grant conditions imposed in July...more

District of Delaware Issues a Bellwether Decision on Bellwether Trials

To narrow issues and promote settlement in “oversized patent cases,” on July 31, 2017, Chief Judge Leonard Stark of the District of Delaware issued an order that indicates a preference for bellwether trials on all issues for...more

The Grinch that stole fair use?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Since the Supreme Court’s 1994 Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music landmark decision, courts have expanded fair use protection. While not a license to take liberally from another work, the fair use test has often tilted in favor of...more

Patent Owner Must Be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction for Declaratory Judgment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with a district court that it lacked personal jurisdiction over a patent owner/declaratory judgment defendant where the defendant’s only contacts with the forum were the...more

Sanctions For False Pleadings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In many cases, clients ask us if we can file a motion against the other party for filing a false or frivolous pleading. In a recent opinion, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania outlined the way in which a party must file a...more

PTAB Confirms Decision Denying Institution Based on District Court Action Ultimately Dismissed Without Prejudice

On July 6, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) denied Petitioner Ford Motor Company’s (“Petitioner”) request for rehearing of the Board’s decision denying institution of multiple inter partes reviews (IPR)...more

Massachusetts Revokes Directive Requiring Remote Sellers to Collect Sales Tax

by WilmerHale on

We previously reported to you that effective July 1, 2017, Massachusetts would require the collection of Massachusetts sales and use taxes by internet vendors that meet certain sales thresholds in Massachusetts pursuant to...more

Earlier Eye Drop Settlement Agreement Relieves Court of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Finding no case or controversy, the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted Intervenor-Defendant Barr’s motion to dismiss Apotex’s declaratory judgment action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction....more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

Courts Continue to Enforce Foreign Non-Competes in California While the Window for Such Agreements Slowly Closes

Contrary to common perception, California employees who signed restrictive covenants prior to January 1, 2017 are not completely immune to enforcement of all restrictions on competition. For the second time in several years,...more

Poisoning the Well: Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause to Eviscerate Pollution Exclusion in Liability...

by Carlton Fields on

Professionals and practitioners in first party property insurance are likely familiar with the efficient proximate cause rule, which requires an insurance policy to provide coverage where “a covered peril sets in motion a...more

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