Declaratory Judgments

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Construction Case Law Update - July 2015 #2

CGL Policies; Declaratory Judgments; Appeal of a Partial Final Judgment – A commercial general liability insurer and its insured sought declaratory relief over the question of insurance coverage and the duty to defend...more

Court Report - July 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Hetero Labs Ltd, Unit V et al. v. Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. LLC 1:15-cv-05396; filed June 18, 2015 in the Northern District...more

Captain Obvious Makes Landmark Ruling: Texas Hold ‘Em Is Poker

Texas Hold ‘Em is poker. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most, but the pronouncement was a serious disappointment to an Idaho casino. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this week that the Coeur d’Alene...more

FCC issues TCPA guidance in its declaratory ruling

In response to businesses and attorneys general request for more guidance on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released guidance on June 18, 2015 regarding robocall...more

Failure to File Post-Trial Motions Waives Issues

A panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that a taxpayer that did not file post-trial motions waived all issues on appeal. M.C.& P.K. Lees, Inc. v. W.R. Capenos, 215 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 282. The purchaser at a tax...more

Federal Circuit Delays Sandoz Biosimilar Launch

In a closely-watched case between Amgen and Sandoz regarding the first biosimilar approved (Zarxio), the Federal Circuit interpreted key Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) provisions regarding Sandoz's...more

Don’t Get Personal

Xilinx, Inc. v. Papst Licensing GMBH & Co. KG (Judge Lucy Koh) (July 9, 2015) - The Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling in Daimler v. Bauman raised the bar to establish personal jurisdiction over a defendant. Daimler has made it...more

Spoliation: How to Stop Trouble from Brewing

When a business is faced with the potential for litigation, it is imperative that all evidence be preserved to avoid the dreaded “s” word: spoliation. Starbucks Corporation recently learned this lesson the hard way when a...more

Century Indemnity Enters Stipulated Judgment Preserving Right To Appeal Declaratory Judgment In Favor Of Reinsurer

A New York federal court entered a stipulated judgment in favor of the plaintiff reinsurer that prevailed on its declaratory claim in a summary judgment previously ordered, which judgment capped its exposure to the dollar...more

Fourth Circuit: If You Want to Limit Additional Insured Coverage to Vicarious Liability, You Should Say So

In Capital City Real Estate, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, No. 14-1239 (4th Cir. June 10, 2015), the Fourth Circuit Court ruled that a Maryland federal court erred in granting summary judgment to Certain...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

Court of Chancery Explains Jurisdiction Despite Declaratory Judgment

It is often contended that the availability of a declaratory judgment in Superior Court to determine the parties’ rights may deprive the Court of Chancery of jurisdiction to grant an equitable remedy such as an injunction....more

June Court Decision Round-Up

JDS Technologies, Inc. v. Avigilon USA Corp., Case No. 15-10385, 2015 WL 3603525 (E.D. Mich. June 5, 2015) - U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn denied Avigilon’s motion to dismiss for failing to adequately plead allegations...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Holds Award of Counsel Fees to “Successful Claimant” in Coverage Dispute is Not Contingent Upon Award of...

On May 7, 2015, in Occhifinto v. Olivo Constr. Co., LLC, 2015 N.J. LEXIS 508 (2015), the Supreme Court of New Jersey considered whether a party who prevailed against an insurer in a declaratory judgment coverage but did not...more

Even if You Lose You May Win (Attorneys’ Fees That Is)

In New Jersey, if a policyholder is required to sue its insurance company for coverage, Court Rule R.4:42-9 allows a policyholder to recover attorneys’ fees if it is successful in obtaining coverage. The purpose of this...more

Insurer Seeks Declaratory Judgment Against Policyholder for Data Breach

Late last month, Columbia Casualty Company instituted a declaratory judgment lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against its insured, Cottage Health System. Columbia Casualty...more

Court Warns That Marriage Does Not Render A Spouse Automatically Entitled To Preexisting Life Insurance Policies

In a recent unpublished decision, the New Jersey Appellate Division has again stressed the importance of complying with the beneficiary designation requirements contained in life insurance policies. See Fox v. Lincoln...more

FCC Chairman Issues Fact Sheet Announcing Proposed Omnibus Declaratory Rulings to Address TCPA Petitions

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the FCC released a Fact Sheet announcing that Chairman Wheeler circulated a proposal to the other Commissioners for resolution of two dozen pending petitions seeking clarification of the FCC’s...more

Indiana Court Nixes Requests for Reinsurance and Reserves

Early last month a federal court in Indianapolis barred a policyholder from seeking the claims and underwriting files of the defendant carrier’s reinsurer in Indianapolis Airport Auth. v. Travelers Property Cas. Co. of Amer.,...more

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman: Tenth Circuit Applies Statutory-Violation Exclusion To Junk Fax Claims That Try To Skirt The TCPA

Enacted in 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (TCPA), inaugurated the era of “junk fax” class actions, in which recipients of mass fax advertisements may pursue statutory damages of $500 per class...more

Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement of a Disclaimed Patent Warranted in Hatch-Waxman - Apotex Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Addressing the issue of subject matter jurisdiction in Hatch-Waxman litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal for lack of case or controversy of an action seeking...more

Foreign Corporations and the Long Arm of the Law

Can foreign corporations avoid the long arm of the law? A recent order in a Massachusetts declaratory judgment patent case suggests that the answer may be, “sometimes.” The case began when Venmill Industries, Inc. filed a...more

Quebec Court of Appeal Confirms Right to Use Non-French Trade-marks on Storefront Signs without Generic French Terms

The Court of Appeal of Quebec reaffirmed that the Charter of the French Language (Charter) does not require a trade-mark used on a storefront sign to be accompanied by a generic French term. This judgment confirms the...more

And the Defense Wins

In Banner Life Insurance Co. v. Jacqueline L. Noel, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 1539 (4th Cir. 2013), aff’g 861 F. Supp. 2d 701 (E.D. Va. 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s...more

District Court Lifts Stay After Covered Business Method Review Is Dismissed Because Federal Circuit Would Not Have Jurisdiction to...

Plaintiff GT Nexus, Inc. ("GT Nexus") filed a declaratory judgment action against Inttra, Inc. ("Inttra") seeking a declaration that four of Inttra's patents ("patents-in-suit") were invalid and have not been infringed....more

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