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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

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Coverage for Contempt Proceedings under Lloyd's Professional Liability Insurance Policy

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. v. Prosight-Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s, United States No. 15-12399, 2017 WL 586450 (11th Cir., February 14, 2017) the insured law firm sought to recover legal fees and costs incurred...more

Sovereign Immunity Can Shield State University Research Foundations in PTAB Proceedings

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the application of the sovereign immunity defense under the 11th Amendment in the inter partes review (IPR) context, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) dismissed three IPR petitions, finding that the...more

PTAB Finds Sovereign Immunity Applies to IPRs for State Universities

by Winstead PC on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) dismissed three inter partes review (IPR) proceedings involving the University of Florida based on sovereign immunity. As background, the University of Florida Research Foundation...more

Court Grants Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Case or Controversy Even Though Patent Holder Did Not Provide Covenant Not to Sue

Tech Pharmacy filed a patent infringement action against Defendant Alixa Rx LLC and Defendant Golden Gate National Senior Care LLC d/b/a Golden LivingCenters (collectively, "Defendants"). Tech Pharmacy subsequently filed its...more

Patent Infringement Claim Exempts Related Counterclaims from Mandatory Arbitration

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In reviewing the scope of an arbitration agreement that was part of a supply agreement, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision, determining that the defendant’s breach of...more

Religious Institutions Update: August 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

When was the last time your organization reviewed your insurance policies? Not all policies are equal. Many religious organizations are underinsured. Most should have general liability, property, professional liability,...more

The Dennis Decision: A Shot Across the Bow for Hospitals

by Williams Mullen on

A recent Virginia court decision questions the reasonable value of health care services and creates a challenge to debt collection efforts by hospitals. In March, the Circuit Court for Henry County, Patrick County, and the...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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

Can Resolving a Legal Claim Be an Unfair Trade Practice?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A recent federal decision considers how N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 applies when a plaintiff attacks the resolution of a legal claim. The decision might create a new categorical limit on direct-unfairness claims under section...more

He’s got 99 Problems, But a Breach Might Be One

In the wake of 2016, Jay-Z faces an $18 million lawsuit for his failure to publicly appear and promote his signature fragrance line, as he was contractually obligated. 2009 marked the start of a budding licensing relationship...more

New York Rescission Law Strikes Again: Lessons Learned From the Voiding of Heinz’s Product Contamination Insurance Policy

by K&L Gates LLP on

An increasingly popular tool in the insurer’s toolset is attempted rescission of the policy. This tool is particularly sharp if the law applicable to the construction of the policy is that of New York. Earlier this week, the...more

Connecticut Federal Court Grants Reinsurer’s Motion For Summary Judgment, Entitling It To Commission Adjustment Payments

by Carlton Fields on

In a diversity action arising out of a series of reinsurance agreements, a reinsurer, Odyssey Reinsurance Company, alleged that it was owed sliding scale commission adjustment payments from Cal-Regent Insurance Services...more

Third Time’s A Charm? Court Denies Motion to Dismiss and Anti-SLAPP Motion

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

Order Denying Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss and Anti-SLAPP Motion to Strike, Sonus Networks, Inc. v. Inventegry, Inc., C-15-0322 EMC (Judge Edward Chen) - Patent licensing company Inventegry, Inc. recently suffered some...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Judge Robart’s RAND Decision (Microsoft V. Motorola)

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals issued a decision affirming Judge Robart’s RAND decision in the much watched Microsoft v. Motorola case, basically ruling that the determination of a reasonable and...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

June Court Decision Round-Up

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

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

Indiana Court Nixes Requests for Reinsurance and Reserves

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

Delaware Chancery Court Strengthens First-Filed Action Rule

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently stayed a Delaware action in favor of an earlier-filed Texas case because they dealt with substantially similar facts, even where the two lawsuits did not contain identical claims. The...more

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