Declaratory Judgments

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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

Employer May Terminate Pre-Hire Agreement with Union, Sixth Circuit Rules

On April 21, 2016, resolving a situation not previously decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court held that a construction company that was a party to a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement lawfully...more

Florida Appellate Court Bolsters Statutory HOA Safe Harbor

A significant opinion from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal further clarifies the extent of the Florida statutory homeowners association (HOA) “safe harbor.” In the end, entities that obtain title through judicial...more

Difficulties Foreclosing in Massachusetts

Foreclosing a mortgage in Massachusetts can be a pain. Among the many, very technical requirements, a foreclosing mortgagee must be able to prove that it is the holder, or the authorized representative of the holder, of the...more

Supreme Court rules on state energy incentives

The U.S. Supreme Court has released its ruling on a case affecting how states may provide incentives for electric power generation. In Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing, LLC, the Court upheld a lower court's ruling...more

District Court Orders Production of Settlement Agreements But Denies Request for Deposition That Would Go Beyond Four Corners of...

Plaintiffs filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that U.S. Patent No. 7,923,221 (the "Cabilly III patent"), owned by Defendants, is invalid and therefore Plaintiffs do not owe royalties with respect to...more

Recent Arizona Case Law and Other Developments Affecting Real Estate Lending

Recent Arizona Case Law - Dobson Bay Club II DD, LLC v. La Sonrisa De Siena, LLC (AZ Court of Appeals 2016). The borrowers signed a $28.6 million note and DOT to CIBC. The note required interest-only payments with a...more

IP Newsflash - April 2016 #2

DISTRICT COURT - Expert’s Failure to Disclose Certain Materials Relied upon in Forming Opinion Warrants Mistrial - On February 29, 2016, Judge Robert Payne of the Eastern District of Virginia declared a mistrial as...more

N.Y. High Court Denies Facility Fees for Office Surgery

New York State surgeons who operate in their offices took a hit on March 31, when that state’s highest court upheld a ruling that no-fault insurance companies are not required to pay a facility fee—only the professional fee....more

FilmOn X LLC v. Window to the World Communications Inc. - USDC, N.D. Ill., March 23, 2016

Concurring with New York and D.C. courts in related cases, Illinois district court finds FilmOn X’s Internet-based streaming service is not “cable system” under Section 111 of Copyright Act, and is not entitled to compulsory...more

Chobani Suffers Setback in Greek Yogurt Wars

Chobani recently suffered a major setback in its battle with Dannon over the advertising of low-calorie Greek yogurt. Judge David Hurd of the Northern District of New York issued a preliminary injunction on January 29, 2016,...more

Can Resolving a Legal Claim Be an Unfair Trade Practice?

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

New Limit & Requirement on 501(c)(4) "Social Welfare" Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released two position papers that affect new, and some existing, social welfare organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Last month the IRS...more

Court Has Jurisdiction In Declaratory Judgment Action.

Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction is denied. This is a declaratory judgment action on non-infringement and invalidity of the patent-in-suit. Defendant is an NPE. It had...more

The Use of Expert Opinions in ‘Reverse-Payment’ Settlement Cases Under Actavis - King Drug Company of Florence, Inc., et al. v....

Applying its previous rulings in related litigation and interpreting FTC v. Actavis, 570 U.S. 756 (2013), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was tasked with determining whether to preclude expert...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2016

BriarTek IP, Inc. Petitions for Writ of Certiorari - On February 10, 2016, BriarTek IP, Inc. filed a petition for writ of certiorari to review a judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that...more

Declaratory Judgment Action Is Dismissed For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction is granted. This is a declaratory judgment action. Defendant has asserted infringement against various customers of plaintiff on their...more

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