Declaratory Judgments

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Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Dismisses Declaratory Judgment Claim

A while back, I wrote about a Georgia Supreme Court decision, Royal Capital Development LLC v. Maryland Casualty Co., that held that diminution in value of real property is potentially covered under a property insurance...more

“Insanity Defense” Fails To Preserve Coverage For Insured’s Arson

Missouri resident James Roller set fire to his garage in an attempt to commit suicide. When smoke and fumes surrounded him he changed his mind, fled the garage, and alerted his wife of the fire. Mrs. Roller called 911. A...more

Illinois Court Addresses Insured’s Burden of Proof on Duty to Indemnify

In Consol. United Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Faure Bros. Corp., 2016 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 11, 2016), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider an insured’s burden of proof in a declaratory...more

PECO Logistics, LLC v. Walnut Investment Partners, L.P., et al., C.A. No. 9978-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 30, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery resolved a dispute regarding a put right in an LLC agreement between PECO Logistics, LLC (“PECO”), a Delaware limited liability company, and two of its preferred equity holders, Walnut...more

Court Report - January 2016 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. 1:15-cv-00806; filed September 11, 2015 in the District Court...more

Court Report - January 2016 #2

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Sage Labs Inc. v. Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals Inc. 1:15-cv-00791; filed September 9, 2015 in the District Court of...more

Another ROBS Gone Wrong – IRS Disqualifies ESOP

On November 23, 2015 the U.S. Tax Court issued a declaratory judgment that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) did not abuse its discretion in issuing a Letter of Revocation of the tax qualified status of the Fleming...more

Pa. Judge Strikes Down Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas (the Court) recently struck down the hotly contested Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Ordinance — bestowing a generous holiday gift on the thousands of Pittsburgh (City) employers that...more

Costly Consequences to Limiting Discovery Scope

Order Re: “Other Enplas Lenses”, Enplas Display Device Corp., et al. v. Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., Case No. 13-cv-05038 (U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins) - Sometimes, it works to a patent owner’s advantage...more

Request for Money Damages Not Required to Trigger Duty to Defend

Applying Illinois law, the court in Country Mutual Insurance Co. v. Bible Pork, Inc., 2015 IL App (5th) 140211, held that an express request in an underlying complaint for damages because of property damage or bodily injury...more

Court Report - December 2015

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. et al. v. Med-Pharmex, Inc. 3:15-cv-01905; filed August 28, 2015 in the Southern District of...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: Released after 11:30 a.m. AC36320 - Valencis v. Nyberg - This decision upheld the granting of a PJR for ~ $1.5 million in favor of the plaintiff property owner when the...more

South Carolina Court Finds Insurer Improperly Denied Coverage Under State Operations Exclusion

In E. Bridge Lofts Prop. Owners Ass’n v. Crum & Foster Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156947, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina addressed an insurer’s denial of coverage for an...more

National Grid’s Limited Waiver of Caller Identification Requirements Granted by the FCC

The FCC continues to dispose of pending petitions or requests for waiver of its TCPA rules. One slightly unusual request was the petition filed last February by National Grid USA, Inc. (“National Grid”) requesting a limited...more

Court Report - November 2015 #5

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Savior Lifetec Corp. 5:15-cv-00415; filed August 21, 2015 in the Eastern District of North...more

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

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

Court Dismisses Police Officers’ Class Action Complaint Regarding Anti-Tattoo Policy

In a recent order in Medici, et al. v. City of Chicago, Case No. 15 C 5891, 2015 WL 6501153 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 27, 2015), Judge Charles P. Kocoras of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a...more

Preemption Challenge to State Demand-Letter Regulations Confers Jurisdiction Under Post-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(1) - Vermont v....

Addressing jurisdictional issues, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit relied on post-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(1) to exercise, for the first time, jurisdiction over an appeal in which only a counterclaim arose...more

States Take Aim At Health Insurance Providers Fee In New Litigation

Three states—Kansas, Louisiana and Texas—filed a complaint in federal court on October 22, 2015 challenging the constitutionality and legality of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance providers fee. The health...more

Court Provides Fair Use Guidance On YouTuber’s Use of Viral Video

This copyright case pitted two big YouTube content brands against each other over issues of fair use. On one side is Equals Three, LLC, a YouTube content studio and channel created and owned by Ray William Johnson, an early...more

Court Report - November 2015

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Janssen Biotech Inc. et al. v. Par Pharmaceutical Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-00679; filed August 3, 2015 in the District Court of...more

Third Circuit Announces Coverage-Defeating First Publication Rule

On October 23, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a ruling that may make it more difficult for Pennsylvania policyholders to obtain coverage for the misappropriation of advertising ideas...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Strikes Down Ordinance Banning Disposal of Wastewater as Unconstitutional

In Pennsylvania General Energy Co. L.L.C. v. Grant Township, Magistrate Judge Susan P. Baxter of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, in an unpublished opinion, held that several...more

Equals Three, LLC v. Jukin Media, Inc. - USDC, C.D. California, October 13, 2015

In copyright infringement action involving unlicensed use of humorous “viral videos,” district court denies copyright owner’s motion for partial summary judgment, concluding that all but one of allegedly infringing programs...more

Mixed Ruling in Suit Challenging Operation Choke Point

Why it matters - A D.C. federal court judge issued a mixed ruling in a suit brought on behalf of payday lenders against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and the...more

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