Declaratory Judgments

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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

Athletic Shoe Lawsuits are Off and Running

Sneakers have been around for a very long time – at least since the late 1800’s. The first patent for a rubber heel for shoes was granted in 1899, and the first patent for “athletic shoes” issued in 1921, although it related...more

Thinking of Sending a Cease and Desist Letter? Judge Rakoff Has Some Advice About the Declaratory Judgment Risk

A recent decision in federal court in New York serves both as a cautionary tale to companies looking to defend their trademarks and an important reminder to any company about to launch a new product under threat of an...more

Recoupment of Defense Costs: An Ohio Court Weighs in on the Debate

An Ohio appellate court recently addressed the much-debated issue of recoupment of defense costs, holding in a 2–1 decision, and on very narrow grounds, that an insurer could recoup nearly $12 million it expended on the...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

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

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

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