Declaratory Judgments

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Owner Permitted to Redeem Property from Tax Claim Bureau

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that the Westmoreland Tax Claim Bureau had the discretion under the Real Estate Tax Sale Law (RETSL) to allow an owner of a tax delinquent property (Rowe) to redeem the property through...more

State Farm’s Relentless Pursuit to Deny Coverage for TCPA Cases

As policyholder lawyers, one can usually count on a few basic mistakes that insurers will make. First, they wrongfully deny coverage and fail to defend. They abandon their insured who is then left to its own devices to...more

Microsoft Corp. v. DataTern, Inc.: Suppliers’ Standing To Bring A Declaratory Judgment Action Based On Customer Suits

On May 5, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Microsoft Corporation v. DataTern, Inc. that clarified, at least in part, the circumstances under which a supplier may bring a declaratory judgment action based on...more

Germany: Collecting society’s payout to publishers highly disputed

On 13 May 2014 the District Court of Berlin (16 O 75/13) rejected a claim brought by a songwriter and a composer against a collecting society’s payout to music publishers. The claim was directed at a declaratory judgment that...more

Arizona Court Holds Insured Person Exclusions Applicable to Consolidated Securities Claims

In its recent decision in Amerco v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69066 (D. Ariz. May 20, 2014), the United States District Court for the District of Arizona had occasion to consider the application of...more

CT Law of the Land

AC35464 - Yorgensen v. Chapdelaine - In this new Appellate Court decision, the plaintiff was issued a building permit to construct a barn, but town officials thereafter also observed grading adjacent to the wetlands...more

On Remand, Federal Circuit Comes Around to Supreme Court’s Way of Thinking

Medtronic Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. - On a remand from the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, addressing the issue of the sufficiency of infringement evidence, affirmed a district...more

Federal Circuit Review - StoneEagle, Vederi, and Ancora Technologies (April 2014)

Inventor Cannot Use Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction - In StoneEagle Services, Inc. v. Gillman, Appeal No. 13-1248, the Federal Circuit vacated a declaratory judgment and remanded with instructions to dismiss based on...more

The ‘‘Burden’’ of Patent Infringement: Supreme Court Holds That Burden of Proof Remains With Patentee Even in Declaratory Judgment...

The Supreme Court of the United States has made it clear that the traditional canons of litigation — including those involving jurisdiction and which party bears the burden of proof — hold true in patent cases, even those...more

Declaratory Judgment Action Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Where Contacts in Jurisdiction Occurred Before, and Were...

Digital Ally, Inc. ("Digital Ally") filed a declaratory judgment action pertaining to patent infringement against Utility Associates, Inc. ("Utility"). Utility filed a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter and personal...more

Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari of Eighth Circuit Decision Holding that Defendant Cannot Collaterally Attack FCC TCPA...

As previously reported, the federal courts have been confronting many issues involving The Administrative Orders Review Act (“Hobbs Act”), 28 U.S.C. § 2342, in TCPA litigation, particularly in cases where defendants have...more

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. v. Spanish Broadcasting Sys., Inc., Consol. C.A. No. 8321-VCG (Del. Ch. Feb. 25, 2014) (Glasscock,...

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery held that preferred stockholders of Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (“SBS” or the “Company”) had acquiesced to the Company’s incurrence of additional debt while a dividend...more

Pre-Issuance Conduct May Support Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction

On March 11, 2014, in Danisco US Inc. v. Novozymes A/S, No. 2013-1214 (Fed. Cir.), the Federal Circuit held that pre-issuance conduct can be considered when determining whether a declaratory judgment defendant has instigated...more

Federal Circuit Review - February 2014

Defendant Bears Burden of Proof in Declaratory Judgment Case - In Medtronic, Inc. v. Mirowski Family Venture, LLC, Appeal No. 12-1128, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s determination that the burden of...more

Could an Insurer’s Declaratory Judgment Action Waive the Right to Participate in Settlement in Illinois?

An insurer offers its insured a defense under a reservation of rights and files a complaint seeking a declaratory judgment determining coverage. This is not an uncommon sequence of events, either in Illinois or anywhere...more

The Burden is on You: A Defendant Patent Holder Still Bears the Burden of Proving Infringement in a Declaratory Judgment Action...

For nearly 150 years, it has been established that a patent holder (“patentee”) ordinarily bears the burden of proving infringement. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Medtronic v. Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC, 571...more

Unanimous Supreme Court to Federal Circuit: Burden of Proof on Infringement on Patentee, Even in Declaratory Judgment - Medtronic,...

A unanimous Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision authored by Justice Breyer, reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, holding that the patentee bears the burden of persuasion on the issue of...more

D.C. Circuit Dish Network Decision Fails to Clear the Muddied TCPA Waters of a Seller’s Vicarious Liability

On January 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed Dish Network LLC’s petition for review of a 2013 Declaratory Ruling (“Declaratory Ruling”) by the Federal Communications...more

Declaratory Judgment Claimants: Which Products Are You Saying Don’t Infringe?

Declaratory judgment plaintiffs and counterclaimants in patent cases have long been accustomed to filing boilerplate claims that either do not identify an accused technology, or that do so in a cursory manner. Noninfringement...more

Supreme Court Finds Patent Owner Have Burden of Proving Infringement in a Declaratory Judgment Case

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a patent owner always has the burden of proving infringement, even if the case is brought by a licensee asking for a declaration that the licensed patents were not invalid. ...more

Supreme Court Lays Burden of Proof on Patentee, Even in Declaratory Judgment Action

In Medtronic, Inc. v. Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC, a unanimous Supreme Court held that the patent holder bears the burden of proving infringement, even in a declaratory judgment action brought by a licensee. In reaching its...more

Texas Court Holds Suit Under D&O Policy Not Ripe for Declaratory Judgment

In its recent decision in American Construction Benefits Group, LLC v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5147 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 15, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas had...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Dec 11, 2013

FEMA Clarifies Time Extension for Victims of Sandy - Why it matters: Given the unprecedented meteorological event known colloquially as “Superstorm Sandy,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted multiple...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q4 2013

CASES TO WATCH - Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Copyright: Status: cert. granted Issue: Is the equitable defense of laches available in a copyright claim filed within the Copyright Act’s three-year...more

Declaratory Judgments In Non-Compete Cases – Electing Offense Over Defense

After a weekend of gorging on football as well as turkey, I’ve got offense and defense on my mind, and a recent Georgia appellate decision got me to thinking about how those basic gridiron principles apply to non-compete...more

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