Declaratory Relief

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Texas and 17 States Sue Over the President’s Executive Action on Immigration

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the attorneys general and governors of 17 states filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging...more

Investment Adviser Challenges Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Proceedings

A registered investment adviser and its principal recently sued the Securities and Exchange Commission for declaratory and injunctive relief to stave off an imminent administrative enforcement action, alleging that the tenure...more

SEC Faces New Constitutional Challenge to Administrative Proceedings Based on Tenure Protection of Administrative Law Judges

In a complaint filed recently in the Southern District of New York, an activist investor and his investment advisor company have gone on the offensive against the SEC. Joseph Stillwell and Stillwell Value LLC filed a...more

The Cost of Doing Nothing? Injunctive Relief and the Amount in Controversy

While plaintiffs in class action cases ordinarily seek monetary damages, many incorporate claims for injunctive or declaratory relief as well. Injunctive and declaratory relief can complicate matters for courts when it comes...more

Plaintiffs Can’t Evade Removal Under Class Action Fairness Act By Suing For Only Declaratory Relief

Over the years, the plaintiffs’ bar has used a wide variety of stratagems to try to prevent defendants from removing class actions to federal court. We’ve previously blogged about several of them. A recent Eleventh Circuit...more

Removal Evidence Need Not Be Perfect and Declaratory Relief Alone May Satisfy CAFA Amount-in-Controversy Requirement, says the...

Answering a question left undecided in other circuits, the Eleventh Circuit held in South Florida Wellness, Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co., No. 14-10001 (Feb. 14, 2014) that a complaint seeking only declaratory relief “can be...more

The Bill Graham Show Goes On … and On - Graham-Sult v. Clainos

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that the federal district court erred in dismissing claims for copyright infringement, conversion and declaratory relief brought by the sons of the late concert...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2013

This month we look at part two of our three part series on Class Actions. In part two, Robert Rachal, Page Griffin and Madeline Chimento Rea address Wal-Mart's Rule 23(b) principles, including some defenses to plaintiffs' use...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2013: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases ..Dodd-Frank Prohibition on Arbitration ..Statutory Damages Under TILA ..Preemption ..Declaratory Relief ..HAMP Claims ..Constitutional Challenge to...more

Goldieblox, Inc. v. Island Def Jam Music Group, et al.

Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief

An action for declaratory and injunctive relief to establish the rights of a toy company, GoldieBlox, in connection with a parody video set to the tune of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls.”...more

Ohio Supreme Court Adopts Comcast and Wal-Mart Standards For Class Certification; Reverses Class Certification Due To...

Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court denied class certification in Cullen v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Slip Opinion No. 2013-Ohio-4733 (Nov. 5 , 2013). In a 5-2 decision, the Court overruled the trial and...more

New Jersey Changes its Playbook On Appeal to Third Circuit

On June 26, 2013, a three judge panel of the Third Circuit heard oral argument in National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al. v. Governor of New Jersey, et al. The NCAA and the North American professional sports leagues...more

New York Appeals Court Upholds Zoning Laws Banning Hydrofracking over State Oil and Gas Laws

In Norse Energy Corporation USA v. Town of Dryden, et al. and Cooperstown Holstein Corporation v. Town of Middlefield, the Third Department upheld local ordinances banning all activities related to the exploration for and the...more

Court Holds That Statute Of Limitations Applies To Section 50(a)(6) Constitutional Claims

In Priester v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., homeowners sued for declaratory relief against their lender claiming that the lien on their home was void under the Texas Constitution. No. 12-40032, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 3097 (5th...more

Insurers Lose Defense Reimbursement Battle in Washington State

It’s cynically said that no good deed goes unpunished. The Washington State Supreme Court seems to agree when it comes to insurers’ reservations of rights to seek reimbursement of fees and costs they have paid for the defense...more

Courts Continue to Split on Whether Defense Obligation Is a First Party Benefit Under Colorado Law, but Agree Duty to Defend Is a...

In D.R. Horton, Inc.—Denver v. Mountain States Mutual Casualty Co., No. 12-cv-01080 (February 25, 2013), another U.S. District Court judge for the District of Colorado determined a liability insured seeking defense costs from...more

California Supreme Court Holds That Proof That Employer Would Have Made Same Employment Decision Absent Discrimination Precludes...

On February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court held that where a plaintiff proves that unlawful discrimination in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA") was a substantial factor motivating her...more

Supreme Court: Broad Covenant Not to Sue Negates Jurisdiction over Counterclaims for Non-Infringement and Cancellation of...

In Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the trademark plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of its infringement suit, together with a covenant not to sue, deprived the district court of...more

Already v. Nike: The Supreme Court Finds Covenant Not to Sue Made Competitor’s Claim for Invalidity of Trademark Moot

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion yesterday in the closely-watched case, Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc. In a decision that is almost certain to affect patent owners as well, the Court unanimously affirmed the Second...more

California Appeals Court Enjoins Nonjudicial Foreclosure For Lenders’ Failure To Comply With HUD Servicing Requirements

On December 13, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held that the HUD servicing requirements were incorporated by reference into the borrowers’ FHA deed of trust and served as conditions precedent...more

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