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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling Favorable To Employers Involved In Disparate-Impact Litigation

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5 to 4 ruling in Texas Dep’t of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., No. 13-1371 (2015). Now that the dust has settled from the Supreme Court’s...more

Bringing Punitive Damages to the Forefront of Florida Trucking Litigation

Having punitive damages imposed against a trucking company is often a source of great anxiety for defense attorneys and their trucking company clients. Florida attorneys skilled in the handling of truck accident cases...more

Has Exposure To Punitive Damages Increased In Arizona?

Until recently, it was generally accepted that punitive damages awards are to track awards of compensatory damages on a 1:1 ratio. This ratio was convenient for defendants, as it provided some amount of certainty when...more

Worth the Fight: Conditional Certification of FLSA Collective Actions is Not Automatic

Conventional wisdom holds that courts reflexively grant motions for conditional certification in Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective actions. As a result, some employers do not even oppose these motions. They are...more

Q&A Series: Locke Lord’s Jim Tyrrell on the Keys to a Winning Products Liability Defense

What is the key to succeeding for a client in a complex products liability or toxic tort matter? JT: It’s all in the ‘C’s.’ Command of the facts, command of the law, command of the science, command of the courtroom and...more

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Non-Injured Plaintiffs Lack Standing To Pursue Claims For Technical Violations Of State Consumer...

In Maglio v. Advocate Health and Hosps. Corp., 2015 IL App (2d) 140782-U (Ill. App. Ct. June 2, 2015), the Illinois Appellate Court was asked to decide whether individuals have standing to bring suit for violations of...more

The Frustrating EEOC Conciliation Process

Employers are often frustrated when dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) regarding employee Charges of Discrimination. Many EEOC charges are legitimate and allow current or former employees an...more

EPA Issues SIP Call to Eliminate SSM Defense

EPA has issued a final rule that requires 36 states to revise their State Implementation Plans to eliminate a well-known and often-used Clean Air Act defense for excess emissions. While specific elements of the defense...more

Why Criminal-Law Statute-Of-Limitations Principles Should Apply To Claims For Punitive Damages

There are not many true affirmative defenses to punitive damages, much less ones that can be established on the face of the complaint. One potential basis for dismissing a claim for punitive damages, which could be...more

Lack of Typicality and Adequacy of Representation Prevents Class Certification in Health Care Data Breach

The opinion from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas reinforces lack of standing as a defense for companies facing data breach–related class actions. On March 25, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas provided...more

Defending Against Non-Retained Experts

California is generally regarded as providing broad leeway for non-retained experts to testify on a range of matters. Several recent decisions, however, have narrowed the scope of permissible testimony for non-retained...more

Consumer Class Actions Against Liquor Producers Follow Familiar Path

Plaintiffs’ class action attorneys tend to follow trends. They are a savvy breed of attorney, at once creative and lazy (or efficient, depending on one’s perspective). One attorney discovers a statute, claim, or industry, and...more

Tools to Defend Against Securities Litigation Arising out of Cross-Border M&A Transactions

Litigation following a merger involving publicly traded companies has become so commonplace in recent years that shareholder lawsuits challenging proposed mergers and acquisitions are frequently (and begrudgingly) referred to...more

What Does Pharmacogenomics Have To Do With Product Liability? – Potentially Everything

Recently, Bexis attended the DRI drug and device committee spring conference. Among other things he heard a bang-up presentation on genomics and personalized (also known as “precision”) medicine from Paige Sensenbrenner. On...more

CCP Section 998 Offers to Compromise and Howell v. Hamilton Meats Collide

In Lee v. Silveira, et al., 2015 DJDAR 5287, the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, held that a plaintiff is not entitled to recover fees under California Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) Section 998 where...more

Sticking up for Their Rights: Employers Taking the Offensive

The traditional posture of California employers apprehensive about “gotcha” wage and hour claims is to hunker down and wait for the next lawsuit. But a few brave souls have taken the offensive. We celebrate two examples here....more

The Sixth Circuit Reins in the Government's Measure of False Claims Act Damages

Pharmaceutical and device companies, financial institutions, government contractors, oil and gas conglomerates, and other public and private entities continue to be in the crosshairs of aggressive federal government...more

Defense and Indemnity Demands in Today’s Global Marketplace

In defending product liability cases, product manufacturers, sellers and distributors often tender a request for defense and indemnity from claims to one of their business partners. Typically, the tender arises from two...more

Is This New Harassment Decision The End Of The World For Employers?

Are harassment and retaliation lawsuits all going to the jury now? Are employers doomed? Are the plaintiffs’ lawyers popping the champagne corks? Is the EEOC dancing for joy?...more

In Consumer Class Actions, Discovery is not Insured

Consumer class action defendants in New Jersey state courts may be able to avoid costly discovery following a New Jersey state appeals court’s recent affirmance of a pre-discovery denial of class action certification in Myska...more

Is Malicious Prosecution a Potential Settlement Tool?

In many instances, insurers are initially sued by plaintiffs with colorable claims seeking monetary recovery. During the course of litigation and through discovery, it sometimes becomes clear that the plaintiff’s claim or...more

The Increasing Visibility of Driver Health [Video]

In the transportation industry, driver health has grown into a highly visible issue. Both through regulatory initiatives and with respect to civil litigation, there are ongoing attempts to identify the scope of driver health...more

The Double-Edged Sword: Genomic Profiling in Drug and Chemical Litigation

Since completion of the Human Genome Project, genomic profiling and the related advent of personalized medicine have become a hot topic. Many predicted this new genomic information would lead to targeted drug treatments that...more

Successful Laches Defense Becoming Commonplace in Colorado

Boiler plate language in responsive pleadings often includes “Plaintiff’s claims are barred by the doctrine of laches” (or “The doctrine of laches bars Plaintiff’s claims” if you prefer the active voice). However, litigation...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Insider Trading After United States v. Newman, the Second Circuit’s Landmark Decision Limiting Liability of Downstream Recipients of Insider Information - Noted With...more

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