Disclaimers

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Consistent Usage and Disclaimer in Intrinsic Record Trump Anything in Extrinsic Record

In David Netzer Consulting Engineer LLC, v. Shell Oil Company, [2015-2086] (May 27, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed summary judgment of non-infringement of U.S. Patent 6,677,496 on a process for the coproduction of...more

Is everyone’s website illegal?

Your website consists of visible text and graphics, geared to the sighted reader. Its terms and conditions include legal disclaimers and limitations of liability, which, it explains, apply unless they are specifically...more

Sharp Increase in NJ Consumer Class Actions as Company Websites Targeted

A formerly obscure, 35-year-old New Jersey statute is increasingly taking its place as the claim of choice for class action lawyers suing consumer-facing companies. Most recently, plaintiffs' lawyers are using the ambiguous...more

If You Can’t Say Something Nice . . .

In Bamberg v. Dalvey, [2015-1548] (March 9, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision in an appeal from a consolidated interference proceeding refusing to allow the claims of four patent applications because the...more

Disclaimer in Top-Hat Plan Could Save Millions for Employer

Do you have a top-hat plan? That’s a plan which is unfunded and is maintained by an employer primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees...more

Disclaimers of Reliance: Use a Covenant, Not a Representation

In M&A acquisition agreements, a target company often will negotiate for a disclaimer from the acquirer that all of the target company’s representations and warranties regarding its business are contained in the four corners...more

Delaware Law Updates - FdG Logistics LLC v. A&R Logistics Holdings, Inc., C.A. No. 9706-CB (Del. Ch. Feb. 23, 2016)

Anti-reliance disclaimer by buyer in M&A transaction: Delaware law enforces clauses which identify the specific information on which a party has relied and foreclose reliance on other information - Upon the consummation...more

NLRB Says Agreement's Failure to Advise Employee of Right to File Claims with Board Violates Federal Labor Law

Over the past several years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued several employers, claiming that their failure to explicitly advise employees that releases provided in conjunction with severance benefits...more

Anti-Reliance Disclaimers in Delaware – Why Skillful Drafting Matters

In FdG, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a Buyer’s fraud claim based on extra-contractual representations will not be barred unless the anti-reliance disclaimer is drafted as an unambiguous affirmative expression by...more

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too? Handbook Contract Disclaimers & Mandatory Arbitration Policies

A New Jersey court recently used the so-called contract “disclaimer” language in an employer’s handbook to preclude the employer from enforcing a mandatory arbitration program contained in that same handbook. The court’s...more

Patent Owner’s IPR Statements May Constitute A “Disclaimer” of Claim Scope In Litigation

It is well-established that a patent owner’s statements about a claim term made during prosecution can be viewed as a disclaimer of claim scope during the Markman phase of litigation. Similarly, clear and unambiguous...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Relying on Franchisor’s Profit Projections

Most experienced franchisors know better than to make claims about profits franchisees can expect when those claims do not match the information in the franchisor's Franchise Disclosure Document. However, if a franchisor or...more

Can Disclaimer Be Used To Avoid PGR Institution?

The PTAB recently instituted post-grant review in Core Survival, Inc. v. S & S Precision, LLC (PGR2015-00022, paper 8). While the patent owner did not argue that that the patent was eligible for post-grant review, the facts...more

Seller’s Disclaimer of Extracontractual Representations Is Not Enough To Preclude a Fraud Claim

In FdG Logistics LLC v. A&R Logistics Holdings, Inc. Chancellor Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that a seller’s disclaimer of extracontractual representations is not enough to preclude a fraud claim. A fraud...more

Using Disclaimer To Avoid Institution Of CBM Review

CBM reviews, if instituted, almost always result in invalidated claims. In the PTAB’s latest statistics, only 4% of final written decisions in CBM reviews found no instituted claims unpatentable. Those same statistics,...more

Repeated Disparagement of the Prior Art in the Specification Can Operate as a Clear and Unmistakable Disavowal of Claim Scope -...

Addressing issues of claim construction, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s narrow construction based on a disclaimer in the specification. Openwave Systems, Inc., NKA...more

Patent Challenger Loses with Unreasonably Broad Claim Construction

In Trivascular, Inc., v. Samuels, [2015-1631) (February 5, 2015), the Federal Circuit affirmed a rare PTAB determination in an IPR that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,007,575 were not shown to be invalid. The claims were...more

Avid Technology, Inc. v. Harmonic, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Lesson for Defendant-Appellee's: Provide Responsive Arguments on Appeal

On January 29, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an Opinion in Avid Technology, Inc. v. Harmonic, Inc. in which the judgment of the District Court was vacated, and the case was remanded for a new trial on infringement. Avid...more

Federal Circuit Affirms High Standard to Find Patentee Disclaimer

In a decision likely to be lauded by patent applicants and owners, the Federal Circuit recently issued an opinion that affirms its staunch position that the bar to prove a patent owner made a disclaimer that impacts the claim...more

NJ Employers May Need to Revisit Arbitration Clauses Following Appellate Division Ruling

On January 7, 2016, the New Jersey Appellate Division found that an arbitration provision contained in an Employee Handbook was unenforceable. This decision is of critical importance to New Jersey employers when it comes to...more

New York Court Holds Insurer Timely Disclaimed Coverage on Basis of Classification Limitation

In its recent decision in Black Bull Contr., LLC v Indian Harbor Ins. Co., 2016 NY Slip Op 00002 (1st Dep’t Jan. 5, 2016), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, had occasion to consider whether...more

Superior Court Explains Reliance Disclaimer Clauses

A party to a contract may try to limit any future claims of fraudulent inducement by providing an anti-reliance clause in its contracts. As this decision explains, such clauses need to be carefully drafted and particularly...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Rules Arbitration Agreement in Employee Handbook Unenforceable

In C.M. v. Maiden Re Insurance Services, LLC, No. L-3622-13 (App. Div. Sept. 18, 2015), the New Jersey Appellate Division held that an employee was not compelled to arbitrate her employment discrimination claims,...more

Special Focus: FTC Issues Long-Awaited Native Advertising Guidance

On December 22, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) issued long-awaited guidance on native advertising – commercial content designed with the look and feel of editorial content – and published its...more

Aviation Happenings - Winter 2016

Court Holds that Seating a Passenger Behind an IFE Box Does Not Constitute Montreal Convention “Accident” - The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently held that seating a...more

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