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Long Tail Personal Injury Claims – Have the Gates Opened in Western Australia?

In September 2014, we reported on the argument before the Supreme Court of Western Australia Court of Appeal in an appeal against the decision of Dixon v Clarke [2013] WASC 471.  The Court of Appeal delivered its reasons for...more

NJ Appeals Court Upends Nursing Home Negligence Suit

In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for long-term care litigation, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that § 30:13-4.2 of the Nursing Home Responsibilities and Residents’ Rights Act (NHA) does...more

Daubert Motions Are Granted In Part; Relative Value Allocation Approach To Apportionment Is Unreliable

Stark, C. J. Defendant’s Daubert motion is granted in part and the remaining part remains pending. Plaintiff’s motion to preclude testimony is denied in part and granted in part....more

New Jersey Casts a Broader Net (Opinion Rule)

It wasn’t too long ago that, down the shore, New Jersey hosted one of the most notorious litigation hellholes in the country. That’s not the case anymore, as the current (2014-15) ATRA Judicial Hellholes report explains in a...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Reverses $14.5 Million Asbestos Verdict Based on Improper Admission of Expert Testimony

An en banc session of the Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated a $14.5 million asbestos verdict in a mesothelioma case and remanded the case to the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia for a new trial, affirming the decision...more

Expert Testimony May Be Required To Establish CERCLA Innocent Landowner Defense

On January 20, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in Coppola v. Smith, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5127, addressed the application of CERCLA’s innocent landowner defense against a somewhat...more

ITC Section 337 Update - March 2015

Commission Files Brief In 833 Investigation Appeal Regarding Digital Models Qualifying As “Articles” – On February 18, 2015, the International Trade Commission filed its brief in an appeal to the Federal Circuit of the...more

Suggestive or Descriptive Marks: An “Expert’s” View

On February 28, 2015, the Southern District of New York denied a motion to exclude the testimony and survey of an expert witness regarding whether a trademark was descriptive or suggestive. In Rise-N-Shine, LLC v. Robin...more

Descriptive or Suggestive Marks: An Issue for "Experts"?

On February 28, 2015, the Southern District of New York denied a motion to exclude the testimony and survey of an expert witness regarding whether a trademark was descriptive or suggestive. In Rise-N-Shine, LLC v. Robin...more

Expert Witness Testimony Normally Improper for Preliminary Response - B/E Aerospace, Inc. v. Mag Aerospace Industries, LLC

Clarifying what is impermissible “new” evidence for a Patent Owner Preliminary Response in an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) ordered that the patent owner’s exhibit, in the form...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Tips for Developing a Cost-Effective Foreign Patent Strategy - Supreme Court Holds that Trademark Tacking Should be Decided by a Jury in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank - Amending...more

The EEOC Experiences yet Another Background Check Court Loss

As we previously reported, the EEOC’s targeting of employer background checks has been controversial and continues to fizzle in the courts. Recently, in EEOC v. Freeman, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...more

Forgetting Rule 403

A recent case out of Montana, Peterson-Tuell v. First Student Transp., LLC, 339 P.3d 16 (Mont. Nov. 15, 2014), highlights the import of a Rule 403 challenge and of making your challenges and objections as comprehensive and...more

Court Precludes Expert’s Lost Profits Testimony

Andrews, J. Defendants’ motion to preclude plaintiff’s expert’s testimony is granted with respect to lost profits and denied with respect to reasonable royalty. The court took testimony and held oral argument on January 30,...more

Proving Inherent Anticipation – Make or Break Your Case With Expert Testimony

Anticipation is a basic concept in patent law. On its face the concept is simple—if a single prior art reference teaches every element of a claim in the proper context, then the claim is not patentable, i.e., it is...more

Declarant Must Be Made Available for Deposition in the United States - Square, Inc. v. REM Holdings 3, LLC

Addressing the location of a deposition of patent owner’s declarant, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded that, absent an agreement between the parties to...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment against EEOC in Background Check Suit

Last week, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) v. Freeman, No. 13-2365 (4th Cir. Feb. 20, 2105), the Fourth Circuit affirmed the award of summary judgment against the EEOC in its suit alleging that the...more

Louisiana Federal Court Excludes “Every Exposure” Testimony

Adding to the growing body of case law that rejects the so-called “every exposure” theory, a federal court in Louisiana has excluded specific causation opinions of a plaintiffs’ expert who relied on the theory, finding that...more

The Use of Internal Experts in Canadian Litigation

Who better to provide expert evidence on a product than a client’s own engineer or designer who has spent years working with the product? Often, in a product liability case, the individual with the best knowledge about an...more

Expert Testimony in Indemnity Action Not Limited to Opinions Presented in Underlying Matter

In National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh Pa. v. Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance Co. (filed 2/4/2015, B24899 and B247258), the California Court of Appeal, Second District, held that the insurer of Costco...more

District Court Denies Motion to Exclude Defendants' Experts from Claim Construction But Orders the Defendants to Supplement Their...

In this patent infringement action, the plaintiff filed a motion to exclude the defendants' claim construction experts. The plaintiff's motion was based on the argument that the defendants' disclosures did not comply with...more

Ontario Court of Appeal says Draft Expert Reports are not Producible

The Court of Appeal for Ontario confirmed today that: - counsel can and should discuss draft expert reports with their expert witnesses, and - draft reports and other communications between counsel and...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: District Court Finds Expert Proof Insufficient to Prove Causation (1/15)

Causation is often the biggest hurdle a plaintiff must clear in proving a toxic tort case. For that reason, it would be expedient if a plaintiff could get to trial on the issue of causation merely by showing that...more

The Need For Expert Evidence To Make Out An Innocent Landowner Defense Under CERCLA

As every litigator knows, evidence almost always tells a story that is untidy and riddled with loose ends. This was illustrated by a recent innocent landowner case in California — Coppola v. Smith. There, a company had...more

Patent Owner: Preponderance of Evidence Standard Can Never Be Met Without Expert Testimony

In IPR2013-00357, Patent Owner Overland Storage, Inc. filed a request for rehearing of the final written decision holding that claims 1-11 of U.S. Patent No. 6,328,766 are unpatentable. The basis for the patent owner's...more

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