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Structuring a Settlement After Asserting Class Members Did Not Suffer Any Concrete Injury

Frequently, a class action complaint will set forth an elaborate theory of why the defendant’s actions were negligent or wrongful, but fall short when trying to identify how that conduct has harmed the class members. This...more

A New Normal? Challenges to Market Definition Find a Foothold at 12(b)(6) Stage

Recent federal court opinions dismissing cases under Rule 12(b)(6) may provide an early off-ramp for antitrust defendants where a roadblock has often existed. Courts are increasingly dismissing cases at the 12(b)(6) stage for...more

Methods Exploiting Junk DNA May Be Useful But Lack Patent Eligibility

Striking another blow against patent eligibility in the field of biotechnology, the Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that methods that use “junk DNA” to detect genetic variations lack patent eligibility under 35...more

Discoveries Are Not Patentable.

In Genetic Technologies Limited v. Merial LLC. [2015-1202, -1203] (April 8, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court dismissal for failure to state a claim and entry of final judgment that claims 1–25 and 33–36...more

Report And Recommendation Regarding Motion To Dismiss Is Denied In Part And Granted In Part

Fallon, M. J. Report and recommendation recommending that defendants’ motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and failure to state a claim be denied in part and granted in part. The disputed technology in...more

Here We Go Round the Merry-Go-Round: How a § 101 Denial May Inform a Subsequent Motion

With the explosion of 35 U.S.C. § 101 challenges since Alice v. CLS Bank,1 litigants and courts are well familiar with its applicable two-part inquiry. Overlaying and shaping the Alice inquiry, however, are the parties’...more

Peschke Map Technologies LLC v. Rouse Properties Inc. (E.D. Va. 2016)

Plaintiff Peschke Map Technologies ("Peschke") sued Rouse Properties ("Rouse") for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,397,143, directed to a computer-based map navigation and display system. Rouse filed a 12(b)(6) motion to...more

Chancery Analyzes Limits of 'Reasonable Conceivability'

In 2011, the Delaware Supreme Court in Central Mortgage v. Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings, 27 A.3d 531, 537 (Del. 2011), unequivocally stated that the "pleading standard in Delaware to survive a motion to dismiss is...more

Don’t Get On the Wrong Side of Taylor Swift in a Copyright Case!

Taylor Swift has been in the news a lot over the last year or so. She is phenomenally successful. Her hit album “1989” concert tour was the highest grossing tour in the world in 2015 (over $250 million) and the highest...more

Superior Court Explains Interference With Prospective Business Relationship And Good Faith Claim

This decision does an excellent job of setting out the elements of a claim for interference with prospective business relationships. Even better, it is a comprehensive summary of the elements of a claim for breach of the duty...more

Pleading Patent Infringement Without Form 18

On December 1, 2015, changes recommended by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and adopted by the Supreme Court will take effect. Among these changes is elimination of the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Jurisdiction For Veil-Piercing

This is an interesting decision for its discussion on what must be pled to obtain Chancery jurisdiction in a claim seeking to pierce the corporate veil. It is not enough to just allege the entity was used to defraud. Rather,...more

Blue Diamond and WhiteWave Win Dismissal of Injunctive Relief Claim for Almond Milk Products

A recent decision from the Southern District of New York demonstrates the challenges consumers face in seeking injunctive relief on behalf of a class. On October 21, 2015, in Albert et al. v. Blue Diamond Growers, et al.,...more

Taking Down the Flagg: Fifth Circuit Remands Med Mal & Device Case for Lack of Diversity Despite Uncompleted Administrative Review...

A divided panel (2-1) of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that failure to exhaust a state law pre-suit medical panel review process did not subject the plaintiff’s claims against the...more

Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, No. 629, 2014 (Del. Oct. 2, 2015) (Strine, C.J.)

In this opinion affirming the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a stockholder challenge to a merger, the Delaware Supreme Court held that the approval of the merger by a fully informed, disinterested stockholder majority...more

CLIENT ALERT: Delaware Supreme Court Finds That Fully Informed Stockholder Vote Approving Merger Invoked Business Judgment Rule

Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, No. 629, 2014 (Del. Oct. 2, 2015). In this opinion affirming the Court of Chancery’s dismissal of a purported class action challenging an acquisition transaction, the Delaware...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Challenge to Alleged Horizontal Adoption of Minimum Advertised Prices

In what has been described as the latest opinion on the use of hub and spoke theories to allege conspiracies in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, the plaintiffs took the position that the viability of their claims...more

Another Cybersecurity Wake-Up Call for Business

On August 24, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit released its long-awaited ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Hotels, affirming the FTC's enforcement powers in the cybersecurity sphere. The...more

The Big Three: The 9th Circuit Joins The 6th Circuit and 7th Circuit in Holding That Sanctions For Bad-Faith Litigation Tactics...

In Law v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (2015 S.O.S. 13–56099 – filed August 27, 2015), the Ninth Circuit joined the shortlist of Circuit Courts to hold that sanctions for bad-faith litigation tactics under 28 U.S.C. section 1927...more

FTC v. Wyndham: Third Circuit Affirms FTC's Authority to Regulate "Unfair" Cybersecurity Practices

In a highly anticipated, precedential opinion released on August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit held that the FTC had authority to regulate cybersecurity under the unfairness prong of § 45(a) of the FTC Act and that Wyndham had...more

To (b)(1) or not to (b)(1): What to Call your Rule 12 Arbitration Motion

Let’s say your client gets sued in court, the parties have an arbitration agreement, and you want to compel arbitration right away and not mess around with any other court proceedings. You already know you can make a motion...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Complaint Alleging Contracting Fraud

In an unpublished decision issued on Thursday, August 13, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reemphasized Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b)’s “stringent particularity requirement” when it affirmed a lower court’s...more

Fifth Circuit Revives SOX Whistleblower Claim But Rejects Allegations Not Exhausted Before OSHA

In Wallace v. Tesoro Corp., the Fifth Circuit revived a SOX whistleblower complaint that was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, finding that the plaintiff’s alleged belief that the company...more

GlaxoSmithKline LLC. v. Glenmark Generics Inc.

Case Name: GlaxoSmithKline LLC. v. Glenmark Generics Inc., USA, Civ. Nos. 14-877-LPS-CJB; 14-878-LPS-CJB, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52525 (D. Del. Apr. 22, 2015) (Burke, J.) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Coreg®...more

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Plead, Plead Again…

In Wynn, et al. v. The New York City Housing Authority 14 Civ. 2818 (S.D.N.Y. July 29, 2015), several employees (who were either African-American or Hispanic) alleged that their employer, the New York City Housing Authority...more

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