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“Mark of the Beast” Claim Busts

In Yeager v. FirstEnergy Generation Corp., No. 5:14cv-567 (N.D. Ohio June 27, 2014), a plaintiff asserted a religious discrimination claim for refusal to hire. In the complaint, he alleged he was not hired because he refused...more

Could the DC Circuit Decide the Abbas Appeal While Avoiding the “Erie” Issue?

I have previously explained that Yasser Abbas’s appeal from the district court’s decision, granting the defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion, will likely force the DC Circuit to decide whether the DC anti-SLAPP statute applies in...more

Third Circuit Adopts Less Demanding FCA Pleading Standard

Last week, the Third Circuit reversed a New Jersey district court’s decision to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam law suit, holding that the court applied an overly demanding pleading standard to relator Thomas...more

GR8 News for Mobile Carriers: District Court Lets Them Off the Hook In Text Messaging Case

FWIW, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and CITA—a wireless trade association—can def breathe a sigh of relief. On May 19, 2014, a federal judge from the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor...more

“Plausibility” and the Non-Conspiracy Elements of Antitrust Claims

In Bell Atlantic Co. v. Twombly, the Supreme Court injected a “plausibility” standard into Rule 12(b)(6) for claims asserting an alleged antitrust conspiracy. Since then, lower courts, scholars, and practitioners have written...more

Second Circuit Applies Morrison v. National Australia Bank to Allow Certain Extraterritorial Application of RICO

In European Community v. RJR Nabisco, Inc., Case No. 11-CV-2475 (2d Cir. Apr. 23, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) statute,...more

GENERICally Speaking - Vol. 4, No. 1

The Hatch-Waxman Litigation and Life Sciences practice groups at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. are pleased to offer the latest edition of their quarterly publication regarding ANDA patent litigation issues and the...more

Fifth Circuit Dismisses RICO Claims Against MERS; Texas District Court Dismisses Similar Claims

On March 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed on different grounds the dismissals of two cases filed against MERS, the electronic mortgage registry, and its member banks, holding that the complaints...more

First Circuit Punts on Implied Certification as a Basis for FCA Liability

In August, I wrote about the unusual decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to appeal a district court’s dismissal of a declined qui tam brought under the federal and state false claims acts (FCAs). In appealing...more

Another Federal Judge Spurns Application Of The Business Judgment Rule To Officers

Last week, I covered the choice of law issue in FDIC v. Faigin, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94899 (C.D. Cal. July 8, 2013) and promised more, When The Parent Is A Blue Hen And The Subsidiary Is A 49er, What Law Governs?...more

In re China Agritech, Inc. S’holder Deriv. Litig., C.A. No. 7163-VCL (Del. Ch. May 21, 2013) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss after determining that demand would have been futile under the Aronson and Rales analyses and that the Plaintiff had stated a claim on...more

Northern District Of Illinois Dismisses Class Action Complaint, Characterizing It As Much Ado About Nothing

After allowing Plaintiff multiple opportunities to submit additional authority in opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, the court dismissed his class action Complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief can...more

Rich v. Chong, C.A. No. 7616-VCG (Del. Ch. Apr. 25, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a derivative action brought by a stockholder of Fuqi International, Inc. because the plaintiff pled facts that raised a reasonable doubt that the Fuqi board...more

Court Dismisses Another Say-On-Pay Disclosure Case

The District Court for the Northeastern District of Illinois recently granted a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss an action styled Noble v. AAR Corp. The plaintiff alleged that the company failed to provide adequate...more

District Court Widens Split On Whether Complaints Of Alleged Future Misconduct Are Protected

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled that a SOX whistleblower complaint survived a Rule 12(b)(6) challenge on “reasonable belief” grounds and found that complaints of potential future...more

Court Reaffirms That Motions To Dismiss Must Be Based On Information Expressly Included In The Complaint

In Mahindra Forgings Ltd. v. Bentler Automotive Corp., 1:12-cv-991 (W.D. Mich. Feb. 1, 2013)(Bell, J.), Bentler moved to dismiss an amended complaint based on expiration of the statute of limitations. Bentler's argument was...more

Vegan Employee May Proceed with Religious Discrimination Claim

A federal district court in Ohio has refused to dismiss a complaint for religious discrimination made by a hospital employee after the employee was fired for refusing to be vaccinated for the flu. The basis of the refusal to...more

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