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SCOTUS Approves Proposed FRCP Amendments

On April 29, 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) took another step forward in the process. In a letter to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives leadership, Chief Justice John Roberts submitted...more

Call Answered: Supreme Court to Decide if Offer of Judgment Moots TCPA Class Action and Scope of Gov’t Contractor Liability

On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action. The case raises two related questions that are the source of frequent litigation...more

District Court Denies Motion to Compel and for Sanctions Where CFO Could Not Be Compelled to Testify on Broad Deposition Topics...

Plaintiff Stoneeagle Services, Inc. ("Stoneeagle") filed a motion seeking sanctions against Defendant Premier Healthcare Exchange, Inc. ("PHX") for failing to provide a prepared corporate representative to testify pursuant to...more

Treading Beyond the Iota of Fear: eDiscovery of the Internet of Things

First came the Industrial Revolution. Then the Internet Revolution. And today we have made a firm step into the dawn of a third revolution called the ‘‘Internet of Things’’ or ‘‘IoT.’’ Or at least this is how IoT’s arrival...more

Pending FRCP 26(b) Amendment Will Change the Culture of Discovery

On April 29, 2015, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that the U.S. Supreme Court had adopted a package of amendments of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. These amendments will take effect on December 1, 2015 unless...more

Administrative Proceedings vs. Federal Court: The SEC Provides Limited Transparency Into Its Choice of Forum

For the past two years, the SEC has come under heavy fire, both inside and outside the Commission, for its increasing use of its own administrative proceedings, rather than federal courts, as the preferred forum for bringing...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Strikes Class Allegations in Air Pollution Suit

Underscoring the requirement that class action plaintiffs clearly and objectively define the putative class without reference to the underlying merits of plaintiffs’ claims, a federal district court in Pennsylvania struck...more

Spotlight on Electronic Discovery: Challenges Presented by the Internet of Things

E-discovery is poised to enter a new revolution as the Internet of Things (“IoT”) continues its seemingly exponential growth. IoT is the ecosystem of interconnected sensory devices that perform coordinated, pre-programmed –...more

Colorado High Court Nixes Use of Lone Pine Orders to Streamline Colorado Fracking Litigation

On April 20, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling interpreting Rule 16 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure and implicating the scope of a trial court’s inherent authority to manage the cases before it. In...more

“Predictive Coding” and Litigation

Recently, PK Law’s newsletter contained a piece on the use of electronic means to effect service of process. The topic found its way into the national press which captured the decision of a judge to permit service on a...more

Commercial Division Practice Continues to Shift Towards Federal Standards with Four Proposed Rule Changes

The Commercial Division Rules are once again the subject of several proposed amendments, as detailed below. While these proposals are not as far-reaching as some of the rule changes enacted in 2014, they nonetheless raise...more

District Court Excludes Prior Art References in Expert Report That Were Not Included in Invalidity Contentions

After the district court adopted a specialized scheduling order that was based on local patent rules in other districts, the plaintiffs served detailed infringement contentions and the defendant served detailed invalidity...more

Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a Prevalence and Practicality Two Years Later

For many years, a motion to dismiss pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) has provided an effective tool for dismissing baseless claims early in the litigation process. The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure did...more

Third Circuit to Plaintiffs’ Bar: Expert Testimony Necessary for Certification Must Satisfy Daubert

Plaintiff purchasers of traditional blood reagents, products that test the compatibility of donor blood with recipients, brought putative class actions claiming that two defendant companies conspired to fix prices in...more

Third Circuit Clarifies the Ascertainability Standard in Class Certification Proceedings

In a precedential opinion issued on April 16, 2015, the Third Circuit sought to clarify its requirement that a proposed class be sufficiently ascertainable in order to be certified under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(3). Expressing...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Its Ascertainability Standard

Ascertainability is an implied requirement for class certification, not expressly addressed in Fed. R. Civ. P. 23. While there are different formulations of the requirement, in essence it requires that there be an adequate...more

ESI Case Law Update 2015

In this Issue: - Introduction - Preservation - Proposed Amendments to Rule 37 - Search Methodology/Technology-Assisted Review - Proportionality - Cost-shifting - Form...more

Data Encryption and Its Potential Effect on Litigation and Discovery

In September 2014, Apple introduced a new mobile-operating system called iOS8. iOS8 offers enhanced data-encryption protection to Apple users and the content stored on their mobile devices. Apple's advancements in...more

Town Gets Schooled on Class Definition in PCB Contamination Case

The Town of Lexington, Massachusetts filed a putative class action in 2012 on behalf of itself and alleged similarly situated Massachusetts school districts that have one or more buildings with airborne...more

Successful Rule 9(b) Defense of False Claims Act Whistleblower Litigation

The lure of significant monetary awards continues to stimulate high-risk whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act (FCA), and these claims are increasingly common in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. The...more

E-Discovery Update: Proposed Rule Changes Reflect Trend Toward “Reasonableness” in Preservation

The Judicial Conference Committee recently approved changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) addressing preservation and sanctions and setting forth clearer and more reasonable preservation standards than those...more

Certification of Minor Class Could Have Major Impact on Facebook

Plaintiffs, two minors who used their parents’ money to make purchases on Facebook without parental consent, brought a putative class action against the company, alleging its policy of representing purchases as non-refundable...more

Sixth Circuit Reaffirms No Reasonable Religious Accommodation Warranted in “Mark of the Beast” Case

In Yeager v. FirstEnergy Generation Corp., the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the Northern District of Ohio’s judgment dismissing Yeager’s complaint under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12 (b)(6) for failure to state a...more

Forras Case Finally Reaches DC Circuit

After a brief – and unsuccessful – return to the federal district court, the appellants in the Forras v. Rauf case (Vincent Forras and Larry Klayman) have filed their opening brief in the DC Circuit. ...more

2 Years After Comcast, Little Has Changed

The U.S. Supreme Court’s March 2013 decision in Comcast was heralded by many as a class certification “game-changer” that raised the bar for plaintiffs seeking class certification in competition and other class cases —...more

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