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Class Certification, Unfair Trade Practices, and Governing Standards

In Bumpers v. Community Bank of Northern Virginia, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that when a plaintiff alleges a violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 based on a misrepresentation, the plaintiff must prove actual and...more

What Level of Litigation "Anticipation" Triggers Work Product Protection?

One of the great ironies of work product protection involves federal courts' widely varying interpretation of the single sentence codifying the Federal Rules' work product protection. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(3)(A). Among many...more

Cymbalta Judge Severs Claims and Smacks Down Plaintiff Lawyers’ Self-Created "Quagmire"

Ninety-nine years ago today (October 7) Georgia Tech administered the most lop-sided beat-down in college football history, edging Cumberland University 222-0. (By the way, who was the head coach of Georgia Tech who presided...more

Proposed Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for ESI

With the widespread use of electronic communication methods, discovery is often the most onerous, time-consuming and costly aspects of litigation. Case law has established that a party has a duty to preserve information when...more

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Practical Considerations in Identifying and Preparing Your Rule 30(b)(6) Witnesses

As you know, Rule 30(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and state counterparts allow a party to depose organizations, including corporations. The party requesting this type of deposition must describe with...more

September 2015: Appellate Update

Postscript to the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2014 Term. The Supreme Court of the United States completed its October 2014 term in June, having decided a number of matters of wide public interest. Among the most notable was...more

"Inside the Courts: Sweeping Changes Proposed to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure"

Significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure submitted to Congress in April 2015 could change discovery practices in securities litigation before the end of this year. Absent legislation to reject, modify or...more

District Court Denies Class Certification in Excessive Fee Case Against Service Provider

The plaintiffs, three plan participants, filed their lawsuit in 2012 and purported to assert claims on behalf of a class of all plans serviced by the defendants, affiliated entities that provided services to the plans and/or...more

Can An NC Superior Court Judge Modify Another Judge's Classs Certification Order?

Is the certification of a class by an NC state court set in stone or can it be modified during the course of the litigation? The federal rule vs. the state rule - There is a difference between the federal rule...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Publishes Proposed Changes to Procedural Rules of Practice

The International Trade Commission proposed a series of new procedural rules, which were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2015. This blog post provides a summary of the more notable proposed changes to the...more

Tweaking the “Home Court” Rules for SEC Administrative Proceedings

SEC proposes modest amendments to AP process to enhance efficiency and address concerns regarding fairness. In an effort to enhance the efficiency of its processes in administrative proceedings (APs) and bolster its...more

Class In Session: Minnesota Federal Court Certifies Class In Target Corporation Data Breach Suit

On September 15, 2015, a federal district court in Minnesota granted a motion for class certification of hundreds of credit unions and banks in an action against Target Corporation for damages stemming from the breach of...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rules Governing Administrative Proceedings

The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be hearing the music. In response to the many voices that have expressed dissatisfaction with the procedures used in SEC administrative hearings, the SEC today issued proposed...more

Eleventh Circuit Decision Weakens Injunctive Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants

Last month, in Transunion Risk and Alt. Data Sols., Inc., v. MacLachlan, the Eleventh Circuit held that the district court should have considered hardship to an employee when it enforced a restrictive covenant in an...more

District Court Allows Discovery to Re-Open to Permit Plaintiff to Compel Defendant to Produce Update Sales Records prior to Trial

Isola USA Corp. ("Isola") moved to compel Taiwan Union Technology Corp. ("TUC") to provide updated sales data in response to document requests an interrogatories. In response to this discovery, TUC had previously provided...more

IP Newsflash - September 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Reverses Obviousness Ruling on Medical Device Patents - On September 8, 2015, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s summary judgment ruling invalidating three...more

Judiciary & In-House Legal Discuss the Necessary Skills to Stay Successful in Today's Competitive Legal Market

The train has left the station. The boat has left the dock. E-Discovery is not today’s new legal buzzword. E-Discovery should be as commonplace in the legal profession as the phrase ‘early case assessment’ or ‘due...more

Louisiana – Long-Standing Medmal Issue Decided in Favor of Remand

Well, that appears finally to be over, and like the “ships” (relationships) at the end of the Harry Potter series, we’re not particularly happy with the end result – as compatible as ashwinder eggs and erumpent horn, those...more

Rule 54(b) Final Judgment Entered On Indefinite Patents

The Court found patents indefinite through partial summary judgment motion practice. Patent owner requested entry of judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b) in writing and orally. Accused infringer objected, contending that...more

Settlement of Wage Claims Under FLSA Must Now be Approved by the Court

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that parties may not stipulate to dismiss cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act without court approval. This ruling may make it more...more

Direct Infringement Motion to Dismiss Under Form 18 Granted - Addiction and Detoxification Institute LLC v. Carpenter et al.

Addressing pleading requirements for direct and indirect infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s determination that although pre-filing notice is not required to bring suit...more

Rule 11 Sanctions Are Rare and Reserved for the Most Egregious of Violations - Predator Int’l, Inc. v. Gamo Outdoor USA, Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed an order sanctioning an attorney under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, holding that the district court abused its discretion in finding the attorney’s tactical...more

Court Orders Patent Troll to Pay Fees under Octane Fitness

On August 18, we posted about the Supreme Court’s Octane Fitness ruling and the potential consequences the case may have on the future of patent litigation. It appears at least one New York federal judge followed the Supreme...more

Breaking News - Ohio Sets Class Actions Right.

One of the most basic prerequisites to having court rules is that the rules aren’t supposed to change substantive law. With class action rules, like Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 and its state-law analogs, courts seem to have a hard...more

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