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Third Circuit Establishes Test For Numerosity Under Rule 23(a)(1)

While Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(a)(1), the “numerosity” requirement, is not a frequently challenged issue in many class actions, its importance cannot be ignored. Rule 23(a)(1) mandates that in order to certify a class action, the...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Pleading Requirements for Joint Infringement

Earlier this year, we discussed the potential ramifications of the December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on the pleading standard of infringement following the decision in Rembrandt Patent...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Ascertainability Not a Requirement in Rule 23(B)(2) Class Actions

On October 17, 2016, in a case of first impression, the Sixth Circuit held that ascertainability is not a requirement in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(2) class actions. The Sixth Circuit joined three other Circuits...more

FERC Investigations: Uncertainty Rules as More Entities Challenge in Federal Court: Insights from Nutter’s Matt Connolly

Legal Update - Matt Connolly, a senior associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department, addressed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) investigations in Nutter Insights. Matt discussed what triggers a FERC...more

“Can I Throw Out Those Dust Covered Files?” Defensibility, Efficiency, and the Comprehensive Guide to E-Discovery Preservation

When I was in high school, I worked for a family-owned office supply store, one of the last of the local businesses left on main street in the small Midwestern town where I lived. It was a frustrating job most of the time...more

FairWarning IP, LLC v. Iatric Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Rule-Based Data Processing Patent Held to Be Directed to...

On October 11, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued a precedential opinion in FairWarning IP, LLC v. Iatric Systems, Inc. affirming dismissal of a patent infringement suit brought by FairWarning holding that the asserted patent,...more

Another Champion for Proportionality in Discovery

For the second time within a month, an MDL court has rejected wide-ranging and potentially abusive discovery on the basis that the requests were out of proportion to the needs of the case. This is a welcome development. We...more

Energy Newsletter - October 2016

Negotiating an In-Project Construction Dispute - Many thorny and competing interests are implicated when an ongoing major construction project experiences an unanticipated event that impacts the project schedule or...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Joint Infringement Allegations under Iqbal/Twombly Pleading Standard

On September 30, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion affirming the District Court for the Southern District of New York’s dismissal of the plaintiff ’s complaint under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) because the complaint...more

FERC Enforcement Targets Entitled To Due Process Protections In De Novo Review Of Penalty Assessments

In a line of much-anticipated decisions, two federal district courts ruled to protect the procedural due process rights of entities targeted by FERC enforcement actions. Recent decisions in Massachusetts and the District of...more

Business Litigation Report - September 2016

Second Circuit Rejects Massive Class Action Settlement and Affirms Importance of Adequate Representation and Due Process Rights for Absent Class Members - The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered whether...more

IT Workers Lose Class Certification Battle

Perhaps no field of class action litigation in California is more fraught with complex certification issues than determining whether the administrative exemption applies to network, internet, and database administrators or...more

Federal Rules Advisory Committee Proposes Amendments to Rule Governing Class Actions in Federal Court

Since 2011, a Subcommittee of the Federal Rules Advisory Committee has been mulling changes to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. On April 14, 2016, the Advisory Committee forwarded proposed changes to the...more

Second Circuit Rejects Massive Class Action Settlement and Affirms Importance of Adequate Representation and Due Process Rights...

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered whether the largest negotiated cash settlement in a class action antitrust case satisfied the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and constitutional due process concerns...more

Insights Conversations: How Government Health Care Investigations May Be Shifting

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has long had the advantage when investigating False Claims Act (FCA) cases against health care companies. However, recent changes in the courts, including a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court...more

Florida Federal District Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Qui Tam Action Against Hospice Providers

On September 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted defendant hospice providers’ motions to dismiss plaintiff-relator’s claims under the False Claims Act, Florida’s False Claims...more

Janssen v. Celltrion (Infliximab): District Court Enters Partial Final Judgment in Favor of Celltrion

As we previously reported, after the district court found that all the asserted claims of the ’471 patent were invalid for obviousness-type double patenting, Celltrion moved for entry of final judgment on that patent under...more

Jenga! -- The Future of E-Discovery with Judge Peck and Judge Rodriguez at Exterro inFusion ‘16

Last week, Exterro’s annual user conference, inFusion 16, was in full swing, and for our visitors coming from points all over the U.S. and abroad, Oregon didn’t disappoint with its iconic weather – a mild fall mix of cool...more

Consumer Fraud Allegations For A Prescription Medical Device Do Not Pass The Test

When we think of prescription medical devices, we usually think of the sorts of devices that are implanted during surgery and tend to end up in litigation—artificial joints, pacemakers, surgical meshes, and bone cements, to...more

Rules Amendments Mean That Proportionality Limits Even MDL Discovery

We’ve blogged several times over the past couple years about the 2015 amendments to the federal rules as they pertain to discovery, including electronic discovery. Earlier this year, after the amendments had been in effect...more

North Carolina Business Court Ruling Regarding Fees May Impact Class Action Claims

North Carolina Business Court Judge Louis Bledsoe III has held that the named plaintiff must pay any defendant's costs incurred after the plaintiff rejected the defendant’s offer of judgment. This decision brings to an end...more

Use of Rule 45 Subpoenas in TTAB Proceedings

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit clarified the proper discovery procedures for a Rule 45 subpoena to compel a nonparty to produce documents in a trademark dispute before the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)...more

Arizona Sheriff’s Criminal Contempt Charge Reinforces Importance of Compliance with Civil Orders

President Andrew Jackson is reported (likely inaccurately) to have flaunted a Supreme Court decision by retorting, “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!” Any litigant who has been on the receiving end...more

In Top “Form” – The NY Commercial Division’s Continuous Efforts to Increase Efficiency and Reduce Litigation Costs

As outlined in previous posts, the New York Commercial Division seeks to be a forward-thinking forum that adopts rule changes aimed at increasing efficiency and decreasing litigant costs. In August, a revised Model...more

Hartig Drug Co. v. Senju Pharmaceutical Co. (3rd Cir. 2016)

Perhaps one of the most influential first year law school classes for the task of learning how to "think like a lawyer" is civil procedure. Particularly when the professor is bold enough to engage students on the intricacies...more

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