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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

Protecting the Identity of Your LLC Members & LP Partners in Litigation, Part II: Strategies for Discovery

You want to protect the identity of your business’ owners, but your opponent issued discovery requesting a copy of your organizational chart and/or information on the identities of your LLC members or LP partners. You are...more

US Supreme Court: Statement of the Legal Theory Supporting a Claim Is Not Required in a Pleading

The US Supreme Court recently emphasized that pleadings under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not require a statement of the legal theory supporting the claim. In Johnson v. City of Shelby, 135 S. Ct. 346 (U.S. 2014),...more

Seventh Circuit Confirms That a Party Opposing Summary Judgment Still Needs to Submit an Affidavit or Declaration if It Needs More...

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allow a nonmovant, when faced with a motion for summary judgment, to ask the court to defer ruling on the motion, to allow it additional time to take discovery. The process is...more

Stop giving away the store! Cases decided prior to the 2000 Amendment of F. R. Civ. P 26(b) do not define scope of discovery

We observed previously that “reasonably calculated” does not define scope of discovery, and it never has. Rather, discovery is limited, by the plain terms of F. R. Civ. P. 26, to “nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any...more

Finding the Earliest and Least Expensive Exit From Financial Services Class Actions

Effectively responding to class litigation doesn’t necessarily mean simply preparing an answer or perfunctory motion to dismiss, diving headlong into class discovery, investing in full-fledged combat on the merits of the...more

A WARN Act Roundup: Jury Trial Rights, the Unforeseen Business Circumstances Defense, and the Single Employer Rule

Towards the end of 2014, three federal courts explored developing issues under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act), 29 U.S.C. §§ 2101-2109 et. seq. Below is a summary of three...more

New York Federal Court Denounces Debtor’s Attempt To Induce FDCPA Violation

A New York federal district court recently issued a strong denunciation of the practice of debtors attempting to induce debt collectors into committing violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Finding...more

Declarant Must Be Made Available for Deposition in the United States - Square, Inc. v. REM Holdings 3, LLC

Addressing the location of a deposition of patent owner’s declarant, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded that, absent an agreement between the parties to...more

Taking Control of Class Actions From the Beginning

Growing up a Yankee fan, I hated Wade Boggs, the third baseman for the Boston Red Sox. (Never mind for the moment that Boggs later played for the Yankees.) Boggs controlled the tone of the game because he controlled the...more

LegalTech 2015 — Not so much collaboration, cooperation or transparency

I attended LegalTech 2015 this year in New York. It was a great seminar and another well done project by ALM. One wrinkle, though....more

The Top Ten eDiscovery Developments of 2014 in the Mountain West and California

Over the past year, bar associations and courts throughout the country found themselves addressing more and more issues related to electronic discovery. The states where Lewis Roca Rothgerber has offices were no exception to...more

Former Licensee Knocks Wind Out Of Sail Manufacturer’s Trade Secrets Claims

In the fiercely competitive world of professional sailing, every second matters. And, as with any sport, competitors look to gain any advantage they can by getting their hands on the latest equipment, fine-tuned to give them...more

Supreme Court: Claim Construction Is Subject to Hybrid Review - Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz, Inc.

In a 7–2 decision penned by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the de novo standard as the sole standard of review issues arising in claim construction. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz,...more

Make Sure You Can Afford to Pay a Bond Before Seeking an Injunction

In order to obtain a an injunction under federal law, the moving party has to show each of the following... (i) It has a likelihood of success on the merits of its claim. (ii) Without injunctive relief, it would...more

Planning for E-Discovery

Federal courts in California have developed new rules and guidelines. The rules of civil procedure are supposed to be "construed and administered to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action...more

Applying Today’s Statute To Yesterday’s Offer And Sale

In September 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 538 (Hill) into law. This bill fundamentally rewrote a key anti-fraud provision of the Corporate Securities Law of 1968 – Corporations Code Section 25401. At the time, I...more

Teva and Its Potential Impact on Patent Litigation

The Supreme Court recently handed down its 7-2 opinion in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. The case involved a Federal Circuit review of a district court’s determination that Teva’s patent claims were not...more

Patent Claim Construction Subject to Hybrid Review Standard

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz, Inc., U.S. No. 13-854 (Jan. 20, 2015) - Answering the long debated question of what deference the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit should give in reviewing district court...more

Why Did the Supreme Court GVR the Shire Lialda Case?

On January 26, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari, vacated, and remanded Shire Development LLC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to the Federal Circuit “for further consideration in light of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA,...more

The Fourth Circuit, En Banc, Addresses Removal / Remand Litigation

In Barlow v. Colgate Palmolive Co., 772 F.3d 1001 (4th Cir. 2014), an en banc decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit considered two cases where plaintiffs allegedly misrepresented their intent to...more

Employment Law Alert: Employee's Overtime Claim Fails Due to Lack of Facts

In Landers v. Quality Communications (9th Cir. 12-15890-1/26/15), the Court of Appeal affirmed the district court's order dismissing plaintiff's complaint pursuant to Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure finding...more

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