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False Labeling Lawsuits Get Hung Up On Faulty Damages Models

Food companies have several significant defenses to consumer fraud class actions over product labeling, say attorneys Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez, and analyst Grace Rosales. The authors focus on damages, an area in which...more

Five Things You Should Know About Discovery Under The New Business Court Rules

There are new Rules for the NC Business Court In effect, as of January 1, 2017. If you have a case in the Business Court, or are expecting to designate a case there, you should look them over. ...more

NC Business Court Starts Off 2017 By Denying A Motion For Sanctions And Adding A New Judge

In the NC Business Court's first Opinion of the new year, Judge Bledsoe denied Defendants' Motion for Rule 11 Sanctions in Kure Corp. v. Peterson, 2017 NCBC 1. The decision holds a few lessons about the operation of Rule 11...more

‘Cause You’ve Got Proportionality: Overview of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery

Recently, The Sedona Conference, a research and educational institute, published its 2016 Public Comment Version of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Proportionality in Electronic Discovery. This is the third version of...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Requirements in FRCP Rule 23 for Class Certification

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a putative class action case that posed whether common questions of law or fact predominate on the reliance element of Plaintiffs' Section 10(b) claims. The court concluded...more

UVA Administrator Opposes Rolling Stone’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law

On December 27, 2016, University of Virginia Associate Dean of Students Nicole P. Eramo opposed Rolling Stone’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law. On November 7, 2016, following a two-week trial, a jury sitting in U.S....more

Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.: Ninth Circuit Rules That There Need Not Be An Administratively Feasible Way To Identify Class...

In Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., an opinion issued on January 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 does not require plaintiffs challenging the...more

The Ninth Circuit’s Briseno Decision Is Not As Bad As It Looks for Consumer Class Action Defendants

The Ninth Circuit’s decision this week in Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 15-55727, refused to engraft an “administrative feasibility” requirement to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23’s prerequisites for certifying a...more

Leveraging Proportionality to Set Reasonable Limits on Discovery at the Outset

Plaintiffs should not be permitted to insist on an extensive discovery wish list but rather must make some showing that their requests are proportional to the needs of the case. A district court in California recently...more

Expanded Federal Circuit Jurisdiction: Classifying Compulsory Counterclaims

Addressing jurisdictional issues under the America Invents Act (AIA), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a petition for a writ of mandamus challenging a district court order compelling a petitioner to...more

A Quick Look at the New Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ?TTAB? will implement new rules on January 14, 2017, that will apply to all inter partes proceedings (oppositions, cancellations, concurrent use) and ex parte appeals that are pending on,...more

In a Scorching Opinion, Sixth Circuit Refuses to Undo Class Action Settlement

Sometimes, appellate decisions are written in a purely clinical voice. Other times, they’re infused with a dash of hot sauce....more

Client Alert: New TTAB Rule Changes Take Effect in 2017

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), which decides issues of trademark registrability, recently sought comments regarding certain rule changes to the TTAB Rules of Practice. On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Patent and...more

Supreme Court Amends Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to Shorten Most Litigation Deadlines

It’s a nightmare common to new and old lawyers alike: a litigator awakens in the middle of the night, panicked that she has blown a deadline on a motion filed against her client a few weeks ago in federal court. She looks at...more

Good Things Come in Small Packages: M.D. Fla. Rejects Plaintiff’s Discovery Gotcha Gamesmanship

This is the time of year for Best and Worst lists. Our own lists of the best and worst drug and device law decisions of 2016 will be coming out soon. Meanwhile, we have no doubt that the worst moments in our own day-to-day...more

The Overtime Rule Litigation: The Action Continues While the DOL Appeals

Even though the preliminary injunction against implementation of the overtime rule granted by Judge Mazzant is on a fast track appeal in the Fifth Circuit, the activity in the trial court has not ended. Texas AFL-CIO...more

District Court Orders Plaintiff to Supplement Damage Information Provided in Federal Rule 26 Initial Disclosures Where Plaintiff...

In this discovery dispute in a patent infringement action, Frontgate contended that Balsam Brands, Inc. ("Balsam") failed to adequately respond to an interrogatory seeking information about Balsam's damages. As explained by...more

National Roundup of Important Anti-SLAPP Appeals

After the DC Circuit issued its decision in Abbas v. Foreign Policy Group last year, holding that the DC anti-SLAPP statute does not apply in a federal court diversity case (and disagreeing with every other federal appellate...more

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rule Change Alert

New TTAB Rule Changes Take Effect In 2017 - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), which decides issues of trademark registrability, recently sought comments regarding certain rule changes to the TTAB Rules of...more

Efficiency: A Discovery Philosophy, and All You Really Need to Know About Predictive Coding

The main problem with discovery is the cost. In a very small number of truly bet-the-company cases (for example, where the CEO’s emails must be produced) the greater risk can be failing to do discovery perfectly. But 99 times...more

Missed the eDiscovery Business Confidence Webinar? Here is Where You Can Still Check it Out: eDiscovery Trends

On Wednesday, ACEDS hosted a webinar (sponsored by CloudNine) where we discussed results from the Fall 2016 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey, which was conducted last month with the results published on Rob Robinson’s...more

District Of New Jersey Rewards Defendant’s Candor, Finds No Waiver In Successive Motion to Dismiss

Federal Rule 12(g)(2) generally prohibits a successive motion to dismiss based on grounds that were known at the time of the original motion. This rule was tested in VNB Realty, Inc. v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Assoc., No. 2:13-4743,...more

Court Applies Heightened Pleading Standard to CFPB Complaint Alleging Deceptive Practices

On November 15, 2016, the Central District of California issued a ruling (subscription required) in CFPB v. Prime Marketing Holdings, LLC dismissing without prejudice four out of five claims on grounds that plaintiff CFPB had...more

2016 E-Discovery Case Law Top Ten List (#2 May Shock You!)

It’s been a year since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended. Each rule to be changed was examined by panels of discovery experts, who focused on what was working and what was not. That’s why taking a look back on...more

A Framework for Applying Proportionality in E-Discovery: The Sedona Conference Principles

The principles provide a useful framework for the application of proportionality to preservation, as well as practical guidance for negotiating the scope of discovery. The Sedona Conference — a research and educational...more

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