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The Impact of TC Heartland: Motion to Challenge Venue Waived Where Defendant Failed to Bring Motion with Other Rule 12(b) Motion

After this patent infringement action was filed, the defendant, BigCommerce, filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim for relief pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6). BigCommerce did not file a motion to transfer...more

A Twist on Campbell-Ewald: Seventh Circuit Rejects Effort to Moot Class Action Claims Under F.R.C.P. 67

In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (2016), the United States Supreme Court held that a defendant’s unaccepted offer of complete relief under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 did not moot a class plaintiff’s...more

Moonlight Fire Case: Ninth Circuit Denies Relief to Defendants Under FRCP 60 in U.S. v. Sierra Pacific Industries

On July 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided the case of United States v. Sierra Pacific Industries, et al. This is referred to as the “Moonlight Fire” case. The Ninth Circuit framed the issues...more

In-House Counsel's Worst Nightmare: A Subpoena In A Case To Which The Company Is Not A Party

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I don't think that there is anything worse than having a client get subpoenaed in a case to which it isn't a party. It didn't want to be drawn into someone else's problem, to have to scour its records to respond to an...more

Court Dismisses Infringement Theory Premised on Speculated Future Formulation Changes

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The US District Court for the District of New Jersey granted generic manufacturer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c) on the basis of non-infringement. Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. Luitpold...more

Recover of Costs After Arbitration Pursuant to C.C.P. § 998

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Alan Heimlich v. Shiraz M. Shivji - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (May 31, 2017) - Must a party that has served a statutory offer to compromise pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 998 present it to...more

E-Discovery Standards and the 26(g) Signature That Drives the Market

by BakerHostetler on

We begin with three quick questions: 1. Which legal practice has created and fueled a multibillion-dollar support industry? 2. Which legal practice employs incomprehensible acronyms that require a glossary apart from...more

N.D. and E.D. Tex. Courts Find Waiver of Venue Defense Notwithstanding TC Heartland Decision

The Supreme Court’s recent holding in TC Heartland settled several points of law: first, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) is the “sole and exclusive provision controlling venue in patent infringement actions; second, the broader venue...more

[Webinar] Key eDiscovery Case Law Review for First Half of 2017 - July 26th, 12:00pm CT

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The best predictor of future behavior is relevant past behavior. Nowhere is that truer than with legal precedents set by past case law decisions, especially when it relates to eDiscovery best practices. This CLE-approved*...more

Fantastic Beast Sighting in the District of Massachusetts—Motion to Strike Allowed

In PetEdge, Inc. v. Yahee Technologies Corp., PetEdge accused Yahee of infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,621,236 (the “’236 patent”), which is entitled “Folding Pet Ramp and Steps.” PetEdge designs, makes, and sells merchandise...more

Marshal Service for Arbitration Awards, Relic or Requirement?

So you’ve got an arbitration award, what next? In other types of civil cases, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Rules) control service, and they have greatly reduced the role of U.S. Marshals in serving parties. See Fed....more

Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Most people have had the experience of becoming lost and, having arrived at their destination, realizing that it was only one false turn that caused their confusion. For those with a physics background one can recall the...more

Supreme Court Holds Voluntary Dismissal With Prejudice Does Not Constitute An Appealable "Final Decision" That Would Allow The...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, held that “[f]ederal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction under [28 U.S.C.] § 1291 to review an order denying class certification...more

Employment Law - June 2017 #2

Class Certification Denial Reversed in Wake of Augustus - Why it matters - Applying the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, a California appellate panel reversed a trial...more

Appellate Jurisdiction over Class Certification Denials: Microsoft v. Baker

Facts - On June 12, 2017, in Microsoft Corporation v. Baker, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that federal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction to review orders striking class allegations after the named plaintiffs...more

Supreme Court: Dismissal Tactic to Appeal Class Certification Denial Is Invalid

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In a much-anticipated decision, the US Supreme Court held in an 8-0 vote that plaintiffs cannot confer upon themselves a right to appeal class action denials simply by dismissing actions following the denial of class...more

Attorneys’ Professional Duty of Care When Representing Clients in Litigation or an Investigation Requires Higher Technological...

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The legal practice and technology go hand in hand, and a solid understanding of technology is crucial to satisfy the ethical duties owed by attorneys to their clients. In an opinion published on Feb. 21, the New York County...more

Business Litigation Report - May 2017

Recent Decisions Regarding Discovery Scope and Proportionality Requirements Under New Federal Rules - Over the past eighteen months, federal courts have issued numerous important decisions clarifying the impact of the most...more

May 2017: Recent Decisions Regarding Discovery Scope and Proportionality Requirements Under New Federal Rules

Over the past eighteen months, federal courts have issued numerous important decisions clarifying the impact of the most recent amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b), which went into effect December 1, 2015....more

The Supreme Court - June 5, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases today: Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, No. 16-74: This case involves whether three church-affiliated nonprofits that run hospitals and offer...more

Mandatory Pilot Program Expedites Discovery Schedules for the Northern District of Illinois

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Beginning June 1, 2017, the Northern District of Illinois will be participating in a three-year pilot project, known as the "Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project," which will require the parties in civil cases to respond...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Statute of Limitations Applicable to Class Action May Be Tolled By Prior Lawsuit

In Resh v. China Agritech, No. 15-55432, published May 24, 2017 (Resh), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a would-be class action is not time barred where (1) the plaintiffs were unnamed plaintiffs in two earlier...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Putative Securities Class Action, Finding Public Disclosures Precluded Any Finding Of Intent To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 12, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities class action against biopharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. and three of its officers. In Re: Biogen...more

Higher Costs Awards for the Winning Party in Federal Court IP Cases

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In Canada, the losing party pays the winner’s litigation costs. For years, costs awards were assessed in accordance with a tariff and were generally inadequate. The Federal Court's recent trend in awarding lump sum costs...more

Fourth Circuit Excludes FDA Evidence in Transvaginal Mesh Products Liability Case

by Sands Anderson PC on

In the Southern District of West Virginia, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., were sued for defective design and failure to warn for their transvaginal mesh TVT-O, in addition to a loss of consortium claim....more

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