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More Sauce For Standing the Goose: Industry Associations Cannot Challenge EPA’s E15 Rule

I have previously noted that standing is a double-edged sword. Most commonly, the regulated community uses standing to keep citizen plaintiffs out of court. However, as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals demonstrated...more

Court Dismisses Request That NEB Review Upstream and Downstream Effects of Pipeline

On May 16, 2014, the National Energy Board received a motion from the City of Vancouver, among others, requesting that the List of Issues for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project hearing be expanded to include environmental...more

Summary Judgment Is No Dress Rehearsal

The standard for summary judgment is neither novel nor new. Most of us can recite it from memory: Summary judgment is warranted “if the movant shows that there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is...more

Second Circuit Refuses To Hear Appeal By Underwriter Against Reinsurer

The Second Circuit refused to hear an appeal in an action brought by Acumen Re Management Corporation, an underwriter, against a reinsurer, General Security National Insurance Company. The crux of the action was Acumen’s...more

District Court Applies New York Convention, Denies Motion To Dismiss Petition To Compel Arbitration

In late July, a New York federal court denied Harris Corporation’s (“Harris”) motion to dismiss for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. The motion sought to dismiss HBC Solutions Inc.’s (“HBC”) Amended Petition to Compel...more

United States Middle District of Florida Gives Plaintiffs an Option with regard to Premature Bad Faith Claims

In Gianassi v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142600 (M. D. Fla. 2014), the Middle District granted in part and denied in part State Farm’s Motion to Dismiss two counts of Plaintiff’s three-count...more

SEC ALJs Face Free Enterprise Challenge

Several years ago, I testified as an expert witness in an administrative proceeding brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The hearing was held in what looked like a courtroom before what appeared to be a judge...more

Seventh Circuit Uses Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(5) to Reopen 23-Year Old Judgment

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(5) allows a party to move for relief from a final judgment on the ground that “it prospectively is no longer equitable.” Motions under Rule 60(b)(5) must be made “within a reasonable...more

Court Denies Motion to Compel Deposition Testimony on Overly Broad 30(b)(6) Topics and on "Contention" Topics

In this patent infringement action brought by Trustees of Boston University ("BU"), BU alleged that defendants infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the "'738 Patent"), which centers on light emitting diodes ("LEDs") and the...more

Part III – FRCP Amendments: The Long and Winding Road

Where We Are Now - On September 16, 2014, the Judicial Conference officially approved the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The rules are now pending before the Supreme Court, and provided...more

Corporate Representative Depositions in Texas: The Basics Explained

If your company becomes involved in litigation, chances are it will be asked to present a corporate representative for deposition. A corporate representative deposition is one in which the company names a person to testify...more

3 E-discovery Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are supposed to be “construed and administered to secure the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.” Yet, as anyone who has ever been tasked with...more

Legal Alert: The Tax Court Approves the Use of Predictive Coding

On September 17, the U.S. Tax Court, in Dynamo Holdings LP v. Commissioner, 143 T.C. No. 9 (Sept. 17, 2014), held that a taxpayer could use predictive coding, over the objection of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), to...more

David v. Goliath in DC Superior Court

A “David versus Goliath” battle is playing out in the DC Superior Court, with the DC anti-SLAPP statute in the role of the slingshot. Our “David” is the Center for Defense Advanced Studies (“C4ADS”). According to an...more

Protecting Financial Stakeholders: Using Rule and Statutory Interpleader (Part 2)

In my last blog post on interpleader actions, we explored the benefits a financial services firm can obtain from filing an interpleader action. An interpleader action protects the holder of assets (such as a bank account,...more

A Wake-Up Call To Counsel Over ESI Discovery

The recent case of Brown v. Tellermate Holdings Ltd. is noteworthy for its imposition of near-terminal evidentiary sanctions, and order directing counsel and defendant to jointly pay plaintiffs’ cost of bringing motions to...more

State Courts Disagree About Whether Statutory Damages Make Class Actions an Inferior Method for Adjudicating TCPA Claims

The statutory damages that have caused so many plaintiffs to file TCPA class actions have also caused some courts to find that class actions are not the superior method for adjudicating them. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure...more

IMLA Files Amicus Brief in Schultz v. Wescom

On Monday, IMLA filed its brief in Schultz v. Wescom, a petition stage Supreme Court case, which involves a question of whether a municipality/police officer may immediately appeal a decision by a district court to defer the...more

Federal Circuit Reverses ITC Violation of Its Own Rules

Align Technology, Inc. v. U.S. Int’l Trade Comm’n - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC, the Commission), finding that, under the ITC’s rules,...more

Be Careful What You Ask For – Reasonableness in E-Discovery Meet and Confer and Motion Practice

Most corporate litigants are aware of the meet and confer requirement applicable to discovery disputes. Before a party files a motion seeking discovery that the other side will not provide, courts expect the attorneys for...more

W.D. Wash. Adopts Preponderance of the Evidence Standard for Elements of Class Cert., Rejects Numerosity Experts

The Western District of Washington recently adopted a “preponderance of the evidence” standard for establishing the prerequisites of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 and denied class certification in a TCPA case because the...more

E-Discovery Matters: “A Guide to ESI Preservation Responsibilities”

I am pleased to announce the availability of our firm’s updated publication, A Guide to ESI Preservation Responsibilities. I believe this white paper serves as a useful resource to anyone dealing with the complicated issue of...more

The House Introduces Another Trade Secrets Bill: Is It Really Any Better Than Before?

The Trade Secrets Act of 2014 (H.R. 5233) was introduced in the House by Congressman George Holding on July 29, 2014. Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Conyers (D-MI), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Self-Identification By Class Members Does Not Satisfy Ascertainability Under Rule 23

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a district court’s denial of class certification where a plaintiff failed to propose a plan to ascertain class members and therefore did not satisfy the manageability...more

Court Stays Discovery Request for Pre-Litigation Filing Investigation as Premature until Case Concludes

The amended complaint filed by Gene Neal and Kennieth Neal alleged claims for patent infringement and violations of California state law for unfair competition and false advertising. The Defendants, pursuant to Rule 26(d),...more

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