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IP litigation in Canada: 10 reasons to litigate north of the border

by DLA Piper on

Although Canada is globally recognized for maple syrup, hockey and universal healthcare, it is also a standard bearer in the area of IP litigation. Businesses should consider litigating in Canada as part of their global...more

The Katten Kattwalk | Issue 12

The Katten Kattwalk discusses legal issues in the fashion industry affecting the trademarks, patents and copyrights associated with companies, brands and products. Please see full Newsletter below for more information....more

Octane Fitness and Highmark Decisions Turn Three

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Both courts and litigants are only now appreciating the full impact of the Supreme Court’s 2014 decisions on fee shifting in patent cases. Key Points: ..Successful Section 285 motions have increased substantially in the...more

Oregon Supreme Court Revives Century-Old Statute to Award Attorney’s Fees to Policyholder

by Carlton Fields on

The general rule regarding a party’s responsibility for legal fees in U.S. courts, known as the “American Rule,” provides that, barring a contrary contractual obligation or statute, each party is responsible for its own legal...more

Fraud-Free Sunsets: How Financial Professionals Can Deter Financial Elder Abuse in Florida and Reduce Their Own Liability Exposure

by Carlton Fields on

Investment advisers, securities brokers, and other financial professionals who work directly with clients who are age 60 and older have two reasons to learn more about Florida’s financial elder abuse laws....more

The Difference Between Bankruptcy & Receivership Payment of Legal Fees to Defend Fee Applications

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

QUESTION: I was appointed receiver for an apartment building. I operated the property for six months, then the defendant filed bankruptcy. ...more

Dismissal Based On Forum Non Conveniens Does Not Trigger Fee Shifting

by Allen Matkins on

California generally follows the “American Rule” with respect to attorney’s fees. Trope v. Katz, 11 Cal.4th 274, 278 (1995). Under the American Rule each party to a lawsuit must ordinarily pay his own attorney’s fees. A...more

Del. Justices Award Attorney Fees Under Promissory Note Fee-Shifting Provisions

by Morris James LLP on

Persuaded by the arguments of the appellant noteholders, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that two fee-shifting provisions in the promissory notes entitled them to recover attorney fees the noteholders incurred filing suit to...more

Employer Recovery of Fees and Costs in Discrimination Cases – Is There a Trend Starting?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Ohio just passed a new law that could begin a trend favorable to employers. The new law allows Ohio’s Civil Rights Commission, in its discretion, to award attorneys’ fees and costs to employers who are found not to have...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty (and Related) Claims Are Not Easily Defeated: A Case Study in Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Just what must be alleged for claims for breach of fiduciary duty to proceed past initial pleadings and into meaningful fact development? In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of...more

Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Fee-Shifting Provision In Notes

by Morris James LLP on

This decision addresses a fee-shifting provision in certain notes that would be triggered if any indebtedness evidenced by the notes was collected by legal action. In exchange for modifying the notes, the noteholders had...more

Section 998 Update - What every lawyer should know about the latest interpretations of California's cost-shifting settlement...

Given the fact that the vast majority of litigated cases eventually settle, it makes sense to posture your client to be in the best position to cause that result to materialize, and to be in a good position if it doesn’t. ...more

Sanctions and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Appeal

by Jaburg Wilk on

This may not be a book my new grandson Felix will soon be reading, but it does raise a legitimate question: When you really, truly, believe a federal appeal is frivolous, and not just garden variety, I know you’re going to...more

Delaware corporate law and litigation: what happened in 2016 and what it means for you in 2017

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Delaware has long been known as the corporate capital of the world, and it is now the state of incorporation for 66 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than half of all companies whose securities trade on the NYSE, Nasdaq and...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Addresses Fee-Shifting Bylaws and Raises the Question of whether Fee-Shifting Could Be Plausible by a...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In 2015, the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) was amended to prohibit Delaware corporations from adopting bylaws that imposed liability on a stockholder for the attorneys’ fees or expenses of the corporation or any...more

Are All Troll Cases Exceptional?

In Iris Connex, LLC, v. Dell, Inc., [2:15-cv-1915-JRG] (January 25, 2016), District Judge Gilstrap, after granting summary judgment to Dell, awarded attorneys fees, noting Dell’s arguments that Iris Connex’s claim...more

In Bizarre Procedural Posture, Ninth Circuit Finds FCRA Willful Violation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In Syed v. M-I, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that combining a liability waiver and a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure in an employment application constitutes a willful...more

Update: Delaware Fee-Shifting Prohibition Reaching Match Point

As previously discussed, Delaware enacted legislation that prohibits corporations from adopting charter or bylaw provisions that shift a corporation’s legal costs to stockholders who are unsuccessful in litigation with...more

Delaware Chancery Court Confirms the Invalidity of Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Stock Corporations

by K&L Gates LLP on

In Solak v. Sarowitz, C.A. No. 12299-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 27, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that plaintiff stated a claim that a stock corporation’s fee-shifting bylaw was facially invalid under Section 109(b) of...more

Court Of Chancery Strikes Down New Fee-Shifting Bylaw

by Morris James LLP on

After the enactment of Section 109(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law, one would have thought that fee-shifting bylaws were invalid. However, this decision deals with another attempt to shift fees, this time when a...more

Delaware Court Addresses Fee-Shifting Bylaw

In 2015, Section 115 was added to the Delaware General Corporation Law, or DGCL providing that Delaware corporations may adopt bylaws requiring that internal corporate claims be filed exclusively in Delaware. Section 109(b)...more

Intellectual Property Law - December 2016

Design Patents—Supreme Court Decides Samsung v. Apple - Why it matters: On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Samsung v. Apple, holding that, for purposes of a "total profits" damages award for infringement of a...more

Superior Court Limits Contractual Indemnification To Third Party Claims

by Morris James LLP on

This decision holds that a general obligation to indemnify another party to a contract applies only to claims filed by a third party and not to claims between the parties to the contract itself. Hence, if you want to cover...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Octane Fitness’ Loosened Fee-Shifting Standard to Trademark Cases

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Ninth Circuit joins growing trend in circuit courts, which has practical implications for trademark litigants on both sides. Two years have passed since the US Supreme Court added some teeth to the Patent Act’s...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: Who’s on First?, Virtual Lockers and Lanham Act Fee-Shifting

by WilmerHale on

Copyright Opinions - Second Circuit Permits Distribution of Cloud-Based Samples, But Declines to Consider “Novel” Cloud Storage Infringement Issue: Smith v. Barnesandnoble.com, LLC, No. 15-3508 (2d Cir. October 6,...more

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