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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

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

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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

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

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

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

The 9th Circuit Injects Some “Octane” into the Lanham Act Attorneys’ Fee Provision

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the immortal words of the most recent Nobel Laureate in literature, “the times they are a changin.’” Section 35(a) of the Lanham Act provides that “[t]he court in exceptional cases may award reasonable attorney fees to...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s...more

Kirtsaeng II: Fees in Copyright Cases Depend on Reasonableness of Litigation Position

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Under 17 USC § 505, a “court may . . . award a reasonable attorney’s fee to the prevailing party.” However, when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act’s fee-shifting provision, 17 USC § 505, the...more

Federal Circuit Review | July 2016

by Knobbe Martens on

Obvious Combinations Do Not Need to Be Physically Combinable - In Allied Erecting and Dismantling Co., Inc. v. Genesis Attachments, LLC, Appeal No. 2015-1533, the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s invalidity finding...more

Advertising Law - July 2016

Ad Company's Geotargeting Locates a $1M Penalty - InMobi, a Singapore-based mobile advertising company, will pay almost $1 million in civil penalties and implement a comprehensive privacy program to settle charges that...more

Attorney Fee Awards In Unpaid Wages Cases – Court of Appeal Clarifies Who Is Entitled To Fees Under Statutory Fee Shifting...

On June 28, 2016, in Rogelio Ramos v. Manuel Garcia (“Ramos”) (Superior Court Case No. 37-2013-00037990-CU-OE-CTL), the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District reaffirmed that under Labor Code Section 218.5 an...more

Supreme Court Affirms Discretion to Award Fees in Copyright Suits, But Case Precedence Not Relevant

The Copyright Act states that the trial court “may…award” attorney’s fees to the prevailing party. Legal fees incurred by plaintiffs and defendants alike in copyright and other intellectual property cases can be staggering,...more

Blog: From Aeroflex to Trulia: A Seismic Shift

by Cooley LLP on

On January 22, 2016, Chancellor Bouchard rejected a proposed disclosure-only settlement inIn re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016), marking the culmination of what has been a seismic shift over...more

Is a Third Party Entitled to its E-Discovery and Attorney Costs for Responding to a Subpoena?

Although e-discovery has been part of complex commercial litigation for over a decade, there have been only a few federal appellate court rulings about e-discovery topics. On April 7, 2016, in In re Am. Nurses Ass’n, the...more

The Kirtsaeng Opinion: Supreme Court Guidance on Attorneys’ Fees Awards in Copyright Cases

Recently, in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court provided substantial guidance in an unsettled area of law by holding that, when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under 17 U.S.C. §505, the...more

Kirtsaeng II: Fees in Copyright Cases Depends on Reasonableness of Litigation Position

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - Under 17 USC § 505, a “court may … award a reasonable attorney’s fee to the prevailing party.” However, when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act’s fee-shifting provision, 17 USC...more

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