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Ninth Circuit Lowers Hurdle for Class Certification

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to adopt “administrative feasibility” as an independent requirement for class certification. It held that Rule 23 does not require class counsel to show at the...more

Supreme Court to Hear "The Republic of Texas is No More"1 Patent Venue Case; A Potential Blow to Patent Trolls

Many patent holders, including patent trolls, have long preferred the federal courts of the Eastern District of Texas because they have the reputation for being "plaintiff friendly." In 2016, 1668 patent cases were filed in...more

IP Law December Developments: What to Expect in the Future

December has been a hot month for IP law, with important developments in several cases that may significantly impact your intellectual property prosecution and enforcement strategies. Here is a brief summary of each of these...more

Will forum shopping days, like holiday shopping days, soon come to an end?

It’s no secret that plaintiffs bringing patent litigation choose the forum carefully. Though the appellate review of patent litigation is centralized in one appellate court with limited jurisdiction – the Court of Appeals for...more

Supreme Court May Overturn 25-Year Precedent on Forum Shopping

Last week, the Supreme Court accepted an invitation to weigh in on the hotly contested issue of forum shopping. What the Court decides next could dramatically impact patent litigation throughout the nation....more

Supreme Court to Review Forum Shopping in Patent Infringement Litigation

In a development that may signal a major change in patent litigation practice, the U.S. Supreme Court has granted certiorari to hear a challenge to the rules governing where patent owners can file infringement actions against...more

Supreme Court to Decide Patent Infringement Suit Venue Issue with Potentially Immense Implications

The U.S. Supreme Court this week granted TC Heartland, LLC’s (“Heartland’s”) petition for a writ of certiorari regarding the patent infringement venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). Heartland appealed the Federal Circuit’s...more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari to Review Patent Venue Statute

On December 14, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in TC Heartland, LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. The question presented is: Whether 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) is the sole and exclusive provision governing...more

Misjoinder and Forum Shopping by the Government

We sometimes start our posts with disclaimers about how we do not know all the details of a case, perhaps supplemented by a little digging on the internet, or that we are not experts in some substantive area. We start this...more

Sanctions Imposed on Five Attorneys for Class Settlement Forum Shopping

Five Arkansas attorneys have been formally reprimanded by a federal judge in the Western District of Arkansas after stipulating to dismissal “for the purposes of seeking a more favorable forum and avoiding an adverse...more

California Federal Court Dismisses Inferior Complaint

Inferior vena cava filters resemble what we used to call “daddy long legs.” You know what we mean: the spider-like creatures with small centers, from which long, bent legs emanate in all directions. That is sort of what IVC...more

Bauman Jurisdictional Limits Dismember Three More Misjoined Multi-Plaintiff Complaints

In this post we happily bring to your attention three more favorable resolutions where pharmaceutical defendants faced with multi-plaintiff misjoined complaints utilized the limits on general personal jurisdiction imposed by...more

Guest Post – Corn, Justice Brandeis, Litigation Tourism and the Dormant Commerce Clause

We have another guest post for our readers today, this time courtesy of Richard Dean of Tucker Ellis. His point involves personal jurisdiction. As we’ve discussed, some courts have allowed “general jurisdiction by consent”...more

A Brexit Antitrust Primer

The decision by the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) will have far-reaching consequences for companies doing business in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Specific details of the UK's withdrawal agreement...more

DOL Sued over Fiduciary Rule

One of the questions that I am repeatedly asked is whether the Department of Labor overreached their rulemaking capability by applying their new fiduciary rule to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). I always tell people...more

The Case for a Unified Approach to Corporate and LLC Citizenship

Imagine opening your email one morning to find a copy of a complaint and summons just received by your out-of-state corporate client. The caption shows a familiar North Carolina company as the lone plaintiff, and a cursory...more

Forum Shopping Curtailed: Venue Limited to Parish Where Drilling Rig Was Lost

In a May 4, 2016 opinion, Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal made clear that venue was not proper in Concordia Parish—where plaintiff filed suit for damages resulting from the loss of its drilling rig in LaSalle...more

Federal Circuit Rejects Attempt to Limit Venue in Patent Cases

With venue for patent cases being a subject of great debate across the nation, the Federal Circuit was asked to reconsider its position on the matter but ruled on April 29, 2016, to maintain the status quo. The current...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2016

Historic Mandamus Petition May Reduce Size of E.D. Tex. Patent Docket: In re TC Heartland LLC, Case No. 16-105 (Fed Cir. 2015) - Almost half the new patent cases filed in the 94 federal judicial districts in the United...more

Court Says Auf Wiedersehen To Plaintiffs Under Forum Non Conveniens

We generally file motions to dismiss for forum non conveniens under one of two circumstances. Most often we are resisting blatant forum shopping—plaintiffs who try to import their claims into a forum that they view as...more

Federal Circuit Denies TC Heartland’s Petition to Change the Venue Standard, Renewing Interest in Congressional Venue Reform

Last week, a Federal Circuit panel rejected TC Heartland’s Petition for Mandamus to direct the United States District Court for the District of Delaware to either dismiss or transfer the patent infringement suit filed against...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That Business Registration Does Not Constitute Consent to General Personal Jurisdiction

On April 18, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court held that corporations not incorporated in Delaware that register to do business in that state are not subject to the “general” jurisdiction of the Delaware courts. In Genuine...more

Historic Mandamus Petition May Reduce Size of E.D. Tex. Patent Docket: In re TC Heartland LLC, Case No. 16-105 (Fed Cir. 2015)

Almost half the new patent cases filed in the 94 federal judicial districts in the United States in 2015 were filed in the Eastern District of Texas. The next most popular district, the District of Delaware, saw about one...more

Breaking News – No General Jurisdiction by Consent in Delaware

From our prior personal jurisdiction posts concerning Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), and the plaintiff-side dodge of “general jurisdiction by consent,” regular blog readers were aware that one of the few...more

TC Heartland Challenges the Status Quo on Patent Venue

The Federal Circuit is currently considering a challenge to patent venue rules that could lead to dramatic shifts in where patent infringement actions are filed. On March 11, 2016, the Federal Circuit heard oral argument for...more

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