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The SEC Tackles Technicality

Within several months of Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s announcement in late 2013 of a commitment to improving the SEC’s trial readiness, the Commission suffered a number of losses in federal...more

Convenience Trumps Potentially Higher Royalties

In re Nintendo of America, Inc. - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a denial of a motion to sever and transfer, directing the district court to grant petitioner’s motion because the transferee...more

District Court in Pennsylvania Concludes that CASPA Prompt Payment Act Does Not Override Unambiguous Forum Selection Clause

This action arose out of the construction of the Mohegan Sun Hotel in Luzerene County, Pennsylvania. General contractor Killian Construction Co., Inc. (“Killian”) retained KNL Construction, Inc. (“KNL”) as a subcontractor to...more

California Court of Appeal Enforces Contractor’s Agreement to Arbitrate Misclassification Claims Out of State

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the California Court of Appeal issued its opinion in Galen v. Redfin Corp., A138642. This case is important for two reasons: the court upheld an arbitration agreement between a Seattle-based company...more

Oops, Insurer’s Poorly Drafted Language Applied As Written; Double Oops, Insured Can’t Complain When New York Law is Applied After...

An insured under an errors and omissions policy gives timely notice of circumstances during the policy period in effect when it first became aware of its potential civil liability. The E&O insurer acknowledges notice. ...more

Aviation Flyer - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens - A Defendant’s Initial Impulse Could Be The Riskiest - Providing Information To Expert Witnesses: A Quick Guide To The Proper Procedures And Potential Pitfalls -...more

Class Action Roundtable - July 2014

Executive Summary: MODERATOR: What are the implications of Daimler AG v. Bauman? How will the Court’s decision impact the ability to bring class actions against large, multi-site corporations? STEVEN ELLIS:...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Reverses Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal of International Air Crash Case, But Don’t Equate Pennsylvania...

United States courts facing forum non conveniens (FNC) motions, at least with respect to lawsuits arising out of air crashes that occur outside of the United States, seem to fall into two distinct camps: Cook County,...more

The Fifth Circuit Recognizes Impact of Subsequent In Rem Action on Forum Non Conveniens Analysis

The ever-changing Fifth Circuit jurisprudence on forum non conveniens (FNC) may have taken another turn with the Fifth Circuit’s opinion in Cotemar S.A. De C.V. v. Hornbeck Offshore Servs., L.L.C., 13-20230, 2014 WL 2111190...more

“Get Outta Here!”: The Court Of Appeals Finds that New York Judges May Sua Sponte Dismiss Cases on Forum Non Conveniens Grounds in...

In Mashreqbank PSC v. Ahmed Hamad Al Gosaibi & Bros. Co., 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 02381, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that a court may sua sponte decide the issue of forum non conveniens so long as it allows the parties to...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part II

Last Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

Did you know? Recent changes in the law that may impact your construction projects in the Southeast.

Forum Selection Clause - The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that forum selection clauses should be upheld in most circumstances. Have you used a forum selection clause in your contracts which would maximize the...more

Choice of Forum in Federal Excise Tax Refund Cases

To challenge an administrative determination and assessment of federal excise tax, taxpayers in refund cases have a choice of two different federal courts to bring an action: the U.S. federal district court and the U.S....more

Business Litigation Alert: "Don’t Ignore the Forum-Selection Clause "

Ensuring Litigation Occurs Where You Want It - Companies often include a forum-selection clause in their written agreements to determine where any litigation proceedings will occur. Just as often, however, companies...more

Supreme Court Endorses Use of Forum Selection Clauses

Most employment agreements contain a forum selection clause. This means that the parties agree that any dispute under the contract must be litigated in the named state or federal court jurisdiction. For employers, in most...more

Commercial Division Enforces Forum-Selection Bylaw

Delaware courts have recently approved of corporate forum-selection bylaws, in which corporations select a single, exclusive forum — typically, the Delaware Chancery Court — for suits, including shareholder derivative suits,...more

You Better Forum-Shop Around . . . While You Still Can

On January 31, 2014, Chevron Corporation moved to certify to the Delaware Supreme Court the question of whether exclusive forum bylaws are valid under Delaware law. Chevron filed its motion before the Honorable Jon S. Tigar...more

Update Regarding Chevron Forum Selection Litigation: Chevron Requests Delaware Supreme Court Certification

As discussed below, on June 25, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery upheld the facial validity of forum selection bylaws unilaterally adopted by the boards of directors of Chevron Corporation and FedEx Corporation. In...more

International Forum Selection Clause Enforceable Against Employee, Says The Second Circuit

Martinez v. Bloomberg, LP, No. 12-3654 (2d Cir. Jan. 14, 2014): The Second Circuit confirmed that international forum selection and choice of law clauses in cross-border employment agreements are enforceable. Here, a former...more

ConstructLaw - January 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Forum-Selection Clauses Are Presumptively Enforceable - Atl. Marine Constr. Co. v. United States Dist. Court 2013 U.S. LEXIS 8775 (U.S. 2013) - This action arose out of a forum-selection...more

Forum Selection Clauses in Construction Contracts: Part Two

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made our work as drafters of construction contracts a little easier. In the case of In re Atlantic Marine Construction Co., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit had refused to...more

Supreme Court Endorses Forum Selection Clauses

The Supreme Court has strongly endorsed forum selection clauses in government subcontracts. In Atlantic Marine Construction Company, Inc. v. U. S. Dist. Court, 234 S.Ct. 568 (U.S. December 3, 2013), Atlantic Marine, a...more

Back to Google’s Backyard: Forum and Venue Clause Enforced to Dismiss Putative Class Action

For most corporations, standard forum and venue “home court advantage” clauses are par for the course. For companies with an expansive reach like Google’s, they are essential. Google has long included these clauses in its...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies How to Enforce Forum Selection Clauses

Case Summary - On December 3, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Atlantic Marine Construction Company v. United States District Court for Western District of Texas1 clarified the procedures for enforcing forum selection...more

Supreme Court Opinion Instructs on the Enforcement of Forum-Selection Clauses

On December 3, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Atlantic Marine Constr. Co. v. U. S. Dist. Court for the W. Dist. of Tex.,—U.S.—, 134 S. Ct. 568 (2013). At issue was a forum selection clause...more

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