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Sixth Circuit Upholds Venue Selection Clause in Pension Plan

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a pension plan’s venue selection clause and affirmed dismissal of the participant’s claims for benefits on the ground that such claims were not filed in the authorized...more

The D.C. Circuit Remands FERC Order Denying Refunds for Changes to Cost Allocation

On December 5, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit remanded an order of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denying refunds to certain Louisiana-based utility companies for rates that...more

Like Hats and Belt Buckles, Indemnity Agreements in Texas Must be CONSPICUOUS

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Texas law allows an indemnity agreement to insulate a party from the consequences of its own, allegedly negligent conduct, but only if that feature...more

U.S. Court Asserts its Authority in a Cross-Border Bankruptcy Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently asserted its authority in addressing an asset sale in a cross-border bankruptcy case where the main insolvency proceeding was conducted in the British Virgin...more

Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Documents in Response to a Public Records Act Request Converts the Document Into a Public...

The Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, delivered a sobering reminder to public agencies to carefully review documents produced in response to the Public Records Act (“PRA”) to avoid disclosure of documents protected...more

New Amendments to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 6: Appeal in a Bankruptcy

On December 1, 2014, amendments to various federal rules of practice and procedure took effect. The only amendment to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure made three substantive changes to Rule 6, which deals with...more

Third Circuit Affirms Whistleblowers Must Arbitrate Under Dodd-Frank

On December 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that application of Dodd-Frank’s Anti-Arbitration provision did not apply to causes of action asserted under the Anti-Retaliation Dodd Frank Provision due to...more

Fifth District Rejects CEQA Challenge to Fresno County Aggregate Mine Project EIR In Partially Published Decision, Clarifies State...

In a lengthy, 65-page opinion filed December 8, 2014 (of which fully two-thirds was unpublished), the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the Fresno County Superior Court’s judgment upholding the EIR, Conditional Use...more

Federal Circuit Gives Little Guidance on Biosimilar Patent Validity Challenges

Recently, the Federal Circuit had the opportunity to issue its first decision relating to biosimilars patent litigation and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) procedures. Instead, the court...more

Procedural Missteps Cause Fifth Circuit to Affirm Judgment, Fee Award

M2 Tech., Inc. v. M2 Software, Inc. - In an unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a federal district court did not abuse its discretion in issuing a default judgment and fee...more

Second Circuit Limits Criminal Insider Trading Actions Against Tippees

In a landmark ruling that is likely to reshape the landscape of insider-trading prosecutions of “tippees,” a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the convictions of former portfolio...more

Cambridge University Press v. Patton: Who Really Won?

Cambridge University Press v. Patton is a recent opinion from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals regarding fair use. In a nutshell, the case involved the nation’s premier text-book publishers Cambridge University Press,...more

Second Circuit Limits Insider Trading Law for Remote Tippees

Matt Levine is a big jerk. He just sits there at Bloomberg following events in finance and securities enforcement, and then writes interesting things about those events really quickly and with insight that no one else has...more

Carhops and Cash Deposit Bags: Insurer Skates From the “Dual Purpose” Doctrine

For many, Sonic Drive-In restaurants stir thoughts of juicy burgers, neon-blue sodas, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, and roller-skating carhops. Recently, however, in Hudson Specialty Insurance Company v. Brash Tygr, LLC, Nos....more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Significant Insider Trading Ruling in U.S. v. Newman

Earlier today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its most significant ruling in an insider trading case in more than a decade. That opinion is available here. The Second Circuit vacated the criminal convictions of...more

Major Reversal of Insider Trading Convictions After Trial: Second Circuit Sets High Bar for Tippee Liability

The United States Court of Appeals today reversed the convictions for insider trading of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. The Court held that the government was required to prove, but did not, that the defendants knew that...more

Appeal Dismissed In Instituto Nacional De Seguros V. Hemispheric Reinsurance Group, L.L.C. Et Al.

We have posted on this case filed against two reinsurance brokers several times. Since our last posting regarding this case, which reported on the results of the trial, an appeal was filed in Florida’s Third District Court...more

California Case Requires Arbitration Despite Lack of Actual Controversy

For parties to litigate a contract dispute in a court of law, the parties’ disagreement must have ripened into an actual controversy presenting more than a mere academic difference of opinion. But under a recent California...more

Appeals Court Vacates DOL Rule Authorizing Use of Skill-Based Private Wage Surveys in H-2B Temporary Labor Certification...

On December 5, 2014, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion vacating the Department of Labor (DOL) regulation and related guidance memorandum authorizing DOL, at the request of the...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Sandoz’s BPCIA-Related Declaratory Judgment Action Regarding Enbrel® Patents, but Declines to...

The biologics industry has been eagerly awaiting the Federal Circuit’s ruling on Sandoz Inc.’s (“Sandoz”) appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California’s dismissal of its declaratory...more

Practitioner Guilty of Inequitable Conduct: Considerations and Takeaways From the American Calcar v. Honda Decision

In its 2011 Therasense, Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Co. decision, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit set forth a more forgiving "but-for" causality standard for determining whether a patent is unenforceable due to...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Supreme Court Considers Whether Judge or Jury Should Tackle Trademark “Tacking”

On December 3, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et al., on writ of certiorari from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This is the...more

Federal Circuit’s Sandoz Decision Increases Importance of Post-Grant Proceedings to Biosimilar Developers

On Friday, December 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rendered its decision in Sandoz v. Amgen, No. 2014-1693, a case with major implications for the emerging U.S. biosimilars industry. The decision...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal in Sandoz v. Amgen under Traditional Jurisdictional Grounds and Declines First Opportunity to...

In the first Federal Circuit case involving the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA” or “Biosimilars Act”), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed Judge Maxine E. Chesney’s (N.D. Cal.)...more

Fed. Circuit: No “Bright Line Rules” For Determining RAND Royalties; Rejects District Court Method of Computing RAND Royalty Rates

Courts in the last two years have grappled with what methodology to apply to determine a reasonable royalty rate for infringed patents subject to “Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory,” or “RAND,” encumbrances. On December 4,...more

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