Frivolous Lawsuits

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California Expands Right to Cure Certain Claims Under PAGA

Assembly Bill 1506 grants relief to employers from frivolous actions under PAGA by allowing employers to cure certain alleged wage statement defects before an employee may recover PAGA penalties....more

A Cure for PAGA? At Least for Some Frivolous Wage Statement Claims

California employers had reason to celebrate over the weekend, as Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to curb frivolous “PAGA” lawsuits alleging noncompliance with itemized wage statement requirements in California Labor...more

Court Orders Law Firm and Client Joint and Severally Liable for Part of Attorney's Fee Award After Determination That Case Was...

The district court briefly summarized this patent infringement action that it found frivolous as follows: "In the 1990's, Segan invented a system for people to browse the Internet. Today, Zynga makes video games that people...more

EEOC to Pay One Mmmillion Dollars

In EEOC v. Global Horizons, Inc. et al., No. CV-11-3045-EFS (E.D. Wash.), the court determined that the EEOC had conducted a shoddy administrative investigation and lacked a factual basis to pursue its theory of...more

Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commissioner: some further thoughts

As the dust begins to settle after the headline-grabbing Advocate General opinion in the Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commissioner it may be worth considering some of the other potential implications arising from that...more

Fruitful Harvest of Attorneys’ Fees and Sanctions for Farmville Creator Zynga

Order Granting Motion for Attorneys’ Fees: Granting Motion in Part for Sanctions, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., Case No. 14-cv-01315-VC (Judge Vince Chhabria) - We previously reported on the Segan v. Zynga case when Judge...more

Significant Headwinds for Securities Class Actions

In April 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Theratechnologies Inc. v 121851 Canada Inc., 2015 SCC 18, in which it emphasized the need for a robust screening mechanism to prevent unmeritorious secondary...more

Frivolous Whistleblower Claim Yields Stiff Sanctions

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently upheld sanctions of more than $191,000 to Sunhillo Corporation (Company) in connection with its defense of claims under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, Fulton...more

New Jersey Court Affirms $192,000 Fee Award Against Whistleblower Plaintiff

Earlier this week, employers in the Garden State saw another glimmer of hope for defending against frivolous claims brought under New Jersey’s whistleblower statute, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”),...more

Texas Property Insurers Consider Changes to Hail Policies

Texas is in the midst of a hail lawsuit crisis. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed across the state, with dozens more being filed every day. Many of the lawsuits involve meritless claims solicited by case-runners...more

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #3

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Expert Witness’ Flawed Infringement Opinion Supports an Award of Attorneys’ Fees - Defendants Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. sought an award of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 against...more

Borrowers’ Counsel Sanctioned for Frivolous Lawsuit Against Lender Who Attempted to Resolve Foreclosure Action

An Ohio appellate court has affirmed an order of sanctions against counsel for borrowers who filed a frivolous lawsuit against the lender alleging fraud, breach of contract and estoppel in connection with failed attempts to...more

Contractual Provisions Can Aid in the Recovery of Attorney’s Fees, But Consider the Unintended Consequences

Although the “American Rule” provides that each side pay its own attorneys’ fees, if your dispute arises from a contractual relationship, a “prevailing party” provision or indemnification clause may obligate one of the...more

When All Else Fails, Look to Fee-Shifting Statutes to Recover Attorney’s Fees

Your company is considering a lawsuit. Or maybe you’ve just been served with a summons and complaint. You’ve evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the claims, and you’re confident that, when the case ends, you’ll be the...more

Just Because You Think It’s Invalid Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Infringe!

A U.S. patent is “presumed” valid. That means a patent owner does not need to prove the patent is valid in a suit for infringement. And, as the U.S. Supreme Court just explained in Commil United States, LLC v. Cisco Systems,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Good-Faith Invalidity Defense to Induced Patent Infringement

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., 575 U. S. ____ ( 2015), rejecting the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ recognition of a defense to induced patent...more

Supreme Court Holds Good Faith Belief of Invalidity Not a Defense to Induced Infringement Claim

The U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc. (No. 13-896) that a defendant’s belief regarding patent invalidity is not a defense to a claim of induced infringement. Justice Kennedy authored the...more

Supreme Court Limits Defenses to Induced Infringement

In an important decision in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., the U. S. Supreme Court held yesterday that a good-faith belief in the invalidity of a patent cannot negate the intent required for induced infringement. The...more

U.S. Supreme Court: Belief in Patent's Invalidity Not a Defense to Induced Infringement

In a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a defendant’s good-faith belief in the invalidity of a patent is not a defense to a claim for inducing infringement of the patent.  Under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b), “[w]hoever...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down New Defense to Inducing Patent Infringement

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (No. 13-896), rejecting the accused patent infringer’s argument that a good faith belief that the patent is invalid is a defense...more

Supreme Court Removes Good Faith Belief of Patent Invalidity as Defense to Induced Patent Infringement

On May 26th, in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that an accused infringer cannot hide behind a reasonable belief that a patent is invalid in order to avoid being found as an infringer by...more

Fees For Public Records Act Request Is Only Proper Where The Request Is "Clearly Frivolous"

In Bertoli v. City of Sebastopol, 2015 DJDAR 779, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided a case involving a fee request under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”)....more

California Supreme Court Makes It Harder For Prevailing FEHA Defendants To Recover Their Costs

Under section 1032(b) of the California Code of Civil Procedure, “a prevailing party is entitled as a matter of right to recover costs in any action or proceeding” unless some statute expressly says otherwise. It has been...more

Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (2015)

The Supreme Court handed down its decision in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. today and in doing so reprised several themes that have emerged over the past decade of the Court's activist approach to patent law. The...more

U.S. Supreme Court Further Clarifies Indirect Infringement Standards

The Supreme Court in the last several years has taken an activist approach to the area of patent law, granting certiorari in many more cases than in prior years and often reversing the Federal Circuit. If there was one theme...more

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