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Summary Judgment for Defendants in FCA Action: No Admissible Evidence of False Claims

How much is “enough?” Will we have enough money to retire someday? Did the Drug and Device Law College Sophomore study enough for her computer science midterm? Is there enough salt in the matzo ball soup? In the realm of...more

The New AIA Rules May Help Patent Owners Avoid Trial

On May 2, 2016, the amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board go into effect, and apply “to all AIA petitions filed on or after the effective date and to any ongoing AIA...more

PTO Issues New Final Rules for PTAB Proceedings

New rules give more options to patent owners and petitioners in pre-institution phase. On March 31, 2016, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued new final rules to govern practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal...more

New Rules of Practice for Trials before the PTAB

A final rule has been published with amendments to the rules of practice before the PTAB. The amendments are effective May 2 and apply to both petitions filed on or after May 2 as well as ongoing AIA preliminary preceding or...more

New Rules For Patent Validity Challenges: What You Need To Know

On March 31, 2016, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) issued new final rules to make targeted modifications to the existing consolidated set of rules implementing provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents...more

USPTO Releases New Rules For AIA Post-Grant Proceedings

On March 31, 2016, the USPTO released its long-awaited package of rules for AIA post-grant proceedings. The final rules largely track the proposed rules (see “USPTO Proposes Extensive Changes to AIA Post-Grant Proceedings” to...more

Partial Summary Judgment Granted on Failure to Mark Where Defendant Stipulated That Plaintiff Practiced the Patent-In-Suit

Metaswitch Networks Ltd. ("Metaswitch") filed a motion for partial summary judgment to limit Genband US LLC's ("Genband") damages based on a failure to mark. In support of its motion, Metaswitch argued that partial summary...more

Back to (Federal) Reality- Tennessee Supreme Court Ruling Modifies Summary Judgment Standard

Since 2008, state courts in Tennessee have decided motions for summary judgment according to the ruling laid out by the Tennessee Supreme Court in Hannan v. Alltel Publishing Co. Unlike the summary judgment standard in...more

Trial Court’s Grant of Summary Judgment On Ground Not Asserted By Moving Party Upheld

In Marlton Recovery Partners, LLC v. County of Los Angeles, et al. (filed 11/20/15), the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendants County of Los Angeles, the...more

Tennessee Supreme Court Modifies Summary Judgment Standard

Recently the Tennessee Supreme Court modified the summary judgment standard in state courts in the state of Tennessee. The Tennessee Supreme Court returned the state’s summary judgment standard to be consistent with the...more

Summary Judgment Upheld in Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Case

On February 9, 2009, a North Carolina resident was implanted with the Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral sling. This patient filed suit against the maker of her vaginal mesh, Boston Scientific (“Boston”), asserting claims of...more

Finally, We’re Back to “Put Up, or Shut Up”

My clients who have defended against meritless claims over the last few years know why this is important. The Tennessee Supreme Court has finally restored the traditional summary judgment standard making it easier for these...more

Court Allows EEOC’s Discrimination Suit Over Religious Garb To Proceed To Jury

In an order recently issued in EEOC v Jetstream Ground Services, Inc., Case No. 13-CV-02340 (D. Colo. Sept. 29, 2015), Judge Christine Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado ruled that the EEOC had...more

Enablement: Multiple Measurement Methods Can Lead to the Same Result - Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien, Inc.

Addressing the issues of indefiniteness and non-infringement for both utility and design patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and vacated in part the district court’s grant of summary judgment...more

Southern District of New York Opinion Provides Guidance on Satisfying Scienter Requirement Under False Claims Act

Not every mistake or negligent act gives rise to liability under the False Claims Act. That principle has long been central to the FCA. But the dividing line– between making a mistake, on the one hand, and “knowingly” or...more

Plaintiff’s Expert Physician Deemed Not Competent to Testify as to the Standard of Care Applicable to Hospitals

In Lattimore v. Dickey (2015 S.O.S. 4448 – filed August 21, 2015), the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District held that plaintiff’s expert physician’s declaration was insufficient to create a triable issue of...more

Expert Declaration in Conjunction with Circumstantial Evidence Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment in Vehicle Defect Case

In Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2015 No. 13-55761 (“Pavoni”), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs’ expert declaration in conjunction with circumstantial evidence of the incident were sufficient to raise...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 22, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Duty to Disclose/Vacant Property: plaintiff failed to present competent, substantial evidence of existence of fact materially affecting value of property and did not prove defendants had actual...more

Summary Judgment overturned on finding that material facts in dispute

The case involves the appeal of final summary judgment in a suit for civil forfeiture of $2,470.00. The currency was seized based on allegations that the currency’s owner (“Owner”) sold cocaine....more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Possibility of Bad Faith Exists Despite Payment of Claim Where Insured Alleges Untimely Claims...

Scheirer v. Nationwide Ins. Co. of Am., No. 3:13-CV-1397, 2015 WL 1013986 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 9, 2015). Middle District of Pennsylvania denies cross-motions for summary judgment on bad faith claim, holding that material...more

Licensees Not Required to Do Due Diligence Where Inventor Falsely Claimed Exclusive Ownership - Yazdianpour v. Safeblood...

Addressing the grant of summary judgment dismissing a fraud claim where the licensee failed to check the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) website regarding rumors of the inventor’s previous dealings with another...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Liability Under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933

What you need to know: Public companies and practitioners alike have historically relied on the “bespeaks caution” doctrine, meaning that qualifying a statement as a belief was an effective disclaimer that the statement...more

Supreme Court Finds Trademark Tacking to Be a Jury Question

On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous decision in Hana Financial, Inc. vs. Hana Bank, et. al., pertaining to a substantive trademark matter, namely, whether a judge or jury should...more

Summary Judgment Is Denied As To Non-Infringement And Invalidity

The patent-in-suit relates to system for capturing image data along with positional information and processing to allow a user to navigate through the image data. The court finds that these motions present largely a battle...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice - August 2014

Before you file or respond to a motion for summary judgment, consider the following guidance from three recent Rhode Island Supreme Court decisions. 1. TO SURVIVE SUMMARY JUDGMENT, A NON-MOVING PARTY MUST COME FORWARD...more

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