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To Be a Criminal, You Have to Act Like a Criminal

Lawyers, compliance professionals and senior management at companies can be obsessive when it comes to the threat of criminal liability. Please do not get me wrong, I am not minimizing the risk of criminal prosecution, nor I...more

Franchising Update - Winds of Change Arrive

In previous Franchising Updates, we reported on the Wein Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) and the Abbott Government's response to the recommendations in the Wein Report. On 2 April 2014, the Government...more

Who Says Life’s Not Fair: Good Faith and Fair Dealing Prevails in Metcalf Case.

In a ruling highly anticipated among government contractors, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held on February 11, 2014, in Metcalf Construction Company, Inc. v. United States, No. 2013-5041 (Fed....more

Why infect the law of trusts with good faith doctrine?

The law’s good faith principle has traditionally regulated legal relationships, such as the contractual relationship. Equity’s more intense fiduciary principle has generally regulated equitable relationships, such as the...more

Focused on Franchise Law - February 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: Franchisor Successfully Fends Off Fraud Claims - There are circumstances when a fraud claim will not succeed against a franchisor. In Dunkin' Donuts Franchised Restaurants, LLC v. Claudia I, LLC, a...more

Delaware Court Allows Claims For Breach Of Implied Good Faith Covenant In Earn-Out Case

A recent Delaware Chancery Court opinion in American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC, et. al. v. LPL Holdings, Inc., et.al. held that a seller’s claim that its buyer diverted opportunities from the acquired business to a...more

Dusting Off Arizona’s Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act & Regulation: Specific Standards for Good Faith Claims Handling

The test for first-party bad faith in Arizona case law is whether, during the “investigation, evaluation, and processing of the claim, the insurer acted unreasonably and either knew or was conscious of the fact that its...more

Delaware Cases: Good Faith, Non-Reliance and Fiduciary Duties

Last week, in American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC v. LPL Holdings, Inc. (February 3, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery, in connection with a disputed earnout provision, allowed a claim for breach of the implied...more

A Good Faith Review of 2013

With the arrival of the new year, many are applying the mantra “out with the old, in with the new.” Although this may be motivational for personal resolutions, it does not generally apply in the context of law as last year’s...more

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That a Minority Stockholder Has No Common Law Right to a Conflict-Free Board Decision Regarding the...

In Blaustein v. Lord Baltimore Capital Corp., No. 272, 2013, 2014 Del. LEXIS 30 (Del. Jan. 21, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court held that a closely-held corporation’s directors owe no fiduciary duty to decide, free from...more

E.D.N.C. Bankruptcy Court Rules that Borrower Can Raise Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Claims Against Lender Based on...

Does a lender have a duty to act in good faith when negotiating with a borrower during a commercial loan modification? In an order issued recently by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North...more

TCPA Connect -- Jan 13, 2014

Good Faith Belief in a Consumer’s Consent Found to be Valid Defense to TCPA Claim - Despite a material question about whether the defendant had express consent to contact the plaintiff, a California federal court judge...more

"Good" Bad Faith vs "Bad" Bad Faith: Equitable Principles and the Doctrines of Adverse Possession and Prescription

Adverse possession is the acquisition of title to another’s real property by continuous possession and use of the property for the prescribed period of five years. A party seeking title to real property by adverse possession...more

10 MLP Governance Facts

MLPs possess unique governance characteristics as compared to corporations.The number of master limited partnerships (MLPs) has grown significantly over the past five years, increasing from 59 in 2009 to over 100 in 2013. An...more

Wealth Management Update - December 2013

The December § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and GRATs is 2.0%, which is unchanged from last month. The December applicable federal rate ("AFR") for use with a sale to a defective...more

The Wait is Over. The Anxiety Begins. The CFPB Issues its Final Rule to Combine RESPA and TILA Mortgage Disclosures

Well, the wait is over. After 16 months and much anticipation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) released a 1,888-page final rule on November 20, 2013 to combine mortgage disclosures required...more

The D.C. Circuit Holds That A Judge In D.C. Cannot Authorize A Bug In Maryland

The United States government thought that Lonnell Glover was a drug dealer. They tapped his phone, but he spoke in code so they couldn't get any evidence on him that way....more

Court Rules That Detroit Is Eligible For Chapter 9 And That Pensions May Be Impaired In Chapter 9

On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan released its 143 page decision upholding the City of Detroit’s eligibility to be a debtor under chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy...more

Guaranteed Employment and Relocation: Is It Time to Reexamine New Jersey’s Baures Standard?

In the recent decision of Benjamin v. Benjamin, the court held that it is not a mandatory prerequisite for a parent to have a guaranteed job to prevail in a relocation application. Rather, the court must evaluate whether...more

Recent CFPB Report to Congress

On November 12, 2013, Richard Cordray, Director of the CFPB, appeared at the hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development Committee to discuss the CFPB's Annual Report to Congress. During the hearing, Senators...more

Exercising A Contractual Discretion And The Obligation To Act In Good Faith

GOOD FAITH & CONTRACTUAL DISCRETION When parties agree to include discretionary rights in their agreement, one party will have the right to determine the outcome of some matter in prescribed circumstances. It is well...more

OCAHO Holds That Backdating Alone Is Not Evidence of a Lack of Good Faith

The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has jurisdiction to review penalties imposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 compliance violations. In calculating the amount of...more

Good Faith Belief of Invalidity May be Defense to Induced Infringement and Opinion Letters May Become Increasingly Important

The Federal Circuit recently denied a request for rehearing en banc in the matter of Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc., in a 6-5 vote of the participating judges. 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 21713 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 25, 2013)...more

False Notes in the Music Industry: Fiduciary Duty of Business Partners

A “fiduciary duty” is imposed by law upon parties with certain relationships dependent on a high level of trust and confidence. According to the Supreme Court of Virginia, a fiduciary relationship is established “whenever a...more

Evolving Standards for Patent Infringement Liability

Building upon a 2011 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court addressing the intent requirement for inducing patent infringement, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently clarified in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems,...more

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