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Fifth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment in Favor of Franchisor Not Named in Charge of Discrimination

Names play an important role for an employee who, in filing a charge of discrimination, must satisfy Title VII’s naming requirement. This is because an employee who fails to properly name defendants in a charge of...more

NJ Supreme Court: Consumer Contract Arbitration Clauses are Unenforceable Unless Consumers Are Clearly Notified that Court Redress...

Arbitration clauses in consumer contracts are unenforceable in New Jersey unless they specifically state that a consumer is waiving the right to pursue statutory and constitutional remedies in court, the New Jersey Supreme...more

Denial Of Arbitration Reversed Where Trial Court Failed To Hold Trial To Resolve Disputed Questions Of Fact

The Eighth Circuit reversed a trial court’s decision to deny arbitration, based on the fact that the lower court failed to hold a trial (as required by the FAA) when disputed questions of fact surrounding the parties’...more

The Latest on the Use of Retained Asset Accounts to Pay Life Insurance Benefits

In Merrimon v. Unum Life Insurance Co. of America, 2014 WL 2960024 (1st Cir. July 2, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit became the third circuit court to approve an insurance company’s use of a retained...more

Pa. Superior Court Confirms Statutory Right of Repose for Improvements to Real Estate in Asbestos Cases

The Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed a jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs in an asbestos mesothelioma case, finding that the 12-year statute of repose bars all claims related to improvements constructed on real estate...more

Mississippi High Court Vacates Widow’s $1.1 Million Silica Sand Verdict for Insufficient Evidence

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently reversed a $1.1 million jury verdict of a widow of a former railroad worker. In Mississippi Valley Silica Company, Inc. v. Reeves, (Supreme Court of Mississippi, No. 2012-CA-01702-SCT,...more

State Farm’s Relentless Pursuit to Deny Coverage for TCPA Cases

As policyholder lawyers, one can usually count on a few basic mistakes that insurers will make. First, they wrongfully deny coverage and fail to defend. They abandon their insured who is then left to its own devices to...more

Statistical Sampling in Class Action Trial Violated Defendant's Due Process Rights

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court on May 29 reversed a class action verdict for a class which was based on a flawed statistical model to determine liability and damages. Duran v. U.S. Bank National...more

Texas Supreme Court Will Review Reversal Of $20 Million Judgment

Two intriguing factors are present in the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to review Hooks v. Samson Lone Star, LP. It is out of the ordinary for this court to consider a court of appeals reversal of a large jury verdict. ...more

$1.2 Billion Medicaid Fraud Penalty Award Reversed and Claim Dismissed in Arkansas Appeal

In another decision narrowing the scope of state Medicaid fraud statutes, on March 20, 2014, the Supreme Court of Arkansas, in Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. State of Arkansas, No. CV-12-1058, unanimously...more

Fat Tuesday Special: Louisiana Court Holds that “Coconut Throwing” Endorsement Does Not Bar Coverage for Mardis Gras Float

In Faith Brooks v. Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc., 110 So.3d 703 (La. Ct. App. 2013), the Louisiana Court of Appeal held that the trial court improperly granted summary judgment to an insurer based on a coconut...more

Sin of Omission: Ninth Circuit Splits with the Fifth, Finds That Failure to Include Addendum No. 2 Creates Ambiguity in Marine...

In a marine builder's risk policy coverage dispute decided under Washington state law, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a grant of summary judgment for Underwriters. ...more

Sixth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment For Employer: Genuine Issues Of Material Fact Remain As To Whether Disabled Plaintiff Is...

The Sixth Circuit recently reversed a summary judgment granted to an employer that asserted it had terminated the disabled plaintiff because he was no longer qualified to perform the essential functions of his excavator...more

Recent Appellate Decisions Underscore That Wage And Hour Class Actions Are Alive And Well In California Despite Brinker

Some observers of California wage-and-hour class actions contended that the Brinker v. Superior Court—a key decision we have discussed in the past—had sounded the death knell for class certification in those cases of...more

CMS Issues Refunds For Collections Made On Incorrectly Identified Incarcerated Beneficiary Overpayments

Medicare does not cover supplies or services for persons who are incarcerated at the time the services are rendered. However, Medicare had purportedly paid providers in error for many such claims and sought to recover those...more

Haynesville Shale Fraud Judgment Reversed

Vestiges of the early Haynesville Shale land rush remain. Imagine: The lease is about to expire. Lessee (Mecom) offers lessor (Henderson) $90 per acre for an extension, telling him, “I could extend for two more years...more

Third Circuit Holds TCPA Allows Revocation of “Prior Express Consent”

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed dismissal of an action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by plaintiff alleging that defendant, a lender, violated the TCPA by calling her cellular...more

"Sham Litigation" Suit Revived by Fourth Circuit

Waugh Chapel South, LLC v. United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 27 - No. 12-1429, 2013 WL 4505288 (4th Cir. Aug. 26, 2013) - In Waugh Chapel South, LLC v. United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 27, the...more

Court of Appeal Reverses Award of Attorney Fees to School District: Newspaper Publisher’s Public Records Act Claim Was Meritless...

A superior court ordered a newspaper publisher to pay the attorney fees of a school district because it determined the publisher’s Public Records Act petition was frivolous. The court of appeal held that the publisher’s...more

Pampers Consumer Class Action Settlement Reversed on Appeal

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated a class action settlement approval and certification of a settlement class that treated the named plaintiffs far more favorably than the other class...more

BIA Reverses USCIS Denial of I-130 Petition for Same-Sex Couple in Matter of Zeleniak

In its first decision regarding same-sex immigration benefits since the June 26, 2013, Supreme Court decision United States v. Windsor, which held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional,...more

Class Certification Order Reversed For Lacking Findings Of Fact And Conclusions Of Law

In Fidelity National Title Ins. Co. v. Grosso, 110 So. 3d 521 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012), Plaintiffs filed a class action complaint they alleged complied with Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.220(a) and 1.220(b)(3). ...more

BB&K Police Chief Bulletin: Involuntary Confession - Involuntary Confession Induced by False Promise of Leniency Inadmissible

Overview: A California appellate court recently ruled that an involuntary confession motivated by an officer’s false promises of leniency was not admissible at trial. During the interrogation, the officer repeatedly asserted...more

Employment Flash - February 2013

In This Issue: - Ohio Supreme Court Reverses Decision on Surviving Merger Entity’s Ability to Enforce Noncompetition Agreements - “Sweet” Decision for California Employers: Court Approves Time Rounding in Case...more

California Supreme Court Eliminates Damages in FEHA Discrimination Cases Where Employer Proves Mixed Motive Defense

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling clarifying details of the “mixed-motive” defense applicable to discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). Harris v....more

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