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The Jewel Unfinished Business Doctrine Loses its Luster

On November 15 and December 2, 2013, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in In re Thelen LLP and In re Coudert Brothers LLP, certified to the New York Court of Appeals the question of whether a client matter, billed on an...more

Raul v. Astoria Fin. Corp., C.A. No. 9169-VCG (Del. Ch. June 20, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendant’s motion to dismiss, finding that plaintiff was not entitled to attorneys’ fees under the corporate benefit doctrine because plaintiff had not presented a...more

Adoption of Fee-Shifting Bylaws by Pennsylvania Corporations

Recently, there has been some unusual excitement in the corporate bar in Delaware after the Supreme Court of Delaware held that a nonstock corporation could adopt a bylaw requiring a losing plaintiff in a lawsuit involving...more

Does Litigating Make Economic Sense?

One of the most important factors to consider when taking a case is whether the cost of litigating is likely to outweigh the gain. Even if the potential clients are willing to pay your fee, you may better serve them by saying...more

Patent Litigation Fee-Shifting

In April, the Supreme Court reshaped the patent litigation landscape with its Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness and Highmark, Inc v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc., rulings. The statute at issue in both...more

Federal Circuit Applies Octane Fitness/Highmark Exceptional Case Standard

Innovative Biometric Technology LLC v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. - In April 2014, a unanimous Supreme Court of the United States reversed two opinions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Objective Baselessness and Subjective Bad Faith for Exceptional Case Determination Are Still Applicable Even After Octane Fitness

Bianco v. Globus Medical, Inc. - Interpreting recent Supreme Court of the United States precedent that arguably relaxed the legal test for determining whether a case is “exceptional” to warrant an award of attorneys’...more

Supreme Court Aiding Fight against Patent Trolls: Alice, Nautilus, Limelight, Octane Fitness and Highmark

The Supreme Court may be making up for where Congress has left off. Legislation designed to curb abuse from patent assertion entities, or so-called patent trolls, has been shelved indefinitely. The legislation passed the...more

Who pays attorney fees in a divorce proceeding?  [Video]

Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk's Family Law Specialist Mervyn Braude talks about whose responsibility it is to pay attorney fees in a divorce proceeding. He also explains what unreasonable behavior is. For more information...more

Supreme Court Corner - Q2 2014

Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. - Patent: Decided: April 29, 2014 - Holding: A patent case is “exceptional” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 when it “stands out from others with respect to the...more

When Settlement Pits Client Against Attorney

Settling a case that involves potential court-awarded attorney fees raises a big issue—a conflict of interest between plaintiffs’ counsel and their clients. But it’s definitely possible for plaintiffs’ attorneys to deal with...more

Crothall v. Zimmerman, C.A. No. 608, 2013 (Del. June 9, 2014)

In this unusual appeal, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s decision awarding a fee to the former counsel of a derivative plaintiff who had abandoned his claim before final judgment was entered,...more

Motion for Leave to File Billing Statements Under Seal Denied Where Billing Descriptions Were Not Protected by the Attorney-Client...

Plaintiffs filed a motion to permit them to file an affidavit, along with billing documents, under seal. The affidavit, along with its exhibits, was forty-seven pages in length. In the motion, the Plaintiffs contend that "the...more

"This Is A Prototypical Exceptional Case - Fees And Expenses Will Be Awarded"

Lumen View Technology, LLC v. Findthebest.com, Inc. Case Number: 1:13-cv-03599-DLC (Dkt. 83) - Judge Cote used Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1749 (April 29, 2014) to justify...more

Defendant Who Defeated Preliminary Injunction And Obtained Dismissal For Failure To Prosecute Is Not A "Prevailing Party" In...

The "prevailing party" in a patent case is entitled to attorney fees from the losing side under 35 U.S.C. 285. However what constitutes a "prevailing party" sometimes can be difficult to determine. Judge Moon recently held...more

Judge Forrest Will Delay Considering Counsel’s Potential Joint and Several Liability For Fees and Expenses

Realtime Data LLC v. CME Group, Inc. et al. Case Number: 1:11-cv-06697-KBF (Dkt. 883) - Following defendants’ wins at summary judgment, and at the Federal Circuit, one defendant, CME Group, Inc. et al., moved...more

Why Even A ‘Bad Guy’ Won’t Have to Pay Your Attorneys’ Fees

I've been a trial lawyer for 32 years. And if I had a dollar for every time I heard a litigant vow to collect actual attorneys' fees from an adversary -- because the bad guy's claim was "frivolous" -- then I'd have a pocket...more

The “Law’s” Limits On The Bankruptcy Court’s Ability To Impose Sanctions For Debtor Misconduct

In the first six months of 2014 the Supreme Court has already issued two opinions concerning the authority of the bankruptcy courts. The first opinion, Law v. Siegel, 134 S. Ct. 1188 (2014), was issued in March. In Law,...more

Supreme Court Update: Four Important Decisions for IP

In the recent cases OCTANE FITNESS, LLC v. ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC. and HIGHMARK INC. v. ALLCARE HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, INC., the U.S. Supreme Court empowered district court judges to award attorney fees to prevailing...more

Change in Standards for Attorney Fee Awards in Patent Cases

Two recent Supreme Court decisions changed the standards for the award of attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party in patent infringement suits. Section 285 of the Patent Act provides for the award of fees in “exceptional”...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 181

In this Issue: Missouri District Court Awards Attorneys' Fees And Costs In Termination Case: In Dunkin' Donuts Franchising LLC v. Sai Food (ST Hospitality, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67512 (E.D. Mo. May 16,...more

Ninth Circuit Narrowly Upholds Class Settlement In Misclassification Case

We’ve commented several times recently on the increasing scrutiny courts are giving to class action settlements generally, and to attorney fee awards in particular. A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit, although it...more

The Flexible, Discretionary Standard: United States Supreme Court Lowers Threshold for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Patent...

Patent cases are risky and expensive — often extremely expensive. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Octane Fitness LLC and Highmark, Inc. enhance litigation risks in patent infringement suits where high stakes are...more

The Shifting Sands Of Fee-Shifting in Patent Cases

Unlike most areas of American jurisprudence, the patent statute expressly permits district judges to shift fees in exceptional cases. “The court in exceptional cases may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing...more

IP Buzz - May 2014

In this issue: - Octane and Highmark: Supreme Court Decisions Give District Courts Greater Discretion to Award Fees - The USPTO Grants Two Patents Claiming Diagnostic Methods Post the Supreme Court's Mayo v....more

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