Interference Claims

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Focused on Franchise Law - May 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: When is Unreasonable, Reasonable? Crown Imports, LLC (Crown) imports Corona beer from Mexico. In 2008, two of Crown's Southern California distributors, Classic and HBC, agreed that Classic would buy...more

Court Denies an Adverse Interference Absent Materiality (New York)

Cognex Corporation v. Microscan Systems, Inc., 2013 WL 6906221 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 31, 2013). in this patent infringement suit, the defendants moved for sanctions for spoliation of a disk that was essentially destroyed...more

Interference with Economic Relations by Unlawful Means - The SCC Clarifies Unsettled Tort and Gives a Warning to Fiduciaries

In the recent case of AI Enterprises Ltd v Bram Enterprises Ltd, 2014 SCC 12, the Supreme Court of Canada clarifies the unsettled scope of the tort of unlawful interference with economic relations and warns fiduciaries of the...more

NEW CASE ALERT (Easement Law): Refusing To Consent To Development Plans May Trigger Tort Liability For Interference With Easement

If an easement owner is required to obtain governmental approval in order to develop that owner’s property, and the neighboring property owner refuses to consent to the development (e.g. refusing to execute consent for a...more

Asahi’s Morning Sun – Court Holds Parent And Its Managers May Be Liable For Interfering With Subsidiary’s Contract

Yesterday’s post was intended to set the stage for a discussion of last week’s decision by the Court of Appeal in Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. v. Actelion Ltd., 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 1017 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. Dec. 18, 2013). The...more

Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more

Company allowed to pursue suit against former employee for unfair competition despite absence of trade-secret violation

In Angelica Textile Services, Inc. v. Park, a California court of appeal considered the issue whether Angelica’s common-law claims for breach of contract, unfair competition, and interference with business relations would be...more

FCC Increases Penalties for Alleged Interference Arising from Use of Wireless Devices Operating in Unlicensed Spectrum Bands

A recent FCC enforcement order signals the agency’s apparent intent to impose increasingly greater penalties on broadband providers using devices in unlicensed spectrum bands which interfere with other wireless systems....more

Idenix seen as unlikely to prevail against Gilead in HCV patent interference

Idenix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IDIX) faces an uphill battle to sufficiently demonstrate enablement in its ongoing patent interference against Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) regarding their respective hepatitis C (HCV)...more

"I Knew You Were Trouble": Recent Trends in Lender Liability Litigation

Lender liability claims generally arise in one of following contexts: (i) claims seeking recovery of damage or "leverage" to accept discounted payoffs; (ii) counterclaims to foreclosure/receivership/guarantor actions; or...more

A Look at the Technical Amendments to the America Invents Act (AIA) Made by HR 6621

On January 14, 2013, President Obama signed HR 6621 into law. The title of HR 6621 is “To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” but it also makes changes to other provisions of U.S....more

Illinois Supreme Court Announces Two Civil Opinions to Be Filed Friday

This afternoon, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that it will file two new civil opinions on Friday morning: Poris v. Lake Holiday Property Owners Association, No. 113907 – (1) May a property association authorize...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Employee Termination 2 Days After FMLA Leave Request

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Brown v. ScriptPro, LLC, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 24364 (Nov. 27, 2012), recently clarified that discharging an employee within two days of a request for medical leave does not by itself...more

Employee’s Signs of Severe Emotional Distress and Anxiety May Constitute a “Report” of the Need for FMLA Leave

To state a claim of interference under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employee must show that his or her employer denied benefits to which the employee was entitled under the FMLA. For example, an employee might...more

An Employer's Measured Response to Suspected Workplace FMLA Fraud Wins the Day

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health Physician Network, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 23162 (Nov. 7, 20012), affirming summary judgment for an employer in a case...more

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