Joint and Several Liability

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CERCLA Divisibility: Two Strikes and Bases are Loaded

Joint and several liability means one defendant can be liable for all of the damages in a case, even where other defendants are at fault. In the CERCLA arena, this means a potentially responsible party can be forced to pay...more

Partnership-Level Tax Under New Audit Rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law on November 2, 2015, has significantly changed the partnership tax audit rules, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Under the current partnership...more

Insights: The Delaware Edition - October 2015

We are pleased to share with you the inaugural issue of Insights: The Delaware Edition, a periodic publication addressing significant Delaware deal litigation and corporation law developments. In This Issue: - Q&A...more

"Dole Ruling Serves as Cautionary Tale for Take-Private Deals"

Earlier this year, in a consolidated breach of fiduciary duty and appraisal action, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion that includes many important takeaways for...more

SEC Settles Charges that Investment Adviser Failed to Adequately Disclose Changes in Investment Strategy

The SEC settled charges with two investment advisers to a closed-end fund based on allegations that the advisers failed to adequately disclose a change in investment strategy to the fund’s board and its investors. The SEC...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Greece

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Directive 98/50/EC relating to the safeguarding of employees rights in the event of transfers of undertakings, businesses or parts of...more

Wrongful Trading: Robin Hood’s not-so Merry Men

Brooks and another v Armstrong and another [2015] EWHC 2289 (Ch) 0 - In a rare judgment considering wrongful trading in detail, the memorably-named “Robin Hood” case considers at which point the directors ought to have...more

Online Payment Systems Technology in China—Trojan Horse or Forbidden Fruit?

Powerful new computational technology pioneered in e-commerce presents Chinese regulators with potential concerns and solutions to the perennial problem of information, pricing, and settlement capacity. Online payment...more

Third Party Successfully Challenges Arbitral Award

Introduction - In France, a procedure exists whereby a third party (X) affected by a judgement between two other parties (Y,Z), may challenge that judgement by way of third party action (tierce opposition), where that...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19254 - State v. Santos - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37165 - State v. Marrero-Alejandro - AC35970 - Stone v. Pattis - Plaintiff hired an...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

Eighth Circuit: No Bad Faith Where Insured Failed to Make a Sufficient Demand and Insurer Refused to Entertain Settlement Offer...

Purscell v. Tico Ins. Co., No. 13-2362, 2015 WL 3855253 (8th Cir. June 22, 2015). Court holds it was not bad faith for insurer to pursue investigation into underlying lawsuit before considering settlement...more

“And the Plaintiffs Don’t Have to Sue My Competitors Because? . . . .”

One of the pet peeves of antitrust defendants is that the joint-and-several liability rule often means that plaintiffs can pick and choose which defendants to sue. (Plaintiffs will say – that’s a design feature of the...more

Employment Law - June 2015 #2

Joint Employers Can Be Liable for Employee Misclassification in California: Why it matters - Liability under the California Labor Code extends to joint employers that are aware of a willful misclassification of an...more

Innocent Spouse Relief and Recent Guidance

Generally, when you and your spouse file joint income tax returns, the law makes both you and your spouse responsible for the entire tax liability. This is called joint and several liability. Both spouses remain 100 percent...more

Superfund Divisibility Defense Gets New Life

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, is a federal law under which contaminated sites are identified and evaluated by the Environmental Protection...more

How Might Your Company be Affected by West Virginia's Employment Law Changes? [Video]

Several bills affecting employers in West Virginia were brought before the 2015 Legislature, including bills relating to discrimination, prevailing wage, wage payment issues and more. Which ones passed, and how will they...more

Court Finds No “Road of Imprudence” or “Chasm of Equity” In Section 25501

Faithful readers of this blog will be familiar with the structure of the California Corporate Securities Law. Part 5 of the CSL (Cal. Corp. Code §§ 25400 – 25404) proscribes various conduct and Part 6 (Cal. Corp. Code §§...more

PRPs May Want To Dig In With Divisibility Defense

In a victory for potentially responsible parties at multiparty contamination sites, a federal district court in U.S. v. NCR Corp., No. 10-C-910 (E.D. Wis. May 15, 2015), held a PRP established that environmental harm at a...more

Minding Your (Policy) Language – Indiana Supreme Court Certifies Pro Rata Allocation Ruling From Lower Court

Courts have struggled between two approaches on how to allocate damages when multiple, consecutive CGL policies have been triggered in situations involving continuous injury or property damage. The majority approach, pro rata...more

District Court Imposes Divisibility Cap on Superfund Liability

A Wisconsin district court has ruled that NCR Corporation’s liability for contamination in the Fox River is limited to NCR’s share of contamination contributed to the river....more

PRP in CERCLA Enforcement Action Saves Millions of Dollars with Successful Divisibility Defense

Action Item: On March 15, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in United States v. NCR Corp., No. 10-C-910 (E.D. Wis. May 15, 2015), held that a potentially responsible party (“PRP”) at...more

Is the Shrinking Availability of Joint And Several Liability In Superfund Cases A Good Thing?

Although it has taken a surprisingly long time, the holding in Burlington Northern which greatly lowered the standard for apportionment in Superfund cases is finally being embraced by lower courts. Last fall I blogged about...more

Proportionate liability now dead for financial planners?

On May 13th, The High Court significantly diminished (and arguably removed) the benefit of proportionate liability provisions in the Corporations Act and the ASIC Act in its judgment of Selig v Wealthsure Pty Ltd [2015] HCA...more

High Court to clarify proportionate liability – judgment imminent

Those of you following our coverage regarding the proceedings of Selig & Anor v Wealthsure Pty Ltd & Ors, presently before the High Court of Australia, will be pleased to hear that judgment is set to be delivered at 10am on...more

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