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Are All Troll Cases Exceptional?

In Iris Connex, LLC, v. Dell, Inc., [2:15-cv-1915-JRG] (January 25, 2016), District Judge Gilstrap, after granting summary judgment to Dell, awarded attorneys fees, noting Dell’s arguments that Iris Connex’s claim...more

“But I Didn’t Know” – Protecting Yourself from Responsible Person Status

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A couple of weeks ago, we considered a situation in which an unscrupulous partner (perhaps in cahoots with an IRS agent) tried to stick one of their partners with the federal employment taxes owed by their failing business....more

In California, Directors Who Abstain May Still Face Liability

by Allen Matkins on

Section 316(a) of the California Corporations Code imposes joint and several liability on directors who approve any of the following actions...more

Do You Know Who Your Employees Are? Joint Employer Liability Under the FLSA and Other Employment Laws

by Dechert LLP on

As private equity firms become more involved in the operations of their portfolio companies, they are increasingly at risk of being deemed joint employers of their portfolio companies’ employees, leaving private equity firms...more

Why You Should Have Read Last Week’s Posts On California’s D&O Loan Ban

by Allen Matkins on

I spent the better part of last week writing about California Corporations Code Section 315. The statute general prohibits a corporation (Section 162) from making a loan of money or property to, or guaranteeing the...more

Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Applying Ohio’s tort reform legislation to a situation where a non-party is immune from the tort liability in issue has resulted in contradictory holdings. This article originally appeared in the 2016 September/October...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES #3

by Field Law on

Both the legal/registered owner and lessor and the beneficial owner and lessor of a vehicle are vicariously liable for the lessee’s vehicular negligence but only to the liability cap for lessors. Graham (Litigation...more

Business Litigation Reporter - June 2016

by Goodwin on

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Product Liability Verdicts in Arizona

by Snell & Wilmer on

Product liability cases show a strong defense trend in Arizona. Since 2011, Arizona juries have given twelve defense verdicts and three plaintiff’s verdicts. Here are all of the Arizona product liability verdicts over the...more

General Court of the EU Dismisses Trioplast Application Seeking Reimbursement of Interest Paid for Being Late in Paying Cartel...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

With a judgment handed down on 12 May 2016 (Case T-669/14, Trioplast Industrier AB v. European Commission), the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) dismissed an action brought by Trioplast Industrier AB (Trioplast...more

Insurance Recovery Group News: New York Holds Excess Insurers Liable For “All Sums” Related To Long Tail Claims

by Murtha Cullina on

For more than two decades, the problem of allocating the costs of long tail claims – such as environmental and asbestos claims – among multiple insurance carriers has generally been resolved in one of two ways. Courts in...more

New York’s Highest Court Rules in Favor of “All Sums” and Vertical Attachment in Certified Question from Delaware Supreme Court

In the recent decision of Viking Pump, Inc., et al. v. TIG Insurance Co., et al., 2016 N.Y. LEXIS 1018 (N.Y. May 3, 2016), the New York Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court), on questions certified by the Delaware...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Non-Enforcement - Amendments to the Venture Capital Fund Adviser and Private Fund Adviser Exemptions - Last month the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a guidance update (Update) addressing recent...more

District Court Holds Private Equity Funds Jointly Liable for Portfolio Company's ERISA Withdrawal Liability

by Bracewell LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled on March 28, 2016 that two private equity funds were jointly and severally liable for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability of their jointly-owned...more

Erin Andrew’s Suit Shows Risks to Businesses from Intentional Tortfeasors

by Butler Snow LLP on

Sportscaster Erin Andrew’s suit against a Nashville Marriott and the stalker who the hotel let check-in to a room next to her has made national headlines. When the jury awarded her a total of $55 million damages, with about...more

Sun Capital Decision Implicates Private Company Investing

by Goodwin on

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (the District Court) delivered a controversial opinion in Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund...more

Sun Capital Court Finds that Common Industry Practices Exposed PE Funds to Pension Plan Liabilities

A group of related private equity (“PE”) funds were found liable for a bankrupt portfolio company’s pension plan debts in the latest and most worrisome decision in the long-running Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England...more

Casting a Wider Net: Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for ERISA Withdrawal Liability

On March 28, 2016, a district court in Massachusetts found two private equity funds (under the Sun Capital Partners, Inc. umbrella) jointly and severally liable for withdrawal liability imposed on one of its underlying...more

Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company's Pension Obligations

by McCarter & English, LLP on

A U.S. District Court issued a ruling on March 28 that affects pension liabilities for private equity funds and their portfolio companies. Taken further, the ruling potentially changes fundamental rules for tax-qualified...more

Private Equity Funds Held Liable for Pension Obligations of a Portfolio Company

by White & Case LLP on

District Court: Two Affiliated Funds Formed “Partnership-in-Fact” and Have Controlled Group Liability for Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities - In a closely watched case (the “Sun Capital” case), the U.S. District...more

Sun Capital Court Finds Co-Investing Funds Part of Controlled Group and Liable for Portfolio Company’s Pension Liabilities

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

District Court finds affiliated funds acted in de facto partnership which controlled portfolio company; Decision may be significant in making private equity acquisition structuring choices. As we previously reported, in...more

Sun Capital: Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Withdrawal Liability

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

District Court finds affiliated funds acted in de facto partnership which controlled portfolio company; Decision may be significant in making private equity acquisition structuring choices. On March 28, 2016, a Federal...more

Litigation Alert: Private Equity Funds Liable for Withdrawal Liability Although Each Had Less Than 80% Ownership

by Reed Smith on

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund - It’s Part 2 of one of the most important withdrawal liability cases in a decade… - In 2013, the First Circuit issued the...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: Court Ruling Signals Potential ERISA Liability for PE Fund Sponsors"

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that three private equity (PE) funds were jointly and severally liable for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability of one of their...more

CIGA Avoids C&R Lien Obligation At Expense of Co-Defendant

On March 22, 2016, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division One, published its opinion in California Insurance Guarantee Assn. v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd., No. B263869, Cal.App.4th, in which it determined that the WCAB...more

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