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Bah to Legal Lambs

by Reed Smith on

Like many of you, on Friday mornings we turn to the “Legal Lions and Lambs” section of Law360. It is not only voyeurism. We are constantly working on things in media res (the middle of things), building slowly and gradually...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Judge Donato Rejects Corporate Pleas in Capacitor Cases

U.S. District Court Judge James Donato, of the Northern District of California, caught the attention of criminal antitrust litigators over the last several months with his refusal to accept the guilty pleas of three...more

Tiffany Wins the Generic Battle, and the Spoils of War are Significant (Updated)

by Knobbe Martens on

Update: U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain has awarded Tiffany & Co. $11.1 million in treble profits and $8.25 million in punitive damages. Judge Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Costco’s management “displayed...more

Plaintiff Sanctioned for Spoliation of Evidence in His Case Against Taylor Swift: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Mueller v. Swift, No. 15-cv-1974-WJM-KLM (D. Colo. July 19, 2017), Colorado District Judge William J. Martinez ruled that “Plaintiff’s loss or destruction of the complete recording of the June 3, 2013 conversation [between...more

Some Quick Thoughts on Opening Statements, Closing Arguments and Jury Deliberations

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

This will likely be the last piece I write on last month’s trial. We are scheduled to start another trial in January 2018, with additional trials in April and May, and they may gin up some additional insights that I think...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trials and Class Action Waivers in Master Deeds - Decision is a good development for...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

UPDATE: Based upon a settlement reached with Respondents, Petitioners filed a motion seeking dismissal of their petition for a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. They also asked the Court to vacate the opinion of...more

Judge, Jury and . . . Attorney’s Fees

When a contract awards attorneys’ fees to one party in a contract action, California Civil Code § 1717 intervenes by a) directing the attorney’s fees to the prevailing party, regardless of the party awarded fees in the...more

Medical exam results and tasks actually performed

by McAfee & Taft on

When addressing the issues of a person’s ability to perform a job or the potential need for accommodation, don’t forget to take into account work the individual has previously performed. Sometimes that can be every bit as...more

California Judge Honors Delaware Forum Selection Bylaw

by Allen Matkins on

In May, I wrote about Judge Peter H. Kirwan’s ruling in Drulias v. 1st Century Bancshares, Inc., (Cal. Super. Ct. Case No. 16-CV-294673, Nov. 18, 2016). As readers may recall, Judge Kirwan declined to approve a disclosure...more

Spiral Dynamics and the Vanishing Jury Trial

by Zelle LLP on

Over the past 20 years, the number of jury trials has been on a dramatic decline. In fact, the percentage of federal civil cases currently disposed of by a judgment at trial is less than 1 percent, with similar statistics for...more

Using Demonstratives To Effectively Communicate Complex Business Cases To A Jury

by Weintraub Tobin on

Business attorneys understand that complex business litigation involves complex issues, usually encompassing voluminous amounts of complicated financial data in the form of balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow...more

“Mark Of The Beast” Workplace Concerns Lead To Half-Million Dollar Verdict

by Fisher Phillips on

Here’s some advice you probably didn’t think you needed, employers: you should avoid, at all costs, giving or threatening to give your employees the biblical Mark of the Beast. And if they think you are doing so, you should...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trials and Class Action Waivers in Master Deeds - Decision is a good development for...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

UPDATE: The Petitioners Motion for Rehearing was denied. While the Petition for Certiorari was pending, a settlement agreement was reached, part of which seeks for the Court to dismiss this matter and vacate this opinion....more

Jury Rejects Whistleblower Claim By Former SpaceX Employee

On June 7, 2017, a California jury returned a 9-3 verdict, dismissing whistleblower claims brought by a former Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (“SpaceX”) employee. Jason Blasdell v. Space Exploration Technologies...more

Kindred Nursing Centers L.P. v. Clark: The Supreme Court Reemphasizes That Arbitration Agreements Must Be Placed on Equal Footing...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed that the Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”) preempts state laws placing agreements to arbitrate on weaker footing than other types of contracts. In Kindred...more

Insured May Bear the Consequences of Insurer’s Negligence

For decades, California courts have mandated that an insurer is obligated to accept a “reasonable” settlement demand within policy limits on behalf of its insured. If it fails to do so, it is liable for the entire judgment,...more

California and Georgia disallow jury trial waivers

by DLA Piper on

Commercial lenders tend to perceive jury trials as disadvantageous when resolving conflicts between them and their borrowers. Alternative dispute resolution, such as binding arbitration, has proved to be an unsatisfactory...more

Arbitrator, Judge, Or Jury; Pick Your Poison

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

As a general rule businesses hate litigation. Why? Litigation results seem uncertain to the point of randomness. It need not be that way. You can never squeeze all of the uncertainty out of litigation, but if you understand...more

State Supreme Courts Continue to Try to Chip Away at FAA Preemption; The United States Supreme Court Is Not Amused

The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), 9 U.S.C. § 1, et seq., does not contain an express preemption provision, nor was it intended to be the exclusive codified arbitration law in all circumstances. However, the United States...more

Amgen v. Sandoz Jury Trial Pushed Off

by Goodwin on

A Stipulation and Scheduling Order for Trial (Order) entered on May 19, 2017 in the Amgen v. Sandoz litigation rescheduled trial for March 26, 2018 (from December 18, 2017), and pushed back other pre-trial deadlines....more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

Reassessing Contractual Jury Waivers Under Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon Towers, Inc.

by Weintraub Tobin on

Orange County is a hotbed for development and real estate. Lenders work hand-in-hand with real estate professional to make these deals happen. When using out-of-state financing, contractual jury waivers are commonplace. Under...more

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