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State Supreme Court Strikes Down Washington’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Washington Supreme Court in May struck down the state’s 2010 anti-SLAPP statute, holding in a unanimous opinion that the law violates the state constitution’s right to a jury trial and is invalid on its face. The...more

LIBOR acquittals: Keep calm and carry on

Here’s some information that may shock certain sections of the media: Not everyone charged with a crime will be, or should be, found guilty. Even people with a case to answer on paper can still, quite properly, be acquitted....more

Transportation Newsletter - January 2016

Illinois Appellate Court: A Contingent Automobile Liability Policy Is Not an Excess Policy - The Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, was recently confronted with the interpretation of a Contingent...more

Federal Circuit Confirms Constitutionality of IPR Proceedings

On December 3, 2015, in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co., a panel of the Federal Circuit unanimously upheld the constitutionality of IPR proceedings, finding that delegation of patent invalidity determinations to a...more

Federal Judge Leaves Yahoo’s 'Human Intervention' Argument in the Hands of Jury

On December 14, 2015, a federal judge in the Southern District of California concluded that a jury should decide whether Yahoo is liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, for “welcome...more

Amendment Reducing Size of Illinois Juries Declared Unconstitutional

On Monday December 21st, a Cook County, Illinois trial judge declared unconstitutional the recent Illinois legislation enacted that reduced the number of jurors in all civil trials from twelve persons to six. The legislation...more

New Year, New Laws for Litigators

Did you keep up with the onslaught of legislative developments affecting litigation this year? Don’t worry, here’s a list of some key changes every California litigator needs to know....more

Changes to the California Code of Civil Procedure You Should Know About NOW

The California legislature has recently implemented important changes to the California Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) that will take effect on January 1, 2016. These changes will affect all aspects of the litigation...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals finds Tenant Entitled to Jury Trial

In Kirk v. Hilltop Apartments, L.P., the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (No. 2054, September 30, 2015, Krauser, C.J.) was called upon to decide a novel question. If a lease has no expiration date and a tenant sues a...more

Tiffany and Co. v. Costco Wholesale Corp.: TIFFANY Mark Infringed by Costco’s Sales of “Tiffany” Rings

In a recent decision, Judge Swain of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the luxury retailer Tiffany and Co. (“Tiffany”), deciding that Costco Wholesale Corp. (“Costco”), the largest...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses Order Denying Costs Because the Case Was “Close”

Can federal courts deny a prevailing party litigation costs because it was a close case? According to the Seventh Circuit’s recent opinion in United States ex rel. Pileco, Inc. v. Slurry Systems, Inc., No. 14-1267 (7th Cir....more

9th Circuit Cannot Make Up Its Mind

In a drama that certainly has not seen its curtain drop, the 9th Circuit has changed its mind twice on the same issue in the same case during a 19 month span. This story began in 2011 when Multi Time Machine, Inc. (“MTM”), a...more

Fact-Intensive Reasonable Royalty Analysis Need Not Be Peer Reviewed or Published to Be Admissible - Summit 6, LLC v. Samsung...

Addressing the admissibility of expert testimony on damages issues, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s admission of expert testimony based on a fact-intensive analysis that was not...more

Superior Court Interprets Jury Waiver

When is a waiver of a jury trial effective? This is not always an easy question as some claims may be outside the scope of the waiver. This decision provides good guidance on how to decide how far the waiver reaches....more

Cox Communications Tying Class Action Goes to the Jury

After a near two-week trial in the consumer class action lawsuit against Cox Communications, the jury began deliberations this past Monday to decide whether Cox’s alleged practice of tying premium cable services to rentals of...more

Fahmy v. Jay Z - USDC, C.D. California, October 21, 2015

District court grants defendants’ motion for judgment as matter of law, finding that songwriter’s heir did not have standing to sue for copyright infringement because he had conveyed all his economic rights (copyright) to the...more

The Constitutionality of Tennessee Tort Reform Will Have to Wait

On March 10, 2015, I posted a blog about a recent court ruling that the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011 (Tennessee’s statutory tort reform) was unconstitutional.  The ruling, made in an automobile accident case, held that...more

Jury Awards $240,000 to Muslim Truck Drivers In EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Star Transport Fired Truckers for Refusing to Transport Alcohol, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - A federal jury in Peoria, Ill., has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as...more

Fracking-Related Earthquake Litigation Gains Momentum

On June 30, 2015, the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a decision that opened the courthouse doors to lawsuits for property damage and personal injuries caused by earthquakes purportedly related to fracking activities. See Ladra...more

The Jury's Out of the Game and Employers are Back on the Bench: No Right to Jury Under the Tennessee Public Protection Act

Recently, the Tennessee Supreme Court quietly passed down David G. Young v. City of LaFollette, which changed the face of labor and employment litigation in Tennessee. In Young, the Court held, among other things, that "there...more

Beaulieu Group Floored by Competitor Mohawk’s Application and Use of New Mark for Residential Carpet

On September 30, 2015, Beaulieu Group, LLC (“Beaulieu”), a Georgia Corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Mohawk Carpet Distribution, Inc. (“Mohawk”), a Delaware corporation with a principal place of...more

Jury Sides with DOJ in First Phase of FCA Statistical Sampling Trial

Last week, a jury in Alabama federal court sided with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and qui tam relators in the first part of a False Claims Act (FCA) case against AseraCare Inc., a provider of hospice and palliative care...more

Ruling Allows Gerber False Advertising Suit to Crawl Onward

For plaintiffs concerned that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 19, 2015 decision in Brown v. GNC Corp. signaled the muscling in of a stricter new pleading standard for false advertising class actions nationwide, a...more

Alert: UCLA Cleared in Lawsuit Alleging Lax Authentication Involving Insider Access to Medical Records

Earlier this month, a California jury found the University of California, Los Angeles Health System (UCLA) not liable for damages that allegedly resulted when a medical office assistant, Alexis Price, improperly accessed and...more

It’s The World Series Of Discrimination Trials! Catch It!

T.J. Simers, a notorious well-known former sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, has sued the owners of the Times, contending that he was let go in 2013 because of his age (then in his early 60s, now 65) and because of...more

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