Limitation Periods

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The state of laches: Is delay in patent law different from delay in copyright law?

Copyright and patent law, because of their shared origins in the same Constitutional clause, are inextricably linked. The rationale used in supporting decisions in the copyright context are often not just equally applicable...more

Laches Remains a Valid Defense to Patent Infringement Notwithstanding 'Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer'

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc, confirmed in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products that the common law doctrine of laches is still a viable defense to patent infringement when...more

Federal Circuit Confirms Laches Remains Available in Patent Infringement Actions

Laches is an equitable defense based on a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in pursuing a claim. In 2014, the Supreme Court effectively eliminated the laches defense in copyright cases, ruling that the copyright statute allows...more

Class Action Round-Up: Summer 2015

The big news this quarter is the U.S. Supreme Court’s acceptance of Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, an employment case likely to have major ramifications across the whole spectrum of class action litigation. The Court is set...more

Federal Circuit Narrowly Interprets Limitations Period for Foreign Tax Credit Refund Claims

In Albemarle Corp. v. United States, No. 2015-5015 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 13, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit disallowed claims for refund related to foreign taxes paid by Albemarle Corporation...more

Third Circuit – Failure to Identify Plan’s Limitation Period in Denial Letter Precludes Enforcing Deadline

In 2013, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that ERISA plans can impose shorter limitations periods than would otherwise be the case if the plan was silent. Nevertheless, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit...more

ERISA: 3rd Circuit — Denial Letters That Fail to Detail Plan’s Limitation Period Are Invalid

The courts are expecting more detail in your denial letters about the limitations period. Here’s the case of Mirza v. Insurance Administrator of America, Inc.., No. 13-3535 (3rd Cir. August 26, 2015)(“One very simple...more

Third Circuit Says ERISA Administrative Appeal Denial Letters Must State Plan-Imposed Time Limits

The Third Circuit recently held that ERISA administrative appeal denial letters must include plan-imposed time limits for commencing a lawsuit challenging the claim denial, and the failure to provide such notice warranted...more

Breathing Room: The Alberta Court of Appeal Addresses the New Limitation Period for Third-Party Claims

The limitation period for a defendant seeking contribution from a third party has changed. In last month's Alberta Court of Appeal decision of Whitecourt Power Limited Partnership v Elliott Turbomachinery Canada Inc., 2015...more

Change in Limitation Period Law Significant for Construction Projects

In Whitecourt Power Limited Partnership v Elliott Turbomachinery Canada Inc., 2015 ABCA 252 (Whitecourt Power), the Alberta Court of Appeal interpreted a recent amendment to the Limitations Act that changed the limitation...more

Key employment updates - July 2015

The summer sun has not slowed the pace of important decisions and legislative updates for employers to be aware of. Summarised below are three of the most notable. Payments to continuing employees in settlement of claims...more

A Primer on Insurance Dispute Resolution in China

We previously discussed in a June 10, 2015, guest article the basics of insurance underwriting and claim handling in China. In this article, we give an overview of the legal framework and relevant key issues in insurance...more

ERISA 11th Circuit: Claimant Has “Duty to Investigate” When Asserting Equitable Tolling of a Contractual Limitations Provision

You already know that contractual limitations provisions in ERISA plans are generally enforceable and can bar untimely claims. But when does the court apply “equitable tolling” to extend the time by which a claimant may...more

Supreme Court to Decide When Limitations Period Begins Running for Constructive Discharge Discrimination Claims

Green v. Donahoe involves a Postal Service worker who alleges that he was forced to choose between retirement and a demotion and transfer to another position. The plaintiff quit several months after being given this choice,...more

Often Overlooked, but Effective, Provisions to Consider for your Benefit Plans

The Issue: When benefits under welfare plans – such as health plans and disability plans – are denied, litigation frequently results. In the context of “self-funded” plans (in contrast to “fully insured” plans, which are...more

Workers' Comp. Alert: WCAB Significant Panel Decision Emphasizes Timeliness For A Valid UR Decision

On November 20, 2014, the WCAB issued Bodam v. San Bernardino County/Department of Social Services, and declared it to be A Significant Panel Decision, which means it is citable before the board, but is not persuasive...more

Can't You Hear Me Knocking? Amending ERISA

On October 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., 134 S.Ct. 604 (2013). The specific question before the Court in that case, as expressly stated by...more

Confirmation That the Limitation Period for 'Building Actions' is 10 Years, Not Six

The recent Victorian Court of Appeal decision of Brirek Industries Pty Ltd v McKenzie Group Consulting (Vic) Pty Ltd [2014] VSCA 165 (Brirek Case) has settled the appropriate time period, at least in Victoria, in which a...more

Too Late, Even If Not Too Little: Joining a National Trend, New Jersey Puts the Brakes on Driver’s Claims as Untimely based on...

When does two years become six months? When a signed employment application says it does.1 Last month, New Jersey recognized the express lane permitting employers and employees to set their own limitations periods,...more

Big Banks Argue that Shorter Limitations Period Should Apply to MBS Claims

Recently, the defendants in FDIC as Receiver for Colonial Bank v. Chase Mortgage Finance Group, et al (Civ No. 1:12-cv-06166) filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings, asking the court to dismiss as time-barred the...more

New York Court of Appeals Holds Property Policy Time Limitation for Replacement Costs Suits Amounts to “Claim Nullification”

Facts and Underlying Litigation - Will New York courts enforce a time-limitation period for suits for replacement costs against an insurer under a property policy, even if the insured could not have completed the...more

Do Your Plans Include a Time Limit on a Participant’s Right to Sue?

Some, but far from all, employee benefit plans set a limit on the amount of time a participant has to file a lawsuit claiming benefits under the plan. Until recently, however, not all courts would recognize these plan...more

Green v. CIBC: Court Of Appeal Revisits Limitation Period For Secondary Market Securities Class Actions And Limits Common Law...

Overview - The Court of Appeal for Ontario’s recent decision in Green v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(“Green”) is significant in two respects. First, the Court clarified the limitation period applicable to...more

Employers Should Determine The Reasonableness Of Their Benefit Plans' Limitations Period Based On A Recent U.S. Supreme Court...

In Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., the Supreme Court recently upheld a plan-imposed limitations period on a participant’s right to file suit for benefits so long as that period is not unreasonably short...more

Supreme Court Allows Employers to Limit Time Periods for Bringing Employee Benefit Plan Suits

In a recently-issued decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that employee benefit plans may include a contractual limitations period for filing suit under ERISA §502(a)(1)(B) so long as that period is not...more

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