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Fixing the Economics of Securities Class Action Defense: Nationwide Defense by Regional Firms

In my last D&O Discourse post, I discussed why changes to the securities litigation defense bar are inevitable: in a nutshell, the economic structures of the typical securities defense firms – mostly national law firms –...more

Guzman v. Hacienda Records and Recording Studio, Inc. - USDC, S.D. Texas, August 18, 2015

Defendant Hacienda Records and Recording Studio, Inc. prevailed on a copyright infringement claim brought by plaintiff Jose O. Guzman following a bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas....more

Independent “Cumis” Counsel Now Face Direct Claims for Reimbursement From Insurers

On April 30, 2015, we blogged about Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. J.R. Marketing, LLC, Case No. S211645, then set for oral argument in the California Supreme Court. [see the prior post: California’s “Independent”...more

Get to Know the E-Discovery Changes to the FRCP

Five years ago, a group of judges and legal professionals comprising the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee met at Duke University to begin the discussion of potential e-discovery rule changes to the Federal Rules of...more

Prejudgment Interest On Costs Is Improper

In Bean v. Pacific Coast Elevator Corp. (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1423, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held that a trial court erred when it granted prejudgment interest on costs awarded in a...more

Appellate Court's Disposition And Remand Of Matter

In Ducoing Management Inc. v. Superior Court (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 306, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District emphasized the importance of clear and understandable instructions to a lower court as...more

CCP § 998 Fees Rejected As Judgment Was Less Than Offer To Compromise

In Lee v. Silveira, 2015 DJDAR 5287, the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District ruled on an interesting tort case involving the interpretation of CCP § 998. In the appeal, a personal injury plaintiff...more

Without So Much as a Fig Leaf . . .

Legal commentators and court watchers rightly complain about activist judges who make laws rather than interpret them. Last month’s decision in the The Babcock & Wilcox Co. et al. v. American Nuclear Insurers, et al., is...more

California Supreme Court Will Review Appellate Decision Holding That Attorney Bills Are Privileged

In June, I blogged about County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015). In that case, the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) concluded that legal defense bills...more

Perspectives on Insurance Recovery

Welcome to the latest edition of Pillsbury’s Perspectives on Insurance Recovery. As this 2015 edition of Perspectives demonstrates, our team is working on the most challenging issues—from cyber-insurance and complex claims...more

Controlling the $7 Billion Patent Troll Litigation Machine

Nearly $7 billion: that is the projected cost of litigation filed by non-practicing entities, or patent trolls, in 2015. A recent report by Unified Patents revealed that patent case filings are expected to surpass 6,100 this...more

Connecticut Budget Set To Impact The State's Highest Earners

Governor Dannel Malloy recently signed a budget package, retroactive to January 1st of this year, which increases the income tax rate for the state's highest earners and makes some notable changes to estate taxes and probate...more

Corporate Lawyers vs Federal Judges: Two Perspectives on Litigation Spending and E-Discovery Trends

When we released our Federal Judges Survey on E-Discovery Best Practices & Trends in February we weren’t quite sure what kind of response to expect. We knew the data was insightful (especially the judges’ view on the general...more

House Committee Advances Patent Reforms Aimed to Curb Patent Litigation Abuses

On June 11, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve the Innovation Act of 2015, a bill aimed to curb abusive litigation by so-called patent trolls. "Today in this committee, we are taking a pivotal step...more

Making Straight the Road: Case Litigation Plans as a Means of Efficiency and Predictability in the Tennessee Business Court

Tennessee’s recently-convened Davidson County Business Court will adjudicate business litigation in Nashville and may hear business cases from around the state with the consent of both parties. The Business Court’s stated...more

Examining Some Key Corporate Litigation Spending and E-Discovery Trends

I'm a sucker for research, data, charts, numbers, surveys - basically anything quantitative that helps me better understand and explain things. As marketers go, it's pretty obvious to those who work with me that I came up...more

U.S. Supreme Court Urges Resolution of Bankruptcy Disputes

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided new stimulus to the use of mediation in disputes over attorney fees in its June 15, 2015, decision in Baker Botts LLP v. Asarco. Baker Botts was employed by the bankruptcy debtor estate...more

Court Orders Cost Sharing in ESI Conversion (Virginia)

Hanwha Azdel, Inc. v. C&D Zodiac, Inc., 2015 WL 1417058 (W.D. Va. Mar. 27, 2015). In this breach of contract case, the parties disagreed in regards to the amount stated by the defendant in the bill of costs, filed under...more

Nevada Enacts First State “Hyde Amendment” Law

Nevada recently became the first state to enact a state version of the federal law known as the “Hyde Amendment,” which provides for reimbursement of the litigation expenses of a defendant who is acquitted or otherwise...more

Agencies Cannot Make Conditional Final Offers of Just Compensation in Condemnation Actions

In California eminent domain cases, a property or business owner is entitled to recover litigation expenses (attorneys' fees and expert costs) when the public agency's final offer of compensation is unreasonable and the...more

Submitting Your Defense Bills to Insurers Could Mean Waiving Privilege

Recently, the California Court of Appeal decided County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015), a case considering whether the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department could be...more

Perfect 10 Slammed With $5.5 Million In Fees And Costs Under The Copyright Act Without A Finding Of Frivolous Or Objectively...

The Central District of California recently awarded over $5 million in attorneys’ fees and over $400,000 in costs, emphasizing the degree of success obtained by Defendants and the improper motivations of Plaintiff. The court...more

Trial Court's Discretion to Award Costs to Prevailing Defendant in FEHA Action Is Subject to Christiansburg Standard

The California Supreme Court held that a prevailing defendant in an action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) (Govt C §§12900–12996) is entitled to an award of costs only in the discretion of the trial court...more

Six Pillars of Engagement: What You Need to Know About Using AFAs in Litigation

In recent years, increasing numbers of corporate legal departments have explored alternatives to the traditional hourly rate method of law firm billing in litigation matters. As a firm that has actively embraced such...more

FRANCHISEE 101: 7-Eleven Ordered to Disclose Metadata

A federal court has ordered 7-Eleven to disclose its metadata in three franchisees' claims that they were targeted for termination for financial, political and racially discriminatory reasons. Metadata is deep down "data...more

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