Litigation Fees & Costs

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FICA Lawsuit Settles For Over $3 Million

I have previously blogged about a lawsuit brought by participants in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan where the employer failed to report and pay FICA (social security) taxes in the most tax advantageous way. The...more

Kruger: Appeal Allowed … Crown Awarded Costs

How should the Tax Court award costs where the taxpayer’s appeal was allowed but no changes were made to the assessment at issue? This unusual situation was considered by the Tax Court in Kruger Incorporated v. The...more

To Litigate or not to Litigate: Practical Considerations for Every Business

It should come as no surprise that business is booming in Silicon Valley, although with the growing number of businesses comes increased potential for conflict and litigation. Know that litigation is serious business. ...more

Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.

I don't draft arbitration provisions in agreements, but if I did I would not draft one like the one in Taggart v. Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc. Not because it turned out to be unenforceable, but because it was found to...more

Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) – Is It Right For You?

Parties to a legal dispute often bemoan the costs. The expense of hiring a lawyer, the business disruption caused by management’s focus on the legal problem at hand, the time away from work spent by employees who have to...more

What Creditors Need to Know - Two Recent Bankruptcy Rulings Affect Rights and Risks Regarding the Automatic Stay

Immediately upon the commencement of a bankruptcy case an automatic stay prohibits actions against the debtor to, among other things, collect pre-petition obligations and to obtain control over property of the bankruptcy...more

Litigation Discovery and the New Federal Rules

Trying to make the best of rules open to highly subjective interpretation… Discovery in litigation is the heart of the process. It is the system by which parties can obtain evidence from other parties and refine...more

Loser Does Not Pay for AIA Costs

Trend is patent litigation loser pays fees or costs – but not this time (courtesy Google Images). The significant filing fees spent by an accused infringer on a successful American Invents Act (AIA) review are not...more

Court Awards $11.7M in Attorneys’ Fees In Fund Mapping Case

The court in Tussey v. ABB Inc., No. 2:06-cv-04305 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 9, 2015), a long-running suit alleging that ABB failed to monitor recordkeeping fees and improperly mapped participants’ investments (previously reported on...more

Don't Let Pre-Notice Defense Costs Get Away

When a policyholder first learns that they are facing litigation (or any third-party claim), they are immediately confronted with many pressing concerns. The primary concern is mounting a robust defense against the new...more

November 2015: EU Litigation Update

Damages Based Agreements—Latest Developments. The United Kingdom has historically been averse to straight contingency based fee arrangements between clients and their lawyers, believing these led inevitably to conflicts of...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

5 tips for cutting patent litigation costs

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision, the number of patent litigation cases, which for years leading up to that case had been on the increase, have been on the decline. Projections are that the...more

"But we have a solid legal case, right?"

Business people with legal disputes often expect that when their legal position is very strong, litigating it to victory should be relatively quick and painless. That’s often not the case, however, as illustrated by a recent...more

Court Orders Plaintiffs to Pay Defendants’ $13.3 Million Appellate Costs in Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household...

Recently, in Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household International, Inc., the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted the defendants’ Rule 39 motion for appellate costs and ordered the...more

Caltrans’ Highway 101 Overpass Condemnation Case Ends in Split Decision

For several years, we’ve been following an eminent domain lawsuit in Marin County involving Caltrans’ acquisition of 34 acres for a $29.7 million interchange project at the Redwood Sanitary Landfill, which would widen the...more

Changes to Court Fees in Alberta

The Budget delivered by the Alberta Government on March 26, 2015 announced an increase in court filing fees. The new fee schedule went into effect on May 1, 2015. Some of the fee schedules coming from the Court of...more

California Court Upholds a Reduction of Attorneys’ Fees but Reverses a Reduction of Costs

In a recent, unpublished opinion Myres v. San Francisco Housing Authority, a California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s order reducing the amount of costs a plaintiff had claimed as a result of limited success at...more

A Case to Watch: Highway Contractor Appeals $663M False Claims Act Judgment

On August 31, 2015, highway contractors Trinity Industries, Inc. and Trinity Highway Products, LLC (collectively, Trinity) appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit a $663,360,750 final judgment entered...more

Securities Class Action Defense Counsel Selection: An Interview Process is Essential

When a public company purchases a significant good or service, it typically seeks competitive proposals. From coffee machines to architects, companies invite multiple vendors to bid, evaluate their proposals, and choose one...more

What's Market? Update: Delaware Corporate and M&A

Fee Shifting and Forum Selection Clauses - Much attention has been paid to Delaware legislative developments regarding fee shifting and forum selection clauses. On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed...more

Update from Wilson Elser’s D&O Insurance Digest

Litigation Developments and Mega Settlements - Dole Food, Inc. Derivative Action – Delaware Chancery Court Finds D&Os Engaged in Fraud - Dole Food, Inc. shareholders sued Dole Chairman and CEO David Murdock and Dole...more

DBAs revisited – recommendations of the Civil Justice Council in relation to damages-based agreements

Damages-based agreements (“DBAs”) – a form of contingency fee arrangement, whereby the legal representative’s fee is dependent on the success/outcome of the case – were introduced in April 2013 by virtue of the DBA...more

Failure to Comply with Court Proceedings Results in Default Order (Illinois)

United States v. Alacran Contracting, LLC, 2015 WL 5829710 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 5, 2015) - In this breach of contract case, the defendant moved to set aside the court’s previous orders entering default against it based on the...more

Necessary Production of Documents Results in Award of Production Costs (Texas)

Mobile Telecomms. Techs., LLC, v. Samsung Telecomms. Am., LLC, 2015 WL 5719123, (E.D. Tex. Sept. 28, 2015) - In this patent infringement case, the plaintiff contested a prior ruling by the court that held that the...more

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