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Litigating the Malicious Prosecution Case

Powerpoint Presentation by Jeffrey Lewis on tips for litigating Malicious Prosecution actions in California...more

Ninth Circuit Once Again Affirms That Malicious Actions To Destroy A Competitor Do Not State An Antitrust Claim Unless Accompanied...

On February 24, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing DAW Industries’ claims of conspiracy to restrain trade and attempted monopolization, once again...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 4, December 2013: New Year's Resolutions: Five Areas Of Focus For 2014

The Affordable Care Act has dominated the headlines of employment newsletters (justifiably) for the last six months. It will continue to be an area of focus for all employers. But don’t lose sight of the fact that all the...more

Contrasting the Torts of Malicious Prosecution and Abuse of Process

The related torts of malicious prosecution and abuse of process both vindicate the important personal rights to be free from unwarranted or abusive litigation tactics. There are some important distinctions in the elements of...more

Section 128.7 Sanctions Not Available Following Arbitration

When a client has obtained a defense verdict, judgment or arbitration award, they will frequently ask what recourse they have to recover attorney’s fees and costs obtained in defending against the claims. In California,...more

Proving the “Prior Action” Requirement of a Malicious Prosecution Case

When a party prevails in a legal proceeding, he or she sometimes will seek further vindication by way of a malicious prosecution action. However, no matter how frivolous the prior action was, not all legal proceedings are...more

Potential Defendants in a Malicious Prosecution Case

Malicious prosecution actions in California are complex. Filing and defending such actions require the handling attorney to have a deep understanding of the interplay of anti-SLAPP law, SLAPP-back actions and malicious...more

Defending the Malicious Prosecution claim

The complex tort of malicious prosecution is frequently threatened yet rarely fully understood. The elements of the claim are that a prior action (1) was commenced by or at the direction of the defendant and was pursued to...more

Establishing the “Probable Cause” Element of a Malicious Prosecution claim

The complex tort of malicious prosecution is frequently threatened yet rarely fully understood. One of the trickier elements to establish is that the prior action was filed and/or continued without probable cause. Just...more

Establishing the “Favorable Termination” Element of a Malicious Prosecution claim

The complex tort of malicious prosecution is frequently threatened yet rarely fully understood. One of the trickier elements to establish is a “favorable termination” of the prior action. Just because you won the prior...more

Three key questions to ask in evaluating any potential case for Malicious Prosecution

The complex tort of malicious prosecution is frequently threatened yet rarely fully understood. The elements of the claim are that a prior action (1) was commenced by or at the direction of the defendant and was pursued to...more

Vexatious Litigant – Case Dismissed with Prejudice

In this tort case, the appellate court affirmed a dismissal order finding a pro se plaintiff to be a “vexatious litigant,” which according to Florida Statute § 68.093, includes a pro se litigant “who, in the immediately...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending July 19, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – STEFANIE LINCOLN - Litigation Privilege: litigation privilege, which protects actions taken in the course of and related to judicial proceedings from civil liability, applies to causes of...more

Frivolous Arguments Lead To Sanctions And Attorney Fee Award Against Defendant And His Law Firm

After protracted litigation in a probate matter was resolved in his favor, the trustee of an estate sued a trust beneficiary and his law firm for malicious prosecution. The defendants made a special motion to strike under the...more

Bill Maher Prevails Over Donald Trump Lawsuit By Sitting and Waiting for the Donald to Figure Out to Drop It Himself

In February, I wrote about a particularly fake-haired boneheaded lawsuit that Donald Trump brought against comedian Bill Maher. As you may recall, Trump accused Maher of breach of contract based on a joke that Maher had made...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - Court Rules that Yogurt Dispute Belongs Before the FDA - Conclusory Allegations that Advertising is “False and Misleading” Fail Minimum Pleading Standards - 5-Hour Energy Authorized To Sue...more

Is It Prejudgment Or Postjudgment Interest? The Conclusion Can Make A Difference

In Lucky United Properties Investments Inc. v. Lee, 2013 DAR 1614 (2013), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided when interest begins to accrue on an award of prejudgment interest in the...more

General Liability Policies May Cover Antitrust, Patent and Other Business Litigation - Part 2

In a prior post, we explained how a general liability policy may cover antitrust, patent, trade secret and other business litigation claims, if there are allegations that insured made negative comments about the other party’s...more

General Liability Policies May Cover Antitrust, Patent, and Other Business Litigation – Part 1

General liability insurance is frequently overlooked in business litigation. These policies, however, include coverage for “disparagement” and “malicious prosecution.” Both terms are construed broadly and may provide coverage...more

Illinois Supreme Court Will Hear Five Civil Cases During January Term

The Illinois Supreme Court has posted its docket for the impending January term, and the Court will hear argument in five civil cases. ...more

The Broadening Applicability of Issue Estoppel

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Penner v. Regional Municipality of Niagara Regional Police Services Board et al. (reserved at the Supreme Court, January 11, 2012) gives support for a broader application of issue estoppel....more

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