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Both Parties Seek En Banc Intervention in Amgen v. Sandoz

Last month, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit issued a split decision in Amgen v. Sandoz (summary; opinion). Amgen (in which Patterson Belknap represented one of the amici supporting Amgen) is the court’s first decision...more

First Circuit Weighs In On Rule 68 Mootness Issue

In a decision issued on August 21, 2015, the First Circuit added its voice to the recent chorus of federal appellate courts holding that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment, served before a motion for class certification...more

Rejected Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Plaintiff’s Claim, Fifth Circuit Holds

On August 12, 2015, the Fifth Circuit held that a plaintiff’s rejection of an offer of judgment does not moot the plaintiff’s claim, even if the offer provides complete relief to the plaintiff. Hooks v. Landmark Indus.,...more

Seventh Circuit Overrules Damasco: Holds That Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Individual Or Class Claims

On August 6, 2015, in Chapman v. First Index, Inc., Nos. 14-2773 & 14-2774 (7th Cir. Aug. 6, 2015), the Seventh Circuit reversed course and overruled its prior holding in Damasco v. Clearwire Corp., 662 F.3d 891 (7th Cir....more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari To Resolve Circuit Split As Second Circuit Holds That Offer Of Judgment Can Moot Named Plaintiffs’...

As we noted a few months ago, several pending Circuit appeals and a pending petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court foreshadowed that clarity might be coming to the question whether an offer of complete...more

An Easy First Impression: Joint Dismissal of Appellate Review - Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus Software, Inc.

Addressing for the first time the propriety of vacating an appellate opinion when the underlying appeal is rendered moot before issuance of that opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit determined that it...more

Illinois Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal on Interlocutory “Rules of Road” Custody Orders

What procedural and substantive rights are potentially impacted by “rules of the road” orders in child custody cases – interlocutory orders which regulate what the contending parents can and can’t do in interacting with their...more

It’s Not Personal: Ninth Circuit Denies Putative Class Representative’s Appeal as Moot

In Campion v. Old Republic Protection Company, Inc., No. 12-56784, (Dec. 31, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a putative class representative’s appeal was moot because he had no personal stake in the case...more

Class Action Not Mooted by Unaccepted Rule 68 Offers of Judgment to Putative Class Representatives, 11th Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently held that a class action was not mooted by the unaccepted offers of judgment made by the defendant to each putative class representative in the full amount of his or her...more

Eleventh Circuit: Rule 68 Offers of Judgment Do Not Moot Putative Class Actions

On December 2, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court order dismissing a putative class action as moot, holding that: (1) an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment does not...more

Eleventh Circuit Joins Circuit Split On Whether Offers of Judgment May Moot Individual Or Class Claims

On December 1, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals joined the growing nationwide split between Circuits over whether an unaccepted offer of judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 68 may moot an individual plaintiff’s claim...more

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Issue of Appellate News!

In This Issue: - Appeals Begin At The Trial Stage, Not After - Robinson+Cole Wins At The Second Circuit - The Dangers Of Mootness Hiding In Plain Sight - Excerpt from Appeals Begin At The Trial...more

Appeal Not Moot, Though Disputed Policy Had Been Revised

In a decision issued on February 4, 2014, the Seventh Circuit examined the mootness doctrine in an appeal of the denial of a preliminary injunction that challenged a facility use policy for a war memorial. Smith v. Exec. Dir....more

Equitable Mootness: Two Recent Third Circuit Decisions

Equitable mootness is a judge-made remedy that is misnamed. Judges apply it to seek an equitable result, but mootness in the constitutional sense is absent. Article III, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution bars federal...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 2 February 2013

In This Issue: • Licensing to Foreign Manufacturers Satisfies Domestic Industry • Appeal Found to Be Moot in Light of “Side Bet” • Mere Design Choice Leads to Obviousness Finding • Design Patent Infringement...more

Lessons From 2012 About California Appellate Procedure

Appellate courts invariably face lawyers who fail to follow the rules that govern appeals. Learned Hand famously threw a 150-page brief over the bench and onto counsel's table after exclaiming that he would not read it...more

Patent Watch: Allflex U.S.A., Inc. v. Avid Identification Sys., Inc.

[Where] the appellant has identified no relationship between the valuation placed on the appeal and the issues the appellant wishes to challenge, the parties have simply placed a "side bet" on the outcome of the appeal, which...more

Delaware Supreme Court Allows Opt-Out Right in Securities Case Certified on Equitable Grounds

In In Re Celera Corporation Shareholder Litigation, No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012), the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the lower Court of Chancery and ruled that a large holder of Celera Corporation (“Celera”) shares...more

Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Settlement of Class Action Deal Litigation

In the final days of 2012, the Delaware Supreme Court resolved an appeal arising out of class action litigation concerning the sale of Celera Corporation to Quest Diagnostics, Inc. The litigation was settled by agreement of...more

In re Celera Corp. S’holder Litig., No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s certification of a class representative in a breach of fiduciary duty action, even though the class representative sold its stock in the...more

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Challenge to Injunction in Delta Smelt Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has granted a motion by appellees to dismiss an appeal pursued by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other organizations from an interim order enjoining one...more

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