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The Northern District of New York Applies the “Reasonable Belief” Standard

On May 11, 2017, the Northern District of New York applied the Second Circuit’s standard for evaluating a Dodd-Frank retaliation claim in response to a motion to dismiss under F.R.C.P. Rule 12(b)(6). The court denied the...more

Class Action Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While the Congressional legislative agenda has taken a back seat in the headlines lately, the fact remains that there still is an agenda, and it includes class action reform....more

Breaking: Mass. SJC Overhauls SLAPP Statute Practice

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today issued two decisions which together make important changes in how Massachusetts courts apply the often troublesome SLAPP statute, M.G.L. c. 231, § 59H, enacted in 1994. While of general...more

Court Ruling Supports Contractual and Statutory Enforcement of Open Source Software Licenses

Despite the prevalence of open source software and its ubiquitous use in the software industry, there has been little litigation in the United States analyzing and interpreting the terms of open source licenses. On April 25,...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Mylan v. Aurobindo the Circuit affirms the grant of a preliminary injunction based upon the infringement of one of the three patents in suit. However, the panel reverses the injunction as to the other two patents based on...more

Judge Robinson Denies Defendant’s Motion To Dismiss Asserting Patents Claim Ineligible Subject Matter

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Order entered by The Honorable Sue L. Robinson in Paltalk Holdings, Inc. v. Riot Games, Inc., Civil Action No. 16-1240-SLR (D.Del. May 15, 2017), the Court denied Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss which asserted...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Omnicare Standard for Pleading False Statements of Opinion to Section 10(b) Claims, in City of Dearborn...

In a matter of first impression in the Ninth Circuit, the court applied the Supreme Court’s Omnicare standard for pleading the falsity of a statement of opinion to a Section 10(b) claim in City of Dearborn Heights Act 345...more

Partnership Dissolution And A Chief Judge’s Lament

by Allen Matkins on

Decisions by U.S. District Court judges typically begin with an identification of the parties, an explanation of the procedural posture of the case, or a description of the dispute. Chief Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, however,...more

Executing a Contract Can Constitute Protected Conduct Under California’s Anti-SLAPP Scheme

In San Diegans for Open Government v. San Diego State University Research Foundation, et. al. (No. D069189, filed 5/3/17) the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District held the act of contracting to provide...more

Third verse same as the first - Will Richard Prince’s transformation defense work yet again?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Take a copyrighted photograph of Sonic Youth bass player Kim Gordon, crop it, and add an Instagram border and a few words of text and emojis. Have you “transformed” it sufficiently to avoid copyright infringement? And is it...more

Studios Fire Back: Fictional Publication Depicted in a Movie is Privileged Expressive Use

Following up a previous post about the February 2017 lawsuit filed by the Sporting Times against Orion Pictures for depicting a fictional magazine of the same title in a movie about the life of Bill “Spaceman” Lee, MGM has...more

Northern District Of California Finds Allegations Of Scienter Sufficient Based On "Deliberate Recklessness" Standard

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 1, 2017, Judge Edward Davila of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a putative securities fraud class action against Finisar Corporation and certain...more

Guest Post – Justice for Patriots’ Fans

by Reed Smith on

This guest post by Andrew C. Bernasconi, of Counsel at Reed Smith, is about a hopeful development in a False Claims Act case we’ve already blogged about once. The previous post queried, what happens when a FCA relator,...more

May the 4th Be With You: Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Saga Continues

by Fisher Phillips on

It is only fitting that, on this day, May the 4th, which has become known colloquially as Star Wars Day, we bring you this update on Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Ordinance saga which could send significant ripples throughout...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine a district court ruling against Wendy's that continues a shift toward an increase in merchants' data protection responsibilities and the Article 29 Working...more

“Individualized Proof of Harm” Required in Robinson-Patman Secondary-Line Claim Prevents Class Certification

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Northern District of California denied class certification to two proposed classes of wholesalers in ABC Distributing, Inc. v. Living Essentials LLC, Case No. 15-cv-02064 NC (N.D. Cal.), a secondary-line...more

The Southern District Of New York Dismisses In Part Putative Shareholder Class Action Against Investment Technology Group

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 26, 2017, District Judge John F. Keenan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part motions to dismiss brought by defendants Investment Technology...more

OSHA Withdraws Fairfax Memo

by Fisher Phillips on

OSHA has provided notice, in the context of an on-going federal lawsuit, (National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Dougherty, N.D. Tex., No. 16-2568, 4/27/17), that it has rescinded the interpretation letter and...more

Updated CHOICE Act Proposes to Impose Heightened Pleading Requirement and Raise Burden of Proof for Plaintiffs in Section 36(b)...

by Dechert LLP on

The Chairman of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), on April 19, 2017 released an updated discussion draft of the Financial CHOICE1 Act (Bill), and the Committee held...more

Data Breach Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Bracewell LLP on

In an April 13, 2017 decision in Walters v. Kimpton Hotel, a California federal judge rejected the bid of hotel chain Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, LLC to dismiss a proposed class action arising from a data breach last...more

Lewis v. Clarke And The Failed Expedition To Secure Tribal Rights: SCOTUS Rules Against Tribal Employee Immunity

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The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to employees who are sued in their individual capacities, even if the alleged wrongdoing occurs while the employee is acting...more

Reporting Reasonable Suspicion Tests To Third Parties When No Suspicion Existed May Give Rise to Defamation and Invasion of...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Requiring employees to submit to directly observed reasonable suspicion testing and falsely reporting to third parties that the employees were tested because of reasonable suspicion may give rise to claims for invasion of...more

Court Dismisses Peeling Paint Class Action Against Hyundai, But Grants Third Opportunity to Amend

On April 13, 2017, United States District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell for the Central District of California granted a motion to dismiss a class action complaint alleging that Hyundai sold cars with an alleged latent paint...more

District Court Granted Voluntary Motion to Dismiss Against Named Defendant But Disallowed Reservation of Rights as to Unnamed...

In this patent infringement action, Plaintiff Wright's Well Control Services, LLC (WWCS) filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss defendant Christopher Mancini pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(2) with prejudice,...more

Auction House Accused of Scraping Competitor’s Web Listings

Screen scraping is a problem that has vexed website owners since the early days of e-commerce – how to make valuable content available to users and customers, but prevent competitors from accessing such content for commercial...more

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