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When are Universities and Executive Agencies “State Actors” for Antitrust Immunity?

More than fifty years ago, the Supreme Court formalized the “state-action antitrust immunity” doctrine - a judge-made rule that certain state governmental conduct is immune from challenge under the federal antitrust laws....more

Subpoenas and SLAPP Motions to Dismiss

If an individual or entity believes a subpoena is aimed at silencing debate on a matter of public interest, can it invoke the DC anti-SLAPP statute in response?  That is the question presented by a recent anti-SLAPP motion...more

W.D. Penn. Dismisses Most Claims in Hernia Mesh Case

You’ve probably heard James Carville’s description of Pennsylvania as Pittsburgh on one end, Philadelphia on the other, and Alabama in-between. Let’s put aside that last bit, which manages simultaneously to insult both...more

District Court Denies Request to Stay Discovery Pending Motion to Dismiss Based on Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter

J. Crew filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiffs' claims for patent infringement pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), asserting that the patents-in-suit are drawn to patent-ineligible subject matter and...more

The Devil’s in the Details: Court Dismisses “Made in the U.S.A.” Fraud Claims against Heinz Because Plaintiff Failed to Allege...

On April 22, 2016, in Alaei v. Kraft Heinz Food Co. (“Heinz”), No. 3:15-cv-02961, Southern District of California Judge Michael M. Anello granted defendant Heinz’s motion to dismiss without prejudice plaintiff Suzanne Alaei’s...more

ANDA Filing Alone Suffices For Specific Personal Jurisdiction Over ANDA Filer; Related Canadian Entity With No Contacts To...

Sleet, J. Defendant PSI’s motion to dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction is denied. Defendant PSL’s motion to dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction and for failure to state a claim is...more

Plaintiff Lacks Prudential Standing To Sue

Plaintiff acquired the patents-in-suit by way of a purchase agreement, and then granted certain rights back to the seller Boeing. Boeing retained the right to sue within its field of use as well as the right to practice the...more

Dismissing Drug Design Defect Based on Preemption

In a rare harkening to our past and discussion of specific judges, we recall that our first gig after law school was clerking for Judge Jon P. McCalla of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee....more

Intervention Energy: The Case Where the Golden Share Lost its Shine

In connection with out-of-court restructurings, workouts and forbearance agreements, creditors often seek to include provisions that purport to limit the ability of a debtor to file for bankruptcy relief. However, bankruptcy...more

False Claims Charges vs. Eye Clinic Sufficiently Specific

Michael Sorenson is an optometrist formerly employed by Outreach Diagnostic Clinic. After he quit, he filed a False Claims action against the eye clinic and the two doctors who owned it. He alleged that the clinic routinely...more

Complaint Is Sufficiently Pled; Specific Asserted Patent Claims To Be Identified According To Default Standard

Defendant claims allegations of willful infringement fail to state a claim in that specific facts are lacking. Plaintiff’s allegations upon “information and belief” are found to be sufficient. The complaint alleges facts...more

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Consequences Of Relator Violating Seal Requirement In Qui Tam Cases

Last week the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. USA, ex rel. Rigsby, Case No. 15-513, to resolve a circuit split regarding the consequences of a qui tam relator violating a...more

Delaware Court Voids LLC Agreement Provision Giving Creditor Veto Over Bankruptcy

A Delaware bankruptcy court has joined what appears to be a recent trend toward invalidating limited liability company operating agreement provisions that effectively afford lenders veto power over the LLC’s authority to file...more

Second Circuit Finds FCA Claims about Night-Vision Goggles Lack Sufficient Particularity

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to dismiss FCA claims alleging that defendants supplied $1.5 billion worth of deficient night-vision goggles to the U.S. military. United...more

Supreme Court to Clarify Standard for Dismissal of Qui Tam Complaints for Violations of the False Claims Act’s Seal Requirement

On May 31, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby (No. 15-513) to clarify the standard for sanctioning intentional violations of the...more

Louisiana First Circuit Finds Appellate Jurisdiction Lacking, Declines to Address Merits of Appeal Involving Claims Related to...

Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal again finds that it lacked jurisdiction over an appeal taken from a partial judgment that was not designated as final pursuant to Article 1915(B) of the Louisiana Code of Civil...more

Attorneys’ Fees Are Awarded; Expert Fees Are Not

Sleet, J. Defendant’s motion for attorneys’ fees and costs is granted in part. The request for expert fees and costs is denied. The court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss based on unpatentable subject matter after...more

When Steak and a Massage Equals Insider Trading

Is “wine, steak, and visits to a massage parlor” a quid pro quo personal benefit which, if received in conjunction the dissemination of material, non-public information, is sufficient to establish a breach of duty for illegal...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Tennessee Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss $164 Million RMBS Suit Brought by Tennessee Pension Fund - On May 24, 2016, Chancellor Carol L. McCoy of the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, declined to...more

The EEOC Calls for Federal Judge to Continue with Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) asked U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon in the Western District of Pennsylvania to reject a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit alleging a worker was discriminated against...more

Second Circuit Rejects Challenge to SEC Venue Decision

The second circuit joined the two other circuits which have rejected challenges to the SEC’s venue selection decisions, concluding that district courts do not have jurisdiction to hear the suits presenting the question while...more

Court Of Chancery Lets New Board Review Complaint

Normally it is the board in place at the time the derivative suit is filed that is evaluated to determine if demand is excused....more

San Francisco vs. The Monster (aka Federal Regulation)

There is a lawyer we worked with at another firm who had a standard move, kind of the way that Jerry Seinfeld had a standard “move” – and, come to think of it, with a similar intention. (“The Move” shows up in “Fusilli...more

Tennessee Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss $164 Million RMBS Suit Brought by Tennessee Pension Fund

On May 24, 2016, Chancellor Carol L. McCoy of the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, declined to dismiss claims brought by the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (“TCRS”) against several large financial...more

Sprint FCA Case Denied Certiorari by U.S. Supreme Court

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a challenge by Sprint Nextel Corp. (“Sprint”) to a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit by New York state against it for sales taxes not collected and remitted on...more

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