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SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

Possibility Of Future Harm Allows Sony Data Breach Plaintiffs To Survive Motion To Dismiss

Courts Split Over Impact of Supreme Court Decision - The Southern District of California last month let 8 out of 51 claims survive in a putative class action arising out of the 2011 breach of the Sony PlayStation...more

Legal Alert: Cost of Insurance Litigation – Insurers Retain Discretion to Set COI Rates in Two Key Victories

In the first federal appellate decisions addressing cost of insurance (COI) charges in life insurance policies, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed two victories to insurers in opinions issued December 13, 2013. In...more

Google’s scanning of emails may constitute wiretapping: Federal District Court denies Google’s motion to dismiss class action...

In Brief - In a significant ruling on email privacy, the Northern District of California held that Google’s interception and scanning of user emails for the purpose of creating targeted advertisements and user profiles...more

Falsity is Fundamental: The Case for Emphasizing Arguments against Falsity

In defending a securities class action, a motion to dismiss is almost automatic, and in virtually all cases, it makes good strategic sense. In most cases, there are only four main arguments...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - September 3, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..Class Certification Denied in Case About Coffee ..Court Dismisses Case Attacking Gerber’s Overall Marketing Message ..Court Denies Smucker’s...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013

RECENT CASE SUMMARIES - GOOD NEWS FOR ARBITRATORS FROM THE SUPREME COURT? Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S. Ct. 2064 (2013). In a non-reinsurance case, the United States Supreme Court recently...more

Miramar Firefighters Pension Fund v. AboveNet, Inc., C.A. No. 7376-VCN (Del. Ch. July 31, 2013) (Noble, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder class action challenging the acquisition of AboveNet, Inc. (“AboveNet”) by an arm’s-length buyer following a lengthy public sale...more

False Advertising Claims Against Tropicana Survive Motion to Dismiss

We have frequently reported on how courts have addressed preemption arguments in the growing number of mislabeling suits that have been filed against food companies. Last week, a federal court in New Jersey denied Tropicana’s...more

“All Natural” False Advertising Suit Dismissed: Ingredient List Saves the Day for Nature Valley Bars

A federal judge in Minnesota recently dismissed a putative class action accusing General Mills of falsely advertising its Nature Valley granola bars as “100% Natural.” Chin et al. v. General Mills, Inc., Case No....more

Ninth Circuit Limits Key Defense in ERISA Stock Drop Cases

On June 4, 2013, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Harris v. Amgen, reversing an order granting a motion to dismiss and reviving a class action ERISA lawsuit based on allegedly imprudent investments in company stock. In...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter - June 2013: Pennsylvania Federal Court Finds Basis for Equitable Tolling and Denies Cedent...

Riddle v. Bank of Am. Corp., Case No. 12-1740 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52091, 2013 WL 1482668 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 11, 2013). An outgrowth of the residential housing bubble was the creation of captive mortgage bank reinsurers. ...more

Effective Securities Litigation Defense Requires a High Thought-to-Action Ratio

I recently had occasion to review a number of motion-to-dismiss rulings, including some in which denial of the motion seemed to be an easy call. I’ve since been mulling over whether there are circumstances in which it would...more

Southern District Rejects Evidence from "Confidential Witnesses" as Basis for Securities Class Action

A securities class action lawsuit against Canadian Solar, Inc. (CSI) was recently dismissed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for failing to adequately plead the required elements of a federal...more

Flawed Confidential Witness Allegations: A Crucial Issue in Securities Class Action Litigation

The recurring and pervasive problem of flawed confidential witness (“CW”) allegations tops my list of the key issues in securities class action litigation.* I don’t mean just notorious situations such as those recently at...more

Pfizer’s Motion to Dismiss Successful in Class Action Over Its Probiotic Advertising

It is no surprise to anyone defending against false advertising claims that Rules 8 and 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are powerful tools to force plaintiffs to articulate with specificity their theory of why...more

EEOC to proceed with class action disability discrimination case against UPS

In a ruling that could negatively impact employers, an Illinois federal judge has allowed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to proceed with a class action disability discrimination case against United...more

Judge Reverses Prior Rulings Dismissing Case and Allows EEOC Disability Suit Against UPS to Proceed

Federal Court Affirms Agency May File Class Complaint Without Complete Information on All Possible Bias Victims CHICAGO - On its own motion, a federal district court reversed itself Friday and denied a defendant's...more

Southern District of Texas Holds That Traditional Choice of Law Rules Do Not Apply To TCPA Claims

Bank v. Sparks Energy Holdings, LLC, Civ. No. 4:11-cv-4082, 2012 WL 4097749 (S.D. Tex. Sept. 13, 2012) Plaintiff, a citizen of the State of New York, filed a purported class action lawsuit in Texas against Defendant....more

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