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Denial of Attorneys’ Fees Reversed because District Court Conflated Rule and 35 USC 285

In Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC v. Guardian Protection Services, Inc., [2016-2521] (June 5, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded the determination that Appellee Rothschild Connected Devices...more

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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

"The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2017"

This is the 15th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of class action trends, along with a summary of recent class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings. Our...more

New Jersey Says Non-Payment Of Arbitration Fees is Breach of Agreement

The New Jersey Supreme Court refused to allow a respondent to benefit from its refusal to pay arbitration fees in Roach v. BM Motoring, LLC, 2017 WL 931430 (NJ March 9, 2017)....more

Case Dismissed! Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect Your $1 Million

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Following dismissal of a bankruptcy case, what is the bankruptcy court’s authority to enforce an award for attorneys’ fees? While you might think that the bankruptcy court retains authority to enforce its own orders, a recent...more

Mental Health, Baker Act, and Firearms: What's an Agency to Do?

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Florida’s law enforcement agencies are frequently presented with calls for service involving individuals threatening others or themselves. When qualifying conditions are met, officers may involuntarily commit those who pose a...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Dudenhoeffer Applicability to Privately Held Stock - Decision Clarifies Burden to Plead ERISA Section 406...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's Aug. 25, 2016, decision in Allen v. GreatBanc Trust Co., No. 15-3569, made it the first court in a published opinion to expressly reject Fifth Third Bancorp v....more

RLUIPA Defense/Rocky Mountain Sign Law Joint Blog Post: Pennsylvania Borough’s Church Directional Signs Did Not Violate the...

Late last month, a federal district court in Pennsylvania ruled that directional signs to a church, which contained images of a cross and bible, did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The...more

No Texas Hold ‘Em: Fifth Circuit Allows Texas to Challenge the EEOC Enforcement Guidance

A somewhat surprising decision in favor of the State of Texas was handed down from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 27, 2016, which held that (i) Texas had standing to challenge the Equal Employment Opportunity...more

Employers May Not Deny FMLA Leave Requests Without Allowing an Opportunity to Cure a Deficient Medical Certification

by Genova Burns LLC on

On September 17, 2015, the New Jersey Appellate Division emphasized that an employer has “modest burdens” to not only advise employees of their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), but also must advise...more

The SEC, Second Circuit, and Whistleblowers: Searching For Ambiguity

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC’s interpretation of the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions prevailed in a recent Second Circuit decision, creating a circuit split that could be heading for the Supreme Court. Specifically, the Circuit Court deferred...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Subjects Debt Collectors to FDCPA Liability for Filing Proofs of Claim as to Time-Barred Debts

Debt collectors filing bankruptcy proofs of claims in the Eleventh Circuit should take caution, as they will now be subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p (FDCPA). In Crawford v. LVNV...more

Eleventh Circuit Throws Open The Door To State-Law Class Actions In Federal Court

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

In a first-of-its-kind opinion that could open the class action flood gates, the Eleventh Circuit has held that state consumer fraud class actions may proceed in federal court even if the state consumer fraud statute...more

Wis. Supreme Court Applies the Discovery Rule to Accrual of Wrongful Death Claims

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 24th, Wisconsin’s supreme court decided that the discovery rule—that is, the rule that a tort claim for which the legislature has provided no other rule “accrues” for statute-of-limitations purposes when the plaintiff...more

Third Circuit Holds TCPA Allows Revocation of “Prior Express Consent”

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed dismissal of an action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by plaintiff alleging that defendant, a lender, violated the TCPA by calling her cellular...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

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