Declaratory Judgments

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Even if You Lose You May Win (Attorneys’ Fees That Is)

In New Jersey, if a policyholder is required to sue its insurance company for coverage, Court Rule R.4:42-9 allows a policyholder to recover attorneys’ fees if it is successful in obtaining coverage. The purpose of this...more

Insurer Seeks Declaratory Judgment Against Policyholder for Data Breach

Late last month, Columbia Casualty Company instituted a declaratory judgment lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against its insured, Cottage Health System. Columbia Casualty...more

Court Warns That Marriage Does Not Render A Spouse Automatically Entitled To Preexisting Life Insurance Policies

In a recent unpublished decision, the New Jersey Appellate Division has again stressed the importance of complying with the beneficiary designation requirements contained in life insurance policies. See Fox v. Lincoln...more

FCC Chairman Issues Fact Sheet Announcing Proposed Omnibus Declaratory Rulings to Address TCPA Petitions

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the FCC released a Fact Sheet announcing that Chairman Wheeler circulated a proposal to the other Commissioners for resolution of two dozen pending petitions seeking clarification of the FCC’s...more

Indiana Court Nixes Requests for Reinsurance and Reserves

Early last month a federal court in Indianapolis barred a policyholder from seeking the claims and underwriting files of the defendant carrier’s reinsurer in Indianapolis Airport Auth. v. Travelers Property Cas. Co. of Amer.,...more

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman: Tenth Circuit Applies Statutory-Violation Exclusion To Junk Fax Claims That Try To Skirt The TCPA

Enacted in 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (TCPA), inaugurated the era of “junk fax” class actions, in which recipients of mass fax advertisements may pursue statutory damages of $500 per class...more

Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement of a Disclaimed Patent Warranted in Hatch-Waxman - Apotex Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Addressing the issue of subject matter jurisdiction in Hatch-Waxman litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal for lack of case or controversy of an action seeking...more

Foreign Corporations and the Long Arm of the Law

Can foreign corporations avoid the long arm of the law? A recent order in a Massachusetts declaratory judgment patent case suggests that the answer may be, “sometimes.” The case began when Venmill Industries, Inc. filed a...more

Quebec Court of Appeal Confirms Right to Use Non-French Trade-marks on Storefront Signs without Generic French Terms

The Court of Appeal of Quebec reaffirmed that the Charter of the French Language (Charter) does not require a trade-mark used on a storefront sign to be accompanied by a generic French term. This judgment confirms the...more

And the Defense Wins

In Banner Life Insurance Co. v. Jacqueline L. Noel, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 1539 (4th Cir. 2013), aff’g 861 F. Supp. 2d 701 (E.D. Va. 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s...more

District Court Lifts Stay After Covered Business Method Review Is Dismissed Because Federal Circuit Would Not Have Jurisdiction to...

Plaintiff GT Nexus, Inc. ("GT Nexus") filed a declaratory judgment action against Inttra, Inc. ("Inttra") seeking a declaration that four of Inttra's patents ("patents-in-suit") were invalid and have not been infringed....more

No Equitable Extension of a Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease

Whoa! I didn’t see this one coming. Pennsylvania lessees are not entitled to an equitable extension of the primary term of an oil and gas lease in the face of a legal challenge to the validity of the lease....more

Condominiums May Not Opt Out Of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Provisions

Section 11-114 of the Maryland Condominium Act provides that Condominium Associations must maintain property insurance on the entire condominium including units, excepting improvements and betterments installed by the Unit...more

Apotex Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Can a Federal district court ever have subject-matter jurisdiction to hear a declaratory judgment action of non-infringement for a disclaimed patent? Of course, the Federal Circuit explained this week in the Apotex Inc. v....more

Patent Misuse and Patent Exhaustion Asserted as Stand Alone Claims Dismissed for Failure to State a Claim

Continental Automotive GmbH and Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. (collectively "Continental") filed a multi-claim lawsuit against iBiquity Digital Corporation ("iBiquity"), which asserted causes of action for patent...more

Draeger Medical Systems Files For Declaratory Judgment Against My Health

On March 19, 2015, Draeger Medical Systems, Inc. (“Draeger”) filed a Declaratory Judgment action against My Health, Inc. (“My Health”). The complaint alleges that My Health sent a cease and desist letter to Draeger that...more

Biosimilars in the US: still at the starting line?

Congress enacted the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) in 2009 to create a framework for the introduction of biosimilar and interchangeable drugs into the US market. Like the predecessor Hatch-Waxman Act,...more

Swap Agreement Safe Harbors at Risk in Latest Lehman Dispute

On May 30, 2014, hedge fund Moore Capital (Moore) brought suit against the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate (Lehman) in the Southern District of New York bankruptcy court, seeking a declaratory judgment that it acted...more

Eighth Circuit Issues Landmark Insurable Interest Ruling

March 13, 2015 – This morning the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit handed down a game-changing ruling with major implications for the life settlements industry. The Eighth Circuit’s decision in PHL...more

Jury Finds Singers, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, Owe $7.4M for Copyright Infringement

On March 10, 2015, a California federal jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million after deciding that pop stars, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, copied Gaye’s 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up,” in writing their...more

Preliminary Injunction Is Granted

This is a declaratory judgment action. The disputed technology relates to topically applied clotting material. The court finds that defendant has shown a likelihood of success on infringement since the constructions offered...more

Harrison Decision: Cabot Oil Denied Equitable Extension of Oil and Gas Lease

The decision marks another departure by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from “mainstream” oil and gas jurisprudence. On February 17, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (the Court) unanimously ruled that state law does not...more

Western District of Washington: Insured That Violated Duties of Notice and Cooperation Could Not Make Out Claim for Bad Faith...

Granite State Ins. Co. v. Integrity Structures, LLC, No. C14-5085BHS, 2015 WL 136006 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 9, 2015). The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that an insurer did not act in bad faith...more

Virginia Court Dismisses Webcaster’s Suit Concerning Geofencing Workaround to Copyright Royalty Obligations

We previously wrote about a Virginia federal magistrate judge’s report recommending dismissal of a declaratory judgment action brought by several radio stations asking the court to rule that webcasts limited in scope via...more

District Court Action Dismissed Without Prejudice Does Not Bar Filing of IPR Petition - Nautique Boat Co., Inc. v. Malibu Boats,...

Addressing whether a district court action dismissed without prejudice bars a filing of an inter partes review (IPR) petition under 35 U.S.C. § 315(a)(1), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal...more

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