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Appellate Courts Address Jurisdiction To Hear Disputes Concerning Arbitration

Establishing that a federal court has jurisdiction to hear an arbitration dispute is not always easy. The Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of an action seeking to vacate an arbitration award based upon lack of...more

Pre-AIA Statute Did Not Give Patent Owner in an Ex Parte Reexamination the Right to Bring an Action in District Court

In re Teles AG Informationstechnologien - Addressing whether a patent owner involved in a pre-America Invents Act (AIA) ex parte reexamination, could challenge an adverse reexamination decision in a district court...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide Whether State Treasurer Needs an Appeal Bond to Challenge Workers Comp Award

Although Illinois courts are courts of general jurisdiction presumed to have subject matter jurisdiction, this presumption doesn’t apply to workers’ compensation proceedings. Pursuant to Section 19(f)(2) of the Workers’...more

API Protection Under Copyright Is Upheld by Federal Circuit

There has been a lingering, divisive question in the software industry as to whether application programming interfaces (APIs) are entitled to copyright subject matter protection. Critics argue that this type of source code...more

If the SEC Misses the SOL, It’s SOL (Sorry, Out of Luck) – District Court Holds Statute of Limitations Is Jurisdictional and...

The SEC suffered a blow very recently when Judge James Lawrence King of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered summary judgment dismissing the entirety of its alleged Ponzi scheme case on...more

Nevada Federal District Court Stays Discovery Based On Lack Of Jurisdiction Over Foreign Website Operator

On May 15, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada granted a motion to stay discovery pending adjudication of the motion to dismiss on the grounds that it likely lacked personal and specific jurisdiction over the...more

U.S. District Judge in Florida Dismisses SEC Action Against Corporate Defendants and Holds that Five-Year Statute of Limitations...

On May 12, Judge James Lawrence King of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed with prejudice the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) case against five defendants in an action...more

GENERICally Speaking - Vol. 4, No. 1

The Hatch-Waxman Litigation and Life Sciences practice groups at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. are pleased to offer the latest edition of their quarterly publication regarding ANDA patent litigation issues and the...more

Stern Revisited, Testing the Jurisdictional Authority of the Bankruptcy Courts and Beyond

In January, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison. Executive Benefits is viewed by many as the sequel to Stern v. Marshall, 131 S. Ct. 2594, 180 L. Ed. 2d 475 (2011). In...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

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

Appellate Court Notes - Week of February 17

AC35201, AC35270 - Henderson v. Lagoudis - The “law of the case” doctrine does not preclude a trial court from re-considering subject matter jurisdiction (standing of the plaintiff in this case), even if the plaintiff...more

The Perils of Incomplete Service

Our previews of the newest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court’s civil docket continue with Bettis v. Marsaglia, an election law case from the Fourth District. Bettis poses the question of whether a plaintiff’s failure to...more

Darby Emerging Markets Fund, L.P. v. Ryan, C.A. No. 8381-VCP (Nov. 27, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim, holding that, under the equitable cleanup doctrine, the Court had jurisdiction...more

Trade Dress, Sovereign Immunity, World Politics and R.60 Collide - Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. v. Islamic Republic of Iran,

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the vacatur of final default judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) for alleged trade-dress infringement. The unanimous panel agreed with...more

Second Circuit Answers Call from TCPA Plaintiff

After two failed calls in the Eastern District of New York, the Second Circuit last week opened the line for one TCPA plaintiff to plead his case. On March 12, 2013, Judge William F. Kuntz II of the Eastern District of...more

Can a Defendant Sue a Receiver’s Property Management Company, or Are They Protected from a Lawsuit Like a Receiver?

I hired a property management company to aid me in managing a receivership property. A defendant in the case has threatened to sue the management company for action taken at my request. Can the defendant sue the management...more

Florida Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal Of State Qui Tam FCA Lawsuit Alleging Failure To Pay Stamp Tax Upon Assignment

On November 21, the Florida First District Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a qui tam false claims act lawsuit against a lender, securitization trust, and MERS for the recovery of allegedly unpaid documentary stamp...more

The Illusion of Federal Jurisdiction in Tribal Contracts

Contracts with Indian tribes should specify a venue for disputes arising from those agreements. A common mistake for attorneys drafting agreements involving tribes is to assume that federal courts automatically have subject...more

Sandoz v. Amgen: Interpretation of the Biosimilar Act Results in Dismissal for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction for Declaratory...

On November 11, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Sandoz, Inc. v. Amgen, Inc. and Hoffman-La Roche, Inc., Docket No. C-13-2904, made the first-ever judicial interpretation of the...more

How Trade Mark Defendants are Winning from MedImmune

In 2007, the US Supreme Court set a new test for declaratory judgment actions in MedImmune. Its decision continues to have a profound impact on trade mark cases, explain Bobby Ghajar and Carolyn Toto. One-Minute Read...more

Court Dismisses Loss Recovery Case, in Big Win For Fantasy Sports Industry

Today, in a closely watched case in Illinois, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit brought under the Illinois Loss Recovery Act (ILRA) against daily fantasy sports site FanDuel, Inc. and daily fantasy sports player Patrick...more

Texas Whistleblower Act Has Jurisdiction

A state employee sent an email to a superior declaring that if a particular contract were not honored, then the entire department would not be complying with federal regulation. After being fired, the employee sued under the...more

Pa. Litigation Update

This summer was anything but a sleepy period for decisions from Pennsylvania courts on issues important to the oil and gas industry. Here are summaries of four cases issued in July and August - one from the Third Circuit...more

Ninth Circuit Falls In Line With Supreme Court Ruling on Class Action Removals

In Rodriguez v. AT&T Mobility, LLC, the Ninth Circuit continues a string of recent decisions cracking down on district courts’ tendency to remand class actions on the purported basis that the defendant failed to meet the...more

Mere Reference To Potential Federal Claim In Exhibit to Complaint Insufficient To Create Federal Question Jurisdiction

In Reneaud v. City of Traverse City, the court addressed whether the plaintiffs' Complaint was properly removed from Grand Traverse County Circuit Court to the Western District of Michigan based on federal subject matter...more

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