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California Court Reluctantly Vacates Dismissal of Legal Malpractice Action

Younessi v. Woolf (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 16, 2016) - Brief Summary - The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, reluctantly affirmed an order vacating the dismissal of an attorney malpractice action where...more

Complaints Are Not Totally Meaningless: A CERCLA Plaintiff Must Allege Disposal Against a Former Owner

I know it may surprise some litigators, but occasionally the allegations in a complaint do matter. In Garrett Day v. International Paper, the Court dismissed CERCLA claims brought by the current owner of a former paper mill...more

First Complaint Triggers One Year Time Bar for IPR Petition (LG Electronics, Inc. v. Mondis Tech. Ltd.)

Addressing whether a petitioner was time-barred or estopped from requesting inter partes review (IPR) based on a newly filed second complaint, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or...more

Supreme Court Order Underscores Importance of Prebriefing Statements

Prebriefing Statements, which are sometimes referred to as Rule 12A Statements, are often viewed and treated as preliminary statements of the issues that will be later briefed on appeal. A recent Rhode Island Supreme Court...more

The Year in Review

As 2015 comes to a close, we thank you, our readers, for your interest and support. When we started this blog, we sensed that businesses, judges, and lawyers had a watchful eye on N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. Thank you for...more

Changes to Federal Rules to affect patent infringement pleadings

Patent owners and businesses should be prepared for yet another change to patent infringement litigation. In April 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court adopted Congress’s amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which went...more

RECAPPING THE NEW RULES – Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Are Effective

As we posted earlier this month, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“Rules”) are effective December 1, 2015. The amendments apply to newly filed cases, as well as pending cases “insofar as just and...more

Close But No Cigar: Fourth Circuit Finds Waiver Where Party Failed to Adequately Press Defense

With regard to preservation of an issue for appeal, how close is close enough? This issue was examined in a recent decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in CoreTel Virginia, LLC v. Verizon Virginia, LLC, No....more

Connect the Dots: Petition That Fails to Explain How Prior Art Could Be Combined Can Doom a PTAB Proceeding

While claim charts are often used to compare prior art to challenged patent claims, simply submitting those claim charts as part of a petition to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), without more, could lose your case....more

Begin with the End in Mind: Collaboration with Outside Counsel in Preparing Trial-Ready Initial Pleadings

If there is a secret to effective business litigation, it is planning early and well – as early as preparing the complaint or, for defendants, their answer and defenses. While a cogent, powerful opening pleading has always...more

False Advertising Suit Regarding Plum Organics Mighty 4 Puree Pouches Dismissed

On November 2, 2015, Judge Alsup of the Northern District of California dismissed a consumer class action against food manufacturer Plum Organics for failure to state a claim. In Workman et al. v. Plum Inc., D/B/A Plum...more

Pleading Patent Infringement Without Form 18

On December 1, 2015, changes recommended by the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and adopted by the Supreme Court will take effect. Among these changes is elimination of the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Jurisdiction For Veil-Piercing

This is an interesting decision for its discussion on what must be pled to obtain Chancery jurisdiction in a claim seeking to pierce the corporate veil. It is not enough to just allege the entity was used to defraud. Rather,...more

The Last Screen

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion on October 30, 2015, that should be of interest to everyone who files pleadings electronically. In Luther Franklin v. John McHugh, Docket No....more

"Delaware Supreme Court Reaffirms Important Protections for Corporate Directors"

A trio of opinions from the Delaware Supreme Court, each authored by Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., has reaffirmed Delaware’s deference to the business judgment of disinterested corporate decision-makers and restored...more

It Can Be A Tough Road For Trade Secrets Plaintiffs In The NC Business Court

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that litigating a trade secrets case in the Business Court can be tough. Last year, the Court barred a plaintiff from engaging in any discovery at all until it identified...more

7 Tips for Making Supporting Memos More Persuasive

Almost all motions and demurrers must be supported by a memorandum. Cal Rules of Ct 3.1113. Your supporting memorandum convinces the judge that the law and facts support the order you want. The objective is to persuade—the...more

Supreme Court Asked To Clarify Application of Rule 9(b) in FCA Cases

On September 21, 2015, counsel for AT&T, Inc., and other telecommunications providers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a circuit split over what relators asserting FCA claims must do to meet Federal Rule of Civil...more

First Bass IPR Instituted

After having its first three IPR petitions denied, yesterday the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted the first IPR petition filed by hedge fund manager Kyle Bass and the Coalition for Affordable Drugs II LLC. On...more

Patience Please: Rhode Island Supreme Court Reminds Litigants It Has Not Yet Adopted Iqbal And Twombly

In 2007, the United States Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007), significantly modified the standard of review applied to motions to dismiss in federal courts. A few years later, in 2009,...more

Negligent Misrepresentation Standard Shifts in Contractor’s Favor with Pennsylvania Appellate Ruling

Contractors and subcontractors who are aggrieved by erroneous information on construction documents may have an easier time proving an architect or other design professional made a negligent misrepresentation that harmed them...more

Utah Court Dismisses False-Certification Case Alleging Submission of False Certificates of Conformance

On September 22, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah dismissed a qui tam complaint brought against Triumph Gear Systems, Inc. (“TGS”) and its parent company Triumph Group, Inc. (“Triumph”). In an opinion...more

Divided Fourth Circuit Panel Slices Up Twombly in Table Saw Boycott Suit

Last week, a divided three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit issued a significant decision in a boycott conspiracy case, SD3, LLC v. Black & Decker, No. 14-1746 (4th Cir. Sept. 15, 2015). The suit, at its heart, turns on the...more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Insureds’ Negligence And Unfair Trade Practices Claims Against Adjusters Are Colorable Under...

Kennedy v. Allstate, No. 15-2221 (E.D. Pa. July 8, 2015). District Court recognizes possibility that insurance adjusters owe a duty of care to insureds that would be breached by failing to conduct a reasonable...more

USPTO Introduces Second Wave of PTAB Rule Changes

On August 20, 2015, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a Proposed Rule containing amendments to the Rules of Practice governing proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). This proposed...more

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