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Fourth Circuit Clarifies Applicability of FCA Public Disclosure Bar to Amended Complaints

In one of several decisions issued during 2016 addressing the False Claims Act’s Public Disclosure Bar, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(e)(4), the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Lyle Beauchamp v. Academi Training Center, LLC held...more

"Two Court of Chancery Deal Litigation Decisions Provide Helpful Guidance"

Chelsea Therapeutics: Post-Closing Bad Faith Claim a ‘Rare Bird’ in Delaware Absent Allegations of Self-Interestedness or Lack of Independence - In In re Chelsea Therapeutics International LTD Stockholders Litigation,...more

Being Dismissive: The Realities of Having a Lawsuit Dismissed

We often hear the phrases "frivolous case" or "thrown out of court," and, as these sayings imply, we make broad assumptions about the procedural and substantive validity of a lawsuit based on our subjective (and usually...more

Choosing Owner Entities WISELY

In a recent precedential decision, the TTAB clarified whether a party filing an Opposition is entitled to allege a family of marks as a basis for a Section 2(d) claim when those marks are not all owned by a single legal...more

Financial Institutions’ Data Breach Class Action Bounced

I’ve previously blogged about a new breed of data breach class actions filed by financial institutions against retailers (as opposed to customers suing retailers). In these cases, financial institutions claim that retailers...more

California Recreational Immunity Statute Applies to Shield Landowner from Liability for Injuries to Off-Premises Persons Not...

The California Court of Appeal, in a case of first impression, recently held that California's "recreational immunity" statute (Cal. Civil Code §846(c)) applies to shield landowners from liability where recreational users of...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Litigation Arising from Controller Buyout of Books-A-Million Under "MFW" Framework

On October 10, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued its decision in In re Books-A-Million, Inc. Stockholders Litigation. The decision, authored by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, is important because it applies the...more

Summer Tendering Update: Reasonable Expectations and Negative Contingencies

A recent decision from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal in Elan Construction considered and clarified two aspects of tendering law....more

The New Supreme Court Term: Cases for the Automotive Industry to Watch

A new Supreme Court term is once again underway. This one looks to be unique in that it is likely to be an eight-Justice bench into 2017—with Republican leaders standing firm on their refusal to go forward with confirming any...more

MAZ Encryption Technologies: The Proper Way to Decide a Rule 12(c) Motion for Ineligible Subject Matter

Given the volume of district court decisions regarding Section 101, I typically don't find ones that stand out enough to warrant discussion. But last week's decision by Judge Stark in MAZ Encryption Technologies LLC v....more

Avoiding Close Calls: Sixth Circuit’s Galaria v. Nationwide Decision Offers Valuable Pleading Tips

The Sixth Circuit’s split decision last month finding Article 3 standing in a data breach case is the first of its kind post-Spokeo. See Galaria v. Nationwide Nos. 15-3386/3387 (6th Cir. Sept. 12, 2016) (unpublished). It is...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - September 2016 / Volume 8 / Issue 3

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 3), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

Does An Emailed Copy of a Complaint Start the 30-Day Removal Clock?

In today’s litigation practice, a defendant often receives a copy of a filed complaint before it is formally served with the pleading. Sometimes, plaintiff’s counsel emails a copy to the defendant’s counsel after filing. If...more

The Evolving Standard for Pleading Direct Patent Infringement

It has been a little more than half a year since the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure abrogated Rule 84 and put an end to the Form 18 bare-bones style patent complaint. The question on the minds of many...more

Unpaid construction work? Stay calm – and make sure every word of your mechanics lien is accurate

Not getting paid infuriates most contractors and material suppliers. Don’t let that anger cause you to make a bad situation worse by overdoing a mechanics lien. By the time a contractor reaches the point of recording a...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Fraud-Based UCL Claims Based on Lack of Reliance

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Haskins v. Symantec Corp., Case No. 14-16141 (9th Cir. June 20, 2016), supports the requirement that plaintiffs must allege exposure to and reliance on specific...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Reaffirms Four-Corners Rule for Insurers’ Duty to Defend

An insurer’s decision whether to defend a lawsuit against its insured can be a critical issue involving tens of thousands, if not millions, of dollars for Wisconsin companies who are sued. The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently...more

Formatting Your Filings: The Importance of Layout and Typography in Pleadings

Take a look at your caption page. There’s more to it than meets the eye. When formatting your filings—the caption page especially—it can never hurt to think about the aesthetics. While court rules are strict about...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2016: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES

Obligee's claim against surety can survive despite Obligee's claim against principal being unenforceable as a result of wording of completion agreement - HOOPP Realty Inc. v. The Guarantee Company of North America, 2015...more

Acquiescence Defense – Don’t Try to Use It Too Early

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed and remanded a district court decision, finding that the defendant’s attempt to have a trademark infringement lawsuit dismissed at the pleading stage based on an...more

Colorado Supreme Court Adopts Iqbal/Twombly Standard for Pleading Claims

On June 27, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court announced a major change to the standard for pleading claims in state court. Warne v. Hall, 2016 CO 50, held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Iqbal/Twombly plausibility standard...more

California Plaintiffs Say that Size Matters: Consumer Fraud Class Action Challenges Slack-Fill in Protein Products

According to named plaintiffs in a consumer fraud action filed in December in the Southern District of California, size matters when making it comes to making a purchase. In fact, Plaintiffs claim that the average consumer’s...more

IP Alert: "Filing a Patent Complaint May Have Become More Difficult"

Effective December 1, 2015, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 84 and its Appendix of Forms were repealed, including Form 18, which provided a generic complaint for patent infringement. Previously, a direct infringement claim...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #4

Breaking News - Solicitor General Files Brief in Madden v. Midland Funding - On May 24, the U.S Solicitor General (SG) filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) in the matter of Madden v. Midland...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to MLP Drop Down Transaction

The Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed a challenge to a transaction in which a master limited partnership (the "MLP") repurchased an interest in a crude oil pipeline in 2015 previously sold to its general partner (the...more

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