Pleadings

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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

Court Holds Rule 26(b)(1) Cannot be Used for Unpled Claims or Defenses (New York)

Lifeguard Licensing Corp. v. Kozak, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68724 (S.D.N.Y. May 23, 2016) - In this intellectual property case, the defendants motioned the court to compel production of various discovery. The plaintiffs...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

Insights: The Delaware Edition - May 2016

This issue focuses on important, developing areas of Delaware corporation law and deal litigation, including the Court of Chancery’s clarification of its evolving views about disclosure-based deal litigation settlements;...more

Applying New California Rules to Your Real Estate Litigation Practice

Several new California procedural rules went into effect on January 1, 2016. While we are several months into the new year, litigators may need a reminder of these new rules. The list below summarizes several of the notable...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19493 - Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act - SC19493 Dissent - Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. v. Administrator,...more

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

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