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U.S. House Passes Bill to Reform Patent Litigation

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill today called the “Innovation Act,” H.R. 3309, which was aimed at reigning in abusive patent litigation filed by “non-practicing entities (NPEs)” or “patent trolls.” The bill...more

Contrasting U.S. Litigation And International Arbitration

American litigators know that there is often a tortuous road between the filing of the complaint and trial. The parties’ positions, and how each side views the facts, tend to evolve through the initial pleadings, amended...more

Managing Professional Liability Litigation Against Accounting Firms (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a three-part series discussing the basic components of a professional liability lawsuit brought against an accounting firm and its partners and the factors a firm’s managing partner should take into...more

Federal Procedure Update - 2012

I. FEDERAL PROCEDURE - A. Overview of Article. The purpose of this article is to provide summaries and brief discussion of significant recent cases from the United States Supreme Court, the United States Circuit...more

Flawed Confidential Witness Allegations: A Crucial Issue in Securities Class Action Litigation

The recurring and pervasive problem of flawed confidential witness (“CW”) allegations tops my list of the key issues in securities class action litigation.* I don’t mean just notorious situations such as those recently at...more

Say Hello To My Imaginary Friend! Judge Posner, Seventh Circuit Issue Stern Warning To Plaintiffs’ Firms For Again Citing Bogus...

Plaintiffs’ counsel beware: to avoid Rule 11 sanctions you might actually have to talk to “confidential witnesses” yourself and corroborate their statements before citing them in a securities fraud complaint....more

Texas Looks to “Rejuvenate the Courthouse” With New Rules for Expedited Trial, Permissive Interlocutory Appeal and New “Loser...

Introduction - In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 274, directing the Texas Supreme Court to promulgate new rules reducing the expense and delay of litigation. House Bill 274 calls for early “dismissal of...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2012

Over the years, Littler has provided periodic reports on significant cases, regulatory developments and other activities involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or “the Commission”). While such guidance is...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Consider The Potential Perils of E-Filing a Notice of Appeal

We continue our previews of the civil cases scheduled for oral argument during the Illinois Supreme Court's January term with VC&M, Ltd. v. Andrews....more

McCarn v. HSBC USA, Inc.: A Federal Court Dismisses a Plaintiff's Attempt to Apply Antitrust-Conspiracy Principles to a Consumer...

On November 13, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in McCarn v. HSBC USA, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162257, issued an important decision rejecting as inadequate a plaintiff’s attempt to...more

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