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Louisiana’s Direct Action Statute Does Not Modify Terms of Coverage

“Direct action” statutes permit an injured plaintiff to sue an insurer for coverage under someone else’s policy — the liability insurance policy of the tortfeasor who caused the injury. They have been enacted in only a...more

Federal District Court in New Jersey Holds that Economic Loss Rule Does Not Bar Contractor’s Tort Claims Against Architect Where...

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey contracted HDR Architects and Engineers, P.C. (“HDR”) to design a medical school building. After the project went to bid, the Bedwell Company (“Bedwell”) contracted with...more

Caveat Venditor (Let the Seller Beware):Consumer Protection Laws Can Have Significant Implications

A decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals emphasizes the need for real estate developers to proceed with caution when making representations to potential home buyers in jurisdictions with consumer protection...more

California Supreme Court Expands Architect’s Duty of Care to Future Homeowners

A new decision issued by the California Supreme Court holds that, even in the absence of contractual privity, an architect on a residential building project owes a duty of care to future homeowners to provide design services...more

In This Case, Placement Agent Status Was Better Than Underwriter Status

As a general matter, California Corporations Code Section 25401 declares it unlawful to make an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the...more

The Duty to Indemnify Does Not Create Privity

Apple Inc. v. Achates Reference Publishing, Inc. - In the final written decisions of two related inter partes reviews (IPRs) concerning patents in the same family, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial...more

Virginia’s Privity of Contract Defense Continues to Protect Defendants in Economic Loss Cases

I am often told by clients that they are protected from a lawsuit because they have a corporation. The advice I usually give them is that while the corporate shield is strong it does not protect them if they are negligent...more

IP Newsflash - June 2014 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - FRCP 19(a) Cannot Be Used to Involuntarily Join an Unwilling Patent Co-Owner to Infringement Litigation: On June 6, 2014, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District of New...more

Federal District Court in Pennsylvania Allows Negligence Suit Against Builder Despite Lack of Privity of Contract Between the...

A Federal Court in Pennsylvania has handed down a ruling that may expand the pool of potential plaintiffs in construction litigation. See AMCO Insurance Co. v. Emery and Associates, 926 F. Supp. 2d 634 (W.D. Pa. 2013). In...more

Ten myths of government contracting: Myth No. 4 - Subcontractors aren’t as exposed as primes

How many times have you heard this? My response is always the same: Have you actually read any of your subcontracts? I already know the answer to that question, of course, because no one who has read a properly drafted...more

In This “Unreliable” Opinion, Court Requires Privity For Action Against Unlicensed Broker-Deale

Since California Corporations Code Section 25501.5 was enacted ten years ago, I’ve been repeatedly asked “What do it mean?“. The statute provides that a person who purchases a security from, or sells a security to, an...more

Condominium Warranties Do Not Apply to Some Florida Projects Built as Rental Housing

Florida’s Condominium Statutes provide unit owners with express statutory warranties from a Project Developer and Contractors that perform construction services. See F.S. 718.203. Such warranties have been the source of much...more

Privity and Its Strategic Implications in PTAB Trials

The creation of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) as a forum for hearing challenges to the validity of issued patents has attracted significant interest from...more

Developers Beware: Consumer Protection Procedures Act Strikes Again in D.C.

A recent court decision emphasizes the need for real estate developers to proceed with caution when making representations to potential home buyers in the District of Columbia, as well as in other jurisdictions with similar...more

The State and Impact of Florida’s Economic Loss Rule

In March of this year, the Florida Supreme Court departed from established precedent and limited the application of the economic loss rule to product liability cases. The court explained that this was necessary given the...more

Auditors’ Liability to Third Parties: An Overview

Historically, the doctrine of privity of contract prevented third parties from claiming against auditors for negligently prepared audited reports. The landscape changed with the recognition of the tort of negligent...more

Options to Repurchase Property – A Cautionary Tale on Drafting

A recent Ohio Court of Appeals decision highlights the importance of careful drafting in real estate documents and the need for due diligence in property transactions. Sellers of land sometimes intend to reserve a right to...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Utah’s Economic Loss Rule

In Utah, a plaintiff must generally in be in privity with the “original contractor, architect, engineer or real estate developer” to bring an “action for defective design or construction.” Utah Code Ann. §78 B-4-513(4). This...more

New York Appellate Court Dismisses Syncora’s $320M RMBS Suit Against J.P. Morgan

On August 13, the First Department of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York reversed a trial court decision denying Syncora Guarantee Inc.’s motion for summary judgment in an action against J.P. Morgan...more

Court Finds Two State Agencies Are In Privity Despite Being Created By Separate Statutes

The doctrine of collateral estoppel may seem to be a more fitting subject to a blog devoted to civil procedure than corporate law. However, the doctrine can have important ramifications in the corporate setting as I noted...more

Rogers Towers: First Thoughts on Recent Changes to Florida’s Economic Loss Rule

The Supreme Court of Florida recently blurred the lines between contract and tort law in a case involving breach of contract and negligence claims between an insured and its insurance broker. The Court used this vehicle to...more

Is Jacob To Laban As Weiner Is To The Original Talk Radio Network?

Jacob was in love with Rachel, but he had a problem. What could he offer Rachel’s father Laban for her hand? Not having much, he offered to work for seven years. Laban seemed to find this acceptable, but when the seven years...more

The Lesser of Two Evils? Court Holds that Statutory Measure of Recovery Under a Mechanic’s Liens Is the Lesser of Reasonable Value...

In Appel v. Superior Court (No. B244590, 3/11/13), California’s Second District Court of Appeal held that the proper measure of a mechanic’s lien claim is the lesser of the reasonable value of the services and materials...more

Federal Court Sides With Second DCA In Privity Split

In Moss v. Kroner, 197 Cal. App. 4th 860 (2011), the Second District Court of Appeal found that rescission was available to a plaintiff under Corporations Code Section 25504 even though the plaintiff was not in privity with...more

Mortgage Banking Update - March 21, 2013

In This Issue: - Uniform State Test Implementation Nearing - Mortgage Servicer's Alleged Failure To Be Licensed Subjects Company to Claims under State and Federal Debt Collection Statutes - Sixth Circuit...more

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