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Hydraulic Fracture Related Damage Claim: Federal Court Addresses Application of Consent and Release Agreement

A United States District Court (Western District Oklahoma) addressed in an October 10th Order issues associated with a producing vertical well’s claim for damages related to another company’s subsequent installation of a...more

Interesting and Useful Cases in Torts and Insurance - July 2017 in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Each month, Nexsen Pruet attorney Marc Manos, a member of the SC Bar Torts and Insurance Practice Section Council, sheds light on a few recent cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, focused in the area of Torts &...more

Cutting the Cord: Can Courts Trim TCPA Statutory Damages?

Whether courts can reduce statutory damages awards under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is an ongoing issue because potential liability can be strikingly disproportionate given the lack of actual harm to class...more

Cattle Rustling, Blackmail, and Punitive Damages in Texas

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

In a case that reads like an episode of “Dallas,” the Texas Supreme Court reiterated the rules for recovery of punitive damages. Bennett v. Grant, No. 15-0338 (April 28, 2017)....more

Tennessee Business Court Awards Big Bucks against Violator of Tennessee Consumer Protection Act

by Butler Snow LLP on

On May 23, 2017, in Nissan North America, Inc. v. Tustin Import Auto Sales, LLC, et al., No. 16-117-BC, the Tennessee Business Court found that the only remaining defendant, Raymond Enriquez, had defrauded the plaintiff and...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - This was the Senate’s first week back from their summer break and it was rather quiet up on the hill as negotiations were still taking place on the budget. The Senate sent their spending plan to the House of...more

EEOC Sues IHOP Chain for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Chain of Franchises Subjected Employees to Sexual Harassment and Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges - LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Several franchisees of the popular IHOP restaurant chain in Nevada and New York violated federal law...more

Awful Missouri Venue and Warnings Opinion Affirmed—But Maybe Some Hope

by Reed Smith on

Hope springs eternal. At least that is what the optimists say, and while we would like to see the bright side of the Missouri Supreme Court’s split opinion on venue in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., No. SC 96151, 2017...more

Tiffany’s Trademark Infringement Win a Costly Lesson for Costco

by Bryan Cave on

A federal district court has ordered Costco to pay Tiffany at least $19.4 million in a trademark infringement battle based on generic diamond engagement rings bearing the “Tiffany” name. Judge Laura Taylor Swain in the...more

600,000 Reasons to Comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit—which covers federal courts in North Carolina—recently affirmed a borrower’s victory against a loan servicer under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). In...more

Missouri Adopts High Burden for Venue Challenges and Affirms a $23 Million Punitive Damages Award Based, in Part, on a...

by Lathrop Gage on

On September 12, 2017 the Missouri Supreme Court handed down its 4-3 opinion in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., SC96151, dealing a significant blow to businesses who seek to transfer cases from Missouri trial venues...more

Finding the Unicorn in Lender Liability Litigation

by Bryan Cave on

Investors frequently talk in terms of trying to find the next unicorn, that small start-up company that is going to turn into a billion dollar valuation. Lawyers are like that as well, always looking for that new decision...more

Third Circuit Issues Helpful Decision On Punitive Liability Under New Jersey Law

In a recent decision in In re Paulsboro Derailment Cases, the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a case brought by plaintiffs who alleged that they had been exposed to airborne chemicals following a train derailment....more

Court Says Jury’s Award of Profits Justified by Costco’s Business Model

On August 14, 2017, the Southern District of New York determined that Costco Wholesale Corp. owed Tiffany and Co. over $19 million in damages for trademark infringement. The case arose out of Costco’s marketing and display...more

Fourth Circuit Issues Mixed-Bag Decision On Punitive Damages In FCRA Cases

Inevitably, when conscientious judges delve into the multi-dimensional issue of excessive punitive damages, they get some things right and other things wrong. Such is the case with the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision in...more

It’s time to think about arbitration agreements again following recent $15 million+ employee verdicts

Jury panels in the Los Angeles Superior Court (which is often referred to as “The Bank” by the plaintiffs’ bar) have recently delivered multimillion-dollar verdicts to former-employee plaintiffs. Many employers doing business...more

California Jury Returns $417 Million Award—Of Which $347 Million Constitute Punitive Damages—In Individual Case Alleging That...

They don’t call the California Superior Court in Los Angeles “The Bank” for nothing. Late last month, a jury held Johnson & Johnson liable for $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages in a case...more

Federal Jury Returns $150 Million Punitive Verdict Against AbbVie—Without Awarding Any Compensatory Damages For The Plaintiff’s...

You’ve likely seen by now media reports about an Illinois federal jury’s $150 million punitive award against AbbVie in a case brought by a plaintiff who alleged that AbbVie’s low-T medication AndroGel caused his heart attack....more

Jury Tests the Limits in AndroGel False Ad Verdict

In late July, an Illinois jury came to a bizarre verdict in a case over an alleged link between heart attacks and AndroGel, a gel product used for treating low testosterone (or “low T”). The jury found that AbbVie, Inc., the...more

Texas Supreme Court Announces New Rule for Exemplary Damages

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the imposition of excessive exemplary damages. Whether an award comports with due process is measured by three guideposts...more

Punitive Damages in Mass Torts Cases: Outrageous and in Reckless Disregard of Fairness

by Reed Smith on

It was over 32 years ago that we graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. The three years in Hyde Park were a punishing experience. There was one class in particular when Prof. Richard Epstein used the Socratic...more

Tiffany Wins the Generic Battle, and the Spoils of War are Significant (Updated)

by Knobbe Martens on

Update: U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain has awarded Tiffany & Co. $11.1 million in treble profits and $8.25 million in punitive damages. Judge Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Costco’s management “displayed...more

My Namesake Triumphs: Tiffany & Co. awarded $19.35 million

The four year saga ended (at least for now) with Tiffany & Co. being awarded for its vigorous fight to maintain its trademark and protect against genericide. As previously reported, Tiffany & Co. filed suit against Costco...more

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

Holy Harleysville! – The Rules Governing RORs, Intervention, and More in South Carolina Have Just Changed

For insurers, litigating third-party coverage disputes in South Carolina has always proved formidable. Insurers can be liable for “bad faith” even if there is no coverage; they may be required to pay an insured’s attorney’s...more

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