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Fifth Circuit Revives SOX Whistleblower Claim But Rejects Allegations Not Exhausted Before OSHA

In Wallace v. Tesoro Corp., the Fifth Circuit revived a SOX whistleblower complaint that was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, finding that the plaintiff’s alleged belief that the company...more

Employer Win in California – Say What??? Stress From Working Under Particular Supervisor is Not a Disability

Over the course of a career many workers experience the displeasure of dealing with a difficult supervisor — the type of individual whose mere presence in the workplace is a source of dread and whose name inspires feelings of...more

Are Liquidated Damages Down the Drain in California?

Liquidated damages can provide parties added incentive to perform all types of contracts, including commercial real estate contracts. But are they enforceable in California? The short answer is that they’re presumed to be...more

Alabama Rewrites Its Noncompete Statute

The Alabama legislature recently passed a comprehensive revision of the state’s noncompete statute, and Governor Bentley has signed the act into law. The new statute will become effective January 1, 2016. The new statute does...more

Court Affirms that Discovery Standard is Reasonableness, Not Perfection (Nebraska)

Malone v. Kantner Ingredients, Inc., 2015 WL 1470334 (D. Neb. Mar. 31, 2015). In this employment dispute, the plaintiffs moved for an order to request production of emails and invoices between the defendants and a...more

US Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Jail Operations

On June 22, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an important decision for all North Carolina counties operating county jails in which individuals are held detainees awaiting trial. In Kingsley v. Hendrickson, No....more

ESI Case Law Update 2015

In this Issue: - Introduction - Preservation - Proposed Amendments to Rule 37 - Search Methodology/Technology-Assisted Review - Proportionality - Cost-shifting - Form...more

The Four Factual Findings Necessary to Make an Award of Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees Stick in North Carolina

As a matter of course, a prevailing party cannot recover its attorneys’ fees from an opposing party in North Carolina. But, attorneys’ fees can be awarded if there is specific statutory authority. ...more

The Supreme Court's Omnicare Decision: Implications And Remaining Questions Regarding When Opinions Are Actionable Under The...

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435, 2015 WL 1291916 (Mar. 24, 2015). With some significant...more

What Factors Bear Upon The Enforceability Of Noncompete Agreements?

For businesses, non-compete agreements can be an important way to protect their interests in work product, resources and other knowledge to which employees become privy in the course of their employment....more

Standard Of Reasonableness In Contract With Public Body: Wednesbury Not Applied

In David Krebs v NHS Commissioning Board (As successor body to Salford Primary Care Trust) [2014] EWCA Civ 1540 The Court of Appeal ruled that the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB) had not acted unreasonably in terminating a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Scrutinizes Three Proposed Standards for Determining Section 11 Liability for Statements of Opinion or Belief

On Monday, November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435. As noted in our previous client alert regarding this case,...more

Good Faith in Government Contracting: Board of Contract Appeals Adheres to Reasonableness Standard Revived by the Federal Circuit...

Ever since the Federal Circuit’s 2010 decision in Precision Pine & Timber, Inc. v. U.S., the controlling standard for the government’s duty of good faith and fair dealing has been in flux. Prior to Precision Pine, it was...more

California Court of Appeal Rules That California Regulation Section 1300.71(a)(3)(B) Is Not the Exclusive Standard for Valuing the...

Children’s Hospital Central California v. Blue Cross of California (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 1260, involved a dispute between a hospital and a health plan over the reasonable value of the post-stabilization medical services that...more

High Court Likely Won’t Affirm 6th Circ. Omnicare Ruling

On Nov. 3, 2014, oral argument was held in another securities case being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year, Omnicare Inc. v. Laborers District Council. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether a plaintiff can...more

Omnicare Court Ponders Two Middle Paths: One Rocky, One Smooth

Monday’s oral argument before the Supreme Court in Laborers District Counsel Construction Industry Pension Fund v. Omnicare, Inc., (“Omnicare”) was remarkable in that, as Omnicare attorney Kannon Shanmugam noted, it was the...more

Believe It or Not? In Omnicare, the Supreme Court Considers the Standard of Liability for Statements of Opinion

Americans take as given the right to hold and express opinions. So it may come as a surprise to many that the federal securities laws impose civil liability for statements of opinion. It may be even more surprising that...more

Supreme Court Seems Likely to Adopt Reasonable Basis Standard for Section 11 Claims Concerning Statements of Opinion in...

If Monday’s oral argument in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund is a reliable indicator, it seems likely that the Court will adopt the “reasonable basis” standard advocated by the...more

Searching Student Smart Phones in The Wake of Riley V. California

In the recent, landmark case of Riley v. California, the United States Supreme Court held that the police may not search digital data on the cell phone of an arrestee without a warrant, reasoning that smart phones not only...more

Conducting a Fair Workplace Investigation

Every employment attorney at some point will be asked either to conduct or assist with a workplace investigation. Attorneys taking on this role will need to act as a neutral fact finder and refrain from zealous advocacy, a...more

Supreme Court Rejects Federal Circuit’s Indefiniteness Standard in Nautilus v. Biosig

On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., No. 13-369 (June 2, 2014) (“Nautilus”), that a patent is invalid for indefiniteness “if its claims, read in light of the...more

Managing Employee Medical Leave: How Much Leave Is Reasonable?

To date, there are few bright line rules to guide employers in determining how much leave is reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Further, employers sometimes mistakenly assume that if an employee has...more

Court Declares Parties Are Over-Litigating the Case and Orders Parties to Reduce Disputed Jury Instructions or Face Reduced Trial...

In this patent infringement action, the district court concluded that the parties were over-litigating the case and matters were only getting worse as trial got closer. "The Court's previously stated concern that the parties...more

Guest Post: Patent Reform -- Lessons from Capitalism's Founding Father

There are those very vocal about proposing legislative amendments to the patent statutes, in an attempt to curb litigation abuse and thereby promote innovation....more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Warrantless Searches and Consent Granted by Houseguests: Houseguest Could Not Consent to Search of Specific...

Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s denial of a motion to suppress the fruits of a home search. The court found the government had the burden of establishing a houseguest had the “apparent authority”...more

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