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Fourth Circuit Says Failure to Replace Employee Does Not Defeat Discriminatory Termination Claim

When a terminated employee alleges that her firing resulted from discrimination or retaliation, employers often dispute those claims by noting that the employer never hired anyone to take the terminated employee’s position....more

U.S. Court in Louisiana Remands Advance Stores Co. Data Breach Class Action to State Court

In a case with a familiar fact pattern, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana refused to find that permitting Plaintiff to proceed in Louisiana state court was “futile” on Article III standing...more

The Validity of Oral Modifications and Waivers Is Not Always Intuitive

In an ideal world, any modification of a contract would be in writing, signed by the parties, notarized and witnessed by an independent third party. In the real world, not only are contracts modified, or terms waived, without...more

En Banc CAFC Requires UCC Sale For On Sale Bar

In an en banc decision issued in The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc., the Federal Circuit determined that in order for a commercial transaction to trigger the on-sale bar of § 35 USC 102(b), it must “bear the general...more

Cramer v. Starr

A Tort Defendant May Name Plaintiff’s Subsequent Physician As A Non-Party At Fault, Despite The “Original Tortfeasor Rule” - Arizona’s comparative fault statute (UCATA) requires the trier of fact in a tort case to...more

Colorado Court Applies Notice-Prejudice Rule to Pollution Buy-Back Endorsement

In its recent decision in MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 2016 Colo. App. LEXIS 956 (Colo. App. July 14, 2016), the Court of Appeals of Colorado had occasion to consider whether Colorado’s...more

Fifth Circuit Says Texas May Challenge EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance

In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an Enforcement Guidance stating when employers’ use of criminal background checks to exclude applicants from jobs violates Title VII. The Guidance states the EEOC’s...more

No Sale: Unanimous Federal Circuit Says “Commercial Sale,” Not “Commercial Benefit,” Applies to the Patent Act’s On-Sale Bar for...

On July 11, 2016, in The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc. (Case Nos. 2014-1469, -1504), the en banc Federal Circuit unanimously concluded that “to be ‘on sale’ under § 102(b), a product must be the subject of a commercial sale...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

CAFC Finds Cryopreservation Method Patent Eligible

The Federal Circuit ruled that the cryopreservation methods at issue in Rapid Litigation Mgmt. Ltd. v. CellzDirect Inc., are patent eligible under 35 USC § 101. It therefore vacated and remanded the decision of the U.S....more

No Texas Hold ‘Em: Fifth Circuit Allows Texas to Challenge the EEOC Enforcement Guidance

A somewhat surprising decision in favor of the State of Texas was handed down from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 27, 2016, which held that (i) Texas had standing to challenge the Equal Employment Opportunity...more

Seventh Circuit Cuts Through First Amendment Forum Jargon and Issues Robust Defense of Free Expression

Like many cities across the country, Fort Wayne, Indiana raises money through advertisements that it sells on the inside and outside of the buses it operates. And like many cities, Fort Wayne has a number of regulations on...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses McDonnell Conviction

Earlier this week the United States Supreme Court handed former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell a big victory by reversing his 2014 conviction for “accepting payments, loans, gifts, and other things of value from [Johnnie]...more

In Wake of Escobar, Cases Return to Circuit Courts

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued summary dispositions vacating the judgments in three cases brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Court remanded the cases back to their respective circuit courts for...more

June 2016: Trial Practice Update

Jury Selection—Batson v. Kentucky Is Alive and Well. Last month the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Foster v. Chatman, 578 U.S. (2016), reaffirming its 30-year-old decision in Batson v....more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Rejects Labor and Industry Review Commission's Worker's Compensation Determination as Unreasonable

Circuit courts and appellate courts commonly apply “great weight deference” to worker’s compensation benefit determinations made by the Labor and Industry Review Commission (“LIRC”), but not this time. In an unpublished...more

Putting the Brakes on the DOL: USSC Finds that DOL Not Entitled to Deference on Service Manager Overtime Regulation

Yesterday, in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, No. 15-415, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a Ninth Circuit ruling that had deferred to a Department of Labor 2011 regulation that auto service advisors were nonexempt and should...more

Employers Must Perform Individualized Assessment to Identify Reasonable Accommodation for Disabled Employee

In Peninsula Regional Medical Center v. Tracey L. Adkins, No. 68, September Term, 2015, (Opinion by Adkins, J., May 26, 2016), (“PRMC” and “Adkins”), the Maryland Court of Appeals, Maryland’s highest court, (the “Court”)...more

Florida Court Declines to Apply a Multiplier as to Attorneys’ Fees in a First Party Insurance Coverage Dispute

In Fla. Peninsula Ins. Co. v. Wagner, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 8262 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016), the Second District examined whether the trial court properly applied a multiplier as to attorneys’ fees after the insured homeowners...more

How to Infringe a Certification Mark – The Second Circuit Counts the Ways

We blogged last week about a recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. v. Security University, LLC, in which the Court...more

Alabama Issues Remote Sellers Use Tax Assessments, Newegg Inc. Appeals

Ever since Alabama’s new economic nexus regulation went into effect, litigation over its constitutionality has been expected given that Alabama Commissioner Julie Magee and Governor Bentley said as much when announcing it...more

Fed. Circ. Further Dulls CDA's Statute Of Limitations

A few years back, a string of decisions at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims invoked the Contract Disputes Act’s six-year statute of limitations to dispose of several long-pending...more

Supreme Court Finds “Seagate” Test For Enhanced Patent Damages “Unduly Rigid” and “Impermissibly Encumbers” Discretion to Award...

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that “there is no precise rule or formula” for awarding enhanced patent damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284. Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., No. 14-1513,...more

The Board Cannot Adopt a Surprise Claim Construction

In SAS Institute, Inc. v. Complementsoft,LLC, [2015-1346, 2015-1347] (June 10, 2016), the Federal Circuit agree with the Board in an IPR involving U.S. Patent No. 7,110,936 on all of the challenged constructions resulting in...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on June 6, 2016: Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15-109: Respondent Walter Himmelreich, an inmate at a federal prison, brought two suits against prison...more

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