The appeal arose from a lawsuit to clarify an arbitration award concerning an alleged breach of a corporate merger agreement containing a binding arbitration clause. The federal district court found the arbitration panel had...more
On June 5, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit decided in favor of Fifth Third Bank on its appeal of a district court order remanding a putative class action to Florida state court. The basis for the remand order had been the...more
District Court refuses to grant renewed motion to dismiss based on Noerr-Pennington doctrine. In re AndroGel Antitrust Litigation (No. II), MDL No. 2084 (re Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., No. 1:09-CV-955-TWT)...more
When was the last time you saw a plaintiffs’ lawyer seeking to represent a class argue that the class couldn’t be certified? Readers might wonder whether this is a trick question. ...more
In what may become a more common trend in CAFA litigation based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles, ––– U.S. ––––, 133 S.Ct. 1345 (2013), the Seventh Circuit reversed the district court’s...more
SC18996 - Meyers v. Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, P.C.
This case arrived from a divided Appellate Court where some jurist opined that the plaintiff’s attorney malpractice claims sounded solely in tort,...more
Judge Totenberg remanded the case brought by TransCardiac Therapeutics, Inc. (“TransCardiac”), against Ajit Yoganathan, Ph.D, Jorge H. Jiminez, Ph.D., Vinod H. Thourani, M.D., Emory University, Georgia Tech Research...more
In Faith Brooks v. Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc., 110 So.3d 703 (La. Ct. App. 2013), the Louisiana Court of Appeal held that the trial court improperly granted summary judgment to an insurer based on a coconut...more
The Daily Journal reported last week that new standards established by the Ninth Circuit in the 2013 case Rodriguez v. AT&T Mobility Services LLC have resulted in fewer wage and hour class action cases being remanded to state...more
In Tempo Lighting, Inc. v. Tivoli, LLC, the Federal Circuit vacated the decision of the U.S. Patent Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board that had reversed the Examiner’s rejection of most of the claims of the patent at issue....more
As you may recall, last December we reported on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States, in which the Supreme Court held that government-induced flooding of limited duration may...more
A panel of the Commonwealth Court reversed and remanded for further findings several assessments determined by a trial court. In re appeal of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, No. 159 C.D. 2013 (Pa Commw. Oct. 30, 2013). The...more
The Third Circuit recently clarified the limits of its own jurisdiction, and that of the district court, in connection with orders remanding cases to state court. The court held a firm line on the reviewability of such...more
It's a sleepy week in the Circuits last week - a resentencing and a restitution remand.
To the victories!
United States v. Daniels, et al., Fifth Circuit: Appellants were convicted of conspiring to distribute...more
Not all federal trial court decisions are subject to appellate review. Most decisions to remand a case removed from state court are not reviewable, whether as of right or by extraordinary writ. A recent Third Circuit decision...more
In Rodriguez v. AT&T Mobility, LLC, the Ninth Circuit continues a string of recent decisions cracking down on district courts’ tendency to remand class actions on the purported basis that the defendant failed to meet the...more
Unfortunately, the Fifth Circuit decided on August 14, 2013 in Ernewayn v. Home Depot that it lacked appellate jurisdiction to entertain Home Depot’s appeal of a remand order. The Fifth Circuit did not hold (as has been...more
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision to remand to state court two “say-on-pay” cases, finding no questions of federal law had been raised. In the shareholder derivative actions,...more
In a closely watched decision after remand by the Supreme Court, on July 18, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld for a second time the class certification order in In re Whirlpool Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab....more
There are some dramatic wins in the federal appeals courts. Sometimes an entire conviction is overturned, and it is clear that the person will walk free. Other times, a large and unjust sentence is reversed....more
There are a handful of resentencing remands in the federal courts last week.
Perhaps most interesting is United States v. Francois, remanding because the sentence imposed exceeded the statutory maximum. One doesn't see...more
What you need to know: The Supreme Court ruled that plaintiffs cannot evade federal court jurisdiction by stipulating that class-wide damages are less than the Class Action Fairness Act’s $5 million jurisdictional...more
On February 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that the acquisition by a county hospital authority of another hospital in the same county was not immune from antitrust scrutiny under the state...more
It's a good week in the circuits for folks accused of federal crimes.
The Seventh Circuit has been active (though sadly without Judge Posner). United States v. Diaz-Rios looks interesting - it's a remand for resentencing...more
One more note on National Gas Pipeline Co. v. Justiss is appropriate. The Texas Supreme Court held that the landowners had failed to present admissible evidence that the permanent nuisance caused by the defendant had...more
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