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California Supreme Court Eliminates Damages in FEHA Discrimination Cases Where Employer Proves Mixed Motive Defense

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling clarifying details of the “mixed-motive” defense applicable to discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). Harris v....more

Third Circuit "Clarifies" Continuing Violation Doctrine

In Mandel v. M & Q Packaging Corp., No. 11-3913, 2013 WL 141890 (3d Cir. Jan. 14, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit "clarified" the application of the continuing violation doctrine as defined by the U.S....more

Assessment Appeals Commission Holds that Personal Property is Valued at Capitalized Cost

The Assessment Appeals Commission (“AAC”) of the Tennessee State Board of Equalization has reversed a 2011 administrative law judge decision, holding that intangible costs (such as freight, installation, engineering costs and...more

California Supreme Court Rules On Mixed Motive Defense To Discrimination Claims, But Large Verdicts Persist…

Wynona Harris, a bus driver for the City of Santa Monica (the City), alleged that she was fired because of her pregnancy in violation of the prohibition against sex discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

Patent Watch: Cephalon, Inc. v. Watson Pharms., Inc.

On February 14, 2013, in, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Reyna, Bryson, Wallach*) reversed-in-part and affirmed-in-part the district court's judgment following a bench trial that Watson did not infringe...more

Class Action Settlement Take-up Significant for Fee Approvals - Lavier v MyTravel Canada Holdings Inc

On February 14, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Lavier v MyTravel Canada Holidays Inc, which deals with the approval of class counsel fees in a settled class proceeding. The decision provides some...more

Employee Is Protected By Whistleblower Provisions Of The Labor Code When He Or She Reports Illegal Conduct By A Fellow Employee

A terminated employee brought claims against his former employer for wrongful termination in violation of the California False Claims Act (“CFCA”), public policy, and the whistleblower protections provided by the Labor Code. ...more

Court of Appeals Rules that Title Companies Owe Duty of Care in Tort when Conducting Title Searches

In the case of 100 Investment Limited Partnership v. Columbia Town Center Title Co., the Maryland Court of Appeals was asked to determine whether a title company owed a tort duty of reasonable care to its customer, the...more

Washington Supreme Court Issues an Unprecedented Decision Regarding a First-Party Insured’s Compliance with a Policy’s EUO...

The examination under oath has long served as a valuable tool to prevent fraud and exaggeration in property insurance claims, while also keeping the cost of insurance as low as possible. The Washington Supreme Court, however,...more

REINSURANCE CLIENT ALERT: New York Court of Appeals Reverses Summary Judgment on Follow-The-Settlements Case

U.S. Fid. & Guar. Co. v. Am. Re-Ins. Co., No. 1 (N.Y. Ct of App. Feb. 7, 2013) - In a closely watched asbestos settlement allocation case, the New York Court of Appeals has modified the order of an intermediate...more

Delaware Supreme Court Refines Standard for Missed Pre-Trial Deadlines

The Delaware Supreme Court recently announced a new standard refining the rules that govern litigants’ requests for extensions. Since 2010, the “Drejka analysis” provided a six-factor test to apply when considering whether to...more

City Erred In Certifying Environmental Impact Report That Misdescribed Project’s Objectives

In a case demonstrating the importance of a well-crafted statement of objectives, the appellate court held that a city erred in certifying a final environmental impact report (“EIR”) and approving a project because the EIR...more

Trial Court Abuses Its Discretion by Forcing Insurer to Bear the Cost of Giving Notice to Putative Class Members

In In re Insurance Installment Fee Cases, 2012 DJDAR 16696 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an important class action cost recovery issue. The case arose in the insurance...more

Court Of Appeal Okays School District’s Use Of Norming Ratios To Assign Classroom Space To Charter Schools

A charter schools association brought a lawsuit against a school district and alleged the district violated Proposition 39 by using norming ratios to assign classroom space to charter schools. The court of appeal held that...more

Sixth Circuit Issues Second Victory to EEOC in Sex Discrimination Case Against Cintas Corp.

Court Denies Rehearing of Its Earlier Ruling Allowing Systemic Hiring Discrimination Case and Overturning Award of Attorney's Fees; Cintas CEO Likely to be Deposed - WASHINGTON - In a second victory for the U.S. Equal...more

California Supreme Court Eliminates Lender Defense to Borrower Fraud Claims

On January 14, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Riverisland Cold Storage v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Assn., which takes away a lender defense to borrower fraud claims and will therefore have a...more

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