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Clerical Errors Forgiven

In SCHOTT Gemtron Corporation v. SSW Holdings Company, Inc., IPR2014-00367, Paper 30 (September 22, 2014), the Board forgave a clerical error that resulted in the petitioner’s expert declaration not being filed until January...more

ERISA – 2nd Circuit: Reversible Error To Deny Successful Claimant’s Attorney Fees Solely Because There Was No Evidence of Bad...

Can a court deny a successful ERISA claimant’s attorney fees solely because there is no evidence of bad faith? NO....more

Replacing a Certificate of Translation is a Correction of a Clerical Error, Not a Submission of Supplemental Information

In Medtroinc. Inc., v NuVasive, Inc., [IPR2014-00075], Paper 10 (February 28, 2014), Medtronic wanted to submit a corrected certificate for the translation of Exhibit 1002, but the NuVasive opposed arguing the that corrected...more

Pitfalls Of The Verdict Form And The Two-Issue Rule

1. Florida’s “two-issue rule” generally holds that an appellant cannot show reversible error when an error relates to one claim or defense and the verdict does not reveal whether the appellee prevailed on that basis or...more

Rogers Towers: New York Bankruptcy Court Clears Way for McNeal Rehearing

The long-awaited rehearing of In re McNeal has been given the green light from an unlikely source – a New York Bankruptcy Court Judge....more

Matter Not At Issue – Reversible Error

In this mortgage foreclosure case, the trial court set the matter for trial within twenty days of the date on which the defendant answered the Complaint...more

Seagulls on the Water?¹ Has California Supreme Court Indicated A Major Change in Direction for the Admissibility of Expert Opinion...

California courts have generally granted qualified experts wide latitude in permitting their opinion testimony to be heard by a jury. In the recent case of Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v University of Southern California (2012)...more

Appealing Propositions: Appellate Issues In The Law - Distinguishing Between Error and Reversible Error; Recognizing and Avoiding...

Right after the judge or the jury renders a “bad verdict” we all have undoubtedly heard, at least, one our clients say they want to appeal the case “all the way to the United States Court, if that’s what it takes to get...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on Government’s Petition Regarding Judicial Participation in Plea Negotiations

On January 4, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the government’s petition for certiorari in an appeal involving Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c)(1)....more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update: January 2013 - Ninth Circuit Vacates $10 Million Asbestos Verdict, Citing Trial Court’s...

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently vacated a $10 million jury verdict and remanded Barabin v. AstenJohnson, Inc, et. al. back to Washington federal district court for a new trial after concluding that the district...more

Patent Watch: Presidio Components, Inc. v. Am. Tech. Ceramics Corp.

[A] finding of no competition for the purpose of irreparable harm conflicts with the clear finding of competition for the purpose of awarding damages. On December 19, 2012, in Presidio Components, Inc. v. Am. Tech....more

California Court of Appeal Overturns $1.3 Million in Damages and Attorneys’ Fees against Lucasfilm for Failure to Give Instruction...

On December 10, 2012, in Veronese v. Lucasfilm Ltd., a California Court of Appeal overturned a Marin County jury’s verdict against Lucasfilm based on its finding that several errors in jury instructions prejudicially affected...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Allows Borrower to Take Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Lender to a Jury

In what may be a first for a North Carolina appellate court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has reversed the entry of summary judgment for a lender on a borrower’s breach of fiduciary claim. In Dallaire v. Bank of...more

Patent Watch: OSRAM Sylvania, Inc. v. Am. Induction Techs., Inc.

[W]e have emphatically rejected any formal burden-shifting framework in evaluating the four Graham factors [including the objective considerations of nonobviousness]. The district court's failure to consider the evidence...more

Fourth Circuit Reverses Decision Holding Employer's Promise Not to Retaliate Modified At-Will Employment, Rejects Breach of...

On November 27, 2012, in Scott v. Merck & Company, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a jury verdict of more than $500,000 in favor of Jennifer Scott, a former Merck & Co., Inc. employee. The...more

Court Of Appeal Finds Error In Refusal To Give “Business Judgment” Instruction To Jury

Justice Russell C. Ostrander: “judges are not business experts.” Dodge v. Ford Motor Co., 204 Mich. 459, 508 (1919) A few days ago, I wrote about U.S. District Court Judge Dale S. Fischer’s refusal to extend the...more

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