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Florida’s Fifth District Court Of Appeal Allows Insurer Facing Breach Of Contract Lawsuit Over Water Loss Claim To Join Plumber As...

In Florida Peninsula Insurance Company v. Ken Mullen Plumbing, Inc., 2015 Fla. App. Lexis 11572 (Fla. 5th DCA July 31, 2015), the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s decision to dismiss the insurer’s...more

A Happy Dance For Plaintiffs Who Moot A Motion To Dismiss By Moving To Amend Their Complaint

Maybe you've been in this situation before. You've moved to dismiss a complaint, have fully briefed your motion, and the defendant dances in on the day of the hearing on your motion and amends his complaint. And the...more

Know Them Before They are Famous (or at least final): The Latest USPTO Proposed Rule Changes

On August 19, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released proposed rule changes for trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The proposed rule changes were made in response to input...more

N.C. Court Warns Plaintiffs that Voluntary Dismissal of an Invalid Complaint Won’t Toll the Statute of Limitations

At first glance there seems to be a saving grace in the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure for plaintiffs who are running up against the deadline for filing a lawsuit, i.e., Rule 41(a)(1). Rule 41(a)(1) provides that if...more

Inapplicability of the "One Year" Limitations Tolling Period of the N.C. Rules of Civil Procedure

In Murphy v. Hinton, No. COA14-1230 (July 7, 2015), the North Carolina Court of Appeals determined that a complaint dismissed voluntarily cannot benefit from the "one-year refiling" period pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1) of the...more

"Appellate Court Affirms Ruling Allowing Punitive Damages in New York City Asbestos Cases"

In a unanimous ruling decided July 9, 2015, New York's Appellate Division, First Department declined to overrule an April 2014 order by Justice Sherry Klein Heitler, the then-coordinating justice of the New York City Asbestos...more

Prepare for Case Management Conferences in 4 Steps

In the past, most California superior courts routinely held trial-setting, pretrial, arbitration status, and status conferences. Delay reduction rules put a stop to this practice, consolidating all of these into a...more

Special High Court Procedures Proposed for Financial Markets Disputes

In July 2014, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales announced plans to closely review what can be done to meet the needs of court users in financial cases to ensure that the Courts “are providing… what the markets...more

The ECF System Ate My Homework: Seventh Circuit Pardons Tardy Lawyer

Can a complaint be “filed” before the “filing process” is completed? Actually, yes, according to Farley v. Koepp, No. 14-1695, a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit written by Judge Sykes. Here is the scene: Late on...more

The Unknown World of Junk Debt Buying

This past weekend I attended a workshop in Seattle that was set up for consumer protection lawyers like myself who help people fight back against junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, Cavalry SPV, CACH, LLC (too name a few)....more

Fast Five - Rhode Island Appellate Practice - June 2015

SUPREME GHOSTBUSTERS: RHODE ISLAND SUPREME COURT IMPOSES LIMITATIONS ON GHOSTWRITING. The Rhode Island Supreme Court “ain’t afraid of no ghost.”[1] In a long-anticipated, unanimous decision, the Rhode Island Supreme...more

NC Business Court: Motions To Amend And The Statute Of Limitations

Maybe you have the same nightmare that I do. You have moved to amend your Complaint to add a new defendant. The statute of limitations is about to run, but your motion to amend was made before the end of the limitations...more

California Supreme Court Makes It Harder For Prevailing FEHA Defendants To Recover Their Costs

Under section 1032(b) of the California Code of Civil Procedure, “a prevailing party is entitled as a matter of right to recover costs in any action or proceeding” unless some statute expressly says otherwise. It has been...more

Sweeping Colorado Supreme Court Order Limits Lone Pine Approach

The Colorado Supreme Court issued a sweeping ruling that will limit, if not eliminate, Lone Pine-style case management orders in Colorado toxic tort cases. See Antero Resources v. Strudley, 2015 BL 111122 (Colo. Apr. 20,...more

The 5th Amendment In Civil Practice: 3 Big Considerations

The right to remain silent and not testify at your own criminal trial is well known within the legal community and among the public. A defendant “taking the fifth” has been depicted in movies and television shows, and...more

Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a Prevalence and Practicality Two Years Later

For many years, a motion to dismiss pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) has provided an effective tool for dismissing baseless claims early in the litigation process. The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure did...more

New Rules Bring New Requirements in the Fifth DCA

If you are a registered filer with e-DCA, you may have received this notice from the Fifth DCA last week. Because of changes to the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, attorneys are now required to notify the appellate...more

Lone Pine Loss: Supreme Court of Colorado Says State Rules Don’t Allow Use of Lone Pine Orders in Natural Gas Drilling Case

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Colorado issued its long-awaited decision in Antero Resources Corp. v. Strudley and held that the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure do not allow a trial court to issue a modified case...more

USPTO Announces Immediate Changes to AIA PTAB Page Limits

Responding to feedback from petitioners and patent owners, the USPTO disclosed a plan to revise the procedural rules governing post grant proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”). USPTO Director Michelle...more

NC Business Court On A Barely Ever Referenced Rule Of Civil Procedure And A Host Of Employment-Related Claims

There are undoubtedly many of the Rules of Civil Procedure that you remember by number. Certainly Rules 12, 56, and 65. But Rule 10(b)? What does that even say?...more

Serving Legal Documents On Time Can Be Tricky

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg runs into litigation service deadlines on a regular basis. It can be confusing calculating when a legal document is considered “served” according to the Code of Civil...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 27, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Marketable Record Title Act: right-of-way held by Florida Department of Transportation qualifies for right of way exception under MRTA and remainder of property held in fee by Florida Department...more

Change to Rules of Service Out of the United Kingdom Following the Recast Brussels Regulation

Introduction - Regulation 44/2001 (the “Original Brussels Regulation”), which aimed to harmonise the approach to jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments across European Union Member States’...more

Punishing Good Deeds in California

Most state treasurers now demand that life insurers search public databases, such as the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF), for potential claims. State treasurers similarly require insurers to remit...more

E-Discovery — If not transparency, how about translucency?

Florida is sunny and a great place to live or work; but we can be a little slow to except new things. Florida Rules of Civil Procedure were amended a couple of years ago to include at least the mention of electronic...more

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