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The Fourth Circuit Expands the Implied Certification Theory to Anti-Retaliation Claims

On January 8, 2015, the Fourth Circuit determined that, amid a circuit split, the “implied certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) was viable in the Fourth Circuit. United States v. Triple...more

Canada Labour Code Does not Grant Non-Unionized Employees a "Right to the Job"

In Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, 2015 FCA 17 ("Wilson"), the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) made a game-changing decision when they unanimously found that without-cause dismissals of non-unionized employees are...more

King v. Burwell – Will the Supreme Court Tip the ACA Dominos? Part 1

The health care industry has been closely watching four cases challenging whether federal subsidies could be used to reduce costs to consumers for health insurance purchased on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchange in a state...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds that Statutory Caps on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Malpractice cases Cannot be Applied...

In Miles v. Weingrad, --- So. 3d ----, 2015 WL 2401261, 40 Fla. Law Weekly S279 (Fla. May 21, 2015), the Supreme Court of Florida recently resolved the conflict between the Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal regarding...more

Confusion Surrounds the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC, 758 F.3d 1254, 1257 (11th Cir. 2014) cert. denied, No. 14-858, 2015 WL 246891 (U.S. Apr. 20, 2015), an Eleventh Circuit decision that...more

PTAB Rejects Samsung's Bid to Join Its Own Previously Initiated IPR Proceeding As An Unjustified "Second Bite At The Apple"

In IPR2015-00821, Petitioner Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc., sought to join its Petition with a recently initiated IPR proceeding involving the same patent, parties, and counsel. The...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on Whether Rule 68 Offer Moots Claims Prior to Class Certification Motion

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez (“Gomez”), potentially opening the door for the high court to resolve a split among the circuits on the issue of whether an offer...more

Standing Your Ground: Supreme Court to Consider Standing Question Important in Data Breach Class Action Litigation

On April 27th, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, to consider a question critical to the viability of data breach class actions: standing. Since the Court’s most recent standing...more

Sixth Circuit Says Ineligible Employee May Still Enjoy FMLA Leave Rights Based on Estoppel Argument

The Family and Medical Leave Act only provides job protected leave rights to eligible employees. Among other eligibility criteria, an employee claiming entitlement to FMLA leave must work at a location with a minimum of 50...more

Supreme Court Declines to Opine on Circuit Split Over Rule 9(b) Pleading Requirements for FCA Claims

On March 31, 2014, in U.S. ex rel. Nathan v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upholding a district...more

Supreme Court Establishes a New Test for False Advertising Standing Under Lanham Act

On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Lexmark International Inc. v. Static Control Components Inc., holding that a two-prong analysis comprised of the "zone-of-interests" test and a "proximate-cause"...more

Supreme Court Declines to Settle False Claims Circuit Split

With its March 31, 2014 denial of certiorari in U.S. ex rel. Nathan v. Takeda, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to wade into the ongoing debate over the degree of particularity with which a false claims relator must plead a...more

“Loath to create a circuit split,” the Fifth Circuit Overturns NLRB’s D.R. Horton Ruling that Class Arbitration Waivers in...

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rendered its long-awaited decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 12-60031 (5th Cir. Dec. 3, 2013), revised December 4, 2013, which reversed the National Labor Relations Board...more

Depublication of Controversial CEQA Common Interest Case Denied by Supreme Court, Leaving Troublesome Split of Authority

On October 16, 2013, 60 days after the request was submitted, the California Supreme Court denied Infill Builders’ request to depublish Citizens for Ceres v. Superior Court (5th Dist. 2013) 217 Cal.App.4th 889, a decision...more

Third Circuit Decision Finding No CAA Preemption of State Law Nuisance Creates Apparent Split With Fourth Circuit

A recent case from the Third Circuit has muddied the waters for emissions facilities complying with Clean Air Act (“CAA”) permits. In Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station, 2013 WL 4418637 (Aug. 20, 2013), the Third Circuit...more

Private or Public? The Developing Circuit Split on Internet TV Retransmission

It appears that a Circuit split is developing on the issue of whether Internet services that transmit network television programs are engaged in a transmission to the public in violation of the networks’ copyrights. The...more

Unconscious bias and subjective decision making, the practical and legal ramifications

On August 6, DLA Piper hosted a program addressing Unconscious Bias and Subjective Decision Making - The Practical and Legal Ramifications. Rachel Cowen and Margaret Keane, partners in DLA Piper's Employment practice,...more

California Supreme Court Redefines “Baseline” Under California Environmental Quality Act

The California Supreme Court has both resolved a split in the appellate courts and forged new law on the baselines agencies may use to assess projects’ environmental effects under CEQA. ...more

Nothing in Common: Fifth District Court of Appeal Rejects City-Applicant Protections for Pre-Project Approval CEQA Communications

Inserting uncertainty in the already murky area of the scope of the administrative record under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal has held that pre-project approval...more

Supreme Court resolves circuit split, upholds arbitrator’s determination that parties agreed to submit to class arbitration

The Supreme Court has issued a decision that resolves a split among the circuit courts and clarifies previous case law that some felt sounded the death knell for class arbitration....more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Momenta Case

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to grant certiorari in Momenta Pharmaceuticals v. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, a case involving a split in authority that has arisen among Federal Circuit judges regarding the scope of the...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Standing in Lanham Act False Advertising Cases

On June 3, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the certiorari petition of Lexmark International Inc. ("Lexmark"). Lexmark sought cert to resolve a three-way split among the federal circuit courts regarding how to determine whether...more

Third Circuit Reconciles Split Over The Standard For Deciding Motions To Compel Arbitration And Clarifies When Discovery Is...

In Guidotti v. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, LLC, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reconciled a split on which standards apply to motions to compel arbitration, concluding that the Rule 12(b)(6)...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Lawyers Easily Make Simple Words Complicated  [Video]

April 24 (Bloomberg) -- With $64 million at stake for creditors of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., lawyers can find complexity even in simple words like "immediately proceeding," as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: ResCap Report, a Bargain at $83 Million [Video]

April 10 (Bloomberg Law) -- Why the Residential Capital LLC examiner's report will cost almost $83 million is the first item on the new Bloomberg bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy...more

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