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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

Labor & Employment: Clarifying Employer Liability for Supervisors Under Title VII: Vance v. Ball State University

It is commonly known that discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin is illegal, and that employers should take care to reinforce these principles in the workplace. But knowledge...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

U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split in Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A.

One of the primary purposes of bankruptcy is to provide for the discharge of certain debts in order to enable a debtor to obtain a "fresh start" post-bankruptcy. Notwithstanding this specific purpose, section 523 of Title 11...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

Third Circuit Lowers Bar For Determining Whether Internal Complaint Is SOX Protected Activity

In Wiest v. Lynch, No. 11-cv-4257, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 5345 (3d Cir. March 19, 2013), the Third Circuit gave Chevron deference to U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board’s (ARB) interpretation of “protected...more

How Much "Competition", If Any, Is Required to Establish Standing in Lanham Act False Advertising Cases—the Supreme Court May Be...

Lanham Act false advertising law is largely consistent among the various federal circuit courts. However, one area of Lanham Act jurisprudence where the federal appellate courts do not see eye-to-eye concerns who has standing...more

Sherzer v. Homestar Mortgage Services: The Third Circuit Takes Sides in a Circuit Split Over How a Borrower Exercises Rescission...

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit took sides in a split between U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal over what action borrowers must take to exercise their right to rescind a loan under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). It...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: How Purchasers of AMR Stock Made a Killing  [Video]

March 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- Someone who bought stock in American Airlines last year already made a killing. Stock that could have been bought in November for less than 40 cents a share is now trading above $4, for...more

Split Emerges on Customs Law after Eleventh Circuit Vacates Smuggling Convictions

On February 22, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that an indictment charging the unlawful importation of goods into the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 545 and 371, failed to state an offense...more

Supreme Court's Amgen Ruling Creates Wide-Ranging Implications for Securities Suits and Other Business Litigation

On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans. Justice Ginsburg authored the 6-3 majority opinion affirming the Ninth Circuit’s holding that a securities fraud...more

SCOTUS Ruling in Amgen Case Allows Plaintiffs to Certify Securities Classes Without Proving Materiality

In Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, No. 11-1085, 568 U.S. ___ (2013), decided on February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that, in a case...more

The Supreme Court’s Decision in Amgen Reshapes the Securities Class Certification Battlefield

On February 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of the most highly anticipated securities law decisions in recent years in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, 568 U.S. __ (2013). The Court’s...more

Appeals Court Decision Creates Circuit Split and Confusion Surrounding Post-Settlement Appeals of Class Certification Denials

If a court denies class certification, may the named plaintiff settle the case while still keeping the class certification issue alive for appeal? The recent decision in Ruppert v. Principal Life Insurance Company, No....more

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