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Enhanced Damages for Willful Infringement

Proving willful patent infringement became easier after the Supreme Court in Halo rejected the rigid two-part Seagate test for willful infringement, thereby removing a significant hurdle to an award of enhanced damages. In...more

2016’s Top Patent and Trade Secret Developments for Chemistry and Nanotechnology

While 2016 saw several significant IP developments regarding the USPTO claim construction standard and the standard of review of USPTO decisions, the following three developments may have the greatest impact on how in-house...more

Can You Be Reasonably Certain a Water Balloon Is Substantially Filled? Indefiniteness in Tinnus v. Telebrands

In Tinnus Enterprises, LLV v. Telebrands Enterprises (Fed. Cir. 2016-1410), the CAFC considered whether a claim requiring that a container (think water balloon) be “substantially filled” was indefinite under 35 USC §112....more

Florida Whistleblower Act Requires Showing of Actual Violation, Federal Court Rules

Florida’s private-sector Whistleblower Act (“FWA”) protects only those employees who can show an actual violation of a law, rule, or regulation, a federal district court has held. Graddy v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No....more

So You Want To Supplement The Record At Claims Court

Defining the administrative record is a key aspect of litigating bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. From the time a protest is filed, the parties must carefully navigate which evidence may be considered by...more

First Department Adds Two New Factors to New York’s Standard of Review for Non-Monetary Settlements of Shareholder Class Actions

On February 2, 2017, the Appellate Division, First Department issued a unanimous decision in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., No. 653084/13, 2017 BL 31251 (1st Dep’t Feb. 2, 2017) that may have significant consequences...more

Weighty Issues: Obesity And The But-For Test Under The ADAAA

Obesity is still a hot topic both in our health conscious culture and in our courtrooms where we continue to see ADAAA claims based on the notion that an employer fired an employee because the employee was obese. After the...more

How to Avoid the Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege In Arizona Insurance Bad Faith Cases

In State Farm v. Lee, 199 Ariz. 52, 13 P.3d 1169 (2000) (En Banc), the Arizona Supreme Court first held that an Insurer can impliedly waive the attorney-client privilege (the “Privilege”) in a bad faith case, despite not...more

Merck v. Gnosis: Standard of Review of Factual Findings in IPRs

We post frequently about IPRs here on the blog, because they are an efficient and relatively quick way to get a decision on validity of the patents that cover drugs, biologic or otherwise. In Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.p.A.,...more

Are Federal Courts Increasingly Likely to Grant Rescission of Insurance Contracts?

Recent court decisions across a variety of industries highlight the importance of submitting complete and accurate insurance applications and renewals. When submitting an application for insurance, the applicant should...more

Tips to Avoid the Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Arizona Insurance Bad Faith Cases

Although Arizona law regarding the implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege (the “Privilege”) is far from certain, an Insurer may avoid a waiver by following these tips...more

Eli Lilly v. Teva – Expert Testimony and the Indefiniteness Inquiry

In the patent world, claim scope depends on the meaning given to the individual words in the claim. If the meaning of a word in the claim is not clear, the claim may be attacked as invalid under the indefiniteness standard....more

Court upholds South Carolina company's benefits plan decision

One of the most important components of the employment relationship is the benefits package an employer is able to offer its employees. Employee benefits have to make business sense for the employer because there’s always a...more

State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby addresses sanctions for violating the seal provision of the False Claims Act (FCA). ...more

Not Every Party Will Have Article III Standing In An Appeal From A PTAB Final Written Decision

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) found the asserted claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,337,856 (“the ‘856 patent”) are nonobvious in a final written decision. Phigenix, Inc. v. Immunogen, Inc., IPR 2014-00676 (PTAB Oct....more

The Election’s Tilt on the Supreme Court and The Impending Ruling in McLane v. EEOC

President-elect Trump’s election injects uncertainty into the Supreme Court’s makeup and its future rulings, including for employment-related cases. Because the Senate has not held confirmation hearings on Merrick Garland,...more

Massachusetts Superior Court Adopts Stringent Standard for Unpaid Meal Breaks Under State Wage Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Superior Court recently issued an opinion holding that, under Massachusetts wage law, employers in the Commonwealth must pay employees for meal breaks, unless the employees are completely...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2017 Edition: Is Arguing Over the Appropriate Level of Efforts Worth the Effort?

The recent Delaware case, Williams Cos v. Energy Transfer Equity LP (No. CV 12168-VCG, (Del. Ch. June 24, 2016)), sought to provide some additional guidance on this question, but at bottom the standard adopted by the court is...more

False Claims Act: 2016 Year in Review

We are pleased to present Bradley’s annual review of significant False Claims Act (FCA) cases, developments, and trends. From a relatively short article several years ago, the Review has grown to a significant publication...more

Completing the Loop Without Reinventing the Wheel: First District Holds 1998 EIR Adequate Without Further CEQA Review to Analyze...

In an opinion filed November 29, and belatedly ordered published on December 22, 2016, the First District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s denial of a writ petition challenging on CEQA grounds the San Francisco...more

PTAB Reversed on Issue of Diligent Reduction to Practice

Perfect Surgical Techniques (PST), Inc. owns US 6,030,384 (‘384). Olympus petitioned for Inter Partes review of ‘384 as anticipated or obvious over JP H10-33551 (JP ‘551). JP ‘551 published less than one year before the...more

SCOTUS: Dismissal Not Mandatory for False Claims Act Seal Violation

Rigsby places discretion in the hands of district courts as to whether and how to sanction relators who violate the seal requirement in False Claims Act cases. On December 6, 2016, only a month after oral argument, the...more

Supreme Court Rejects Mandatory Dismissal for an FCA Seal Breach

The Supreme Court held that a relator’s breach of the seal in a qui tam case does not require mandatory dismissal of the complaint, but the Court declined to articulate what factors are appropriate to consider in determining...more

Key Lessons From the Recent Precedential Order by Federal Circuit – Jurisdiction, Mandamus, and Privilege

On November 17, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit published a precedential order denying a petition for a writ of mandamus to overturn a district court’s determination. In In re: Rearden LLC,...more

Supreme Court Concludes that Violation of FCA Seal Provision Does Not Necessarily Mandate Dismissal of Qui Tam Suits

The Supreme Court held yesterday that a violation of the False Claims Act’s seal provision does not mandate dismissal of a relator’s complaint. Justice Kennedy authored the Court’s opinion in the unanimous 8-0 decision. ...more

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