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Summary Judgment Horror Story For Stephen King’s Literary Agent

While many breach of contract cases are resolved by motions to dismiss or summary judgment, a recent decision from the Appellate Division, First Department, Kramer v. Greene, (1st Dep’t Aug. 11, 2016), has shown that when it...more

“Human Intervention” in Calling System Dooms Plaintiff’s TCPA Claim

Another Florida district court, another favorable ruling for companies facing TCPA lawsuits. In Pozo v. Stellar Recovery Collection Agency, Inc., U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli granted summary judgment for...more

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Reverses Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Mortgage Servicer Based on Res Judicata Defense

In Sims v. JPMC Specialty Mortgage, LLC, No. 2150437, a borrower had been involved in two previous lawsuits arising out of a mortgage servicer’s foreclosure upon the borrower’s property. The servicer obtained summary judgment...more

The New Jersey Appellate Division Confirms that TCCWNA Applies Only to “Consumers”

In the wake of a flood of consumer class-action lawsuits under the New Jersey Truth-In-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”), the New Jersey Appellate Division recently put the brakes on plaintiffs’ lawyers in...more

Postdiluvian Perils: Second Circuit Weighs Coverage For Losses Suffered After The Waters Recede

As this blog has reported, exclusions and limits for flood coverage have generally held up against the tide of claims arising from Superstorm Sandy. Now that the water is gone, however, new losses have been discovered, and...more

Half a Loaf: Court Rejects ADA "Safe Harbor" But Approves Pre-Regulations Wellness Program as "Voluntary"

The EEOC’s attack on employee wellness programs as unlawful under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that began in 2014 with three lawsuits, and continued with...more

Indiana Tax Court declines to bring hammer down on Taxpayer who failed to timely respond to Request for Admissions in Income Tax...

On September 23, 2016, an Indiana taxpayer escaped dismissal of its income tax appeal when the Tax Court allowed it to withdraw harmful deemed admissions. Thor Industries challenged the 2008 to 2010 adjusted gross income tax...more

Mission Near Impossible - Reliance on Professionals Defense to Late Filing and Payment Penalties

An estate sought relief for $1.189 million in penalties for the late filing of a Form 706 and the late payment of estate taxes when the filing and payment were over a year late. The U.S. District Court granted the...more

E.D. Wisconsin: SOX Does Not Protect Whistleblower Complaints Based On Immaterial, Routine Events

On August 25, 2016, the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted the Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment on its former CEO’s SOX whistleblower claim. The court ruled that Plaintiff’s complaint to the Board of Directors did...more

International Comity and Deference: A Foreign Government with Final Say When Interpreting its Own Laws

On Tuesday, the Second Circuit in In Re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation vacated a $147 million award against two Chinese companies for engaging in anti-competitive behavior. At issue was how a federal court should respond...more

New Jersey Court Rules Talcum Powder Claims Not Supported by Science

Talcum powder has been widely used as a cosmetic and bath product by Americans for well over a century. In recent years, claims have been asserted that talcum powder causes certain forms of ovarian cancer. This has resulted...more

Just What The Doctor Ordered: Court Denies The EEOC’s Motion For Summary Judgment In ADA Suit Regarding Employer’s Wellness...

Seyfarth Synopsis: After the EEOC brought an action under the Americans With Disabilities Act against an employer who implemented a wellness program requiring employees to take a health assessment to participate, the Court...more

RLUIPA Case of the Year? Minnesota Municipality Uses RLUIPA’s Safe Harbor Provision to Avoid Liability

In an important decision for municipalities across the country, a federal court in Minnesota has recently ruled that actions taken under RLUIPA’s “safe harbor” provision absolved a local government of possible RLUIPA...more

Trendy Shoemaker Cannot Slay the Fashion King

Plaintiff LVL XIII Brands Inc. (“LVL XIII”) must not have heard of the old saying: “Never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him.” The New York start-up sneaker company decided to take on fashion king Louis...more

Texas Supreme Court Agrees to Review Three Oil and Gas Cases in 2016

On September 2, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to review three oil and gas cases involving issues pertinent to the industry and land and mineral owners. 1. BP America Production Company v. Red Deer Resources,...more

Settling more than you bargained for: release clause in director's compromise agreement defeats subsequent IP claims against...

A release in a director’s settlement agreement was sufficiently wide to cover liability for later claims of trade mark infringement and passing off against the director and two co defendants. Oran Pre-Cast Ltd v Oranmore...more

Trade Dress Claim Based on Shoe’s Rectangular Metal Toe Plate Booted by SDNY

The Southern District of New York recently booted shoe manufacturer LVL XIII Brands, Inc.’s trade dress infringement suit against Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. in LVL XIII Brands, Inc. v. Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A.. At issue...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38487 - State v. Elias V. - AC37672 - Doe v. West Hartford - The issue in this case was whether process was delivered to the marshall the day before the expiration of...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Two Recent Decisions Further Definining Liability Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued two decisions by which it intends to clarify liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (“CFAA”). The CFAA imposes criminal penalties and...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 16, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Vacation of Subdivision Plats: boards of county commissioners have limited authority under Fla. Stat. sec. 177.101(3) to grant or deny platted property owner’s request for vacation of plat; if...more

Zak v. Facebook, Inc. (E.D. Mich. 2016) - Software Patent Found to Be Directed to Abstract Idea, But Survives § 101 Challenge with...

Bruce Zak, an individual, sued Facebook, Inc. for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on two of his software patents -- United States Patent Nos. 8,713,134 and 9,141,720. ...more

No Explicit Efforts to Maintain Secrecy? No Problem, Suggests the Ninth Circuit

In Direct Technologies, LLC v. Electronic Arts, Inc., the Ninth Circuit set forth an interesting take on what is sufficient to demonstrate reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act...more

California District Court Delivers Payday Lending Usury Victory to the CFPB with Important Consequences for On-Line Lenders

On August 31, Judge Walter of the Central District of California entered summary judgment in favor of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) on its claims against CashCall, Inc. arising out of allegedly unfair and...more

Superior Court of Delaware Grants Motion for Summary Judgment Regarding Duty to Defend Under Wisconsin Law

The Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Superior Court of Delaware recently held that Travelers Indemnity Company (“Travelers”) breached its duty to defend and indemnify plaintiff CNH Industrial America LLC (“CNH”)...more

11th Circuit Upholds Award of Summary Judgment in Mirena Lawsuit

In March 2014, Jenna Thurmond sued Bayer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, alleging that her use of the Mirena contraception system caused her to develop pseudotumor cerebri. Her symptoms...more

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