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Patent Owner Statements During an IPR Disclaimed Claim Scope

In Aylus Networks, Inc., v. Apple, [2016-1599] (May 11, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed summary judgment of non-infringement of U.S. Patent No. RE 44,412 on systems and methods for implementing digital home networks...more

For Purposes of a General Release Agreement, an “Affiliate” is not Defined by a Mere Contractual Relationship

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Muhammad Iqbal v. Imran Ziadeh - COURT OF APPEAL, THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT (March 24, 2017) - The issue in this case is whether plaintiff’s release in a previous case immunized defendant Imran Ziadeh (“Ziadeh”) against...more

Googling Google

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“I googled it …” has become ubiquitous in every day conversation. Many of us refer to “googling” as the act of searching the internet regardless of whether we use the Google search engine to do so. But has our everyday use...more

Summary Judgment for Concentric Medical on Design Defect and Warnings Claims Related to Fracture of Merci Retriever Device

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When last we wrote, we were about to embark on a journey to Budapest and Vienna to visit the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber. We mentioned that we were thrilled to hold tickets to see the Lipizzaner stallions perform at the...more

No Laughing Matter – O’Brien Forced To Stand Trial In Stolen Jokes Lawsuit

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TBS comedian and late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien was given good reason to frown Monday when a federal judge denied summary judgment as to three of the five jokes comedy writer Alex Kaseberg claims O’Brien and his...more

District Court Precludes Defendant from Asserting Invalidity Grounds That It Raised or Could Have Reasonably Raised in IPR...

On May 11, 2017, Magistrate Judge Roy Payne in the Eastern District of Texas recommended that patentee Biscotti’s inter partes review (IPR) estoppel motion be granted–in-part and denied-in-part....more

10th Circuit Finds Employee Who Only Worked in Colorado Falls Under State MCA Exemption

In a recent ruling, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s order granting summary judgment in which the district court held that an employee may be exempt from overtime under Colorado’s motor carrier...more

Labor Board Allows Evidence To Explain Employee Handbook Ban On Video Recording

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The National Labor Relations Board has denied a motion for summary judgment by the NLRB’s General Counsel in a case involving Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc.’s maintenance of an employee handbook rule prohibiting the...more

Employment Law - May 2017

What Is a “Workplace”? California Appellate Court Considers - Why it matters - A California appellate panel considered the issue of the location of a “workplace” for purposes of employer liability when an employee got...more

Contractor May Receive Indemnity Despite Alleged Active Negligence or Willful Misconduct

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Oltmans Construction Co. v. Bayside Interiors, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, 10 Cal.App.5th 355 (March 30, 2017) - Civil Code § 2782.05 renders an indemnity provision in a contract void and...more

NLRB GC's Attempt At Summary Judgment In Handbook Case Rejected By NLRB Majority

The change in a presidential administration always brings changes to government agencies, including the NLRB, as new appointments are made reflecting the policy preferences of the administration. The NLRB is not immune to...more

Federal Court Upholds City's Sexually Oriented Business Ordinance

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A local adult entertainment club known as “Gentlemen’s Playground” filed a lawsuit in July, 2014 challenging the constitutionality of the City of Rocky Mount’s Sexually Oriented Business Ordinance (“SOBO”). Not only did the...more

Urban Outfitters Hit with Willful Copyright Infringement

On April 4, 2017, the Ninth Circuit ruled that Urban Outfitters and Century 21 (collectively “Urban”) were liable for willful infringement of a copyrighted fabric design owned by Unicolors Inc. Unicolors is a Los Angeles...more

Crabby Outcome for Seafood Restaurant in Trademark Lawsuit Against Steakhouse

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Phelan Holding, Inc. did not have its day in the sun when the Eleventh Circuit granted RARE Hospital Management, Inc.’s motion for summary judgment. Phelan and RARE are owners of casual dining restaurants, and the court found...more

FCA Claim of “Phantom Students” Won’t Continue to Haunt College, Says Ninth Circuit

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The for-profit education company Kaplan, Inc. recently scored a win when the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed Kaplan’s summary judgment victory in a decade-long False Claims Act suit. This case shows that while...more

District Court in Cal Dive Rules Against Vessel Owner's Challenge to Maritime Lien

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The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has denied a motion for summary judgment filed by a vessel owner that sought to dismiss the maritime lien claim of a provider of deck personnel. The court's...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Adopts "Substantial Competent Evidence" Requirement for Borrowers Asserting "True Value" Defense in...

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On Friday, May 5, 2017, in a major victory for lenders, the North Carolina Supreme Court reversed the North Carolina Court of Appeals’s decision in United Community Bank v. Wolfe. In July 2015, the Court of Appeals decided in...more

Summary Judgment Denied on Reverse Doctrine of Equivalents Defense

On April 28, 2017, the District Court for the District of Delaware denied AVM Technologies’ motion for summary judgment because Intel’s non infringement defense based on the reverse doctrine of equivalents requires the Court...more

Ninth Circuit Revives Gerber Baby Food Class Action

Bruton v. Gerber, No. 15-15174. The district court had dismissed Plaintiff’s unjust enrichment claim, denied class certification for lack of an “ascertainable class,” and granted summary judgment to Gerber because Plaintiff...more

Jury Rejects SEC Market Crisis Fraud Claims Against Bank, CEO

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Last week the SEC prevailed on a partial motion for summary judgment, obtaining a ruling that certain individuals involved in an offering fraud acted as unregistered broker dealers. This week, the Commission lost a long...more

5th Circuit: ISP Not Liable for Infringement Due to Lack of Volitional Conduct, Despite Ineligibility for DMCA Safe Harbor

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered in BWP Media USA, Inc. v. T&S Software Associates, Inc. whether volitional conduct is required to establish a claim for direct copyright infringement against an Internet...more

Fair Use is Not Always Fair

Photographer TC Reiner sued Watkins Institute and its student Ryon Nishimori for copyright infringement when Nishimori incorporated one of Reiner’s copyrighted photographs into a mock advertisement for a classroom assignment...more

SEC Prevails on Partial Summary Judgment

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The Commission prevailed on a motion for partial summary judgment in an offering fraud action. The agency won a ruling concluding that certain defendants acted as unregistered brokers in violation of Exchange Act Section...more

Florida Alert: Can a Liability Carrier be Sued for Bad Faith when Its Insured Was Not Exposed to Liability In Excess of the Policy...

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The Third District Court of Appeals finding recently held that in certain circumstances, a third party can maintain a bad faith claim against an insurer even if the insured is not exposed to liability in excess of the policy...more

Court Holds That Family Member Did Not Owe Fiduciary Duties To Other Family Member

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In Walker v. Walker, a son sued his father and brother regarding the ownership of a beach house. No. 14-16-00357-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 2742 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] March 30, 2017, no pet. history). ...more

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