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Poor Policy Publication Revives Sexual Harassment Suit in the Fifth Circuit

Maintaining a company anti-harassment policy on a bulletin board and website is not enough to avoid liability for sexual discrimination according to a recent decision. On July 20, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Workmanship and Earth Movement Exclusions Preclude Coverage for Collapse As a Matter of Law

A U.S. federal district court recently granted Peerless Insurance’s summary judgment motion, concluding that, as a matter of law, under Virginia law, a property policy insuring a building under renovation would not provide...more

Resolution Of Laches Defense Is Left For Trial

Stark, C. J. Defendants’ objections to the magistrate’s report and recommendation are overruled. The magistrate earlier recommended finding that defendants’ motion for summary judgment of laches be denied....more

Standing in Foreclosure Cases: Still a Recurring Issue

On July 13, 2016, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that summary judgment was improperly entered because an affidavit filed by a substitute plaintiff conflicted with the mortgage foreclosure complaint as to what...more

Unwanted Baggage: Asset Acquisition and Successor Liability

suitcase-1463298472AoUIf you buy the assets of a company, have you also acquired the liabilities for infringement associated with those assets? That is the issue addressed in a recent decision by the federal district court...more

Legal Alert: Voice Over Internet Protocol and the TCPA:  The Hidden Pothole on the Information Super Highway

Since the enactment of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in 1991, technological advances in the way people communicate have often outpaced the ability of the courts and the Federal Communications Commission to...more

Court Grounds the Use of Unbargained-for Warranty Disclaimers

The Pennsylvania Superior Court’s decision in Allen-Myland, Inc. will likely increase liability exposure for manufacturers. In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently rejected the...more

HR to the Rescue: Prompt Investigation Beats EEOC’s Sex Harassment Claim

Don’t listen to all the doubters – HR truly can save the day. A recent federal court decision from the Western District of Tennessee illustrates the point again: prompt and appropriate investigation of a sexual...more

Ninth Circuit Case of First Impression Holds That FDCPA Notice Requirement Applies to Subsequent Collectors of Same Debt

Action Item: The Ninth Circuit reversed the Arizona District Court’s summary judgment in favor of a defendant debt collector in an action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In a case of first impression, the Ninth...more

Ruling Highlights Importance of Attacking Punitive Damages When Seeking Summary Judgment

Earlier this month, a federal judge denied two multidistrict litigation (MDL) defendants’ bid to dismiss punitive damages in a pelvic mesh suit because they did “not present any arguments” specific to punitive damages,...more

Looking Forward: Expedited Arbitration

The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s (SCC) revised draft Rules for Expedited Arbitration (the “Expedited Rules”) and the SCC’s draft Arbitration Rules (“the Arbitration Rules”) (together “the Rules”), due to come into force in...more

Court Affirms Judgment Against Executor That Deeded Estate Property To Himself

In In the Estate of Montemayor, the trial court entered summary judgment for an estate beneficiary on a claim to quiet title as against the independent executor, who had deeded estate property to himself. No. 04-15-00397-CV,...more

CFPB Week in Review

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) had another busy week. Here is an overview of what the CFPB was up to recently: Enforcement Actions and Litigation - Enforcement Action Against Santander Bank...more

JSH Attorneys Conquer Employment Discrimination Case Against A Local County

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli attorneys Michele Molinario, Justin Ackerman, and Amelia Esber prevailed by summary judgment in an employment discrimination case against a local County, and various County employees. The case...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - July 2016 #2

WBIP, LLC v. Kohler Co. (No. 2015-1038, -1044, 7/19/16) (Moore, O'Malley, Chen) - Moore, J. Affirming denial of JMOL that patent was invalid as obvious and lacked an adequate written description, affirming finding of...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 15, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Unclean Hands: defense of unclean hands insufficient where borrower alleges bank’s loan officer inflated borrower’s income and assets to qualify for loan where borrower signed off on...more

California Federal Court Reminds Employers That They Must Carefully Navigate Disability Accommodation Process

The obligation to accommodate a disabled employee is an ongoing one; a doctor’s note may not be a prerequisite to engage in the interactive process – those are two important lessons that employers should take away from a...more

Court Reverses Judgment Dismissing Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim Because No-Evidence Summary Judgment Motion Was Not Sufficiently...

In Tex v. Iom, a former employer sued a former employee based on a covenant not to compete and breach of fiduciary duty and sued the new employer for tortious interference. No. 12-14-00254-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 7317 (Tex....more

ADA Allows Employer to Reduce Employee to Part-Time Status After Return From Medical Leave

Here is a common human resource scenario: An employee goes out of work on medical leave. While she is away from work, the managers or co-workers who cover her duties discover that the work can be readily accomplished without...more

Recent Decision in Halo Requires Reconsideration of Summary Judgment Motion on Willfulness

In a multi-district litigation, the district court had previously granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants on the issue of willful infringement. After the Supreme Court's decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse...more

ANDA Update - Volume 2, Number 2

180-Day Notice Period for Biosimilar Approval Is Always Mandatory and Enforceable by Injunction - Amgen Inc., v. Apotex Inc., (Fed. Cir. July 5, 2016) - A year after analyzing the patent dance and notice...more

Supreme Court of Missouri Holds Patient’s Family Could Not Sue Physician for Wrongful Death, but Patient’s Personal Representative...

The Supreme Court of Missouri, en banc, vacated a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a physician and remanded the case, because the allegations in the petition stated a cause of action for medical negligence...more

The Ninth Circuit Holds That Accessing a Website After Receiving a Cease & Desist Letter Is a Violation of the Computer Fraud and...

Last week, the Ninth Circuit limited the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in affirming a grant of summary judgment against the defendant in Facebook, Inc. v. Power Ventures, Inc., et. al. and affirmed the rule...more

Colorado Court Applies Notice-Prejudice Rule to Pollution Buy-Back Endorsement

In its recent decision in MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 2016 Colo. App. LEXIS 956 (Colo. App. July 14, 2016), the Court of Appeals of Colorado had occasion to consider whether Colorado’s...more

Not All Processes That Employ Only Independently Known Steps are Unpatentable

In Rapid Litigation Management Ltd. v. Cellzdirect, Inc., [2015-1570] (July 5, 2016), the Federal Circuit vacated summary judgment that U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 on hepatocytes capable of surviving multiple freeze-thaw cycles...more

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