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Largely Thankful For The Second Circuit Striking A Blow Against Generalized Proof of Causation

This being the week of Thanksgiving, we would be remiss to fail to weave in something about the great American (or ‘merican) holiday of giving thanks, eating turkey, watching football, and pondering the influence of the...more

Algorithm Optional? A Guide to Computers as Structure in Means-Plus-Function Claiming

Summary Judgment Order, Fortinet, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc., et al., Case No. 13-cv-05831-EMC (Judge Edward Chen) - Means-plus-function claim elements are less common than in the past, due to stricter rules about their scope...more

Federal Circuit Review | November 2015

Federal Circuit Declines to Reverse Invalidity, Noninfringement Holdings - In Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., Appeal No. 2014-1407, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary...more

Fourth Circuit Tosses Sexual Harassment Claim Based on Failure of Employee to Report Supervisor's Conduct

When a supervisor engages in sexual harassment in violation of Title VII, the employer can be held vicariously liable for the action even if it takes immediate steps to end the harassment once it learns of the conduct....more

Third Circuit Holds That Jury Must Decide If Temporary Workers Are Employees Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

Last week, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment to retailer Tuesday Morning, Inc. in the case of Faush v. Tuesday Morning, Inc. In that case, Matthew Faush, a...more

Federal Court Grants Defendant’s Motion For Partial Summary Judgment

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (J. James D. Whittemore) recently granted LTD Financial Services, L.P.’s motion for partial summary judgment in a TCPA case involving pre-recorded calls...more

Southern District of Illinois Court Denies “Bare Metal Defense,” Applying Maritime Law

On September 23, 2015, in Kochera v. Foster Wheeler, LLC, No. 3:14-cv-00029 (S.D.Ill. 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, applying maritime law, denied Ingersoll-Rand Company’s...more

Will the Tennessee General Assembly Continue to tell the Judiciary to Put Up or Shut Up?

On October 26, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court returned the state’s summary judgment standard to normalcy and also gave the Tennessee General Assembly a little more room to invade the judiciary. In Rye v. Women’s Care...more

District Court Rejects FCA Claim Against Healthcare Provider That Submitted False Claims But Did So Without Necessary Mental State

Healthcare provider Fresenius Medical Care North America claimed victory in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit recently when a federal district court ruled that there was no evidence that its practice of billing for...more

Federal Circuit Interprets Two Important Infringement Provisions

In a single decision issued for companion cases Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Federal Circuit interpreted two important...more

Florida Court Clarifies When Coverage Is Available Under Commercial Property Policy For Matching To Achieve Aesthetic Uniformity

In Great American Insurance Co. of New York v. The Towers of Quayside No. 4 Condominium Assn., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150358 (S.D. Fla. November 5, 2015), the court analyzed a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Great...more

Fifth Circuit Refuses To Predict Texas Will Adopt a Sophisticated Insured Exception to Contra Proferentem

Texas has yet to address whether it recognizes a sophisticated insured exception to the doctrine of contra proferentem, and the state’s federal Court of Appeals declined an opportunity to make a prediction about that question...more

Summary Judgment Decisions Issue In Dispute Involving 10 Patents

Robinson, J. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment of non-infringement of 2 patents is denied and granted in part as to five patents. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment of invalidity of two patents is denied and...more

Federal Courts Concludes Employee Has No Sexual Harassment Claim Regardless of Flashing Incident

Joselyn Davenport, a female employee of Kelly Services, Inc. (“Kelly Services”), was assigned to work as a production associate at a manufacturing plant owned and operated by Nissan North America (“Nissan”), located in Canton...more

Court Affirmed Finding Of No Fiduciary Duty Because No Joint Venture Existed

In Stutz Rd. Ltd. P’ship v. Weekley Homes, L.P., plaintiffs sued a defendant for breach of fiduciary duty based on duties owed pursuant to an alleged joint venture. No. 05-12-01752-CV, 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 11440 (Tex....more

Tennessee Supreme Court Modifies Summary Judgment Standard

On October 26, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court returned to a summary judgment standard consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in a Memphis health care liability case. In Rye v. Women's Care Center of Memphis,...more

Apple Bags a Big Win: District Court Grants Summary Judgment Against Class in Employee Bag Check Litigation

In a welcome decision for retailers, a federal district court in California, after granting the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, granted Apple’s motion for summary judgment against the class, holding the time that...more

Connecticut Federal Court Grants Reinsurer’s Motion For Summary Judgment, Entitling It To Commission Adjustment Payments

In a diversity action arising out of a series of reinsurance agreements, a reinsurer, Odyssey Reinsurance Company, alleged that it was owed sliding scale commission adjustment payments from Cal-Regent Insurance Services...more

Much Ado About Nothing: The Defense of Judge Posner’s Internet Research

All the briefs are filed, and the next step in the saga of Rowe v. Gibson, No. 14-3316 (Aug. 19, 2015), is for the nine judges in regular active service on the Seventh Circuit to cast their votes in favor of or against...more

Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, No. 9745-CB (Del. Ch. Oct. 28, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In a decision reinforcing the importance of observing corporate formalities, Chancellor Bouchard found that a controlling stockholder cannot ratify a board’s self-dealing with something as informal as an affidavit, a...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Clarifies Plaintiff’s Burden in Proving Negligence Case for Personal Injuries From Exposure to...

The standard for establishing a prima facie case of negligence in a lead paint lawsuit is well established. The plaintiff has the burden of proving “1) that the defendant was under a duty to protect the plaintiff from...more

Insurance Coverage – Homeowner’s Insurance – “Imminent Loss”

Arthur Grebow, et al. v. Mercury Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second District (October 21, 2015) - Homeowners’ policies are not intended to require that all maintenance costs incurred to prevent collapse...more

Massachusetts Court: Loss of Drink Product Caused By Faulty Workmanship And Design of Bottle Caps Not a Covered Ensuing Loss

Monday saw a unanimous panel of Massachusetts’ intermediate level appellate court reject a policyholder’s ensuing loss arguments. In H.P. Hood LLC v. Allianz Global Risks U.S. Ins. Co., 2015 Mass. App. LEXIS 175, 2015 WL...more

Third Circuit Gives TCPA Autodialer Plaintiffs Staying Power

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to apply the Federal Communications Commission’s declaratory ruling that expanded the notion of what constitutes an...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Federal Reserve, OCC, FCA, FHFA and FDIC Adopt Joint Final Rule on Swap Margin Requirements - On October 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC"), the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board"), the Farm...more

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