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U.S. Supreme Court Eliminates Laches Defense for Damages in Patent Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, held in a 7-1 decision that the defense of laches is not available under the Patent Act to bar claims for damages. SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Employer in Title VII and Title IX Retaliation Case

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Burton v. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, affirmed the district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of the employer...more

Usenet Server Owners, Operators Are Not Directly or Secondarily Liable for Copyright Infringement

Addressing copyright infringement issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in defendants’ favor on direct, vicarious and contributory infringement claims. Perfect...more

Lanham Act Cannot Be Used to Create “Species of Mutant Copyright Law”

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court decision granting summary judgment to a defendant that its use of digital files did not infringe plaintiff’s trademark or trade dress for its CD-Gs...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Insured’s Summary Judgment Win Concluding that Insurer’s Negligence is Insufficient to Breach Implied Duty...

McDaniel v. Govt. Empls. Ins. Co., No. 14-17203, 2017 WL 892516 (9th Cir. Mar. 7, 2017) - On cross-motions for summary judgment, the District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled in favor of Amy McDaniel,...more

Less Utility Than Alternatives Does Not Make Product’s Trade Dress Protectable

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court grant of summary judgment in favor of a defendant finding that a bag’s design and shape was functional because the claimed design features affect the...more

California Court of Appeal Affirms Validity of Hospital Meal Period Waivers

The ability of hospitals to use meal period waivers was called into question by a 2015 Court of Appeal decision in Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (Gerard I), which held that the provision in Wage Order 5...more

Lack of Comma Means That Breaking Up Overtime Pay is Hard to Do: Litigation Trends

Breaking up is hard to do - Not since Neil Sadaka’s classic song has a “comma” meant so much. A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers has come down to punctuation and the lack of an Oxford comma has...more

Employee Suspected of Drug Diversion Could Not Establish “Regarded as Disabled” Claim

An appellate court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a hospital that terminated the employment of a nurse for diverting medications, rejecting her claim that she had been perceived to be a drug addict by her...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Based on Lack of Comparator Evidence

On March 7, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes North and South Carolina, upheld a trial court’s order granting summary judgment to the District of Columbia in a race discrimination lawsuit brought by a...more

It Was Over Before the Fat Lady Sang; Collateral Estoppel Applies to Partial Summary Judgment under §101

In Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Capital One Financial Corp., [2016-1077] (March 7, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed judgment that all claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,984,081 and 6,546,002 are ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Fifth Circuit Warps Time In Decision On The Continuing Violation Doctrine

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held for the first time that the continuing violation doctrine applies even when a plaintiff was subject to harassment that was severe enough to put the...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

Take It or Leave It

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently found that a “take or leave it offer” extended by a lender to a borrower experiencing financial difficulty was not duress. SK Food Corp., et al. v. FirstBank, No....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending February 17 & 24, 2017

Foreclosure: foreclosing bank’s allegation that borrowers were in a continuing state of default sufficient to satisfy five-year statute of limitations even though stated initial default date was more than five years prior to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

It’s been far from a smooth ride for Uber over the past few weeks. And Friday’s revelation that the ride-sharing company’s been using a tool called “Greyball” to mine and use app data to “deceive the authorities in markets...more

Hugs May Get You Sued

Perhaps it’s not surprising that a circuit that for years has held that staring can constitute sexual harassment would find that excessive hugging may be illegal, too. The Ninth Circuit (which covers California and other...more

Time and Time Again

On Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Justice Department’s additional unopposed request for a 60-day extension to figure out its position on the new FLSA overtime exemption rules....more

Hug It Out at Work? Maybe Not in the Ninth Circuit

When does workplace hugging go too far? The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently weighed in with an opinion. Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, based her Title VII hostile work environment suit almost...more

Kentucky Appellate Court Holds That a Contractor May Pursue Claim of Negligent Misrepresentation Against Architect Despite Lack of...

D.W. Wilburn, Inc. v. K. Norman Berry Assocs., No. 2015-CA-001254-MR, 2016 Ky. App. Lexis 206 (Ky. Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2016) - This case arose out of a construction project in which the Oldham County Board of Education...more

Minor Golf Cart Collision on Indiana Courses Considered “Ordinary Behavior” and an Inherent Risk in the Game of Golf

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently found that a man’s negligence claim against a fellow golfer who struck the back of his golf cart cannot succeed because driving a golf cart is normal behavior, with its attendant risks,...more

Third Circuit Permits ADEA “Subgroup” Claims

The Third Circuit recently held in Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, No. 15-3435, 2017 WL 83385 (3d Cir. Jan. 10, 2017), that workers in their 50s may be recognized as a “subgroup” of employees protected by the Age...more

Public Policy of Deciding Cases on the Merits Weighs in Favor of Granting Continuance Requests Based on Good Cause

In Hamilton v. Orange Cnty. Sheriff’s Dep’t, 2017 No. G051773, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, reversed the trial court’s denial of the parties’ stipulation to continue a hearing on a motion for summary...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 10, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where foreclosing bank, who purchased debt from original mortgagee, failed to establish standing to enforce lost note “through evidence of a valid assignment, proof of purchase of the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Occupational Disease Pension Does Not Trigger Health Insurance Benefits

In 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court held that anyone who qualified for a line-of-duty pension under section 4-110 of the Illinois Pension Code qualified as having a “catastrophic injury” within the meaning of Section 10(a) of...more

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