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No Evidence Of Age Bias When Job Was Eliminated As Part Of Reduction In Force

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

The Fifth Circuit, in Lay v. Singing River Health System, No. 16-60431, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10758 (5th Cir. June 19, 2017), recently upheld the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant employer in...more

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

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

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

Employee’s Retaliation and Hostile Work Environment Claims Based on a Rumor Spread in the Workplace Survives Motion for Summary...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Baez v. Anne Fontaine USA, Inc., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment to dismiss a terminated employee’s retaliation claims under Title...more

Invention Must Inevitably Result to be Anticipated by Inherency

In U.S. Water Services, Inc., v. Novozymes A/S, [2015-1950, 2015-1967] (December 15, 2016), the Federal Circuit vacated summary judgment of anticipation and affirmed the denial of summary judgment of no inequitable conduct....more

Chris Lazarini Examines Genuine Issue of Material Fact Standard

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini continues to examine an ongoing case questioning the validity of an arbitration agreement. Read Chris' earlier analysis here. In this most recent installment challenging the...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Whether Defamatory Statements Constitute Libel Per Se

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case where defendant carried out a personal vendetta against the plaintiff following plaintiff's report against defendant for violations of securities laws. Following...more

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

Ninth Circuit Finds ADA Claims Brought by Employee With Cerebral Palsy Can Go Forward

Facially neutral decisions that are part of routine workforce reductions may not hold up in court if the only employee to be discharged in a group belongs to a protected class. In Schwartz v. Clark County, No. 14-16365 (May...more

Lessons in dealing with an “equal opportunity” harasser

by McAfee & Taft on

A new opinion released by the Tenth Circuit provides practical tips to employers dealing with multiple employee complaints alleging generalized harassment and/or discrimination throughout the workplace....more

Genuine Dispute Defeats Both Bad Faith and Elder Abuse

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Paslays sued State Farm for failing to pay a portion of the damage caused to their Pacific Palisades house by a heavy rainstorm and for forcing them to move back into the house while it was still under construction. The...more

A Look at an Insured's Post-Loss Duty to Cooperate: Exactly How Much Cooperation is Necessary?

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed that an insurer is entitled to summary judgment when its insured fails to abide with the policy’s cooperation clause, a condition precedent to filing suit.  See Wu v. Safeco...more

Summary Judgment for Defendants in FCA Action: No Admissible Evidence of False Claims

by Reed Smith on

How much is “enough?” Will we have enough money to retire someday? Did the Drug and Device Law College Sophomore study enough for her computer science midterm? Is there enough salt in the matzo ball soup? In the realm of...more

Back to (Federal) Reality- Tennessee Supreme Court Ruling Modifies Summary Judgment Standard

by Butler Snow LLP on

Since 2008, state courts in Tennessee have decided motions for summary judgment according to the ruling laid out by the Tennessee Supreme Court in Hannan v. Alltel Publishing Co. Unlike the summary judgment standard in...more

Trial Court’s Grant of Summary Judgment On Ground Not Asserted By Moving Party Upheld

In Marlton Recovery Partners, LLC v. County of Los Angeles, et al. (filed 11/20/15), the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendants County of Los Angeles, the...more

Tennessee Supreme Court Modifies Summary Judgment Standard

by Dickinson Wright on

Recently the Tennessee Supreme Court modified the summary judgment standard in state courts in the state of Tennessee. The Tennessee Supreme Court returned the state’s summary judgment standard to be consistent with the...more

Summary Judgment Upheld in Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Case

On February 9, 2009, a North Carolina resident was implanted with the Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral sling. This patient filed suit against the maker of her vaginal mesh, Boston Scientific (“Boston”), asserting claims of...more

Finally, We’re Back to “Put Up, or Shut Up”

by Burr & Forman on

My clients who have defended against meritless claims over the last few years know why this is important. The Tennessee Supreme Court has finally restored the traditional summary judgment standard making it easier for these...more

Court Allows EEOC’s Discrimination Suit Over Religious Garb To Proceed To Jury

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In an order recently issued in EEOC v Jetstream Ground Services, Inc., Case No. 13-CV-02340 (D. Colo. Sept. 29, 2015), Judge Christine Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado ruled that the EEOC had...more

Enablement: Multiple Measurement Methods Can Lead to the Same Result - Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien, Inc.

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the issues of indefiniteness and non-infringement for both utility and design patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and vacated in part the district court’s grant of summary judgment...more

Southern District of New York Opinion Provides Guidance on Satisfying Scienter Requirement Under False Claims Act

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Not every mistake or negligent act gives rise to liability under the False Claims Act. That principle has long been central to the FCA. But the dividing line– between making a mistake, on the one hand, and “knowingly” or...more

Plaintiff’s Expert Physician Deemed Not Competent to Testify as to the Standard of Care Applicable to Hospitals

In Lattimore v. Dickey (2015 S.O.S. 4448 – filed August 21, 2015), the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth District held that plaintiff’s expert physician’s declaration was insufficient to create a triable issue of...more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Possibility of Bad Faith Exists Despite Payment of Claim Where Insured Alleges Untimely Claims...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Scheirer v. Nationwide Ins. Co. of Am., No. 3:13-CV-1397, 2015 WL 1013986 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 9, 2015). Middle District of Pennsylvania denies cross-motions for summary judgment on bad faith claim, holding that material...more

Summary Judgment Is Denied As To Non-Infringement And Invalidity

by Morris James LLP on

The patent-in-suit relates to system for capturing image data along with positional information and processing to allow a user to navigate through the image data. The court finds that these motions present largely a battle...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice - August 2014

Before you file or respond to a motion for summary judgment, consider the following guidance from three recent Rhode Island Supreme Court decisions. 1. TO SURVIVE SUMMARY JUDGMENT, A NON-MOVING PARTY MUST COME FORWARD...more

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