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Uber Picks Up A Lawsuit

In a recently filed class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) sent autodialed text messages to individuals after those individuals opted out of the messages by texting back “stop,” which,...more

Treble-Damage Awards as Penalties

Plaintiffs who prove violations of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 are automatically entitled to treble damages under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-16. The automatic trebling of damages for 75-1.1 claims often leads to substantial verdicts...more

Introducing a New Product? Should a Freedom to Operate Study Be Undertaken?

When developing a new product, companies will frequently engage counsel to perform a “freedom to operate” study in an effort to identify patents that might raise a risk of patent infringement following the introduction of the...more

Governor Christie Conditionally Vetoes New Jersey’s Equal Pay Legislation

On May 2, 2016, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed Bill S992, New Jersey’s equal pay bill. As discussed in our previous blog post, the bill passed in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature on March 14, 2016....more

Price Tag for Patent Invalidity Ruling in Inequitable Conduct Case is $26 Million - TransWeb, LLC v. 3M Innovative Properties Co.

Affirming a ruling of invalidity and an antitrust damages award of trebled attorneys’ fees in a patent abuse case, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit highlighted the severe penalties that may befall patent owners...more

Federal False Claims Act (FCA) Actual Damages for Non-Compliant Goods or Services That Cannot Be Remedied

The Federal False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3279 ("FCA"), penalizes contractors for, among other false claims, presenting a claim for payment to the Federal Government for goods or services that were not performed. A...more

Federal Circuit Review | March 2016

Under O2 Micro, a District Court Must Provide a Claim Construction if the Parties Dispute the Meaning of a Claim Term - In Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. Silver Springs Networks, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1237, the Federal...more

Supreme Court to Hear False Claims Act "Implied Certification" Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument on April 19, 2016, in United Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, a case likely to resolve the current split among federal appellate courts on the...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Upcoming Ruling on False Claims Act Case May Have Major Impact on Government Contractors

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next month in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case that could significantly broaden the scope of the statute and resolve a split among the U.S. Circuit Courts. If the Supreme...more

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall: Pay Equity Disputes Ready To Explode

In deference to Bob Dylan, while you may not need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, employers quite often rely on employment lawyers to help them recognize an approaching legal storm and how best to prepare for...more

Transweb, LLC v. 3M Innovative Properties Co. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Antitrust Violation Found in Patent Infringement Litigation, and (Trebled) Attorney Fees for Defending Infringement Awarded as Damages - On February 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in a case captioned...more

TCPA Connect - February 2016

FCC Confirms Different TCPA Liability Analysis for Text, Fax Broadcasters - Denying a petition filed by Club Texting, Inc., the Federal Communications Commission said it will keep its current liability analysis under the...more

Do Treble Damages Mean Treble Rescission?

North Carolina law awards treble damages for violations of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 “if damages are assessed.” A recent Fourth Circuit decision asks this question: If a plaintiff seeks rescission, and if the defendant’s...more

Patent Trolls – What’s the Verdict? A Look at the Impact of the Apple Case

In what is potentially the largest “patent troll” verdict in history, Apple has lost a $625 million patent jury award to VirnetX, according to Reuters news service. The jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas includes...more

Choose Words Carefully in Dispute-Related Contract Clauses

A couple of words here or there in a contract can make a huge difference, particularly when those words relate to what happens if there is a breach or some other dispute between the parties. This is something that the parties...more

Triple Damages Sufficiently Punitive to Bar Punitive Damages

Jennifer Gierer says she was fired because she expressed concerns about her employer’s submission of false durable medical equipment claims to Medicare. So she sued her employer and her boss, alleging (a) retaliation under...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Racketeering Claim To Proceed Following Arbitration

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed summary judgment in favor of defendants who faced a RICO suit following resolution of arbitration with the plaintiffs. The case involved a dispute...more

Be Careful When You Decide to Breach a Contract

M.G.L. c. 93A (i) prohibits deceptive or unfair acts or practices in trade or business, (ii) mandates that a defendant reimburse a prevailing plaintiff for its reasonable attorneys’ fees, and (iii) allows for the recovery of...more

Seattle Adds Serious Teeth To Sick And Safe Leave Law

Amidst the uber-media commotion over the Seattle City Council’s December 14 adoption of a law allowing independent contractor rideshare drivers to unionize, many missed that Seattle also passed a significant bill amending...more

First Circuit Clarifies Remedies for Retaliation Under the Wage Act

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a decision that addresses the potential remedies available under the Massachusetts Wage Act. In addition to requiring the timely...more

Triple Dipping Remedies

The Tenth Circuit recently announced that employees who prove they are owed wages under both Federal and Colorado state law may be entitled to the unpaid wages, plus penalties under both statutes, possibly recovering more...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review the Validity of 'Implied Certification' Liability Under the False Claims Act

On December 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7, to review the so-called “implied certification” theory of liability under the...more

New York Pay Equity Law Expands Basis for Sex-Based Pay Disparity Claims

Beginning in January, workers in New York will find it much easier to plead and prove claims of wage discrimination. Effective Jan. 19, 2016, New York employers will face greater difficulty in defending against claims of sex...more

Recent North Carolina Court of Appeals Decision Serves as Reminder to Owners Associations

A recent decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals serves as a reminder that owners associations must deal fairly with their members at all times and board members must not let past disputes or personal issues cloud...more

Supreme Court to Review Federal Circuit Standard for Treble Damage Awards Under § 284 - Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse...

Taking its first IP cases of the current session, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari in two § 284 enhanced fee award patent cases: Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., S.Ct. No. 14-1513 (Oct. 19, 2015) and...more

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