Trial de Novo

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Retroactive Tax Law Upheld, Circuit Court Jurisdiction Limited

Before 2014, Alabama sales tax applied only to the sale of prepaid calling cards or authorization numbers, pursuant to Ala. Code §40-23-1(a)(13). In 2014, the Alabama Legislature amended the above statute to “clarify” that it...more

Ninth Circuit Creates Bright-Line Rule, Finds Those Who Cannot Sit for More Than Four Hours Cannot Perform Sedentary Jobs

When applying de novo review to a claim for disability benefits under a group disability policy governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), district courts must consider all the evidence and...more

Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood… and I took the Smooth, Safe Path

Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken is a great American poem about choices. In the poem, the fork where the two roads diverge provides no indication which path is the better path to travel. In life and law, sometimes the...more

FERC Investigations: Uncertainty Rules as More Entities Challenge in Federal Court: Insights from Nutter’s Matt Connolly

Legal Update - Matt Connolly, a senior associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department, addressed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) investigations in Nutter Insights. Matt discussed what triggers a FERC...more

Federal Circuit Won’t Review USPTO’s Alice Guidelines

On March 10, 2016, the Federal Circuit ruled that it cannot review the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s patent-eligibility guidelines to examiners on how to apply the Supreme Court’s Alice ruling. The appeals court held...more

California Court Rules That Employee’s Occasional Performance of Nonexempt Duties Does Not Negate Exempt Status.

In an unpublished opinion, Abarca v. JK Residential Services, Inc.., No. B256488 (June 26, 2015), the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, recently affirmed a trial court order rejecting a residential...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 08

The Katten Kattwalk discusses legal issues in the fashion industry affecting the trademarks, patents and copyrights associated with companies, brands and products. Letter From the Editor - Fashion Week has come and...more

On Unintended Consequences: Will the B&B SCOTUS Ruling Encourage Trademark Bullies?

Last week, while I was preparing for and had the unique opportunity of arguing a real, live TTAB final hearing on the merits, outside the TTAB’s typical oral hearing location (because it was selected by the TTAB to be part of...more

ERISA ATTORNEY FEES – 1st Circuit: Court Remand to Claims Administrator “because the record is insufficient for de novo review” is...

You have seen this issue before: The court remands the ERISA-governed long term disability claim for further consideration by the claims administrator because the administrative record was insufficient for de novo review....more

Federal Circuit Review - March 2014

Claim Construction Review is De Novo - In Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Philips Electronics North America Corp., Appeal No. 12-1014, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc reinstated the previous panel decision and...more

Federal Circuit Reaffirms De Novo Standard of Review for Claim Construction

In a long-awaited decision, the Federal Circuit ruled en banc to uphold the the de novo standard for appellate review of claim construction issues, which was previously established in another en banc decision, Cybor Corp. v....more

Divided Court Affirms De Novo Review For Claim Construction

On February 21, 2014, the Federal Circuit released its widely-anticipated decision in Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Phillips Electronics North America Corporation. The decision renews the Court's commitment to fifteen years...more

De Novo Review of District Court Claim Construction Is Here to Stay—For Now

The en banc Federal Circuit, in a 6–4 decision, invoked the doctrine of stare decisis and decided to retain the de novo standard for appellate review of district court claim constructions....more

Taxpayer Appeal Rights Expanded in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Uniform Tax Procedure Code has recently been amended to provide an important alternative right of appeal to taxpayers from Oklahoma Tax Commission decisions assessing a tax or additional tax or denying a claim...more

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