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Game Over: Supreme Court Delivers Win for Class Action Defendants in Microsoft

by Jones Day on

In a victory for class action defendants, the United States Supreme Court's decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker puts an end to plaintiffs' manufactured appeals as of right from denials of class certification. The Court's...more

Supreme Court Holds Voluntary Dismissal With Prejudice Does Not Constitute An Appealable "Final Decision" That Would Allow The...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, held that “[f]ederal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction under [28 U.S.C.] § 1291 to review an order denying class certification...more

Appellate Jurisdiction over Class Certification Denials: Microsoft v. Baker

Facts - On June 12, 2017, in Microsoft Corporation v. Baker, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that federal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction to review orders striking class allegations after the named plaintiffs...more

Plaintiffs’ Voluntary Dismissal Does Not Transform Denial of Class Certification into an Appealable Final Judgment 

The Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice Ginsburg, has held that 28 U.S.C. § 1291 does not confer appellate jurisdiction over an otherwise interlocutory order on class certification following plaintiffs’ voluntary...more

US Supreme Court: class action plaintiffs cannot voluntarily dismiss claims in effort to appeal denial of class certification

by DLA Piper on

In a significant victory for class action defendants, whose success often depends on whether a class is certified, the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction under 28 USC §1291 to review...more

Supreme Court Blocks Plaintiffs From Taking Shortcuts In Class Action Cases

by Fisher Phillips on

The Supreme Court unanimously held today that plaintiffs cannot immediately appeal a federal court’s denial of class certification when the named plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss their claims following the denial of class...more

Federal Circuit Concludes Differently on Two Exceptional Case Actions

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On June 5, 2017, the Federal Circuit arrived at two different conclusions concerning whether a case is exceptional under 35 U.S.C. § 285, reversing the district court in both cases. The two cases are Checkpoint Sys., Inc.,...more

The End of Self-Inflicted Appellate Jurisdiction

The United States Supreme Court today ended the controversial tactic of self-inflicted finality, wherein a class action plaintiff that has been denied certification and denied 23f review creates its own “final judgment” by...more

Merely Because Petitioner Changes its Mind is not Enough to Stop Inter Partes Reexamination

In In Re: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P., [2016-1830] (May 10. 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB determination in Inter Partes Reexamination, that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,454,071, directed to methods...more

Eleventh Circuit Deems Voluntary Dismissal of a Coverage Action Sufficient to Award Attorneys’ Fees to a Policyholder as the...

by Carlton Fields on

In a recent unpublished opinion, the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision that should serve as a warning to insurers to be sure to resolve all issues before dismissing a coverage action, particularly when involved in the...more

OSHA Withdraws Fairfax Memo

by Fisher Phillips on

OSHA has provided notice, in the context of an on-going federal lawsuit, (National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Dougherty, N.D. Tex., No. 16-2568, 4/27/17), that it has rescinded the interpretation letter and...more

District Court Granted Voluntary Motion to Dismiss Against Named Defendant But Disallowed Reservation of Rights as to Unnamed...

In this patent infringement action, Plaintiff Wright's Well Control Services, LLC (WWCS) filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss defendant Christopher Mancini pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(2) with prejudice,...more

Rural Electric Cooperatives Receive Dismissals in Class Action Capital Credit Litigation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Two recent dismissal orders – filed within days of each other – signal positive news to rural electric cooperatives defending actions brought by former or current members regarding the distribution of patronage capital and...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Holds Plaintiff Cannot Use Savings Statute to Revive Dismissed Lawsuit Brought by Improper Plaintiff

Love v. Piatchek, No. 103690 (November 8, 2016) The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit as being time-barred. The court held that the plaintiff could not rely on...more

Eleventh Circuit Resolves Jurisdictional Issues Regarding The Confirmation Of An Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit recently held that a district court retained jurisdiction over a motion to confirm an arbitral award, even though the plaintiff had voluntarily dismissed its claims while the motion to confirm was...more

Voluntary Dismissal of Contract Claims Leads to Involuntary Payment of Attorneys’ Fees

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Recently, in Khan v. Shim, No. H041608 (Cal. Ct. App. Dec. 29, 2016) (“Khan”), the California Court of Appeal held where a plaintiff voluntarily dismisses an action involving contract and tort claims, Civil Code section 1717,...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 4 & 11, 2016

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Constitutional Challenge: record title owner’s argument that Florida Statutes section 702.035, governing “Legal notice concerning foreclosure proceedings,” is an unconstitutional...more

Your "Limited Appearance" in the Business Court May Not Be As Limited As You Think

by Brooks Pierce on

The attorney for the Plaintiff in Foster Biodevice, LLC v. Cantrell. 2016 NCBC 51 said that he was only making a limited appearance, but the Business Court (through new Business Court Judge Robinson, in his first Opinion for...more

Fraudulent Joinder & Bad Faith – Explaining Another Removal Muddle

by Reed Smith on

Here’s some more inside baseball on grounds for removing cases from state to federal court. In brief, the issue is this: does the “bad faith” standard added to the removal statute (28 U.S.C. §1446(c)(1)) in 2011 approximate...more

Fact That Small 401(k) Lawsuit Was Dropped Is Irrelevant

by Ary Rosenbaum on

While many of us in the retirement plan world were publicizing a class action lawsuit against a $9 million, apparently the plaintiffs had a change of heart. The case was Damberg et al v. LaMettry’s Collision Inc. and the...more

Nike Voluntarily Dismisses Closely Watched Lawsuit Against Olympic Hopeful

by Miller Canfield on

Nike has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit it had filed against middle-distance runner and Olympic hopeful Boris Berian. At issue was whether Berian breached an endorsement agreement with Nike when—after the agreement’s...more

“Nonbank” Lender Seeks Injunction Restraining CFPB Administrative Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On May 9, 2016, Integrity Advance, LLC and its CEO James Carnes filed suit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to enjoin the CFPB from...more

If I Drop My FDUTPA Claim Because I Realize I Can’t Prove Actual Damages, Am I Still Liable For The Defendant’s Attorney’s Fees?

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (“FDUTPA”) prohibits unfair, deceptive, and unconscionable actors or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce—including the purchase and sale of real estate. A...more

Class Dismissed . . . But not Quite: Supreme Court to Review Appealability of Class Certification Denials When Plaintiffs...

Does a federal court have jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the named plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss their claims with prejudice? That is the question the Supreme Court will consider in...more

Why North Carolina Is Probably The Best State In Which To File A Voluntary Dismissal Of Your Case

by Brooks Pierce on

You have a case set for trial in a state trial court. You are tenth on the trial calendar, but the nine cases in front of you have crumbled and settled over the weekend. Plus, your most important witness is gone from your...more

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