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[Webinar] Navigating the Ins and Outs of Research Misconduct-related Litigation and Enforcement: Emerging Trends and Hot Topics -...

by Hogan Lovells on

Historically, research misconduct allegations have been investigated and resolved using specialized administrative procedures. Now, increasingly, research misconduct matters carry with them increased litigation and...more

Patent Judgments and Awards - Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement...

by Knobbe Martens on

Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement Trial Involving Hepatitis C Drugs - On July 14, 2017, in a stunning reversal of fortune, a federal court in San Jose, CA,...more

Here is what you need to know about a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure (DVD)

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

DVD can be an option for a Taxpayer without foreign financial accounts or foreign financial issues. It is a choice for Taxpayers that are out of domestic compliance, want to come into compliance and inoculate as much as...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Limits Sanctions to Compensation, Not Punishment

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

It is not every day the U.S. Supreme Court pays attention to matters that affect the practice of discovery, but that day came with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. v. Haeger, 581 U.S. ___, 137 S.Ct 1178 (April 18, 2017). Writing...more

A District Court’s Discretion to Sanction Is Broad, “But For” a Causal Limitation

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger that even a district court’s exercise of broad discretion to impose a civil sanction for a litigant’s bad faith conduct has to be limited by a...more

With Ample Evidence of Bad Faith, Court Sanctions Defendant for Failure to Produce Documents: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In CrossFit, Inc. v. Nat’l Strength and Conditioning Assn., No. 14cv1191 JLS (KSC) (S.D. Cal. May 26, 2017), California District Judge Janis L. Sammartino granted the plaintiff’s motion for several issue, evidentiary, and...more

Social media-related dismissal held by an Employment Tribunal to be fair

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In Plant v. API Microelectronics Ltd, the Employment Tribunal (ET) has held that the dismissal of a long-serving employee was fair, after she had made derogatory comments over social media about her employer. This decision...more

California Does Not Bar Defense Coverage For "Willful Acts"

"California prohibits insurers from indemnifying policyholders for their intentional misconduct, as a matter of public policy and as codified in California Insurance Code section 533. This bar on insurance coverage, however,...more

Supreme Court Says Attorney Fees Must Be Causally Linked to Misconduct

by Zapproved LLC on

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, No. 15-1406 (U.S. Apr. 18, 2017). The Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion resolving a split in the circuit courts about what attorney fees courts can award for misconduct...more

Contractor May Receive Indemnity Despite Alleged Active Negligence or Willful Misconduct

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Oltmans Construction Co. v. Bayside Interiors, Inc. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, 10 Cal.App.5th 355 (March 30, 2017) - Civil Code § 2782.05 renders an indemnity provision in a contract void and...more

SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Circuit Court Award of Fees for Discovery Misconduct: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision delivered by Justice Kagan reversed and remanded the decision by the US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, for...more

U.S. Supreme Court Draws the Line: Invalidates $2.7 Million Dollar Discovery Sanction Against Manufacturer

On April 18, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court made a bold and seemingly manufacturer-friendly pronouncement in overturning a federal district court judge’s $2.7 million award in sanctions against manufacturer Goodyear Tire &...more

Supreme Court Decides Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 18, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, No. 15-1406, holding that when a federal court exercises its inherent authority to sanction bad-faith conduct by ordering a...more

The Supreme Court Addresses Legal Fee Calculations for Discovery Abuse

by Reed Smith on

Charges of discovery abuse get thrown around frequently in product liability litigation. We have not done a scientific survey, but we guess that such charges are levied against the manufacturer defendants more often than...more

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger Reignites Discussions of Federal Courts’ Inherent Authority

In recent years, discussions regarding the contours of a federal court’s inherent authority to sanction litigants for bad-faith behavior have been heating up faster than a defective tire at highway speeds. In the 2015...more

Criminal Conviction Of De Facto Officer Does Not Preclude D&O Coverage

by Allen Matkins on

After a two week trial in 2013, a jury convicted Mitchell J. Stein, a lawyer, of mail, wire, and securities fraud based on evidence that he fabricated press releases and purchase orders to inflate the stock price of his...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Dismisses Former University Employee’s Claims for Access to Research Materials and Wrongful Termination...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a noteworthy case involving an employed scientist’s allegations of wrongful termination for reporting research misconduct, the Maryland Court of Appeals in Yuan v. Johns Hopkins University refused to recognize the federal...more

Blowing the Whistle on Willful Misconduct: California Court holds that False Claims Act Suits Are Uninsurable Due to Public Policy

by Carlton Fields on

Willful misconduct is uninsurable. It is a fundamental principle of insurance, and it makes sense to both the lay and the lawyerly. But few states go as far as to codify this principle in the insurance code. California is an...more

California Appellate Court Holds D&O Insurer Must Pay Cost of Insured’s Appeal Despite Criminal Conviction

In Stein v. Axis Ins. Co., No. B265069, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1628 (Ct. App. Mar. 8, 2017), the Second District California Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether a criminal conviction is a “final adjudication”...more

Mental Impairment as a Defense to Civil Penalties

by Sanford Millar on

There are severe penalties under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for willful failure to file Information Returns. Examples of Information Return are Report of Foreign Bank Account (FBAR) required...more

What NOT To Do in an Investigation – $2 Million Willful Judgment Affirmed Where Employer “Whited-Out” and Edited Time Records

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employer is caught by WHD investigator instructing its employees to lie during interviews, and provides falsified records, containing whited-out and edited time records, in order to conform to the Federal...more

Honesty is the Best Policy

May an employer fire an employee for lying about the reason for an absence? In a recent decision, the Connecticut Appellate Court said “yes.” Orlando Martinez worked for Polar Industries as a machine operator. He was...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Sanctions Award

by Morris James LLP on

The Supreme Court affirmed perhaps the largest award of attorney fees as a sanction for bad conduct in Delaware’s history in this very unusual decision. It is a good summary of when a Court may depart from the “American...more

6 Employment Actions That Can “Automatically” Land Your Hospital In Court

by Fisher Phillips on

As a healthcare employer, it must be tempting to want to develop rigid workplace rules that will help newbie bosses reach conclusions almost automatically, especially where the best nurses or techs often become supervisors...more

Willful Permit-Required Confined Space Entry Citation Upheld by the Seventh Circuit

by Ruder Ware on

On February 1, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the decision of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (“Commission”) which imposed serious willful citations under the...more

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