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Malaysia case provides guidance on franchise law

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A recent interlocutory case in Malaysia, (the “La Kaffa decision”) has provided some helpful guidance on when an interlocutory injunction will be granted to restrain a franchisee from operating a competing business after...more

Judge Salinger: Defendant’s Letter Disputing Existence of Contract Does Not Trigger Start of Statute of Limitations Period for...

In Bay Colony, Judge Salinger denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss a contract claim as time barred even though one defendant (AMB) had sent a letter to the plaintiffs more than six years earlier disputing the existence of...more

Court Ruling Signals Potential Expansion of Civil RICO Liability to Include Automotive Suppliers in Emissions Violations Cases

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A U.S. federal district court, on February 20, 2018, declined to dismiss class plaintiffs’ civil RICO claim against GM and a major automotive supplier, where plaintiffs alleged that GM and the supplier conspired to defraud...more

Court of Appeal dismisses appeal in Property Alliance Group v. RBS

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The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal brought by Property Alliance Group Limited (PAG) concerning allegations against The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS) in respect of the sale of interest rate hedging products and...more

2nd Circ. Raises Bar For US Jurisdiction Over Foreign Banks

On Feb. 9, 2018, the Second Circuit decided SPV Osus Ltd. v. UBS AG , affirming the dismissal of UBS AG and related and unrelated foreign financial management companies from litigation brought by alleged victims of the...more

Part 2: Unpaid Subcontractors Beware

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The Supreme Court’s Decision in Valard - On September 14, 2016, we published Unpaid Subcontractors Beware, which commented on the Court of Appeal's decision in Valard Construction Ltd v Bird Construction Company, 2016 ABCA...more

PA Corrupt Organizations Act Claims against “Rent-a-Bank” Loan Investors Dismissed

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently dismissed Pennsylvania Corrupt Organizations Act claims against an investor and its affiliate for their involvement with high-interest consumer loans...more

When Does Intentional Wrongdoing Render a “Limitation of Liability” Clause Unenforceable?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

That was the issue presented to the Appellate Division, First Department in Electron Trading, LLC v. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, which was an appeal from the grant of defendant’s motion to dismiss a contractual claim seeking...more

Court Affirmed Finding That An Oral Partnership Existed And That A Partner Breached Fiduciary Duties

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In Harun v. Rashid, two individuals started a restaurant business; one operated the business and the other financed it. No. 05-16-00584-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 231 (Tex. App.—Dallas January 9, 2018, no pet. history)....more

Contracting Party Beware: The Implied Covenant Will Not Save You From Your Agreement If You Negotiated Away Your Rights

On February 1, 2018, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss an action brought by minority unitholders of Trumpet Search, LLC (“Trumpet” or the “Company”). The defendants were other unitholders...more

"Holding All The Cards" And Fiduciary Duty Claims

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It is hard to base your case on a breach of fiduciary duty when there is a contract in place between the parties. Contracting parties owe no special duties to each other beyond the terms of the contract. ...more

The Gulf Crisis—Could it Bring State-to-State Arbitration to the Region?

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In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the Gulf state, accusing it of supporting terrorism and developing a...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Insurer’s Claims Against Reinsurance Broker Under Economic Loss Doctrine, Finds No Special Relationship

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A New York federal court has dismissed a ceding insurer’s counterclaims against its reinsurance broker, finding the insurer’s claims for negligence and breach of fiduciary were barred by New York’s economic loss doctrine, and...more

Exmark: Reasonable royalty damages, apportionment and expert opinions

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The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Exmark Mfg. Co. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC, __ F.3d __ , Appeal No. 2016-2197 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018), has important implications for...more

The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration: Strategic Issues in Employing and Deploying Damages Experts

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Parties frequently engage experts to assist in developing, calculating and presenting their cases on damages to tribunals in international arbitration. Such experts may specialise in economics, finance or accounting, or...more

5 Business Cases to Watch in the Supreme Court’s Winter Session

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With the beginning of the Supreme Court of Canada’s Winter Session on January 8, the Supreme Court of Canada entered a new era following the retirement of former Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin and the appointment of Chief...more

Setting aside an SOP Act adjudication determination: The right of all parties to be heard

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The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap 30B) (SOP Act) gives parties in Singapore a way to quickly resolve construction payment disputes on a “temporary finality” basis with the right to fully and...more

Litigation. Major Russian legislation changes for 2017

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Change in the rules for applying the mandatory pre-arbitration dispute resolution procedure when filing with Russian commercial courts - Amendments to Article 4(5) of the RF Commercial Procedure Code entered into force on...more

Court of Appeal Explains Parol Evidence Rule

by Allen Matkins on

Today, I am picking up on my discussion of Kanno v. Marwit Capital, No. G052348, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 1150 (Ct. App. Dec. 22, 2017) in this post from last week and last year. Kanno involved the application of the parol...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues D.

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES - D. An insurer-appointed defence counsel will be in conflict of interest if the interests of the insurer and the insured are not in alignment, and in such cases the Court may appoint independent...more

Delaware Chancery Court Extends Application of MFW Standard to Conflicted Stock Issuances

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In a recent decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a complaint asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of a stock issuance proposed by a controlling stockholder. IRA Trust f/b/o...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Five-Year Sale-of-Business Noncompete Agreement Valid

In E.T. Products, LLC v. D.E. Miller Holdings, Inc., the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that noncompete agreements signed by sellers of a business were enforceable under Indiana law, but the sellers did not...more

California Court Broadly Interprets Insurance Policy’s “Liability Arising Out of” Language

In McMillin Mgmt. Servs. v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co., Cal.Ct.App. (4th Dist.), Docket No. D069814 (filed 11/14/17), the California Court of Appeal held that the term “liability arising out of,” as used in an ongoing...more

Federal Court Rules Against Calzone Franchisor In Meaty Lawsuit Against Former Franchisee

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a meaty decision involving the intersection of restrictive covenant and franchise law, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently denied a request by D.P. Dough Franchising, LLC (“D.P....more

Superior Court Explains When Fraud Claims May be Brought

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Novipax Holdings LLC v. Sealed Air Corporation, No. N17C-03-1682 (November 28, 2017) - This is an interesting decision because it explains: (1) when a fraud claim may be brought despite anti-reliance provisions in a...more

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