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Auto Company Pays $2 Million to Settle SCRA Claims Over Military Leasing Practices

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The financial arm of a national automobile company has agreed to settle claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for failing to refund up-front auto lease payments to service members who terminated their leases...more

Utah Legislative Update: 2018 - Part Two

by Holland & Hart LLP on

Mid-Way Point of the Utah Session: We are at the mid-way point of the Utah Legislative Session. The pace of work increases and each day gets longer the closer we get to the midnight finish on the 45th day of the session....more

Part 2: Unpaid Subcontractors Beware

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Punitive Damages Not Recoverable In Breach Of Contract Action

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that punitive damages are not recoverable in a breach-of-contract lawsuit unless (1) the breach involves an independent tort, such as fraud and/or duress; and (2) the conduct that...more

The Guide to Damages in International Arbitration: Introduction

by WilmerHale on

There are three types of arbitrators: those who understand numbers and those who don’t. This old joke, adapted to the international arbitration community and repeated at conferences, typically receives nervous laughter...more

CJEU Offers Improved Protection for Luxury Goods in Coty Ruling

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its much-anticipated judgment in Case C-230/16 Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH (Coty). The case concerns the legality of a prohibition of sales on...more

Arizona District Court Denies Motion to Remand in Bad Faith Case, Despite Plaintiff Seeking Only $57,000 in Compensatory Damages

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Hoarau v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2017 WL 3328078 (D.Ariz. August 4, 2017), the Arizona District Court denied an insured's Motion to Remand in an insurance bad faith, punitive damages, and declaratory...more

How to Protect Commercial Interests in British Columbia through Pre-Trial Injunctions: The Confusion Continues

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Courts in British Columbia continue to struggle with when a pre-trial injunction should be issued to protect commercial interests. One aspect of this concerns the existence of evidence necessary to show that damage to an...more

Is Customer Information A Trade Secret? Not So Fast!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Under what circumstances do customer information and business operations constitute “trade secrets” that may be enjoined from use by a former employee ? A recent decision by Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson on this issue serves...more

Arizona Reverses Award of Punitive Damages in Bad Faith Case Again

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Preciado v.Young American Insurnace Company, 2017 WL 2805631 ( Ariz.App . June 29, 2017) (unpublished), the Arizona Court of Appeals held the trial court erroneously failed to grant an Insurer’s motion for...more

Bound by your bargain

by Dentons on

During April 2015, the Court of Appeals (Civil Division) delivered its judgment in MT Hojgaard A/S v. E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 407....more

Drafting Maryland Liability Releases

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The drafting of liability releases has always been complicated and recent legal developments in Maryland have made such drafting even more complicated. Some non-exhaustive things to think about when drafting liability...more

Court Rejects Cap on FCA Damages for Allegations of Subcontracting Plan Fraud

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington denied a motion to limit damages against a government contractor, United States ex rel. Savage v. Washington Closure Hanford LLC, where the government...more

Federal Circuit Upholds $112 Million Win for Knobbe Martens Client CardiAQ

by Knobbe Martens on

On September 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a $112 million win for Knobbe Martens client CardiAQ in its trade secret misappropriation case against former service provider Neovasc. A three-judge...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Orders Specific Performance, Finding Plaintiff Did Not Breach Its Contractual Obligation To "Reasonably...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 11, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery ordered defendant, Comdata, Inc. (“Comdata”), to specifically perform under, and pay damages for its termination of, its merchant agreement...more

Selective Distribution in the French Judicial Spotlight Again

by Bryan Cave on

French cosmetics company Caudalie had previously made headlines in a case decided on February 2nd 2016. In that case, Caudalie had applied for an injunction against an online marketplace to compel it to cease selling Caudalie...more

Navigating The Private Right Of Action Under The California Franchise Investment Law

by Mulcahy LLP on

The California Franchise Investment Law (“CFIL”) regulates both the sale and disclosure of franchise opportunities within the state. The law was enacted to “provide each prospective franchisee with the information necessary...more

Court Affirms Submission of Mitigation Instruction In A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Case To Affirm A Jury’s Finding Of No Damages

by Winstead PC on

In E.L. & Associates v. Pabon, a company sued two former directors and their son for breaching fiduciary duties when the company lost a lease for a restaurant it operated and the directors’ son opened a nearly identical...more

Recent Delaware Case Sets Trap for Unwary Regarding Acquisition Agreement Indemnification Caps

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Acquisition agreements frequently contain maximum limits or “caps” on the sellers’ potential liability for losses resulting from breaches of the sellers’ and target company’s representations and warranties. However, the...more

Commercial Division Declines to Use New York Debtor and Creditor Law to Enjoin a Defendant’s Asset Sale Without Evidence of...

In Del Forte USA, Inc. v. Blue Beverage Group, Inc. et al., No. 518454/2016, 2017 BL 253248 (Sup. Ct. Jul. 17, 2017), New York Commercial Division Justice Sylvia G. Ash denied plaintiff Del Forte’s preliminary injunction...more

M&A Watch: That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles – Delaware Court Rejects MAE Claim in Commercial Contract Litigation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently reaffirmed its approach to Material Adverse Effect jurisprudence in the context of a commercial arrangement. Please see full Analysis below for more information....more

Hong Kong Enacts Apology Legislation

On 13 July 2017 the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the Apology Ordinance. This decrees that an out-of-court expression of a person’s regret, sympathy or benevolence, including a statement that he is sorry about a...more

A reminder why certainty in contracts is so important

by Dentons on

In the recent New South Wales Court of Appeal decision Port Macquarie-Hasting Council v Diveva, the Court considered the contractual interpretation of a renewal clause. The clause was phrased in general terms and did not...more

Insured May Bear the Consequences of Insurer’s Negligence

For decades, California courts have mandated that an insurer is obligated to accept a “reasonable” settlement demand within policy limits on behalf of its insured. If it fails to do so, it is liable for the entire judgment,...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

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