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Disclosure of Certain Private Information on Facebook Account Allowed by New York Court of Appeals

by Cozen O'Connor on

The New York Court of Appeals gave defense counsel in personal injury cases a Valentine’s Day present when it ruled, on February 13, 2018, that discovery under the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR 3101 (a))...more

Aatrix Software, Inc. v. Green Shades Software, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2018)

Aatrix brought an infringement action against Green Shades in the Middle District of Florida, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,171,615 and 8,984,393. Green Shades filed a 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss on the grounds...more

More Adventures In Personal Jurisdiction - Examining The BMS “Federal Court” Caveat

by Reed Smith on

With plaintiffs desperate to find some way to continue pursuing aggravated, aggregated product liability litigation in their favorite venues after Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) (“Bauman”), and Bristol-Myers...more

No Love for the 2015 Discovery Amendments: Landry v. Swire Oilfield Services

February is the month of love. Hearts, candy, and flowers. The hint of spring harkening. The enthusiasm of a new year upon us. But for one federal court judge, the New Year brought no love. ...more

EU Court ruling on how off-label use is to be analysed under competition law

by White & Case LLP on

On 23 January 2018, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice ("ECJ") delivered its judgment on preliminary reference from the Italian State Council in the Roche case, which concerns the off-label use of Avastin for the...more

It Should Be Obvious – An Azzarello Jury Charge Is Reversible Error In Pennsylvania After Tincher

by Reed Smith on

If you’re not interested in Pennsylvania product liability law at the moment, come back tomorrow. This particular post is not limited to (or even primarily about) prescription medical products....more

Maximizing Patent Term Adjustment: Check the “Express Request” Box if Entering the National Stage Before the 30-Month Date

In Actelion Pharm., Ltd. v. Matal (Fed. Cir. Feb. 6, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court’s holding that the PTO properly determined the patent term adjustment (PTA) for U.S. Patent No. 8,658,675 (“the ‘675...more

In re: Hodges

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Lourie, O’Malley, and Wallach. Appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: The PTAB’s finding that an element in a prior art reference is “similar to” a claim limitation,...more

Unsupported Assertions: Expert’s Persuasive Authority Suffers Without Directly Engaging Claim Limitations

by Jones Day on

An expert asserting that a patent claim reciting different features than the prior art is nonetheless “equivalent” to the prior art must address and account for the recited limitations head-on, or otherwise lose persuasive...more

BitConnect Promoters Targeted in Class Action Suits, Twice in One Week

BitConnect International, PLC had a somewhat unique business model, even for an industry known for its unconventional nature. On its face, BitConnect functioned as an exchange. However, the real purpose of the platform, and...more

Mushrooming Claims: Recognizing When Simple Claims Threaten to Expand Beyond What is Expected

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Introduction - In the not too distant past, claims and claims handling were generally predictable. There was an incident causing damage, then a demand, and a dispute largely about the amount that would be paid. More...more

No Sanctions for Failing to Preserve Videos and Photos of Prisoner Accident: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Hernandez v. Tulare Cnty. Correction Center, et al., No. 1:16-cv-00413-EPG (PC) (E.D. Cal. Feb. 8, 2018), the California Magistrate Judge denied the plaintiff’s motion for sanctions, ruling that the defendants did not act...more

Protect Your Livelihood: Best Practices for Medical Licensing Board Complaints

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

It is something that every health care provider fears: a patient files a complaint against you with the medical licensing board. Despite the anxiety that may come with receiving a letter of complaint, ignoring the matter will...more

Title III Notice and Cure Bill Passes Initial Legislative Hurdle

The House of Representatives passed a bill on February 15, 2018, that requires Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III plaintiffs to provide businesses with notice and an opportunity to cure any barriers before filing...more

Unitary but toothless? – Limitations to jurisdiction over online EUTM infringements

by Hogan Lovells on

German Federal Court of Justice rules on the scope of jurisdiction of national courts - In an online context, IP infringement frequently occurs simultaneously in more than one country and so the flexibility to take action...more

Frivolous? My Client Told Me So

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Parties who are involved in lawsuits are constantly seeking repercussions against the party raising claims against them. A party feeling wrongly accused of wrong doing often seeks to recover costs by asserting the claims...more

Court Confirms Landlord’s Right To Seek Damages In Unlawful Detainer Action And Separate Civil Action

by Lewitt Hackman on

The Court of Appeal just confirmed that a landlord is not barred from recovering rent owed by a tenant in a civil action for breach of contract, even after obtaining a judgment for unlawful detainer against the tenant, so...more

Dock Access: Michigan Appellate Court Addresses Non-Riparian Lot Owner Issue

The Michigan Court of Appeals addressed in a January 16th opinion an action in which the Plaintiff sought to limit the rights of non-riparian lot owners to maintain a dock at the end of a dedicated private road abutting a...more

Gentlemen’s Club Cannot Compel Arbitration Where It Actively Litigated Merits Of Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision refusing to compel arbitration in a labor dispute between a gentlemen’s club (“Crazy Horse”) and a putative class of entertainers because of Crazy Horse’s extensive...more

Fifth Circuit Sets Bright Line Rule For Timing Requirement Under Federal Officer Removal Statute

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

In January 2018, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a district court’s remand of an asbestos case to state court for being untimely, based on a federal officer removal statute, 28...more

An Analysis Of The Pennsylvania Fair Share Act And Its Application To Asbestos Litigation, In Light Of The Recent Ruling In...

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

In December, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the Fair Share Act applies to asbestos litigation, meaning that defendants are only responsible for the percent they are found liable. See Roverano v. John Crane, Inc.,...more

California Superior Court Refuses to Allow Discovery in Aid of “Litigation Tourism” in Consolidated Xarelto Litigation

by Reed Smith on

...In In re Xarelto Cases, 2018 WL 809633 (Cal. Super. Feb, 6, 2018), the plaintiffs sued several manufacturers and a distributor, claiming various injuries and alleging the usual litany of causes of action. Appearing...more

Passive Investors in Payday Lending Operations Get Partial Reprieve

While tossing certain claims brought by Pennsylvania’s attorney general, a federal judge denied part of a motion to dismiss brought by online short-term lenders in an action accusing them of “renting” Native American tribes...more

Which Came First: Subject Matter Or Personal Jurisdiction?

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Two recent Eastern District of Missouri cases examined the same issue, yet the court reached opposite results. In Lewis v. Johnson & Johnson and Jinright v. Johnson & Johnson, the court considered whether subject matter...more

Chancery Approves Sale Of Transperfect Global, Inc.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently approved a plan to sell TransPerfect Global, Inc. (“TransPerfect” or the “Company”) to co-owner Philip Shawe. In the Court’s most recent opinion issued earlier on February 15, 2018, In...more

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