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What’s In a “Wage”? Ninth Circuit Seeks Clarification from California Supreme Court

California has some of the most employee-friendly laws in the country, many of which turn on whether the allegedly wronged employee is seeking to recover “wages” due. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently asked the...more

Judge Andrews Issues Markman Ruling In Infringement Action Construing Eight (8) Disputed Terms In Patents-In-Suit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Opinion entered by The Honorable Richard G. Andrews in Acceleration Bay LLC v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., Civil Action No. 16-453-RGA (D.Del. January 17, 2018) (consolidated), the Court rendered its Markman...more

Illinois Appellate Court Employs Spokeo-type Reasoning to Hold Biometric Data Class Action Should be Dismissed for Lack of Actual...

The desire to avoid Spokeo’s standing requirements constitutes yet another reason for class action plaintiff’s counsel to seek to litigate in state courts, as state courts may not require a Spokeo injury-in-fact test to...more

Trial Court Properly Denied Attorneys’ Fees To Plaintiff Who Proved His Termination Was Substantially Motivated By His...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Bustos v. Global P.E.T., Inc., (E065869, Cal. Ct. App. January 16, 2018), Plaintiff William Bustos and a number of his co-workers were terminated by Global in an economic layoff. Bustos sued Global alleging his...more

Court Says Don’t Cry Over Steamed Milk

by Reed Smith on

A federal court granted Starbucks’ motion for summary judgment in a putative class action in which plaintiffs alleged Starbucks underfills lattes and mochas. The plaintiffs alleged that the underfilling of Starbucks drinks...more

How Simon Finally Stopped Retail Stores from Closing

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

A major retail landlord recently won a case that is reverberating throughout the retail industry. An Indiana Superior Court Judge has granted Simon Property Group’s (“Simon’s”) request to enjoin Starbucks from closing 77 of...more

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Rule That Property Owner and General Contractor Are Not Indispensable Parties in a Lien...

by Lane Powell PC on

On January 18, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court has clarified any misunderstanding about the necessary parties in a mechanic’s lien foreclosure action when a lien release bond has been posted. In Inland Empire Dry Wall...more

California Supreme Court Affirms SB800 as Sole Remedy for Construction Defect Claims without Personal Injury

by Allen Matkins on

On January 18, 2018, the California Supreme Court affirmed an earlier appellate court decision holding that SB800 (Civil Code sections 895 through 945.5, the “Right to Repair Act”) is the "virtually exclusive remedy"...more

Thoughts From the BAP on How to (re)Define an “Executory Contract”

Making a quiet entrance into the public realm during the final week of last year, a new opinion from the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit (the “BAP”) suggests that it is time to revisit the...more

More Aqua Products Fallout -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. v. Godo Kaisha IP Bridge

In November, Chief Judge David P. Ruschke of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a memorandum entitled "Guidance on Motions to Amend in view of Aqua Products" (see "PTAB Motions to...more

Consumer Class Actions Take a Hit: Court Holds Made-For-Outlet Products Not Deceptive

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In the face of a growing number of lawsuits against retailers for deceptive sales, advertising and pricing practices, a California court recently affirmed dismissal of a consumer’s false advertising lawsuit against The Gap,...more

NY AG Moves to Compel Debt Collector to Respond to Discovery Requests

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?On January 17, the New York Attorney General (AG) filed a motion to compel a debt collection company and its owner to produce financial documents, business records, and other documents in a lawsuit alleging that the...more

The Supreme Court to Consider Patent Infringement Damages Accrued Abroad

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The Supreme Court has granted certiorari to consider whether damages for infringement of a U.S. patent include lost profits resulting from activities outside the U.S....more

Understanding eDiscovery in Criminal Cases, Part Three: eDiscovery Best Practices

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...The government will usually get its ESI by consent or warrant. Typically, when the federal government seeks data in criminal cases (and most states have a similar procedure), it requests a search and seizure warrant by...more

Exelco’s US Chapter 11 Case Dismissed in Favor of Belgian Proceeding

by Dechert LLP on

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court recently dismissed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case pending before it and recognized, under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, the debtor’s bankruptcy proceeding in Belgium. Exelco NV (“Exelco”), a...more

Prosecution History Informs Claim Meaning Even Without Unmistakable Disclaimer

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Although non-precedential, the Federal Circuit decision in Aptalis Pharmatech, Inc. v. Apotex Inc. is worth a read to see how the court “tiptoes” the “fine line between reading a claim in light of the specification, and...more

Breaking....Connecticut Supreme Court Issues CCJEF Decision

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court issued a seminal decision in the long-running state education case Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, Inc. v. Rell (“CCJEF II”). In an...more

Five Tips to Enhance E-Discovery Project Management Impact

Why is Project Management Challenging and Rewarding? E-Discovery project managers provide a valuable skill set that keeps litigation discovery on-track. They offer similar services in law firms, e-discovery service...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal from the D.C. Circuit of Raymond J. Lucia Companies on the question of whether the Constitution’s Appointments Clause applied to SEC ALJs. While the Court will presumably resolve...more

Dental Device Class Action Comes Back To Bite Plaintiffs

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You don’t see class actions going to trial very often, but that is what happened in Patricia A. Murray Dental Corp. v. Dentsply International, Inc., and the defendant device manufacturer came away with a defense verdict that...more

Arguing Connections and Relationships in Patent Claims

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

During examination of claims in a patent application, claim rejections from the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) under 35 USC §102 and/or 35 USC §103 usually assert that one or more cited references show all...more

Can Evidence of Noninstitution of an IPR be Introduced in District Court? Yes and No

by Jones Day on

With institution rates of IPR petitions continuing to slide, and with district courts determining (depending on narrow or broad readings of the Shaw case) how estoppel may or may not apply in district court to noninstituted...more

Notice - It's What's Required

The U.S. Constitution guarantees due process before a person can be deprived of life, liberty, or property. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) enforces the due process protection in the USPTO and Board proceedings. Under...more

Litigation. Major Russian legislation changes for 2017

by Dentons on

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

Where Is A Holding Company's Principal Place Of Business?

by Allen Matkins on

Businesses often prefer to have their cases tried in federal court, but the U.S. District Courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. When there is no federal question at issue, the Court's jurisdiction may depend on whether...more

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