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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

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

Be Like Grumpy Cat

News recently hit the wires that Grumpy Cat Ltd., the company behind the Grumpy Cat Internet “person”ality, was awarded over $700,000 in a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit. The defendant was a licensee who was...more

Attorney Fees Recoverable Even When Contract Voided

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

California-American Water Co. v. Marina Coast Water District, et al. - Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division One November 15, 2017 - The California-American Water Company, a...more

Winning While Losing with Attorneys' Fees Provisions

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

The United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina recently issued a decision that demonstrates the power of attorneys’ fees provisions in promissory notes and guaranty agreements. In TD Bank v. Jay...more

Petrobras Court’s Denial of Plaintiffs’ Request for Confidential Treatment of Opt-Out Provisions Could Undermine the Settlement...

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied class counsel’s request to file under seal three supplemental agreements to a $2.95 billion settlement in the Petrobras Securities Litigation,...more

To EatRight, It May be Too Late

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Ninth Circuit breathed new life, for now, into a trademark infringement suit brought by Eat Right Foods Ltd.’s (“ERF”) against Whole Foods Market, Inc. The district court had granted summary judgment for Whole Foods after...more

Watch the Calendar When Considering Claims in Connection With a Family-Owned Business

by Murtha Cullina on

Shareholders of family-owned businesses sometimes assert claims of misconduct against their co-owner relatives. These claims can take the form of oral complaints or written claim letters. ...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Berkheimer v. HP Inc., Appeal No. 2017-1437 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 8, 2018) - In Berkheimer v. HP Inc., the Federal Circuit reviewed the District Court’s summary judgment finding that certain claims of a patent were invalid as...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Allows Recovery of Declaratory Judgment Fees

In its recent decision in JP Energy Mktg., LLC v. Commerce & Industry Ins. Co., 2018 OK 11 (Ok. Feb. 5, 2018), the Supreme Court of Oklahoma had occasion to address an insured’s right to recovery legal fees and expenses...more

DOJ Toughens Antitrust Consent Decree Enforcement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division ("DOJ") has adopted new terms in recent consent decrees that enhance DOJ's ability to enforce its settlements, most importantly by lowering the evidentiary...more

German Supreme Court remains claimant-friendly on cease and desist orders

by Hogan Lovells on

Another milestone for cease and desist orders has been reached in Germany. The German Federal Supreme Court has clarified in a number of decisions that defendants in cease and desist orders not only have to cease the...more

Third Circuit Holds Food Manufacturers Have Standing to Seek Damages From Egg Suppliers

Last week, in In re: Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision holding that purchasers of processed egg products have standing to seek damages from egg...more

Mildly Satisfied, Still Grumpy: Grumpy Cat Prevails over Infringers

by Jaburg Wilk on

Celebrity kitty Tardar Sauce aka “Grumpy Cat” (or, rather, the entity that owns rights to the GRUMPY CAT brand) has prevailed on its claims of breach of contract and trademark and copyright infringement against a beverage...more

Patent Marking Basics

After investing time and resources to obtain patent protection, consumer product companies should maximize their return through a well-executed patent marking plan. The details of an effective marking program must be...more

Garza v. Citigroup – The Third Circuit Clarifies When a Defendant May Be Awarded Attorneys’ Fees as Costs Under Rule 41(D)

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(d) authorizes a district court to award a defendant “costs” where a plaintiff who “previously dismissed an action in any court [subsequently] files an action based on or including the same...more

Federal Employment Law Updates

by White & Case LLP on

New Tax Law Limits Deductibility of Confidential Sexual Harassment and Abuse Settlements - Effective December 22, 2017, new Section 162(q) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), denies businesses...more

Arctic Cat: A Chilly Reminder Regarding Licensee Marking

In order to make the most of a patent investment, consumer product companies must put competitors on notice of their patent rights. Specifically, a patentee who makes or sells a patented article must mark their articles or...more

Human Trafficking Raises Corporate Liability Concerns for the Hospitality Industry

Recent U.S. lawsuit against corporations, including major hotel chains, shines the spotlight on the need for anti-human trafficking compliance. U.S. law creates corporate liability for entities, such as hotels, casinos and...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Out of Time, Out of Gas

by Lewitt Hackman on

A California federal judge held that breach of contract claims brought by franchisees of two ARCO-branded gas stations against their franchisor BP West Coast Products were untimely, and declined to adopt the franchisees'...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | February 2018

Cooke Aquaculture Fined $332,000 For Puget Sound Salmon Pen Collapse - The Washington Department of Ecology has reportedly fined Cooke Aquaculture $332,000 for violations of state water quality laws related to a net pen...more

Recent Massachusetts Decision Highlights Importance of Using Precise Remedy Provisions in Mortgages

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent decision of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts highlights the importance of using clear and unambiguous remedy provisions in residential mortgages and deeds of trust....more

Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds $1.5 Million Whistleblower Jury Verdict

On January 22, 2018, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict awarding approximately $1.5 million in damages to a radiation oncologist after finding that she had been constructively and wrongfully terminated in...more

2017 and Early 2018 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

Apotex granted damages from contract research organization for delayed FDA approval of two products

by Smart & Biggar on

On December 22, 2017, Patillo J. of the Ontario Super Court of Justice held that Apotex was entitled to $11,303,131.80, plus pre-judgment interest, for losses flowing from delays in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s...more

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