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LinkedIn Activity May Violate Non-Solicitation Agreements

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: A former employee has invited some of her former co-workers and clients to connect on LinkedIn. Is this a violation of her non-solicitation agreement with our company? ...more

DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

The Supreme Court - December 11, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in seven cases: China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, No. 17-432: Whether the rule from American Pipe and Construction Co. v. Utah, 414 U.S. 538 (1974),...more

Surrogate’s Court Sets Aside Fraudulent Conveyance Violative of Contract to Make a Testamentary Disposition

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A person who executes a valid agreement to make a testamentary disposition as to a specific item of property is precluded from making an alternative disposition, either during lifetime or upon death. ...more

Court rules in favor of Eclipse in oil and gas lease case

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On November 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit issued an opinion in Eclipse Resources - Ohio, LLC v. Madzia, affirming the lower court’s grant of summary judgment to Eclipse Resources in all respects. ...more

Alberta’s Balancing Pool Confirms Right to Terminate Keephills Power Purchase Agreement

Following ENMAX Energy Corporation’s (ENMAX) successful application to obtain a mandatory injunction against the Balancing Pool of Alberta (as reported in our November 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench...more

Government Actions are Not Protected Speech Under California Anti-SLAPP Law - Appellate Opinion Stems from Disputed Construction...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a government entity issues a construction permit, that is government action not protected by California’s anti-SLAPP law — which extends only to constitutionally protected exercises such as “free speech” — the California...more

When Does A Business Dispute That Involves A Third Party Remain “Internal” For Purposes Of An Unfair And Deceptive Trade Practice...

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

The North Carolina Business Court has issued several opinions this year that examine the contours of the “internal business affairs” doctrine. As we have explained in prior posts, North Carolina courts have recognized that...more

Third Circuit Continues the Marathon Battle Over Delaware’s Escheat Law

by Alston & Bird on

On December 4, 2017, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Delaware federal district court’s dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims in Marathon Petroleum Corp., et al. v. Cook. The court held that the plaintiffs did in...more

Under Construction - December 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds that Former Employee Breached Non-Compete Agreement Through Actions of His Subordinates

by Butler Snow LLP on

In November 2017, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a Nashville trial court’s determination that a former employee violated his noncompete agreement by managing employees who solicited competing business in the restricted...more

Operating Agreement Defeats Statutory Buyout Rights Upon LLC Member’s Withdrawal

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When the tsunami of LLC enabling statutes swept the U.S. in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including New York in 1994, many included a default rule authorizing as-of-right member withdrawal and payment for the “fair value” of...more

Less Than Two Weeks Before Trial, District Court Judge In Utica V. Fireman’s Fund Rules On Motions In Limine

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerns an action filed by Utica Mutual Insurance Company (Utica) against its reinsurer, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (FFIC) seeking to enforce certain reinsurance contracts against FFIC with respect to...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) December 2017

by DLA Piper on

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) is our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspectives, analysis and visionary...more

Amendments to Australian Antitrust Regime Take Effect

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Australia has adopted a package of changes to its antitrust laws that are designed to give more power to its antitrust enforcement agency, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and to increase...more

The SEC Urges Supreme Court Review Of The Constitutionality Of Its Administrative Law Judges

On November 29, 2017, the Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") in Raymond J. Lucia et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, asking the Supreme...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Fall 2017

FSIA Does Not Exempt US Bank from Subpoena for Production of Records of Accounts Maintained by Central Bank of Nigeria - The World in U.S. Courts: Fall 2017 - Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/Political Question Doctrine....more

Supreme Court Searches for Fourth Amendment Line for the Digital Economy

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Carpenter v. United States. The Court’s decision could have critical implications for companies operating in the digital economy and their ability to limit...more

The Enforceability of Ipso Facto Provisions in a Dismissed Chapter 11 Case

by Dechert LLP on

Section 365 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not address the legal status of an executory contract that is not assumed or rejected in a chapter 11 proceeding. In such cases where a chapter 11 plan is confirmed, courts adopt...more

Hong Kong High Court Stays Litigation in Favor of Arbitration

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On 27 November 2017, the High Court of Hong Kong issued a judgment in which it again demonstrated its willingness to uphold an arbitration agreement, despite arguments that the arbitration agreement had been superseded by a...more

Down the Shore, A Turn in the Tide - New Jersey Supreme Court Denies Class Certification in TCCWNA Case

For the past few years, consumer-facing businesses that advertise and sell to New Jersey consumers have been subject to an ever-rising tide of class action lawsuits under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and...more

Federal Court Holds That, Under Louisiana Law, a Contractor Need Not Show a Total Work Stoppage to Recover Extended Home Office...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Team Contrs., L.L.C. v. Waypoint NOLA, L.L.C., No. 16-1131, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162172 (E.D. La. Oct. 2, 2017) - Waypoint NOLA (“Waypoint”) was the owner of a hotel construction project in New Orleans (the “Project”). ...more

Supreme Court Argument: Baker’s First Amendment Rights vs. Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case with potentially far-reaching implications for issues at the intersection of civil rights and religious freedoms on December 5, 2017. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v....more

Missouri Supreme Court Punts Two Lawsuits in a Row, on Direct Flights to Arbitration

Arbitration agreements have faced tackles and turbulence in a series of cases litigated in Missouri courts over the past few years. In the fall of 2017, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued two favorable arbitration agreement...more

Florida Court Rejects Property Insurer’s Effort To Limit Assignment Of Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

An assignment of benefits (AOB) is a legal tool that allows a third party to be paid for services performed for an insured property owner who would normally be reimbursed by the insurance company directly after making a...more

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