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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

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

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

Court Finds Tort Claims To Be Covered By Forum Selection Agreement

by Allen Matkins on

Contractual forum selection provisions are often broadly written so as to encompass not just claims involving enforcement of the contract but claims arising out of or related to the contract. But how far do these clauses...more

Spilman Alert - Breaking Insights: Shutting Another Door on Suing Insurance Companies in West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently closed an avenue for bad faith claims. In this case, the insured, CMD, sued its own liability insurance company, State Auto, for not settling the claims asserted against it...more

Court Rules Again On Motion To Dismiss In Matter Involving Unfiled Rates Charged Under Reinsurance Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

On July 21, 2016, we reported on a putative class action filed in a California U.S. district court by Shasta Linen Company against Applied Underwriters, Inc. and its affiliated entities, alleging that the “EquityComp”...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Arbitr-“all”

by Lewitt Hackman on

A federal court in New Jersey granted a franchisor's motion to compel arbitration of disputes involving seven frozen yogurt franchises, even though the claims were subject to different arbitration provisions in different...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

The Ramifications of a Less-Than-Thorough Investigation

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

An insurance carrier has declined to defend a claim asserted against its insured, arguably without meeting its obligation to investigate the claim. For whatever reason — a change in personnel, loss of a file, or some other...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

District Of South Carolina Denies Motion To Dismiss Action Involving Fronting Relationship

by Carlton Fields on

Applying Delaware law, a South Carolina District Court found Plaintiff had properly pled its causes of action for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence/gross negligence and negligent misrepresentation...more

The North Carolina Business Court Explores The Boundaries Of “Substantial Aggravating Circumstances”

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Courts have long recognized limitations on claims brought under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 in conjunction with alleged breaches of contract. Although the North Carolina Supreme Court has never formally recognized a restriction,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | October 2017 #3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

FDA Warns Snyder’s-Lance About Iron Content Labels - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. about the iron content of its Lance Toast Chee Crackers. The letter...more

Delaware’s Restrictive Trulia Standard Gains Traction in California

Silicon Valley court signals increased scrutiny of disclosure-only settlements of merger objection litigation. Delaware Courts have become reluctant to approve settlements of merger objection lawsuits based on...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Challenge to Risk Factors and Earnings Projections, in Williams v. Globus Medical,...

A recent Third Circuit opinion demonstrates the high bar that plaintiffs face when attempting to plead the falsity of two categories of statements: (1) risk factors alleged to be misleading because the warned-of risk had...more

SC Supreme Court Says Insurers Can’t Cloud Allocation of Covered and Non-Covered Damages

The South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision in Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Heritage Communities, Inc., modified July 27, 2017, continues a trend of decisions aimed at preventing an insurer from acting in its own interest to...more

Answer the Phone, Win a Trip to New York?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

If you live in the Western Hemisphere, then you already know that New York courts may exercise personal jurisdiction over a nondomiciliary who transacts business in New York if the plaintiff’s claim arises from the...more

"Common Sense Prevails": Northern Ireland Housing Executive v. Healthy Buildings (Ireland) Limited [2017] NIQB 43

by Dentons on

Where a compensation event has occurred and additional costs have been incurred, can a contractor claiming compensation rely on forecast costs to assess the effect of the compensation event? Common sense dictates no....more

7 Business Cases to Follow in the Supreme Court's Fall Term

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada’s fall term begins on October 2. Scheduled hearings that may interest the business community are described below...more

The Economic Loss Rule And Misrepresentation-Based Section 75-1.1 Claims

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

We’re not alone in our interest in how the economic-loss doctrine applies to alleged violations of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. In a recent case in the North Carolina Business Court involving section 75-1.1 claims, 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

Did You Know You’re an Escrow Agent?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Many purchase/sale transactions require payments into escrow. Sometimes counsel for one of the parties acts as escrow agent to keep the fees down. Providing such a service has its risks. In Alexander O&G, LLC v. Nomad...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Unconscionability Claims in Arbitration Clause

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which a plaintiff filed a breach of fiduciary duty claim in federal court and opposed defendants' efforts to move the claims to arbitration. The plaintiff claimed...more

In A Post-Trial Opinion, Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Contract And Fiduciary Duty Claims For Lack Of Personal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty brought by plaintiffs against a prospective business partner,...more

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