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Court Holds Federal Law Preempts California Regulations Promoting Renewable Energy Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A solar developer claimed that California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) orders promoting solar and wind generation under 3 megawatts (MW) prevented it from securing a contract from a utility under the Public Utility...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

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

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

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

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

Supreme Court of Georgia Upholds Constitutionality of Certificate of Need Statute

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected an outpatient surgery center’s constitutional challenge to the state’s Certificate of Need (“CON”) statute, Women’s Surgical Center, LLC, v. Berry. The applicable code section,...more

Following Federal Courts’ Lead, North Carolina Superior Court Dismisses No-Injury Class Action For Lack of Standing

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), which holds plaintiffs without concrete injury lack standing to sue in federal court, relies on federal constitutional and...more

Preliminary Hurdle for Cayman Derivative Claims Does Not Bar Suit in New York

A shareholder bringing a contested derivative claim in the Cayman Islands must seek leave from the court before proceeding. This litigation prerequisite -- imposed by Rule 12A of the Rules of the Grand Court of the Cayman...more

Foreign Cloud-Based Service Providers May Be Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in the United States

Following a recent U.S. district court’s ruling, foreign companies operating cloud-based services may find themselves subject to federal long-arm jurisdiction under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 4(k)(2), even if they...more

Defending The Business-To-Business Data Breach Lawsuit

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Hardly a day goes by without a headline announcing that a prominent company has fallen victim to a data breach. These headlines are followed, almost inevitably, by reports of class action lawsuits filed by consumers whose...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares Dollar-Based NOL Cap Unconstitutional

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a unanimous decision in Nextel Communications of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. v. Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the Commonwealth Court's holding that Pennsylvania's dollar-based cap on corporate net income...more

Millennium Lab Part II: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dispels Shadow Over Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases (For Now)

by Dechert LLP on

In trotting a path out of Chapter 11, debtors in most cases will need to engage various key stakeholders, some of whom are not entitled to a distribution in the bankruptcy. As a form of remuneration, non-debtors may insist on...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

Top Five Labor Law Developments For September 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee who protested an unlawful confidentiality policy, even though the employee protested without the involvement of any coworkers, the U.S....more

The Supreme Court - October 2, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the following cases: Janus v. American Federation, No. 16-1466: Should Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977), which held that it...more

South Dakota Nexus Law Held Invalid in Violation of Quill

by Varnum LLP on

Like many states, South Dakota recently enacted an aggressive sales and use tax nexus statute requiring certain out-of-state retailers with no physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit tax on sales made to South...more

SCOTUS to Consider "Fair Share" Union Dues by Non-Members in the Public Sector

On September 28, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will grant certiorari in a case that will test the constitutionality of requiring mandatory payment of “fair share” union dues to be paid by...more

PTAB Denies Institution of CBM Review for Lack of Standing in view of Covenant Not to Sue

by Knobbe Martens on

The PTAB denied institution of Covered Business Method (CBM) Review, finding that the parties’ license agreement and covenant not to sue removed any “imminent” threat of an infringement suit. MasterCard International Inc., v....more

Recent Decision Highlights Viability of Factual Challenges to Standing in Data Breach Cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Private civil actions against companies that have suffered data security breaches raise a panoply of issues, but none more prevalent or decisive than those relating to injury and damages. This is because most plaintiffs in...more

Buyer Beware: Make Sure Your Copyright Assignment Is Valid

by Payne & Fears on

You are in negotiations with a copyright owner to obtain a license to her work, which you want to publish, distribute, and/or license yourself. You want to ensure that you have the right to enforce the copyright against...more

5th Circuit Hints SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

by Burr & Forman on

In an Opinion highlighting the Circuit split over the constitutionality of SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”), the Fifth Circuit recently stayed an FDIC civil-penalty and bar order against a Bank director, pending...more

Procedurally Non-Protestable Issues (Post-Award Protest Primer #7)

Before diving into the various protest grounds that may result in a sustained protest at the GAO, let’s look at some sure losers. These are issues that are not protestable and would likely result in a quick dismissal. This...more

Ninth Circuit Again Finds Article III Standing in Spokeo: The Injury Was Particularized in Round One, and It’s Concrete in Round...

by BakerHostetler on

The Spokeo saga continues. As our sister blog, the Data Privacy Monitor, the United States Supreme Court’s May 2016 decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540, 1550 (2016) (Spokeo II) vacated and remanded a Ninth...more

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