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Divorcing Husband Not Smiling Over Court’s Rejection of Ownership Interest in Wife’s Dental Practice

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The self-proclaimed entrepreneur and guiding force behind his soon-to-be ex-wife’s highly successful, multi-office pediatric dental practice known as Kiddsmiles is not smiling after the court in Savel v Savel, Short Form...more

Why Kokesh Really Matters

by WilmerHale on

For U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement practitioners, perhaps the blockbuster decision of the last U.S. Supreme Court term was Kokesh v. SEC — but not for the reason that you might suspect. In Kokesh, the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Again Limits Forums for Suits Against Corporations

by Lathrop Gage on

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court held that due process restricts a state court’s power to exercise “general” (i.e. all-purpose) jurisdiction to hear any and all claims against a defendant. General jurisdiction exists only...more

Update: US Supreme Court Reverses California’s Expansion of Personal Jurisdiction

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Nation’s highest court reverses California Supreme Court decision that extended the jurisdictional reach of state courts. In the 2016 case Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court (Anderson), the California Supreme Court...more

Supreme Court Solidifies Specific Jurisdiction Analysis To Dismiss Product Claims Filed Against Non-Resident Defendant,...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Product manufacturers routinely hauled into court in far away, inconvenient jurisdictions can breathe a little easier with the Supreme Court’s decision this week in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of...more

Supreme Court Ruling Promises To Reshape Major, Multiparty Litigation in Federal Court

In Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, No. 16-466, slip op. (U.S., June 19, 2017), the United States Supreme Court provided further clarification regarding the exercise of personal jurisdiction over...more

Southern District Of Texas Dismisses Class Action Against Plains All American Pipeline, Dismissing Exchange And Securities Act...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 29, 2017, Chief District Judge Lee Rosenthal of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division dismissed a putative class action against Plains All American Pipeline, a major...more

Competition News September 2016

by Dentons on

By a controversial decision, the Constitutional Council ruled that so-called “simple” investigations comply with the constitution - The investigation services of the French Competition Authority made several requests for...more

South Dakota: The Next Frontier of Sales Tax Nexus

by Reed Smith on

On April 29, 2016, a declaratory action was filed challenging the constitutionality of South Dakota’s sales and use tax economic nexus legislation, which took effect Sunday, May 1, 2016. In American Catalog Mailers...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Colorado’s Use Tax Reporting, Limits Quill to Sales and Use Tax Collection

On February 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Tenth Circuit) issued its opinion in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, reversing the district court’s order granting summary judgment. The Tenth...more

Fee Shifting Bylaw Provisions May Face Constitutional Limitation

by Allen Matkins on

The corporate governance world has been disquieted by Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger’s recent opinion that upheld the validity of a fee-shifting bylaw provision in the bylaws of a Delaware non-stock...more

Does The Victims Of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund Deny Due Process?

by Allen Matkins on

In notorious defiance of the California Constitution, the legislature in 2002 established the Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund. See Victims of Corporate Fraud. The purpose of the fund is to provide ”restitution to...more

Texas Court Rules that Regardless of Fault, CEOs and CFOs Will Have to Pay Up Under Sarbanes-Oxley Section 304

A Texas federal judge denied defendants ArthoCare CEO Michael A. Baker and CFO Michael T. Gluk’s motion to dismiss the SEC’s claim against them under Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) Section 304’s clawback provision. Section 304...more

Eighth Circuit Questions Minnesota Reporting Requirements for Independent Expenditures

In a split decision, the full Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Minnesota District Court’s denial of a motion for a preliminary injunction, noting that the appellants, Minnesota business entities, are likely to...more

Be Ready to Pounce on a Texas Margins Tax Challenge

On July 29, 2011, Allcat Claims Services, L.P. (Allcat) and one of its individual partners filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court seeking a declaratory judgment that the Texas margins tax (TMT) is unconstitutional...more

Court Slaps Down Section 25400 Market Manipulation Claim Against Convicted Felon

by Allen Matkins on

Corporations Code Section 25400 is California’s anti-market manipulation statute. The statute copied clauses (1) through (5) of Section 9(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and declares unlawful specified actions...more

Altered Ego: New Ninth Circuit Opinion Overrules Previously Well-Settled Law Regarding Exclusive Standing Of Bankruptcy Trustees...

On October 21, 2010, the Ninth Circuit overruled what many thought to be well-settled law, and held that a bankruptcy trustee does not have standing to pursue alter ego claims, at least in cases governed by California law....more

California Court of Appeal Permits Retroactive Taxes to Remedy Unconstitutional Discrimination; Upholds Post-Amnesty Penalty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, recently issued an opinion against the taxpayer in River Garden Retirement Home v. Franchise Tax Board, 2010 Cal. App. LEXIS 1146 (2010). The case presented two...more

Correctional excellence: Accreditation and the American Correctional Association

by Michael Hamden on

In the United States there are more than 1,800 state and federal correctional facilities and more than 420 privately operated facilities. Of these, about 83%, some 1,500, are accredited by the American Correctional...more

BOATS EXPRESS, INC., d/b/a BOATS EXPRESS CORP., et al. v. MARK THACKERAY

Winning Answer Brief

by Mark Albrechta on

Florida Statute § 56.29 allows a creditor with an unsatisfied execution of a judgment to discover assets and subject those assets to execution. The statute also allows the creditor to follow assets to third parties, where...more

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