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Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

Suitability of Arbitration Rules for Construction Disputes - Arbitration continues to be the preferred method of dispute resolution for construction disputes. With many large infrastructure projects being financed,...more

Sale Of Shares At Sheriff’s Sale May Constitute Conversion

by Allen Matkins on

One might expect that a sheriff’s sale of stock pursuant to a writ of execution could not result in a viable claim for conversion by a judgment debtor. A California Court of Appeal, however, has ruled that it could....more

Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Dell Appraisal Decision

The Delaware Supreme Court has reversed the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision in Dell, Inc. v. Magnestar Global Event Driven Master Fund Ltd. et al. The Chancery Court had found that fair value was 28% above the deal...more

Federal Court Rules Against Calzone Franchisor In Meaty Lawsuit Against Former Franchisee

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a meaty decision involving the intersection of restrictive covenant and franchise law, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently denied a request by D.P. Dough Franchising, LLC (“D.P....more

Duty to Initiate Settlement Negotiations Under Powell not Triggered Unless Liability is Clear

In a recent decision, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an important order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida in a so-called “Powell claim.” Welford v. Liberty Mutual Ins....more

Examining the Limits of the Forward Contract Safe Harbor

by Dechert LLP on

As discussed in a recent Dechert OnPoint, section 365(e)(1) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides that an executory contract of a debtor may not be terminated solely because of a provision in such contract that is conditioned...more

Federal Court Finds California PURPA Programs Non-Compliant

In a decision issued last week, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment in favor of Winding Creek Solar LLC (“Winding Creek”). Winding Creek had alleged that certain California...more

First Circuit: The Best Offense Is A Good Defense?

by Carlton Fields on

In Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. v. VisionAid, Inc., No. 15-1351P2-01A (1st Cir. Nov. 15, 2017), the First Circuit Court of Appeals ended long-running insurance coverage litigation arising from policyholder VisionAid, Inc.’s...more

Federal District Court in Virginia Holds That Prime Contractor’s Payment Bond Surety Cannot Rely on No-Damages-For-Delay Clause in...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

United States v. John C. Grimberg Co., Case No. 1:16-cv-991, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173362 (E.D. Virginia, October 19, 2017) - John C. Grimberg (“Prime Contractor”) was awarded a contract (the “Prime Contract”) to design...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Mixed-Bag Decision On Punitive Damages In Insurance Bad-Faith Case

The Ninth Circuit recently issued an unpublished memorandum opinion reducing a $2.5 million punitive award against GEICO to $1,064,282.44—four times the compensatory damages—in a Montana insurance bad-faith case. When it...more

SeaWorld Shareholders See Red After World Sees Blackfish

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A California District Court granted certification to a group of SeaWorld investors in a shareholder securities fraud case following the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” ...more

Appeals Court: No Bad Faith For An Insurer’s Legitimate Exercise Of A Contractual Right Or Its Settlement Within The Policy Limit...

In a Rule 1:28 decision applying New Hampshire law, the Appeals Court affirmed the entry of summary judgment dismissing a doctor’s suit accusing her professional liability insurer of improper settlement of a claim without her...more

Say My Name, Say My Name: Appealing Neighbors Must Name the Permit Applicant

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

A partner of mine in New York used to say, “Few things can’t be undone in litigation.” I didn’t agree. A recently-decided case, following on less-recently-decided authority, from the North Carolina Court of Appeals reveals...more

Injunction Against Berkshire Museum Sale Is Extended

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The Single Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court (Joseph A. Trainor) has extended the injunction against the Berkshire Museum's proposed sale of 40 works of art in its collection until at least January 29, 2018. In its...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | December 2017

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

Sen. Hatch Introduces New Bill Regulating Cosmetic Safety - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced legislation aiming to modernize cosmetics regulation, proposing amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act...more

Superior Court Explains When Fraud Claims May be Brought

by Morris James LLP on

Novipax Holdings LLC v. Sealed Air Corporation, No. N17C-03-1682 (November 28, 2017) - This is an interesting decision because it explains: (1) when a fraud claim may be brought despite anti-reliance provisions in a...more

Extension of Common Law Rule Against Set Off From Freight to Air Freight

by Reed Smith on

The London Circuit Commercial Court has held that the well established common law rule in shipping law that “a claim in respect of cargo cannot be asserted by way of a deduction from freight” extends to air freight. In...more

Superior Court Rules When Fees Recoverable

by Morris James LLP on

Clean Harbors Inc. v. Union Pacific Corporation, No. N15C-07-081 MMJ CCLD (Nov. 15, 2017) - When an obligation to indemnify includes the fees incurred in the underlying litigation is a surprisingly frequent question....more

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

Superior Court Explains How To Prove Fees

by Morris James LLP on

The Boeing Company v. Spirit Aerosystems Inc., No. N14C-12-055 EMD CCLD (Dec. 5, 2017) - This decision explains the process and proof required to establish the amount of a fees award....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

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