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Consumer Class Actions Take a Hit: Court Holds Made-For-Outlet Products Not Deceptive

by Bryan Cave on

In the face of a growing number of lawsuits against retailers for deceptive sales, advertising and pricing practices, a California court recently affirmed dismissal of a consumer’s false advertising lawsuit against The Gap,...more

Fining for Tenant Violations? You Might be Doing it Wrong

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

You might think that when a tenant breaks a rule, that you can simply fine him like you would fine an owner-occupant. Or, you might think that you can just notify and fine the owner/landlord for his tenant’s violation, since...more

N.C. Appellate Court Refuses to Declare Noncompete Invalid Prior to Discovery

In some situations, lawyers can determine that post-employment noncompetition agreements are likely to be declared automatically invalid. For example, a North Carolina employer that attempts to obtain a five year...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Dismissal Of Claim Against Department Of Health & Human Services Under ACA Transitional Reinsurance Program...

by Carlton Fields on

Seeking reimbursement of fees paid, allegedly by mistake, under the transitional reinsurance program in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the trustees of the Twin City Pipe Trades Welfare Fund’s sued the...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Court’s Authority To Rule On Question Of Arbitrability And Finds Injunctive Relief Was Not Subject To...

by Carlton Fields on

A Texas federal court determined that, pursuant to the parties’ contract, the dispute was not arbitrable because the plain language of the arbitration clause expressly excluded suits that involved requests for injunctive...more

Court Refuses To Reconsider Arbitrator’s Factual Determinations

by Carlton Fields on

In a case emphasizing the deference courts give to factual findings of arbitrators, a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York has confirmed an arbitration award granting damages and attorneys’ fees to a company...more

To Be or Not To Be: Can Attorneys’ Fees Be Recovered on a Void Contract

Trying to collect attorney’s fees based on a void contract? Surprisingly, you can, according to a recent California Court of Appeal case. In California-American Water Co. v. Marina Coast Water Dist., the California Court of...more

When Defendant’s Default Does NOT Warrant a Default Judgment

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Default judgments are merely rubber-stamped when defendant fails to appear and/or answer, right? Wrong, as the New York County Commercial Division’s recent decision in Gutterman v. Stark (Hon. Shirley Werner Kornreich, J.)...more

Does California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act Provide an Independent Right to Terminate a Beer Distributor Agreement?

by Mulcahy LLP on

The recent case of Mission Beverage Company v. Pabst Brewing Company, 15 Cal.App.5th 686 (2017), explores whether California law provides an independent right to terminate a beer wholesaler’s distributor agreement and whether...more

Financial Litigation Roundup: Key Federal Rulings in 2017

In case you missed it, here is our list of the most significant financial services rulings in 2017 from the Supreme Court of the United States and major federal appellate courts. While there were no decisions of overwhelming...more

New York High Court Confirms No "Blanket Rule" on Reinsurance Limits

by Jones Day on

The Situation: This past month, the New York Court of Appeals considered whether New York law imposes a "rule of construction" or "strong presumption" that a reinsurance contract's limit of liability provision caps the...more

Injunction Carve-Outs in Arbitration: Emergency Only, or All Equity Claims?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Arbitration may end sooner and more efficiently than litigation, but it is slower to begin. A courthouse is just sitting there waiting for a complaint to be filed. Originally published in Alternatives to the High Cost of...more

The Eighth Circuit Raises the Bar for Would-Be Indemnitees

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Here is a situation that comes up quite a bit in the world of business contracts containing indemnification provisions, and in the insurance industry as well. First, a party (“Party A”) gets sued, or threatened with a suit,...more

Why Brexit Could Limit Damages in Procurement Challenges

by Bryan Cave on

A recent public procurement decision of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court highlights the possibility that aggrieved suppliers in public procurement cases in the UK run the risk of losing their future rights to...more

Appeal it All! Guarding Against Multiple, Independent Grounds

by Carlton Fields on

You’ve identified a killer issue for appeal, no doubt a winner. Congratulations! You still lose. How can that be? In Novum Structures, LLC v. Choate Construction Company, Inc., 698 Fed. Appx. 608 (11th Cir. 2017), the...more

Defamation Claims Against Gemological Institute Doomed: Qualified Privilege Shield Is Stronger Than A Diamond

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs,” said Malcom Forbes. An industry that generates over $13 billion annually, diamonds are considered one of the world’s major natural resources. ...more

Litigants Alleging Procedural Violations of Illinois Biometric Privacy Statute (BIPA) Are Not “Aggrieved” Parties That May Seek...

As 2017 drew to an end, we noted the continuing flood of Illinois biometric privacy suits filed over the past year. There are literally dozens of cases pending, most in Illinois state courts, alleging violation of Illinois’s...more

Los Angeles Jury Awards $17.4 Million to Sanitation Bureau Employee

Continuing an alarming recent pattern of multi-million dollar jury awards, a Los Angeles jury panel recently awarded $17.4 million to a former employee of the Bureau of Sanitation. The employee claimed he had been retaliated...more

Beware of Listing Phantom Prices: Ann Taylor Settles False Discount Class Action

by Bryan Cave on

Fashion retailer Ann Taylor has settled a false discounting class action in New York federal court alleging that prices at its outlet stores were listed as “marked down” from prices that never applied to the items. The named...more

Getting the Dreaded Plaintiff's Letter: Businesses Being Sued for the Accessibility of Their Websites

A rash of lawsuits are being filed around the country against businesses and retailers, claiming their websites are not accessible to those with visual or hearing impairments. These lawsuits are being filed under Title III of...more

RESTARTING THE CLOCK: Court Determines that Prohibition on Competition Under Injunction Commences From Date of Order as Opposed...

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Resolving a nettlesome issue in restrictive covenant litigation, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that the amount of time a former employee is prohibited from competing with his former employer under an...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - II. Liability Issues

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. The 2009 amendments to the Traffic Safety Act and the Insurance Act with respect to the liability of a renter, lessor or lender of a vehicle were intended to cap their vicarious liability for the...more

CGL Policies And Data Breaches: No Publication, No Coverage

by Carlton Fields on

As cyber hacking and phishing schemes become more common, one issue that is often raised is whether, and to what extent, damages resulting from these incidents fall within the coverage afforded under a standard commercial...more

Give Me One “Good Reason”: Employee Resignations and Severance

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Tracy Chapman famously sang about needing “one reason to stay here.” But when severance is involved, employees may look for one reason to leave—one “Good Reason.”...more

Virginia Supreme Court Considers Terms Of Assumption Reinsurance Transaction In Determining Obligations Of Insolvent Insurer

by Carlton Fields on

A group of Kentucky hospitals sought reimbursement for legal fees incurred in two lawsuits related to the insolvency of their insurer, Reciprocal of America (“ROA”). In the 1970s and 1980s, the hospitals created two trusts to...more

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