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Government Violated Developer’s Burt J. Harris Act Rights by Denying Site Plan, Finds Florida 4th District Court of Appeals

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In a significant ruling, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal in the case of Ocean Concrete, Inc. v. Indian River County ruled the government violated the developer’s Bert J. Harris Act rights by denying a site plan for...more

Facebook Can’t Shake Illinois Biometric Proposed Class Action Case

We have previously reported on Facebook’s fight against a proposed class action case alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)....more

Pave it! RFRA Unlikely to Protect Sacred Burial Ground

A Federal Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court of Oregon recently issued findings and recommendations in Chief Wilder Slockish, et al. v. U.S. Federal Highway Administration, et al., concluding that federal...more

9th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCRA Putative Class Action for Lack of Standing

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff failed to allege a concrete injury-in-fact sufficient for Article III standing in a suit alleging a violation of the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA). The panel affirmed the district...more

Owning the Patent Isn’t Always Enough for Standing

by Jones Day on

In a recent Initial Determination (“ID”), Administrative Law Judge Lord ruled that a patent owner did not have standing to sue without joining a third party to which certain rights had been transferred. Certain Audio...more

Should Property Owners Pursue Takings Claims in State or Federal Court?

by Nossaman LLP on

When state and local governments impose unreasonable conditions or exactions on private property, owners pursuing a regulatory takings claim often face a maze of procedural obstacles just to have their case heard. ...more

Florida Supreme Court Hears Argument On Daubert Standard

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

On March 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of Florida heard argument in a case that presents the Court with an opportunity to resolve whether Frye or Daubert will be the governing standard for admission of expert testimony going...more

Branch v. GEICO: The Convergence Of Class Certification And Article III Standing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On January 10, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied Plaintiff Tiffanie Branch’s renewed motion for class certification in Branch v. Government Employees Insurance Company, No....more

The Latest in the Prop. 65 World: Processed Meat; Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate; and Glyphosate in Herbicides

by Downey Brand LLP on

February was a busy month in the Proposition 65 world with two developments that may impact businesses that manufacture or sell processed meat or chocolate products. In addition, the United States District Court for the...more

Chinese Government Reorganization

by WilmerHale on

Attention during China's annual lianghui (conferences of the advisory Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference followed by the largely rubber stamp legislative National People's Congress) focused on adoption of the...more

Investigative Report At Center of Alleged SLAPP

by LeClairRyan on

An interesting case is playing out in DC Superior Court. The plaintiffs allege, in a 103-page, 535-paragraph complaint, that they were defamed and cast in a false light in a 541-page report that was commissioned by the...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Consumer Has No Standing to Bring FDCPA Claim

The Sixth Circuit recently made clear its position that “Congress cannot override the baseline requirement[s] of Article III of the U.S. Constitution by labeling the violation of any requirements of a statute a cognizable...more

It’s Official — Trademarks are “FUCT”

It was only a matter of time. THE “GOOD OLD DAYS” BEFORE DISPARAGING, VULGAR AND SCANDALOUS TRADEMARKS For seventy years the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) refused to register marks that consisted of...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Discrimination Based on Transgender Status is Considered Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Sixth Circuit recently joined a growing number of federal courts to expand the definition of what constitutes sexual discrimination under Title VII. It found that discrimination based on an individual’s transgender status...more

Guns in the Workplace: A Three-Part Series

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Few topics produce more heated reactions than guns, gun violence, and the Second Amendment. For employers in North and South Carolina, this subject can be especially fraught, as both states are near or at record highs in gun...more

How a constitutional amendment is transforming litigation in Mexico

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2017, Mexico’s congress approved a key amendment to its Federal Commercial Code. The amendment is now driving dramatic changes to the country’s trial process. One of those changes — a shift from written to oral proceedings...more

PA Treasurer Opens Inquiry into Lending Disparities at Financial Institutions

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella, recently announced that his office has opened an official inquiry into three financial institutions regarding alleged racial and ethnic disparities in home mortgage approval rates and...more

Sixth Circuit rules Title VII outweighs religious defense in case of transgender employee

by McAfee & Taft on

While the debate is still not settled as to whether Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination applies to LGBTQ workers, at least one more federal appeals court has officially weighed in on the subject. On March 7, 2018,...more

Appellate Court Joins Growing Chorus Finding That Procedural FACTA Violations on Their Own Are Insufficient for Standing

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In keeping with its recent decision in Bassett v. ABM Parking Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in Noble v. Nevada Checker Cab (March 9, 2018) that alleged procedural violations of the Fair and...more

Federal Circuit Review - February 2018

by Knobbe Martens on

Improperly Drafted Employment Agreement Leads to Dismissal of Patent Case Due to Lack of Standing - In Advanced Video Technologies LLC v. HTC Corporation et al., Appeal Nos. 2016-2309, 2016-2310, 2016-2311, the Federal...more

Supreme Court Poised to Overrule Requirement that Takings Claims be Filed In State Court

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Signaling a possible sea change in takings law, the United States Supreme Court has accepted for review the Third Circuit’s decision in Rose Mary Knick v. Scott Township, Pennsylvania, 862 F.3d 310 (3d Cir. 2017), cert....more

About face: court finds biometric information creates unique privacy rights

Just two months after an Illinois appellate court dismissed a similar complaint alleging a violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), a California federal court found that a claim asserted under BIPA...more

Applying Spokeo, 6th Circuit Dismisses FDCPA Suit

by Goodwin on

On February 16, 2018, the 6th Circuit, in Hagy v. Demers & Adams (882 F.3d 616 (6th Cir. Feb. 16, 2018)), found that a former borrower did not have standing to assert a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

No Meat on the Bones: Proposed Vegetarian Class Action against Buffalo Wild Wings Failed to Plead Actual Injury

Recently, a federal district court judge in the Southern District of New York dismissed claims asserted under New York General Business Law § 349 on behalf of a putative class of vegetarian customers of Buffalo Wild Wings. ...more

DOJ Challenges California Law Placing Restrictions on Employer's Ability to Allow ICE into the Workplace

by Littler on

On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit challenging California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (Assembly Bill 450), among other laws designed to limit the extent state law enforcement and prisons...more

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