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Federal Common Law Climate Claims: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

Just a few weeks ago, Federal Judge William Alsup ruled that claims brought by San Francisco and Oakland against certain large oil companies belonged in federal court, because they raise issues of federal common law. Last...more

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies That Section 144 Compliance Will Not Automatically Bestow Business Judgment Protection

by White and Williams LLP on

Most directors and officers are aware of Section 144 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, which provides that a corporate transaction involving an interested director or officer is not void solely because of that reason,...more

California’s Right To Repair Act Is The Sole Remedy For Damages For Construction Defects In New Residential Construction

by Snell & Wilmer on

The California Supreme Court ruled in McMillin Albany LLC et al. v. The Superior Court of Kern County, (1/18/2018) 4 cal. 5th 241, that California’s Right to Repair Act, California Civil Code sections 895 et seq. (“Act”) is...more

Common-Law Contamination Action/Oil and Gas Production: Was Landowner Required to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before...

The United States District Court (Mississippi-Western Division) (“Court”) issued a February 16th Memorandum Opinion and Order (“Opinion”) addressing whether a landowner’s common-law contamination claim related to oil and gas...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies That “Right To Repair Act” Is Exclusive Remedy For Both Economic Loss And Property Damage...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court, No. S229762, 2018 Cal. LEXIS 211 (Jan. 18, 2018) - Several homeowners (“Plaintiffs”) brought suit against developer/general contractor McMillin Albany LLC (“McMillin”) for alleged...more

Federal Court Allows False Claims Act Case to Continue Against Medicare Advantage Insurer

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In February of 2018, a United States District Court in the Central District of California dismissed only half of the claims in a qui tam case against United Health Group, Inc. (UHG), a Medicare Advantage plan provider. United...more

Lake Property Ownership: Montana Supreme Court Addresses Riparian Boundary Dispute

The Supreme Court of Montana addressed a dispute between two neighbors over ownership of a portion of a non-navigable lake. Ash v. Merlette, 407 P.3d 304, 307 (Mont. 2017). A lower court (District Court) held that a...more

Mushrooming Claims: Recognizing When Simple Claims Threaten to Expand Beyond What is Expected

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Introduction - In the not too distant past, claims and claims handling were generally predictable. There was an incident causing damage, then a demand, and a dispute largely about the amount that would be paid. More...more

Can Your Business be Liable for an Employee’s Intentional Data Leak?

by Revision Legal on

Many businesses are acutely aware of the dangers of a data leak that can result from the breaching of networks, computer hacks, malware, and computer espionage. These cyber threats are external threats, but businesses must...more

Directors Fail To Escape Liability For Approving Dividend

by Allen Matkins on

I last wrote about FDIC v. Ching, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92687 (E.D. Cal. July 8, 2014) in July of 2014. That post concerned Judge Kimberly J. Mueller's ruling that California's statutory restrictions on distributions to...more

New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act Requires Election of Remedies Before Summary Judgment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently held that the proper time for a plaintiff to elect whether to proceed with a statutory whistleblower claim under CEPA, or a common law Pierce...more

Illinois Appellate Court Expands PSEBA Exposure for Illinois Local Governments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, the Illinois First District Appellate Court, in a 2-1 decision, greatly expanded the "unlawful act" trigger for eligibility for lifetime healthcare benefits under the Public Safety Employee...more

Court Precludes Parallel Cause of Action Where CEPA Violations Are Plead

On January 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey granted Defendant Public Service Electric & Gas Co.’s motion to dismiss a New Jersey common law wrongful termination claim in a whistleblower...more

Builders' Right To Repair Pre-Litigation Affirmed as Exclusive Remedy By Supreme Court

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On January 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of California in McMillin Albany LLC et al., v. The Superior Court of Kern County (Supreme Court Case No. S229762, California Official Reports citation pending) unanimously held that the...more

California Supreme Court Holds the Right to Repair Act Provides Exclusive Remedy for Construction Defect Claims

by Wilson Elser on

On January 18, 2018, the California Supreme Court resolved 15 years of debate when it issued McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court, S229762 (2018) __ Cal.4th __. In a broadly worded decision, the Court unequivocally held that...more

California Supreme Court Upholds SB800 As Exclusive Remedy, Disapproves Liberty Mutual

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

N&D proudly announces that the California Supreme Court has unanimously agreed with our position and has ruled in support of the Right to Repair Act. The Supreme Court has spoken: The Legislature said what it meant, and...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Think Tank Says Nuclear Missiles Can be Inadvertently Launched Through Cyber-Attacks - Just before the false alarm in Hawaii last weekend when residents were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack, think tank...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes Common-Law Cause of Action for Unauthorized Disclosure of Confidential Medical Information

In a long-awaited decision concerning the confidentiality of medical records and patient privacy, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently concluded that the physician-patient relationship establishes a duty of confidentiality...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Recognizes Common-Law Cause of Action for Unauthorized Disclosure of Confidential Medical Information

In a long-awaited decision concerning the confidentiality of medical records and patient privacy, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently concluded that the physician-patient relationship establishes a duty of confidentiality...more

Recent Victories for PK Law Flood Team

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The PK Law Flood Team handles litigation for a variety of carriers in several jurisdictions including federal and state courts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Tennessee, North Carolina,...more

Third Circuit: Imprecise Release Allows FMLA Claims to Survive

Imagine that an employee of yours gets injured at work. He files a claim for workers’ compensation, goes out on leave, and returns to work two weeks later. Two weeks after that, the employee is fired for a policy violation....more

Is it Pretty? Will H&M Assert a “Classixx” Ornamental Defense to Claims of Trademark Infringement?

by Knobbe Martens on

On October 19, 2017 Hush Hush Sound Inc, Michael David, and Tyler Blake (collectively “Plaintiffs”) also known as the Electronic dance music duo “Classixx” filed suit in the District Court for the Central District of...more

No Statutory Claim? No Certification for Securities Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Last week, Justice Perell released a securities class action decision (LBP Holdings Ltd. v. Hycroft Mining Corporation, 2017 ONSC 6342 [Hycroft]) refusing to certify a common law claim for negligent misrepresentation against...more

Florida Now Follows New York to Find No Common Law Public Performance Right For Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

A few months ago, we brought to your attention a case initiated by The Turtles, seeking royalties in New York for the unauthorized performance of their pre-1972 sound recordings. In that decision, the Court of Appeals of New...more

Third-Party Bad Faith Is Dead Again!

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Back in June 2016, we reported on a 3-2 Memorandum Decision of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia (“WVSCA”) which appeared to be a disguised (and prohibited) third-party bad faith claim under a liability policy. In...more

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