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Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Berkheimer v. HP Inc., Appeal No. 2017-1437 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 8, 2018) - In Berkheimer v. HP Inc., the Federal Circuit reviewed the District Court’s summary judgment finding that certain claims of a patent were invalid as...more

Claim Of Fraudulent Inducement Of A Construction Contract Does Not Invalidate Arbitration Clause In That Same Contract

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Koudela v. Johnson & Johnson Custom Builders, LLC, 2017 Ohio App. Lexis 5800 (December 29, 2017) - In this case, Nicolas and Monica Koudela (the “Koudelas”) entered into a construction contract with “Johnson & Johnson...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of AbbVie’s Humira License Suit

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The Federal Circuit has ruled that AbbVie’s declaratory judgment action seeking to invalidate a patent licensed from MedImmune will not go forward. AbbVie licensed several patents stemming from a research collaboration that...more

Abbvie Inc. v. Medimmune Limited

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Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Prost, Dyk and Chen. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Summary: A party may not seek a declaratory judgment to obtain piecemeal...more

A Theoretical Safety on the Trigger of the Duty to Defend

The Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals recently decided Selective Insurance Company of the Southeast v. William P. White Racing Stables, Inc., et al., 2017 WL 6368843 (December 13, 2017), a case addressing...more

2017 and Early 2018 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

Not Every Refusal to Provide Coverage Equals Bad Faith

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A complicated and interesting factual history, along with a number of actions, including an earlier one for declaratory judgment, resulted in a thoughtful and reasoned opinion of the United States District Court for South...more

Sued Customers Insufficient to Prove a Supplier’s Actual Case or Controversy Against Patentee

In an interesting order issued recently in BroadSign International, LLC v. T-Rex Property AB, Judge Swain of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the Plaintiff’s declaratory judgment of...more

New BPCIA Litigations Regarding Celltrion’s Trastuzumab and Rituximab Biosimilars

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On January 11, 2018, Celltrion and Teva filed two lawsuits against Genentech in the District Court for the Northern District of California. Case No. 3:18-cv-00274 relates to Celltrion’s Herzuma®, its trastuzumab biosimilar. ...more

Which Statute of Limitations Applies to Your Declaratory Judgment Action?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

So your client wants you to file a declaratory judgment action, but you are unsure of whether the applicable statute of limitations has expired. But what is the applicable statute of limitations in a declaratory judgment...more

Podcast Episode 14 - Four Cases to Watch in 2018

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Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 14, we discuss four cases to watch in 2018: Ganson v. City of Marathon –...more

Florida Supreme Court Says Right to Privacy Survives Death and Prohibits Ex Parte Interviews in Medmal Actions

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In the case of Weaver v. Myers, a sharply divided Florida Supreme Court recently struck down part of the 2013 amendments to Fla. Stats. §§766.106 and 766.1065, which govern the informal discovery process of the medical...more

Delaware Contractarian Principles Prevail in Appeal Over Deceased Ace Hotel Founder’s LLC Interest

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The sudden death of Alexander Calderwood, the brilliant but troubled co-founder of the Ace brand of hotels, resulted in some fierce litigation between Calderwood’s estate and Calderwood’s LLC co-member over the nature of his...more

CGL Policies And Data Breaches: No Publication, No Coverage

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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

First Circuit: The Best Offense Is A Good Defense?

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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

Operating Agreement Defeats Statutory Buyout Rights Upon LLC Member’s Withdrawal

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When the tsunami of LLC enabling statutes swept the U.S. in the late ’80s and early ’90s, including New York in 1994, many included a default rule authorizing as-of-right member withdrawal and payment for the “fair value” of...more

Counterclaims And Affirmative Defenses: A Tale Of Two Pleadings

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Order re Defendant’s Second Motion to Dismiss & Strike Affirmative Defense, Summers Manufacturing Co., Inc., v. Tri County AG, LLC, et al.: 4:17-cv-00186-RGE-CFB (November 29, 2017) (S.D. Iowa, Judge Rebecca Ebinger) - In...more

Arizona District Court Denies Motion to Remand in Bad Faith Case, Despite Plaintiff Seeking Only $57,000 in Compensatory Damages

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Hoarau v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2017 WL 3328078 (D.Ariz. August 4, 2017), the Arizona District Court denied an insured's Motion to Remand in an insurance bad faith, punitive damages, and declaratory...more

First-to-File Rule Brings Venue of Camera Patent Fight into Focus

Federal courts have long honored the age-old principle of “first come, first served”—when presented with two competing lawsuits involving the same parties in different courts, priority is generally awarded to the first-filed...more

Alleging and Proving Standing to Challenge Rezoning

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In the recently-decided Cherry Community Organization v. City of Charlotte, the North Carolina Court of Appeals determines that standing to bring a declaratory judgment action challenging a rezoning requires both allegations...more

Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump nominee, to hear lawsuit to determine CFPB Acting Director; TRO hearing scheduled for 4:30 today

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The declaratory judgment action and motion for temporary restraining order filed by Leandra English in the D.C. federal district court for a declaration that she, and not Mick Mulvaney, is the CFPB Acting Director has been...more

Genentech Moves To Dismiss Amgen’s California Bevacizumab DJ Action

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We previously reported on Amgen’s complaint in the Central District of California seeking a declaratory judgment that 27 Genentech patents are not infringed by Genentech’s bevacizumab biosimilar (Mvasi®). On November 15,...more

District Court Case Highlights Advantages of ERISA Severance Plans

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Specialists have long touted certain significant advantages to employers that come along with maintaining ERISA severance plans, and a recent district court case highlights some of these advantages....more

When Governmental Entities Collide – Local Zoning Codes May Be The Loser

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A recent decision by the Appellate Division decided that a village zoning code was inapplicable to a water district. As a result, the water district was able to proceed with replacement of one of its massive elevated water...more

A Frustrating Exercise: Federal District Court In Iowa Declines To Grant Summary Judgment On Frustration Of Purpose Doctrine In A...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Rembrandt Enters., Inc. v. Dahmes Stainless, Inc., No. C15-4248-LTS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144636 (N.D. Iowa Sept. 7, 2017) - On September 7, 2017, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa denied a...more

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