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The Memberless LLC And Diversity

by Allen Matkins on

When faced with someone who is blowing things out of proportion, one response might be "Don't make a federal case out of this!" Sometimes, it may not even be possible to make a federal case. The reason is that federal...more

Federal Declaratory Judgment Act - What is Required for Standing?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

To establish federal jurisdiction in a declaratory judgment action, two conditions must be satisfied. First, is the constitutional inquiry - the case must be a ‘case or controversy’ pursuant to Article III of the US...more

Seventh Circuit Considers Diversity Jurisdiction in Trust Dispute

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Doermer v. Oxford Fin’l Group, Ltd., No. 17-1659 (7th Cir. Mar. 7, 2018), the Seventh Circuit had before it an example of what Chief Judge Diane Wood called a “depressingly common” type of litigation: “[f]amily disputes...more

Discharge of Pollutants/Clean Water Act: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Request for Comments Addressing Groundwater/Surface...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a February 20 Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the agency’s previous statements regarding the Clean Water Act and: . . . whether pollutant...more

Xitronix Corporation v. Kla-Tencor Corporation

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Moore, Mayer, and Hughes. Appeal from U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Summary: The Federal Circuit...more

10th Circuit Finds Rooker-Feldman Inapplicable to Colorado Non-Judicial Foreclosure Procedure

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently determined that the Rooker-Feldman doctrine, which limits federal-court jurisdiction, does not apply to a Colorado procedure for non-judicial foreclosure of mortgages....more

4th Circuit Defines “Defendant” Narrowly under CAFA for Federal Jurisdiction

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Fourth Circuit recently reaffirmed its holding in Palisades Collections LLC v. Shorts, 552 F.3d 327 (4th Cir. 2008), that an additional counter-defendant is not entitled to federal removal jurisdiction under the Class...more

Corps and EPA Push Out Effective Date of Disputed Clean Water Rule

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency published a rule postponing the effective date of the Clean Water Rule for two years, until February 6, 2020....more

Unanimous Supreme Court: WOTUS Rule Challenges Belong in Federal District Courts

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court today held that lawsuits challenging the 2015 rule amending the definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS Rule) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) must be brought in federal...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

Future of Waters of the United States/Examining the Role of States: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, &...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology (“Committee”) is holding a hearing today titled: ...Waters of the United States: Examining the Role of...more

Cannabis Business? The Impact of Federal Law Might Reach Further Than You Think.

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Everyone involved, or thinking about becoming involved, in the cannabis business is aware of the conflict between the laws of those states legalizing marijuana and the Controlled Substance Act (the “CSA”). The CSA is a...more

Growing Consensus in the Courts of Appeals against Alternative-Citizenship Theory of Diversity under CAFA

If a putative class of plaintiffs, all citizens of State A, sues a corporate defendant, which the law considers to be a citizen of State A and State B, in state court, may the defendant remove the case to federal court under...more

A Corporation May Not Pick And Choose Its Citizenship To Create Diversity Under CAFA

The Sixth Circuit became the third court of appeals to reject the “alternative citizenship” theory of diversity under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In Roberts v. Mars Petcare US, Inc., a putative class of Tennessee...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Covered Class Actions May Be Litigated in State Court

As the beginning of the next US Supreme Court term nears, one case in particular has caught our attention, as the question presented asks whether state courts have jurisdiction over certain securities class actions. The case...more

Third Circuit Issues Helpful Decision On Punitive Liability Under New Jersey Law

In a recent decision in In re Paulsboro Derailment Cases, the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a case brought by plaintiffs who alleged that they had been exposed to airborne chemicals following a train derailment....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Drugmaker Gilead has kickstarted a largely quiet period for big pharma deals with the announcement that it’s acquiring Kite for about $11.9 billion. Kite Pharma’s best known for its emerging cancer treatments that focus on...more

Negotiating Complex Agreements - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q2 2017

Sunvalley Solar, Inc. (“Sunvalley”), is a solar equipment distributor in California. It brought an action in California state court against CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science & Technology Co., Ltd. and China Sunergy (Nanjing) Co.,...more

USACE Issues Guidance on Contributed Funds for Section 408 Review

by Downey Brand LLP on

As many in the industry have learned recently, the FY 17 budget only included approximately $3 million nationwide for processing 33 U.S.C. Section 408 review. This is the Section under which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

Agencies Release Proposed Rule to Rescind Obama-Era Clean Water Rule

by Perkins Coie on

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule on June 27, 2017, that will rescind the Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule and recodify the pre-2015 regulations that...more

Third Circuit Declines to Send Pay-for-Delay Litigation to Federal Circuit

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing questions of federal jurisdiction, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that it, and not the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, had jurisdiction over two consolidated appeals arising from...more

Contemplating a Severance Plan? Consider ERISA

by Snell & Wilmer on

A severance plan may be subject to the requirements of ERISA as an employee welfare benefit plan. The determination of whether a severance plan is subject to ERISA depends in large part on whether the plan is part of an...more

Chris Lazarini Examines State Court Jurisdiction Under the Securities Act of 1933

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the defendants claimed a state court did not have jurisdiction to hear a class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Securities Act of 1933. The court...more

Rare Grable Removal Sighted In Missouri

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Establishing federal jurisdiction over state-law claims through the Grable doctrine is rare, but a Missouri federal court recently reminded us that it is not impossible. In Bader Farms Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No....more

Only in America: The Controversy Concerning Federal Jurisdiction Over Motions to Confirm, Vacate, or Modify Arbitral Awards

In most countries, it is uncontroversial that a court sitting at the situs of an arbitration has jurisdiction to adjudicate a petition to confirm or vacate or modify an award issued in that arbitration. In the United States...more

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