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Forum Selection

Are Forum Selection Clauses in ERISA Plan Documents Enforceable?

On January 17, 2018, the United States Supreme Court allowed a Seventh Circuit decision to remain in effect that determined that a forum choice provision in an ERISA plan is enforceable, despite ERISA’s statement that suits...more

Come Now, Venue Is Not A Forum

by Allen Matkins on

At the end of last year, a plaintiff filed a verified class action in the Delaware Court of Chancery seeking a judgment declaring invalid provisions included in the certificates of incorporation of three different companies...more

Court Reconsiders And Grants Motion To Transfer For Improper Venue In Light Of TC Heartland

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Stuebing Automatic Machine Company v. Allan Gavronsky d/b/a Matamoros Machine Shop, et al., S.D. Ohio (June 12, 2017) (Judge Karen L. Litkovitz) - Under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), venue is only proper in a patent infringement...more

Use Of The Word “In” Indicates Geography; Use Of The Word “Of” Indicates Sovereignty: Federal District Court In Maryland Holds...

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Pritchett Controls, Inc. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 192182, 2017 WL 5591872 (D. Md. Nov. 21, 2017) - James W. Ancel, Inc. (“JWA”) was the prime contractor on a project for the Maryland...more

Forum Selection, Jury Waiver and Choice of Law Provisions in Acquisition Agreements – March 2018

by Jackson Walker on

View Jackson Walker partner Byron Egan’s publication entitled, Forum Selection, Jury Waiver and Choice of Law Provisions in Acquisition Agreements, prepared for the TexasBarCLE Essentials of Business Law: Protecting Your...more

Forum Selection Clause in an Unsigned Pre-Petition Engagement Letter is Binding on Chapter 11 Trustee.

Every lawyer knows that it is important to enter into a signed engagement letter with a client before commencing legal representation. But, as one law firm recently discovered, even an unsigned engagement letter is better...more

How to Know Which Jurisdiction’s Employment Laws Reach Border-Crossing Staff: A Comprehensive Guide to International...

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For the vast majority of employment relationships around the world,choice-of-law analysis is a non-issue that we rarely ever think about. Obviously (for example), a Paris-resident baker working locally for a French bakery is...more

Court Finds Tort Claims To Be Covered By Forum Selection Agreement

by Allen Matkins on

Contractual forum selection provisions are often broadly written so as to encompass not just claims involving enforcement of the contract but claims arising out of or related to the contract. But how far do these clauses...more

Continuing Trends in M&A Disclosure Litigation

Over the past two years, the deal litigation landscape has changed dramatically. In early 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery announced a new rule for evaluating disclosure-based settlements in deal litigation — the “plainly...more

Trap for the Unwary: How A Manufacturer Can Assure Itself That New York Law Will Apply To Its Contracts

We review a lot of manufacturing contracts for our clients. As most people know, there are often clauses that dictate what law will apply if there is a dispute (a.k.a. “choice of law” clauses) and where that dispute will be...more

Federal Circuit Rules That TC Heartland Is A Change Of Law Preventing A Waiver Of Venue, But Rules That A Forfeiture Of Venue May...

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Granting Petition for Writ of Mandamus, In re: Micron Technology, Fed. Cir. (November 15, 2017) - In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland, courts had been struggling with the question of whether...more

Court Of Appeal Finds No Right To Jury In Shareholder Class Action

by Allen Matkins on

In several blog posts, I have commented on the right to a jury trial under California law. This may seem like an inapposite subject for a blog devoted to corporate and securities law issues. Nonetheless, I have...more

Non-Compete Legislation Update: Why Choices of Law and Forum are a Big Deal

On October 31, 2017, the Joint Committee on Workforce and Development once again held a hearing to discuss the possibility of legislative changes to Massachusetts non-competition and trade secrets laws. There were several...more

Does Arbitration Make Sense For Franchisors? A Litigator’s Perspective

by Mulcahy LLP on

Let’s face it; arbitration is not always the quicker, cheaper forum for parties to resolve their differences. Although arbitration does have the potential to be more economical and efficient than court, in practice, these...more

Forum Selection Clause Bars NJ Wage Payment Law Claim In NJ Court

by Cole Schotz on

On October 19, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that New Jersey based Mary Kay consultants could not bring a claim in New Jersey federal court against Mary Kay for alleged violations of the New Jersey...more

Foreign Companies' Victories in Chinese Courts Support Forum Non Conveniens Motions in U.S. Courts

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A series of recent intellectual property case victories by foreign plaintiffs against Chinese companies in Chinese courts has relevance for the forum non conveniens doctrine as a critical defense motion in U.S....more

Applied Underwriters, Inc., Loses Argument To Enforce Mandatory Forum Selection Clause In Reinsurance Contract

by Carlton Fields on

On September 12, the District Court for Connecticut denied a motion to transfer predicated on a mandatory forum selection clause in a reinsurance contract. The contract was one of several entered into by Applied Underwriters,...more

ALJ Shaw: ITC is a Viable Forum for Enforcement of SEPs

The public version of ALJ Shaw’s Initial Determination (ID) in U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1012 (1012...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Requirements For Patent Cases

by Weintraub Tobin on

Until the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22, 2017 ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States district courts had interpreted the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C....more

Commercial Division Rolls Out Four New Rules Covering Expert Disclosures, Temporary Restraining Order Requirements, Forum...

Four of the proposed amendments to the Commercial Division Rules, which were discussed in an earlier blog post while the rules were under consideration by the Office of Administration, were adopted over the summer and have...more

Illinois Supreme Court Fundamentally Limits the Ability to Sue Non-Illinois Corporations

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Following recent precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court limited the circumstances in which a non-resident corporate defendant can be subject to suit in Illinois on claims with no connection to the...more

Legal Considerations for Establishing Operations in the United States (Pennsylvania)

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I. Introduction – Business and Legal Climate in the United States. The business climate in the United States, though subject to business cycles, is the largest, most dynamic and durable in the world. The freedom to compete...more

Read This Case. Slap Your Head. Not Too Hard.

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Having read thousands of court opinions during my 30+ years as a litigator, I’ve learned to assume that there are things going on beyond what can be gleaned from the court’s written decision, and that these hidden factors may...more

New North Carolina Law Adds Predictability to Litigation Involving Business Contracts

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

North Carolina businesses commonly enter into contracts to buy or sell goods and services west of Murphy, north of Mt. Airy, south of Charlotte, and even east of Ocracoke. When contracts such as these extend beyond state...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 3

The DTSA After One Year: Has the Federal Trade Secrets Law Met Expectations? - On May 11, 2017, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) – the law that created a Federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation –...more

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