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When Scientists Sue

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Mark Jacobson, who alleges that he is a “renowned scientist,” along with three co-authors, publishes a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. The Jacobson paper posits that a large-scale US...more

Middle District of Florida Denies Motion to Dismiss Statutory Bad Faith Claim Pending Resolution of Coverage Issues

In October 2012, James Lee fell and injured his back when the Real Space Pro 9000 Quantum Chair he was sitting on broke. Mr. Lee filed suit against Raynor Marketing, LTD. and Office Depot. Raynor sold the chair to Office...more

Delaware Court Rules Fraudulent Transfer Recoveries Are Not Capped At The Amount of Creditor Claims

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One of the most powerful remedies available to a judgment creditor or a bankruptcy trustee is the power to avoid and recover fraudulent transfers. Very generally, fraudulent transfers are transfers made by a debtor (1) with...more

Oral argument held in SDNY credit union lawsuit challenging Mulvaney appointment

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held oral argument regarding the pending motions in the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union v. Trump and Mulvaney. ...more

PTAB Finds that Suing in Federal Court Waives Sovereign Immunity

by Knobbe Martens on

On December 19, 2017, a seven-judge expanded PTAB panel ruled that the University of Minnesota (UM) waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity defense when it filed a patent infringement action in federal district court. ...more

Plaintiff’s Motion to Remand Biometric Information Privacy Act Case Shows Risks of No-Injury Argument in Federal Court

by Locke Lord LLP on

Defense counsel are generally trained to remove cases to federal court, and to then seek dismissal of those cases, wherever possible. But those strategies can conflict where a defendant’s motion to dismiss argues that...more

False Claims Act's "Rigorous" Materiality Standard Enforced by Second Circuit

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinforces the growing body of case law regarding the strict materiality requirements of the False Claims Act. The Result: Coyne v. Amgen is...more

Southwest Airlines Will Cooperate in Class Action Against American, Delta & United

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of Southwest Airlines Co.’s settlement with a class of plaintiffs alleging antitrust violations against Southwest, American Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., and United...more

Hot Topic for 2018 Proxy Season: Director Compensation in Wake of New Delaware Supreme Court Ruling

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an important recent opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation that certain director compensation decisions would be reviewed under the “entire fairness” standard...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Qualifiers of Control Person Liability under Exchange Act §20(a)

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case involving alleged violations of federal and state securities laws and state common law in an alleged scheme to defraud customers and investors in several...more

Based on Principles of Fairness, Court Dismisses Putative Class Action RICO Claims Asserted Years After Initiation of Suit

by Carlton Fields on

In Robertson v. SunLife Financial, a federal district court in Louisiana dismissed with prejudice as time-barred an amended putative class action complaint alleging RICO and state racketeering claims related to alleged...more

Department of Justice: Massachusetts’s Claims Against PHEAA Preempted By Federal Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, January 8, 2018, the United States Department of Justice weighed in with a Statement of Interest under 28 U.S.C. § 517 in a pending state-court action (No. 1784CV02682) brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...more

Middle District Of Tennessee Denies Motion To Dismiss Securities Claims Asserted Against Operator Of Private Prisons

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 18, 2017, Judge Aleta A. Trauger of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee denied a motion to dismiss a putative class action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Take Two: Pay Equity Plaintiffs Attempt To Resurrect Class Action Against Google

by Fisher Phillips on

A group of former Google employees just filed an amended complaint in California federal court in an attempt to breathe new life into their equal pay class action lawsuit, which had been dismissed in December for failing to...more

FCRA Ruling Rejects Argument that Foreclosure and Acceleration of Mortgage Loan Rendered Reports of Monthly Delinquencies...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation has increased in 2017 and shows little sign of slowing. While a plaintiff’s actual damages may be minimal, the statute’s award of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs for a...more

Spotlight on Upcoming Oral Arguments – January 2018

This appeal arises from a Southern District of Florida decision denying Alexsam’s motion to remand to state court and granting summary judgment against Alexsam on its breach of contract claim. The district court held that...more

N.Y. Decision May Hinder Early Class Action Settlements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The decision of the New York Court of Appeals, in Desrosiers v. Perry Ellis Menswear, LLC., and in Vasquez v. Nat'l Sec. Corp., has created a potential obstacle to early class action settlements in cases filed in New York...more

Ninth Circuit Simultaneously Denies Motion to Dismiss Without Prejudice and Grants Motion to Expedite

On December 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order in LULAC v. Pruitt, Case No. 17-71636, a case challenging an order denying administrative petitions to revoke the tolerances and cancel the...more

Making a Federal Case Out of It: What Does the DTSA’s “Interstate Commerce” Limitation Mean?

We’ve blogged a lot about the Defend Trade Secrets Act in the roughly year-and-a-half period since the law was enacted. Our coverage has run the gamut: from the first jury verdict under the DTSA, to the U.S. Patent and...more

Defamation Claims Against Gemological Institute Doomed: Qualified Privilege Shield Is Stronger Than A Diamond

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs,” said Malcom Forbes. An industry that generates over $13 billion annually, diamonds are considered one of the world’s major natural resources. ...more

Two More Anti-SLAPP Motions Filed in DC Federal Court Cases

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We are one step closer to a decision from the DC Circuit on whether its Abbas ruling remains good law following the DC Court of Appeals’ Mann decision. The plaintiff in the Deripaska v. Associated Press case has appealed the...more

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

Knee Deep in the Big Muddy of Director Compensation and Stockholder Ratification

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Delaware Supreme Court delivered a gift to the plaintiffs' bar with its recent opinion reversing the Court of Chancery's In Re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation decision. • This decision, the first...more

District Court Grants Government’s Motion to Dismiss Legal Challenge to Medicare Rate Cut for 340B Discounted Drugs

by King & Spalding on

On December 29, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the government’s motion to dismiss a pre-implementation challenge to CMS’s policy to cut the Medicare reimbursement rate for...more

Discretionary Director Compensation Subject to Entire Fairness Review

by White & Case LLP on

On December 13, 2017, on appeal from the Chancery Court, the Delaware Supreme Court in In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Del. Supr., No. 169, 2017, Strine, C.J. (Dec. 13, 2017) ("Bancorp"), denied a motion...more

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