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No Privity, No Problem: Louisiana Court Of Appeals Holds That Project Manager Owes A Duty Of Professional Care To General...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Lathan Co. v. State, No. 2016-CA-0913, 2017 La. App. LEXIS 2277 (La. App. 1st Cir. Dec. 6, 2017). On December 6, 2017, the Louisiana Court of Appeals, First Circuit, reversed and remanded the trial court’s decision to...more

US Federal Circuit Rules That PTAB Timeliness Rulings for IPR Petitions Are Subject to Judicial Review

by Dechert LLP on

In a 9-4 split, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc ruled that Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) determinations as to whether an inter partes review (IPR) petition was timely filed are reviewable on appeal, overruling a...more

Director’s Time-Bar Determinations under § 315(b) are not Exempt from Judicial Review

In Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp., [2015-1945, 2015-1946] (January 8, 2018) the Federal Circuit, en banc, held that the bar on judicial review of institution decisions in 35 U.S.C. §314(d) does not apply to time-bar...more

Federal Circuit Holds En Banc That The PTAB’s Determination on Whether The One Year Time-Bar is Triggered in Inter Partes Review...

On January 8, 2018, the Federal Circuit issued its long-awaited en banc decision in Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corporation, No. 2015-1944, 2018 WL 313065 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 8, 2018). The issue before the en banc Court was the...more

Nonpayment of Subcontractors: Can Subcontractors Get Any Help From the Government?

by Williams Mullen on

Although subcontractors lack privity of contract with the government customer and subcontract disputes generally are governed by local law, subcontractors do have some legal leverage to help them get paid....more

FRANCHISEE 101: All in the Family

by Lewitt Hackman on

Some creativity can help in passing a former franchised business to the next generation, particularly if the franchisor has no part in the franchisee's succession plan. A federal court in Nebraska preliminarily enjoined...more

In Dismissing Homebuyer’s Defective Construction Suit Against Contractor for Lack of Privity, Supreme Court of Utah Cautions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Tomlinson v. Douglas Knight Constr., Inc., 2017 Utah Lexis 132 (August 29, 2017) - This case arises out of the construction of a residential property. Lot 84 Deer Crossing (“Lot 84”) purchased the property and contracted...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Widens the Net for Negligent Misrepresentation Claims Against Professionals

by Wilson Elser on

A recent ruling by Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate court has expanded the scope of liability for negligent misrepresentation to include a class of potential defendants far beyond those expressly exposed under a prior...more

The Rise of Split Claims in Wrongful Death/Survival Cases

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Recently, in Spangler v. McQuitty, 449 Md. 33 (2016), the Maryland Court of Appeals examined the interplay between an injured person’s injury claim/survival action and the claims of beneficiaries under Maryland’s Wrongful...more

Commercial landlords beware! Time to modify your lease form allowing encumbrance of tenant’s interest?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The California Court of Appeal recently held that a lender that took possession of a defaulting tenant’s premises and then transferred its interest to a third party was not liable to the landlord for future rent. In BRE DDR...more

“Class Arbitration”: The Current Law

We recently began a series of articles in which we ask whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable,...more

Out-of-Network Physician’s Claim Against Insurer Not Preempted by ERISA

The Second Circuit concluded that a promissory estoppel claim by an out-of-network provider against an insurer was not completely preempted by ERISA and thus remanded the claim to state court for further proceedings. The...more

Court Rules Indirect Purchaser Claims Against Theranos May Proceed

by Allen Matkins on

Theranos’ anni horribilium began in October 2015 with the publication of a story by investigative reporter John Carreyrou at The Wall Street Journal. Lawsuits and government investigations ensued. Although the Theranos...more

Are You Really An Additional Insured?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Parties structuring transactions or business relationships often attempt to shift risk to their counter-party by having such party included as an additional insured on the counter-party’s insurance policies. In the real...more

Servicers Beware: Courts Rule Non-Parties Cannot Invoke Jury Trial Waiver

In Florida, courts routinely enforce jury trial waiver provisions found in loan agreements, which are generally valid and enforceable. This is true even with respect to fair debt actions. However, because there is generally a...more

Financial Institutions’ Data Breach Class Action Bounced

by Butler Snow LLP on

I’ve previously blogged about a new breed of data breach class actions filed by financial institutions against retailers (as opposed to customers suing retailers). In these cases, financial institutions claim that retailers...more

New York Court Confirms: Additional Insured Coverage Limited to Contractual Privity

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 15, 2016, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department found that an additional insured endorsement provided additional insured coverage only to the entity in direct contractual privity with...more

PTAB Decision to Institute Despite Alleged § 315 Time Bar is Not Reviewable

Wi-Fi One LLC argued that Broadcom Corp. was barred from petitioning for inter partes review under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) because it was in privity with a time-barred district court litigant. To determine whether a petitioner...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - August 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Joint Clients — Confidentiality — Right to See Clients' File - New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1070 (10/9/15) - Risk Management Issue: In a joint client representation, if one...more

2nd Circuit Affirms Decertification of Class After Jury Verdict

Key Points - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit recently held that district courts have the power to decertify a class even after a jury verdict in favor of the class...more

Careful Who You Trust. A Lender Can Be Liable For The Negligence And Misrepresentations Of Its Loan Servicers, Even Absent Any...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

In the recent case of Daniels v. Select Portfolio Serving, Inc., the California Court of Appeal has held that a lender may be liable for the negligence and misrepresentations of the lender’s servicer, without any contractual...more

MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc. v. B/E Aerospace, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Equitable Assignor Estoppel Doctrine Expanded by Federal...

Arcane aspects of the law are frequently analogized as constituting "traps for the unwary," and patent law seems to have more than its share of minutiae that fall within that characterization. The equitable principle of...more

How the PTAB Treats Pre-Institution Factual Disputes

by WilmerHale on

As a result of recent changes in the PTAB rules of practice, counsel for patent owners should consider whether there are opportunities to identify factual deficiencies in petitions. Counsel for petitioners in inter partes...more

The Shale Bankruptcy Boom Moves Midstream

The shale boom has given rise to another, less welcome boom: the bankruptcy boom. Thirty-five exploration and production (“E&P”) companies sought bankruptcy protection between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2015, and this...more

Construction Subcontractor Settles FCA Allegations for $2.8 Million

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent settlement illustrates the broad reach of the FCA and the substantial liability that “mere retention” of an overpayment can impose on contractors several steps removed from a government contract. The dispute...more

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