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Conviction reversed by summary order for improper rebuttal summation

In United States v. Ballard, 17-427-cr, the Second Circuit reversed a sex trafficking conviction by summary order (JAC, RR, Villardo, J. by designation) due to improper argument by the government during rebuttal summation....more

Is Employee Out of Commission? Not So Fast, Says Appellate Court

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When an employer changes its contract with an employee, the change should be communicated clearly—and preferably, in writing. Otherwise, the employer may be at risk of finding that the old terms still control. For example,...more

Does The California Department Of Alcoholic Beverage Control Have Exclusive Jurisdiction Over All Disputes Involving The Sale Of...

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The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has the “exclusive power […] to license the manufacture, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages in this State.” The law expressly prohibits California trial courts from...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration Of Dispute Between Two Non-Signatories To Arbitration Agreement

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that state law governs whether a contract’s arbitration clause is binding on non-signatories. The dispute arises from a consumer protection action filed by the...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

PATENT CASE OF THE WEEK - SimpleAir, Inc. v. Google LLC, Appeal No. 2016-2738 (Fed. Cir. 2018) - In SimpleAir, Inc. v Google LLC, the Federal Circuit vacated a district court’s motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule...more

Appellate Court Notes

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AC39565 - Carvalhos Masonry, LLC v. S&L Variety Contractors, LLC - Interesting case. After the conclusion of the evidence in the case, the trial judge urged the parties to settle and even recommended the amount. The...more

Federal Circuit Appeals from the PTAB: Summaries of Key 2017 Decisions

In 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit docketed more appeals from the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) than any other venue—a first in its over 30-year history. The post grant proceedings created by the...more

Simpleair, Inc. v. Google, LLC.

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Lourie, Reyna, and Chen. Appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap. Summary: Filing a terminal disclaimer to overcome an...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC39520 - Stratek Plastics, Ltd. v. Ibar - Remember the case that held you could not recover your attorney fees in a mechanic lien foreclosure as the plaintiff unless there had...more

Finjan Your Claims into Patent Eligibility (Presentation)

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- Finjan is a cybersecurity company that provides various security services, including mobile VPN and virus screening services. Finjan owns several patents related to cybersecurity. - Blue Coat is a software company that...more

Unicorn Sighting: NLRB Overturns ALJ Credibility Determination

As we have seen, there are few things that can be counted on in labor relations. Oftentimes, several experts look at the same problem and come to vastly different conclusions. What is (almost) guaranteed, however, is that the...more

Religious Liberty v. Gender Identity – Sixth Circuit Grants Summary Judgment to EEOC in Transgender Discrimination Case

Like the recent proliferation of sexual harassment discussions in the workplace, issues concerning transgender employees are slowly but surely confronting employers and policies that may reinforce sex and gender stereotypes....more

PTAB Reversed For Giving Process Step In Product Claims No Weight

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Whether a process step in product claims is afforded patentable weight has been an issue gaining more attention recently. The Federal Circuit weighs in on the topic in In re Nordt Dev. Co., LLC, No. 2017-1445, 2018 WL 774097...more

Sixth Circuit rules Title VII outweighs religious defense in case of transgender employee

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While the debate is still not settled as to whether Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination applies to LGBTQ workers, at least one more federal appeals court has officially weighed in on the subject. On March 7, 2018,...more

New York Court Addresses Coverage for School District’s Alleged Civil Rights Violations

In its recent decision in Graphic Arts Mut. Ins. Co. v. Pine Bush Central School District, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1553 (N.Y. 2d Dep’t Mar. 9, 2018), the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division had occasion to...more

6th Circuit Says No Standing for FDCPA Claim under Spokeo

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The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that two plaintiffs did not have standing to pursue their FDCPA claim for failure to make a required disclosure where the non-disclosure did not hurt the plaintiffs. The Sixth...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Discrimination Based on Transgender Status is Prohibited Under Title VII

In a unanimous decision in EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a three-judge Sixth Circuit panel has held that discrimination on the basis of transgender status is “necessarily” discrimination on the basis of sex...more

Sixth Circuit to Employers: No ‘Magic Words’ Make a Sex Discrimination Complaint Title VII Protected Activity

Employers beware: An employee does not have to use “magic words” to complain about discrimination for it to lay the basis for a retaliation claim. The Sixth Circuit made this point in a unanimous opinion in the case of Mumm...more

Patent Infringement Claims Simply Require Alleging Facts Stating a Plausible Claim

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) addressed the pleading standards for direct infringement, doctrine of equivalents infringement, indirect infringement and willful infringement in...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2018

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Rojas v. HSBC Card Services Inc., 228 Cal. Rptr. 3d 640 (2018)- Summary: Installing recording device and recording calls on company phones renders actions intentional under California Invasion of Privacy Act. ...more

Broad Post-Judgment Discovery

Once a creditor has secured a judgment against a debtor, questions may arise regarding which post-judgment discovery methods are available to aid in executing on a judgment. Questions such as whether it is permissible to...more

Dot The I’s And Cross The T’s: The Importance Of Clarity In Claim Communications And The Availability Of Punitive Damages For An...

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The Georgia Court of Appeals recently made waves in Hughes v. First Acceptance Insurance Company of Georgia, Inc., 343 Ga. App. 693 (2017). First, it aggrandized the role of a jury in determining the existence of an offer to...more

Federal Circuit Breathes Life Back into Clean Coal Technology Suit

After a series of “Dead on Arrivals” from the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal Circuit on Tuesday resuscitated a patent infringement suit filed by Nalco Company against Chem-Mod, LLC, and others in the Northern...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Nalco Co. v. Chem-Mod, LLC, Appeal No. 17-1036 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 27, 2018) In Nalco Company v. Chem-Mod, LLC, the Federal Circuit reviewed the district court’s decision to dismiss Nalco Company’s complaint for failure to...more

Impulse Control? NLRB Finds Employee’s Misconduct To Be Deliberate and “Predetermined” and Not Protected

The past few weeks on the Labor Board front have been fairly routine, save for, of course, the high drama associated with the NLRB reversing its own decision (lest anyone think this is a super significant development,...more

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