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Jurisdictions around the United States continue to turn to specific business courts or to the creation of specialized commercial dockets as ways to efficiently address complex commercial business disputes, and in many instances, in an effort to attract business investment in that jurisdiction. Not to be left out, jurisdictions around the world are creating similar programs in order to encourage commercial development.
This article explores how courts have responded to motions to dismiss or strike class action allegations on the pleadings after the Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast v. Behrend. In particular, it examines how, even though Comcast decreases the probability that plaintiffs will obtain class certification, courts remain reluctant to dismiss class allegations on the pleadings.
Electronic discovery jurisprudence continued its rapid evolution in 2013. This article will focus on a few key issues worthy of continued attention into 2014.
In US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split concerning whether principles of fairness could trump language contained in an ERISA plan. Equitable defenses cannot overcome the simple fact that “[t]he plan, in short, is at the center of ERISA.”
With the renewed focus by Congress, the president, and the Supreme Court on patent law, this article looks at today's five most publicized patent issues. Among those issues are three Federal Circuit cases that will be, or that have been, argued at the Supreme Court in the spring of 2014, new legislation being considered by the Obama administration to curtail patent infringement litigation, and recent legislation that has created a clear mechanism for allowing issued patents to be attacked more frequently than ever before.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782, litigants in proceedings overseas may seek discovery in the United States. Although it has long been clear that Section 1782 discovery is available for judicial and regulatory proceedings, it is much less certain whether Section 1782 discovery is available for arbitrations abroad. There are at least four different views on the matter. This article surveys and analyzes the different approaches, and offers some practical suggestions for whether and how to see such discovery.
On March 3, 2014, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund to address the recent circuit split concerning the pleading standards applicable to claims under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 for untrue or misleading statements of opinion. This article examines the appropriate pleading standards under Section 11 and argues that a plaintiff need not plead or prove “subjective falsity” to recover damages under Section 11 for untrue or misleading statements of opinion.
In Daimler AG v. Bauman, et al., the Supreme Court revisited general jurisdiction over foreign defendants. The Court held that a foreign defendant was not subject to general jurisdiction in California in a suit for injuries and acts occurring outside of the United States, as general jurisdiction is found only where the defendant is “at home.”
On January 22, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Medtronic, Inc. v. Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC, deciding unanimously that the patent holder bears the burden of proving infringement, even when a licensee seeks a declaratory judgment that it does not infringe the licensor’s patents.
Three recent decisions of the Delaware Court of Chancery, all written by Vice Chancellor Laster, demonstrate the importance and impact of the application of the standard of review to the success of post-transactional shareholder litigation.
When it comes to ethical guidance, in-house lawyers get the short end of the stick. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which most U.S. jurisdictions have adopted in some form, are more compatible with law firm practice than in-house work.
Judge Gail A. Andler has been a California state trial judge since 1994. She currently sits on the Complex Civil Litigation Panel of the Superior Court, Orange County, and is the immediate past President of the American College of Business Court Judges. She served two terms as the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court's Appellate Division.
Lord Harry Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, discusses the "Woolf Reforms," and how they changed the way the courts in England handle civil disputes. His conclusion: The duty of a court is primarily to assist the parties to conclude their dispute without waste or delay. Please enjoy this April 30, 2014, conversation sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Committee.
69(3): 671-698 (May 2014)
In the Halliburton case, the United States Supreme Court reconsidered the ruling in the decision of Basic Inc. v. Levinson that, twenty-five years ago, adopted the fraud-on-the-market theory, which has since facilitated securities class action litigation. The authors sought to contribute to this reconsideration by providing a conceptual and economic framework for a reexamination of the Basic rule, taking into account and relating their analysis to the Justices' questions at the Halliburton oral argument.
Since February 2013, the In the Know Subcommittee has been organizing free CLE programs for Business Law Section members in the form of a series of In the Know webinars, presented by various committees within the Business Law Section. Each In the Know program is available, at your convenience, through the Business Law Section’s website. This month’s Inside Business Law highlights the In the Know programs.