High Court Gives Appeal Deadline Certainty In Contract Suits

Law360, New York (January 15, 2014, 8:10 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday clarifying the deadline for appealing a decision that leaves a contractual request for attorneys' fees pending resolved a major divide among the circuits, bringing new certainty for contract litigation that will resonate well beyond the Employee Income Security Act realm from which the case came, attorneys say.

The high court's unanimous ruling held that its 26 year-old decision in Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co. — which said that a decision on the merits is a "final decision" that can be appealed...
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