A federal judge has refused to grant class certification for a breach of contract claim in a case accusing AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by changing its retiree health benefit plan.
The past year was a slow one from an international trade perspective, as other issues took precedence and the Obama administration hedged on setting a clear trade agenda. But international trade attorneys expect progress in 2010, especially in the areas of export control reform, sanctions and climate change.
While competition experts predict a rise in global antitrust enforcement actions in 2010, they anticipate a relatively quiet year for new competition legislation. Unless, that is, lawmakers succeed in slipping antitrust provisions into health care legislation taking shape in Congress.
After a slow year, most international trade attorneys expect things to pick up in 2010, as the World Trade Organization and U.S. Department of Commerce gear up to issue major decisions and complaints continue to pour in to the U.S. International Trade Commission.
For the financial services sector, 2010 will bring resolution and precedent-setting decisions in the many lawsuits filed during the financial crisis and a slowing of new litigation, experts say.
Intellectual property litigation involving the spoliation of evidence and the limits of patentability, as well as a variety of disputes over the Federal Communications Commission's rules and administrative actions, has caught the attention of attorneys specializing in technology matters when it comes to cases to keep an eye on in 2010.
In 2010, employment attorneys will be keeping an eye on two cases before the California Supreme Court that could impact future overtime class actions, in addition to several major U.S. Supreme Court cases involving Title VII, arbitration and employee privacy.
Law firms are much more likely to be shuttering offices in 2010 than opening new ones, but a few geographic regions will be on their radar this year as firms look to identify areas for future growth, consultants said.
Law360's top insurance firms had a banner year in 2009, with wins in major coverage disputes over the massive California wildfires, the Sept. 11 attacks and the Broadcom Corp. stock options cases, among others.
For Law360’s top product liability defense teams, consumer fraud suits, forum shopping, suits claiming injuries to children and infants, and populist outrage aimed at high-powered companies turned out to be the biggest challenges of 2009.
Law360's notable employment defense firms of 2009 had a banner year, with pro-employer rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, the reversal of a massive verdict in a seminal tip-pooling case and the defeat of one of the largest Title VII classes ever certified among the headline-grabbing cases they worked on.
Law360's notable employment plaintiffs firms of 2009 saw years of hard work pay off last year, securing big settlements for classes of workers in long-running wage-and-hour and discrimination cases.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced a bill that would protect more than 1 million acres in California's Mojave Desert, but which would close those lands to solar and wind power generation.
The length of time it takes an appeal from start to finish, plus the cost of doing it correctly, can be very frustrating for clients, says Richard A. Derevan, a partner and appellate specialist at Snell & Wilmer LLP.
A federal judge has dismissed a securities class action against Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc., finding that the plaintiffs had not proved the company knowingly omitted adverse results from tests on an experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug that caused steep investor losses.
HSBC Bank USA NA customers alleging that the bank charged late fees to those who made their payments on time via first-class mail, despite its promise to register payments based on receipt date, have moved for class certification.
A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by Diebold Inc. shareholders to revive a securities fraud class action against the ATM maker, finding the plaintiffs’ allegations irremediably vague and conclusory.
Europe’s largest biotechnology company, Actelion Ltd., announced Tuesday that it will lose $80 million in operating profits after a California arbitration panel ordered a subsidiary to pay damages to Japan's Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. in a dispute over a drug licensing agreement.
Intellectual property partner Yar R. Chaikovsky has joined the Silicon Valley office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.
A federal appeals court has nixed three states' request to review the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's denial of rulemaking petitions lodged by Massachusetts and California over the risk of spent fuel pool fires at nuclear facilities.