A Florida federal judge on Friday declined to sanction the husband of one of the Federal Trade Commission’s key witnesses in the agency’s false advertising suit against diet pill maker Roca Labs after the company said he failed to respond to a subpoena, concluding that reasonable efforts to comply were made.
The government of Belize urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to dismiss a claim it owes a company more than $22 million for leased telecommunications equipment, saying a lower court failed to properly consider Belizean law and wrongly found that it waived sovereign immunity.
A Florida federal judge on Thursday denied the Dominican Republic's bid for summary judgment against two Miami-based companies accusing the country of breaching a $51.8 million irrigation contract, clearing the way for trial to start this month.
A baking soda manufacturer and a wholesaler are facing off in the Texas Supreme Court over whether the manufacturer was wrongly held in contempt for violating a temporary restraining order by directly soliciting a customer’s business.
A California telecommunications products company Thursday urged a California judge to ax counterclaims from a former business partner in a breach of contract case, saying the claims of fraud, forgery and misappropriation of trade secrets fail to meet basic pleading requirements.
Photographers alleging that the National Football League forced them into a raw deal with the Associated Press asked a New York federal judge to amend his judgment and allow an appeal of some of their claims, arguing that they are distinct from the claims that are scheduled for arbitration.
A California federal judge is holding in default a Monster Energy Co. business partner from French Guiana, finding that the company failed to respond to a lawsuit by Monster over the alleged breach of an arbitration clause in a distribution agreement.
Property development company Howard Hughes Corp. told a California federal judge Thursday that Loeb & Loeb LLP can’t represent Regal Cinemas in its suit alleging HHC pulled a bait-and-switch with a pair of movie theater leases because the law firm ditched HHC specifically to take the job with Regal.
An Indian court has declined to appoint an arbitrator in a dispute between a construction firm and a rail engineering consultant owned by India’s government over a $1.9 million contract for work in Sri Lanka, saying the international aspect of the dispute stripped it of the power to act.
The Eighth Circuit on Friday saved Schnuck Markets from a potential million-dollar bill related to a 2013 data breach that compromised customer cardholder data, letting stand a lower court's ruling that the supermarket chain's liability is capped at $500,000.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether the National Labor Relations Board is correct in its interpretation that arbitration agreements are illegal under federal labor law if they contain class action waivers, setting the stage for a showdown on an issue that has divided circuit courts.
An Indonesian mining company that sued a vendor last year to enforce a $950,000 arbitral award got the award confirmed this week by a Missouri federal judge after more than a month passed without an appearance or response from the apparently dissolved vendor.
A Florida federal judge ordered Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. and a Costa Rican juice company to provide more details about pineapple purchases that Del Monte asserts are illegal, saying Monday that he wouldn't contemplate halting the sales until he has precise dates and quantities relevant to the decision.
Noble Energy Inc. on Thursday told the Texas Supreme Court it’s wrongly on the hook to ConocoPhillips Co. for $63 million in environmental cleanup costs under an indemnity agreement a predecessor company didn't know existed when it bought property.
A BP unit told the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday the company had been wrongly ousted from natural gas wells on a 2,000-acre ranch because of flawed jury findings that the wells were no longer capable of producing enough gas to maintain BP’s leases.
Global aerospace giant Airbus Group SE on Wednesday told a New York federal judge that it has reached a tentative settlement in its case to halt a $4.5 million arbitration claim brought against it by a former Andreessen Horowitz partner who led its Silicon Valley venture capital arm.
Richard Carpenter, half of one of the best-selling musical duos of all time, accused Universal Music Group Inc. of holding on to at least $2 million in royalties owed to him and his late sister Karen’s estate, according to a suit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Avago Technologies and its affiliates urged a California federal judge Thursday to toss an antitrust suit by electronics maker Funai that accuses them of leveraging their patents to gain a monopoly over the wireless network and video compression markets, saying the allegations are "boilerplate" and don't point to specific harm.
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' allegations that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan disregarded the Employee Retirement Income Security Act while administering an employee health benefit plan, after the parties said they settled the matter.
The representatives for a preliminarily certified class of exotic dancers on Wednesday blasted a judgment bid from two adult entertainment clubs accused of failing to pay minimum wage and overtime, telling a Florida federal court they qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.
In this episode of Fashion Counsel, Arent Fox LLP partner Anthony Lupo and retail consultant Steve Birkhold (former CEO of Lacoste, Diesel, BEBE and Earl Jeans) discuss factory outlets — the nation’s fastest developing retail sector. Increasingly, outlets are “destination centers,” offering entertainment and amenities, not just retail stores. But they may raise special legal issues for participants.
Is Amazon legally the seller of items made available by third parties on Amazon.com? And is the e-commerce giant liable if those products infringe someone else's patents? A Washington federal court answered no to both questions. As the Federal Circuit considers the case, it must balance patent protection with market access, says JD Wooten of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.
In Mission Product Holdings v. Tempnology, the bankruptcy appellate panel for the First Circuit held that Section 365(n) did not protect the exclusive distribution rights granted to the licensee of the debtor’s intellectual property, leaving unaddressed the practical implication that an IP license may be rendered worthless without the accompanying distribution rights, say Shmuel Vasser and Andrew Harmeyer of Dechert LLP.
As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court's recent decision in Chambers v. RDI Logistics reemphasizes the importance of treating your independent contractors like any other vendor with which you do business and highlights the potential minefield when you are too clever by half, say J. Allen Jones and Richard Plewacki of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.
Without certain adjustments, the traditional software licensing model may no longer be appropriate for the licensing of artificial intelligence systems, says Michael Baumert of Mayer Brown LLP.
Expert testimony is critical in many commercial cases. But during a trial, new facts, unexpected issues and changes in strategy may emerge. Expert opinions must therefore be flexible enough to adapt to changed circumstances. Attorneys from Ropes & Gray LLP explain how to avoid pitfalls associated with offering expert trial testimony not spelled out in the expert report.
It is easy to understand how the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Rainero v. Archon Corp. may create confusion. The Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act was enacted to deter plaintiffs from forum shopping in state courts. Now, the Ninth Circuit joins the D.C. Circuit in denying federal question jurisdiction over certain covered class actions, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.