A wave of U.S. Supreme Court petition denials has made 2020 a bit of a letdown for patent attorneys, but there are several high-profile cases on the horizon that could decide the fate of Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges and biosimilars law, and offer more clarity on licensing standard essential patents.
A group of Liberty Mutual workers and retirees have urged a Massachusetts federal judge not to toss their proposed class action claiming their retirement plan lost millions to excessive fees and poorly performing funds, saying they adequately alleged the company dropped the ball with the plan.
The Third Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a doctor's complaint alleging that medical supply companies' shoddy training led to him being accused of Medicare fraud, ruling Thursday that he wasn't specific enough about the wrong recommendations the companies made.
Specialty insurer Trean said Thursday its upcoming initial public offering could raise $150 million for the company and another $50 million for selling stockholders if the Skadden-steered company's shares price at midpoint.
Walgreens asked an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to toss a "misguided" fraud suit accusing it of intentionally overcharging private insurers for prescription drugs, saying the case can't move forward without the pharmacy benefit managers that act as intermediaries in insurers' transactions with pharmacies.
Liberty Mutual sued a Georgia roofing company in federal court for about $2.3 million in allegedly underpaid premiums for workers' compensation insurance, saying the group misstated the size of its business and failed to cooperate with audits.
The state of California has again hopped into a sprawling multidistrict litigation case over an alleged scheme to inflate prices for auto parts, filing a complaint against Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. in Michigan federal court Wednesday.
Bracewell LLP has hired away a former managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's Houston office to bolster the firm's nationwide expansion of its litigation group.
A San Diego woman claims she was discriminated against and fired from her job with an insurance company because she was trying to juggle care for her two young children while she worked from home during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a lawsuit filed in California state court.
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns and economic fallout have led to more than 500 class action lawsuits, particularly insurance-related and education refund suits, according to a new survey from Carlton Fields.
A first-of-its-kind Fifth Circuit finding that Bitcoin exchanges can disclose user data to the government without being served a warrant has troubled advocates, who say the boosted privacy that the cryptocurrency can provide is crucial to its appeal.
StarStone Specialty Insurance Co. is asking a Florida federal court to cancel an insurance policy it issued to Private Advising Group PA, saying the group knew when it sought coverage that it might face a suit over its founder's connection to a $7.4 million fraud case, but lied on its application.
KKR said Wednesday that it will purchase financial services company Global Atlantic in a roughly $4.4 billion deal guided by Simpson Thacher, Willkie Farr and Debevoise.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on Wednesday that employers can exclude birth control from their health care plans if they oppose contraception on moral or religious grounds, upholding Trump administration rules that made it easier to skirt the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.
A Michigan judge gave teeth to one of insurers' chief arguments against coverage for losses during the COVID-19 pandemic with a first-of-its-kind ruling last week that a restaurant owner cannot tap its business interruption policy because its eateries did not sustain "direct physical loss or damage."
Bermuda-based Cardem Insurance Co. Ltd. challenged a Washington, D.C., federal judge's recommendation to keep alive claims that it owes nearly $1 billion to a pension fund, arguing Monday that the fund's trustees can't prove that the U.S. has jurisdiction over the case.
An Ohio bar urged a federal judge to reject Cincinnati Insurance Co.'s bid to bring in the Ohio Supreme Court to certify whether COVID-19 causes a physical loss at the heart of the insurer's case, saying the issues don't involve questions of state law but are governed by "universal principles" for interpreting "standardized" insurance terms.
A Michael Shvo venture is reportedly getting a 10% discount on the $700 million it has agreed to pay for a San Francisco office tower, MetLife is said to have loaned $217.5 million to Blackstone for an industrial portfolio and Southport Financial Services is reportedly trying to rezone a Florida property to allow for as many as 100 new senior housing units.
The uptick in the spread of COVID-19 reenergized an emphasis on face coverings this past week, leading to a public awareness campaign in California and a new law in Texas. And in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf shared World Health Organization research in an effort to get commonwealth citizens to cover up.
Three minor league baseball teams, including one attached to the New York Yankees, are taking Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. to Pennsylvania state court, alleging the company has wrongly denied them coverage for the losses they stand to suffer because of the season's cancellation.
A Dallas restaurant group shot back against Cincinnati Insurance Co.'s efforts to get out of covering COVID-19-related losses, telling a Texas court that if "viruses could not cause physical damage, there would be no reason to specifically exclude it."
A kombucha maker for Trader Joe's Co. and Safeway Inc. is asking Nautilus Insurance Co. and Ohio Security Insurance Co. to fund its defense against a proposed class action and pay a settlement stemming from claims over false labeling of alcoholic sugar content in its kombucha in Colorado federal court.
Travelers Indemnity Co. of America on Monday asked a Kentucky federal court to declare it need not defend a family of financial service advisers implicated in a $2.1 billion scheme to defraud the Kingdom of Denmark, saying its policy with the family does not cover criminal actions, but does cover bodily injury or property damage.
Trial courts around the country will have their hands full this year unraveling hundreds of lawsuits over insurance coverage for financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, while state high courts are primed to address thorny issues like whether U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disgorgement payments are insurable.
The operators of Las Vegas' Circus Circus Hotel and Casino are taking AIG Specialty Insurance Company to Nevada federal court, alleging that the insurer has wrongfully denied coverage for business lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
California and federal court decisions from other legal contexts may provide guidance on maximizing privilege protections for in-house legal departments facing increased demands for internal intellectual property investigations as shelter-in-place orders lift and technology companies reopen, say Alex Reese and Julia Kropp at Farella Braun.
To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Policyholders may attempt to hold insurance brokers liable for unsuccessful COVID-19 business interruption claims — and at least one such suit has already been filed — but brokers should be fairly safe as long as they followed certain best practices in advising clients, say Glenn Jacobson and Thomas Maeglin of Abrams Gorelick.
General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.
Insurance policyholders impacted by COVID-19 should consider proactively sending notices of circumstances to their insurers in order to preempt new pandemic policy exclusions, although this tactic carries certain risks as well, say Richard Milone and Jennifer Romeo at Milone Law Firm.
To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.
A look at the business interruption insurance lawsuits filed across the country in connection with COVID-19 losses reveals three ways policyholders are arguing for coverage, as well as a variety of approaches to the issue of virus exclusions, say Lee Siegel and Ryan Maxwell at Hurwitz & Fine.
Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.
Without responsibly limiting COVID-19 liability for the business community — as the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed Tuesday — no amount of encouragement to reopen the economy will get the country back to work, says Samuel Olens, counsel at Dentons and former attorney general of Georgia.
Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.
Various remedies are available to commercial tenants struggling to pay rent due to COVID-19, but lease restructuring may be the most likely option to yield a win-win for tenants and landlords, says Robert Cox at Briglia Hundley.
Though many regulatory changes related to telehealth usage will revert after the pandemic, they will likely pave the way for more permanent developments in the future, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.
Law firms struggling due to the pandemic should identify relevant insurance policies and provisions, be mindful of notice requirements that could interfere with coverage, and push back against policy exclusions, say Robin Cohen and James Smith at McKool Smith.
Cases tried during earlier times of disaster and tragedy — including the beginning of the Gulf War, Hurricane Sandy, and the 9/11 attacks — teach us that attorneys must not exaggerate the degree to which juror decisions will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, say Francis Morrison and John Tanski at Axinn.
Courts continue to define where information shared with independent contractors and specialists fits for purposes of the attorney-client privilege, and recent decisions show that jurisdictions vary in their application of the third-party waiver exception, say Matthew Hamilton and Donna Fisher at Pepper Hamilton.