Appellate

  • May 29, 2024

    4th Circ. Rejects Atty Fee Bid In Fight Over Ted Nugent Photo

    The Fourth Circuit has denied a photographer's application for attorney fees after Bricker Graydon LLP helped him secure a favorable ruling in his legal battle over a news website's allegedly unauthorized use of a Ted Nugent photo he took in an article titled, "15 Signs Your Daddy Was A Conservative."

  • May 29, 2024

    Non-Atty Legal Advice For Debtors Is Unprotected, 2nd Circ. Told

    New York urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to find that stopping a nonprofit focused on bankruptcy education and the South Bronx pastor it's working with from advising low-income debtors represents a content-neutral regulation on who can practice law that does not violate the First Amendment.

  • May 29, 2024

    8th Circ. Backs Ark. Landowners' Jury Win In Flooding Suit

    The Eighth Circuit has upheld a group of Arkansas landowners' nearly $350,000 jury win in their lawsuit accusing Lawrence County of building a bridge that caused flooding that damaged their crops.

  • May 29, 2024

    CNN Tells 11th Circ. Trump Defamation Claims Fall Flat

    CNN called on the Eleventh Circuit to reject former President Donald Trump's attempt to revive his $475 million defamation suit against the network, arguing that its use of the phrase "big lie" to describe his claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen "does not convey Trump is Hitler."

  • May 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Doctor's Military Bias Suit

    An Arizona hospital defeated a doctor's discrimination lawsuit for the second time, with the Ninth Circuit upholding an Arizona federal judge's decision to toss the doctor's claims that the hospital showed bias against his military status by not renewing his contract after he deployed.

  • May 29, 2024

    Contractor Talking To Juror Warrants Contempt, NC Panel Told

    A general contractor interfered with the court when he spoke to a juror during a civil trial involving his company, state prosecutors told a North Carolina appellate court in seeking to have the contractor's contempt conviction upheld.

  • May 29, 2024

    5th Circ. Stays Transfer Of Suit Over CFPB's Late Fee Rule

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the transfer of a banking industry lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $8 credit card late fee rule, again intervening in the case less than a day after a Texas federal judge ordered it sent to Washington, D.C., for a second time.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ga. Justices Reprimand Atty Over Flubbed Settlement

    A Georgia solo practitioner was hit with a public reprimand by the state's highest court Wednesday after admitting that he bungled a personal injury settlement by delegating the negotiations to his assistant.

  • May 29, 2024

    11th Circ. Backs Insurer's Win in Trampoline Injury Suit

    United Specialty Insurance had no duty to defend or indemnify a landscaper accused of negligently installing a trampoline that led to a child's injuries, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed, finding that the landscaper's insurance application expressly disclaimed the installation of recreational or playground equipment.

  • May 29, 2024

    Alito Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Cases Over Flag Controversy

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from deciding cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol or former President Donald Trump's criminal immunity following reports that two flags used by protestors of Trump's 2020 election loss were flown outside his houses.

  • May 28, 2024

    Pa. Court Says Vaccine Refusal Valid Cause For Firing Nurse

    A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel on Tuesday tossed a suit accusing a hospital of wrongfully firing a nurse practitioner who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the nurse can't invoke the state's medical malpractice statute in a wrongful termination suit.

  • May 28, 2024

    VLSI Wants Fed. Circ. To Pause Before Pursuing PQA Appeal

    VLSI Technology LLC has asked the Federal Circuit to hold off on deciding whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board improperly invalidated its chip patent in a high-profile dispute until after the court rules on a key prior art issue in unrelated litigation.

  • May 28, 2024

    Wash. Justices Doubt Atty's Response In Disbarment Case

    Washington State justices were skeptical Tuesday of an appeal from an attorney facing disbarment who asserts that he did nothing wrong in response to misconduct allegations including that he embezzled from investors in a failed venture to build a cannabis industrial park.

  • May 28, 2024

    Agribiz Pushes Ninth Circ. To Reverse Land Swap Decision

    A global agribusiness with operations in Idaho has again asked the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court's "misguided" holding under the National Environmental Policy Act that favored the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in their challenge to a U.S. Department of the Interior land transfer.

  • May 28, 2024

    Frontier, Ex-CEO Settle $21.8M Life Insurance Benefits Feud

    Frontier Communications and Leonard Tow, its former CEO and the top executive of a predecessor, have privately settled a feud surrounding tens of millions in split-dollar life insurance policies, with both sides asking a Connecticut state court judge to withdraw a $21.8 million prejudgment remedy order issued last month.

  • May 28, 2024

    2nd Circ. Ready For Project Veritas' Free Speech Claims

    The Second Circuit seemed eager on Tuesday to get to the merits of a Project Veritas self-proclaimed journalist's assertion that the First Amendment bans the government from reviewing his communications with sources and colleagues surrounding the diary of Joe Biden's daughter Ashley Biden.

  • May 28, 2024

    Singer Tells Justices Jurors Should Hear His 'Rockstar' Song

    The frontman of a band called Snowblind is telling the U.S. Supreme Court that at least one appeals court judge seemingly decided for herself that his 2001 demo sounded nothing like the Nickelback hit record "Rockstar," something he thinks a jury should decide instead. 

  • May 28, 2024

    DC Circ. Revives Campaign Ad Fight At Mail Carriers Union

    The D.C. Circuit has revived claims that a mail carriers union violated the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act by refusing to publish an officer candidate's campaign ads in its magazine, ruling Tuesday that a Washington, D.C., federal judge prematurely dismissed the suit.

  • May 28, 2024

    27 States Urge Fed. Circ. To Back Idaho 'Patent Troll' Law

    Attorneys general from 27 states, along with tech industry lobbying groups, have thrown their support behind Micron Technology Inc.'s argument in its fight at the Federal Circuit that Idaho's law barring "bad faith" allegations of patent infringement is constitutional.

  • May 28, 2024

    Colo. Justices To Mull Atty Advice Defense In Securities Cases

    The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the advice a defendant's business attorney gave him is relevant to his state of mind in a securities fraud case, according to an order Tuesday granting the state's petition for appeal.

  • May 28, 2024

    5th Circ. Flips Cancer-Drug Maker's Defeat In Hair Loss MDL

    The Fifth Circuit has vacated a summary judgment ruling in favor of four women who say two drugmakers failed to warn consumers that their chemotherapy drug could cause hair loss, saying it was impossible for the companies to simultaneously comply with federal and state failure-to-warn laws.

  • May 28, 2024

    Anesthesia Machine Failure Not Med Mal Claim, Panel Rules

    An Indiana state appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a wrongful death suit against a hospital over a patient who allegedly died as a result of an anesthesia machine malfunction, saying it was wrongly deemed a medical malpractice case subject to the state's Medical Malpractice Act.

  • May 28, 2024

    HIV Drug Buyers Fight Bid To Combine 9th Circ. Appeal Briefs

    Drug buyers that allege Gilead Sciences Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals delayed generic versions of HIV medications told the Ninth Circuit it would be unfair to grant the companies' call for a single brief addressing the 17 appeals filed after a jury rejected the claims last year.

  • May 28, 2024

    Texas Judge Sends Suit Over CFPB Late Fee Rule Back To DC

    A Texas federal judge Tuesday ordered another cross-country trip for a banking industry lawsuit that challenges the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $8 credit card late fee rule, sending the case back to Washington, D.C., shortly after regaining control over it.

  • May 28, 2024

    Tribe Says Enbridge's Trespass Concern Wasted Court's Time

    A Wisconsin tribe has told the Seventh Circuit that Enbridge Energy wasted the court's time raising concerns that an old tribal trespass ordinance could cost the company millions in fines, saying it has nothing to do with the tribe's attempts to stop the Line 5 pipeline.

Expert Analysis

  • 5th Circ. Bond Claim Ruling Shows Creditors Must Be Vigilant

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    In Raymond James & Associates v. Jalbert, the Fifth Circuit recently held that the bankruptcy debtor's indemnification obligations were discharged by the confirmed plan because the indemnified party failed to speak up, demonstrating that creditors must proactively protect their rights, says Joshua Lesser at Bradley Arant.

  • 4 Arbitration Takeaways From High Court Coinbase Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's May 23 decision in Coinbase v. Suski, which provides clarity to parties faced with successive contracts containing conflicting dispute resolution provisions, has four practical impacts for contracting parties to consider, say Charles Schoenwetter and Eric Olson at Bowman and Brooke.

  • Fed. Circ. Scrapping Design Patent Tests Creates Uncertainty

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    The Federal Circuit last week discarded established tests for proving that design patents are invalid as obvious, leaving much unknown for design patent applicants, patentees and challengers, such as what constitutes analogous art and how secondary references will be considered and applied, say attorneys at Sterne Kessler.

  • Series

    Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

  • 3rd Circ.'s Geico Ruling May Encourage Healthcare Arbitration

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    The Third Circuit's recent decision in Geico v. Mount Prospect, finding that claims under New Jersey's Insurance Fraud Prevention Act can be arbitrated, strengthens arbitration as a viable alternative to litigation, even though it is not necessarily always a more favorable forum, say Khaled Klele and Jessica Osterlof at McCarter & English.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

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    The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

  • One Contract Fix Can Reduce Employer Lawsuit Exposure

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    A recent Fifth Circuit ruling that saved FedEx over $365 million highlights how a one-sentence limitation provision on an employment application or in an at-will employment agreement may be the easiest cost-savings measure for employers against legal claims, say Sara O'Keefe and William Wortel at BCLP.

  • What 11th Circ. FCRA Ruling Means For Credit Furnishers

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    Credit furnishers should revisit their internal investigation and verification procedures after the Eleventh Circuit declined last month in Holden v. Holiday to impose a bright-line rule that only purely factual or transcription errors are actionable under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, say Diana Eng and Michael Esposito at Blank Rome.

  • High Court Injunction Case Could Shake Up Fee-Shifting Rules

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    In agreeing to review a Virginia case rendered statutorily moot before final judgment, the U.S. Supreme Court could finally settle the question of if — and when — a preliminary injunction can win attorney fees for a prevailing party, but all possible answers could disrupt fee-shifting schemes written into major laws, says Laurens Wilkes at Winston & Strawn.

  • Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

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    From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

  • The State Of Play In DEI And ESG 1 Year After Harvard Ruling

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    Almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, attorney general scrutiny of environmental, social and governance-related efforts indicates a potential path for corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be targeted, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Patent Lessons From 4 Federal Circuit Reversals In April

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    Four Federal Circuit decisions in April that reversed or vacated underlying rulings provide a number of takeaways, including that obviousness analysis requires a flexible approach, that an invalidity issue of an expired patent can be moot, and more, say Denise De Mory and Li Guo at Bunsow De Mory.

  • CFPB Poised To Up The Ante After Supreme Court Victory

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    When the U.S. Supreme Court emphatically ruled last week that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's funding structure did not violate the Constitution, the agency boasted that it was "here to stay," signaling that it is moving full steam ahead with its regulatory, enforcement and supervisory agenda, says Jim Sandy at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Affirms NY Law's Creditor-Friendly Approach

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    The Second Circuit’s recent ruling in 245 Park Member v. HNA International provides creditors with some reason for optimism that debtors in New York may face rejection in court for aiming to keep creditors at arm’s length by transferring personal assets into an LLC, says Jeff Newton at Omni Bridgeway.

  • When Oral Settlements Reached In Mediation Are Enforceable

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    A recent decision by the New Jersey Appellate Division illustrates the difficulties that may arise in trying to enforce an oral settlement agreement reached in mediation, but adherence to certain practices can improve the likelihood that such an agreement will be binding, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

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