Category Archives: Litigation

San Mateo Gardens Teaches College District a Lesson on Picking Thorny Subsequent Review Procedure

California

The California Supreme Court recently addressed an important California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issue: Who decides whether CEQA’s subsequent review provisions are applicable when there are changes to an adopted project? Subsequent review provisions include a subsequent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or Negative Declaration (ND), a supplemental EIR, or an addendum to an EIR or …

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Fox News Lawsuits Highlight Importance of Workplace Culture

Employers should take note of the position Fox News is in due to the proliferation of recent lawsuits against the network by numerous current and former employees. To be clear and fair, the lawsuits only involve allegations at this time – nothing has been proven at trial, or otherwise.  Indeed, Fox News has denied the …

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Sanctions Imposed for Failure to Preserve Call Recordings

Sec. Alarm Fin. Enters., L.P. v. Alarm Protection Tech., LLC, No. 3:13-cv-00102-SLG, 2016 WL 7115911 (D. Alaska Dec. 6, 2016) In this case, Plaintiff was sanctioned pursuant to Rule 37(e), as amended on December 1, 2015, for its failure to preserve relevant customer call recordings. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant had “illegally ‘poached’” its customers and …

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Litigation for Non-Litigious Company [VIDEO]

Press Millen and Sonya Pfeiffer examine how in-house counsel, CEOs, and other executives can prepare for litigation and avoid litigation mistakes that may prove costly. The eight pitfalls of litigation that companies want to avoid are laid out in this episode. Press Millen is a veteran of complex commercial litigation, with particular experience in antitrust, unfair …

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Iron Man Composer Battles Tech Giant Sony and Ghostface Killah

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in favor of the composer of the 1960s Iron Man theme song, finding material facts in dispute as to whether the song was commissioned as a work for hire. Jack Urbont v. Sony Music Entertainment, Case No. 15-1778-cv (2d Cir., July 29, 2016) (Hall, J). In …

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Introducing the New SmartExpert: Self-driving Car "Drivers"

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has deemed the artificial intelligence that controls Google’s self-driving car a qualified “driver” under federal regulations. So, if a computer can drive, must we have a computer testify as to whether this new “driver” was negligent? It sounds laughable: “Do you, computer, swear to tell the truth?” But, with …

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Introducing the New SmartExpert: Self-driving Car “Drivers”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has deemed the artificial intelligence that controls Google’s self-driving car a qualified “driver” under federal regulations. So, if a computer can drive, must we have a computer testify as to whether this new “driver” was negligent? It sounds laughable: “Do you, computer, swear to tell the truth?” But, with …

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Attorneys Facing An Uphill Battle In Litigation Should Consider Option Value When Arguing Valuation

Let me tell you a sad story; Joe owned a marketing company and earned a prosperous living for several years. Joe’s business was growing rapidly and all seemed right with the world. Then a trusted employee left Joe’s firm, taking with him half of Joe’s customers in violation of his non-compete agreement. Joe’s business slowly …

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New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: 3 Must Read Changes

Although the Supreme Court will say they’re simply more “proportional,” it seems they were trying to find a new phrase that would lead to less abuse of the relevancy standard.  This, however, is only one of the significant changes recently doled out in the December 1, 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure …

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GE Labeling Standard Genetically Engineered DNA

Ariosa v. Sequenom: In Search of Yes After a Decade of No

The Federal Circuit this Wednesday declined to reconsider its June decision in Ariosa v. Sequenom, a closely watched medical diagnostics case involving patents on cell-free fetal DNA testing. Biotech companies, investors, and patent lawyers alike should expect a prompt petition for certiorari, and should hope that the Supreme Court grants it.  (Disclosure: I was one of …

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