Category Archives: Litigation

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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Vermont GMO Battle Continues in Second Circuit

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals is currently in the midst of an interlocutory appeal by the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (“GMA”) and others of the District Court of Vermont’s denial of a request for a preliminary injunction against Vermont’s “Right to Know” Act. The Act, passed by the Vermont legislature on May 8, 2014, and …

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Obergefell Uncertainty re: Same Sex Spousal Benefits

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court removed a cloud of uncertainty for same-sex couples when it ruled, in the landmark decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, that the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment require all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to marry and to recognize …

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