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"Flattening the Curve" of Post-Pandemic Disputes
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Justice systems around the world will soon be exposed to the same pressure as is currently crushing healthcare systems in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. What can judges and advocates doto “flatten the curve” and increase the resilience of the justice system as it awaits the post-pandemic wave of disputes? Healthcare systems around the globe are wobbling, and in some states collapsing under atsunami of Covid-19 cases...

"Limiting Liability Exposure for a Private Family Trust Company" by John Bunge Waller Private Family Trust Company Research
Waller, August 2017

Provisions in a trust instrument can expressly limit and define the scope of the PFTC’s fiduciary duties, including the Prudent Investor Rule and the duty to inform and report. Generally, the ability to limit fiduciary duties is subject to “mandatory” rules dictated by state statutes or common law. Some states have stringent mandatory rules, while other states seek to maximize the trust settlor’s freedom of disposition and freedom of contract...

‘Freezing’ Bank Accounts Across Europe: The European Account Preservation Order (EAPO)
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, January 2017

accounts throughout Europe with one single order. EU Regulation 655/2014 of 15 May 2014 establishing a European Account Preservation Order procedure to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters (‘EAPO Regulation’) came into force on 17 July 2014 and applies from 18 January 2017...

1st Circuit Revives 13-Year-Old Qui Tam Suit Against Nursing-Home Pharmacy Chain, Finds Relator Was ‘Original Source’
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

Thirteen years after the filing of the initial complaint, the First Circuit recently revived a False Claims Act (FCA) suit, reversing the district court and holding a relator can be an “original source” without participating in or having contemporaneous knowledge about the alleged fraud. See United States ex rel. Banigan v. PharMerica, Inc., 950 F.3d 134 (1st Cir. 2020)...

2013 Patent Damages Year In Review
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, May 2014

One of the fastest-changing areas of patent law is the means by which damages are established for patent infringement. Amid calls for patent damages reform to rein in perceived outsized damages awards, courts appear to be tackling the issue head on, demanding increased rigor in the analyses employed by damages experts, and in many cases requiring stringent economic analyses more typically seen only in antitrust cases...

2nd Circ. Favors Appellees Under Equitable Mootness
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2012

On Aug. 31, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in In re Charter Communications Inc., (2d Cir. Aug. 31, 2012), expressly adopting an abuse of discretion standard for reviewing equitable mootness determinations...

3 Ways To Trim Self-Inflicted Harm in Internal Probes
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2015

When not conducted carefully, internal investigations cancause more harm than good. Deciding to investigate a suspected problem is onlythe first of several key determinations. The responsible executive must planand execute the investigation deliberately to avoid self-inflicted harm. Anorganization can protect itself—while still conducting an investigation that isconfidential, full and fair—only by carefully thinking about how best touncover the alleged wrongdoing or compliance issues...

32 Years' Service Does not Provide Immunity from Dismissal for Poor Performance
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

In the recent decision of Abdul Malek Bin Mohamed v MISC Bhd dated 17 June 2020 [Award 840 of 2020], the Industrial Court recognised that the tenure of service of an employee in an organisation does not shield the employee from having to render satisfactory performance at the level required by the Company. The Industrial Court upheld the dismissal of an employee for poor performance after 32 years of service...

5 Arbitration Assumptions That Aren't Always True
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2013

Arbitration is often thought to be preferable to litigating in court, and in some circumstances, it may be. Deciding to arbitrate, however, should be the result of a careful analysis of arbitration’s benefits and disadvantages. That analysis requires examining some common perceptions about arbitration. Below, we explore five of the most common assumptions about arbitration and suggest some practical considerations...

9th Circuit Skeptical of Government Interlocutory Appeal of Unprecedented Denial of Motion to Dismiss Qui Tam Case
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2019

In United States v. United States ex rel. Thrower, No. 18-16408, on November 14, a panel of the Ninth Circuit gave a skeptical reception to the Department of Justice (DOJ) argument that the district court’s denial of the government’s motion to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam complaint against Academy Mortgage Corporation (Academy) invaded the government’s “prosecutorial discretion...

A Case to Watch: Brayman v. Westfield Insurance
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2019

Pennsylvania law suggests construction defects generally are not considered an "occurrence" under most CGL insurance policies because defects are not true accidents, e.g., a fortuitous event. However, an exception generally exists for products-related claims as opposed to pure defect claims...

A Closer Look At First-Action Allowance For Patents
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2014

  Clients unfamiliar with patent prosecution are often surprised to learn that few patent applications receive a first-action allowance, or FAA. There are even rankings of law firms that receive the most FAAs each year. But what does an FAA signify? Is it a cause to celebrate, or to conduct a post-mortem? The answer is, of course, “it depends...

A Closer Look at Payment Orders under the UAE Civil Procedure Law
Afridi & Angell, June 2019

Several significant changes to the UAE Civil Procedure Law (Federal Law No. 11 of 1992 as amended) came into effect in February this year. An overview of these changes, brought about by Regulations promulgated pursuant to Decree by Law No 10 of 2017 and Cabinet Resolution No. 57 of 2018 (the Regulations) can be found in our inBrief of 12 February 2019...

A Framework Emerges - Recent Developments in the Law of Intentional Economic Torts
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2013

Economic torts provide relief in relation to intentional interference with economic interests. This collection of torts can be divided into two categories: deceptive market practices and improper market practices. This paper concerns itself exclusively with the latter, examining the torts of inducing breach of contract, unlawful interference with economic interests and civil conspiracy...

A Future-Ready Justice System for Singapore
TSMP Law Corporation, November 2018

While the motivation behind the Civil Justice Commission’s consultation paper – aimed at enhancing the Court system – is laudable, the proposed introduction of litigation scale costs may hurt Singapore’s standing as a global litigation hub. In 2015, the Chief Justice established the Civil Justice Commission (CJC) to review Singapore’s civil justice system, with the goal of transforming and modernising the litigation process...

A Glimmer Of Hope For Employers In “Associational” Reasonable Accommodation Cases
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2016

As we explained previously, in April 2016 the Second Appellate District held that California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) creates a separate duty to provide reasonable accommodation to an applicant or employee who is “associated” with a disabled person. On rehearing of the Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc. decision (Case No. B261165, B262524), the Court has retreated from its prior holding...

A Guide to ADR in England and Wales
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2006

Although the United Kingdom comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, this guide relates only to the current position in England and Wales because Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own individual legal systems. The rules and procedure of the Civil Courts in England and Wales are contained in the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) which were introduced in 1999 and which lay down the framework within which all civil litigation must be conducted...

A Guide to Contract Work During the Crisis
ALRUD Law Firm, May 2020

In times of the ongoing crisis, associated with the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), and the introduction of epidemiological requirements and restrictions, many businesses have faced difficulties with contractual performance, including the failure in supply, cancellation of scheduled events and often cutbacks in profits and the impossibility to perform monetary obligations...

A Kiss and Handshake Promise to Pay Part of a Pre-Existing Debt Needs Careful Consideration
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2018

English High Court considers whether there was good consideration for an oral variation of a settlement agreement related to sale of valuable antique textiles. Sometime in the spring of 2014 two Iranian businessmen and antiquities dealers, London based Mr. Shavleyan and LA resident Mr. Simantob, kissed and shook hands on a deal about the payment of the balance of a debt due under a 2010 settlement agreement...

A Losing Battle:The Legal Saga of KitKat's Trademark Shape
Karanovic & Partners, July 2018

Earlier this year, the European Court of Justice ("CJEU") has thrown out an appeal by Nestlé, which argued that it owns the shape of its famous treat KitKat. Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, has spent more than a decade fighting to trademark the four-fingered wafer shape. However, EJC's most recent ruling could bring an end to the snack's protected European status...

A Multidimensional Solution to the Problems of Runaway Discovery
Dykema, June 2010

In 2010, the legal services industry—and for that matter almost every industry—faces a new landscape that requires not only a different way of thinking but also a different way of doing business to ensure short-term survival and longterm success...

A New Approach to Dispense With Disputes
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2013

Business owners grudgingly accept lawsuits as a part of doing business. If you’re doing what it takes to advance your business, you will suffer the bumps and bruises that will result in your name on a legal pleading. You may even be the one who files the lawsuit.Almost any money you can recover in a lawsuit is eaten up by lost employee time, and, perhaps more importantly, the business owner’s loss of focus on healthy profits. If you are the one sued, you can never win...

A Tezos Settlement and a Telegram Injunction: Securities Laws Protections Extend to Digital Asset Investors
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, April 2020

Digital assets sit on the cutting edge of investable products, but two recent events can give investors comfort that the US securities laws will still protect them even in these sometimes uncharted waters. First, a securities class action against the Tezos Foundation alleging that the Tezos initial coin offering (ICO) violated the US securities laws as an unregistered offering recently settled for $25 million...

A Trustees' Right to Obtain Information from Solicitors Firms under Section 29 of the Bankruptcy Ordinance
Deacons, May 2020

Section 29 of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap. 6) (BO) allows a trustee in bankruptcy to apply to the Courts for orders compelling disclosure of material documents and/or information of the bankrupt in order for the trustee to carry out his/her duties under the bankruptcy. For the authors’ previous article on Section 29, please see here...

A Trustees' Right to Obtain Information from Solicitors Firms under Section 29 of the Bankruptcy Ordinance
Deacons, May 2020

Section 29 of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap. 6) (BO) allows a trustee in bankruptcy to apply to the Courts for orders compelling disclosure of material documents and/or information of the bankrupt in order for the trustee to carry out his/her duties under the bankruptcy. For the authors’ previous article on Section 29, please see here...

 

 

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