Appellate

  • February 15, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Says Feds Didn't Coerce Mont. Coal Permit Denial

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday said the Court of Federal Claims correctly threw out a coal leaser's suit alleging the federal government prevented it from acquiring necessary state operating permits, saying the company has failed to establish Montana was coerced into denying the permits.

  • February 15, 2024

    Stanford Prof Must Pay Atty Fees In Dropped Defamation Suit

    A Stanford University professor who sued critics of his renewable energy research must pay more than $500,000 in attorney fees despite dropping the litigation, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    9th Circ. Backs Homeowners' Cert. In Allstate Overcharge Suit

    Allstate will have to face a class action accusing it of artificially inflating home insurance premiums for thousands of California properties by double-counting built-in garage space, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled, affirming a lower court's decision.

  • February 15, 2024

    Petition Watch: Classes, Litigation Changes & Fraud Theories

    The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for review each term, but only a few make the news. Here, Law360 looks at four petitions filed in the past three weeks that you might've missed, including questions over how courts should analyze class certification bids and regulations restricting specific speech for content-neutral reasons, whether plaintiffs must reestablish standing after amending lawsuits, and what constitutes fraud.

  • February 15, 2024

    Uber Driver Asks Justices To Stay Out Of PAGA Case

    A California court didn't ignore and actually followed U.S. Supreme Court precedent when it ruled that representatives' claims brought under California's Private Attorneys General Act can remain in court if individuals go into arbitration, an Uber driver has told the justices.

  • February 15, 2024

    1st Circ. Says Atty's Absence No Reason To Toss RICO Case

    The First Circuit has said a Boston federal judge's decision to dismiss a civil racketeering lawsuit after the plaintiff's counsel missed a hearing was an unwarranted rush to the "draconian sanction," which should be reserved for more extreme misconduct.

  • February 14, 2024

    New Criminal Charges Don't End Forced Rehab, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit has upheld the tossing of a man's bid to end a forced civil commitment following his time in prison for two federal crimes, ruling that his criminal convictions have no effect on his civil status as a sexually dangerous individual.

  • February 14, 2024

    DC Circ. Won't Rush Russia Appeal In $50B Award Case

    The D.C. Circuit will not fast-track its review of Russia's claim for sovereign immunity against arbitration enforcement litigation brought by former majority shareholders of the defunct Yukos Oil Co., which obtained $50 billion in arbitral awards against Moscow.

  • February 14, 2024

    NY Top Court Weighs Weinstein's 'Prior Bad Acts' Evidence

    New York's highest court asked tough questions of all sides as they heard former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's appeal of his rape conviction Wednesday, focusing on whether it was fair to present accusations of uncharged crimes to the jury.

  • February 14, 2024

    Apple Unit Must Face Revived Bias And Retaliation Claims

    An Apple software subsidiary must face a former employee's gender discrimination and retaliation claims, a California appellate panel ruled on Tuesday, saying there is substantial evidence of discrimination toward the employee that raises a triable issue related to why she left the company.

  • February 14, 2024

    9th Circ. Open To Rebooting Suit Over Apple App Crypto Theft

    A Ninth Circuit panel appeared open Wednesday to reviving a putative class action alleging Apple misrepresented the safety of its App Store after users' cryptocurrency was stolen from an app, with two judges questioning why the allegations can't survive when Apple has consistently touted its security in separate antitrust litigation.

  • February 14, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Google's Use Of User Data Quotas Draws 9th Circ. Analogies

    A Ninth Circuit panel Wednesday struggled to find an apt analogy for a property claim made by Android users alleging in a proposed class action that Google illegally uses their purchased data allotments to transmit information back to the company, comparing the intangible data to electricity or an annuity, among other hypotheticals.

  • February 14, 2024

    Tax Cap Won't Smoke Philip Morris Credits, NC Justices Hear

    North Carolina's $6 million cigarette export tax cap only limits the credits that can be claimed in a year, not the amount of credit that can be generated, Philip Morris told the state justices Wednesday as it looks to ward off a potential $52.5 million loss.

  • February 14, 2024

    What's Left Of Judge Newman's DC Suit Likely Won't Go Far

    A D.C. federal judge may be allowing suspended U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman to pursue a handful of arguments over the constitutionality of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act, but attorneys told Law360 they aren't convinced those claims will fare any better than those already dismissed by the court.

  • February 14, 2024

    Split 11th Circ. Rules Against SEC On Penny-Stock Ban

    A "toxic lender" will have to disgorge nearly $1 million in profits made after he ran afoul of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules on trading in penny-stock debt, but his behavior was not egregious enough to warrant a permanent ban from penny-stock markets, a divided Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    FCC Must Distribute School IT Funds, Tech Firms Tell DC Circ.

    Two tech companies are calling on the D.C. Circuit to force the Federal Communications Commission to release funds to pay for information technology and broadband services the firms provide in elementary and secondary schools around the country.

  • February 14, 2024

    Legal Org. Backs Lyft In Supreme Court PAGA Fight

    Representative and individual claims brought under California's Private Attorneys General Act are inseparable when it comes to arbitration, a legal organization told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, backing Lyft's challenge to a California state appellate court's decision preserving a former driver's representative claims.

  • February 14, 2024

    Atty Fighting Sanctions Not Blameless, Mich. Justices Told

    A Michigan defense attorney's arguments for why he should escape sanctions contain "several important inaccuracies and deficiencies," plaintiffs in an underlying real estate dispute have told the state Supreme Court in a brief, arguing that the attorney cannot escape being held jointly and severally liable along with previous defense counsel.

  • February 14, 2024

    9th Circ. Skeptical Of Basis For LA's Pollution Coverage Args

    The Ninth Circuit appeared reluctant Wednesday to revive the City of Los Angeles' bid for environmental contamination coverage from a defunct boat repair company's insurers, probing the city's counsel on whether his arguments for coverage were at odds with the underlying factual record.

  • February 14, 2024

    Texas Appeals Court Ponders Judicial Redistricting

    A state appeals panel on Wednesday questioned whether a Texas House of Representatives candidate has standing to sue Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Secretary of State over alleged constitutional violations in the state's judicial districting, asking the plaintiff whether voters can bring suit in appellate districting cases.

  • February 14, 2024

    Ind. Justices Find Eateries Can Be Liable Under Dram Shop Act

    Two restaurant owners could be held liable in a negligence case over a drunken driver who crashed into and killed another man, the Indiana Supreme Court has held, finding the state Dram Shop Act changed common-law liability for businesses that provide alcohol — but did not eliminate it.

  • February 14, 2024

    Google 'Lockbox' Program Hid App Tracking, 9th Circ. Told

    Counsel for a group of Android phone users urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive a proposed class action alleging that Google's "Lockbox" program secretly collected information about Android owners' non-Google app use, saying the tech giant's privacy policy on the data collection was ambiguous at best.

  • February 14, 2024

    NJ Law Firm Beats Malpractice Claims Over Real Estate Deal

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive legal malpractice claims against a law firm over its involvement in a botched real estate transaction, ruling that the lack of an expert report doomed the lawsuit because the claims were too intricate to be common knowledge.

  • February 14, 2024

    Del. Justices Mull Reviving $500M Maxim Merger Suit

    Former shareholders of circuit maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc. told Delaware's top court Wednesday the investors weren't fully informed when they approved a $21 billion merger with Analog Devices Inc. that also cut off a $500 million, four-quarter string of dividends.

  • February 14, 2024

    Google, Apple Users Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Video Data Fight

    Google and Apple consumers urged the Ninth Circuit Wednesday to revive separate proposed class actions alleging that the tech giants violated New York and Minnesota state statutes by unlawfully retaining personally identifiable information collected in connection with video streaming rentals, arguing both statutes create a private right of action.

Expert Analysis

  • How 2023 Shaped Drug And Medical Device Legal Trends

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    2023 brought a number of positive developments for the life sciences industry, including great trial and multidistrict litigation outcomes, but also some heavy-handed regulations and other concerning developments that lay the groundwork for significant litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Why Fed. Circ. Affirmed Attorney Fee Award In PersonalWeb

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    A recent Federal Circuit decision to leave a $5.2 million fee award in place in the PersonalWeb patent case underscores district courts' discretion to sanction unreasonable arguments and litigation tactics under the U.S. Code's attorney fee provision, say attorneys at Shearman. 

  • 4 Ways The DOJ Is Changing Its Approach To Insider Trading

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent increased focus on insider trading cases and the manner in which the DOJ is pursuing prosecutions reflect a break from historical practices and signal that the DOJ is branching into new areas to pursue perceived illicit trading activities, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • 5 Trends That Will Affect Food Litigation In 2024

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    In 2024, food and beverage companies are likely to continue to face threats of litigation relating to so-called forever chemicals, citric and malic acid, and ESG claims, but recent developments in case law have created potential avenues for defense, say Abby Meyer and Khirin Bunker at Sheppard Mullin.

  • What To Expect From The CFPB This Year

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    The potential for upheaval at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be greater during an election year, and there are several opportunities and challenges ahead for the bureau in 2024, say Eric Mogilnicki and David Stein at Covington.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2024

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    From technological leaps to sea changes in labor policy to literal sea changes, 2024 provides opportunities for employers to face big-picture questions that will shape their business for years to come, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Lessons Learned From 2023's Top FMLA Decisions

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    This year’s most significant Family and Medical Leave Act decisions offer lessons on the act's technical requirements, including the definition of serious health condition, compliance with notice requirements and whether it is permissible to give an employee substantial extra work upon their return from leave, says Linda Dwoskin at Dechert.

  • 5 Most Notable Class Action Standing Cases Of 2023

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    Key appellate class action decisions this past year continued the trend of a more demanding approach to the threshold issue of standing during each phase of litigation, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • 9th Circ. Scienter Ruling May Strengthen FDA's Leverage

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    A recent Ninth Circuit decision in U.S. v. Marschall — regarding scienter and violations of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act — appears to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration another arrow in its quiver to lob in the direction of any repeat offender, with potentially very broad applications, say Elena Quattrone and Zachary Taylor at Epstein Becker.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • Lessons Learned From 2023's Top ADA Decisions

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    This year saw the courts delving into the complexities of employee accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the post-pandemic workplace, going beyond bright-line rules with fact-intensive inquiries that are likely to create uncertainty for employers, says Linda Dwoskin at Dechert.

  • A Year Of Transition At The Agenda-Setting 5th Circ.

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    Under the spotlight of hot issues this year, the Fifth Circuit has appeared to be an ideological court generating controversial decisions and attracting certiorari-grants — but in the shadows and liminal spaces of the everyday issues, the court and its members operate in a much more nuanced and less-divisive way, says Tad Bartlett at Fishman Haygood.

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