October 2017 / 37 posts found

Locke Lord Article: Five Best Practices in Defending a Company in Patent Litigation

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1. Unlearn the case from the Complaint; learn it from the Client. The Complaint is the first voice you will hear about the case. Many roads begin there, but that is not the case, not your Client’s case. Your Client’s history begins before the Complaint was filed. Much like a jury must listen to both sides, you must investigate the facts and listen to your Client’s perspective. You must view the legal issues and the facts from both perspectives, as opposed to just looking for defenses in a responsive mode. There may be counterclaims, prior invention stories and pre-existing licensing […]

Law firm Farah & Farah fined $9 million by federal court over tobacco litigation

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First Coast News , WTLV 7:01 PM. EDT October 19, 2017 PHOTO: Farah & Farah law firm JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Federal judges handed down $9,164,404.12 in fines Wednesday on prominent Jacksonville litigation firm, Farah & Farah, P.A.  The judges’ order states 1,250 frivolous tobacco claims were filed by Farah & Farah and the Wilner Firm against the Engle Trust Fund. Engle is a class action lawsuit named for a Miami pediatrician who defeated tobacco companies in court. A multi-million dollar fund paid by tobacco companies was set up for Floridians and their survivors who suffered illnesses due to cigarette smoking […]

Could Weinstein Accusations Lead to Delaware Derivative Litigation? – Law.com

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Harvey Weinstein. Delaware legal observers this week acknowledged the possibility that derivative litigation stemming from damning allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein could spill into the Delaware Court of Chancery, which would have jurisdiction over suits involving the Delaware-incorporated company Weinstein helped to found. However, critical questions remained regarding Weinstein Co.’s corporate governance structure and the veracity of a yet-uncorroborated media report indicating that the company’s board may have known about Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment but still worked contractual protections into his 2015 employment agreement. Multiple attorneys, though, confirmed in interviews that…

In the Growing Wave of Climate Litigation, Could the Automobile Industry Be Next? – Energy Collectiv…

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The oil industry is increasingly the focus of climate change litigation, writes Martin Olszynski, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Calgary. Carmakers have so far not been targeted, but Olszynski thinks that could change – especially if they continue to urge lawmakers to relax environmental standards and promote the sales of light trucks and SUVs. Over the course of the summer, five California municipalities (San Mateo County, Marin County, and the City of Imperial Beach as a first group, San Francisco and Oakland as a second) filed statements of claim against many of the world’s […]

Hotel Lawyer – Impending Eruption Of Litigation Over Resort Fees?

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Breaking ‘paper handcuffs:’ Manufacturers search for loopholes to avoid litigation from employ…

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With availability of talent at a premium, many manufacturers are attempting to lure away key workers from their competitors.  However, the pursuit of competitors’ workers can land a company in legal trouble. That was the case for Holland-based Koops Inc., a manufacturer of automation equipment, when it hired away an engineer from Byron Center-based E’Mation Controls and Engineering Inc. Koops, along with employee Mark Ouwinga, are named as defendants in lawsuit brought by E’Mation, which alleged Koops had breached a verbal agreement prohibiting both parties from poaching employees. The lawsuit also alleges Ouwinga violated a noncompete clause he signed at […]

Dissolving a Civil Partnership: Bridget’s Story

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Bridget Garrood is a family law solicitor with considerable experience in advising LGBT clients on a range of issues, from dissolving a civil partnership to attaining a gender recognition certificate. Evan was first introduced to Bridget when he began gender transition, which ultimately caused the end of his long term civil partnership. Here, Bridget and Evan talk us through the process they went through to dissolve Evan’s civil partnership and how Bridget’s support and advice helped him during a very difficult time. Do you need legal advice? Visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/here-to-help for more information or to search for a solicitor near you […]