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The Four Factual Findings Necessary to Make an Award of Reasonable Attorneys’ Fees Stick in North Carolina

As a matter of course, a prevailing party cannot recover its attorneys’ fees from an opposing party in North Carolina.  But, attorneys’ fees can be awarded if there is specific statutory authority.  At the conclusion of litigation, the last thing the prevailing party wants to face is the reversal of its award for attorneys’ fees.  … Continue reading »

They Believed The Patent Was Invalid, But Is That Enough To Avoid Liability For Inducing Infringement?

The answer should be a resounding “no,” according to the United States and Commil USA, LLC, the recipient of a multi-million dollar jury award against Cisco Systems, Inc.  Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (No. 13-896), which probes whether one who induces infringement of another’s … Continue reading »

Could Guaranteeing a Minimum Recovery for Consumers Abate CFPB Concerns Regarding Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements?

With the recent release of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Arbitration Study: Report to Congress, pursuant to Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act § 1028(a)”, it is widely anticipated that the agency will seek to impose restrictions on the use of class waivers in consumer finance agreement arbitration clauses. What form those restrictions … Continue reading »

The Supreme Court Declined to Further Address the Availability of Class Arbitration, So Make Sure Your Agreement Does

The practice of restricting plaintiff access to class procedures through binding arbitration agreements has garnered significant attention over the last five years on the heels of several U.S. Supreme Court decisions validating companies’ use of class waivers.  One of the open questions remains, “who has the authority to determine whether class arbitration is available when … Continue reading »

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Dodd-Frank Study Scrutinizes Arbitration Agreements & Class Action Waivers

On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its long-awaited “Arbitration Study: Report to Congress, pursuant to Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act § 1028(a)”, which presents the results of the agency’s study of the use of arbitration agreements in the context of consumer finance agreements for credit cards, checking accounts, payday … Continue reading »

Congress Takes Up Patent Litigation Reform – Innovation Act Reintroduced, Supreme Court Cases Examined

Patent litigation reform has been on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee agenda, with the recent reintroduction of legislation seeking to address patent litigation abuses and a hearing examining recent U.S. Supreme Court cases that have imposed some reforms that may, or may not, curtail the need for further legislative efforts.  In February, Chairman of the … Continue reading »

Rare Defendant Class Certified in Federal North Carolina Ponzi Scheme Class Action

Most of the cases that come to mind when you think “class action” consist of a large group of plaintiffs (hundreds or multiple thousands) seeking authorization to proceed as a class in one lawsuit against one or a handful of defendants. It is the rare case in which a large group of defendants are certified as … Continue reading »

Who Determines if Class Arbitration is Available? Why it Matters and Will the Supreme Court Decide

In the wake of several favorable U.S. Supreme Court decisions, companies increasingly are using arbitration agreements to control their exposure to class action liability.  Although recent cases have reinforced the power of arbitration agreements, companies must tread carefully when crafting their arbitration contracts and related class waivers.  In conjunction with giving force to arbitration agreements, … Continue reading »

Supreme Court: Companies Fighting State Class Actions Can Remove to Federal Court Without Evidence of Damages

The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) has found its way to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court several times in the last two years, as plaintiffs and defendants seek to define the parameters of the federal law enacted, in part, to rectify state and local court abuses of the class action process and … Continue reading »

Big Day for Patent Holders: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide if Good-Faith Defense to Induced Patent Infringement Survives

Imagine that you are fighting to enforce your valid patents and after winning two jury verdicts you feel vindicated by the $74 million award you have been granted for the defendant’s role in inducing the infringement…then the appellate court says “try again,” because the defendant believed in good-faith that the patent was invalid.  Today you may … Continue reading »

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