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Recent Blog Posts
- Virulent Newcastle Disease-Continued Outbreak in California A virulent form of Newcastle disease (vND), “a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry,” as described on USDA’s Virulent Newcastle Disease webpage has been confirmed in 93 cases in backyard exhibition chickens and turkeys by USDA since May 18, 2018. The last outbreak of vND started in 2002 infecting 22 commercial premises and hundreds of backyard flocks, at a cost of over $180 million dollars to eradicate the outbreak, officially ending... More
- The District of Delaware Adds Two New District Judges The Honorable Colm F. Connolly and The Honorable Maryellen Noreika both were sworn in as District Judges on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware this week. They became the 26th and 27th individuals in the history of the Court to be appointed as District Judges. The Court announced that Judges Connolly and Noreika will begin to be assigned new cases on August 15, 2018. The Court will be eliminating the Vacant Judgeship (“VAC”) docket. VAC cases that are currently assigned... More
- 9th Circuit BAP: Debtor Lacks Standing to Appeal Order Reopening Bankruptcy Case Yesterday, the Bankruptcy Panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued yet another decision related to standing and rights to appeal bankruptcy court orders. In Bray v. U.S. Bank National Association, (In re Bray), the Ninth Circuit BAP considered a chapter 7 individual debtor’s appeal from an order reopening his involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case. See Bray, B.A.P. No. CC-17-1373-SKuF (9th Cir. BAP Aug. 7 2018). Our prior blog posts on similar decisions from the Ninth Circuit regarding rights and standing... More
- Judge Finds Florida’s Medical Marijuana License Structure Unconstitutional I’ve written a post for Fox’s In the Weeds blog. See my post which addresses a recent Court ruling that upends Florida’s medical marijuana license system. Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims. You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or [email protected] More
- For the Defense: State Courts Reject the Ponzi Scheme Presumptions in Fraudulent Transfer Actions Bruce J. Borrus writes: Bernie Madoff in New York, Tom Petters in Minneapolis, Allen Stanford in Houston, and Darren Berg in Seattle lead a rogues’ gallery of infamous Ponzi schemers. All are now serving time in prison. But the civil litigation arising from their Ponzi schemes and the Ponzi schemes of other less notorious fraudsters is not over. Ponzi schemes have spawned thousands of fraudulent transfer cases. Anglo-American fraudulent transfer law has a long history dating back four centuries to the... More
- Chief Judge Stark Denies Wabtec’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction Seeking to Enjoin Alleged Infringement through Sale of Competitive Product By Memorandum entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. v. Siemens Industry Inc., Civil Action No. 17-1687-LPS (D.Del. August 2, 2018), the Court denied Plaintiff Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation’s (d/b/a Wabtec Corporation) Motion for Preliminary Injunction to enjoin Defendant Siemens Industry, Inc. (“Siemens”) from infringing claims 4, 6 and 24 of U.S. Patent No. 8,478,463 (“the ‘463 patent”) by selling the on-board unit component of Siemens’ positive training control (“PTC”) system, known as... More
- Guest Post by Richard L. Cupp Jr. “Edgy Animal Welfare” Edgy Animal Welfare Denver Law Review (Forthcoming) Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018/11 16 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2018 Richard L. Cupp Pepperdine University School of Law Date Written: July 18, 2018 Abstract Legal animal welfare proponents should not reject out-of-hand reforms that may be celebrated by some as steps toward a radical version of animal rights. Rather, animal welfare proponents should consider the costs, risks, and benefits of all potential reforms. Some potential reforms’ risks and costs outweigh their benefits. But, both to improve animals’ welfare... More
- Fifth Circuit: Debtor Judicially Estopped for Failure to Disclose Asset In a recent opinion, the Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that found that a debtor was judicially estopped from claiming a stay violation by a mortgagee, who foreclosed on the debtor’s property, due to the debtor’s failure to disclose the affected property or his putative claims in his bankruptcy. The Fifth Circuit explained that the “doctrine of judicial estoppel is equitable in nature and can be invoked by a court to prevent a party from asserting a position in... More
- Chancery Departs from Merger Price in Appraisal Action, Finding Flaws with Sales Process The highly publicized Dell and DFC Global appraisal opinions issued by the Delaware Supreme Court in 2017 inform that where a company is sold in a clean M&A auction process, with information sufficiently disseminated to potential bidders, the merger price will be given significant weight, leaving it to the trial court to decide just how much weight that should be in this case. For a review of prior blog posts addressing the Dell and DFC Global decisions, click here and here, respectively. Since Dell and DFC Global, several Court of Chancery... More
- Florida’s Medical Marijuana Director Resigns While Florida’s medical marijuana business appears to be booming by many metrics, there have been repeated delays and hiccups in the roll out of Florida’s program. See my earlier post for details. Now, almost two years after Florida’s program got underway, the director of Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use, Christian Bax, has abruptly resigned. As I’ve previously noted, Florida’s program has been plagued by an extremely limited number of medical marijuana licenses and litigation issues related to smoking, patient growing, and... More
- Dear Debtor – Give Careful Consideration to Car Lease Assumption Debtors generally file a bankruptcy petition seeking a fresh start, free from their personal debts. Debtors have the option to agree to pay certain debts to retain a car or other property through reaffirmation agreements and lease assumption. Reaffirmation or lease assumption may seem like a good option at the time – when for instance a debtor wants to keep his current car. However, whether he should enter into such an agreement should be given careful consideration as to the debtor’s ability to make payments going forward. Once a... More
- How Bankruptcy Effects Rights Under Trademark Licenses When a trademark licensor files for bankruptcy, can the licensees of their trademarks continue using those marks, or does the licensor have the right to prohibit their continued use? On Fox’s Above the Fold blog covering advertising law, partner Elizabeth Patton recently wrote a post discussing this open question, which sits at the heart of a case that may be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. We invite you to read Elizabeth’s post covering the case and its potential impact: How Bankruptcy... More
- Florida Construction Contracts: Significant Changes in the 2017 AIA Documents – E204-2017 Sustainable Project Exhibit The new E204 Sustainable Projects Exhibit addresses the risks and responsibilities unique to projects involving sustainable design and construction. The AIA has taken many of the provisions found in various AIA contract documents related to sustainable projects and has created a single exhibit. The procedures and terminology related to sustainable projects is identical the former provisions, but now those provisions are organized in a single exhibit. The E204 has been developed for use on projects in which the Sustainable Objective includes obtaining... More
- Concerns about the validity and use of genetic testing in animals. I have previously described concerns about the lack of validation of genetic tests to refute the pedigree registration status of purebred dogs. As several courts have held, genetic testing is currently not dispositive of pedigree registration status. See, e.g., Sandra Shines v. Furry Babies Stratford Square, Inc., No. 13-3592, slip op. at 9 (Ill. 18th Jud. Cir. Jan. 22, 2014) (finding DNA test results unreliable to support plaintiff’s claim that the Cocker spaniel in dispute was a mixed breed). It looks... More
- Judge Sleet Denies Prevailing Defendant’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses Against the Non-Practicing Entity and Inventor of Patents-in-Suit Plaintiff By Memorandum and Order entered by The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet in Rothschild Mobile Imaging Innovations, LLC v. Mitek Systems, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 14-617-GMS (D.Del. July 27, 2018), the Court denied defendant Mitek Systems, Inc.’s motion for attorneys’ fees and expenses pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285, 28 U.S.C. § 1927, and the court’s inherent power. Although the parties did not dispute and the Court recognized that Mitek is the prevailing party as required by 35 U.S.C.... More