WASHINGTON – The chasm between civil defense attorneys who extol the virtues of mandatory arbitration agreements and members of the plaintiffs’ bar who say the pacts strip consumers of their right to redress was widened by the U.S. Supreme Court ...Read More »
WASHINGTON — Plaintiffs cannot avoid a contractual waiver of class arbitration on the ground that the cost of individually arbitrating their claims exceeds their potential recovery, the U.S. Supreme Court has held in a divided ruling.Read More »
WASHINGTON – Patent pools, designed to spur innovation and reduce the cost of litigation, may actually be having anticompetitive effects according to a report released by the former competition policy director for the Federal Trade Commission.Read More »
WASHINGTON – In the latest in a series of cases considering the enforceability of mandatory arbitration clauses that bar class proceedings, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether federal common law prohibits such agreements in some circumstances.Read More »
A 2013 litigation forecast for in-house counsel predicts “no end in sight” for wage and hour litigation, a growing sophistication in trade secret theft and new spoliation challenges in e-discovery.
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Did a state legislature render federal antitrust laws inapplicable under the “state action doctrine” when it vested a local government entity with general corporate powers to acquire and lease out hospitals? FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, No. 11-1160. Certiorari ...
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An antitrust lawsuit filed in federal court in Mississippi alleges that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals used fraudulently obtained patents as part of a scheme to delay the introduction of generic versions of the anti-depressant Effexor XR.Read More »