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Judge blasts patent lawyer, orders $1M payment (access required)

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An Alexandria federal judge pointedly condemned the “dishonesty” of a patent lawyer who profited from licensing a company’s patent portfolio while keeping the company in the dark about his activities. U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady said Erik Cherdak’s “character for ...

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Policy covers damage from concrete “smoke” (access required)

Under Virginia law, “smoke” composed of suspended particulate matter caused by concrete dust qualified for an exception to the “pollution exclusion” in the insured company’s policy. Background In this insurance coverage dispute, Plaintiff Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Co. and ...

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Single action improper against online counterfeit defendants (access required)

The actions of 28 Chinese entities selling counterfeit goods on the internet did not arise out of the same transaction or occurrence, and they must be severed into individual suits. Background The Defendants, 28 unrelated individuals and entities located in the People’s ...

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Plaintiff’s “unclean hands” irrelevant to antitrust relief (access required)

Holding that “unclean hands” is not a defense to equitable relief in antitrust, the court excluded the defendant’s evidence that the plaintiff misappropriated its trade secrets, finding such evidence not probative under Federal Rule of Evidence 402. Background Plaintiff Steves ...

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After state nonsuit, plaintiff states federal wage claim (access required)

A contract employee plausibly stated claims for FLSA violations and breach of contract based on allegations that his employer withheld two weeks of paychecks. Because the state court in his earlier-filed action on the same grounds had not made any ...

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Appeal of jurisdictional discovery order was frivolous (access required)

Defendants who asked the court to dismiss the case against them for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction had no basis to appeal the court’s denial without prejudice. The court had denied the motion on procedural grounds and ordered jurisdictional discovery to ...

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State-law claims for storage damage survive (access required)

Based on plausibly-alleged alternative theories of when her personal property sustained water damage, a plaintiff’s state-law claims against the company that both stored and shipped her property were not pre-empted by federal law governing interstate carriers. Background As alleged in ...

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