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XXXAXXX life insurer class action appeals likely to be consolidated

USA - December 8 2015 We previously reported how life insurers were successful in winning dismissal of two putative class actions filed in the Southern District of New

The Thin Line Between Land Litigation and Land Use Controversies

USA - January 21 2016 Frequently, land litigationland boundary and ownership claims - is a controversy concerning the use of land. The recent case of Hedgepeth v. Parker’s

The Partial Lifting of Iranian Sanctions - Not Quite Business As Usual

European Union, Global, Iran, USA - January 20 2016 Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by the P51 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany

Corporate duties of bank directors in North Carolina (part 2)

USA - January 21 2016 In Part 1, we introduced you to the history of Cooperative Bank and the background of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Rippy, 799 F.3d 301

Restriction requirement: to traverse or not to traverse?

USA - October 8 2013 During the pendency of a patent application, the US Patent and Trademark Office can restrict claims, requiring that the Applicant elect a sub

Finance Fox: The Future of Insurance?

USA - February 4 2016 It is common for North American insurance companies to take inspiration from international markets. One new product of interest is Switzerland based

Charlottesville as a "Hotbed for Innovation": Fastest Growing Area in US for Venture Capital Funding

USA - February 3 2016 Where a court is located often determines the type of cases that it hears. For example, the "Rocket Docket" of the Eastern District of Virginia hears

US and EU Reach a Deal to Save Safe Harbor

European Union, USA - February 3 2016 United States and European Union officials have reached a last-minute agreement in an attempt to salvage the US-EU Data Transfer Safe Harbor, nearly

Is "Plausibility" a Rorschach Test? The Fourth Circuit's Divided Opinion on Twombly's Motion to Dismiss Standard

USA - February 2 2016 A recent Fourth Circuit cases demonstrates the inherently subjective nature of the "plausibility" standard used to evaluate a motion to dismiss under

Does the FDIC only sue bankers who have D&O insurance?

USA - February 2 2016 No. At least, that is the conclusion put forward in Why does the FDIC sue? By Christoffer Koch (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas) and Ken Okamura (Said