We round up the most significant appellate decisions relevant to commercial litigation each week.

This late-summer edition of Commercial Roundup features a notable ruling on personal jurisdiction, a pair of False Claims Act decisions, a couple of opinions tossing class certification orders, a 2-1 split in a securities fraud case (the dissent has the better end of it), a rare victory for plaintiffs in an action for unlawful maintenance

The First Circuit sits in Boston. Which when Blawgletter went to law school called itself "The Hub". As in "Hub of the Universe". Which we found charming. Also troubling.

True, though? Kinda.

Today the court that sits in the Hub held that a qui tam — False Claims Act — claim about Harvard Medical School

Blawgletter often handles business cases on a contingent fee basis.  We earn a percentage of the client's recovery.  No recovery, no fee.

But guess what?  The client may owe tax on the recovery.  Which could of course affect the client's net.  And the Internal Revenue Service may regard the entire recovery — including the contingent