The collapse in oil prices since June 2014, and the significant drop in those for natural gas, have put tremendous pressures on relationships in the industry. The stresses — between operators and non-operators, lessees and royalty owners, principals and contractors, investors and investees, among others — make legal disputes both more likely and harder to
Not Just for Plaintiffs Any More: California Court Voids Attorney-Client Contracts for Help with Taxes, Investments
Since 1982, California law has required contingent fee agreements between a lawyer and a "plaintiff" to meet certain tests.
Ten years after the law took effect, a California court of appeals held that the law doesn't apply "outside the litigation context." Franklin v. Appell, 8 Cal. App. 4th 875, 892 (Cal. App. 1992) (involving…
JPML Heads to Duke for Short Docket on Nov. 18
Seven hopefuls for pre-trial transfer will hit the argument calendar for the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation this Thursday at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina.
The Panel plans to hear lawyers explain why their respective groups of cases should — or shouldn't – go to a single federal judge so that she or…
What the Election Means for Business Lawsuits: More of Them
Lots of people want to know what voters meant just now when they mostly, in lots of places, swept ins from office and replaced them with outs. Did they want to vent anger? Express anxiety? Demand a new path? Something else?
Blawgletter suspects people wanted to say A Great Many Things, often all at the…
MDL Panel Starts Moving Cases from Sept. Session
The seven federal judges on the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation have issued the first two transfer orders from their September 30 session in Nashville.
The Panel sent cases relating to the recall of McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson medicines (think Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl) for children and infants to the Eastern…
Attack on Arbitration Clause Need Not Appear in Complaint, Ninth Circuit Holds
The wacky world of litigating arbitration issues keeps getting wackier.
Witness today's Ninth Circuit ruling that, no, by golly, a party needn't include in its complaint an explanation of why it doesn't have to arbitrate.
The defendant, Fastbucks, which franchises "payday loan" stores in California and elsewhere, including its home state, Texas, urged that Golden…
Slew of New MDL Orders
Here you go:
May 2010 Hearing Session
Motions to Centralize — New MDLs (.pdfs)
MDL No. 2171 — IN RE: Capital One Bank Credit Card Interest Rate Litigation
MDL No. 2169 — IN RE: General Mills, Inc., YoPlus Yogurt Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation
MDL No. 2168 — IN RE: NebuAd