A Jordanian bank objected to turning over records that it claimed it couldn't produce without risking criminal prosecution by the governments of Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Monetary Authority. 

The plaintiffs accused the institution, Arab Bank, of aiding terrorist groups that had killed and hurt them and family members in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. They sued under

The Federal Circuit today ruled that the Eastern District of Texas has the wrong idea about whether Rule 20(a) lets plaintiffs sue a bunch of defendants in one patent infringement case simply because they all infringed the same patents.

You have to show something more, it held — such as that the defendants somehow acted

In the last 30 days, two U.S. courts of appeals have held (sort of) that no "settlement privilege" — a right to deny others access to the terms of your settlements with third-parties — exists.

In the first case, the Federal Circuit ruled, "in light of reason and experience, . . . that settlement negotiations

The Seventh Circuit today turned back Whirlpool's effort to stop the hand-over of documents it claimed fell within its attorney-client privilege.  The panel noted that, in Mohawk Indus., Inc. v. Carpenter, 130 S. Ct. 599 (2009) (post here), the Court barred appeals from pretrial orders that breached a claim of privilege.  The panel also