Extreme sports are increasingly popular in the U.S., and participation is growing. "Extreme" means different things to different people, but participation is not only up in sports such as mountain biking and snowboarding. More people are bungee jumping, hang gliding, wind surfing and rock climbing. As more Americans become involved in hazardous recreation, the number of personal injuries is also rising especially among minors. With injuries comes litigation, of course, and the popularity of extreme sports raises challenging questions of liability.
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In today’s global economy, product manufacturers resource materials and components, sell their products, and expose themselves to potential litigation in countries far from the manufacturer’s home base. While clients may understand—though they may not like—their obligations to participate in discovery as a party to a products liability dispute, they also may be subject to the same discovery requirements even though they are not a party in matters pending in foreign jurisdictions. One avenue to compel discovery in the United States for use in proceedings in foreign jurisdictions is 28 U.S.C. section 1782.
Kentucky was the 47th state to pass cybersecurity legislation with the 2014 creation of state law KRS 365.732 in 2014.
During February of this year, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals joined the majority of circuits and held that the disclosure of information to the government during an audit or investigation does not constitute a “public disclosure” and subsequently does not create a jurisdictional bar to a qui tam action under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Court’s decision in United States ex rel. Whipple v. Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority allowed the plaintiff to proceed with his case on remand and has the potential to invite more FCA qui tam actions given the narrow interpretation given to the public disclosure bar.
HR can be an important gatekeeper in protecting a company's intellectual property – for employees and contractors alike. Intellectual property includes trade secrets and proprietary information (such as customer lists, formulas and manufacturing processes), copyrights (such as software, photographs, videos, web content and manuals), and patentable inventions (such as a medical device, machine, chemical compound, business method or even a product design).
Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda was awarded the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award for 2014 by the Tennessee Bar Association.
As the saying goes, "Be careful what you wish for; you might get it." This describes the current state of biofuels. The appealing concept of biofuels is supported by well-meaning environmental advocates, business interests, and governmental policy, but if we don't make wise choices, then the reality may not be all that we wished for.
Bob Connolly takes over as Chairman of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, beginning in January 2015.
The Ebola virus is an epidemic ravaging the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and threatens to become a broader pandemic. The first known cases…
According to the Thompson Reuters Loan Pricing Corporation, in the first quarter of 2014 the trading volume of loans on the US secondary loan market was $139.27 billion, with $4.93 billion in distressed loan trades. The overall trading volume of loans in the first quarter is well above the $114.31 billion quarterly average seen since the first quarter of 2008. The secondary loan market is very active.
In 1999, by a six to three majority, the United States Supreme Court issued a seminal decision in Olmstead v. L.C., which involved the application of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Olmstead concerned several intellectually disabled individuals (“individuals”) who were admitted to a Georgia hospital but not timely discharged from the hospital although their treatment professionals agreed that they could be cared for safely in the community.
Tennessee has two new business friendly employment laws regarding private Internet account information and limiting remedies available to employees under the Tennessee Human Rights Act and related employment statutes.
The voice of business in political and regulatory issues has been a hot button topic since the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Public policy battles will continue whether your corporation is active or not, and avoiding the debate may not be an option. What does your board need to know about the company's involvement in PACs, lobbying, and all those other messy necessities of modern policital life?
If you practice in federal court, pay close attention to the changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure arriving in 2015. Implementing the so-called “Duke Rules Package” developed at a 2010 Federal Rules Advisory Committee meeting held at Duke University, upcoming changes recommended by the Advisory Committee focus on three main areas: (1) early judicial case management; (2) the scope of discovery and (3) litigants’ failure to preserve electronically stored information.
This article appeared as a Georgia Casenote on the website of the Construction Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and is reprinted with their permission.
DRI member, John Tate, of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, won a defense verdict for Leatt Corporation in Scarvelli v. Leatt Corporation (Case No. 1:12-CV-00483), a product liability lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio after a two-week trial ending April 17, 2014.
Patent infringement litigation is expensive, and the cost of that litigation can make or break a company. By the same token, even our nation’s largest and healthiest companies are spending millions of dollars on arguably meritless patent litigation brought by non-practicing entitites and, at the end of the case, they have nothing to show for it but a hefty legal bill. The Patent Act allows a successful party to recover its attorney fee expenses from the other party under certain circumstances.
In recent years, lenders have been forced to defend a record number of so-called “wrongful foreclosure” lawsuits. However, several Tennessee court rulings issued this year indicate that…
This article appeared in Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser and is reprinted with their permission.
Stites & Harbison attorneys, Thad Barnes and David Owsley, successfully defended fragrance company Mane USA, Inc. in New Jersey federal court against allegations that the company conspired with perfumer James Krivda to misappropriate over 600 trade secret formulas from Swiss fragrance giant Givaudan Fragrances Corp.
In recent years, many employers have instituted employee wellness programs to encourage good health, lower medical costs, and improve employee productivity and attendance. Initially, large employers were the primary proponents of wellness plans, but now many small and mid-sized companies sponsor wellness programs. Wellness programs can take many forms. Some focus more on disease management while others focus more on healthy lifestyles and habits.
Construction projects are like onions—and ogers—they have many layers. On a typical construction project an owner will contract with a general contractor who will then contract with subcontractors, who may themselves contract with even lower tier subcontractors. Ultimately, there tend to be many intermediaries between subcontractors doing the work and owners who benefit by the work on construction projects. One problem that results from this for subcontractors is how they ensure payment for their work if the contractor with whom they have contracted refuses to pay?
Article by Jerry Taylor published in Nashville Bar Journal in November 2013.
The House of Representatives has resorted to the “nuclear option” in shutting down the federal government in pursuit of a quixotic ideological crusade to stop the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Unlike the other attempts to derail their self-created bogeyman “Obamacare,” this attempt will be both unsuccessful and harmful to the nation.
Article about enforcement of state court judgments in a foreign state.
There are numerous factors that are currently placing considerable stress on independent physicians and physician groups throughout the United States.
The America Invents Act, enacted Sept. 16, 2011. makes the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (“EDVA”) a primary trial court for challenging decisions of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Patent Office.
A long-standing adage in the healthcare industry is "first, do no harm." When it comes to protecting the environment, this industry must take this challenge to heart. As a group, the healthcare industry generates over two million tons of waste annually.
The fundamental feature of a class action is that the claims are such that resolving those claims for one plaintiff effectively would resolve those claims for others who have the same claims against the defendant. Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and its state equivalents, require proof of several elements designed to help determine whether this feature is present in a given case.