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In One Fell Swoop, Supreme Court Upends Quarter Century of Practice and Limits Proper Venue in Patent Disputes, Much to the Dismay of Patent Trolls

On May 22, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that a domestic corporation “resides” only in its State of incorporation for purposes of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). While seemingly an esoteric discussion of civil procedure, the decision will fundamentally alter the landscape of modern patent litigation. To appreciate the significance of TC … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Municipality Can Sue Banks for Financial Injuries Under the Fair Housing Act, but Whether There is Proximate Cause is for Another Day and Another Court

In a 5-3 decision in Bank of America Corp. et al. v. City of Miami, Florida (No. 15-1111 and No. 15-1112, May 1, 2017), the United States Supreme Court held that the City of Miami (“City”) was an “aggrieved person” authorized to bring suit under the Fair Housing Act (the “FHA”) for predatory lending by … Continue Reading

A Recent Decision by the Seventh Circuit that an Employer’s Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII Bolsters Protection for LGBTQ Workers

On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, held that an employer’s sexual orientation discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[1] Following in the footsteps of the Second Circuit,[2] the Hively majority opinion provides three different views demonstrating why discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal under Title VII. … Continue Reading
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