Monthly Archives: November 2012

November 26
2012

SCOTUS: Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) Displaces Outright State Prohibition against Arbitration of a Particular Type of Claim.

Prior to consideration by the Supreme Court of the United States, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held noncompetition agreements in employment contracts were void and unenforceable under an Oklahoma statute which limits the enforceability of noncompetition agreements. The U.S. Supreme Court … Read full post…

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Posted in Florida / Louisiana / Texas
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November 15
2012

Proposed TRCP 91a and TRCP 169 – early dismissals and expedited actions

In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed a law which called upon the Texas Supreme Court to modify the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (TRCP) to allow for, among other things, (a) early dismissals of civil actions without any basis in law or … Read full post…

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November 6
2012

Eleventh Circuit: Seamen’s Arbitration Agreements are Enforceable

The Eleventh Circuit holds yet again that seamen’s arbitration agreements are enforceable in Kenneth Fernandes v. Carnival Corp., 09-15675 (11th Cir. Jul. 12, 2012). Following up on its own recent precedents, Lindo v. NCL (Bahamas) Ltd., 652 F.3d 1257 (11th Cir. 2011) … Read full post…

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November 5
2012

Reversal of Fortune: Fifth Circuit reverses itself and holds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers immune from liability for Hurricane Katrina

The Fifth Circuit panel reversed itself and held the United States Army Corps of Engineers is fully immune from liability in connection with the damages suffered in Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In re: Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation, No. 10-30249 … Read full post…

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November 2
2012

Asbestos: Is a Navy Ship a “Product” for Strict Product Liability Purposes and is there a “Sophisticated Purchaser” Defense?

The federal court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has continued the recent trend of reexamining whether admiralty law applies in waterfront asbestos cases. In Mack v. General Electric Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143380 (Oct. 3, 2012), the court … Read full post…

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Posted in Asbestos / Maritime / Products Liablity
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