Obvious Standards in Patents; A Supreme Court Review

August 19th, 2015/By Admin/In Blog

A Motion for Summary Judgment in the patent infringement case of Teleflex v. KSR was originally granted, then reversed, and then reviewed by the Supreme Court.  The following are thoughts on the Supreme Court’s ruling as presented by Firm Partner Robert M. Freedman: The issue reviewed by the Supreme Court in this case was whether a patent can be granted, and then infringed upon, if the invention was one that would be an obvious solution for a problem in the marketplace, or known to the design community; and the inventor of the patent used skill and knowledge ordinary to someone More

Lincoln Property Company v. Travelers Indemnity

August 19th, 2015/By Admin/In Blog

The recent decision by the California Court of Appeal, First District, Third Division in the case of Lincoln Property Company v. Travelers Indemnity basically reaffirmed prior California decisions holding that if an insured seeks to file two lawsuits that each involve the same primary right of action against an insurer that the second suit will be dismissed on the ground of res judicata, collateral estoppel, retraxit or another action pending depending on the status of the first action. In this case, the insured was sued by an employee of another company that was injured at a job site. When the More

California Supreme Court Upholds Policy Exclusion for Landslide Damages

August 10th, 2015/By Admin/In Blog

An article in the Insurance Insider stated that “the Supreme Court of California recently upheld the application of a weather conditions exclusion within an ‘open peril’ homeowners insurance policy, denying coverage for damages arising from a rain-induced landslide.  This dispute originated when a homeowner filed a claim with his insurer for damages caused when a tree crashed into his house as a result of a nearby landslide. Upon investigation of the claim, the insurer denied coverage finding that weather conditions, primarily heavy rainfall, brought about the damage to the property. The policy in question contained a ‘weather conditions’ clause, which More

California Strengthens Teen Driver Laws

August 01st, 2015/By Admin/In Blog

A recent article posted by Claimsguides.com notes that California is trying to reduce the number of accidents on State highways by tightening its teen driver laws. The article states “California has strengthened its laws for teenage drivers to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on state roadways. The American Insurance Association (AIA) has commended Californians for the decision. According to AIA, California has one of the strongest graduated driver licensing laws in the nation. A new evaluation of that licensing program by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds a 23 percent overall reduction in per-capita crash involvement More

California Cracks-Down On Uninsured Motorists

July 19th, 2015/By Admin/In Blog

California is ramping up its efforts to crack down on uninsured drivers and has sent more than 180,000 letters in the last two months to car owners warning them their auto registrations may be suspended if they cannot prove they have insurance. An article posted by Claimsguides.com states: “The notices follow authorization by the Legislature on Oct. 1 for the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin a systematic review of 22.4 million private vehicles registered in the State. As part of the review, the DMV is checking its records of registered car owners against an electronic database of insured vehicles More

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