The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral argument for March 17, 2016, in an important case regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) ability to preempt state laws that place restrictions on local municipalities’ ability to provide their own broadband networks.
In the recent decision of Village Green I, GP v. Fed. Nat’l Mortgage Ass’n (In re Village Green I, GP), 2016 WL 325163 (6th Cir. Jan. 27, 2016), the Sixth Circuit held that the contrived nature of the impairment will cause the plan to fail section 1129(a)(3)’s requirement of having been proposed in good faith.
The Fifth Circuit recently adopted a presumption in favor of retaining federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) and placing the burden squarely on plaintiffs who seek to remand a case based on one of CAFA’s limited exceptions.
A long-standing common law principle called the “public duty rule” holds that local government entities and their employees owe no tort duty of care to individual citizens to provide governmental services such as police and fire protection – such duties are owed to the public as a whole.
Two weeks ago, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals limited the factors a district court may consider in determining the amount of attorneys’ fees to award in an “exceptional” patent infringement case.