Third Circuit Clarifies Passport As Proof of Citizenship Rule

By | Virgin Islands Law Blog | October 9, 2013
Third Circuit Clarifies Passport As Proof of Citizenship Rule

In the recent case of Edwards v. Bryson (2013 WL 4504783 (C.A.3 (Pa.) Aug. 26, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit reaffirmed its prior decision in United States v. Moreno (3d Cir. July 3, 2013), in which the court held that a passport will serve as conclusive proof of United States citizenship only if “its holder was actually a citizen of the United States when the passport was issued.”

Reasoning Behind Punitive Damages Calculations Provided by California Appellate Court

Reasoning Behind Punitive Damages Calculations Provided by California Appellate Court

Royal Oakes was quoted extensively in an Oct. 7, 2013, Claims Journal article, California Court Of Appeals Decision Provides Reasoning Behind Punitive Damages Calculations, about a significant insurance case where $19 million in punitive damages were awarded, then later shot down by the California Court of Appeals, which found the verdict excessive. The court capped the award at $350,000.

Fool’s Gold: Sixth Circuit Wades into Shipwreck Case

Fool’s Gold: Sixth Circuit Wades into Shipwreck Case

The Sixth Circuit’s opinion in Williamson v. Recovery Limited Partnership begins with a fascinating account of a shipwreck that ultimately spawned decades of litigation:  “This appeal is the latest skirmish in the legal battle over the treasures recovered from the 19th century steamship S.S. Central America, a battle that has spanned three decades in numerous courts. 

Stanford Ponzi Case Hits Supreme Court

By | Ponzi Clawbacks | October 7, 2013
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Despite the government shutdown, the US Supreme Court is back in session, and its first order of business is connected with the second-largest investment fraud case in American history. Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues will be hearing arguments on whether to block further class-action lawsuits by investors in R. Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme, an Antigua-based $7 billion Certificate of Deposit scam that collapsed in 2009.

Power Plant Cases in the Supreme Court

Power Plant Cases in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s 2013 term just began but it is already shaping up to be an important one for power plant owners and operators.  Three points stand out: First, on October 7, the Court denied cert. in Luminant Generation Co. LLC v. EPA, a case in which several power companies were challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current approach to regulating air emissions during startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) events.