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Delaware Supreme Court reverses dismissal of Blue Bell shareholder claim

A stockholder suit against Blue Bell Creameries is getting a second chance at trial, thanks to the Delaware Supreme Court. Originally filed in 2017, the complaint by shareholders alleged mismanagement by executives after the 2015 listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell ice cream led to a financial crisis at the company.

Listeria outbreak puts Blue Bell in dire straits

ADT awarded $4 million in deceptive trade practices suit

A jury in the Southern District of Florida awarded security firm ADT $4 million in damages in the culmination of its deceptive trade practices lawsuit against Alder Holdings, Inc. ADT's dispute with Alder dates back to around 2012 when ADT first accused Alder of encouraging sales staff to falsely present themselves as ADT employees.

ADT accuses Alder of "bait and switch" sales tactics

Shareholder dispute puts century-old trust in the spotlight

The Texas Pacific Land Trust, a 130-year-old trust holding over 900,000 acres of land in the Texas oil and gas basin, has become the center of a high-profile shareholder fight in recent months.

Unusual governing structure leads to tensions

Lawsuit marks new territory for TCPA

British chemical company Venator Materials PLC (Venator) moved to dismiss a series of federal securities class action claims pursuant to the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA). Investors allege Venator misled investors about the impact of a fire at one of its plants in Finland. In response, Venator argues that its statements were made according to its right to free speech on matters of public concern.

By doing so, Venator explores previously unexplored territory under the TCPA.

A closer look at Huawei's motion for summary judgment

In our last post, we discussed Huawei's case against the United States government and its allegations that Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA") is unconstitutional.

Specifically, Huawei claims the NDAA violates the Bill of Attainder, Due Process, and Vesting Clauses - which prohibit "trials by legislature" and ensure due process and the independent exercise of executive and judicial powers - by naming the company a restricted telecommunications provider.

Huawei seeks to expedite its lawsuit against the U.S.

Recently, Chinese tech company Huawei moved for summary judgment in its lawsuit against the United States. By doing so, Huawei argues there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law on its claim concerning the constitutionality of section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

Huawei - which operates its American headquarters in Plano, Texas - alleges that a military spending provision preventing government agencies from using the company's telecom equipment is unconstitutional. By moving for summary judgment, Huawei seeks to accelerate the lawsuit it filed against the U.S. government earlier this year.

Hitchcock waterfront property dispute continues

A dispute involving upscale waterfront development properties in Houston-Galveston is headed to court, according to the business owner at the heart of the clash.

Waterfront business owner Paul Leviner says the water in the marina is unsafe for boats due to lack of dredging, and that it is the Flamingo Isles Municipal Utility District's responsibility to fix the problem. Leviner owns the commercial properties at Harborwalk in Hitchcock, which he declared shut down six months ago in light of the water issue - according to the Houston Chronicle.

Workers accuse Boeing of retaliating against union activity

In November of last year, Richard Mester lost his job at a Boeing facility in South Carolina for allegedly failing to report a bird strike. As an Air Force veteran with 30 years' experience, Mester claims he could not have missed such an obvious issue. Instead, Mester suspects he and two other employees were fired because of their unionization efforts.

Uber settles with drivers challenging contractor classification

Uber announced last week that the majority of the 60,000 arbitration demands filed by drivers have now settled. Drivers across the U.S. disputed their classification as independent contractors and demanded that the issue be resolved at arbitration. The settlement announcement came as part of Uber's regulatory filings for its upcoming IPO.

PMC files patent infringement suits against Google, Netflix

Personalized Media Communications LLC, the holder of nearly 100 patents relating to streaming media, filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas against several major media companies this spring - including Netflix and Google.

The complaints PMC filed against Netflix, Google and Akami primarily focused on six patents, all related to "signal processing apparatus and methods." From enabling users to request a list of programming, to controlling how programming displays, PMC alleges that their patents are the reason Netflix and other platforms can deliver quality streaming media to their customers.

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