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Federal Circuit Reconsiders Extraterritorial Patent Damages

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Brumfield v. IBG LLC suggests that U.S. patent holders may be able to obtain damages for foreign activities that flow from domestic acts of infringement proscribed by 35 U.S.C. § 271(a). This is a new development: as the Federal Circuit explained, the Supreme Court’s extraterritoriality analysis in WesternGeco LLC…

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Bread and Butter

There is a tendency when blogging to focus on cases that that are (1) important, (2) novel, (3) strange, or (4) wrong. These are the sorts of cases that most people—and, candidly, the TLB editors—find to be most interesting. (My colleague Bill Dodge may be an exception.) Every now and then, however, it is useful…

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Additional Thoughts on Firexo

I have three thoughts to add to John Coyle’s insightful post on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in Firexo, Inc. v. Firexo Group Limited: one on choice of law, one on jurisdiction, and one on forum selection. Choice of Law Even though the majority declines to apply the “closely…

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District Court Permits Clean Air Act Action Against Canadian Company

The presumption against extraterritoriality is the principal tool that U.S. courts use to determine the reach of federal statutes. Last year, in Abitron Austria GmbH v. Hetronic International, Inc. (2023), the U.S. Supreme modified the presumption by requiring conduct relevant to a provision’s focus to occur in the United States in order for the application…

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The Easy Way and the Hard Way

In the law, there are often two paths to a given destination. There is the easy way. And there is the hard way. In a recent New Jersey case involving a forum selection clause, the plaintiff was ultimately successful in defeating the defendant’s motion to dismiss. But man, oh man… did the plaintiff do it…

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Fifty Years in the Conflicts Vineyard: A Celebration of Symeon Symeonides

On May 8-9, Willamette University College of Law and the Conflict of Laws Section of the Association of American Law Schools will host a symposium in celebration of Professor and Dean Emeritus Symeon Symeonides in Salem, Oregon. The speakers will include Francisco Garcimartin Alférez, Lea Brilmayer, Katharina Boele-Woelki, Patrick Borchers, Hannah Buxbaum, Anthony Colangelo, John…

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Saying Yes to the World, But No to Personal Jurisdiction

The Northern District of California (Judge Susan Illston) recently dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction a suit brought by California residents against the German airline Lufthansa for harms emanating from the plaintiffs’ experience boarding a flight in Saudi Arabia en route to San Francisco. As the court noted in Doe v. Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft, the…

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A Legislative Fix for the Cassirer Case?

Regular TLB readers may be familiar with the Cassirer case seeking to recover a painting by Camille Pissarro that was stolen by the Nazis and is now in the possession of a Spanish museum. The U.S. Supreme Court held in Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation (2022) that federal courts must apply state choice-of-law rules to…

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The Sixth Circuit Tackles Forum Selection Clauses

When U.S. judges fight about forum selection clauses, they tend to fight about one of two things. First, they fight about whether a federal court sitting in diversity should apply state or federal law to determine whether a clause is valid and enforceable. Second, they fight about whether a non-signatory may be bound by a…

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We Still Don’t Know What the State Department Thinks About the Transit Pipelines Treaty

In Bad River Band v. Enbridge Energy Co., the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Judge William M. Conley) found that a pipeline owned by a Canadian company, Enbridge Energy, trespasses on the reservation of the Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians. He ordered the pipeline to shut down by June 16, 2026….

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Ingrid (Wuerth) Brunk

Vanderbilt Law School
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William Dodge

UC Davis School of Law
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Maggie Gardner

Cornell Law School
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John F. Coyle

University of North Carolina School of Law
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Zachary D. Clopton

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
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Noah Buyon

Duke University School of Law
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Will Moon

University of Maryland
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William K. McGoughran

Vanderbilt Law School
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Chimène Keitner

UC Davis School of Law
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Catherine Amirfar

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
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Justin R. Rassi

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
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Isabelle Glimcher

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
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Ben Köhler

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
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Aaron D. Simowitz

Willamette University College of Law
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