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June 3, 2014

In the News Today – June 3, 2014

BP is seeking US Supreme Court intervention after District Judge Carl Barbier lifted, “a temporary stay in claims payouts” related to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. After already paying out $3.7 billion to 38,000 claimants, many of which were found to be businesses who were not actually harmed by the oil spill, Judge Barbier’s decision to lift the stay protecting BP, “applies to 30,000 further business claims that will begin being processed again today.” (Louisiana Record)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to make it easier to hold companies liable for encouraging others to commit patent infringement. The ruling came in patent litigation between Internet services companies Akamai Technologies Inc. and Limelight Networks Inc. It restored prior legal rules that were loosened when a U.S. appeals court sided with Akamai in 2012. Several leading technology companies had urged the Supreme Court to return to the traditional rules, saying the appeals court’s approach could have opened the door to a new wave of patent-infringement lawsuits and escalating litigation costs. (Wall Street Journal)

Writing in Mondaq, Bernard Nash and fellow partners at Dickstein Shaprio, LLC, speculate that 2014 will see a further increase in the amount of False Claims Act litigation, which has “exploded” over the past decade. Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced $3.8 billion in recoveries as a result of FCA litigation, and the authors assert that attorneys general in “cash-strapped states” are increasingly pursuing “novel and creative FCA actions.” (Mondaq)

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