Caffe Ribs, Inc. v. State

By: William Warmke Caffe Ribs, Inc. v. State reviews a trial court’s discretion in applying the project-influence rule to exclude evidence concerning the government’s role in delaying a condemned property’s environmental cleanup prior to a taking.[1] In 1995, Caffe Ribs, Inc. (“Caffe”) purchased a condemned property from Paul Revere Variable Annuity Insurance Company (“Revere”).[2] At […]

Antitrust Standards: A Shift Towards a Broad Interpretation

By: Emily Wolfford The plaintiffs, BRFHH Shrevport, LLC (BRFHH), an owner of a University Health Hospital and Vantage Health Plan, Inc. (Vantage), a health insurance provider, sued a competing healthcare provider, Willis Knighton Medical Center (Willis Knighton). The suit alleged two antitrust claims: 1) attempted monopolization and anticompetitive acquisitions and mergers, and 2) illegal merger […]

Friedrichs v. Cal. Teachers Ass’n

By: Patrick Kain   Last week the United States Supreme Court, exemplifying the Court’s shift to the left following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, issued a key ruling in favor of organized labor unions.[1]  The decision represents a shift from the traditionally conservative and anti-union Court, to a much more liberal approach to union […]

Kimble V. Marvel Entm’t, LLC

By: Ninozka Rodríguez   In 1990, petitioner Stephen Kimble (“Kimble”) patented a toy glove that allowed users to shoot foam from the palm of their hands as “spider webs,” and in doing so mimic the beloved comic book character, Spider Man.[1] That year, Kimble met with respondent, Marvel Entertainment, LLC (“Marvel”), well known for producing and […]