Author Archives: Kimberly

May 2016 – Issue 67

In re White-Robinson

777 F.3d 792 (5th Cir. 2015)

The court of appeals upheld the bankruptcy court’s contempt order against an individual lawyer.  The bankruptcy court had sanctioned the individual lawyer and her firm, a professional limited liability company, for bringing a frivolous and procedurally deficient motion.  When the lawyer and her firm did not pay the ordered sanctions, the court held the lawyer and her firm in civil contempt. Continue reading

December 2013 — Issue 64

Taurus IP, LLC v. Daimler-Chrysler Corporation

726 F.3d 1306 (Fed. Cir. 2013).

The court affirmed the district court’s exercise of personal jurisdiction over a Texas resident, Spangenberg, and his Texas LLC based on a two-step piercing analysis.  First, the court held that Spangenberg, the individual managing member of a Wisconsin LLC, was the alter ego of that LLC, and then the court applied the alter ego theory in reverse to reach Spangenberg’s Texas LLC.  The court generally referred to both of the LLCs as Continue reading