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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Some Flint Water Defendants: Local Controversy Exception Applies To Class Action

DETROIT - Some of the defendants sued by residents of Flint, Mich., in connection with the lead-contaminated drinking water in that city filed a brief in Michigan federal court on March 21, arguing that the lawsuit meets the local controversy exception to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) and, therefore...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Campbell Soup Trans Fat Labeling Class Suit Dismissed; Motions For Sanctions Denied

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on March 21 granted a motion to dismiss a class complaint accusing Campbell Soup Co. of deceiving customers by labeling soup as healthy even though it contained trans fat but denied motions by both parties seeking sanctions (Harold Brower, et al. v. Campbell Soup...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Plaintiffs' Counsel Sanctioned For Behavior During Wage-And-Hour Deposition

SAN FRANCISCO - An attorney representing the named plaintiffs in a wage-and-hour class complaint must pay $7,706.32 in sanctions after acting in an "unprofessional" and "disrespectful" manner during deposition, a California federal magistrate judge ruled March 21, adding that the...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Refuses To Compel Arbitration Of Investor's Claims In China

WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal judge on March 22 denied a motion filed by several companies to compel arbitration of claims asserted by an investor in relation to supply and operating agreements, finding that neither of the arbitration provisions in the contracts applies to his claims (Pei Chuang...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - New Expert Report In Spying Software Suit Struck, Deemed To Be Too Late

ERIE, Pa. - A second expert report filed by the lead plaintiffs in a proposed class action over spying software when they filed their reply brief in support of their renewed motion for class certification was filed too late, a Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge ruled March 22, striking the new report...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Group Seeks Encrypted EPA Communications In FOIA Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A government watchdog group on March 21 filed a complaint in District of Columbia federal court against the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that the agency violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, by not timely providing certain employees' communications...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge: Plaintiffs' Negligence, Products Liability Claims Fail Without Expert Testimony

MILWAUKEE - Excluding expert testimony on the cause and origin of a fire, a Wisconsin federal judge ruled March 21 that plaintiffs cannot prevail on their claims of strict products liability or negligence because "without competent expert testimony, the jury would be forced to speculate about the...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Energy Firm Says It Will File SIAC Arbitration Over Shares In Mine

SUBIACO, Western Australia - An Australian energy firm on March 23 announced that it will commence arbitration with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) against a uranium holding company, asserting claims related to a notice requesting that it determine the value of its shares in a mine...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - PCA Releases Annual Report, Announces Increase In Arbitrations

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on March 23 released its 2016 annual report announcing an increase in new arbitration requests and in administered cases.

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Magistrate Grants Protective Order In Negligence Suit For Trade Secret Information

LAS VEGAS - A federal magistrate judge in Nevada on March 21 granted a protective order in a negligence lawsuit to facilitate discovery exchanges and establishing a procedure for the filing of documents that include trade secrets and other confidential information pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Nixes Class In Insureds' Suit Claiming Pharmacy Gouged On Generic Drugs

SAN FRANCISCO - The variety of contracts at issue and evidence that at least some of the contracted pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) understood that a pharmacy's usual and customary rate did not include the rate offered for generic drugs in its membership program defeat a motion for class certification...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judgment Denied In FELA Lawsuit Based Upon Admission Of Expert's Testimony

NEW YORK - Finding an expert's testimony on the ergonomics factors of a plaintiff's job in relation to his injuries to be admissible, a New York federal judge on March 24 denied partial summary judgment to a railroad company in a Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) lawsuit because it...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Expert Allowed To Opine On Compliance Of Insurance Marketing Industry Standards

SAN ANTONIO - An expert is qualified to testify on independent marketing organizations (IMOs) in the insurance industry and regarding an IMO's "compliance or lack of compliance with industry standards," a Texas federal magistrate judge ruled March 24 (Wealthmark Advisors Inc. and David...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Dismisses ERISA Action Involving Proton Beam Therapy Coverage Denial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A man's Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) suit impermissibly seeks equitable relief in the face of other available remedies, a federal magistrate judge in Alabama held March 23 (Jeffrey Woodruff v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, et al., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Appeal In Securities Class Action Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 agreed to hear a defense technology company's appeal of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' ruling to determine if there is a split among the circuits regarding whether a duty to disclose is created by Item 303 of Securities and Exchange...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - U.S. High Court Won't Hear Appeal After $7.25B Antitrust Settlement Is Scuttled

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 denied a petition for certiorari filed by class members in a credit card fee lawsuit in which a $7.25 billion class action settlement was reached in December 2013 and then set aside by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 30, 2016, after...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Federal Judge Says Expert Testimony Is Permitted In Racial Discrimination Suit

CHICAGO - Expert testimony on sociological and statistical analysis is allowed in a racial discrimination lawsuit between an employer and its former employees to discuss whether minority employees received disparate treatment, an Illinois federal judge held March 24, finding that the testimony meets...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Investors Failed To Plead Motive, Opportunity In Pleading Scienter, Judge Rules

NEW YORK - Shareholders in a securities class action lawsuit have failed to plead any elements of scienter in making their federal securities law claims against a supplier of lightweighting and noise, vibration and harshness solutions for personal and commercial vehicles and certain of the executive...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Wells Fargo Agrees To Pay $110M To Settle Unauthorized Accounts Class Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - Wells Fargo & Co. and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. have agreed to pay $110 million to end claims by a class of individuals who allege that the banking company opened accounts, enrolled them in products and services and submitted applications for products and services without consent, according...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - California Federal Judge: Supplement Labeling Class Suit Belongs In State Court

SAN DIEGO - A class lawsuit over nutritional supplement labeling belongs in state court because the combined amount in controversy is less than $5 million, even when a 25 percent attorney fee award is included, a California federal judge ruled March 24, rejecting arguments by both sides that the case...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Confirms $1.2B ICSID Award, Dismisses Venezuela's Motion To Vacate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on March 25 granted a Canadian mining company's petition to confirm a $1.2 billion arbitral award issued by an international tribunal, rejecting the Republic of Venezuela's challenges to the award (Crystallex International Corp. v. Bolivarian...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Consumer Plaintiffs Defend Class Representation In Target Data Breach Suit

MINNEAPOLIS - In the wake of the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' rejection and remand of a proposed settlement between Target Corp. and a class of consumers whose personally identifiable information (PII) was compromised in 2013 data breaches, the consumers on March 27 filed a memorandum in...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Experian Data Breach Plaintiffs Seek Discovery Of Security Vendor's Documents

SANTA ANA, Calif. - In a March 25 motion, the plaintiffs in a putative class action over a 2015 data breach experienced by Experian Information Solutions Inc. asked a California federal court to compel production of post-breach investigative documents by a security vendor, disputing the defendant's...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Finds Lack Of Standing To Assert UCL Claim Against Popcorn Maker

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on March 27 dismissed a consumer's amended complaint in which she asserted violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims related to partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in popcorn that she purchased, finding that the pleading contained...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Reinsurer Wants To Know Why Reinsured Allocated Asbestos Losses The Way It Did

BOSTON - A reinsurer asked a federal court in Massachusetts on March 24 to compel its reinsured to supply documents relating to the allocation of asbestos-related losses (Lamorak Insurance Company v. Everest Reinsurance Co., No. 15-cv-13425, D. Mass.).