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Mealey's Insurance - 5th Circuit Panel Says Appellant Waived Right To Argue That Texas Law Applies

NEW ORLEANS - An insured's assignee whose lungs were damaged by the inhalation of an excess amount of chlorine in the insured hotel's hot tub waived the right to argue that Oklahoma law, rather than Texas law, should be applied because the assignee failed to argue that the application of Texas...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - California Jury Adds $4.6M In Punitive Damages To $17.5M Asbestos-Talc Verdict

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California jury on Dec. 11 added $4.6 million in punitive damages after finding two talc companies liable for $17.5 million in compensatory damages for a man's asbestos-related mesothelioma (Booker v. Vanderbilt Minerals, No. RG15796166, Calif. Super., Alameda Co.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Medtronic Pays $12M To 5 States For Deceptive Marketing Of Infuse Bone Graft

BOSTON - Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay $12 million to five states to resolve allegations that it engaged in deceptive marketing of the company's Infuse bone graft, according to a consent judgment entered Dec. 13 in the Suffolk County, Mass., Superior Court (Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Medtronic...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 9th Circuit Upholds Arbitration Ruling In AT&T Data Class Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 11 upheld a ruling compelling arbitration in a class complaint brought by wireless customers who allege that AT&T Mobility LLC purposely slows data for "unlimited" customers, finding that there is no state action in the...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 9th Circuit Upholds Fee Award In Favor Of Copyright Defendants

SAN FRANCISCO - Two sons of the late concert promoter Bill Graham were properly ordered by a California federal judge to reimburse the attorney fees incurred by four copyright infringement defendants, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 13 (Alexander Graham-Sult, et al., v. Nicholas Clainos...

Mealey's Insurance - Evidence Of Man's Prior Acts Of Arson Should Be Admitted, Judge Finds

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Evidence related to a man's prior acts of setting fire to three residences and one automobile to collect insurance proceeds should be admitted during his trial on similar claims, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled Dec. 13, finding that the information has probative value as to...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - U.S. Veterans Seek Class Status In Suit Over 1966 Plutonium Dust Cleanup

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. veterans who were present at the 1966 cleanup of plutonium dust in Palomares, Spain, moved Dec. 11 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for class certification in a lawsuit alleging that they were improperly denied service-connected disability compensation based on...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Texas Appeals Court Says Judge Erred When Dismissing Couple's Defects Suit

AMARILLO, Texas - A trial court judge in Texas erred when dismissing a couple's construction defects and breach of contract suit against a builder for want of prosecution without providing proper notice, a state appeals court panel ruled Dec. 11 (Patrick Pence, et al. v. S&D Builders LLC, et...

Mealey's Banking & Finance - 7th Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of TILA Rescission Claims As Untimely

CHICAGO - After finding that a former homeowner's right to file a lawsuit in relation to rescission under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) had expired years before he filed his case against a bank, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 12 affirmed a decision to dismiss his claims as untimely...

Mealey's Insurance - Insurer's Conduct During Appraisal Is Relevant To Insured's Bad Faith Claims

DENVER - A Colorado federal judge on Dec. 12 refused to dismiss an insured's statutory and common-law bad faith claims after determining that the insurer's conduct before, during and after an appraisal proceeding conducted to determine the value of the insured's claim for property damages...

Mealey's Insurance - 5th Circuit: Additional Insured Owed A Defense In Construction Defects Case

NEW ORLEANS - A subcontractor's insurer had a duty to defend an additional insured in a construction defects lawsuit, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals ruled Dec. 12, affirming in part and reversing in part awards issued in favor of the additional insured (Lyda Swinerton Builders Inc. v. Oklahoma...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - PCA To Issue Award, Asks Russia And Investors Questions On Quantum

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - In preparation for the issuance of a final award in a treaty dispute over real estate investments in Crimea, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on Dec. 13 announced that it has posed certain questions to the investors and the Russian Federation in relation to responsibility...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Proximity To Fracking Sites Linked To Damage To Fetuses, Researchers Find

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A study published in the journal "Science Advances" on Dec. 13 concludes that there is evidence that there are negative effects of in utero exposure to hydraulic fracturing sites when they are located within 1.86 miles of a mother's residence based on the detection of...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - New Jersey State Court Jury Returns $15M Verdict In Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Trial

HACKENSACK, N.J. - A New Jersey state court jury on Dec. 14 awarded $15 million to a plaintiff and her husband in the state's second pelvic mesh trial (Elizabeth Hrymoc, et al. v. Ethicon, Inc., et al., No. L-13686-14, N.J. Super., Bergen Co.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - DaVita Pharmacy To Pay $63.7M To Settle Allegations Of False Claims, Kickbacks

DALLAS - Nationwide pharmacy DaVita Rx LLC has agreed to pay $63.7 million to resolve federal false claims and kickback allegations that it billed federal health care programs for drugs it never shipped and for taking kickbacks in the form of patient assistance programs, the U.S. attorney for the Northern...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 5th Circuit Affirms Gas Retailer's $58.4M Award From Settlement Agreement

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 14 affirmed a federal judge in Louisiana's decision to award a gasoline retailer $58.4 million under the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement, finding that the judge did not err when finding that the...

Mealey's IP/Tech - On Remand, Federal Circuit Rules Unfair Competition Claim Preempted By BPCIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 14 deemed allegations by a drug maker that a competitor violated California's unfair competition law (UCL), Calif. Bus. & Prof. Code 17200 et seq., preempted by the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA...

Mealey's Insurance - Insurer's Failure To Exclude Parties Was A Mistake, 3rd Circuit Says In Affirming

PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 14 affirmed a New Jersey federal judge's ruling in favor of an insurer in an environmental contamination dispute after determining that the insurer's failure to exclude coverage to certain parties involved in the contamination dispute...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Split NLRB Overrules Browning-Ferris, Reverts To Prior Joint-Employer Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 14, in a 3-2 decision overruled the 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), and reinstated the joint-employer standard in place prior to that decision (Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd. and Brandt Construction...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Divided FCC Announces Repeal Of 2015 Net Neutrality Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In what it described as a restoration of internet freedom, the Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 14 announced the repeal its 2015 order that had established rules protecting what has become popularly known as "net neutrality." The newly adopted framework, which was...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Disputes Exist Over Whether Subsequent Buyers Knew About Building Code Violations

ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on Dec. 14 denied Pulte Home Corp.'s motion for summary judgment, holding that genuine disputes exist as to whether subsequent home buyers knew about building code violations concerning the allegedly faulty installation of stucco on the homes (Shaun Parker...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Pennsylvania Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal Of Zoloft Expert's Exclusion

PHILADELPHIA - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Dec. 13 denied a petition to review a Zoloft birth defect case that was dismissed when the plaintiffs' causation expert was excluded by the trial court (Robert and Katherine Porter, et al. v. SmithKline Beecham Corporation, et al., No. 257 EAL 2017...

Mealey's Insurance - Insured Can't Show That Remand Is Necessary In Bad Faith Suit, Judge Rules

PITTSBURGH - An insured has failed to show that remand of his insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit to state court is necessary since he asserts only claims under state law and, thus, a federal district court lacks jurisdiction over the claims because the insured does not seek a declaratory...

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - California Panel Reverses Dismissal Of City's UCL Claims Against Contractors

LOS ANGELES - After finding that the city of Los Angeles' claims that a company and its owner conspired with subcontractors to pay employees wages less than the prevailing rate while working on a construction project were sufficient to support a claim for violation of California's unfair competition...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Federal Judge: Fusion Surgery Preauthorization Waived Insurer's Later Denial

LOS ANGELES - A health insurer waived the right to deny coverage for vertebrate fusion surgery as experimental when it preauthorized the procedure, albeit with a different device, a federal judge in California held Dec. 12, entering judgment for the plaintiff on her Employee Retirement Income Security...