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Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Arizona Supreme Court Abolishes Test For Abuse Claims

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court on June 20 unanimously found that a trial court erred in granting a doctor and a nursing home summary judgment in a suit where a woman allegedly died because of their abuse and negligence and abolished the four-part test for determining whether a claim under the state...

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Grants Insurer's Summary Judgment Motion On Bad Faith Claim

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - An insured failed to show that material issues of fact exist as to whether his insurer acted in bad faith in denying his claim for coverage under the terms of a commercial property insurance policy and, as a result, is not entitled to punitive damages on the bad faith claim, a federal...

Mealey's Banking & Finance - 8th Circuit Affirms Decision, Finds No Challenge To Foreclosure Of Property

ST LOUIS - The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 20 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant judgment in favor of lenders and loan servicers on claims for tortious interference and violation of Missouri law, finding that a former property owner failed to make any argument that a foreclosure...

Mealey's Insurance - Denial Of Disability Claim Was Reasonable Based On Evidence, Federal Judge Says

DETROIT - A disability insurer did not act arbitrarily and capriciously in denying a claim for disability benefits because the medical evidence supports the denial of benefits and the claimant failed to provide any evidence to rebut the insurer's evidence, a Michigan federal judge said June 20 (Philip...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Copyright Defendant Zillow Partly Prevails Following Adverse $8.2 Million Verdict

SEATTLE - Jurors who in February deemed Zillow Inc. an infringer of 28,125 copyrighted images did not hear sufficient evidence from which to conclude that Zillow failed to take "simple measures" to remove the works from its "Zillow Digs" mobile app, a Washington federal judge ruled...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Finds Deposition Starts 'Other Paper' Removal Clock

BATON ROUGE, La. - Deposition testimony and not the transcript itself triggers the "other paper" removal clock, a federal judge in Louisiana held June 21 in remanding an asbestos action (Curtis D. Morgan v. Dow Chemical Co., et al., No. 17-269, M.D. La., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95308).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Split High Court: District Court Must Review 'Mixed' Civil Service Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Review of a dismissal of a mixed case by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) where, like the present case, an employee complains of adverse action prompted at least in part by the employing agency's violation of federal anti-discrimination laws must occur in the district...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Fresh New York Asbestos CMO Permits Punitive Damages, Loosens Some Evidence Rules

NEW YORK - New York asbestos plaintiffs may pursue punitive damage claims going forward under a newly instituted case management order (CMO) that also includes changes to hearsay rules designed to help offset the negative impact such a change will have on defendants, the coordinating justice said June...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 9th Circuit: Japanese Nuclear Reactor Radiation Case May Proceed In U.S. Court

SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 22 ruled that a radiation exposure lawsuit brought by U.S. Navy sailors who assisted in relief efforts when the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP) melted down in Japan could proceed in a U.S. court, despite the company's...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - No Acquittal By Judge Or New Trial In Fungal Meningitis Criminal Verdict

BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge on June 22 denied a judgment of acquittal or a new trial for Barry J. Cadden, the former head of the compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak (United States of America v. Barry J. Cadden, et al., No. 14-10363, D. Mass., 2017 U.S...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Missouri Sues Opioid Makers Purdue Pharma, Endo, Janssen For Addiction Epidemic

ST. LOUIS - The Missouri attorney general on Jan. 21 sued opioid makers Purdue Pharma L.P., Endo Health Solutions Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. for allegedly misrepresenting the addictiveness of their products in violation of state law (The State of Missouri, ex rel. Joshua D. Hawley v. Purdue...

Mealey's Insurance - Panel Vacates Dismissal Of Insurance Claims, Affirms Dismissal Of Indemnity Claims

NEW ORLEANS - The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 21 found that a lower court erred in dismissing insurance claims in a dispute over coverage for a maritime collision in the Gulf of Mexico, vacating the lower court in part and remanding for the court to review the insurance policies and determine...

Mealey's Insurance - Insurer Opposes Umpire In Reinsurance Arbitration Dispute With Syndicates

BOSTON - In a dispute over environmental claims, an insurer argues in a June 21 brief filed in a Massachusetts federal court that it should not be forced to accept an umpire proposed by a group of insurance syndicates in arbitration because of "shenanigans" in the appointment process (Certain...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - False Claims Act Lawsuit Involving Antifungal Vfend Gets Interlocutory Review

PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania federal judge on June 22 certified a question about the viability of an 11-year-old False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit alleging that Pfizer Inc.'s misrepresentations about use of the antifungal drug Vfend in cancer patients resulted in the submission of false claims to the...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 4th Circuit Finds Navy Control Over Asbestos Warnings Sufficient For Removal

RICHMOND, Va. - A boiler maker did not need to show that the U.S. Navy specifically rejected additional warnings related to asbestos to successfully remove a case, a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held June 22, but on remand, the judge must determine whether Foster Wheeler LLC's removal...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 7th Circuit: Claim Of Race Bias Under Little-Used Statute Must Show Adverse Action

CHICAGO - A racial bias claim brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a sales manager who claimed that he was transferred out of a particular store because he was a different race than the surrounding neighborhood fails as the claimant must show an action that adversely affected...

Mealey's Insurance - No Coverage For Insured's Deliberate Acts Of Unprotected Sex, 9th Circuit Affirms

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that a homeowners insurer has no duty to defend its insured against underlying claims of battery, sexual battery, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and negligent infliction...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Delaware Federal Jury Awards $235 Million On Patent Infringement Claims

WILMINGTON, Del. - A drug maker was ordered June 20 by a jury empaneled before U.S. Judge Leonard P. Stark of the District of Delaware to pay GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) $235.5 million in damages in connection with its marketing of generic Coreg as a treatment for chronic heart failure (CHF) (GlaxoSmithKline...

Mealey's Insurance - Panel: Court Did Not Err In Dismissing Bad Faith Claim In Coverage Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal district court did not err in granting an insurer's motion for summary judgment on an insured's claim for insurance bad faith because the insured failed to plead any genuine issues of material facts to support the claim, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Florida Appeals Panel Affirms Summary Judgment In Tobacco Lawsuit

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appellate panel on June 21 affirmed a trial court's decision to grant summary judgment to a tobacco company in a wrongful death suit because a man who died from smoking related diseases was not an Engle class member and therefore the woman representing his estate...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - New York Federal Judge Dismisses ERISA Lawsuit Over Excessive Advice Fees

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on June 21 dismissed an Employee Retirement Income Security Act putative class action that alleged that a record keeper's advice arrangement constituted a breach of fiduciary duty resulting in excessive fees, saying that the plaintiff failed to allege facts showing...

Mealey's Insurance - Panel: Pollution Exclusion Bars Environmental Damage Claim With Insolvent Insurer

NEW YORK - A pollution exclusion precludes coverage for an environmental damage claim with an insolvent insurer, the First Department New York Supreme Court Appellate Division affirmed June 22 (In re Midland Insurance Co.; ASARCO LLC, v. The Superintendent of Financial Services of the State of New York...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Florida Appeals Panel Reverses Trial Court In Medical Malpractice Suit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida appellate panel on June 21 found that a trial court erred in reinstating a medical malpractice complaint because the plaintiff's expert affidavit was from a doctor who did not have the same exact specialty as the doctor she was suing and quashed an order reinstating...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Magistrate Judge Denies Motion To Compel In Trade Secrets Lawsuit

CHICAGO - A federal magistrate judge in Illinois on June 20 denied a motion to compel filed by defendants in a misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuit, ruling that the plaintiff has agreed to provide certain information to the defendants as soon as it is located (PolyOne Corp. v. Yun Martin Lu, et...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Bars Opinion That Asbestos Exposure Played Role In Previous Kidney Cancer

BALTIMORE - An expert in a mesothelioma case may not testify regarding his opinion that a man's previous kidney cancer also arose from the asbestos exposures in question, a federal judge in Maryland held June 22 in granting unopposed summary judgment on numerous claims (Jeffrey Rockman and Sonja...