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Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Genuine Issues Exist As To When Masonry Defects Were Discovered, Judge Finds

BALTIMORE - A federal judge in Maryland on Jan. 17 denied a masonry subcontractor's motion for summary judgment in a breach of contract suit, ruling that genuine issues of fact remain as to when potential defects in the installation of a masonry facade that collapsed in April 2013 were known (Skanska...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Deal Reached To Clean Up Shuttered Uranium Mines On Navajo Lands

PHOENIX - The Navajo Nation and the United States have agreed to settle their claims against two mining companies for cleanup of 94 abandoned uranium mines on Navajo lands, with the companies performing the work and the United States contributing about half the estimated $600 million in costs, according...

Mealey's Insurance - Texas Federal Judge Dismisses Gender Identity Discrimination Claims

DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on Jan. 13 dismissed claims alleging gender identity discrimination under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) against an insurer and an employer because the plaintiff failed to cite any controlling precedent that recognizes a cause of action...

Mealey's Insurance - Judge: Insurer Failed To Show That Bifurcation Is Necessary In Bad Faith Suit

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An insurer's "mere assertion" that simultaneously litigating an insurance bad faith claim with other claims in an insurance dispute will require it to prematurely divulge privileged information is not sufficient to require bifurcation and a stay of the bad faith claim,...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Pennsylvania Court Vacates Class Certification Denials In Oil Lease Disputes

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Jan. 17 in a single opinion vacated orders denying class certification in two substantially similar complaints alleging that oil and gas leases were breached and payments were never made, finding that the trial court abused its discretion in denying...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Michigan Appeals Panel Finds Hazard Open And Obvious In Premises Liability Suit

LANSING, Mich. - A Michigan appellate panel on Jan. 17 found that a sunken drainage ditch on a gas station's property that caused injury to a biker was an open and obvious hazard and remanded the suit to the trial court with an order to grant summary judgment to the gas station owner (William Basacchi...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 2nd Circuit Vacates Decision Refusing To Enforce $48M ICC Award

NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 18 vacated a district court's decision to refuse enforcement of a $48 million arbitral award issued by the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, finding that a group of Brazilian companies was...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - U.S. Supreme Court To Rule On Jurisdiction In California Plavix Injury Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 19 granted certiorari to drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) on whether Plavix injury claims can arise in California state courts when there is no causal link between BMS's forum contact and the plaintiffs' claims (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company...

Mealey's Insurance - Panel: Failure To Request Written Consent Before Settlement Negates Coverage

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 19 found that a lower federal court properly applied California law in finding that a bank insured breached its professional liability insurance policy by failing to request or obtain the insurer's written consent before executing...

Mealey's Banking & Finance - High Court Finds Clause Did Not Confer Federal Jurisdiction For Fannie Mae

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 18 reversed a decision granting judgment for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) on claims related to a property foreclosure, finding that the sue-and-be-sued clause in a federal charter does not expressly confer jurisdiction on federal...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Mallinckrodt Disgorges $100M, Licenses Competing Drug Under FTC/States Settlement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - British drug maker Mallinckrodt ARD Inc. will disgorge $100 million in profits to settle a complaint by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and five states that it purchased the rights to a competing drug to have a monopoly, then raised the price of the drug by 85,000 percent, the FTC...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms: Electronic Trading Method Is Patent Eligible

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 18 upheld findings by an Illinois federal judge that two patents directed to a method of electronic trading do not claim ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S. Code Section 101 (Trading Technologies International Inc. v. CQG Inc.,...

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Rejects Insurer's Motion To Bifurcate, Stay Insurance Bad Faith Claims

PHILADELPHIA - Bifurcating and staying bad faith claims in an insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit would not be convenient for the parties, prejudice an insurer or economize the litigation, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Jan. 18 in denying the insurer's motion (Eizen Fineburg...

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - 2nd Circuit Revives FDIC Securities Law Claims Against Issuers, Underwriters

NEW YORK - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., as receiver for two failed banks, properly filed its complaint for violations of federal securities law within the limits of the FDIC extender statute, and a federal district court erred in dismissing the lawsuit as untimely, a Second Circuit U.S. Court...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - NLRB Regional Director Orders Election For Duke Ph.D. Student Unit

ATLANTA - All Ph.D. students at Duke University who are employed by the university to provide instructional services or research services, except for those students at Duke Kushan University and Duke-NUS Medical School, are employees within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Pennsylvania Appellate Panel Reinstates Suit Over Hospital's Alleged Negligence

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania's Superior Court panel on Jan. 17 found that a hospital was entitled to limited immunity under Pennsylvania's Mental Health Procedure Act (MHPA) but said that immunity is moot because a woman who sued the hospital after her suicidal daughter was allowed to leave...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID Refuses To Reconsider Finding That Venezuela Breached Treaty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Jan. 18 released a decision in which it denied the third request of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for reconsideration of a decision that it breached a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) when...

Mealey's Insurance - New Jersey Federal Judge Caps Limits For Missing Policies In Environmental Dispute

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 19 partially granted an insurer's motion for summary judgment in an environmental contamination coverage suit involving missing policies after determining that the limits for the missing policies must be capped at $5,000 per accident and $25,000 in...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Appeals Court Orders New Trial After Finding Oil Repair Estimate Inadmissible

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Arkansas appeals panel on Jan. 18 reversed a trial court judge's ruling ordering a defendant to pay $28,200 to remediate an oil spill on farmland he leased from his stepfather, finding that the repair estimate relied on by the plaintiff was inadmissible hearsay (Barry Jones...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Court Reverses Remand, Finds Judge Imposed Too Strict A Standard

NEW ORLEANS - Requiring production of contracts and other evidence of precise government oversight into the use of asbestos in the military oversteps the boundaries of federal officer removal, a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Jan. 20 (Howard Zeringue v. Allis-Chalmers Corp., et al., No...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 9th Circuit: Employer Willfully Violates FCRA With Waiver And Disclosure

SAN FRANCISCO - An employer that includes a disclosure required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in the same document as a liability waiver willfully violates the FCRA, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 20 in a case that it noted presented a question of first impression (Sarmad...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 11th Circuit: Award Of Fees In Copyright Case Not Abuse Of Discretion

ATLANTA - A decision by a Florida federal judge to award $13,961 in attorney fees under Section 505 of the Copyright Act will stand in light of a Jan. 18 ruling by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Dan Pronman, et al. v. Brian Styles, et al., No. 16-12157, 11th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 824).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Georgia Appellate Panel Reverses Summary Judgment In Wrongful Death Suit

ATLANTA - A Georgia appellate panel on Jan. 18 reversed summary judgment granted to a doctor after finding that the plaintiffs' experts' testimony established a genuine issue of material fact regarding whether a doctor's negligence caused the death of a resident at the rehabilitation facility...

Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge Dismisses Insurers' Coverage Suit In Favor Of State Court Case

BALTIMORE - Finding similarities with a declaratory judgment action filed by subcontractors' commercial general liability insurers, a Maryland federal judge on Jan. 20 dismissed a case involving a contractor's insurers over the same duties to defend allegations of excessive radon asserted in...

Mealey's Bankruptcy - Claimants Appeal Rejection Of Bid To Dismiss Cases Of 4 Energy Future Affiliates

WILMINGTON, Del. - Four asbestos personal injury claimants on Jan. 18 asked a Delaware federal judge to decide whether several affiliates of debtor Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) had a valid bankruptcy purpose when filing their Chapter 11 petitions or whether they filed for bankruptcy as a litigation...