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$2.6m Default Judgment for Chinese Drywall Plaintiffs

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The judge overseeing the federal Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation awarded seven Virginia families more than $2.6 million in damages April 8 against a manufacturer that has already been held in default; the judge made no mention, however, of how the judgment might...

Chip Merlin - BP Oil Spill Could Be Worse Than Any Hurricane Damage and Much More Widespread--Even the East Coast of Florida Could Be Impacted

By Chip Merlin, Managing Partner, Merlin Law Group I hate to make doomsday predictions, but there is a possibility that the BP Oil Spill could be worse than any hurricane or catastrophe that I have been involved with. I spent yesterday speaking with others about the current situation. Indeed, my father...

Gulf Oil Spill: Gusher of Insurance Claims

The British Petroleum Claims are Coming The British Petroleum Claims are Coming -- If Paul Revere had been a lawyer Right now there is only one thing that there is more of than oil floating in the Gulf of Mexico - blood. And the sharks smell it and are circling. One media report that I saw had...

Mealey’s Litigation Report – Class Action Filed by Mississippi Fishermen Seeking Damages from Massive Oil Spill

BILOXI, Miss. - (Mealey's) Two Mississippi fishermen on May 3 filed a class action lawsuit in Mississippi federal court against companies they claim are responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Charlie C. Nguyen, et al. v. Transocean Ltd., et al., No. 10cv178, S.D. Miss.). ...

Insurance and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

By Michael Kotula , Partner, Rivkin Radler, LLP. The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon platform and rupture of an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and the ensuing oil spill, is likely to result in significant liability exposures for a number of companies. Here is what is currently known about the...

Class Action Settlement Approved for Out-of-Network Providers in AMA v United Healthcare Lawsuit Related to Uniform and Customary Rates

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A New York federal judge on Sept. 20 granted final approval to a $350 million class action settlement with United HealthCare Corp., ending claims that United companies allegedly underpaid professional providers for out-of-network services ( The American Medical Association,...

Sutherland Legal Alert - 10th Circuit Holds: No Violation of Antitrust Laws by Title Insurers Even If Insurers Conspired to Bribe New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance

By Phil Stano, Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP On April 26, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed, on the basis of the filed rate doctrine and other grounds, a lower court's decision to dismiss putative class claims asserted against Insurer Defendants[1]...

Perkins Coie LLP on Court Confirms $20M Settlement with Louisiana Citizens for Late Claim Payments After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

By Aaron D. Coombs, Associate, Perkins Coie LLP District Judge Kern Reece of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, approved a $20 million class-action settlement with Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Company on January 30, 2013, for claims related to the insurance company's alleged untimely payment...

Wage and Hour Exclusion Barred Coverage for Underlying Wage and Hour Class Action Asserting Claims for Misrepresentation, California Labor Code Violations and Unfair Competition

Admiral Ins. Co. v Kay Automotive Distributors, Inc. , 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11357 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 29, 2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ]. In Admiral , the Central District of California held that a wage and hour exclusion contained in...