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Mealey's PI/Product Liability - California Supreme Court: State Court Has Specific Jurisdiction In Plavix Cases

SAN FRANCISCO - In a 4-3 ruling, the California Supreme Court on Aug. 29 ruled that a California state court has personal jurisdiction over Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) in Plavix personal injury cases involving out-of-state plaintiffs (Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. The Superior Court of San Francisco County, et al., No. S221038, Calif. Sup.: 2016 Cal. LEXIS 7124).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge: Insurer Has No Duty To Defend Window Maker In Defects Suit

MADISON, Wis. - A federal judge in Wisconsin on Aug. 25 ruled that an insurance company has no duty to defend a manufacturer accused of making allegedly defective windows, finding that the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling in Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. LLC v. Nebraska Cultures of California Inc. (2016 WI. 14, 367 Wis. 2d 221 [2016]) made it clear that the integrated systems rule is applicable and does not require the insurer to provide coverage for damage caused to the homes of purchasers of the windows (Mary Haley, et al. v. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc., No. 14-cv-99, W.D. Wis.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113752).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge: Insurer Has No Duty To Defend Window Maker In Defects Suit

MADISON, Wis. - A federal judge in Wisconsin on Aug. 25 ruled that an insurance company has no duty to defend a manufacturer accused of making allegedly defective windows, finding that the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling in Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. LLC v. Nebraska Cultures of California Inc. (2016 WI. 14, 367 Wis. 2d 221 [2016]) made it clear that the integrated systems rule is applicable and does not require the insurer to provide coverage for damage caused to the homes of purchasers of the windows (Mary Haley, et al. v. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc., No. 14-cv-99, W.D. Wis.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113752).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge: Insurer Has No Duty To Defend Window Maker In Defects Suit

MADISON, Wis. - A federal judge in Wisconsin on Aug. 25 ruled that an insurance company has no duty to defend a manufacturer accused of making allegedly defective windows, finding that the Wisconsin Supreme Court's ruling in Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. LLC v. Nebraska Cultures of California Inc. (2016 WI. 14, 367 Wis. 2d 221 [2016]) made it clear that the integrated systems rule is applicable and does not require the insurer to provide coverage for damage caused to the homes of purchasers of the windows (Mary Haley, et al. v. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc., No. 14-cv-99, W.D. Wis.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113752).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Motorcycle Gear Retailer Settles Wage Class Claims For $1.9 Million

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 23 granted final approval of a $1.9 million settlement to be paid by a retailer to end wage-and-hour class claims brought by employees, finding that the evidence, potential length of the case and overwhelming support from class members weighed in favor of approval (Lannden Bower v. Cycle Gear, Inc., No. 14-2712, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112455).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Motorcycle Gear Retailer Settles Wage Class Claims For $1.9 Million

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 23 granted final approval of a $1.9 million settlement to be paid by a retailer to end wage-and-hour class claims brought by employees, finding that the evidence, potential length of the case and overwhelming support from class members weighed in favor of approval (Lannden Bower v. Cycle Gear, Inc., No. 14-2712, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112455).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - California Top Court Won't Review Grinding Machine Asbestos-Liability Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court on Aug. 24 declined a motion seeking review of an appellate ruling holding that a grinding machine's inevitable use with third-party asbestos-containing automobile brakes creates potential liability under strict liability and negligence theories, according to its docket (Renee Rondon, et al. v. Hennessy Industries Inc., Nos. S234839, Calif. Sup.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - California Top Court Won't Review Grinding Machine Asbestos-Liability Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court on Aug. 24 declined a motion seeking review of an appellate ruling holding that a grinding machine's inevitable use with third-party asbestos-containing automobile brakes creates potential liability under strict liability and negligence theories, according to its docket (Renee Rondon, et al. v. Hennessy Industries Inc., Nos. S234839, Calif. Sup.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Arbitration Affirmed By 9th Circuit In 23andMe Consumer Class Actions

SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 23 affirmed a lower court ruling that an arbitration provision by DNA testing company 23andMe Inc. is not unconscionable under California law (David Tompkins, et al. v. 23andMe, Inc., No. 14-16405, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15443).

Mealey's Insurance - Magistrate Judge: California Law Allows Insurer To Rescind Policy

FRESNO, Calif. - An insurance company's motion for default judgment in a suit where it seeks to rescind a commercial insurance property policy issued to a man who claims that a warehouse he owned was robbed should be granted, a federal magistrate judge in California recommended Aug. 22, noting that state law requires insureds to provide truthful information on a policy application (United States Specialty Insurance Company v. Hussein Saleh, d/b/a 3 Hermanos Warehouses, No. 16-cv-00632-DAD-MJS, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111769).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Motions To Compel Arbitration, Remand Filed In Snapchat Biometrics Suit

LOS ANGELES - In an Aug. 22 motion to compel arbitration filed in California federal court, Snapchat Inc. says that the lead plaintiffs in a putative class action brought under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) are bound to arbitrate their dispute with the social network provider, per a provision in Snapchat's terms of use (TOU) (Jose Luis Martinez, et al. v. Snapchat Inc., No. 2:16-CV-05182, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Class Certification Denied By California Federal Judge In Unsolicited Fax Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 22 denied a motion for class certification filed by the plaintiff in a complaint over alleged unsolicited faxes and, in the same order, denied a motion for stay filed by the defendants as moot (True Health Chiropractic Inc., et al. v. McKesson Corporation, et al., No. 13-2219, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111657).

Mealey's IP/Tech - California Federal Judge Denies Fee Request By Oracle In Patent Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO - Efforts by Oracle Corp. to recoup attorney fees it incurred defending patent infringement allegations - and to have those fees assessed against counsel for the plaintiff under the vexatious litigation statute - were unsuccessful on Aug. 22, when a California federal judge disagreed that the case qualifies as "exceptional" under 35 U.S. Code Section 285 (Thought Inc. v. Oracle Corporation, No. 12-5601, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111661).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Citing A Lack Of Damages, Lenovo Opposes Certification In Laptop Spyware Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In an Aug. 19 brief opposing class certification in a suit over purported spyware that was preinstalled on computers, Lenovo (United States) Inc. told a California federal court that the case is "about a theoretical software security vulnerability that never materialized," arguing that certifications is inappropriate because the plaintiffs have not demonstrated any injury from the disputed software (In Re: Lenovo Adware Litigation, No. 5:15-cv-02624, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - California Federal Judge Certifies Nike Employee Waiting Time Class

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Aug. 19 certified a class of Nike Retail Services Inc. workers suing for wages for time spent waiting for and during inspections following their shifts (Isaac Rodriguez v. Nike Retail Services, Inc., No. 14-1508, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110961).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Citing A Lack Of Damages, Lenovo Opposes Certification In Laptop Spyware Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In an Aug. 19 brief opposing class certification in a suit over purported spyware that was preinstalled on computers, Lenovo (United States) Inc. told a California federal court that the case is "about a theoretical software security vulnerability that never materialized," arguing that certifications is inappropriate because the plaintiffs have not demonstrated any injury from the disputed software (In Re: Lenovo Adware Litigation, No. 5:15-cv-02624, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - California Federal Judge Certifies Nike Employee Waiting Time Class

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Aug. 19 certified a class of Nike Retail Services Inc. workers suing for wages for time spent waiting for and during inspections following their shifts (Isaac Rodriguez v. Nike Retail Services, Inc., No. 14-1508, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110961).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - $100 Million Uber Settlement Denied Preliminary Approval Again, Despite More Info

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 18 denied preliminary approval for a second time of a $100 million settlement between Uber Technologies Inc. and its drivers, who allege in two lawsuits that they have been misclassified as independent contractors, finding that, despite supplemental briefing, "the Settlement as a whole is not fair, adequate, and reasonable" (Douglas O'Connor, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 13-3826, Hakan Yucesoy, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 15-262, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - $100 Million Uber Settlement Denied Preliminary Approval Again, Despite More Info

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 18 denied preliminary approval for a second time of a $100 million settlement between Uber Technologies Inc. and its drivers, who allege in two lawsuits that they have been misclassified as independent contractors, finding that, despite supplemental briefing, "the Settlement as a whole is not fair, adequate, and reasonable" (Douglas O'Connor, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 13-3826, Hakan Yucesoy, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 15-262, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - 9th Circuit: Willful Copyright Infringement Claim Improperly Rejected

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge erred in granting Live Nation Merchandise Inc. summary judgment on allegations of willful infringement because a reasonable jury could have concluded that Live Nation distributed a plaintiff's photographs with knowledge that copyright management information (CMI) had been removed, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 18 (Glen E. Friedman v. Live Nation Merchandise Inc., No. 14-55302, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15178).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - California Federal Judge Says McDonald's Corp. Isn't Joint Employer Of Bay Area Workers

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 16 granted partial summary judgment to McDonald's Corp. in a wage-and-hour putative class action brought by a franchisee's workers, finding that McDonald's does not jointly employ the named plaintiffs because it does not retain or exert direct or indirect control over their hiring, firing, wages or working conditions (Guadalupe Salazar, et al. v. McDonald's Corp., et al., No. 3:14-cv-02096, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108764).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Class Claims Related To Labels On Dairy Beverages

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 16 refused to dismiss a consumer's class action claims for violation of California's unfair completion law (UCL) and other causes of action in relation to allegedly misleading labels on probiotic dairy beverages, denying the manufacturer's motion to dismiss the case and to strike the claims (Robert E. Figy v. Lifeway Foods Inc., No. 13-cv-04828, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108755).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Finds Amount-In- Controversy Requirement Not Met, Remands UCL Claims

FRESNO, Calif. - After finding that an employer's calculation of the amount in controversy in a class action filed in relation to wage claims was speculative, a Califronia federal judge on Aug. 16 granted a former employee's motion to remand his claims for violation of California labor laws and unfair competition law (UCL) to state court (David Dobbs, individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated, v. Wood Group PSN Inc., an unknown entity, No. 1:16-CV-00838, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108714).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge Finds Amount-In- Controversy Requirement Not Met, Remands UCL Claims

FRESNO, Calif. - After finding that an employer's calculation of the amount in controversy in a class action filed in relation to wage claims was speculative, a Califronia federal judge on Aug. 16 granted a former employee's motion to remand his claims for violation of California labor laws and unfair competition law (UCL) to state court (David Dobbs, individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated, v. Wood Group PSN Inc., an unknown entity, No. 1:16-CV-00838, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108714).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Class Claims Related To Labels On Dairy Beverages

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 16 refused to dismiss a consumer's class action claims for violation of California's unfair completion law (UCL) and other causes of action in relation to allegedly misleading labels on probiotic dairy beverages, denying the manufacturer's motion to dismiss the case and to strike the claims (Robert E. Figy v. Lifeway Foods Inc., No. 13-cv-04828, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108755).