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Mealey's Insurance - Yahoo Sues Insurer Over Coverage Of Email Scanning Suits

SAN JOSE, Calif. - On Jan. 31, Yahoo! Inc. sued its commercial general liability (CGL) provider in California federal court, alleging breach of contract and bad faith related to the insurer's decision not to defend or indemnify the internet firm in four class actions alleging privacy violations in certain email-scanning practices (Yahoo! Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., No. 5:17-cv-00489, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Insurance - Progressive Injury Exclusion Bars Coverage For Water Damage Suits, Judge Says

SAN FRANCISCO - A policy's continuous or progressive injury exclusion bars coverage for two underlying suits filed against an insured because the insured's repair work to address the water intrusion problems was completed more than four years before the inception of the policy, a California federal judge said Jan. 31 (Saarman Construction Ltd. v. Ironshore Specialty Insurance Co., No. 15-3548, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13633).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - California Court Finds No Facts To Support Claims Stemming From Loan Assignments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California court on Feb. 1 affirmed a trial court's decision to dismiss numerous claims against several mortgage entities in relation to the assignment of a loan, finding that the borrowers failed to submit any cause of action to support the theories that they relied on (Andrew Kalnoki, et al. v. First American Trustee Servicing Solutions, LLC, et al., Nos. C073207, C075062, C079144, Calif. App., 3rd Dist., 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 74).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 4 More Cancer Cases Against Monsanto Transferred To Roundup MDL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Jan. 31 issued a conditional transfer order sending four glyphosate injury cases to the multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, adding still more cases in which the plaintiffs allege that their exposure to the Roundup herbicide caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) (In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, No. 2741, JPMDL).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Former 49ers Cheerleader Sues NFL, Teams for Alleged Wage Suppression

SAN FRANCISCO - A former cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers, identified only as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit Jan. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California accusing NFL Enterprises LLC and individual teams of conspiring to suppress the wages of cheerleaders while the salaries for the football players have "skyrocketed" (Jane Doe, et al. v. NFL Enterprises LLC, et al., No. 17-496, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Former 49ers Cheerleader Sues NFL, Teams for Alleged Wage Suppression

SAN FRANCISCO - A former cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers, identified only as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit Jan. 31 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California accusing NFL Enterprises LLC and individual teams of conspiring to suppress the wages of cheerleaders while the salaries for the football players have "skyrocketed" (Jane Doe, et al. v. NFL Enterprises LLC, et al., No. 17-496, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - California Federal Magistrate Judge Won't Allow Amended Patent Complaint

SAN FRANCISCO - Efforts by a plaintiff to file an amended complaint to address an adverse claim construction ruling were rejected Jan. 30 by a California federal magistrate judge (VIA Technologies Inc. v. Asus Computer International, No. 14-3586, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12614).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Federal Judge Denies Requests For Injunction Barring Property Foreclosure

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 30 denied a request for a preliminary injunction barring foreclosure of a property, finding that the owners of the house failed to show that they would likely succeed on the merits of the case (Stephen J. Millman, et al. v. Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB, et al., No. 16-cv-07402, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12593).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 9th Circuit Finds Member Of Gym Consented To Receiving Text Messages

PASADENA, Calif. - After finding that a member of a gym expressly consented to receiving text messages and that he lacked standing to assert violations of California business and professions codes, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 30 affirmed a summary judgment ruling for the owners of the gym and its marketing firm (Bradley Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group LLC, et al., No. 14-55980, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 1591).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Member Of Gym Consented To Receiving Text Messages

PASADENA, Calif. - After finding that a member of a gym expressly consented to receiving text messages and that he lacked standing to assert violations of California business and professions codes, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 30 affirmed a summary judgment ruling for the owners of the gym and its marketing firm (Bradley Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group LLC, et al., No. 14-55980, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 1591).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - RBS Citizens Will Pay Nearly $4.6 Million To Settle TCPA Claims

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Jan. 27 granted final approval of a nearly $4.6 million settlement to be paid by RBS Citizens N.A. to end a class complaint accusing the bank holding company of placing debt collections calls using an automated telephone dialing system or a prerecorded voice in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) (Linda Sanders, et al. v. RBS Citizens, N.A., No. 13-3136, S.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11860).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge: Investors Had Good Cause To Seek Amendment After Deadline

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a medical device maker and certain of its executive officers have shown that they had "good cause" to request leave to amend their complaint because the information they seek to add to the amended complaint was not discovered until after the court-imposed deadline to amend pleadings, a federal judge in California ruled Jan. 25 (In re Intuitive Surgical Securities Litigation, No. 13-1920, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10716).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge: Investors Had Good Cause To Seek Amendment After Deadline

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a medical device maker and certain of its executive officers have shown that they had "good cause" to request leave to amend their complaint because the information they seek to add to the amended complaint was not discovered until after the court-imposed deadline to amend pleadings, a federal judge in California ruled Jan. 25 (In re Intuitive Surgical Securities Litigation, No. 13-1920, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10716).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - California Appeals Court Affirms Exclusion Of Plaintiff Expert In Nexium Cases

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on Jan. 26 affirmed the exclusion of a plaintiff expert causation witness in a multiplaintiff Nexium bone injury case, saying the trial court properly found the expert was not an epidemiologist and properly granted summary judgment (Joelena Wilson, et al. v. McKesson Corp., et al., No. B266990, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 3).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Judge: Investors Had Good Cause To Seek Amendment After Deadline

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a medical device maker and certain of its executive officers have shown that they had "good cause" to request leave to amend their complaint because the information they seek to add to the amended complaint was not discovered until after the court-imposed deadline to amend pleadings, a federal judge in California ruled Jan. 25 (In re Intuitive Surgical Securities Litigation, No. 13-1920, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10716).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - California Appeals Court Affirms Exclusion Of Plaintiff Expert In Nexium Cases

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on Jan. 26 affirmed the exclusion of a plaintiff expert causation witness in a multiplaintiff Nexium bone injury case, saying the trial court properly found the expert was not an epidemiologist and properly granted summary judgment (Joelena Wilson, et al. v. McKesson Corp., et al., No. B266990, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 3).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Remands Claims Related To Loan Modification Request

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Jan. 24 granted a borrower's motion to remand his lawsuit in which he asserted numerous causes of action against a lender related to the denial of a loan modification, finding that the court lacked jurisdiction (David L. Tripp II v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, No. 8:16-cv-1414, C.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9922).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Federal Judge Remands Claims Related To Loan Modification Request

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Jan. 24 granted a borrower's motion to remand his lawsuit in which he asserted numerous causes of action against a lender related to the denial of a loan modification, finding that the court lacked jurisdiction (David L. Tripp II v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, No. 8:16-cv-1414, C.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9922).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - California Appeals Panel Affirms Summary Judgment In Medical Malpractice Suit

FRESNO, Calif. - A California appellate panel majority on Jan. 24 affirmed the grant of summary judgment to a doctor sued for medical malpractice, finding that the plaintiff filed his suit after the statute of limitations expired (Timothy Trimble v. Richard Fightlin M.D., No. F071493, Calif. App., 5th Dist.; 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 501).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Dismisses UCL Claims Against Costco And Producer Of Prawns

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 24 dismissed proposed class action claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims, finding that a consumer failed to show that she purchased prawns from a retailer that were provided by two food product companies that produced the prawns using illegal labor practices (Monica Sud, et al. v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, et al., No. 15-cv-03783, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9943).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Dismisses Class Action Suit Over Air Conditioning Units With Faulty Coils

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California in Jan. 23 dismissed with prejudice a proposed class action lawsuit seeking damages under the Right of Repair Act (RORA) and the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) over allegedly defective air conditioning units manufactured by Daikin Industries Ltd., finding that the plaintiffs' claims failed because they did not involve the installation of the units (Joanna Park-Kim, et al. v. Daikin Industries, Ltd., et al., No. 15-cv-9523-CAS, C.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10454).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Dismisses UCL Claims Against Costco And Producer Of Prawns

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 24 dismissed proposed class action claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims, finding that a consumer failed to show that she purchased prawns from a retailer that were provided by two food product companies that produced the prawns using illegal labor practices (Monica Sud, et al. v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, et al., No. 15-cv-03783, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9943).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Water District: MTBE Damages Properly Disclosed; Expert Is Qualified To Testify

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California water district filed a brief in California federal court on Jan. 25 defending the qualifications of one of its experts to testify in a groundwater contamination case involving methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). The water district also contends in a separate brief that its claim for $34 million in damages "will be amply supported" by the testimony provided (Orange County Water District v. Unocal Corporation, et al., No. 03-1742, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Dismisses Class Action Suit Over Air Conditioning Units With Faulty Coils

LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California in Jan. 23 dismissed with prejudice a proposed class action lawsuit seeking damages under the Right of Repair Act (RORA) and the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) over allegedly defective air conditioning units manufactured by Daikin Industries Ltd., finding that the plaintiffs' claims failed because they did not involve the installation of the units (Joanna Park-Kim, et al. v. Daikin Industries, Ltd., et al., No. 15-cv-9523-CAS, C.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10454).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Investor Failed To Plead Elements Of Securities Law Claims, Judge Rules

SAN FRANCISCO - Dismissal of an investor's amended complaint in a shareholder derivative lawsuit against members of the board of directors of an electronics company is proper because the investor failed to plead any material misrepresentations, scienter or loss causation, a federal judge in California ruled Jan. 23 in granting the defendants' motion to dismiss (Pete J. Manger v. LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., et al., No. 16-1161, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9184).