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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Preliminarily OKs $22.5 Million Settlement Of Google AdWords Class Action

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Preliminary approval of a $22.5 million settlement of a class action over Google Inc.'s AdWords program under California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law (FAL) was granted March 9, with a California federal judge approving a proposed settlement class and settlement fund and setting dates for class notification and a fairness hearing (In Re Google AdWords Litigation, No. 5:08-cv-03369, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Preliminarily OKs $22.5 Million Settlement Of Google AdWords Class Action

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Preliminary approval of a $22.5 million settlement of a class action over Google Inc.'s AdWords program under California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law (FAL) was granted March 9, with a California federal judge approving a proposed settlement class and settlement fund and setting dates for class notification and a fairness hearing (In Re Google AdWords Litigation, No. 5:08-cv-03369, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge Finds Employees Failed To Prove Theory Of Joint Liability

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on March 8 found that former employees, who sold skincare products for various entities, failed to show that a company was the alter ego of other defendants named in the case, granting the owner of the product's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California labor code and California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Candle Horton, et al. v. NeoStrata Company Inc., et al., No. 3:16-CV-02189, S.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34059).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Preliminarily OKs $22.5 Million Settlement Of Google AdWords Class Action

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Preliminary approval of a $22.5 million settlement of a class action over Google Inc.'s AdWords program under California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising law (FAL) was granted March 9, with a California federal judge approving a proposed settlement class and settlement fund and setting dates for class notification and a fairness hearing (In Re Google AdWords Litigation, No. 5:08-cv-03369, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Finds Employees Failed To Prove Theory Of Joint Liability

SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on March 8 found that former employees, who sold skincare products for various entities, failed to show that a company was the alter ego of other defendants named in the case, granting the owner of the product's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California labor code and California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Candle Horton, et al. v. NeoStrata Company Inc., et al., No. 3:16-CV-02189, S.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34059).

Mealey's IP/Tech - California Federal Magistrate Judge Denies Request To Correct Patent Inventors

SAN FRANCISCO - A plaintiff failed to establish that an inventor's contribution to a patented angioplasty balloon catheter known as "AngioSculpt" warrants a correction of inventorship, a California federal magistrate judge ruled March 9 (TriReme Medical LLC v. AngioScore Inc., No. 14-2496, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33999).

Mealey's Insurance - Panel Partly Reverses Ruling In Directors, Officers Liability Coverage Dispute

LOS ANGELES - In reversing a lower court in part, a California appeals panel on March 8 held that although a directors and officers liability insurance policy's "Willful Misconduct Exclusion" barred coverage for losses brought about by fraud or criminal acts, the exclusion did not apply to defense expenses (Mitchell J. Stein v. Axis Insurance Company, et al., No. B265069, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 1, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1628).

Mealey's Insurance - 'Continuous, Progressive Injury' Exclusion Relieves Insurer Of Duty To Defend, Indemnify

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In recommending that default judgment be granted for an insurer, a federal magistrate judge in California on March 9 found that the insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify an underlying construction defects case against an insured because the "continuous or progressive injury and damage" exclusion precludes coverage (Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. v. Crane Development Corp., et al., No. 16-0892, E.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34175).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Class Of Minor League Baseball Players Is Recertified In Wage Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A little more than seven months after a class of minor league baseball players was decertified in a lawsuit seeking unpaid wages from the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, its member franchises and former Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig, a California federal magistrate judge granted in part a motion class certification and recertification of a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action (Aaron Senne, et al. v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., No. 14-608, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32949).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Class Of Minor League Baseball Players Is Recertified In Wage Suit

SAN FRANCISCO - A little more than seven months after a class of minor league baseball players was decertified in a lawsuit seeking unpaid wages from the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, its member franchises and former Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig, a California federal magistrate judge granted in part a motion class certification and recertification of a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action (Aaron Senne, et al. v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., No. 14-608, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32949).

Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge Decides Motions In Construction Defects Insurance Dispute

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a coverage dispute between various insurers over their responsibility toward an underlying construction defects settlement, a California federal judge on March 7 addressed four summary judgment motions on multiple key issues from the duty to defend to the number of occurrences (St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. v. Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, et al., No. 15-02744, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32551).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Defendants In Securities Suit Not Entitled To Sanctions Under PSLRA, Judge Rules

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Defendants in a securities class action lawsuit are not entitled to sanctions pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) because they have not shown that an investor's amended complaint was "legally or factually baseless from an objective perspective" or that the investigation performed by the investor's counsel was reasonable and competent before filing the amended complaint, a federal judge in California ruled March 6 in denying the defendants' motion to amend by imposing sanctions (Tai Jan Bao, et al. v. SolarCity Corp., et al., No. 14-1435, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105179).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge: MDL Court Can Rule On Jurisdictional Issues In Volkswagen Emissions Suit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on March 7 stayed a consumer's lawsuit over the installation of defeat devices in some of Volkswagen Group of America Inc.'s diesel vehicles pending transfer to a multidistrict litigation court, finding that the MDL court can determine if jurisdictional issues warrant remanding the action to state court (Pamela Woodcox, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., d/b/a Volkswagen of America, Inc., et al., No. 17-215 WBS DB, E.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32609).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds Borrower Lacks Standing To Assert UCL Violation

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 6 affirmed dismissal of a homeowner's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law and other California law, finding that there was no private right of action available to him under the law or that loan servicers acted unlawfully (Peter Zeppeiro v. Green Tree Servicing LLC, et al., No. 15-55747, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3951).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge: MDL Court Can Rule On Jurisdictional Issues In Volkswagen Emissions Suit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on March 7 stayed a consumer's lawsuit over the installation of defeat devices in some of Volkswagen Group of America Inc.'s diesel vehicles pending transfer to a multidistrict litigation court, finding that the MDL court can determine if jurisdictional issues warrant remanding the action to state court (Pamela Woodcox, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., d/b/a Volkswagen of America, Inc., et al., No. 17-215 WBS DB, E.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32609).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - 9th Circuit Finds Borrower Lacks Standing To Assert UCL Violation

PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 6 affirmed dismissal of a homeowner's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law and other California law, finding that there was no private right of action available to him under the law or that loan servicers acted unlawfully (Peter Zeppeiro v. Green Tree Servicing LLC, et al., No. 15-55747, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3951).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Defendants In Securities Suit Not Entitled To Sanctions Under PSLRA, Judge Rules

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Defendants in a securities class action lawsuit are not entitled to sanctions pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) because they have not shown that an investor's amended complaint was "legally or factually baseless from an objective perspective" or that the investigation performed by the investor's counsel was reasonable and competent before filing the amended complaint, a federal judge in California ruled March 6 in denying the defendants' motion to amend by imposing sanctions (Tai Jan Bao, et al. v. SolarCity Corp., et al., No. 14-1435, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105179).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Allows Testimony On Lost Profits, Royalty Damages In Patent, Trademark Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a patent and trademark infringement dispute between competitors in the fitness and exercise equipment industry, a California federal judge on March 6 refused to exclude expert testimony on lost profits damages and royalty damages (Fitness Anywhere LLC v. WOSS Enterprises LLC, No. 14-01725, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31505).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Federal Judge Finds No Modification Request, Dismisses UCL Claim

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on March 6 granted a bank and a servicer's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and Labor Code, finding that a property owner failed to show that he had a loan modification request pending at the time a notice of default was filed (Samuel Rodriguez v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., et al., No. 2:16-cv-00232, E.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31587).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Allows Testimony On Lost Profits, Royalty Damages In Patent, Trademark Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a patent and trademark infringement dispute between competitors in the fitness and exercise equipment industry, a California federal judge on March 6 refused to exclude expert testimony on lost profits damages and royalty damages (Fitness Anywhere LLC v. WOSS Enterprises LLC, No. 14-01725, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31505).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Federal Judge Denies Class Certification For Class Of Truck Drivers

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on March 3 denied a former truck driver's request to certify a class of truck drivers in relation to an alleged failure to pay a minimum wage for the hours worked, finding that he failed to meet the federal pleading requirements (Robert Gatdula, et al. v. CRST International Inc., et al., No. 11-1285, C.D. Calif., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184720).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Federal Judge Denies Class Certification For Class Of Truck Drivers

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on March 3 denied a former truck driver's request to certify a class of truck drivers in relation to an alleged failure to pay a minimum wage for the hours worked, finding that he failed to meet the federal pleading requirements (Robert Gatdula, et al. v. CRST International Inc., et al., No. 11-1285, C.D. Calif., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184720).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Federal Judge Denies Class Certification For Class Of Truck Drivers

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on March 3 denied a former truck driver's request to certify a class of truck drivers in relation to an alleged failure to pay a minimum wage for the hours worked, finding that he failed to meet the federal pleading requirements (Robert Gatdula, et al. v. CRST International Inc., et al., No. 11-1285, C.D. Calif., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184720).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - California Federal Judge Oks Settlement In Dispute Over Offset Of Veterans' Benefits

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal on March 1 approved a class action settlement between former U.S. veterans and Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston after determining that the terms of the settlement, which provides compensation to class members whose disability benefits were offset or reduced by Liberty Life, is reasonable (James L. Bush v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, et al., No. 14-1507, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - California Federal Judge OKs Settlement In Dispute Over Offset Of Veterans' Benefits

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal on March 1 approved a class action settlement between former U.S. veterans and Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston after determining that the terms of the settlement, which provides compensation to class members whose disability benefits were offset or reduced by Liberty Life, are reasonable (James L. Bush v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, et al., No. 14-1507, N.D. Calif.).