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Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge Grants Leave To Amend Cause Of Action In Petition To Confirm

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on July 20 dismissed a petition to confirm an arbitral award, finding that the claimant invoked the wrong cause of action, but granted him leave to refile to properly invoke 9 U.S. Code Section 207 (Xiangkai Xu v. China Sunergy [US] Clean Tech Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-04823-HRL, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94906).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Grants Leave To Amend Cause Of Action In Petition To Confirm

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on July 20 dismissed a petition to confirm an arbitral award, finding that the claimant invoked the wrong cause of action, but granted him leave to refile to properly invoke 9 U.S. Code Section 207 (Xiangkai Xu v. China Sunergy [US] Clean Tech Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-04823-HRL, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94906).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Rejects Claim That Insured Failed To Timely Submit Paperwork To Port Plan

SAN FRANCISCO - Dismissal of a life insurance policy beneficiary's breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit against an insurer is not proper because the beneficiary has shown that his deceased wife timely completed all necessary paperwork and submitted to her employer as administrator of the policy to port her group life insurance policy into an individual policy, a federal judge in California ruled July 20 (Kent Graham v. Standard Insurance Co., No. 16-3407, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94871).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - California Appeals Court Affirms $8.3M Verdict In DePuy ASR Hip Case

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on July 21 affirmed an $8.3 million verdict in a DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip case (Sheryl R. Kransky, et al. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., No. B249576, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 7).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Drug Maker Agrees To Pay $95M To Settle Federal Securities Law Claims

LOS ANGELES - A drug maker will pay $95 million to settle claims that it misrepresented certain safety concerns with two of its products in violation of federal securities laws, according to a motion for preliminary approval of settlement filed July 21 in California federal court (In re Amgen Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 07-2536, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Finds Petroleum Exclusion Bars Woman's CERCLA Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - A woman's Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) lawsuit against Chevron Capital Corp. over petroleum contamination at a site in Oakland she purchased in 2010 that formerly housed a gas station was dismissed by a federal judge in California on July 19, who held that the statute's petroleum exclusion barred the woman's claim (Hong Jacqueline Nguyen Gardner v. Chevron Capital Corporation, No. 15-cv-1514-JD, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94110).

Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge Partly Grants Cosby's Motion To Stay Insurer's Coverage Dispute

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on July 18 granted William H. Cosby Jr.'s motion to stay a homeowners and excess insurer's coverage dispute pending resolution of an underlying lawsuit brought by model, actress and TV producer Janice Dickinson but denied the motion to the extent Cosby seeks a stay pending the resolution of a criminal action in Pennsylvania (AIG Property Casualty Co. v. William H. Cosby Jr., et al., No. 15-04842, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit: No Nucleus Between State Claims, Patent Infringement Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although a California federal judge properly denied a motion for attorney fees by four prevailing patent infringement defendants, she improperly exercised supplemental jurisdiction over state law claims of breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting and unfair competition because the federal and state law claims share no common nucleus of operative facts, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 21 (AngioScore Inc. v. TriReme Medical LLC, et al., Nos. 16-1126, - 1142, Fed. Cir.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Grants Preliminary Approval Of $23.5M Securities Class Action Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on July 18 granted preliminary approval of a $23.5 million settlement between shareholders and a semiconductor company and others in a securities class action lawsuit, appointing shareholders as class counsel and approving the proposed settlement class (Keith Thomas, et al. v. MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp., et al., No. 14-1160, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Widow: Shipyard Contractor's Shifting Position On Evidence Constitutes 'Fraud'

LOS ANGELES - A defendant's "befuddlement" over the conclusion that it destroyed evidence ignores the differing stories the defendant told throughout the litigation, a widow told a federal judge in California July 18 (Victoria Lund, et al. v. Crane Co., et al., No. 13-2776, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Widow: Shipyard Contractor's Shifting Position On Evidence Constitutes 'Fraud'

LOS ANGELES - A defendant's "befuddlement" over the conclusion that it destroyed evidence ignores the differing stories the defendant told throughout the litigation, a widow told a federal judge in California July 18 (Victoria Lund, et al. v. Crane Co., et al., No. 13-2776, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Widow: Shipyard Contractor's Shifting Position On Evidence Constitutes 'Fraud'

LOS ANGELES - A defendant's "befuddlement" over the conclusion that it destroyed evidence ignores the differing stories the defendant told throughout the litigation, a widow told a federal judge in California July 18 (Victoria Lund, et al. v. Crane Co., et al., No. 13-2776, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Judge Grants Preliminary Approval Of $23.5M Securities Class Action Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on July 18 granted preliminary approval of a $23.5 million settlement between shareholders and a semiconductor company and others in a securities class action lawsuit, appointing shareholders as class counsel and approving the proposed settlement class (Keith Thomas, et al. v. MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp., et al., No. 14-1160, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Class Seeks Preliminary Approval For Antivirus Auto-Renewal Suit Settlement

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The plaintiffs in two putative class actions against antivirus software designer McAfee Inc. filed a motion in California federal court on July 14, seeking preliminary approval of a settlement of their claims related to the auto-renewal program associated with subscriptions for the firm's various software packages (Sam Williamson v. McAfee Inc., No. 5:14-cv-00158, and Samantha Kirby v. McAfee Inc., No. 5:14-cv-02475, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Class Seeks Preliminary Approval For Antivirus Auto-Renewal Suit Settlement

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The plaintiffs in two putative class actions against antivirus software designer McAfee Inc. filed a motion in California federal court on July 14, seeking preliminary approval of a settlement of their claims related to the auto-renewal program associated with subscriptions for the firm's various software packages (Sam Williamson v. McAfee Inc., No. 5:14-cv-00158, and Samantha Kirby v. McAfee Inc., No. 5:14-cv-02475, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - California Appellate Panel Reverses Approval Of Weight Loss Pills Settlement

SAN DIEGO - A Fourth District California Court of Appeal, Division One, panel in an order published July 15 reversed a superior court's approval of a class settlement in a case over supplements that allegedly provide weight loss benefits, finding that the online claim form misstated the settlement terms (Fred Duran v. Obesity Research Institute, LLC, et al., No. D067917, Calif. App., 4th Dist., Div. 1; 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 586).

Mealey's Insurance - California Federal Judge Partially Grants Insurers' Motion To Reconsider

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on July 15 partially granted a motion for reconsideration on the issue of whether a deductible applies to defense costs in an environmental contamination dispute and said the insurers are free to file a motion to amend their complaint after the underlying suit is adjudicated to allege a claim pertaining to the care, custody or control exclusion in the business auto policies at issue (American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co., et al. v. Technichem Inc., et al., No. 15-03611, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Class Certification Partly Granted In Privacy Suit Over Apple Device Contacts

SAN FRANCISCO - Although a California federal judge on July 15 found the primary proposed class in a dispute over the purported unauthorized sharing of users' address book information to be too broad to support class certification, he granted certification of a subclass of users of Apple Inc.'s devices who activated a particular application (app) designed by Path Inc. (Marc Opperman, et al. v. Path Inc., et al., No. 3:13-CV-00453, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92403).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Tesoro Corp., Subsidiaries To Pay $425M Over Allegedly Illegal Emissions

SAN ANTONIO - Tesoro Corp., Par Hawaii Refining and their subsidiaries on July 18 said in a consent decree filed in Texas federal court that they would pay $425 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) at six of their refineries in Alaska, California, Hawaii, North Dakota, Utah and Washington (United States of America v. Tesoro Corp., et al., No. 16-cv-722, W.D. Texas).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Lipitor MDL Magistrate Recommends Remand Of 40 California Cases

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina federal magistrate judge on July 14 recommended that 40 California cases be remanded from the Lipitor diabetes multidistrict litigation after finding that they are not mass actions under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) and that the naming of drug distributor McKesson Corp. as a defendant has not been shown to be fraudulent misjoinder (In Re: Lipitor [Atorvastatin Calcium] Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2502, No. 14-mn-2502, D. S.C.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Lipitor MDL Magistrate Recommends Remand Of 40 California Cases

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina federal magistrate judge on July 14 recommended that 40 California cases be remanded from the Lipitor diabetes multidistrict litigation after finding that they are not mass actions under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) and that the naming of drug distributor McKesson Corp. as a defendant has not been shown to be fraudulent misjoinder (In Re: Lipitor [Atorvastatin Calcium] Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2502, No. 14-mn-2502, D. S.C.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge: Company May Not Recover More Costs In Tainted Groundwater Lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on July 13 ruled that a company that settled with a group of defendants for costs associated with cleaning up groundwater contamination from dense nonaqueous phase liquid tetrachloroethene (DNAPL PCE) is not entitled to relitigate its case to recover more costs from a separate defendant (AmeriPride Services Inc. v. Valley Industrial Service Inc., No. S-00-113, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist LEXIS 91119).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Judge Allows Borrower To Amend RESPA Claim Against Loan Servicer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal magistrate judge on July 14 dismissed claims asserted by a borrower against a loan servicer but granted him leave to amend his claim for violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and to pursue a claim under California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Frank Malifrando v. Real Time Resolutions Inc., et. al., No. 2:16-cv-0223, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91739).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge: Company May Not Recover More Costs In Tainted Groundwater Lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on July 13 ruled that a company that settled with a group of defendants for costs associated with cleaning up groundwater contamination from dense nonaqueous phase liquid tetrachloroethene (DNAPL PCE) is not entitled to relitigate its case to recover more costs from a separate defendant (AmeriPride Services Inc. v. Valley Industrial Service Inc., No. S-00-113, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist LEXIS 91119).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows Borrower To Amend RESPA Claim Against Loan Servicer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal magistrate judge on July 14 dismissed claims asserted by a borrower against a loan servicer but granted him leave to amend his claim for violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and to pursue a claim under California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Frank Malifrando v. Real Time Resolutions Inc., et. al., No. 2:16-cv-0223, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91739).