CHARLESTON, S.C. - A federal judge in South Carolina on Sept. 26 awarded summary judgment to Pella Corp. on a man's breach of express warranty claim, ruling that replacement windows the company installed to remedy allegedly defective ones did not extend the 10-year limited warranty (In re: Pella Corporation Architect and Designer Series Windows Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2514, Case No. 14-mn-0000, John Romig Jr., et al. v. Pella Corporation, No. 14-cv-00433, D. S.C.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131282).
BOSTON - A federal judge in Massachusetts on Sept. 22 overruled a railroad roundhouse operator's argument that the statute of limitations barred the government's cost recovery claim under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), finding that the tolling period did not begin to run until the U.S. Army issued a record of decision (ROD) in September 2015 stating that removal actions at a portion of the Fort Devens Superfund site in Ayers, Mass., were complete (United States of America v. Boston and Maine Corporation v. Town of Ayer, Mass., No. 13-10087-IT, D. Mass.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129726).
TRENTON, N.J. - Counterclaims of contributory copyright infringement were rejected Sept. 22 by a New Jersey federal judge as barred by the economic loss doctrine because the allegations giving rise to the counterclaim are not "separate and distinct" from a related breach of contract counterclaim (Air Express International d/b/a DHL Global Forwarding Corporation v. LOG-NET Inc., No. 12-1732, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129409).
NEW YORK - A group of Ecuadorian residents and their attorney on Sept. 16 filed a petition in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a rehearing en banc with regard to the Second Circuit's prior decision that affirmed a lower court's ruling that a group of Ecuadorian residents and their attorney committed fraud when they won an $18.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. for alleged injuries related to the company's involvement with an oil consortium (Chevron Corporation v. Steven Donziger, No. 14-826 [consolidated with] Chevron Corporation v. Hugo Gerardo Camacho Naranjo, No. 14-832, 2nd Cir.).
DALLAS - Efforts by a copyright infringement and false advertising plaintiff to obtain a temporary restraining order barring the construction of a single-family home were unsuccessful Sept. 16, when a Texas federal judge denied the request (The Joseph Paul Corporation d/b/a The Joseph Paul Homes v. Trademark Custom Homes, Inc., et al., No. 16-1651, N.D. Texas; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126206).
ORLANDO, Fla. - While Florida recognizes that an insured's defective work on a condominium complex gives rise to an "occurrence" caused by "property damage" under a commercial general liability insurance policy, a Florida federal judge ruled Sept. 13 that the "your work" exclusion extinguishes the insurer's duty to defend and indemnify (Evanston Insurance Co. v. DiMucci Development Corporation of Ponce Inlet Inc. and Towers Grande Condominium Association, No. 15-486, M.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123678).
BOSTON - A Massachusetts appeals panel on Sept. 13 reversed a defense verdict in a Boston Scientific Corp. (BSC) pelvic mesh case, finding that the trial judge erred by excluding evidence about a material safety data sheet (MSDS) and two Food and Drug Administration letters that called the device's safety into question (Diane Albright v. Boston Scientific Corporation, No. 15-P-633, Mass. App.; 2016 Mass. App. LEXIS 123).
OAKLAND, Calif. - A California federal judge on Sept. 8 found that an orthopedic medical products supplier lacked standing to assert claims for violation of California law, granting a motion filed by another medical supplier to dismiss the case (Golden State Orthopaedics Inc. Howmedica Osteonics Corporation d/b/a Stryker Orthopaedics, No. 14-cv-3073, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121710).
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Rutgers Organics Corp. on Sept. 9 agreed to pay $18.75 million to clean up contamination at the Nease Superfund site in Salem, Ohio, and spend $500,000 to restore damaged natural resources, according to a lawsuit and consent decree filed in Ohio federal court (United States of America, et al. v. Rutgers Organics Corporation, No. 16-cv-02254, N.D. Ohio).
ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on Sept. 8 dismissed a class action suit against Pulte Home Corp. accusing the company of building homes with defective stucco siding, ruling that the negligence claim is barred by the economic loss doctrine and that the state does not recognize a cause of action for a builder's alleged intentional installation of defective stucco (Shaun Parker Gazzara, et al. v. Pulte Home Corporation, No. 16-cv-657-Orl-31TBS, M.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121348).
PHILADELPHIA - A two-judge panel of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 8 declined to reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal by a corporate property owner seeking to hold Chapter 11 debtor The Flintkote Co. liable for pollution at an old New Jersey manufacturing site (8 E. Frederick Place LLC v. The Flintkote Co., et al., No. 15-2886, 3rd Cir.).
ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal magistrate judge in Florida on Sept. 6 quashed in part subpoenas served by plaintiffs who claim that homes built by Pulte Home Corp. were built with a defective stucco system on the defendant company's experts, ruling that information concerning destructive testing the experts conducted on certain homes was not subject to the exceptional circumstances exception to the work product doctrine (Shaun Parker Gazzara, et al. v. Pulte Home Corporation, No. 16-cv-657-Orl-31TBS, M.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119867).
NEW ORLEANS - A $15 million judgment on allegations of trade secret misappropriation will stand, in light of findings on Sept. 7 by the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the case is not preempted by the Copyright Act (GlobeRanger Corporation v. Software AG, No. 15-10121, 5th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16429).
PASADENA, Calif. - The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 2 affirmed a district court's decision to grant summary judgment on claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims for a vehicle maker, finding that purchasers failed to show that it contained a defective breaking system (Jessica M. Kramer, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corp., a Japanese corporation / a foreign corporation, DBA Toyota Motor North America, Inc.; et al., No. 13-56433, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16280).
NEW YORK - A Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 30 affirmed a ruling that the investment advisers for employee pension plans sponsored by Severstal Wheeling Inc. (SWI) and its predecessors are liable for the full amount of investment losses - $9.6 million - due to their failure to properly diversify and manage the plans (Severstal Wheeling, Inc. Retirement Committee, et al. v. WPN Corporation, et al., No. 15-2725, 2nd Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15970).
ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal magistrate judge in Florida on Aug. 30 denied plaintiffs' motion to compel Pulte Home Corp. to produce the names and addresses of individuals who purchased homes built with allegedly defective stucco, explaining that the requested information is not typically discoverable in the precertification stage (Shaun Parker Gazzara, et al. v. Pulte Home Corporation, No. 16-cv-657-Orl-31TBS, M.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116064).
DETROIT - A Michigan federal judge on Aug. 29 denied a "placeholder" motion filed by the named plaintiff in a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class suit, finding that the motion is unnecessary in light of the decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez (136 S. Ct. 663, 666, 193 L. Ed. 2d 571 ) (Compressor Engineering Corporation, et al. v. Comfort Control Supply Company, Inc., et al., No. 16-11726, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115389).
NEW YORK - Plaintiffs who allege that they have been harmed as a result of exposure to wood treated with creosote on Aug. 29 filed a brief in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals contending that it should reverse a ruling in which a district court "exceeded its authority" when it concluded that the plaintiffs' claims were barred by a settlement agreement that prohibits "trust derivative claims" (Avoca Plaintiffs v. Kerr-McGee Corporation [In Re: Tronox Inc.], No. 16-343, 2nd Cir.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A district court erred in entering judgment in favor of a disability plan and a disability insurer because it failed to consider how medications taken by the disability claimant would affect his ability to function in a workplace under the 'any occupation' test, the majority of a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel said Aug. 26 (Daniel G. Demer v. IBM Corporation LTD Plan, et al., No. 13-17196, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15788).
NEW YORK - A $20 million attorney fee fund from a settlement between an insurer and asbestos claimants should be divided equally among four law firms that negotiated the settlement based on the language and meaning of the agreement, a New York federal bankruptcy judge held Aug. 26 (In re: Johns-Manville Corporation, et al. [Eric Bogdan and the Bogdan Law Firm v. Bevan & Associates, LPA, Inc., et al., No. 15-01023] No. 82-11656, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.; 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 3145).
SAN FRANCISCO - A district court erred in entering judgment in favor of a disability plan and a disability insurer because it failed to consider how medications taken by the disability claimant would affect his ability to function in a workplace under the "any occupation" test, the majority of a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel said Aug. 26 (Daniel G. Demer v. IBM Corporation LTD Plan, et al., No. 13-17196, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15788).