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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Dismisses Claim That Pulte Intentionally Violated Building Code

ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on Dec. 12 dismissed with prejudice a claim asserted by a putative class of homeowners accusing Pulte Home Corp. of intentionally applying stucco in a manner that violated the Florida Building Code, ruling that the statute does not allow such a cause of action (Shaun Parker Gazzara, et al. v. Pulte Home Corporation, No. 16-CV-657-Orl-31TBS, M.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171271).

Mealey's IP/Tech - D.C. Federal Judge Turns Away Jurisdictional Challenge In Trademark Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A common-law trademark dispute over the corporate identity and assets of Jericho Baptist Church Ministries Inc. will proceed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, a federal judge there announced Dec. 9 (Jericho Baptist Church Ministries Inc. v. Jericho Baptist Church Ministries Inc., et al., No. 16-647, D. D.C.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Dismisses Claim That Pulte Intentionally Violated Building Code

ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on Dec. 12 dismissed with prejudice a claim asserted by a putative class of homeowners accusing Pulte Home Corp. of intentionally applying stucco in a manner that violated the Florida Building Code, ruling that the statute does not allow such a cause of action (Shaun Parker Gazzara, et al. v. Pulte Home Corporation, No. 16-CV-657-Orl-31TBS, M.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171271).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Bars Testimony From Plaintiffs' Experts On Pella Windows' Leakage Paths

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Three experts retained by plaintiffs claiming that Pella Corp.'s Architect Series and Designer Series windows are defective cannot testify about "leakage paths" that allow water to penetrate into vulnerable areas of the windows, a federal judge in South Carolina ruled Dec. 12, finding that the testing done by the experts to support their theory did not conform with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard E2128 (In re: Pella Corporation Architect and Designer Series Windows Marketing, Sales Practices and products Liability Litigation, MDL 2514, Case No. 14mn1, D. S.C.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171502).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Sperm Donor MDL Denied By Federal Judicial Panel; Minimal Cases Cited

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Six federal lawsuits alleging that a sperm bank misrepresented the qualities of a donor do not need to be centralized in a multidistrict litigation, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) ruled Dec. 7 (In Re: Xytex Corporation Sperm Donor Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2751, JPMDL).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Plaintiff: Good Cause Exists For Expert Substitution In Oil Rig Explosion Case

SAN FRANCISCO - Nigerian residents who contend that they have been injured as a result of an oil rig explosion on Nov. 30 filed a brief in California federal court, contending that their motion to substitute a fisheries expert in place of the expert they originally scheduled is based on good cause under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 16 (Natto Iyela Gbarabe v. Chevron Corporation, No. 14-173, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Refuses To Remand Construction Defects Suit, Trims Claims

LAS VEGAS - A proposed class of Nevada homeowners who are suing the builder and developer of allegedly defective homes must pursue their claims in federal court and cannot seek damages for strict liability and breach of implied warranty under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 116.4114, a federal judge ruled Nov. 27 (Brittany Lopez, et al. v. U.S. Homes Corporation, et al., No. 16-cv-01754-GMN-CWH, D. Nev.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163571).

Mealey's Insurance - Panel Denies Rehearing, Says Refinery Owner Not Covered Under Policy

NEW ORLEANS - The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 29 denied a petition for rehearing after determining that a refinery owner seeking help with environmental cleanup costs under its parent company's insurance policy should have and could have discovered that it was not named as an insured under the policy simply by looking at the insurance policy sometime within the six years of the policy's issuance (AIG Specialty Insurance Company, f/k/a Chartis Specialty Insurance Company v. Tesoro Corporation, No. 15-50953, 5th Cir.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Refuses To Remand Construction Defects Suit, Trims Claims

LAS VEGAS - A proposed class of Nevada homeowners who are suing the builder and developer of allegedly defective homes must pursue their claims in federal court and cannot seek damages for strict liability and breach of implied warranty under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 116.4114, a federal judge ruled Nov. 27 (Brittany Lopez, et al. v. U.S. Homes Corporation, et al., No. 16-cv-01754-GMN-CWH, D. Nev.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163571).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 11th Circuit: Federal Jurisdiction Remains Under CAFA Even Without Class

ATLANTA - A federal trial court erred when it ruled that the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) does not vest a federal court with original jurisdiction over state law claims after the class claims are dismissed, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Nov. 22 (Wright Transportation, Inc. v. Pilot Corporation, et al., No. 15-15184, 11th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20937).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - 9th Circuit Finds No Support For Borrower's UCL And Negligence Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 23 affirmed a district court's decision to dismiss claims for negligence and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), finding that a borrower's claims related to the transfer of his mortgage lacked legal or factual support (George M. Kramer v. Quality Loan Servicing Corporation, et al., No. 14-15973, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21096).

Mealey's Insurance - Insurer Loses Bid For Judgment On Liquidating Trust's Payment Claims

OAKLAND, Calif. - An asbestos personal injury liquidating trust properly submitted proposals to an insurer regarding the payment of allowed claims that triggered the insurer's policies and did not violate two debtors' plan of reorganization by allocating to the insurer 100 percent of the liquidated value of each approved unpaid claim, a California federal bankruptcy judge held Nov. 21 (In re CFB Liquidating Corporation, f/k/a Chicago Fire Brick Co., et al., No. 01-45483, [Barry A. Chatz, as Trustee for the CFB/WFB Liquidating Trust v. Continental Casualty Company, No. 15-4136] N.D. Calif. Bkcy.; 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 4034).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - Insurer Loses Bid For Judgment On Liquidating Trust's Payment Claims

OAKLAND, Calif. - An asbestos personal injury liquidating trust properly submitted proposals to an insurer regarding the payment of allowed claims that triggered the insurer's policies and did not violate two debtors' plan of reorganization by allocating to the insurer 100 percent of the liquidated value of each approved unpaid claim, a California federal bankruptcy judge held Nov. 21 (In re CFB Liquidating Corporation, f/k/a Chicago Fire Brick Co., et al., No. 01-45483, [Barry A. Chatz, as Trustee for the CFB/WFB Liquidating Trust v. Continental Casualty Company, No. 15-4136] N.D. Calif. Bkcy.; 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 4034).

Mealey's IP/Tech - 11th Circuit Affirms: Copyright Claims Barred By Settlement Agreement

ATLANTA - Finding no error in a Georgia federal judge's conclusion that a plaintiff released its claims for copyright infringement in a previous settlement agreement with third-party retailer Lands' End, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 22 affirmed a grant of summary judgment on behalf of four defendants (Genesys Software Systems v. Ceridian Corporation, et. al., No. 16-10773, 11th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20914).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - 9th Circuit Finds No Support For Borrower's UCL And Negligence Claims

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 23 affirmed a district court's decision to dismiss claims for negligence and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), finding that a borrower's claims related to the transfer of his mortgage lacked legal or factual support (George M. Kramer v. Quality Loan Servicing Corporation, et al., No. 14-15973, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21096).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Genuine Issues Preclude Ruling On Contract Issues, Judge Finds

PHOENIX - A federal judge in Arizona on Nov. 21 denied cross-motions for partial summary judgment on breach of contract claims in a suit over indemnification for cleanup from contamination from underground storage tank (UST) leaks, finding that too many issues of material fact exist as to whether the discovery rule or tolling doctrines apply under Arizona law (Greyhound Lines Incorporated v. Viad Corporation, No. CV-15-01820-PHX-DGC, D. Ariz.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160960).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - New York Federal Judge Recommends Settlement Of Flushable Wipes Suits

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge issued a memorandum on Nov. 18 recommending that the parties in six individual class action lawsuits addressing sewage issues caused by flushable wipes consider settlement (D. Joseph Kurtz, et al. v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, et al., No. 14-1142, Anthony Belfiore, et al. v. The Procter & Gamble Company, No. 14-4090, Desmond R. Armstrong, et al. v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, et al., No. 15-2909, Gladys Honigman, et al. v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, No. 15-2910, Steven and Ellen Palmer, et al. v. CVS Health, et al., No. 15-2928, Eugene and Victoria Richard, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., et al., No. 15-4579, E.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160363).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Jury Verdict Of No Likely Confusion Affirmed By 9th Circuit

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge did not err in deciding various pretrial motions in favor of a defendant in a dispute over a red sailing ship trademark used in connection with Asian food products, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 4 (Anhing Corporation v. Viet Phu Inc., et al., No. 14-56664, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19967).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Judge Allows UCL And CLRA Claims Against Whirlpool To Proceed

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Nov. 1 granted a motion filed by the maker of a refrigerator to dismiss claims against it relating to an alleged defect that causes leaking, but allowed a consumer's claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other state laws to proceed (Julie Corzine v. Whirlpool Corporation, No. 15-cv-05764, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152138).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Confirms $3.2M Award, Finds Company Cannot Withhold Taxes

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Nov. 3 granted an English company's petition to confirm a $3.2 million arbitral award plus interest issued in its favor in relation to a patent license agreement dispute, finding that the respondent was not entitled to deduct amounts from the award to satisfy Taiwanese tax laws (Mondis Technology Ltd. v. Wistron Corporation, No. 15-CV-02340, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152785).

Mealey's Insurance - Insurer Argues Settlement Agreement Barred Claims For Cleanup Costs

CINCINNATI - An insurer argues in a Nov. 1 response brief to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a district court correctly found that a 1994 settlement agreement bars coverage for any future claims arising out of coverage for environmental cleanup costs incurred by the insured at a Superfund site in Texas (Arrowood Indemnity Company v. Lubrizol Corporation, No. 16-3463, 6th Cir.).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Bank, Receiver Never Acquired Right To Enforce Crime Bond, 10th Circuit Affirms

DENVER - The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 1 affirmed a lower federal court's finding that because coverage never vested before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) took over a bankrupt bank, the bank and consequently the FDIC never acquired the right to enforce a financial institution crime bond (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Kansas Bankers Surety Co., No. 15-1390, 10th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19622).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - In-Store Promotion Services Monopoly Class Suit Settled For $244 Million

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Oct. 31 granted approval of a $244 million settlement to be paid by in-store promotion (ISP) services providers accused of creating a monopoly; however, the judge rejected the plaintiffs' counsel's request for an award of $73.2 million and instead awarded $48,825,000 (Dial Corp, et al. v. News Corporation, et al., No. 13-6802, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150528).

Mealey's Insurance - Bank, Receiver Never Acquired Right To Enforce Crime Bond, 10th Circuit Affirms

DENVER - The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 1 affirmed a lower federal court's finding that because coverage never vested before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) took over a bankrupt bank, the bank and consequently the FDIC never acquired the right to enforce a financial institution crime bond (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Kansas Bankers Surety Co., No. 15-1390, 10th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19622).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 2nd Circuit Refuses To Rehear Appeal Of Order Confirming $400M Award

NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 1 refused to reconsider its previous decision to affirm a district court's order confirming a $400 million arbitral award issued in favor of a Mexican corporation in a dispute over underlying contracts for the construction of offshore platforms (Corporacion Mexicana De Mantenimiento Intergral, S. De R.L. De C.V. v. Pemex-Exploracion Y, No. 13-4022, 2nd Cir.).