TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Two amicus curiae parties on Aug. 15 joined a plaintiff in urging the Florida Supreme Court to reject the Daubert standard and reverse an appellate court's ruling excluding experts and negating an $8 million asbestos award (Richard DeLisle v. Crane Co., et al., No. SC16-2182, Fla. Sup.).
TRENTON, N.J. - A driver for Lyft Inc., a transportation service ordered by customers via a mobile phone application, filed a class complaint on Aug. 15 in New Jersey federal court accusing Lyft of misrepresenting to drivers the fares being paid by riders and, as a result, paying drivers less than the amount to which they are contractually entitled (Keara Nieves, et al. v. Lyft, Inc., No. 17-6146, D. N.J.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An insurer's alternative interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s lactation services mandate did not require consideration of an affidavit stating that the company complied with the law, a federal judge in the District of Columbia held Aug. 14 in declining to reconsider a motion to dismiss (Lindsay Ferrer, et al. v. CareFirst Inc., et al., No. 16-2162, D. D.C., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110304).
SAN FRANCISCO - To the extent an insurer covers lactation services required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), allegations that it makes finding or using those providers impossible support a class action, a federal judge in California held Aug. 15 in largely denying a motion to dismiss (Rachel Condry, et al. v. UnitedHealth Group Inc., et al., No. 17-183, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130089).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Three expert witnesses for the father of a veteran who killed himself after being discharged from a government hospital can testify that the suicide was caused by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' failure to follow its guidelines and standard of care, a Kansas federal judge ruled Aug. 15 in deeming the experts' opinions reliable (Donald Draughon v. United States of America, No. 14-2264, D. Kan., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129259).
SAN FRANCISCO - Considering remand instructions from the U.S. Supreme Court, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 15 again ruled in favor of a man that charged a data aggregator with Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations for posting inaccurate information about him, deeming the alleged resulting harm to be sufficiently concrete to constitute an injury-in-fact to establish standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution (Thomas Robins v. Spokeo Inc., No11-56843, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 15211).
PHILADELPHIA - In a breach of contract suit, an insurer moved for clarification on Aug. 11 with a Pennsylvania federal court to confirm that it is to produce only unredacted versions of documents previously produced with redactions based on proprietary material, reserves and "other reinsurance" information and additional documents reflecting the date when the insurer provided first notice of asbestos claims to other reinsurers of relevant policies (R&Q Reinsurance Co. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co., No. 16-1473, E.D. Pa.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Citing concerns under the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, a web-hosting firm on Aug. 11 told a District of Columbia court that a U.S. Department of Justice search warrant seeking identifying information for visitors to an anti-Donald Trump website is overbroad and in violation of federal privacy law (In re: the Search of www.disruptj20.org that Is Stored at Premises Owned, Maintained, Controlled,, or Operated by DreamHost, No. 17 CSW 3438, D.C. Super.).
BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge presiding over the Celexa/Lexapro multidistrict litigation on Aug. 15 denied certification of a class of adolescent users of the antidepressant, saying individual issues will predominate (In Re: Celexa and Lexapro, No. 09-2067, Delana S. Kiossovski, et al. v. Forest Laboratories, Inc., et al., No. 14-13848, D. Mass., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129387).
CHICAGO - Despite finding that the average multiplier in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is 1.85, a panel on Aug. 14 rejected a 1.75 multiplier for attorney fees in a settled case over defective and moldy Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Whirlpool Corp. (collectively, Sears) washing machines and remanded with directions to award class counsel $2.7 million in fees (In re Sears, Roebuck and Co. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation, No. 16-3554, 7th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 15034).
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A mathematician can provide expert testimony regarding the suitability of a bath mat that allegedly caused a woman to slip and fall after coming out of a shower stall in a condominium, a federal magistrate judge in Tennessee ruled Aug. 11, holding that the expert was qualified and that the methodology underlying his opinion is reliable (Phyllis G. Barnes, et al. v. Greg Malinak, et al., No. 15-cv-556-PLR-HBG, E.D. Tenn., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127600).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Aug. 14 denied a motion to substitute the lead plaintiff in a class lawsuit over the labeling on certain Frito-Lay North America Inc. products, finding that the plaintiffs failed to show that there was good cause for allowing the substitution more than three years after the deadline for adding plaintiffs (Markus Wilson, et al. v. Frito-Lay North America, Inc., No. 12-1586, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129053).
CHICAGO - Plaintiffs representing three classes of individuals who received unsolicited text messages from Uber Technologies Inc. moved Aug. 11 for preliminary approval of a $20 million settlement (Maria Vergara, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., No. 15-6942, N.D. Ill.).
SHERMAN, Texas - A plaintiff will be permitted another opportunity to depose the author of a patent opinion letter at the expense of an infringement defendant "as a remedy" for conduct by defense counsel, a Texas federal judge ruled Aug. 11 (Tech Pharmacy Services LLC v. Alixa Rx LLC, No. 15-766, E.D. Texas, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127965).
DETROIT - A consumer accusing FCA US LLC of selling certain Dodge Ram and Dodge Durango models with allegedly defective gearshift systems that cause rollaway incidents when the cars indicated they were in park failed to state a claim under California's unfair competition law (UCL) for any affirmative misrepresentation and failed to show that FCA actively concealed a defect, a Michigan federal judge ruled Aug. 11, granting FCA's motion to dismiss (Donald J. Beck v. FCA US LLC, No. 17-10267, E.D. Mich., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127724).
LOS ANGELES - A consumer suing Apple Inc. for allegedly shortchanging him several days on the extended warranty he purchased has standing to bring suit, but must resolve some deficiencies in his complaint, a California federal judge ruled Aug. 10, granting in part and denying in part Apple's motion to dismiss (Mitch Kalcheim, et al. v. Apple, Inc., et al., No. 16-9324, C.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127332).
CLEVELAND - The parties in a class suit over the misclassification of door-to-door salespeople that ended with a jury finding for the plaintiffs on the issue of liability for unpaid wages must accept surveys regarding the hours the affected employees worked during the overtime pay period that were filed up to a month after the April 4 deadline, an Ohio federal judge ruled Aug. 10 (Davina Hurt, et al. v. Commerce Energy, Inc., et al., No. 12-758, N.D. Ohio, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128850).
CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 14 upheld a trial court's summary judgment ruling for a chain of cosmetology schools sued by a proposed class of students seeking wages for time spent in the schools' salons (Venitia Hollins v. Regency Corporation, et al., No. 15-3607, 7th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 15076).
NEW YORK - Despite the parties' Aug. 11 disclosure that they have agreed to resolve Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) secondary perforation claims, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that day denied a motion to adjourn Aug. 14 oral arguments about the exclusion of all plaintiffs causation experts and evidence by a New York federal multidistrict litigation judge (In Re: Mirena IUD Products Litigation, Mirena MDL Plaintiffs v. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, No. 16-2890 and 16-2012, 2nd Cir.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A class of long-term renters suing Airbnb Inc. in part for injury in fact due to the company's short-term renters causing damage to common resources failed to demonstrate standing under California's unfair competition law (UCL), a California appellate panel ruled Aug. 10 in an unpublished opinion (Louis Gamache, et al. v. Airbnb, Inc., No. A146179, Calif. App., 1st Dist., Div. 5, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5501).
SINGAPORE - The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) on Aug. 10 announced that it has opened a new office in India.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Aug. 9 ruled that a class lawsuit by retail "key carrier" employees who claim that they were denied rest and meal breaks because they were always on call belongs in state court because the defendant failed to meet its heightened burden of proving that the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million (Eric Farley, et al. v. Dolgen California LLC, et al., No. 16-2501, E.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126540).
DALLAS - A lead plaintiff's class suit under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) that accuses a supermarket of not properly truncating customers' information on its receipts fails due to no showing of injury in fact, a Texas federal judge ruled Aug. 9 (Sumeet Batra, et al. v. RLS Supermarkets LLC, No. 16-2874, N.D. Texas, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125877).
SAN FRANCISCO - A company that provides vehicle service contracts (VSC), also known as extended warranties, cannot be held vicariously liable for telephone calls by telemarketers from All American Auto Protection Inc. (AAAP) that violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) because the telemarketers were not acting as its agents, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 9 (Charles A. Jones, et al. v. Royal Administration Services, Inc., No. 15-17328, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 14671).
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Aug. 8 granted a plaintiff's motion to strike and bar Wal-Mart Stores East Inc.'s use of the deposition transcript and documents obtained as a result of a March 28 deposition of the plaintiff's physician, but refused to disqualify Wal-Mart's counsel for conducting the deposition (Patricia Hone v. Wal-Mart, Inc., No. 14-1006, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 124736).