JACKSON, Miss. - Finding no error in the admission of accident reconstruction expert testimony, a Mississippi appeals panel on Jan. 10 affirmed the felony conviction of a woman for her drunken driving, which caused a death (Sara Jane Koch a/k/a Sarah Koch a/k/a Sara J. Koch v. State of Mississippi, No. 2015-KA-01228-COA, Miss. App.; 2017 Miss. App. LEXIS 15).
BOSTON - A shareholder failed to show that a medical device maker and certain of its current and former executive officers issued material misrepresentations or omissions in connection with the company's statements made regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a spinal injury repair device, a First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 9 (Edmond Ganem, et al. v. InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp., et al., No. 15-1544, 1st Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 385).
PHILADELPHIA - A trial court erred when it ruled that a disparate-impact claim is not cognizable where a subgroup comprises workers 50 years old and older, a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Jan. 10 in an opinion in which it also vacated the exclusion of testimony by the plaintiffs' statistics expert and remanded for further Daubert proceedings (Rudolph A. Karlo, et al. v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, No. 15-3435, 3rd Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 406).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by a Florida corporation asking it to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that reversed a trial court's partial summary judgment ruling for the corporation on claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Arizona Civil Rights Division on behalf of a class of female prison workers who allege gender discrimination and harassment, finding that the two agencies sufficiently conciliated their claims (The Geo Group, Inc. v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et al., No. 16-302, U.S. Sup.; 2017 U.S. LEXIS 294).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In his Jan. 9 reply brief in the District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Backpage.com LLC Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer defends his objections under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to a U.S. Senate subpoena that he says inappropriately seeks information and documents related to Backpage's protected editorial judgment and choices as an online intermediary (Carl Ferrer v. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, No. 16-5232 and 16-5274, D.C. Cir.)
NEW YORK - A group of London-based reinsurers told a federal court in New York on Jan. 9 that they do not oppose a reinsured's motion to confirm an asbestos related arbitration award (OneBeacon Insurance Company v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London, No. 16-cv-09908, S.D. N.Y.).
MARSHALL, Texas - Efforts by patent infringement defendant Google Inc. to bar an expert witness from calculating reasonable royalty damages based upon the number of users who access Google Chrome in a seven-day period were unsuccessful on Jan. 9, when a Texas federal magistrate judge found that the methodology "appears sound" (Alfonso Cioffi, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 13-103, E.D. Texas; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2614).
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A Mississippi federal judge on Jan. 6 partially granted a motion to compel filed by insureds seeking coverage for a gasoline leak after determining that the insurer is required to produce information related to the insurer's claims handling of other gasoline leak claims (Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Co. v. Tammy Cooley, et al., No. 16-39, S.D. Miss.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2157).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Jan. 6 granted a request by several companies to transfer an employee's class claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action related to alleged employment violations, finding that transfer to another federal court was appropriate because various factors, including the convenience of witnesses, weighed in favor of the transfer (Jorge Perez v. Performance Food Group Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-02390, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2319).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Finding that a Russian railcar company had demonstrated a likelihood of success in its claims against two former employees under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), a California federal judge on Jan. 6 ordered the hosts of the employees' email accounts to preserve all electronic data associated with those accounts (OOO Brunswick Rail Management, et al. v. Richard Sultanov, et al., No. 5:17-cv-00017, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2343).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas federal judge on Jan. 4 excluded in part various testimony offered by a gun manufacturer in a breach of contract dispute with two gun stores because the expert did not meet qualification and reliability standards for some of the testimony (Signature Marketing Inc. d/b/a Signature Manufacturing v. New Frontier Armory LLC and EXTAR LLC, No. 15-7200, D. Kan.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1130).
MADISON, Wis. - An expert's medical testimony on the standard of reasonable care based on his personal experiences was reliable, the majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Jan. 6, upholding an $885,000 medical malpractice judgment against a doctor (Braylon Seifert, by his Guardian ad litem, Paul J. Scoptur, Kimberly Seifert and David Seifert v. Kay M. Balink, M.D. and Proassurance Wisconsin Insurance Co., No. 2014AP195, Wis. Sup.; 2017 Wisc. LEXIS 2).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal court has jurisdiction to hear a hospital's appeal of a bankruptcy court's refusal to reconsider denial of class certification for asbestos property damage claims against former Chapter 11 debtor W.R. Grace & Co. because the order interpreted W.R. Grace's plan of reorganization, the hospital argues Jan. 4 in response to the company's bid to dismiss the appeal (Anderson Memorial Hospital v. W.R. Grace & Co., et al., No. 16-799, D. Del.).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After determining that a lender failed to show when it sent a notice of transfer to borrowers, a Rhode Island federal judge on Jan. 4 refused to grant summary judgment for the lender on the property owners' claims for violation of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) (Stephen Yuszczak, et al. v. DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc., et al., No. 16-101, D. R.I.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 486).
ST. LOUIS - There was no error in permitting a special agent to testify from her training and experience on the operation of sex-trafficking rings and the terms used, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 3 (United States of America v. Rahmad Lashad Geddes, Nos. 15-3731 & 16-3898, 8th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8).
GULFPORT, Miss. - An expert may not testify that a nurse "was deliberately indifferent" to an inmate's health care, which led to his wrongful death, but the expert may testify that the nurse breached the relevant standard of care, a Mississippi federal judge ruled Jan. 3, also finding that the expert is not qualified to give medical causation opinions (Dorothy Lee and John Morris Lee III v. Jackson County, Miss., et al., No. 13-441, S.D. Miss.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 295).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - After a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Hellenic Republic to set aside an annulment of an international arbitral award issued in favor of a technology development company, a District of Columbia federal judge on Jan. 5 granted a petition to confirm the $52,087,465.69 award against the republic (Science Applications International Corp. v. The Hellenic Republic, No. 1:13-cv-01070, D. D.C.).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A Connecticut federal judge on Dec. 30 partially granted a property owner's request for production of documents in relation to his reverse mortgage but denied the motion as to his request regarding certain policies of the lender (Vincent Bartold v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 14-cv-00865, D. Conn.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180216).
GULFPORT, Miss. - A federal judge in Mississippi on Jan. 3 denied a window manufacturer's motion to reconsider his Nov. 30 decision denying the defendant company's request for summary judgment on plaintiffs' breach of implied warranty of merchantability claim, holding that he properly applied the Mississippi Supreme Court's ruling in Hargett v. Midas International Corp. (508 So.2d 663 [Miss. Sup. 1987]) (Joan Cravens Inc., et al. v. Deas Construction Inc., d/b/a Deas Millwork Co., et al., No. 15-cv-00385, S.D. Miss.).
SINGAPORE - The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) on Dec. 30 announced that it has released new rules for conducting international arbitrations.
SANTA ANA, Calif. - An owner of a 2016 Model X filed a class complaint on Dec. 30 against Tesla Motors Inc., accusing the company of making faulty vehicles after he and his son were injured when his vehicle allegedly accelerated on its own while he was pulling into his garage (Ji Chang Son, et al. v. Tesla Motors, Inc., No. 16-2282, C.D. Calif.).
ST. LOUIS - The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 4 affirmed a district court's dismissal of claims for recession and damages under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) against a bank and mortgage lender, finding that it would not address arguments raised for the first time on appeal (John D. Dunn, et al. v. Bank of America, N.A., et al., No. 15-3985, 8th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 76).
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Jan. 3 opinion joined the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth circuits in declining to adopt a requirement that prior to class certification class representatives must proffer an administratively feasible way to identify class members (Robert Briseno, et al. v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 15-55727, 9th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 38).
SAN FRANCISCO - Shareholders in a securities class action lawsuit against a specialty oil products manufacturer and distributor, certain of its current and former officers and directors and underwriters of two stock offerings failed to plead falsity in making their federal securities law claims because their claims failed to meet the strict pleading standards of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b), a federal judge in California ruled Dec. 29 (Norfolk County Retirement System, et al. v. Solazyme Inc., et al., No. 15-2938, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179949).
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A reinsurer told a federal court in New York on Dec. 30 that an insurer's request regarding testimony from its corporate designee is improper because among other reasons, the reinsurer says, it does not have the information the insurer seeks (Utica Mutual Insurance Company v. R&Q Reinsurance Company, No. 15-cv-00270, N.D. N.Y.).