ATLANTA - An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 26 reversed a trial court's denial of a bank's motion to compel individual arbitration of a customer's class action lawsuit concerning overdraft fees, finding that the customer consented to the bank's arbitration provision and that the provision, minus one severable clause, is enforceable under the laws of Washington and Ohio (David Johnson, et al. v. KeyBank National Association, Nos. 15-10779 and 10-12957, 11th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18563).
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Sept. 21 granted preliminary approval to a $151 million class settlement between a water company and residents who contended that it had contaminated their groundwater with 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) (Crystal Good, et al. v. American Water Works Co. Inc., No. 14-1374, S.D. W.Va.).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California company on Sept. 26 gave updates on three arbitration cases commenced by its subsidiary with the International Chamber of Commerce's International Court of Arbitration (ICC) against Toshiba Corp. in relation to disputes over flash-memory joint venture agreements and in which it seeks various injunctions prohibiting Toshiba from taking further actions.
ROME, Ga. - A group of former university students moved in Georgia federal court Sept. 22 for final approval of a settlement of negligence class claims against their alma matter based on the 2014 theft of records from the campus, which contained students' personally identifiable information (PII) (Erin Bishop, et al. v. Shorter University Inc., No. 4:15-cv-00033, N.D. Ga.).
NEW YORK - A woman's state law class action claiming that her insurer's plan documents deceptively advertise and negligently misrepresent the availability of in-network lactation assistance providers sufficiently invokes federal law to warrant preemption, a federal judge in New York held Sept. 22 (Jacqueline Wyka Mahajan, et al. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, No. 16-6944, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155365).
BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge on Sept. 25 denied a motion to strike the representative in a class suit against Bank of New York Mellon, National Association (BNY Mellon), over the bank's management of trusts, finding that the representative had adequate knowledge of the case and had not, as the bank alleged, ceded control of the case to an unfit attorney (Ashby Henderson, et al. v. The Bank of New York Mellon, National Association, No. 15-10599, D. Mass., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156021).
ATLANTA - A class action brought by a group of financial institutions (FIs) over a 2014 data breach experienced by Home Depot Inc. came to a close Sept. 22, when a Georgia federal judge granted final approval of a settlement that includes enhanced data security procedures by the home improvement chain and a $25 million settlement fund (In re: Home Depot Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, No. 1:14-md-02583, N.D. Ga.).
ATLANTA - After finding that a borrower failed to show that a loan servicer's response to her request for information regarding her loan did not violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 22 affirmed a summary judgment ruling for the servicer (Jaki Baez v. Specialized Loan Servicing LLC, No. 16-17292, 11th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18362).
BALTIMORE - A Maryland federal judge on Sept. 20 denied an insured's motion to compel documents related to its insurer's settlement of a lead-paint liability suit after determining that the documents sought are relevant only if the insurer introduces the settlement to prove damages or liability (CX Reinsurance Company Ltd. v. B&R Management Inc., et al., No. 15-3364, D. Md., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155011).
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on Sept. 21 cast aside defendants' concerns regarding a special master's ability to objectively oversee discovery in a case alleging that a company and its attorneys hid evidence of asbestos contamination of talc products from asbestos plaintiffs (Kimberlee Williams, et al. v. BASF Catalysts LLC., et al., No. 11-1754, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154772).
SAN FRANCISCO - Two former drivers with Uber Technologies Inc. argue that their putative class claims over a 2014 breach of the rideshare firm's database are supported by claims of injuries they suffered due to their personal data being exposed, asking a California federal court in a Sept. 20 brief to deny Uber's dismissal motion (Sasha Antman v. Uber Technologies Inc., et al., No. 3:15-cv-01175, N.D. Calif.).
HAMBURG, Germany - The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Sept. 23 issued its final award in maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, establishing specific coordinates for certain boundaries in the Atlantic Ocean and finding that Ghana did not violate the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) (Ghana v. Cote d'Ivoire, No. 23, ITLOS).
ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 20 asked the Texas Supreme Court to rule whether a pelvic mesh plaintiff has to know of the defendant's alleged wrongdoing before her claim accrues under the Texas discovery rule (Ann Marie Bergin v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, et al., No. 16-14364, 11th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18199).
TRENTON, N.J. - A plaintiff's failure to respond to a motion to dismiss her class suit accusing the Princeton University trustees of mishandling the university's retirement plan did not entirely doom her suit as a New Jersey federal judge, on Sept. 19, ruled that the plaintiff partially stated claims for relief as to breach of the duty of prudence and granted leave to amend the other dismissed claims (Elysee Nicolas, et al. v. The Trustees of Princeton University, No. 17-3695, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151775).
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Supreme Court should use an asbestos case to adopt the superior standard for reviewing evidence espoused in Daubert regardless of the constitutionality of the Legislature's attempt to do so and reject the opinion that any exposure to asbestos contributes to disease, an advocacy group told the court on Sept. 20 (Richard DeLisle v. Crane Co., et al., No. SC16-2182, Fla. Sup.).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The U.S. government in a Sept. 20 brief tells a California federal court that Google Inc. should be sanctioned for its refusal to comply with a Stored Communications Act (SCA) warrant seeking production of foreign-stored emails, but the government opposes the tech firm's motion for a contempt order, seeking a hearing to determine a sanction appropriate for Google's willful actions (In re: Search of Content That is Stored at Premises Controlled by Google, No. 3:16-mc-80263, N.D. Calif.).
CAMDEN, N.J. - Granting in part a motion for a protective order by the New Jersey attorney general, a New Jersey federal magistrate judge on Sept. 19 concluded that many of the documents sought by an Indian tribe that is suing over state tribal recognition policies are protected by the attorney-client and deliberative process privileges (Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation v, Christopher S. Porrino, No. 1:15-cv-05645, Court, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151410).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Sept. 21 granted preliminary approval of a $4.8 million settlement to be paid by an employer to its janitors around the county for time they spent working before their scheduled shifts (Brice Ikby Binissia, et al. v. ABM Industries, Inc., et al., No. 13-1230, Veronica Brown, et al. v. ABM Industries, Inc., et al., No. 15-6729, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153686).
DENVER - A Colorado federal judge on Sept. 19 declined to exclude design defect opinions of an expert for a man who was paralyzed in a rollover crash of a pickup truck, saying the defendant manufacturers' objections relate to the weight that should be given to the expert's testimony and not whether the opinions are admissible (Daniel Pertile, et al. v. General Motors, LLC, et al., No. 15-cv-0518, D. Colo., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152342).
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on Sept. 19 substantially rejected a motion to dismiss filed by defendants in a securities class action lawsuit, ruling that the lead plaintiff in the action has properly pleaded a majority of its federal securities law claims (In re VEON Ltd. Securities Litigation, No. 15-8672, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152240).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California digital company on Sept. 20 announced that its subsidiaries have filed a notice of international arbitration against Toshiba Corp. in relation to flash-memory drive joint ventures.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Sept. 19 refused to dismiss a Brazilian entity's amended complaint in which it seeks to enforce a $14 million arbitral award, finding that the complaint was not barred by a three-year statute of limitations (Kozma Investmentos, Ltda. v. Edson Pereira Duda, et al., No. 2:17-cv-306, M.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151781).
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Sept. 18 certified a class of home health workers who sued their former employer under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act claiming that they were fired without notice and denied pay (Toni Molina, et al. v. Ace Homecare LLC, et al., No. 16-2214, M.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151039).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Sept. 18 granted conditional certification in a wage-and-hour lawsuit filed by individuals paid to catch chickens who allege that their piece-rate pay violates the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Jimmy R. Nicks, et al. v. Koch Meat Co., Inc., et al., No. 16-6446, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150763).
CHICAGO - The user of a photo mobile application who consented to sending invitations to all of his contacts in exchange for free storage space cannot now sue the app creator for using his name when contacting his contacts, an Illinois federal judge ruled Sept. 20, finding that the class complaint fails due to the user's express consent (Danny Pratt v. Everalbum, Inc., No. 17-1600, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152763).