HONOLULU - Although refusing to dismiss a copyright infringement case outright as a sanction for providing insufficient discovery responses, a Hawaii federal judge on Oct. 17 ordered a plaintiff to supplement the discovery responses, attend a status conference and be deposed, as well as pay all court reporter fees associated with the deposition (Keoni Payton v. Defend Inc., et al., No. 15-238, D. Hawaii, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171877).
BALTIMORE - Bon Secours Health System Inc. (BSHSI) will contribute $14 million annually for the next seven years, for a total of $98 million, to seven defined-benefit plans operating as "church plans" to settle claims that it improperly operated the plans as exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and underfunded them, a class of participants claim in their motion for final approval of the settlement agreement and certification of settlement class filed Oct. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Arlene Hodges, et al. v. Bon Secours Health System, Inc., et al., No. 16-1079, D. Md.).
BEAUFORT, S.C. - A woman seeking to represent a proposed class of homeowners claiming that a general contractor, Del Webb Communities Inc., and Pulte Homes Inc. are liable for damages stemming from improperly installed stucco says in an Oct. 13 motion filed in South Carolina federal court that her class should be certified because it is identical to a class that was certified in state court (Jacqueline L. Craft v. South Carolina State Plastering, LLC, et al., No. 15-cv-5080-PMD, D. S.C.).
NEW YORK - The Ministry of Defense of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Oct. 16 moved a New York federal court to dismiss a petition filed by a Canadian company that seeks to obtain payment from a trust held by a bank to satisfy a $1.2 billion arbitral award, arguing that the requested assets are immune from execution under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) (Crystallex International Corp. v. The Bank of New York Mellon, No. 1:17-cv-07024, S.D. N.Y.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class complaint against federal government officials on Oct. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that unaccompanied immigrant minors, many of whom have been sexually abused or assaulted, are being denied access to abortions in violation of their rights under the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution (Rochelle Garza, et al. v. Eric Hargan, et al., No. 17-2122, D. D.C.).
FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Oct. 13 shot down all of an estate's challenges to a jury's verdict in favor of a nursing home on the estate's wrongful death claims, including the estate's argument that the trial court abused its discretion by limiting testimony from the estate's expert witness (Jerry Stamper v. Berea Area Development, LLC, d/b/a The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, No. 2014-CA-000690-MR, Ky. App., 2017 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 764).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Oct. 16 granted preliminary approval of a $16 million settlement to be paid by ADT LLC to end several class action suits accusing the home security system company of failing to disclose that its wireless systems are unencrypted and vulnerable to attack (Michael Edenborough v. ADT, LLC, No. 16-2233, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170896).
SAN FRANCISCO - It is too late in the litigation in a misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. and others to require Uber to turn over all of its source code for its self-driving vehicle technology, and a plaintiff's motion to compel Uber to turn over the source code is overly broad, a federal judge in California ruled Oct. 16 in denying the motion (Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies Inc., et al., No. 17-0939, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170903).
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas federal judge overseeing the EpiPen multidistrict litigation on Oct. 13 agreed to partially lift a discovery stay on documents but kept in place his stay of depositions (In Re: EpiPen Marketing, Sales Practices and Antitrust Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2785, No. 17-md-2785, D. Kan., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169541).
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on Oct. 16 announced that it has issued a procedural order finding that claims asserted by labor union federations against global fashion brands under a Bangladesh safety treaty are admissible, among other decisions (IndustriALL Global Union, et al., Nos. 2016-36; 2016-37, PCA).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A class complaint accusing an ambulance service company of rest break violations belongs in federal court because the employer has shown that the claims are preempted and that federal question jurisdiction exists, a California federal judge ruled Oct. 12 (Meghan Silva, et al. v. Medic Ambulance Service, Inc., No. 17-876, E.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169128).
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on Oct. 15 announced that Timor-Lest and Australia have agreed on the language of a treaty regarding maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea (Timor-Leste v. Australia, No. 2013-16, PCA).
SAN FRANCISCO - The plaintiff in a misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. and others has failed to show that discovery should be reopened for the plaintiff to determine whether Uber used the plaintiff's source code to develop its autonomous vehicle source code, Uber argues in an Oct. 12 opposition brief filed in California federal court (Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies Inc., et al., No. 17-0939, N.D. Calif.).
CHICAGO - An expert witness for a man charged with criminal bankruptcy fraud was barred from testifying at trial on Oct. 14 by an Illinois federal judge, who found that the expert's opinions are unreliable due to a lack of any methodology and amount to "legal conclusions that are not within the province of the expert" (United States of America v. Eric E. Neushwander, No. 15-cr-542, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170130).
CINCINNATI - A split Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Oct. 12 reversed a trial court's dismissal of a collective action accusing hhgregg Inc. and Gregg Appliances Inc., owner and operator of more than 220 appliance and electronic stores across the country, of violating federal and state wage laws in part by advancing commission-only employees a "draw" when their commissions fall below minimum wage and then requiring it to be paid back upon termination (Robert Stein, et al. v. hhgregg Inc., et al., No. 16-3364, 6th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19908).
ST. LOUIS - The maker of Red Hot candy failed to show that the amount being sought by a class of consumers alleging "slack-filled" packages or the cost of complying with a potential injunction exceeds the Class Action Fairness Act's (CAFA) $5 million threshold, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Oct. 13, affirming a trial court's remand order (Jaclyn Waters, et al. v. Ferrara Candy Co., No. 17-2812, 8th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19977).
PHILADELPHIA - A Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Oct. 12 affirmed a trial court's decision to dismiss with prejudice a breach of contract class claim brought by a Pennsylvania resident who claimed that an energy company violated its service contract by raising the rates each month (John D. Orange, et al. v. Starion Energy PA, Inc., et al., No. 16-1949, 3rd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19939).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Over the opposition of Microsoft Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 16 granted the U.S. government's petition for certiorari to decide whether a warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act (SCA) can be applied extraterritorially to require an email provider to produce data that is stored on foreign servers (United States v. Microsoft Corp. [In re: Warrant to Search a Certain E-Mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp.], No. 17-2, U.S. Sup.).
BOSTON - The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc in a securities class action filed by a pharmaceutical company's shareholders who alleged that the company and certain of its executive officers misrepresented the likelihood of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment drug in violation of federal securities law (Mark A. Corban v. Sarepta Therapeutics Inc., et al., No. 14-10201, D. Mass.).
HARTFORD, Conn. - Investors have properly pleaded each of their state and federal securities laws claims against the co-founder of a virtual currency mining company, a federal judge in Connecticut ruled Oct. 11 in denying the defendant's motion to dismiss all claims against him (Denis M. Audet, et al. v. Stuart A. Fraser, et al., No. 16-0940, D. Conn., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167830).
SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Oct. 10 denied a children's hospital's motion to stay, strike class allegations or dismiss a class complaint filed by individuals who allege collection calls placed on the hospital's behalf violated the Telephone Consumer Protection (TCPA) (Taneesha Crooks, et al. v. Rady Children's Hospital, No. 17-246, S.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168085).
CHICAGO - Too many individualized issues predominate in a suit over public employees who were forced to pay fees to a union, even if they were not members, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Oct. 11, upholding a trial court's ruling in a case on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court (Theresa Riffey, et al. v. Bruce V. Rauner, et al., No. 16-3487, 7th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19868).
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on Oct. 11 granted preliminary approval of a $28.5 million securities class action settlement between shareholders and a global eCommerce company and others, ruling that the proposed settlement offer is fair, reasonable and adequate (In re Cnova N.V. Securities Litigation, No. 16-444, S.D. N.Y.).
NEW YORK - An appeals court should vacate a provision of the new case management order allowing for punitive damages in asbestos cases and vacate or amend a provision governing how asbestos bankruptcy trust claims are handled, an amicus curiae group told the court on Oct. 10 (In re: New York City Asbestos Litigation, All Asbestos Cases., No. 40000/1988 782000/2017, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 1st Dept.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on Oct. 10 issued a minute order granting a request by three investors to extend their time to reply to an opposition filed by a law firm to their motion for reconsideration of a decision that denied a request for discovery to be used in The Netherlands' appeal of a ruling that vacated $50 billion in arbitral awards issued against the Russian Federation (Hulley Enterprises Ltd., et al., v. Baker Botts LLP, No. 17-1466, D. D.C.).