PHILADELPHIA - Three hospital employees who opted in to the second round of wage litigation against their employer have no standing to appeal the trial court's denial of collective action certification after the lead named plaintiff settled his individual claims, a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Nov. 18 (Steven Halle, et al. v. West Penn Allegheny Health System Inc., et al., No. 15-3089, 3rd Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20655).
NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 16 affirmed a lower court ruling that a reinsurance dispute should be arbitrated in New York and not London (Infrassure, Ltd. v. First Mutual Transportation Assurance Company, Inc., No. 16-306, 2nd Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20529).
CHICAGO - A fire and explosion investigator may opine that a negligent design in a toaster caused a fire and that it was unreasonable for the manufacturer to design a toaster that "would indefinitely heat food products to the point of combustion as a result of foreseeable failures and blockages" within the toaster, an Illinois federal judge ruled Nov. 16 (David Ostrinsky, as administrator of the estate of Michael Ostrinsky, deceased v. Black & Decker [U.S.] Inc., et al., No. 15-1545, N.D. Ill.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159447).
CHICAGO - A valuation expert's estimation of an engineering consulting firm's assets creates a genuine dispute as to whether the firm possessed valuable goodwill that it transferred during bankruptcy to a manufacturing company, an Illinois federal judge ruled Nov. 17, denying summary judgment to the manufacturing company (David Leibowitz, Chapter 7 Trustee of McDonough Associates Inc. v. Bowman International Inc. f/k/a Bowman International LLC and Bowman Consulting Group Ltd., No. 15-3021, N.D. Ill.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159071).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finding that the counterclaimant in a dispute over the ownership of certain motion picture technology "fail[ed] to carry the high burden . . . to overturn [a] district court's discovery determination," a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Nov. 17 denied the firm's motion for a writ of mandamus for relief from an order compelling production of purportedly privileged documents (In re: Rearden LLC, et al., No. 16-125, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20637).
PHILADELPHIA - The lead plaintiffs in a putative fraud and breach of contract class action against Angie's List Inc. filed a motion in Pennsylvania federal court Nov. 14, seeking final approval of a settlement in their lawsuit over the consumer review site operator's practice of obtaining revenue from service providers that are the subject of such reviews (Janell Moore, et al. v. Angie's List Inc., No. 2:15-cv-01243, E.D. Pa.).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a cyber-attack detection and protection software developer and certain of its executive offices have failed to plead a material misrepresentation, scienter or scheme liability in making their claims that the defendants misrepresented the impact of an acquisition deal's impact on product integration, a federal judge in California ruled Nov. 14 (Vijay Fadia v. FireEye Inc., et al., No. 14-5204, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157391).
CHICAGO - An asbestos defendant's conduct during a trial threatens to open "floodgates" to parties investigating jurors, a man told the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 14. Plaintiff Charles Krik also told the court that had a subsequent judge not misapplied a previous ruling, an expert's testimony that cumulative exposures contributed to his development of lung cancer would have tipped the case in his favor (Charles Krik v. ExxonMobil Oil Corp., et al., No. 15-3112, 7th Cir.).
SYDNEY, Australia - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Nov. 16 said it will oversee an arbitration commenced by a port against a coal asset firm in relation to a recent declaration regarding shipping channel access.
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Nov. 14 found that the owner of an Iraqi company that was contracted to build a vehicle maintenance facility in Iraq failed to show that he had standing to sue the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and a company in relation to an arbitral award dismissing his claims (Wameedh Al Azzawi v. International Centre for Dispute Resolution, et al., No. 16-548, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157712).
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Nov. 14 granted a motion to remand a case alleging injuries caused by birth control, which had originally been filed as seven cases that were consolidated by a California trial court, finding that the sua sponte consolidation was a judicial mandate, not a proposal to have the cases tried jointly (Jacqueline Alexander, et al. v. Bayer Corp., et al., No. 16-6822, C.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157295).
ASHEBORO, N.C. - A North Carolina federal judge on Nov. 14 denied a motion by satellite television technicians to regulate communications between their employer and the putative collective members who allege that they were misclassified as independent contractors, finding that the plaintiffs have not shown evidence of abusive communication (Adolpho Beasley, et al. v. Custom Communications, Inc., No. 15-583, E.D. N.C.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157118).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Nov. 14 granted preliminary approval of a $300,000 settlement to be paid by Dolgen California LLC to a class of employees who worked at its Dollar General Market stores in California and allege numerous wage violations, including failure to pay overtime and provide meal periods (Julie Sullivan v. Dolgen California, LLC, a Tennessee Limited Liability Company, No. 15-1617, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157269).
SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Nov. 15 ordered the class representative in a class action suit that accused Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. of holding perpetual sales and misrepresenting its sale prices to pay $40,000 to the men's clothing company for lying about his purchases (David M. Lucas, et al. v. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc., No. 14-1631, S.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158044).
PHILADELPHIA - A company with restaurants in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will pay $1.29 million to settle claims that it wrongfully used a tip credit when paying its servers and bartenders as it required those tipped employees to share those tips with other workers; a federal judge in Pennsylvania approved the final settlement on Nov. 14 (Matthew Schaub, et al. v. Chesapeake & Delaware Brewing Holdings and Iron Hill Brewery, LLC, No. 16-756, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157203).
NEW YORK - Without providing any detail, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 10 declined to grant a French company's motion for rehearing or rehearing en banc of the court's previous ruling affirming a jury's verdict against the company for violations of federal securities laws (In re Vivendi S.A. Securities Litigation, No. 15-180, 2nd Cir.).
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Nov. 14 certified a refund and injunction class of Californians who purchased allegedly defective surgical gowns from Kimberly-Clark Corp. but denied certifying a nationwide class of purchasers because of differences in state fraud laws (Hrayr Shahinian, et al. v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., et al., No. 14-8390, C.D. Calif., Western Div.).
PARIS - After issuing a recent award in which it found that Renco Group Inc. failed to show that the Republic of Peru had agreed to arbitrate disputes under a treaty, a tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Nov. 11 released an award in which it ordered the parties to pay their owns costs of the case and half of ICSID's expenses (The Renco Group, Inc. v. Republic of Peru, No. [UNCT/13/1], ICSID).
LONDON - An England and Wales justice on Nov. 10 granted an application filed by two gas companies to enforce a $74 million arbitration award that was issued in their favor by a tribunal in Singapore, rejecting an Indonesian entity's application to set aside the award under English arbitration law (PT Transportasi Gas Indonesia V. ConocoPhillips [Grissik] Ltd PetroChina International Jabung Ltd., No.  EWHC 2834 [Comm], England and Wales High, Comm.).
HARTFORD, Conn. - A defendant failed to preserve an argument that a detective's testimony on body language and other behavioral indicators of untruthfulness are not proper subjects for expert testimony, a Connecticut appeals panel held Nov. 15, declining to decide whether the testimony was inherently unreliable (State of Connecticut v. Josue Rivera, No. AC 36979, Conn. App.; 2016 Conn. App. LEXIS 420).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tribunal members for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Nov. 14 released a decision refusing to reconsider a recent order in which a Bangladesh oil and gas company was ordered to immediately pay a $25,312,747 arbitration award, plus 139,988,337 Bangladesh Taka and interest (Niko Resources [Bangladesh] Ltd. v. People's Republic of Bangladesh, et al., Nos. ARB/10/11 and ARB/10/18, ICSID).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on Nov. 11 dismissed an antitrust claim with prejudice in a multidistrict litigation accusing a spice company and its retailers of deceiving consumers about the quantity and quality of its black pepper (In Re: McCormick & Company, Inc., Pepper Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, No. 15-1825, D. D.C.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156583).
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Nov. 14 declined to certify a class of individuals who received debt collection notices that violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), finding that a class action was not the superior method for adjudicating the matter; the judge granted the named plaintiff's summary judgment motion and awarded the plaintiff $1 in statutory damages (Ronnie E. Dickens v. GC Services Limited Partnership, No. 16-803, M.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156916).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Nov. 10 granted final approval of several settlements totaling $796,312 to be paid by U.S. honey importers to end a class complaint in which they have been accused of being involved in a global conspiracy to transship Chinese honey and evade millions of dollars of anti-dumping duties (In Re Honey Transhipping Litigation, No. 13-2905, N.D. Ill.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Nov. 14 granted final approval of a $700,000 settlement between current and former McDonald's franchise employees and a Bay Area franchisee in a wage-and-hour class action and approved the requested $150,000 award of attorney fees to class counsel (Stephanie Ochoa, et al. v. McDonald's Corp., et al., No. 14-2098, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157302).