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).
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc. on Nov. 11 filed an amended answer in a putative class action brought against it under Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), with the social network operator raising a new affirmative defense that the Illinois statute violates the dormant commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution as applied by the plaintiffs (In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation, No. 3:15-cv-03747, N.D. Calif.).
LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on Nov. 9 affirmed denial of a Taco Bell Corp. franchisee's motion to compel arbitration in a case alleging that it violated various wage and work condition requirements in the state Labor Code, saying that a job applicant who filled out a Taco Bell application form was not consenting to arbitrate with the franchisee because the franchisee's name was nowhere on the application (Jesus Mendoza v. Century Fast Foods Inc., No. B267158, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 8; 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8090).
PEORIA, Ill. - In a life insurance payment dispute, a medical doctor may testify on behalf of an estate as to the diagnosis and treatment of a man when he arrived at the hospital and his death, an Illinois federal judge ruled Nov. 9 (Jamie Troeger, administrator of the estate of Gayle Mitchell v. Minnesota Life Insurance Co., No. 14-1083, C.D. Ill..; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155334).
WILMINGTON, Del. - Honeywell International Inc. and Ford Motor Co. can access asbestos claimants' data in nine Chapter 11 cases, but only to investigate fraud in the claims process, and the information cannot be used for lobbying efforts, a Delaware federal bankruptcy judge held Nov. 8 (In re W.R. Grace & Co., et al., No. 01-01139; In re Owens Corning, No. 00-3837; In re Armstrong World Industries, Inc., No. 00-4471; In re USG Corp., No. 01-2094; In re US Minerals Products Company, No. 01-2471; In re Kaiser Aluminum Corp., No. 02-10429; In re ACandS, Inc., No. 02-12687; In re Combustion Engineering, Inc., No. 03-10495; In re The Flintkote Company, No. 04-11300, D. Del. Bkcy.).
CHICAGO - A biomechanical engineer is qualified to testify about the mechanics and movements involved in a vehicle accident, an Illinois federal magistrate judge concluded Nov. 8, refusing to exclude an opinion that there was no mechanism that caused a man's injuries (Carlos R. Pike v. Premier Transportation & Warehousing Inc., et al., No. 13-8835, N.D. Ill.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155280).
MIAMI - A forensic engineer's expert testimony on why a woman fell from a plane's mobile stairway and why an airline should maintain information on the stairway's model is unreliable and inadmissible, a Florida federal judge ruled Nov. 8, excluding the testimony supporting the woman's claims that her injuries were not an accident (Esther Serrano v. American Airlines Inc., No. 15-23382, S.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154826).
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A mechanical engineer's testimony concerning a feasible alternative design is unreliable in a product liability case against Deere & Co. that alleges that a lawnmower rolling over caused a man's injuries and paralysis, a Mississippi federal judge ruled Nov. 8 (Ricky Barnett v. Deere & Co., No. 15-2, S.D. Miss.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154774).
BALTIMORE - A Maryland federal judge on Nov. 8 certified a class of borrowers who allege that a title company violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by providing cash and other benefits to mortgage lenders in exchange for referrals (Edward J. and Vicki Fangman, et al. v. Genuine Title, LLC, et al., No. 14-81, D. Md.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154582).
PHILADELPHIA - A mulch salesman who was hired and fired within two months' time failed to show that his age, 63, caused his termination, a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Nov. 7 (David Palmer v. Britton Industries, Inc., No. 16-1010, 3rd Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20026).
SAN DIEGO - A California court on Nov. 7 reversed a judgment granting a motion for a new trial filed by the purchaser of a vehicle on his claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), the False Advertising Law (FAL) and others that was issued against a dealer services company, finding that it was entitled to a defense verdict as the onetime holder of a retail installment contract (Michael Z. Tun v. Wells Fargo Dealer Services Inc., No. D070447, Calif. App., 4th Dist., Div. 1; 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 958).
AUSTIN, Texas - Two days before oral argument was scheduled to begin in a dispute over discovery requests concerning relators' attorney fees in a multidistrict litigation hailstorm property damage coverage dispute, the Texas Supreme Court reset oral argument for Feb. 7, according to a Nov. 8 pronouncement (In Re National Lloyds Insurance Co., Wardlaw Claims Service Inc. and Ideal Adjusting Inc., No. 15-0591, Texas Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Nov. 4 announced that it has published a new issue of the ICSID Review.
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Nov. 7 found that an attorney never represented several defendants in a criminal action and had no duty to them, dismissing their claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (Yijin Lu, et al. v. Deng, et al., No. 2:16-cv-07283, C.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154395).
LAS VEGAS - An insurer's attorney billing records in an underlying lawsuit over auto accident liability claims may be material to contractual and bad faith claims in the related coverage dispute, a Nevada federal magistrate judge ruled Nov. 4, granting in part the claimants' motion to compel (Melinda Booth Dogra, et al. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co., No. 2:14-cv-01841, D. Nev.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154121).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a trademark infringement dispute, an internet marketing expert may not testify on whether a marketing consultant could determine the success of a startup company and whether the registration of a website domain name was "highly unusual and possibly unethical," a Kentucky federal magistrate judge ruled Nov. 4 (Louisville Marketing Inc. d/b/a Jewelry In Candles v. Jewelry Candles LLC v. P. Micah Buse, No. 15-00084, W.D. Ky.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153329).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Three users of Facebook Inc. filed a putative class action against the social networking giant in California federal court Nov. 3, alleging that its online advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by permitting advertisers to prevent members of certain demographics from seeing ads related to housing or employment opportunities (Suzanne-Juliette Mobley, et al. v. Facebook Inc., et al., No. 5:16-cv-06440, N.D. Calif.).
NEW YORK - An insurer argued in a federal court in New York on Nov. 4 that it and its German reinsurer should arbitrate a dispute over which version of an underlying policy was actually reinsured (HDI Global SE v. Lexington Insurance Company, No. 16-cv-07241, S.D. N.Y.).
HAMBURG, Germany - The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Nov. 4 found that it has jurisdiction over a case commenced by Panama against Italy in relation to the alleged unlawful detention of a vessel, finding that all of Panama's claims are admissible (The MV "Norstar" Case [Panama v. Italy], No. 25, ITLOS).