ORLANDO, Fla. - An expert has not demonstrated any reliable basis on which he can opine on how long it would take for a saw manufacturer to incorporate flesh-detection technology into a consumer-ready benchtop table saw, a Florida federal judge ruled Sept. 3, excluding in part the expert's testimony (Erik Bruskotter v. Robert Bosch Tool Corp., No. 13-1841, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117664).
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A partial default judgment entered against an insurer on an insured's bad faith claim in an environmental contamination coverage suit is an appropriate sanction because the insurer failed to produce requested documents until almost two years later, a Florida federal judge said Sept. 2 (First Coast Energy LLP v. Mid-Continent Casualty Co., No. 12-281, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117120).
ATLANTA - In what it deemed an "extraordinary case predicated upon extraordinary legal theories," the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 3 found that a Florida federal judge abused her discretion in retaining supplemental jurisdiction over various state law claims after entering a consent decree mooting a federal false advertising claim (Ameritox Ltd. v. Millennium Laboratories Inc., No. 14-14281, 11th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15664.).
CITY ISLAND, Fla. - A jury in Florida on Aug. 31 awarded $750,000 to a man who sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (RJR) alleging that the company was liable for the death of his wife because her addiction to cigarettes made by the company was the cause of her lung cancer. The jury found the company 25 percent liable (James Lewis, as the representative of the Estate of Rosemary Lewis v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, No. 2009 30058 CIC, Fla. Cir., 7th Jud. Cir.).
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a majority ruling, a Florida appeals court on Aug. 28 granted a psychiatric hospital's petition for writ of certiorari of a trial court's decision to dismiss an estate's case against it, finding that the estate's allegations, which were related to the death of a patient, constituted an ordinary negligence claim (Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics Inc., d/b/a Shands Vista v. The Estate of Ashley Lawson, by and through John Mark Lawson, No. 1D14-4675, Fla. App., 1st Dist.; 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 12951).
MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on Aug. 31 granted a cruise line's motion to compel arbitration of a worker's injury-related claims, finding that the cruise line believed that it had already resolved his claims and that it did not waive its right to compel arbitration of the dispute (Gary Smith v. NCL Bahamas Ltd., dba Norwegian Cruise Lines, No. 15-22373, S.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115456).
MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on Aug. 25 rejected objections submitted by former property owners to a foreclosure, finding that their monetary damage claims under the Truth In Lending Act (TILA) were time-barred or barred by a state court foreclosure judgment (Mayra E. Farias, et al. v. U.S. Bank National Association, et al., No. 15-21827, S.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112528).
TAMPA, Fla. - After finding that a borrower's complaint lacked detail on the actual underlying mortgage transaction and that she failed to specify what claims she was asserting against the defendants in the case, a Florida federal judge on Aug. 26 dismissed the case in its entirety (James M. Sims, et al. v. Nation Star Mortgage, et al., No. 8:15-cv-1706, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113143).
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on Aug. 25 denied a series of motions to dismiss the second amended complaint filed by a farm trust that contends that a group of chemical companies contaminated its property with volatile organic compounds on grounds that the motions were rendered moot by the fact that the plaintiffs had filed a third amended complaint (Noel D. Clark Jr., et al. v. Ashland Inc., No. 13-794, M.D. Fla.).
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - An appeals court in Florida on Aug. 19 reversed a trial court decision and ruled that a plaintiffs' wrongful death case against tobacco companies was improperly dismissed because the statute of limitations did not bar the action (Diana Pappas, as personal representative of the Estate of Mina Pappas, v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. No. 4D13-4600, Fla. App., 4th Dist.; Fla. App. LEXIS 12480).
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Aug. 13 dismissed with prejudice a class complaint filed by two consumers alleging misleading juice labeling, finding the plaintiffs' state law claims preempted by federal law (Andrew E. Stansfield, et al. v. The Minute Maid Company, et al., No. 14-290, N.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106656).
MIAMI - A Florida jury on Aug. 13 awarded $17 million to a man who suffered bystander exposure to asbestos in joint compound while supervising painting work in Saudi Arabia, while finding one of the two remaining defendants 55 percent liable, sources told Mealey Publications (Roy Taylor v. Georgia-Pacific LLC and Union Carbide Corp., No. 2014-CA-022141, Fla. Cir., 11th Jud. Cir.).
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Aug. 12 declined to dismiss an insured's bad faith for failure to settle and bad faith refusal to indemnify against a commercial liability insurer regarding its duty to indemnify a settlement of an underlying construction defects case (MI Windows & Doors LLC f/k/a MI Windows & Doors Inc. and MI Home Products Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co., No. 14-3139, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106108).
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A patent infringement defendant won summary judgment on Aug. 10, when a Florida federal judge agreed that patents asserted in the case claim ineligible subject matter in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's holdings in Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs Inc. (132 S. Ct. 1289 ) and Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International (134 S. Ct. 2357 ) (Joao Bock Transaction Systems LLC v. Fidelity National Information Services Inc., No. 13-223, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104519).
ATLANTA - A Florida federal judge did not err in dismissing, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), allegations that The Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. violated the Sherman Act, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 7 (Duty Free Americas Inc. v. The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., No. 14-11853, 11th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 13837).
TAMPA, Fla. - An insurer failed to establish that exclusions for "that particular part" of the real property on which the insured is operating at the time of the accident applied to bar coverage for damage that a fire caused to a cell tower, a Florida federal judge ruled Aug. 10 (Essex Insurance Co. v. Kart Construction Inc., et al., No. 14-356, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104514).
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida state court jury on Aug. 7 awarded $800,000 in punitive damages to the estate of a woman who developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer after 52 years of smoking (Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 08-19469, Fla. 17th Jud. Cir., Broward Co.).
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A state court jury awarded $1,028,000 Aug. 7 to the estate of a woman who developed constructive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer after 52 years of smoking (Lillian Kaplan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., No. 08-19469, Fla. 17th Jud. Cir., Broward Co.).
MIAMI - Parties in a Florida asbestos trial on Aug. 4 sparred over whether a company continued to produce asbestos-containing joint compound despite known risks and how well a man could identify the product in question (Roy Taylor v. Georgia-Pacific LLC and Union Carbide Corp., No. 2014-CA-022141, Fla. Cir., 11th Jud. Cir.).
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- A federal judge in Florida on Aug. 3 denied a plaintiff company's motion to alter a summary judgment award to the maker of allegedly defective roofing adhesive, after the judge overruled the plaintiff's argument that it did not need expert testimony to support its allegations (Thermoset Corporation v. Building Materials Corporation of America, et al., No. 14-60268-CIV-COHEN-SELTZER, S.D. Fla.).
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Aug. 4 recommended that the 11-year-old Accutane multidistrict litigation be terminated (In Re: Accutane Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 1626, No. 04-md-2523, M.D. Fla., Tampa Div.).
ATLANTA - A Florida federal magistrate judge's decision to deny a pro se copyright infringement plaintiff's motion for default judgment was affirmed by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 4 (Angela Singleton v. Gayle Eutsey Dean, No. 15-10517, 11th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 13558).