CHICAGO - The First District Illinois Appellate Court on Jan. 21 affirmed a trial court's ruling that insurers have no duty to indemnify an insured for environmental investigation costs because environmental investigation costs are not considered damages under Florida law (Premark International LLC v. Continental Casualty Co., et al., No. 1-13-2760, Ill. App., 1st Dist.; 3rd Div.; 2015 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 93).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred when it applied the reasoning of its earlier decision in International Union, United Auto, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of Am. v. Yard-Man, Inc. (716 F.2d 1476) to a dispute over the life of retiree health benefits, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 26, siding with the employer, which argued in favor of applying the ordinary principles of contract law (M&G Polymers USA, LLC, et al. v. Hobert Freel Tackett, et al., No. 13-1010, U.S. Sup.; 2015 U.S. LEXIS 759).
NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 13 revoked the pro hac vice admission of two attorneys and their law firm for one year after they failed to respond to an order to show cause as to why the court should not impose sanctions for filing a Superstorm Sandy lawsuit that lacked basis (Lighthouse Point Marina & Yacht Club LLC v. International Marine Underwriters, No. 14-2974 [WHW][CLW], D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3827).
HAMBURG, Germany - Based on an agreement by the parties, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Jan. 12 transferred a dispute over the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire to a special chamber of judges for review (Ghana v. Cote d'Ivoire, No. 23, ITLOS).
ATLANTA - After finding that all jurisdictional prerequisites were met and that a seaman's claims against his employer fell within the scope of a collective bargaining agreement, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 3 affirmed a court's ruling compelling arbitration under Italian law (Ralph Jonathan Alvarado Vera v. Cruise Ships Catering and Services International, et al., No. 14-12494, 11th Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 23004).
LAS VEGAS - A plaintiff's allegations of false advertising under the Lanham Act were rejected as insufficiently pleaded for a third time on Nov. 24 by a Nevada federal judge (LT International Ltd. v. Shuffle Master Inc., No. 12-1216, D. Nev.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164013).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Nov. 14, ruling on pretrial motions, ordered the employers of adult entertainers to pay more than $10.8 million in damages for various violations of federal and state wage laws (Sabrina Hart, et al. v. Rick's Cabaret International, Inc., et al., No. 09-3043, S.D. N.Y.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160264).
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on Oct. 30 dismissed a putative class action complaint alleging violation of the state's unfair competition law (UCL) over the labeling of a human growth hormone supplement, saying the plaintiff alleged a substantiation claim, for which there is no private right of action, instead of a false advertising claim. The judge added that the plaintiff could amend her complaint to assert the correct cause of action (Serena Kwan v. SanMedica International, No. 14-3287, N.D. Calif.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154051).
HAMBURG, Germany - The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Oct. 2 announced that it has reconstituted its chambers so that the majority of cases will now be handled by the tribunal as a full court.
MILWAUKEE - The administration's decision to delay implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate does not provide a cash-only physicians group with standing, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 19 (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., and Robert T. McQueeney v. John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in his official capacity, No. 14-2123, 7th Cir.).
MILWAUKEE - A cash-only physicians group challenging the Internal Revenue Service's implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) faced repeated questioning during Sept. 16 oral arguments from a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel seemingly skeptical of its standing (Association of American Physicians & Surgeons Inc., and Robert T. McQueeney v. John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, in his official capacity, No. 14-2123, 7th Cir.).
SAN FRANCISCO - Consumers adequately plead class action claims that a solar energy company violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) by selling defective solar panels because the consumers properly allege that the company made false representations and warranties about the solar panels and failed to disclose the defect and that the consumers were harmed by the company's actions, a federal judge held Sept. 8 in denying the company's bid to dismiss the claims (Michael Allagas, et al. v. BP Solar International Inc., et al., No. 14-00560, N.D. Calif.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126314).
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Aug. 28 announced that Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) has requested an advisory opinion in relation to illegal and unreported fishing activities.
INDIANAPOLIS - A state and 39 school districts challenging the legality of payments imposed on large employers under the Internal Revenue Services' implementation and interpretation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations allege an addressable injury in fact, an Indiana federal judge held Aug. 12 (State of Indiana v. Internal Revenue Service, et al., 13-1612, S.D. Ind.).
NEW YORK - American International Group Inc. (AIG) has agreed to pay $970.5 million to settle claims in a federal lawsuit in New York that it and several of its senior officers and directors misled investors as to AIG's exposure to the subprime mortgage lending crisis of 2008, according to a press release issued Aug. 4 (In re American International Group, Inc. 2008 Securities Litigation, No. 08-4772, S.D. N.Y.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60185).
RICHMOND, Va. - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) language governing whether individuals who enroll through the federal exchange are entitled to tax credits is ambiguous enough to defer to the Internal Revenue Service's interpretation, a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held July 22 (David King, et al. v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al., No. 14-1158, 4th Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Review by the International Trade Commission of an administrative law judge's (ALJ) denial of a motion to terminate enforcement proceedings in a dispute over dental alignment patents was not procedurally sound, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 18 (Align Technology Inc. v. International Trade Commission, et al., Nos. 13-1240, -1363, Fed. Cir.).
ALBANY, N.Y. - An Australian technology company cannot pursue claims against a French company under California's unfair competition law (UCL) alleging that it misrepresented the performance of a licensed software product because there is no evidence that any alleged misrepresentation occurred in California and because there are no allegations of injury to the general public, a New York federal judge held July 9 (CingleVue International Pty, Ltd. v. eXo Platform NA, LLC, No. 13-818, N.D. N.Y.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93634).
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers (LAC Basketball Club Inc.) and The Sterling Family Trust violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the California unfair competition law by failing to pay interns, a former intern alleges in his class complaint filed June 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Frank Cooper, et al. v. LAC Basketball Club, Inc., et al., No. 14-4445, C.D. Calif.).