PHILADELPHIA - A reference to asbestos in what appears to be an internal hospital document is not sufficient to put a couple on notice of a potential cause of his lung cancer, a federal judge in Pennsylvania held March 8 (Joseph Conneen and Kathleen Conneen v. Amatek Inc., et al., No. MDL 875, 15-1063, E.D. Pa., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29787).
MINNEAPOLIS - A nontraditional student who was hired by the company where he interned shortly after graduating but was fired six months later failed to show that he was discriminated against due to his age, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled March 1 (Thomas Nash v. Optomec, Inc., No. 16-2186, 8th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3684).
HARTFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut federal judge on Feb. 28 granted summary judgment in favor of Honeywell International Inc., finding that union employees who retired after the expiration of collective bargaining and related agreements that offered them lifetime medical coverage benefits are not contractually vested (David Kelly, et al. v. Honeywell International Inc., No. 3:16-cv-00543, D. Conn., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28203).
DAYTON, Ohio - An Ohio federal judge on Feb. 28 found that plaintiffs satisfied their burden of proving that Honeywell International Inc. agreed to provide lifetime health care benefits to retirees from its Greenville, Ohio, plant and permanently enjoined the company from dropping the benefits for those who retired from the plant before June 1, 2012, and their eligible spouses and dependents (Barbara Fletcher, et al. v. Honeywell International Inc., No. 3:16-cv-302, S.D. Ohio, Western Div., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28324).
HAMMOND, Ind. - An Indiana federal magistrate judge on Feb. 27 granted an insured's motion to consolidate two coverage suits filed by insurers seeking declaratory relief and reimbursement of defense costs paid on behalf of the insured for an underlying environmental contamination action (Old Republic Insurance Co. v. Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority, No. 15-281, N.D. Ind.., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27459).
BOSTON - A Massachusetts federal judge on Feb. 28 refused to dismiss an action filed by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) company, which is seeking payments related to a $62 million arbitral award, finding that the underlying claims could potentially be affected by an arbitration agreement (Cerner Middle East Limited v. Ahmed Saeed Mahmoud Al-Badie Al-Dhaheri, et al., No. 16-11984, D. Mass, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27954).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An arbitrator for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on March 1 released a decision in which he refused a request filed by investors in a luxury development in Costa Rica to stay an arbitration pending the outcome of their petition in a U.S. federal court to set aside an award, finding that a stay of the arbitration would prejudice the Republic of Costa Rica (Aaron C. Berkowitz, et al. v. The Republic of Costa Rica, No. UNCT/13/2, ICSID).
TORONTO - An energy firm on Feb. 28 announced that a Canadian court has recognized and enforced an arbitral award issued pursuant to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) against Republic of Kyrgyzstan.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Dentsply International Inc. patent covering an orthodontic aid or bracket will be the subject of an upcoming inter partes review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board announced Feb. 27 (American Orthodontics Corp. v. Dentsply International Inc., No. IPR2016-01652, PTAB).
HANOI, Vietnam - The Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) on Feb. 24 announced that it has officially released the VIAC Rules of Arbitration 2017.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Feb. 23 rejected a corporation's request for provisional measures in a case filed against the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, refusing to suspend or end a criminal investigation in Uruguay of two of its expert witnesses (Itabla Corp. v. Oriental Republic of Uruguay, No. ARB/16/9, ICSID).
SAN FRANCISCO - A Canadian cloud-based e-commerce platform will not need to respond to a subpoena sought by The Pokemon Company International Inc. in connection with Pokemon's allegations a retailer committed copyright infringement, a California federal magistrate judge ruled Feb. 22 (The Pokemon Company International Inc. v. Shopify Inc., No. 16-80272, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24987).
DETROIT - A request for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief barring the host of a training program on tinnitus care from providing participants with a "Tinnitus Care Provider Certificate" upon completion of the program was rejected Feb. 21 by a Michigan federal judge, who found instead that the plaintiff lacks standing to levy claims of false advertising under Section 1125(a) of the Lanham Act (Academy of Doctors of Audiology v. International Hearing Society, No. 16-13839, E.D. Mich., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23652).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An ad hoc Committee for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Feb. 22 released its decision to deny a request by two entities to lift a stay of enforcement of a $48,619,578 arbitral award issued in their favor, continuing the stay until pending annulment proceedings filed by the Plurinational State of Bolivia are concluded (Quiborax S.A., et al. v. Plurinational State of Bolivia, ARB/06/02, ICSID).
AUSTIN, Texas - Expert testimony from three medical doctors on the subject of abusive head trauma was reliable, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Feb. 15, upholding a woman's conviction in a bench trial for first-degree-felony injury to a child after an infant under her care sustained serious internal head injuries (Jennifer Banner Wolfe v. The States of Texas, No. PD-0292-15, Texas App., Crim., 2017 Tex. Crim. App. LEXIS 215).
DAYTON, Ohio - A federal judge in Ohio on Feb. 15 ruled that Garrett Day LLC and the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) can pursue claims for cost recovery under Section 107(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Ohio Volunteer Action Program (VAP) but that they could not pursue a claim for common-law nuisance because they do not own land adjacent to the contamination (Garrett Day, LLC, et al. v. International Paper, Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-36, S.D. Ohio, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21643).
TACOMA, Wash.- A Washington federal judge on Feb. 14 granted a motion filed by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) company and another entity to dismiss claims related to an underlying dispute under a medical services software agreement, finding that removal of the case was proper because it related to an international arbitral award and that a plaintiff failed to prove its alter-ego theory (Cerner Middle East Limited v. Belbadi Enterprises LLC, et al., No. 16-5706, W.D. Wash., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20828).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Trade Commission (ITC) properly barred a Turkish company from importing products using opaque paint polymers into the United States for 25 years - the harshest sanction possible - as punishment for destroying computer evidence in violation of a discovery order in a misappropriation of trade secrets investigation, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Feb. 15 (Organik Kimya San ve Tic, A.S., et al. v. International Trade Commission, et al., Nos. 15-1774, 15-1833, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 2623).
DENVER - A federal judge in Colorado on Feb. 14 ordered a third-party claims-processing company to cease communications with members of a settlement class in connection with a $375 million deal between residents and Dow Chemical Co. related to injuries suffered from exposure to nuclear waste (Merilyn Cook, et al. v. Rockwell International Corp., et al., No. 90-181, D. Colo.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on Feb. 10 granted a petition to confirm a $16,666,677 international arbitral award issued in a dispute over an agreement for a construction project, finding that the Kingdom of Morocco failed to show that it was the primary jurisdiction for the case (Salini Costruttori S.P.A. v. Kingdom of Morocco, No. 14-cv-2036, D.D.C.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19044).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - After investors opted to not pursue any remaining claims against the Republic of Costa Rica in relation to their investments in a land development project, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Feb. 10 issued an order terminating the case without prejudice (Spence International Investments, et al. v. Republic of Costa Rica, No. UNCT/13/2, ICSID).