PENSACOLA, Fla. - Allowing expert testimony on the cause of flooding to neighborhoods but excluding testimony on damages due to an error in methodology, a Florida federal judge on March 25 simultaneously granted homeowners class certification on the issue of liability and granted summary judgment to a paper mill company as to classwide stigma damages (John Navelski, et al. v. International Paper Co., No. 14-445, N.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44411).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on March 25 granted a Canadian mining company's petition to confirm a $1.2 billion arbitral award issued by an international tribunal, rejecting the Republic of Venezuela's challenges to the award (Crystallex International Corp. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. 16-0661, D. D.C., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43697).
SUBIACO, Western Australia - An Australian energy firm on March 23 announced that it will commence arbitration with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) against a uranium holding company, asserting claims related to a notice requesting that it determine the value of its shares in a mine.
PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 21 dismissed an insured's appeal in an advertising injury coverage dispute after a lower federal court determined on remand that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the case (Vogue International, LLC, d.b.a. Vogue International v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., No. 14-56394, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5011).
PORTLAND, Ore. - Dismissal of a securities class action against a company and its board of directors for allegedly omitting key information in the Securities and Exchange Commission proxy statement for a proposed acquisition deal in an effort to have the company's stock sell for a lesser price is not proper because lead plaintiffs have shown that the proxy statement was both misleading and material, a federal judge in Oregon ruled March 20 in denying the defendants' motion to dismiss (Elia Azar, et al. v. Blount International Inc., et al., No. 16-483, D. Ore., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39493).
NEW YORK - An asbestos action filed outside Wisconsin's two-year window for suing Special Electric Co. Inc. after its dissolution is untimely, and an earlier motion to reopen and enforce its bankruptcy plan does not save the case, a New York justice held in an opinion posted March 21 (In re: New York City Asbestos Litigation, Thomas McGlynn v. Aerco International Inc., No. 190219/2016, 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 900, In re: New York City Asbestos Litigation, Bertle Stromholm, et al. v. Aerco International Inc., No. 190177/2016, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on March 20 issued its final award in a dispute over Canadian drug patents, dismissing all of a pharmaceutical company's claims and finding that the invalidation of the patents by Canadian courts did not constitute violations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (Eli Lilly and Company v. Government of Canada, No. UNCT/14/2, ICSID).
TORONTO - The owner of a joint copper mining venture on March 21 said the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has found that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan violated a treaty in relation to a dispute over mining licenses.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The doctrine of patent exhaustion is not avoidable by attaching post-sale restrictions, an attorney for a patent infringement defendant told the U.S. Supreme Court on March 21 (Impression Products Inc. v. Lexmark International Inc., No. 15-1189, U.S. Sup.).
FRESNO, Calif. - A judge properly admitted expert testimony that every identifiable exposure to asbestos contributes to mesothelioma, a California appeals court held March 17, while also rejecting challenges involving tobacco use and an award of punitive damages (Charity Faith Phillips, et al. v. Honeywell International Inc., No. F070761, Calif. App., 5th Dist.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois judge on March 16 approved the rate of compensation for an internal auditor of an insolvent insurer's liquidation proceeding (People of the State of Illinois, ex rel. Andrew Boron, Director of Insurance of the State of Illinois v. Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Co., No. 12-24227, Ill. Cir., Cook Co.).
ROSEMEAD, Calif. - Southern California Edison (SCE) on March 13 announced that an international arbitration tribunal has issued an award in a dispute over defective generators that were built for use at a nuclear plant, awarding SCE $125 million in damages.
HOUSTON - Shareholders in a securities class action lawsuit against an energy company, several of its executive officers and directors and others may amend their complaint to add a claim for relief because their motion was filed prior to the deadline for amendments and amendment would not be futile, a federal judge in Texas ruled March 10 in granting the motion (In re Cobalt International Energy Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 14-3428, S.D. Texas; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34437).
TORONTO - A Canadian energy company on March 8 said the Kyrgyz Republic has filed an application with an English court, seeking to set aside a jurisdictional award that was issued in favor of the company by an international arbitral tribunal.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A patent disclosing a method of malware protection was correctly deemed invalid as indefinite, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded March 7 (Trusted Knight Corporation v. International Business Machines Corp., No. 16-1510, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3979).
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on March 3 denied a former truck driver's request to certify a class of truck drivers in relation to an alleged failure to pay a minimum wage for the hours worked, finding that he failed to meet the federal pleading requirements (Robert Gatdula, et al. v. CRST International Inc., et al., No. 11-1285, C.D. Calif., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184720).