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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID Releases New Review, Provides Commentary On Procedure Issues

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.

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ITLOS Will Hear Panama's Case Against Italy For Vessel Seizure

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).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - After Show-Cause Brief, More Argument Ordered On Ex Parte Remand Application

OAKLAND, Calif. - A federal magistrate judge in California on Nov. 3 ordered further briefing on plaintiffs' ex parte application for remand after the removing defendant's response to an order to show cause why the case did not belong in state court (John Ballard, et al. v. Ameron International Corp., et al., No. 16-6074, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147810).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - After Show-Cause Brief, More Argument Ordered On Ex Parte Remand Application

OAKLAND, Calif. - A federal magistrate judge in California on Nov. 3 ordered further briefing on plaintiffs' ex parte application for remand after the removing defendant's response to an order to show cause why the case did not belong in state court (John Ballard, et al. v. Ameron International Corp., et al., No. 16-6074, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147810).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Divided 6th Circuit Reverses Denial Of Leave To Amend Trademark Claim

CINCINNATI - A Michigan federal judge erred in dismissing allegations of infringement levied in connection with use of the "Bar's Leaks" trademark, a divided panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 2 (Bars Products Inc. v. Bar's Products International, No.14-1611, 6th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19991).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID To Hold Merits Hearing In Treaty Dispute Filed Against Estonia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Nov. 4 said a hearing on jurisdiction and the merits in an international treaty arbitration brought by investors against the Republic of Estonia will begin next week (United Utilities (Tallinn) B.V., et al. v. Republic of Estonia, No. ARB/14/24, ICSID).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Antitrust Claim Dismissed, Lanham Act Claim Survives In New York Lawsuit

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Oct. 27 agreed with a plaintiff that counterclaims of antitrust violations and commercial disparagement by a trademark infringement defendant are ripe for dismissal (Dentsply International Inc. v. Dental Brands for Less d/b/a Dental Wholesale Direct, No. 15-8775, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149139).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Antitrust Claim Dismissed, Lanham Act Claim Survives In New York Lawsuit

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Oct. 27 agreed with a plaintiff that counterclaims of antitrust violations and commercial disparagement by a trademark infringement defendant are ripe for dismissal (Dentsply International Inc. v. Dental Brands for Less d/b/a Dental Wholesale Direct, No. 15-8775, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149139).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID Releases Award, Finds It Lacks Jurisdiction Over CAFTA Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Oct. 26 released an interim award on jurisdiction in an arbitration commenced by investors, who allege that the Republic of Costa Rica expropriated their investment in luxury beachfront property, finding that it lacks jurisdiction to hear claims related to many of the allegedly affected lots of land (Spence International Investments et al. v. Republic of Costa Rica, No. UNCT/13/2, ICSID).

Mealey's Health Law - 7th Circuit Panel Finds Suit Against Insurers Not Allowed By Section 502(a)(3)

CHICAGO - Joining its sister circuits, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Oct. 24 held that a health plan trustee's suit against insurers to recoup amounts it paid for the beneficiaries' medical care seeks legal relief, not equitable relief, and as such is not authorized by Employee Retirement Income Security Act Section 502(a)(3) (Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Health and Welfare Fund, et al. v. American International Group Inc., et al., No. 15-2237, 7th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19165).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Device Maker Suspends Operations After Founder's Death, FDA Warning

ST. LOUIS - Multidata Systems International Corp., a medical device maker that was the subject of an Oct. 20 warning by the Food and Drug Administration, has "suspended daily operations" due to the death of its founder and president, according to the company's website.

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 7th Circuit Panel Finds Suit Against Insurers Not Allowed By Section 502(a)(3)

CHICAGO - Joining its sister circuits, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Oct. 24 held that a health plan trustee's suit against insurers to recoup amounts it paid for the beneficiaries' medical care seeks legal relief, not equitable relief, and as such is not authorized by Employee Retirement Income Security Act Section 502(a)(3) (Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Health and Welfare Fund, et al. v. American International Group Inc., et al., No. 15-2237, 7th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19165).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - South African Company Says ICC Arbitrator Will Hear Shareholder Dispute

SANDTON, South Africa - A South African resource company on Oct. 20 said an international arbitrator has found that an international court of arbitration has jurisdiction over a shareholders' dispute in relation to a mining project.

Mealey's IP/Tech - Patent Board Denies Review Of Patents Related To Natalizumab

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Three petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of patents covering the immunosuppressant drug natalizumab - marketed under the brand name "Tysabri" - were denied Oct. 17 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Swiss Pharma International AG v. Biogen IDEC, No. IPR2016-00912, PTAB).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID Orders Tanzanian Bank To Pay $148 Million Under Purchase Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Oct. 19 released its decision in a dispute over loans, ordering that a Tanzanian bank pay a U.K. bank $148.4 million under a power purchase agreement (Standard Chartered Bank v. United Republic of Tanzania, No. ARB/10/12, ICSID).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Michigan Federal Judge Bars Damages Experts' Opinions In Patent Infringement Suit

DETROIT - In a patent infringement lawsuit concerning car navigational methods, a Michigan federal judge ruled Oct. 14 that damages experts failed to present a reliable methodology for a conjoint study to assist a jury in determining what portion of Garmin International Inc.'s profits could be attributed to the incremental value that the four patented features added to the overall value of the accused devices (Visteon Global Technologies Inc. and Visteon Technologies LLC v. Garmin International Inc., No. 10-10578, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142395).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Bars Employee From Testifying On Trademark Confusion In Trade Secrets Suit

PHILADELPHIA - In a misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuit, a company's employee in its marketing department is unqualified due to a lack of technical knowledge to testify on issues such as "branding, trademark confusion, customer reactions, business ethics, or trademark law," a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Oct. 12, excluding the testimony (Alpha Pro Tech Inc. v. VWR International LLC, No. 12-1615, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141030).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Bars Employee From Testifying On Trademark Confusion In Trade Secrets Suit

PHILADELPHIA - In a misappropriation of trade secrets lawsuit, a company's employee in its marketing department is unqualified due to a lack of technical knowledge to testify on issues such as "branding, trademark confusion, customer reactions, business ethics, or trademark law," a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Oct. 12, excluding the testimony (Alpha Pro Tech Inc. v. VWR International LLC, No. 12-1615, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141030).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Patent Board Won't Review Sony Patent, Rejects Invalidity Allegation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Allegations by several petitioners that a bi-directional communications system patent owned by Sony Corp. is invalid pursuant to 35 U.S. Code Section 103 were turned away Oct. 7 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (ARRIS International PLC, et al. v. Sony Corporation, No. IPR2016-00828, PTAB).

Mealey's Insurance - Extracontractual Monetary Damages Are Recoverable Under ERISA, Panel Says, Reverses

LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel held Oct. 6 that monetary relief for extracontractual harm is legally recoverable under Section 502(a)(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, reversing a lower court's ruling that insurers have no duty to defend a managed care company against underlying lawsuits (Health Net, Inc. v. American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co., et al., No. B262716, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., Div. 3; 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 7296).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 11th Circuit Orders Narrowing Of NLRB's Order Or More Fact Finding In Union Dispute

ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 3 enforced in part and denied enforcement in part of an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding mixed-use areas in a Mercedes-Benz plant and the distribution of union literature and ordered the NLRB to narrow the scope of its order or conduct additional fact finding regarding the other areas it addressed in its remedy but were not thoroughly considered (Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, No. 15-10291, 11th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17775).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID Panel Rejects Venezuela's Attempt To Disqualify Arbitrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two members of a tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Oct. 3 released their decision to reject a third attempt by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to disqualify an arbitrator, finding nothing to support a finding that he manifestly lacks the ability to be impartial in hearing the case (Fabrica De Vidrios Los Andres C.A., et al. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, No. ARB/12/21, ICSID).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID Refuses To Annul Award Dismissing Claims Against Greece

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After finding no contradictory reasoning in an award that dismissed a Greek company and bank's investment-related claims against the Hellenic Republic for lack of jurisdiction, an ad hoc committee for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Sept. 30 released a decision in which it refused to partially annul the award (Postova banka, a.s. and Istrokapital SE v. Hellenic Republic, No. ARB/13/8, ICSID).

Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge: Fact Issues As To Material Breach Preclude Summary Judgment Ruling

PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania federal judge on Sept. 29 granted in part and denied in part dueling motions for summary judgment filed by a glass manufacturer insured, an insurer and a reinsurer in a coverage dispute over property damage and business interruption losses arising from the insured's equipment breakdown (The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co., et al. v. International Glass Products LLC, et al., No. 08-1564, W.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135045).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Rules In Favor Of Turkish Investor, Denies Judgment For Kyrgyz

NEW YORK - After finding that an international tribunal has jurisdiction over an investment dispute related to a hotel and that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York was the appropriate venue for enforcement proceedings, a New York federal judge on Oct. 3 granted judgment for a Turkish investor, finding that a $11,528,563 award, including costs and interest, should be confirmed (Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Ve Ticaret, A.S. v. The Kyrgyz Republic, No. 12-CV-4502, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 136905).