WASHINGTON, D.C. - Deutsche Bank AG and its current and former subsidiaries and affiliates and ACE Securities Corp. will pay $7.2 billion in civil penalties and relief to homeowners and others to settle claims that it misrepresented investors regarding the investment quality of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2006 and 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Jan. 17.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A federal judge in New York on Jan. 13 denied a reinsurer's challenge to a magistrate judge's ruling, finding that the magistrate judge's finding that a certain document was privileged was not clearly erroneous (Utica Mutual Insurance Company v. Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., No. 12-cv-00196, and Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., v. Utica Mutual Insurance Company, No. 13-cv-00743, N.D. N.Y.).
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York, who was ordered by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to provide more detailed findings on the intended loss of an insurance fraud scheme that involved the redistribution of drugs originally provided to HIV and AIDS patients, on Jan. 17 affirmed his earlier decision that the scheme resulted in $2.9 million in losses to Medicare, finding that a ledger found at the man's apartment detailed the prices and quantities of the drugs (United States of America v. Bladimir Rigo, No. 13 CR 897, S.D. N.Y.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6228).
OAKLAND, Calif. - A California woman on Jan. 13 filed a class action complaint in federal court alleging that she and other women have been wrongfully denied access to and coverage for a vital women's preventive service - breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling - for which coverage is mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Rachel Condry, et al. v. UnitedHealth Group Inc., et al., No. 4:17-cv-00183, N.D. Calif.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Jan. 12 denied a plaintiff's motion to remand after determining that her state law claims arising out of the disclosure of medical records without consent are preempted by the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (Jane Doe v. Aetna Inc., et al., No. 16-8390, N.D. Ill.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4866).
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Single calls placed to each health insurance customer about policy renewals were not telemarketing or advertising, a California federal judge ruled Jan. 13, granting summary judgment to the insurance provider in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class complaint (Shannon Smith, et al. Blue Shield of California Life & Health Insurance Company, No. 16-108, C.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5620).
PHILADELPHIA - A month after a Pennsylvania federal judge granted final approval of a settlement in a class action alleging unfair trade practices related to the paid reviews feature on Angie's List Inc.'s website, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted dismissal of an objector's appeal of that settlement after it was voluntarily withdrawn (Janell Moore, et al. v. Angie's List Inc., No. 16-4430, 3rd Cir.)
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Jan. 17 refused to vacate a $1,305,131 arbitral award issued in favor of a maker of solar panels, finding that the award was not ambiguous and that the tribunal did not act in bad faith (Trina Solar US, Inc. v. JRC Services LLC, et al., No. 16-CV-2869, S.D. N.Y.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6134).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patented pharmaceutical composition containing three different beads of amphetamine salts is unpatentable pursuant to 35 U.S. Code Sections 102(b) and 103, Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Limited argues in a Jan. 13 petition for inter partes review (IPR) (Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Limited v. Shire LLC, No. IPR2017-00665, PTAB).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Allegations by Volkswagen of America Inc. that a patented audio device integration system would have been obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art were rejected Jan. 13 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Volkswagen of America Inc. v. Blitzsafe Texas LLC, No. IPR2016-01448, PTAB).
OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite recalling certain top-load washers, Samsung Electronics America Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. are failing to perform repairs, the only recall option available to consumers that won't cost them anything out of pocket, an Oklahoma man alleges in a class complaint filed Jan. 13 in an Oklahoma federal court (Jerry Wells, et al. v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., et al. No. 17-46, W.D. Okla.).
OAKLAND, Calif. - In a Jan. 13 motion in California federal court, Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. again seek dismissal of terrorism-aiding claims brought against them by the father of a terror victim, asserting that such claims are barred by the Communications Decency Act (CDA) (Reynaldo Gonzalez v. Twitter Inc., et al., No. 4:16-cv-03282, N.D. Calif.).
PHOENIX - An Arizona appellate panel on Jan. 12 vacated a trial court's order granting summary judgment for a banquet hall after finding that a jury could find that a repairman who was electrocuted was not warned about an HVAC unit that still had power and that the danger may not have been an open and obvious hazard (Reyna Perez v. Babylon Banquet Hall, et al., No. 1 CA-CV 15-0735, Ariz. App., Div. 1.; 2017 Ariz. App. Unpub. LEXIS 48).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A cell phone reseller's third attempt at class certification for counterclaims accusing Sprint Nextel Corp. of restraining trade of preowned phones failed when a Kansas federal judge on Jan. 12 ruled that the motion was filed too late (Sprint Nextel Corporation v. The Middle Man, Inc., et al., No. 12-2159, D. Kan.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4931).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Jan. 17 granted a mortgage company's motion to dismiss foreclosure-related claims asserted by a former property owner, finding that the case was barred by a state court action (Fred Freeman v. Long Beach Mortgage Co., et al., No. 16-cv-4272, N.D. Ill.; 2017 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5943).
ATLANTA - A rural electric cooperative that paid out excess revenues to members via account credits rather than cash did not violate Alabama law, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 12, affirming a trial court's dismissal of cooperative members' class complaint (Pamela Caver, et al. v. Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, No. 15-15207, 11th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 549).
PHILADELPHIA - A month after a Pennsylvania federal judge granted final approval of a settlement in a class action alleging unfair trade practices related to the paid reviews feature on Angie's List Inc.'s website, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted dismissal of an objector's appeal of that settlement after it was voluntarily withdrawn on Jan. 13 (Janell Moore, et al. v. Angie's List Inc., No. 16-4430, 3rd Cir.)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on Jan. 13 issued various updates in an arbitration commenced by numerous real estate entities against the Russian Federation in relation to an alleged real estate investment in Crimea, announcing that the Russian Federation did not participate in a recent hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility (Everest Estate LLC, et al. v. The Russian Federation, No. 2015-36, PCA).
LOS ANGELES - Seventy-two days before the start of a California class action trial involving MicroCool surgical gowns, the parties on Jan. 16 reported to a California federal judge that "[d]espite the best efforts of the parties, they have been unable to settle the case" (Hrayr Shahinian, M.D., v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, et al., No. 14-8390, C.D. Calif.).