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).
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).
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).
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.).
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.).
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).
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.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois city cannot seek civil penalties under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) against two companies that owned a manufactured gas facility, a federal judge in Illinois ruled Jan. 17, holding that the city did not allege that the companies violated subchapter III of the RCRA (City of Evanston, Ill. v. Northern Illinois Gas Company, et al., No. 16-C-5692, N.D. Ill.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5771).
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).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Disputed issues of material fact should have precluded a Florida federal judge from granting Ericsson Inc. a summary judgment that it does not infringe two patents relating to bandwidth allocation, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 17 (Wi-LAN USA Inc. v. Ericsson Inc., No. 15-1766, -1794, Fed. Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 769).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Drug distributor McKesson Corp. will pay a $150 million civil penalty and will suspend sales of controlled substances in three states for alleged repeated violations of the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. Justice Department said in a Jan.17 press release.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Moody's Corp. and two of its subsidiaries (collectively, Moody's) will pay approximately $864 million to settle claims with the Department of Justice, 21 states and the District of Columbia arising from the ratings agency's role in providing compromised credit ratings for residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), the Justice Department announced Jan. 13.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 12 determined that Apple Inc. is a distributor of third-party created apps sold in its App Store, leading the panel to find that putative monopolization class claims related to the store could proceed (In re Apple iPhone Antitrust Litigation, No. 14-15000, 9th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 577).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 13 agreed to hear an appeal of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling affirming that shareholders that filed a securities class action lawsuit after opting out of settlement class against the same defendants were barred from doing so as their claims were outside the statute of repose (California Public Employees' Retirement System v. Moody Investors Service Inc., et al., No. 16-373, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its Jan. 13 orders list, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a closely watched dispute between two drug makers over their competing interpretations of several provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) (Sandoz, Inc. v. Amgen, Inc., No. 15-1039, U.S. Sup.; Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., No. 15-1195, U.S. Sup.).
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A federal judge in New Mexico on Jan. 11 granted the federal government's motion to exclude the testimony of an expert designated to discuss the medical necessity of tests administered by a holistic doctor who is accused of fraudulently billing Medicare and other insurers, after finding that the proposed testimony is not relevant and does not meet the standards of Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (509 U.S. 579, 597 ) (United States of America v. Roy Heilbron, No. 15-CR-2030, D. N.M.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS).