CHICAGO - Individuals claiming that deck and concrete resurfacing paint made by Rust-Oleum Corp. is defective moved in Illinois federal court on Oct. 19 seeking approval of a $9.3 million settlement offered by the manufacturer, explaining that the agreement was reached in good faith and that the settlement class satisfies the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 (In re: Rust-Oleum Restore Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2602, Case No. 15 C 1364, N.D. Ill.).
ATLANTA - A federal judge in Florida did not err when finding that a man who pleaded guilty for his role in an insurance fraud scheme that involved fraudulently billing private insurance companies for services that were not provided was accountable for $31 million in intended losses, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of appeals ruled Oct. 18, holding that the defendant agreed in his plea agreement that his actions resulted in losses between $20 million and $50 million (United States of America v. Alejandro Jesus Cura, No. 15-15259, 11th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18638).
PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 19 affirmed a federal court's finding that a bank's management liability insurance policy's "unrepaid loan carve-out" does not bar coverage for damages sought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) in an underlying lawsuit alleging tortious conduct by the bank's directors and officers (St. Paul Mercury Insurance Co. v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, No. 14-56830, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18811).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pane. on Oct. 17 stayed an enforcement order requiring Backpage.com LLC Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer to comply with a U.S. Senate subcommittee discovery subpoena connected with an investigation of online sex trafficking, finding that he had met the requirements for a stay pending appeal (Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations v. Carl Ferrer, No. 16-5232 and 16-5274, D.C. Cir.).
NEW ORLEANS - Saying she is "highly suspicious" of the motive behind adding a diversity-defeating asbestos defendant after removal and just before a motion for remand, a federal magistrate judge in Lousiana declined a motion to file a supplemental and amended complaint on Oct. 17 (Nolan Legeaux, et al. v. Borg-Warner Corp., et al., No. 16-13773, E.D. La.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143241).
HOUSTON - In a trademark infringement lawsuit, an expert may testify on branding in the fitness industry but is not allowed to discuss whether an alleged brand meets various legal definitions related to trademark law, a Texas federal judge ruled Oct. 18, also denying summary judgment to a fitness training company on its fair use defense (Michael Jones v. American Council on Exercise, No. 15-3270, S.D. Texas; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143882).
DENVER - A Kansas federal judge properly entered summary judgment for truck drivers on their claim that the motor carrier for whom they worked violated 49 Code of Federal Regulations Sections 376.12(i) by charging them $15 per week to use a satellite communications system, but erred in finding that the drivers were owed damages, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 18 (Candace Fox, et al. v. TransAm Leasing, Inc., et al., No. 15-3203, 10th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18654).
NEWARK, N.J. - Horizon Healthcare Service Inc. and related companies (collectively, Horizon) has already transferred $33 million to an interest-bearing, federally insured escrow account that will be used to pay class members, settlement administration costs above the $160,000 that Horizon is obligated to pay and any attorney fees and costs under a settlement granted final approval by a New Jersey federal judge on Oct. 18, ending a class complaint filed by chiropractors alleging that Horizon systematically denied payment for certain services rendered (Alphonse A. DeMaria, et al. v. Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. d/b/a Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, et al., No. 11-7298, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143941).
MIAMI - A Florida appeals court on Oct. 19 affirmed a judge's ruling setting aside a $10.3 million Jones Act asbestos verdict against a cruise line (Giovanna Settimi Caraffa, et al. v. Carnival Cruise Lines, No. 3D 15-356, Fla. App., 3rd Dist.).
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.
CHICAGO - A reinsurer on Oct. 19 asked a federal court in Illinois to strike portions of its reinsured's answer to an amended complaint, including a challenge to the court's jurisdiction over the dispute (R&Q Reinsurance Company v. The American Insurance Company, No. 16-cv-04199, N.D. Ill.).
NEW YORK - A plaintiff on Oct. 19 won the right to amend his complaint to add several individual and corporate defendants in a New York copyright infringement dispute (Joseph Separzadeh v. Iconix Brand Group Inc., et al., No. 15-8643, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144772).
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).
CAMDEN, N.J. - The federal judge in New Jersey presiding over claims brought by residents who say they were injured as a result of a vinyl chloride spill into Mantua Creek on Oct. 17 ruled that the majority of a transcript pertaining to settlement transactions could not be sealed (In re: Paulsboro Derailment Cases [Karen Armistead v. Consolidated Rail Corp., et al., No. 13-2358], Master Docket No. 13-784, D. N.J.).
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A disability insurer's termination of a claimant's benefits was not unreasonable because the evidence supports the insurer's conclusion that the claimant was not disabled after her discharge from an inpatient program at a mental health facility, a Pennsylvania federal judge said Oct. 17 (Cheryl Gailey v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 15-564, M.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143110).
HOUSTON - In a breach of contract lawsuit, an employee of a supply, trading and logistics company may testify as to the company's efforts "to lease, mobilize and manage the logistics of providing rail cars to a terminal," a Texas federal judge ruled Oct. 18, finding that the employee's experience and education qualify him as an expert (Musket Corp. v. Suncor Energy [U.S.A.] Marketing Inc., No. 15-100, S.D. Texas; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143881).
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas appellate court panel on Oct. 19 reversed in part a ruling awarding summary judgment to a plumbing subcontractor accused of improperly installing a propane line, ruling that a couple's settlement with the general contractor does not bar the plaintiffs' claims against the subcontractor (Steven C. Albright, et al. v. Rhea & Sons Enterprises Inc., d/b/a Rhea Plumbing, No. 03-15-00496-CV, Texas App., 3rd Dist.; 2016 Texas App. LEXIS 11296).
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee appeals panel on Oct. 17 affirmed the dismissal of a medical malpractice plaintiff's claims because she failed to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-complaint authorization requirement under Tennessee law (Catherine Cright v. Tijuan Overly M.D., et al., No. E2015-01215-COA-R3-CV, Tenn. App.; 2016 Tenn. App. LEXIS 770).
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).