CHICAGO - In the wake of the raising of statute of limitations/statute of repose defenses at the 11th-hour of the first bellwether case, the Illinois federal judge overseeing the testosterone replacement therapy multidistrict litigation on May 23 ordered non-AbbVie Inc. defendants to replead any affirmative defenses that they contend still apply to a bellwether case (In Re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2545, No. 14-1748, N.D. Ill., Eastern Div.).
NEW YORK - In a suit brought by two police officers who were directed to undergo treatment for alcoholism, a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 22 certified a question to the New York Court of Appeals to decide whether sections of the New York City Administrative Code preclude an individual from bringing a disability bias claims solely based on a perception of untreated alcoholism (Kathleen Makinen, et al. v. City of New York, et al., No. 16-973, 2nd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8868).
PASADENA, Calif. - In a majority ruling, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 22 reversed a district court's dismissal of a borrower's claim for rescission of her loan under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) but affirmed dismissal of her claim for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), finding that a trustee was not a debt collector under the act (Vien-Phuong Thi Ho v. Recontrust Company, NA, et al., No. 10-56884, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8917).
NEW ORLEANS - An employer had no reasonable basis to remove to federal court counterclaims filed by its employer, a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled May 22, vacating a trial court's order and remanding for reconsideration of attorney fees for the employee (Renegade Swish, L.L.C. v. Emily A. Wright, No. 16-11152, 5th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8916).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Washington federal judge did not err in rejecting allegations that Amazon.com Inc. infringes the intellectual property of others through its online marketplace and "Fulfillment by Amazon" service, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 23 (Milo & Gabby LLC, et al. v. Amazon.com Inc., No. 16-1290, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8932).
SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Food and Drug Administration on May 23 said Abbott-Thoratec has issued a Class I recall of its HeartMate II LVAS (left ventricular assist system) controller after receiving reports of 19 injuries and 26 deaths associated with the heart device.
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Supreme Court on May 19 reversed a jury's $25 million punitive damages award entered in favor of an insured after determining that a trial court erred in ruling on motions for summary judgment that a workers' compensation insurer acted in bad faith by contesting the insured's request for a lump-sum settlement of a workers' compensation claim (Toby Thornton v. American Interstate Insurance Co., No. 15-1032, Iowa Sup., 2017 Iowa Sup. LEXIS 52).
DENVER - A 4-3 Colorado Supreme Court on May 22 reversed a ruling allowing an attorney and her firm to represent homeowners accusing a developer and other contractors of construction defects, ruling that the judge improperly found that the matter was subject to issue preclusion rather than the subsequently related requirement under Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 1.9 and 1.10 (In re: Villas at Highland Park Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Villas at Highland Park, LLC, et al., No. 16SA212, Colo. Sup., 2017 Colo. LEXIS 415).
ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 24 affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that a professional liability insurance policy does not cover an underlying vicarious liability claim brought against the owner of a spa (Kalandra Lewis, et al. v. Evanston Insurance Co., No. 16-15109, 11th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8998).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The engineering firms asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case against residents of Flint, Mich., regarding liability for the lead-contaminated water crisis in that city on May 22 filed their reply brief contending that the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' decision that a plaintiff may obtain remand under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) without evidence of class members' citizenship results in a circuit split that is "stark and wide" (Lockwood Andrews & Newnam P.C. v. Jennifer Mason, No. 16-1092, U.S. Sup.).
NEWARK, N.J. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company and its CEO have failed to plead any material misstatements or omissions in arguing that the defendants misrepresented that the company's new drug was expected to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in violation of federal securities laws, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled May 19 in granting the defendants' motion to dismiss (Blake Bauer v. Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al., No. 16-3091, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76247).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on May 18 denied a motion to dismiss and granted a motion to transfer New York state overtime claims filed by pet store assistant managers to a California federal court where another case is pending alleging overtime claims under federal law (Deserie Michel, et al. v. Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc., et al., No. 16-1838, E.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75892).
FRESNO, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 19 granted final approval of a $4.5 million settlement to be paid by a food production company to end current and former employees' claims that they were denied pay for certain activities, including donning and doffing (Luis Aguilar, et al. v. Wawona Frozen Foods, et al., No. 15-93, E.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76751).
JACKSON, Miss. - A man's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) diagnosis started the clock on the statute of limitations and bars his silicosis claim against a respirator manufacturer, a divided Mississippi Supreme Court held May 18 in reversing a $14 million verdict (American Optical Corp. v. Estate of Robert Lee Rankin Sr., et al., No. 2015-CA-0166-SCT, Miss. Sup., 2017 Miss. LEXIS 190).
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on May 18 said that it has reached a cooperation agreement with the Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC).
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on May 22 said that it has held the first meeting in an arbitration commenced by the Ukraine against the Russian Federation in a dispute over coastal state rights, establishing a procedural framework for the case (Ukraine v. The Russian Federation, No. 2017-06, PCA).
SEATTLE - A Washington federal judge on May 19 granted a petition filed by the maker of ultrasound devices and technology to medical researchers to confirm a $2,914,000 arbitral award issued in relation to a breach of nondisclosure agreements (Verasonics Inc. v. Alpinion Medical Systems Co., Ltd., No. 14-1820, W.D. Wash., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76694).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 19 released the first procedural order in an arbitration commenced by Lao Holdings N.V. against the Lao People's Democratic Republic in relation to the alleged breach of a settlement agreement, establishing the procedural framework of the case (Lao Holdings N.V. v. Lao People's Democratic Republic, No. ARB[AF)/16/2], ICSID).
ATLANTA - In a case over fraudulent transfers of reinsurance funds, various individual defendants in a May 18 brief oppose a request by insurers for a Georgia federal court to compel them to provide tax returns and bank account records pertaining to a reinsurer because the motion is premature (Canal Insurance Co. and Canal Indemnity Co. v. Golden Isles Reinsurance Company Ltd, et al., No. 15-cv-03331, N.D. Ga.).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A consolidated class action over three announced data breach incidents fails for lack of standing because the plaintiffs have not alleged any resulting injury or damages, Yahoo Inc. says in a May 22 motion in California federal court, seeking dismissal for lack of standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. Const. art. 3 (In re: Yahoo! Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, No. 5:16-md-02752, N.D. Calif.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patent covering three process categories commonly used in the fabrication of semiconductor devices would have been obvious to a person of ordinary skill in the art, a petitioner for inter partes review told the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on May 22 (SPTS Technologies Ltd. v. Plasma-Therm LLC, No. IPR2017-01457, PTAB).
SPOKANE, Wash. - A Division I Washington Court of Appeals panel on May 22 found that a trial court erred in denying a plaintiff's motion for attorney fees in a premises liability suit after finding that the action arose out of a state law that allows for attorney fees to be awarded and remanded the suit for further proceedings consistent with the opinion (Christine A. Tolman v. Keith S. Johnson, et al., No. 75141-7-I, Wash. App., Div. 1, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 1213).
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - An Alabama federal judge on May 18 ordered a reinsurer to show cause as to why he should not grant a nonprofit public insurer's motion to stay a $1.3 million lawsuit against the reinsurer pending arbitration of the matter (Alabama Municipal Insurance Corp. v. Munich Reinsurance America Inc., No. 16-cv-00948, M.D. Ala.).