BALTIMORE - In a May 18 reply brief in Maryland federal court, Wikimedia Foundation defends its motion to compel documents to establish that its communications were intercepted by the National Security Agency's (NSA) upstream surveillance program, arguing that a statutory in camera review procedure defeats the government's assertion of the state secrets privilege (Wikimedia Foundation v. National Security Agency, et al., No. 1:15-cv-00662, D. Md.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An ad hoc committee of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 18 issued a decision in an arbitration filed by investors in mining concessions, rejecting an application made by the Plurinational State of Bolivia to annul a $48,619,578 award (Quiborax S.A., et al. v. Plurinational State of Bolivia, ARB/06/02, ICSID).
PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 18 vacated a court's decision ordering a Russian national to turn over assets held in a trust to assist in satisfying a $92 million arbitral award, finding that the order was premature because a Lichtenstein court is reviewing similar issues as those in the present case and has jurisdiction over the trust (Vitaly Ivanovich Smagin v. Ashot Yegiazaryan, ex rel., Nos. 16-55502, 16-56749, 17-56467, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 13005).
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An Indiana federal judge on May 17 certified a class of individuals who allege that they were in jail during the November 2016 election and were wrongfully kept from voting by the Allen County, Ind., sheriff (Demetrius Buroff, et al. v. David Gladieux, No. 17-124, N.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83887).
BATON ROUGE, La. - A Louisiana appeals panel on May 16 affirmed certification of a class in a case against state agencies and insurers over illegal transactions made to protect the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (Donald W. Abshire v. The State of Louisiana, et al., No. 2017CA0689 c/w 2017CA0690, La. App., 1st Cir., 2018 La. App. Unpub. LEXIS 141).
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska Supreme Court on May 18 affirmed the exclusion of a plaintiff's sole causation expert in an Accutane bowel injury case, saying the expert's methodology failed to meet case law standards (Aimee Freeman v. Hoffman-La Roche Inc., et al., No. 300 Neb. 47, Neb. Sup.).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A federal judge in Tennessee on May 18 quashed two subpoenas served on rehabilitation centers where a doctor who was found guilty of four counts of health care fraud preformed toenail avulsions, finding that the requests were unduly burdensome and that they were not necessarily relevant for the calculation of the amount of loss incurred by Medicare and other insurers (United States v. John J. Cauthon, No. 15-cr-00172, M.D. Tenn., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84104).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on May 21 in three consolidated cases that arbitration agreements barring class action proceedings must be enforced (Epic Systems Corp. v. Jacob Lewis, No. 16-285, Ernst & Young, et al. v. Stephen Morris, et al., No. 16-300, NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., et al., No. 16-307, U.S. Sup.).
OAKLAND, Calif. - After engaging in arbitration, a New York woman filed a stipulation in California federal court May 17, voluntarily dismissing a putative class action under the Electronic Communications Privacy App (ECPA) against National Basketball Association team the Golden State Warriors and a technology firm, disposing of her allegations of eavesdropping via the team's smartphone app (LaTisha Satchell v. Signal360 Inc., et al., No.3:16-cv-04961, N.D. Calif.).
CHICAGO - Chiding both parties in a trade secret misappropriation suit for "a long, drawn out, pitched battle" over discovery, an Illinois federal magistrate judge on May 17 denied Motorola Solutions Inc.'s motion to compel forensic examination of the defendants' computers, finding no evidence that such an examination would be relevant to the limited statute of limitations issue presently before the court (Motorola Solutions Inc. v. Hytera Communications Corp., et al., No. 1:17-cv-01973, N.D. Ill., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83136).
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A 7-2 Washington Supreme Court on May 17 found that emails between a county and the Washington Department of Ecology were protected from disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA) because they were work product and because the sharing of the information between the parties did not constitute a waiver of that privilege (Kittitas County v. Sky Allphin, et al., No. 93562-9, Wash. Sup., 2018 Wash. Sup., 2018 Wash. LEXIS 336).
SAN FRANCISCO - A delivery courier on May 15 filed a class action complaint against a same-day delivery courier service in a California state court, alleging that it violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) and labor code when it misclassified employees as independent contractors (Raef Lawson v. Deliv Inc., No. 566577, Calif. Super., San Francisco Co.).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on May 17 dismissed a class complaint accusing a soda maker of leading customers to believe that its soda would help with weight loss by calling it "diet" soda, ruling that the complaint failed on its merits (Elizabeth Manuel, et al. v. Pepsi-Cola Company, No. 17-7955, S.D. N.Y., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83404).
SAN DIEGO - After finding that a consumer failed to show that her class action claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and false advertising in relation to allegedly fake octopus products met the federal amount-in-controversy requirement, a California federal judge on May 15 dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction (Vivian Lejbman v. Transnational Foods Inc., et al., No. 17-CV-1317, S.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81867).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Republic of Kazakhstan on May 14 responded to a motion filed by investors for leave to register a judgment confirming a $497,685,101 arbitral award in other judicial districts in an attempt to obtain payment, arguing that not enough time has passed and that the investors have not shown that it has assets in the United States (Anatoli Stati, et al. v. Republic of Kazakhstan, No. 14-1638, D. D.C., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48140).
CHICAGO - A district court wrongly dismissed with prejudice a class complaint over a company's printing of credit and debit card expiration dates on receipts because the court lacked jurisdiction, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled May 14, vacating the lower court's judgment and remanding with instructions to send the case back to state court (Kathryn G. Collier, et al. v. SP Plus Corporation, No. 17-2431, 7th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 12454).
ATLANTA - A Florida federal court did not abuse its discretion in excluding an expert's opinion that pollution from a fertilizer factory caused or worsened a woman's pulmonary diseases, and then awarding the factory judgment for lack of expert causation evidence, because the court correctly found that the expert's "methodology was undermined by multiple defects," the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said May 14 (Rhonda Williams v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, No. 17-10894, 11th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 12478).
ST. LOUIS - A Missouri federal court lacks jurisdiction over claims resulting from state default judgments against customers of a household good leasing company, a Missouri federal judge ruled May 15, sending a class lawsuit back to state court (Sade Beaton, et al. v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., No. 18-26, E.D. Mo., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81819).
LOS ANGELES - Wells Fargo Bank N.A. filed a notice of appeal on May 15, a week after a California federal judge awarded a class of Wells Fargo Bank N.A. home mortgage consultants (HMCs) more than $97 million in damages on claims that they were denied rest breaks and a derivative California's unfair competition law (UCL) claim (Jacqueline F. Ibarra, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., et al., No. 17-4344, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78513).
NEW YORK - A 12-year putative class action alleging antitrust violations in the form of price fixing for digital music concluded May 15 as a California federal judge approved a stipulation of dismissal reached by the music-purchasing plaintiffs and the record label defendants (In re Digital Music Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:06-md-01780, S.D. N.Y.).
DENVER - An arbitration agreement entered into by home owners and a solar power systems financing company controls a dispute over high-interest financing, a Colorado federal judge ruled May 14, staying the class proceedings between those parties (Jason Terlizzi, et al. v. Altitude Marketing, Inc., et al., No. 16-1712, D. Colo., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 807).
HELENA, Mont. - A trial court didn't err when it found that a woman who sued a company performing background checks over the inclusion of obsolete information in checks carried out for potential employers failed to satisfy the element of superiority under Montana Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3) in her motion for class certification, a divided Montana Supreme Court ruled May 15 (Nissa Ascencio, et al. v. Orion International Corp., No. DA 17-0353, Mont. Sup., 2018 MT 121).
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A woman's causation expert, who is a medical doctor and an attorney, can testify in a personal injury action that the woman's car was not going fast enough in a fender-bender accident to cause the spinal injuries of the man whose car she hit, an Indiana federal magistrate judge held May 14 in finding the expert's methods reliable and his opinions helpful to the trier of fact (Greg Guthrie v. Lori Ann Hochstetler, No. 3:16-cv-473, N.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80620).
SAN FRANCISCO - Lyft Inc., an app-based taxi service, has deceived and violated California's unfair competition law (UCL) by misrepresenting and changing fare practices, one driver alleges in his May 10 class complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Fernando Villasenor, et al. v. Lyft, Inc., et al., No. 18-2769, N.D. Calif.).
CHICAGO - A panel's decision that reversed a trial court's dismissal of a putative class action over a 2012 Barnes & Noble Inc. (B&N) data breach will stand, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 10, denying the retailer's petition for rehearing (Heather Dieffenbach, et al. v. Barnes & Noble Inc., No. 17-2408, 7th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 12331).