DETROIT - Consumers of diesel-model Silverado and Sierra trucks made by General Motors LLC from 2011 to 2016 filed a class action May 25 in Michigan federal court against the automaker and the manufacturer of a part that allegedly allows the vehicles to cheat emissions tests, claiming that the car maker misrepresented the vehicles' fuel economy and emission levels (Andrei Fenner, et al. v. General Motors, LLC, et al., No. 17-cv-11661, E.D. Mich.).
BOSTON - Granting in part a reinsurer's request for documents relating to an insurer's allocation of an insured's asbestos losses to its reinsurers, a Massachusetts federal magistrate judge on May 26 ordered the insurer to produce facultative certificates for a few similarly situated reinsurers (Lamorak Insurance Co. v. Everest Reinsurance Co., No. 15-cv-13425, D. Mass.).
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on May 24 denied a motion filed by the makers of a defective dehumidifier that caused fires to dismiss class action claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and negligence and other claims and ordered them to show cause as to why they should not be sanctioned for misrepresenting the law as it pertains to insurer's rights to subrogate the rights of insureds (Homesite Insurance Company of the Midwest, et al. v. Gree USA Inc., et al., No. 2:16-cv-06769, C.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79809).
LOS ANGELES - A federal district court erred in holding that claims in a securities class action lawsuit against a Chinese agricultural products manufacturer and certain of its officers and directors were time-barred because the statute of limitations was tolled pursuant to Supreme Court precedent in American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah and Crown, Cork & Seal Co. v. Parker, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled May 24 in reversing and remanding (Michael H. Resh, et al. v. China Agritech Inc., et al., No. 15-55432, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9029).
MOBILE, Ala. - An Alabama federal judge on May 23 denied without prejudice a motion by a the lead plaintiff in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class suit to enjoin a copycat class action filed in the New Jersey federal court because a motion to dismiss, stay or transfer is currently pending in New Jersey (Family Medicine Pharmacy, LLC v. Impax Laboratories, Inc., No. 17-0053, S.D. Ala., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77797).
DETROIT - A Michigan federal judge on May 25 upheld the conviction of a woman for setting fire to her house to collect insurance money after rejecting her challenge to an expert's opinion that the fire was caused by arson (Audrey Pruitt v. Anthony Stewart, No. 2:15-cv-10812, E.D. Mich., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80162).
FRESNO, Calif. - A California federal judge on May 23 granted preliminary approval of a $3 million settlement to be paid by an industrial service company to end claims that it improperly classified directional drillers as independent contractors and failed to pay overtime wages and meal and rest period premiums (Marc McCulloch, et al. v. Baker Hughes Inteq Drilling Fluids, Inc., et al., No. 16-157, E.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78367).
NEW YORK - A pension fund has properly pleaded a majority of its federal securities law claims alleging that a company, certain of its officers and directors and the underwriters of its initial public offering (IPO) concealed from investors that the company was expected to see a tax increase that would substantially affect revenue, a federal judge in New York ruled May 23 in granting in part and denying in part the defendants' motion to dismiss (Yi Xiang, et al. v. Inovalon Holdings Inc., et al., No. 16-4923, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78207).
OAKLAND, Calif. - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) was hit with a putative class complaint in California federal court May 22, with one of its mass transit passengers claiming that the organization's smartphone application surreptitiously collects the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers associated with users' phones, as well as their precise locations, in violation of state and federal law (Pamela Moreno v. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, et al., No. 4:17-cv-02911, N.D. Calif.).
ST. LOUIS - A class complaint accusing Welch Foods Inc. and the company that produces, markets and distributes Welch's Fruit Snacks of underfilling the boxes of snacks belongs in state court because the Class Action Fairness Act's (CAFA) amount in controversy is not met, a Missouri federal judge ruled May 22 (Kristen Grisham v. Welch Foods, Inc., et al., No. 17-3, E.D. Mo., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77303).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on May 22 granted final approval of a $1.75 million settlement to be paid by Coach Inc. and Coach Services Inc. (collectively, Coach) to end multiple class wage-and-hour claims, including one brought under California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Mary Lou Ayala, et al. v. Coach, Inc., et al., No. 14-2031, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77652).
SEATTLE - A Washington federal judge on May 22 stayed a class suit filed by three minors objecting to President Donald J. Trump's immigration-related executive orders pending a ruling in Hawaii v. Trump, No. 17-15589 (9th Cir.) (Juweiya Abdiaziz Ali, et al. v. Donald Trump, et al., No. 17-135, W.D. Wash., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77656).
NEW YORK - An appeals panel in New York on May 23 reversed a lower court's ruling and concluded that tenants who sued their landlord alleging injuries from exposure to lead-based paint had made a valid request to compel discovery pertaining to potential lead violations in the entire building where their apartment was located (Z.D., by her mother and natural guardian Zaimah A. v. MP Management LLC, No. 3436N, 26043/14, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 1st Dept.; 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 3989).
LOS ANGELES - A dispute between competing car clubs over the "Stylistics" trademark was resolved in favor of a plaintiff on May 23, when a California federal judge awarded summary judgment (Gilbert Lerma Jr. v. Ernie Armijo, et al., No. 15-9953, C.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77575).
NEW YORK - A United Kingdom entity and a Luxembourg company on May 19 filed a petition in a New York federal court, seeking to confirm a $143,302,395 international arbitral award issued in their favor and against the Kingdom of Spain (Eiser Infrastructure Limited, et al. v. Kingdom of Spain, No. 1:17-cv-03808, S.D. N.Y.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on May 19 registered a request by an English exploration entity, commencing arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) against the Republic of Italy (Rockhopper Italia S.p.A., Rockhopper Mediterranean Ltd, and Rockhopper Exploration Plc v. Italian Republic, No. ARB/17/14, ICSID).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal magistrate judge properly found that Google Inc. could be subpoenaed to provide foreign-stored user data under the Stored Communications Act (SCA), the U.S. government says in a May 19 brief opposing Google's motion for de novo review of the magistrate's ruling (In the Matter of the Search of Content That is Stored at Premises Controlled by Google, No. 3:16-mc-80263, N.D. Calif.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on May 19 denied motions to strike and granted in part and denied in part dismissal motions in a herbal supplement labeling suit, finding the plaintiffs may rely on testing conducted by the New York attorney general (NYAG) (In Re: Herbal Supplements Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, No. 15-5070, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76207).
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Two medical experts lack the qualifications and reliable methodology to opine that a mother's use of an anti-epileptic drug linked to birth defects caused her son's severe birth defects, so summary judgment for the drugmaker is warranted on the mother's failure-to-warn claims, a New York federal magistrate judge held May 22 (N.K., an infant, by his mother and natural guardian, Tanja Bruestle-Kumra v. Abbott Laboratories, No. 14-cv-4875, E.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77461).
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).
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).