BENTON, Ill. - A man produces adequate evidence of work with a defendant's product and sufficient evidence that it required asbestos-containing components, a judge said Aug. 28. In a separate ruling, the judge rejected challenges to plaintiff's expert, finding the expert qualified and rejecting the argument that he would testify that "every exposure" to asbestos led to disease (Gerald D. McAlvey v. Atlas Copco Compressors LLC, et al., No. 14-64, S.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114618, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114620).
HARTFORD, Conn. - An executrix's four-year delay in substituting herself as a plaintiff in an asbestos action prejudiced defendants and warranted dismissal for failure to prosecute, a Connecticut appeals court held Sept. 2 (Adrienne Brochu, executrix of the estate of Adrien Brochu v. Aesys Technologies, et al., No. AC36483, Conn. App.; 2015 Conn. App. LEXIS 314).
SAN FRANCISCO - In a consolidated complaint filed Aug. 28 in California federal court, three Illinois residents allege violations of an Illinois biometrics statute by Facebook Inc. in the social network's "Tag Suggestions" feature for pictures (Carlo Licata, et al. v. Facebook Inc., No. 3:15-cv-03748, N.D. Calif.).
SAN FRANCISCO - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., a Mexican fast-food chain, is deceiving its customers by claiming that its products are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a California woman claims in her class complaint filed Aug. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Colleen Gallagher, et al. v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., No. 15-3952, N.D. Calif.).
SAN FRANCISCO - The creator of the PhantomALERT smart phone and global positioning system (GPS) device applications (apps) on Sept. 1 filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court, asserting that its proprietary database was copied and used in the competing Waze app (PhantomALERT Inc. v. Google Inc., et al., No. 3:15-cv-03986, N.D. Calif.).
FORT WORTH, Texas - A panel of the Second District Texas Court of Appeals found Aug. 28 that a trial court erroneously directed a verdict of negligence because the plaintiff in the case was denied fair notice that a theory of negligence per se would be asserted as a defense (Karen 'Sue' Burnett v. Christina T. Vo, et al., No. 02-14-00297, Texas App., 2nd Dist.; 2015 Tex. App. LEXIS 9169).
HOUSTON - A Texas appeals panel on Aug. 31 upheld an arbitration award finding that a homeowners association was entitled to only $24,490 for alleged construction defects that resulted in the staining of the exterior of some buildings in a condominium complex, after finding that the association was unable to show that the award was the result of a gross mistake or manifest disregard of the law (Casa del Mar Association Inc. v. Williams & Thomas L.P., doing business as Jamail Construction, No. 14-14-00046-CV, Texas App., 14th Dist.; 2015 Texas App. LEXIS 9227).
NEW YORK - A reinsurer told a federal court in New York on Aug. 31 that a foreign reinsured's arguments claiming the evident partiality of an arbitration umpire are groundless (National Indemnity Company v. IRB Brasil Resseguros S.A., No. 15-cv-03975, S.D. N.Y.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A defendant won dismissal on Aug. 31 of copyright infringement allegations as they relate to one software program but was denied dismissal with regard to another (Micro Focus U.S. Inc. v. Insurance Services Office Inc., No. 15-252, D. Del.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115244).
MARSHALL, Texas - Efforts by two patent infringement defendants to transfer the allegations levied against them to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California were rejected Sept. 1 by a Texas federal magistrate judge (Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. v. LG Electronics Inc. et al., No. 14-911, E.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115801).
WAYCROSS, Ga. - An insurer did not act in bad faith by denying coverage because its policy does not cover a conversion claim whether it was "willful and malicious" or "negligent," a Georgia federal judge ruled Sept. 1, finding that the claim is not an "accident" (Mary Jean Spivey and Douglas Asphalt Paving, Inc., as assignees of Dixie Roadbuilders, Inc. v. American Casualty Company of Reading, Pennsylvania, No. 15-004, S.D. Ga.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116407).
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a majority ruling, a Florida appeals court on Aug. 28 granted a psychiatric hospital's petition for writ of certiorari of a trial court's decision to dismiss an estate's case against it, finding that the estate's allegations, which were related to the death of a patient, constituted an ordinary negligence claim (Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics Inc., d/b/a Shands Vista v. The Estate of Ashley Lawson, by and through John Mark Lawson, No. 1D14-4675, Fla. App., 1st Dist.; 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 12951).
JACKSON, Miss. - An 8-1 panel of the Mississippi Court of Appeals on Sept. 1 affirmed a trial court judge's rulings awarding summary judgment to the architects and engineers accused of defectively designing scaffolding that collapsed and injured four concrete workers, after finding that the defendants did not have a duty to inspect the scaffolding (David McKean, et al. v. Yates Engineering Corporation, et al., No. 2013-CA-10807-CA, Miss. App.; 2015 Miss. App. LEXIS 446).
MILWAUKEE - A trial court did not err in excluding testimony because the expert did not issue an opinion on a man's employability following "brain trauma," a Wisconsin appeals panel ruled Sept. 1, upholding a man's conviction on six counts of failure to pay child support (State of Wisconsin v. Bradley Wayne Phillips, No. 2014AP2519-CR, Wis. App., Dist. 1; 2015 Wisc. App. LEXIS 649).
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Aug. 28 denied a motion for class certification in a suit alleging that administrative and management fees charged by a retirement plan provider are excessive because the requirement of predominance is not satisfied as there are numerous individual questions that would have to be answered based on a plan-by-plan analysis (Jaclyn Santomenno et al. V. Transamerica Life Insurance Co. et al., No. 12-02782, C.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114829).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Aug. 28 denied a summary judgment motion brought by the lead plaintiff in a suit over a clothing retailer's voiding of promotional gift cards after finding that the plaintiff's legal theory on which she based her breach of contract claim is fatally flawed (GS Tiffany Boundas, et al. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., No. 10-4866, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114535).
CLEVELAND - An Ohio federal judge on Aug. 28 denied a motion to dismiss after determining that a retirement plan participant sufficiently alleged claims for breach of fiduciary duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Nancy Murray v. Invacare Corp. et al., No. 13-1882, N.D. Ohio; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114657).
CHICAGO - A doctor's opinions rest on a reliable methodology, and his opinions create genuine disputes of material fact in a products liability lawsuit against Zimmer Inc. over alleged manufacturer defects in a replacement hip, an Illinois federal judge ruled Aug. 31 (Pamela M. Ballard v. Zimmer, Inc., No. 11-6786, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115632).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Sept. 1 struck a doctor's testimony on his causation opinion concerning a formerly incarcerated man's mental health status during his detention in solitary confinement; however, the judge allowed the doctor to testify on the standard of care provided by the detention center's doctors (Matthew Nolan v. United States of America, No. 12-0247, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115807).
CINCINNATI - A plan beneficiary seeking coverage under an accidental death or dismemberment plan suffered a "permanent" loss because pursuant to the plan's language, a foot injury that lasted more than 12 consecutive months was permanent, the majority of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Aug. 28 (Steve Stockman v. GE Life Disability and Medical Plan et al., No. 13-4450, 6th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15305).
CHICAGO - A federal district court erred in granting summary judgment in an insurance bad faith lawsuit because genuine issues of material fact existed as to whether a company had properly pleaded its breach of contract and bad faith claims, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Aug. 31 (Life Plans Inc. v. Security Life of Denver Insurance Co., No. 14-1437, 7th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15424).
CHICAGO - A district court correctly certified a class of bankers employed by PNC Bank who allege that time they spent working outside of their normal business hours went uncompensated, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 31 (Mariseli Gomez Bell v. PNC Bank, National Association, No. 14-3018, 7th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15403).