SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in Texas on June 22 partially granted and partially denied two separate motions to dismiss from General Motors LLC and U-Haul International Inc. in a suit in which the surviving family members of a woman and her younger brother alleged that design defects in a car and a trailer caused their car to roll over, which led to their deaths (Maria Barragan, et al v. General Motors LLC, et al., No. SA-15-CV-854-DAE, W.D. Texas; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80984).
NEW ORLEANS - A trial judge properly excluded expert testimony, agreeing that the partial deposition testimony he saw provided an insufficient ground on which to opine about the link between a man's asbestos exposure and his fatal lung cancer, and without that testimony, summary judgment was appropriate, a Louisiana appeals court held June 22 (Dwayne Boudreaux, et al. v. Bollinger Shipyard, et al., No. 2015-CA-1345, Gerilyn Cook, et al. v. Bollinger Shipyard, et al., No. 2015-C-0958, La. App., 4th Cir.; 2016 La. App. LEXIS 1229).
HARRISBURG, Pa. - D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. on June 23 agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty and invest $7 million to improve environmental measures at its brewery operations to resolve allegations that the brewery violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) at two of its facilities near Pottsville, Pa. (United Sates of America .v D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., No. 16-cv-1252, M.D. Pa.).
NEW YORK - In a notice of supplemental authority letter filed June 21 in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Microsoft Corp. says that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in RJR Nabisco Inc. v. European Community (No. 15-138, 2016 U.S. LEXIS 3925 [U.S., June 20, 2016]), which pertained to the extraterritorial application of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, supports Microsoft's position that it cannot be subpoenaed to supply email contents that are located extraterritorially (In the Matter of a Warrant to Search a Certain E-Mail Account Controlled and Maintained by Microsoft Corp.[Microsoft v. United States], No. 14-2985, 2nd Cir.).
DENVER - A Colorado federal judge on June 22 granted a motion for class certification and denied a defense motion to exclude expert testimony in a case alleging that Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Co. breached its fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (John Teets v. Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Co., No. 14-02330, D. Colo.).
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - The Incorporated Village of Garden City, N.Y., and a clothing company on June 22 reached an agreement under which the company agreed to pay the village $10 million for costs associated with remediating groundwater contamination caused by the company's fabric-cutting plant (Incorporated Village of Garden City v. Genesco Inc., No. 07-5244, E.D. N.Y.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge said June 23 that there is no express or implied federal preemption of a claim that Smith & Nephew Inc. violated the reporting requirements for its Birmingham metal-on-metal hip prosthesis (Terence Laverty, et al. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., No. 15-9485, N.D. Ill., Eastern Div.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81789).
CHICAGO - The Illinois federal judge overseeing the testosterone multidistrict litigation on June 22 granted a plaintiffs' motion compelling defendants Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie Inc. to produce full drug safety and investigation files for 269 adverse events reported to the Food and Drug Administration concerning AndroGel (In Re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2545, No. 14-1748, N.D. Ill., Eastern Div.).
SAN FRANCISCO - The component parts doctrine does not insulate materials suppliers from liability for injuries arising from the intended use of those materials where the products were not incorporated into a different or finished product, the California Supreme Court affirmed June 23 (Flavio Ramos, et al. v. Brenntag Specialties Inc., et al., No. S218176, Calif. Sup.).
ATLANTA - An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 23 affirmed a jury's verdict finding that three clinics can be ordered to pay Allstate Insurance Co., Allstate Indemnity Co., Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Co. and Allstate Vehicle & Property Insurance Co. (collectively Allstate) for unjust enrichment, holding that the clinics can be found liable for violating Florida's Health Care Clinic Act for the medical director's failure to systematically review bills (Allstate Insurance Company, et al. v. Sara C. Vizcay, M.D., et al., No. 14-13947, 11th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 11479).
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on June 21 approved an unopposed motion for preliminary approval of a settlement worth at least $126 million in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc. on behalf of patients denied coverage for the prescription drug Harvoni (Eugene Oakes, et al. v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., No. 16-80028, SD. Fla.).
PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 22 declined to rehear a panel ruling that federal regulations governing locomotives did not preempt asbestos claims arising from passenger cars (Peggy R. Hassell, et al. v. Resco Holdings LLC; and ACF Industries LLC, and Thyssenkrupp Budd Co., No. 14-1715, 14-1804, 3rd Cir.).
PASADENA, Calif. - A month after the U.S. Supreme Court remanded a putative class action against an online data aggregator under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel directed the parties to submit briefs on whether the claims in the case meet the "concreteness" requirement to establish standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, which the high court said the panel did not properly weigh in its previous ruling (Thomas Robins v. Spokeo Inc., No11-56843, 9th Cir.).
CLEVELAND - An Ohio federal judge on June 20 denied a motion for class certification in a suit brought by servers who allege their employer failed to turn over to them the full amount of tips left by banquet customers, finding that the plaintiffs failed to provide an adequate class definition or meet the numerosity, commonality and predominance requirements (Carol Carter, et al. v. PJS of Parma, Inc., et al., No. 15-1545, N.D. Ohio; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79747).
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A man may suffer harm in the form of pleural plaques without a resulting symptomatic injury on which a suit could be based under the Restatement (Second) of Torts, a divided Illinois appeals court held June 20 in reversing a verdict (Joseph Sondag and Phyllis Sondag v. Pneumo Abex Corp., et al., No. 4-14-0918, Ill. App., 4th Dist.; 2016 Ill. App. LEXIS 380).
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana federal judge on June 20 directed the parties in a disability benefits suit to file additional briefing to address how a recent decision by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals applies to a determination of the applicable standard of review (Donald Fessenden v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-370, N.D. Ind.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79690).
PADUCAH, Ky. - A Kentucky senior federal judge on June 20 predicted that the Kentucky Supreme Court would not extend the notice-prejudice rule to a claims-made-and-reported insurance policy that clearly and unambiguously requires an insured to provide timely notice of a claim as a condition precedent to coverage, granting the insurer's motion for summary judgment on breach of contract, bad faith and unjust enrichment claims (C.A. Jones Management Group, et al. v. Scottsdale Indemnity Co., No. 13-00173, W.D. Ky.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80811).
SAN DIEGO - A California appellate panel on June 20 reversed summary judgment for two companies and an estate that acted as the landlord of a small apartment complex, saying the defendants owed a duty of care to a man who was bitten by a dog in the courtyard of the complex (Jack Geyer v. Jemmeca LLC, et al., No. D068774, Calif. App., 4th Dist., Div. 1; 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4618).
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Defendants - including Leon Hendrix, brother of the late Jimi Hendrix - who are connected with "Purple Haze Liquer" were enjoined by a Georgia federal judge on June 22 from using the word "jimi" in the names of their websites and on their social media profiles (Experience Hendrix LLC v. Tiger Paw Distributors LLC, No. 16-107, S.D. Ga.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81089).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 21 dismissed a putative class action by Korean residents accusing the Japanese government of abducting them and forcing them into servitude and sexual slavery during the Second World War (He Nam You, et al. v. Hirohito, et al., No. 15-3257, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80699).
CHICAGO - Asbestos claimants were the only class to reject the proposed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization for debtor The Budd Co. Inc., voting 958-696 against the plan, despite a recommendation to approve the plan by the official asbestos claimants' committee, according to a balloting report filed June 20 in Illinois federal bankruptcy court (In re: The Budd Company, Inc., No. 14-11873, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).