OKLAHOMA CITY - The federal judge in Oklahoma presiding over a lawsuit brought by residents who contend that they have been injured as a result of exposure to radioactive waste from a chemical plant operated by Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (HESI) on May 14 ruled that some of HESI's experts needed to disclose to the plaintiffs what is referred to as "testifying expert considered materials" (Mitchell L. McCormick v. Halliburton Energy Services Inc., No. 11-01272, W.D. Okla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63223).
ST. LOUIS - The federal judge in Missouri presiding over a lawsuit in which a resident contends that he suffered personal injuries as a result of exposure to radioactive material related to the Manhattan Engineering Project near the St. Louis Airport issued a discovery order on May 13 to resolve a longstanding dispute over the production of documents (Scott D. McClurg, et al. v. MI Holdings Inc., et al., No. 12-361 [consolidated], E.D. Mo.).
COLUMBUS, Ohio - E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., which was sued by plaintiffs alleging personal injury and wrongful death in connection with a spill of perfluorooctanoic acid (also called C-8), on May 15 filed 33 answers to individual plaintiffs - which followed a boilerplate format - contending that they are barred from obtaining relief due to a prior class action settlement (In re E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433, No. 13-2433, S.D. Ohio).
PHILADELPHIA - A New Jersey federal court must reconsider a class complaint filed by deliverers alleging that they were misclassified as independent contractors following a ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court regarding what employment test applies to those claims, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 12 (Sam Hargrove, et al. v. Sleepy's LLC, Nos. 12-2540 and 12-2541, 3rd Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 7832).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A federal judge in Kansas on May 14 dismissed a securities class action complaint, ruling that lead plaintiffs in the action failed to plead an actionable misstatement and scienter in making their federal securities law claims (Wayne E. Anderson v. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., et al., No. 13-2261, D. Kan.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63179).
PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the Zoloft birth defect multidistrict litigation on May 14 partially granted defendant Pfizer Inc.'s motion to compel the plaintiff's new general causation expert to disclose the general causation report he prepared for the plaintiffs in the Prozac birth defect litigation (In Re: Zoloft [Sertraline Hydrochloride] Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2342, No. 2:12-md-2342, E.D. Pa.).
NEW YORK - A bank's offer of complete relief in a class complaint over overdraft fees did not render the case moot, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 14, affirming a district court's ruling but doing so on an alternative ground (Patrick Tanasi, et al. v. New Alliance Bank, et al., No. 14-1389, 2nd Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 7932).
MADISON, Wis. - Barry Castleman, though not an official historian, may testify regarding trade journals and government publications based on his knowledge about the history of asbestos, a federal judge in Wisconsin held May 14. The judge excluded "every exposure" testimony from trial, saying the plaintiffs failed to file a substantive response in support (Gary Suoja, et al. v. Owens-Illinois Inc., No. 99-475, Barbara Connell, et al. v. Owens-Illinois Inc., No. 05-219, W.D. Wis.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63170).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on May 14 approved H.R. 526, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2015 (FACT Act), by a vote of 19-9.
TORONTO - A Canadian energy company on May 15 announced that it has filed a new arbitration against the Kyrgyz Republic, seeking to collect a recent $118 million Russian arbitration award issued in its favor.
PITTSBURGH - Although a Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge found that no jurisdiction existed over a Chicago-based chocolatier that is the defendant in a cybersquatting lawsuit, in a May 12 ruling she opted to transfer the matter to Illinois rather than grant the defendant's dismissal motion (Mon Aimee Chocolat Inc. v. Tushiya LLC, et al., No. 2:14-cv-01568, W.D. Pa.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62048).
SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Food and Drug Administration on May 15 warned that the diabetes drugs Invokana, Farxiga and Jardiance may cause ketoacidosis.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Parties to six umbrella insurance policies and three excess insurance policies must arbitrate their disagreement as to the interpretation of a pollution exclusion to various individual and class actions regarding defective drywall, a North Carolina federal judge ruled May 13 (New NGC Inc. v. ACE American Insurance Co., et al., No. 10-00022, W.D. N.C.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63501).
CONCORD, N.H. - A New Hampshire federal judge on May 14 denied summary judgment in a Medtronic Xomed Inc. shunt case, finding that the plaintiffs' expert and fact witnesses are admissible, at least for now (Celeste Wood, et al. v. Medtronic Xomed Inc., No. 13-90, D. N.H.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63300).
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Supreme Court on May 14 found that a first-party bad faith cause of action under Section 624.155(1)(b), Florida Statutes, does not fall under the willful tort exception to the immunity granted to a nonprofit insurer by the Florida Legislature, quashing an appellate court's ruling in favor of the insured and answering a certified question in the affirmative in a coverage dispute arising from Hurricane Ivan (Citizens Property Insurance Corp. v. Perdido Sun Condominium Association Inc., etc., No. SC14-185, Fla. Sup.; 2015 Fla. LEXIS 1053).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Noting the Federal Trade Commission's increased number of lawsuits and activity related to data security enforcement in recent years, a Virginia man who claims to be a blogger and former government employee filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on May 13, seeking to compel the commission to disclose its guidelines "for what conduct or omission constitutes an unfair act or practice" related to data security (Philip Reitinger v. Federal Trade Commission, No. 1:15-cv-00725, D. D.C.).
GREENBELT, Md. - After finding that it was unlikely that a borrower will succeed on her claims for violation of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), a Maryland federal judge on May 14 refused to grant her a temporary restraining order prohibiting the foreclosure of her property (Sandra Fowler v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Inc., et al., No. 15-1084, D. Md.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63076).
TAMPA, Fla. - CVS Health Corp. will pay a $22 million civil penalty to resolve federal allegations that two of its pharmacies in Sanford, Fla., distributed controlled substances on the basis of illegitimate prescriptions, the government and company announced May 13.