WASHINGTON, D.C. - The owner of a patent covering the short bowel syndrome (SBS) drug Gattex argued before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in deeming various claims obvious under Section 103 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 103 (In re: NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc., No. 17-1392, Fed. Cir.).
TYLER, Texas - The 12th District Texas Court of Appeals on Nov. 8 determined that a trial court erred in granting an insured's motion to compel because the documents sought by the insured are not relevant to the contract claim and will not be relevant unless and until the extracontractual claims are tried (In re: Allstate Fire & Casualty Insurance Co., No. 12-17-00266, Texas App., 12th Dist., 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 10428).
BOSTON - A settlor's contributions to a 401(k) plan are not a defense to claims that the plan trustee breached its fiduciary duties by engaging in prohibited transactions, AARP and the National Employment Lawyers Association argue in an amicus curiae brief filed in the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in support of plan participants in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action suit (John Brotherston, et al. v. Putnam Investments LLC, et al., No. 17-1711, 1st Cir.).
FORT WORTH, Texas - A majority of a Texas appellate panel on Nov. 9 reversed a trial court's decision to dismiss a sexual assault civil action against a doctor after finding that a woman who claims that she was sexually assaulted while taking her children in for treatment did not need to file an expert report with her complaint (T.C. v. Ahmad Abo Kayass, No. 02-16-00248-CV, Texas App., 2nd Dist., 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 10539).
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Supreme Court on Nov. 9 ordered that a medical malpractice suit be remanded to a trial court and that partial summary judgment be ordered in favor of a hospital after finding that the hospital did not waive its immunity by purchasing insurance because the insurance did not cover a doctor who was contracted to work for the hospital (Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County v. Darrell Menapace, No. S-17-0055, Wyo. Sup., 2017 Wyo. LEXIS 137).
ATLANTA - Insurers in a Nov. 9 brief oppose a request from a reinsurer and its shareholders to extend the discovery period and expert report deadlines in a dispute in a Georgia federal court over allegedly fraudulent transfers of reinsurance funds (Canal Insurance Co., et al. v. Golden Isles Reinsurance Company Ltd., et al., No. 15-03331, N.D. Ga.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Nov. 8 trimmed a single claim from a class complaint accusing Volvo Cars of North America LLC (VCNA) and Volvo Cars USA LLC (VCUSA) of misrepresenting the average mileage its hybrid sport utility vehicle could achieve on a single charge, finding that most of the claims that had previously been dismissed based on mootness and then reinstated by the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals survived the defendant's alternative motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim (Xavier Laurens, et al. v. Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, et al., No. 16-4507, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184992).
OKLAHOMA CITY - An insurance company must provide coverage for two contractors under two commercial general liability policies because the language in the policies does not exclude coverage for their work as home builders rather than as roofers, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Nov. 9 in denying the insurer's motion for summary judgment (James River Insurance Company v. 5 Star Integrity Roofing & Exteriors, LLC, et al., No. CIV-16-950-M, W.D. Okla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 185945).
PHILADELPHIA - Three of four doctors offering expert opinions in a wrongful death action can testify that an accident on a U.S. military base caused a man's injuries and subsequent death from taking too many pain medications for the injuries, a Pennsylvania federal judge held Nov. 8, finding the causation opinions reliable enough to be admitted (Robert S. Evans v. United States of America, et al., No. 15-1839, E.D. Pa., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 185563).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Florida federal judge did not err in rejecting allegations by Amgen Inc. and Amgen Manufacturing Limited (Amgen, collectively) that proposed biosimilar versions of two Amgen pegfilgrastim and filgastim products would infringe a patented method of refolding recombinant proteins expressed in non-mammalian cells, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 13 (Amgen Inc., et al. v. Apotex Inc., et al., No. 17-1010, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22638).
RICHMOND, Va. - An employer acted within its rights and did not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when it amended a deferred compensation plan's applicable crediting rate, affecting all, even retired, plan participants, a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Nov. 8 (Jeffrey Plotnick, et al. v. Computer Sciences Corporation Deferred Compensation Plan for Key Executives, et al., No. 16-1606, 4th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22500).
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State law amendments in 2013 providing for secret ex parte interviews of a medical malpractice claimant's physicians violate the Florida Constitution's guarantees of privacy and court access, a Florida Supreme Court majority ruled Nov. 9, finding that including the interviews as part of the mandated presuit informal discovery process required claimants to waive their privacy rights to avail themselves of the courts (Emma Gayle Weaver v. Stephen C. Myers, M.D., et al. No. SC15-1538, Fla. Sup., 2017 Fla. LEXIS 2282).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 13 denied the government of Belize's petition for writ of certiorari in which it sought review of an appeals court's ruling that affirmed the enforcement of an $18,470,881 arbitral award (Government of Belize v. Belize Bank Limited, No. 17-252, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 13 refused to grant certiorari in a case in which borrowers sought review of an appeals court's ruling to affirm the dismissal of their claim for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as barred by a foreclosure case in a state court (Kathleen J. Todd, et al. v. U.S. Bank, N.A., et al., No. 17-348, U.S. Sup.).
SAN ANTONIO - A doctor's expert opinion on whether a spinal injury was caused by an car crash "is sufficiently reliable for admissibility purposes," a Texas magistrate judge ruled Nov. 9 (Benjamin Koenig v. Anthony Beekmans, No. 5:15-cv-00822, W.D. Texas, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 185797).
TAMPA, Fla. - Most of an expert's opinions on alleged defects in a food blender that overheated, causing burns to a woman, are based on sound methods and are reliable and helpful enough to be admitted, a Florida federal judge held Nov. 7 (Phyllis B. Cerrato, et al. v. Nutribullet, LLC, et al., No. 8:16-cv-3077, M.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184220).
NEW YORK - A class complaint alleging that the live stream of an August boxing match suffered from technical failures and caused pay-per-view viewers to miss large portions of the fight was stayed Nov. 7 by a New York federal judge, who ordered the matter to arbitration (Victor Mallh, et al. v. Showtime Networks Inc., No. 17-6549, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184471).
SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on Nov. 7 appointed an investor group to serve as lead plaintiff in a securities class action lawsuit against a consumer and business banking provider and certain of its executive officers because the investor group meets all statutory requirements to serve as lead plaintiff, but the judge rejected the investor group's choice of co-lead counsel because the investor group failed to show that co-lead counsel is necessary (Bar Mandalevy v. BofI Holding Inc., et al., No. 17-0667, S.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184504).
PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania judge considering two companies' motion for reconsideration in light of a ruling excluding plaintiffs' experts in an asbestos-tainted talc case denied the motions without prejudice to the filing of new ones in an order docketed Nov. 7 (Sally Brandt, et al. v. The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., et al., No. 151202987, Pa. Comm Pls., Philadelphia Co.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Nov. 9 released post-hearing submissions filed by investors and the Republic of Panama in relation to Panama's expedited objections to the tribunal's jurisdiction over the case (Bridgestone Licensing Services, Inc., et al. v. Republic of Panama, No. ARB/16/34, ICSID).
NEW BERN, N.C. - A North Carolina federal judge on Nov. 9 determined that California law should be applied to a dispute over coverage for water damages because the policy at issue was issued in California and the insured's principal place of business is in California (Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's of London v. American Realty Advisors, et al., Nos. 16-940, 17-74, E.D. N.C., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 185842).
PITTSBURGH - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Nov. 7 extended the deadline for discovery in a hydraulic fracturing contract dispute following a previous ruling in which the judge denied a motion for protective order and a motion to quash that had been filed by a fracking company that sought to prevent inspection of fracking rigs at issue in the litigation (Orion Drilling Company LLC v. EQT Production Company, No. 16-01516, W.D. Pa.).
LOS ANGELES - A California law representing a homeowner's association for residents who purchased condominiums in a converted jewel manufacturing facility announced in a press release Nov. 9 that it had reached a $1 million settlement with the builder to resolve complaints stemming from construction defects that resulted in water intrusion and cracked concrete.