NEWARK, N.J. - A neurosurgical specialist's claim seeking payment for out-of-network care is based on an implied contract providing a separate and independent basis for recovery and thus is not preempted by ERISA, a federal judge in New Jersey held Feb. 17 in remanding the case (North Jersey Brain & Spine Center v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-1544, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22710).
NEWARK, N.J. - Remand of an insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit to state court is proper because a third-party's claims are not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a federal magistrate judge in New Jersey ruled Feb. 17 (North Jersey Brain & Spine Center v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-1544, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22710).
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals court on Feb. 16 said a plaintiff who claims that he was infected by recalled medical wipes missed the state statute of limitations for one lot but not the second (Kenneth Nicolosi, et al. v. Smith and Nephew, Inc., et al., No. 1-1108-15T2, N.J. Super., App. Div., 2017 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 389).
TRENTON, N.J. - Environmental advocacy groups on Feb. 14 filed a brief in New Jersey federal court contending that the court should stay their groundwater contamination case against NL Industries Inc. pending appeal (Raritan Baykeeper Inc., et al. v. NL Industries Inc., et al., No. 09-4117, D. N.J.).
CAMDEN, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Feb. 14 granted a federal flood insurer's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by insureds seeking a declaration that they are entitled to coverage and compensatory damages stemming from the insurer's purported mishandling of their Superstorm Sandy flood claim (Herbert Ruth and Danna Ruth v. Selective Insurance Company of America, No. 15-2616, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20534).
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Feb. 7 refused to dismiss insurers' federal claims under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in their lawsuit alleging that the defendant competitors "willfully and maliciously" targeted and solicited at least 15 of their employees for employment (Chubb INA Holdings Inc. [f/k/a The Chubb Corporation], et al. v. Michael Chang, et al., No. 16-2354, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16744).
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Feb. 8 found that the developer of a condominium that is also a member of the insured condominium association does not have an insurable interest and is not entitled to building coverage under a standard flood insurance policy (SFIP), granting the insurer's motion for summary judgment in a dispute over coverage for flood damage caused when the Raritan River overflowed (Branchburg Commerce Park, LLC v. Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest, et al., No. 15-6719, D. N.J.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17518).
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal magistrate judge in New Jersey on Feb. 7 denied a motion to compel filed by a third-party defendant company in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) lawsuit seeking information from another third party, holding that information created as part of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process is not discoverable (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, et al. v. American Thermoplastics Corp., et al., No. 98-CV-4781, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16743).
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey judge on Feb. 3 ordered a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) consumer-operated and oriented plan insurer's liquidation and appointed the state's insurance commissioner as liquidator (In the Matter of Freelancers Consumer Operated and Oriented Program of New Jersey d/b/a Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey, No. MCR-C-000063-16, N.J. Super., Mercer Co., Chanc. Div.).
NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Feb. 3 granted a lawyers professional liability insurer's motion for a default judgment against its attorney insured, finding that the insured knowingly made material misrepresentations on his insurance applications and that the insurer will also suffer prejudice if the default is denied (Liberty Insurance Underwriters, Inc. v. James H. Wolfe, III, et al., No. 16-2353, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16295).
TRENTON, N.J. - The New Jersey Supreme Court on Feb. 1 affirmed that an assignment of rights under numerous insurance policies issued between 1964 and 1986 is enforceable and valid because the assignment was made after the loss occurred and the insurers' obligation to insure the risk under the policies was not altered by the assignment to a successor company (Givaudan Fragrances Corp. v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., et al., No. 2015, 076523, N.J. Sup., 2017 N.J. LEXIS 121).
CAMDEN, N.J. - Finding that there are genuine issues of material fact as to whether an insured submitted and an insurer received a proof of loss for the insured's Superstorm Sandy damage, a New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 31 denied the insurer's motion for summary judgment in the resulting coverage dispute (Gregg S. Balin v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co., No. 14-5001, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12952).
TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, members of his administration and the State-Operated School District of the City of Newark, N.J., on Jan. 30 filed two briefs in New Jersey federal court arguing that the lawsuit brought by residents who contend that the state and the school district are liable for lead-contaminated drinking water in the school district should be dismissed for lack of standing and failure to state a claim (Veronica Branch, et al v. Chris Christie, et al., No. 16-2467, D. N.J.).
NEWARK, N.J. - Three pediatric medical practices on Jan. 27 asked a New Jersey federal court to approve a $61.5 million cash settlement of claims alleging that drug maker Sanofi Pasteur Inc. and a subsidiary engaged in anti-competitive behavior by bundling its Menactra quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) with other pediatric vaccines to keep another meningitis vaccine from cutting into Sanofi's 100 percent market share (Adriana M. Castro, M.D., P.A., et al. v. Sanofi Pasteur Inc., No. 11-7178, D. N.J.).
CAMDEN, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 25 granted a federal flood insurer's motion for summary judgment in its insureds' lawsuit seeking coverage for additional Superstorm Sandy damages, finding that the insureds' failure to submit a supplemental proof of loss defeats their claim (Thomas Rossetti and Yana Rossetti v. Selective Insurance Company of America, No. 15-5737, D. N.J.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10670).
TRENTON, N.J. - The New Jersey federal judge overseeing the Invokana multidistrict litigation on Jan. 24 appointed 14 plaintiff attorneys to leadership positions (In Re: Invokana [Canagliflozin] Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 16-md-2750, D. N.J.).
NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Jan. 23 granted an attorney insured's motion to set aside a default entered against him in a dispute over professional liability coverage for underlying legal malpractice claims (Wesco Insurance Co. v. Michael S. Shuhala, et al., No. 16-2106, D. N.J.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8581).
TRENTON, N.J. - A dispute over methodologies and inventions used in the gaming industry will proceed with new allegations of trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement, a New Jersey federal magistrate judge ruled Jan. 24 in an unpublished decision (High Five Games LLC v. Daniel Marks, et al., No. 13-7161, D. N.J.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9302).
TRENTON, N.J. - A unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court on Jan. 24 reinstated a $25.15 million Accutane bowel injury verdict after finding that New Jersey's statute of limitations and discovery rule apply to the plaintiff's claim and not Alabama's more restrictive law (Andrew McCarrell v. Hoffman-La Roche, Inc., et al., No. A-28 September Term 2015 076524, N.J. Sup.; 2017 N.J. LEXIS 19).