WILMINGTON, Del. - A corporate property owner is taking its pursuit of state and federal environmental liability claims against Chapter 11 debtor The Flintkote Co. to the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, according to a notice of appeal the property owner filed Aug. 5 in Delaware federal court (8 E. Frederick Place LLC v. The Flintkote Co., et al., No. 12-1176, D. Del.).
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on July 31 granted final approval of a $235 million settlement in a securities class action lawsuit, ruling that the settlement met all statutory guidelines for approval (New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund, et al. v. Residential Capital LLC, et al., No. 08-8781, S.D. N.Y.).
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on July 31 refused to reopen a Superstorm Sandy coverage dispute, finding that the insured's lack of timeliness in filing her motion for relief weighs against reopening the case (Gloria Focazio v. Fidelity National Indemnity Insurance Co., No. 14-1062 [MAS] [TJB], D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100699).
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on July 31 denied a motion to dismiss filed by defendants accused of engaging in a scheme to sell a stranger-originated life insurance (STOLI) policy to third-party investors, finding that the plaintiff company's claims were timely and that the insurer sufficiently pleaded damages as a result of the alleged scheme (Pruco Life Insurance Company v. Denise Binday Koslowsky, et al., No. 14-03976, D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100515).
CAMDEN, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on July 27 dismissed an ambulance owner insured's lawsuit arising from Superstorm Sandy damage without prejudice, finding that the court never possessed federal jurisdiction to hear the case because there was no basis for alleging that the insurer violated the National Flood Insurance Act (Sea Bright First Aid Squad Inc. v. Arch Insurance Co., No. 14-1447, D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97410).
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals panel on July 27 found that a lower court erred when it ordered two insurers to produce withheld and redacted documents in a Superstorm Sandy warehouse fire coverage dispute, reversing and remanding for the court to conduct a careful in camera inspection of the requested documents to determine if they are discoverable and, if so, protected by a privilege or other restrictions (Alden Leeds Inc. v. QBE Specialty Insurance Co., et al., No. A-2034-14T1, N.J. Super., App. Div.; 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1793).
TRENTON, N.J. - A declaratory judgment counterclaim seeking a declaration of copyright co-ownership was rejected July 27 by a New Jersey federal judge, who instead granted plaintiff TD Bank N.A. summary judgment on its allegation of copyright infringement by a former CEO (TD Bank N.A. v. Vernon W. Hill II, No. 12-7188, D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97409).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two petitioners won mandamus on July 22 from a New Jersey federal judge's modified protective order that would allow courts in Korea and Japan access to proprietary information gleaned from an American patent infringement lawsuit, in what the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals deemed a case of first impression (In re: POSCO, No. 15-112, Fed. Cir.).
TRENTON, N.J. - Deeming the efforts by several copyright infringement defendants to persuade him to revisit his May 2015 denial of summary judgment "a textbook example of everything a reconsideration motion should not be," U.S. Judge Kevin McNulty of the District of New Jersey on July 21 denied the request (Hanover Architectural Service P.A. v. Christian Testimony-Morris N.P., et al., No. 10-5455, D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94916).
CAMDEN, N.J. - Four of the plaintiffs who sued a group of railroad company defendants seeking damages related to a vinyl chloride spill caused by the derailment of a train crossing the bridge over Mantua Creek filed a brief on July 20 in New Jersey federal court, contending that the report of its expert should be included in the court record because the defendant's argument for excluding it is based on a false claim (In re: Paulsboro Derailment Cases, No. 13-784, D. N.J.).
PHILADELPHIA - Under New Jersey law, an insurer did not act in bad faith in the adjusting of payments to settle insureds' repair costs to their property following a water pipe burst, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled July 20 (Aaron Beyer and Francine S. Beyer v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., No. 14-4887, E.D. Pa.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94456).
TRENTON, N.J. - Consequential damages caused by subcontractors' defective work that were unintended and unexpected constitute "property damage" and an "occurrence" under commercial general liability insurance policies, a New Jersey appeals panel ruled July 21, applying the subcontractor exception to the "your work" exclusion (Bob Meyer Communities Inc. v. James R. Slim Plastering Inc., et al., No. A-5581-12T1, N.J. Super., App. Div.; 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1754).
TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals panel on July 20 reversed a lower court's ruling that a homeowners insurer has a duty to defend its insureds against a negligent supervision claim stemming from sexual molestation claims against their teenage son, vacating the court's award of $44,656.32 in attorney fees to the insureds (P.D and J.D., individually and on behalf of M.D. v. The Germantown Insurance Co., et al., No. A-3829-12T2, N.J. Super., App. Div.; 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1731).
TRENTON, N.J. - Unintended and unexpected consequential damages caused by faulty work of subcontractors constitute "property damage" and an "occurrence" under commercial general liability insurance policies, a New Jersey appeals panel ruled July 21 (Belmont Condominium Association Inc. v. Arrowpoint Capital Corp., et al., No. A-4187-12T4, N.J. Super., App. Div.; 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1749).
CAMDEN, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on July 17 denied an insurer's motion for summary judgment in an insurance bad faith lawsuit, ruling that the insurer's letter partially denying coverage on a homeowners insurance policy was ambiguous (Joseph Liguori, et al. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds London Subscribing to Policy #AJD8955, No. 14-5898, D. N.J.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93090).
TRENTON, N.J. - Defendants accused of being involved in an $8.1 million scheme to defraud an insurance company in violation of the Insurance Fraud Prevention Act (IFPA) have the right to a jury trial, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled July 16, holding that the state's Legislature intended the statute to conform with the New Jersey Constitution (Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company, et al. v. Gregorio Lajara, et al., No. A-70 September Term 2013, 073511, N.J. Sup.; 2015 N.J. LEXIS 797).
TRENTON, N.J. - The New Jersey Supreme Court on July 15 said that "watchdog" employees are protected by the state's whistle-blower law while performing their regular duties and that an appeals court erred in creating a standard for evaluating claims by watchdogs (Joel S. Lippman, M.D. v. Ethicon, Inc., et al., Nos. A65-13 and A-66-13 September Term 2013, 073324, N.J. Sup.; 2015 N.J. LEXIS 791).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal judge on July 14 declined to reconsider his affirmation of a bankruptcy court's grant of summary judgment to Chapter 11 debtor The Flintkote Co. on a corporate property owner's bid for relief from the bankruptcy stay to pursue state and federal environmental claims against Flintkote (8 E. Frederick Place LLC v. The Flintkote Co., et al., No. 12-1176, D. Del.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91005).