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Mealey's Health Law - New Jersey Magistrate Denies Insurance Department Motion To Quash Subpoena

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal magistrate judge on Sept. 30 denied the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance's motion to quash a subpoena related to the denial of a woman's mental health treatments, saying a confidentiality provision in the state Health Care Quality Act is preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Rachel B. v. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, No. 14-cv-01153, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135547).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - New Jersey Magistrate Denies Insurance Department Motion To Quash Subpoena

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal magistrate judge on Sept. 30 denied the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance's motion to quash a subpoena related to the denial of a woman's mental health treatments, saying a confidentiality provision in the state Health Care Quality Act is preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Rachel B. v. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, No. 14-cv-01153, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135547).

Mealey's IP/Tech - New Jersey Federal Judge Denies Relief In Air Freshener Patent Case

TRENTON, N.J. - A case involving claims of willful design patent infringement will proceed without a preliminary injunction in place, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Sept. 27 (Brandywine Product Group International v. Universal Distribution Center LLC, No. 16-2248, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132195).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - New Jersey Officials: Case Fails To State Claim; Sovereign Immunity Applies

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and other state officials on Sept. 23 filed a brief in New Jersey federal court arguing that a lawsuit brought against them by a group of residents seeking compensatory and punitive damages in relation to lead-contaminated drinking water should be dismissed because the officials are entitled to sovereign immunity (Veronica Branch, et al v. Chris Christie, et al., No. 16-2467, D. N.J.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Trademark Counterclaim Survives Motion In New Jersey Federal Litigation

TRENTON, N.J. - Counterclaims of contributory copyright infringement were rejected Sept. 22 by a New Jersey federal judge as barred by the economic loss doctrine because the allegations giving rise to the counterclaim are not "separate and distinct" from a related breach of contract counterclaim (Air Express International d/b/a DHL Global Forwarding Corporation v. LOG-NET Inc., No. 12-1732, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129409).

Mealey's IP/Tech - New Jersey Federal Judge Enjoins Sales Of Generic Levothyroxine Formulation

TRENTON, N.J. - Although denying a plaintiff's request to dismiss counterclaims of inequitable conduct, a New Jersey federal judge on Sept. 20 nonetheless granted the plaintiff a preliminary injunction in a patent dispute over injectable lyophilized levothyroxine (Fresenius Kabi USA LLC v. Fera Pharmaceuticals LLC, et al., No. 15-3654, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128126).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 'Bridgegate' Class Suit Partially Survives Dismissal Motions

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Sept. 15 trimmed claims in a class complaint accusing New Jersey officials of orchestrating a scheme, referred to as "Bridgegate," to cause a traffic jam by closing lanes of the George Washington Bridge (GWB) in September 2013 without prior notice and denied a motion for class certification as premature (Zachary Galicki, et al. v. State of New Jersey, GW Car Service LLC, et al. v. State of New Jersey, et al., No. 14-169, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126076).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Defendants Seek Dismissal Of Claims Against Them In Securities Class Action

TRENTON, N.J. - Defendants in a securities class action lawsuit in New Jersey federal court separately moved to dismiss the claims against them on Sept. 13, arguing that shareholders failed to plead any actionable misrepresentation, scienter or loss causation in making their federal securities law claims (In re Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 15-7658, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Defendants Seek Dismissal Of Claims Against Them In Securities Class Action

TRENTON, N.J. - Defendants in a securities class action lawsuit in New Jersey federal court separately moved to dismiss the claims against them on Sept. 13, arguing that shareholders failed to plead any actionable misrepresentation, scienter or loss causation in making their federal securities law claims (In re Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 15-7658, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Defendants Seek Dismissal Of Claims Against Them In Securities Class Action

TRENTON, N.J. - Defendants in a securities class action lawsuit in New Jersey federal court separately moved to dismiss the claims against them on Sept. 13, arguing that shareholders failed to plead any actionable misrepresentation, scienter or loss causation in making their federal securities law claims (In re Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 15-7658, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Office Depot Assistant Managers Granted Certification In Wage Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Sept. 13 granted final certification of a collective action filed by assistant store managers (ASMs) seeking unpaid overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and certified three out of four proposed classes alleging violations of various state wage-and-hour laws (Kyle Rivet, et al. v. Office Depot, Inc., No. 12-2992, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123655).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Office Depot Assistant Managers Granted Certification In Wage Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Sept. 13 granted final certification of a collective action filed by assistant store managers (ASMs) seeking unpaid overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and certified three out of four proposed classes alleging violations of various state wage-and-hour laws (Kyle Rivet, et al. v. Office Depot, Inc., No. 12-2992, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123655).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - G-I Holdings Wins Summary Judgment On Claims By New York Housing Authority

NEWARK, N.J. - The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) cannot pursue asbestos property damage claims against former Chapter 11 debtor G-I Holdings Inc. because the authority's allegations fail to meet the required elements for indemnity or restitution, a New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge held Sept. 9 in awarding G-I summary judgment (In re: G-I Holdings, Inc., et al., Nos. 01-30135 and 01-38790, D. N.J. Bkcy.; 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 3314).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge: No Evidence Man Joined Talc Defendants To Defeat Federal Jurisdiction

TRENTON, N.J. - No evidence supports an allegation that a man joined two companies to an asbestos-tainted talc action simply to avoid federal court, a federal judge in New Jersey said Sept. 6 in remanding the case (Gilbert Paul Hernandez v. Brenntag North America Inc., et al., No. 16-4038, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119854).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge: No Evidence Man Joined Talc Defendants To Defeat Federal Jurisdiction

TRENTON, N.J. - No evidence supports an allegation that a man joined two companies to an asbestos-tainted talc action simply to avoid federal court, a federal judge in New Jersey said Sept. 6 in remanding the case (Gilbert Paul Hernandez v. Brenntag North America Inc., et al., No. 16-4038, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119854).

Mealey's Bankruptcy - 3rd Circuit Panel Will Not Rehear Appeal Of Pollution Claims Against Flintkote

PHILADELPHIA - A two-judge panel of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 8 declined to reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal by a corporate property owner seeking to hold Chapter 11 debtor The Flintkote Co. liable for pollution at an old New Jersey manufacturing site (8 E. Frederick Place LLC v. The Flintkote Co., et al., No. 15-2886, 3rd Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - EPA Letter Constitutes Suit, Triggers Carrier's Duty To Defend, New Jersey Judge Says

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey judge on Aug. 30 granted an insured's motion for summary judgment after determining that a general notice letter issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency constitutes a suit under the terms of insurance policies at issue and triggers the insurer's duty to defend (Cooper Industries LLC v. Employers Insurance of Wausau et al., No. L-9284-11, N.J. Super., Essex Co., Law Div.; 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2003).

Mealey's Insurance - Illinois Court Properly Found Contamination Suit Should Be Resolved In New Jersey

CHICAGO - The First District Illinois Appellate Court on Aug. 22 determined that a trial court did not err in dismissing an environmental contamination coverage suit filed by excess insurers because New Jersey, where a similar suit is pending, is the more appropriate venue to resolve the dispute (American Home Assurance Co., et al., v. National-Standard LLC, et al., No. 1-15-1363, Ill. App., 1st Dist., 1st Div.; 2016 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1733).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Concert Goers File Suit Against Rappers Over Railing Collapse

PHILADELPHIA - A group of plaintiffs on Aug. 24 sued rappers Snoop Dogg and Whiz Khalifa for contributing to the atmosphere that led to the collapse of a railing at a concert in New Jersey that caused several injuries (Michael Carpenter, et al. v. Live Nation Worldwide Inc., et al., No. 160803137, Pa. Comm. Pls., Philadelphia Co.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Nickelodeon Privacy Plaintiffs Oppose Viacom's Summary Judgment Plan On Remand

NEWARK, N.J. - The plaintiffs in a privacy class action against Viacom Inc. and Google Inc. filed a letter in New Jersey federal court Aug. 19, taking issue with Viacom's efforts to file a prediscovery summary judgment motion to dispose of the remaining intrusion upon seclusion claim that was recently revived and remanded by the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (In Re: Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation, No. 2:12-cv-07829, D. N.J.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - New Jersey High Court Says Failure To Update Drug Labels Isn't Preempted

TRENTON, N.J. - The New Jersey Supreme Court on Aug. 22 affirmed trial court and appellate court rulings that failure-to-warn claims involving generic versions of the heartburn drug Reglan are not preempted if plaintiffs can show that the generic manufacturers failed to timely update their labels to warn that long-term use of the drug can result in permanent neurological injury (In Re: Reglan Litigation, No. 075269, N.J. Sup.; 2016 N.J. LEXIS 857).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit: DuPont Printing Plate Patents Invalid, Not Infringed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A New Jersey federal judge's decision to grant a summary judgment of patent invalidity and noninfringement was affirmed Aug. 19 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which found that patent owner E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. failed to establish that an accused substrate is controlled by an accused adhesive drying process (E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. MacDermid Printing Solutions LLC, No. 15-1777, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15231).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Judge Rejects Joint-Ownership Position Advanced In Patent Case

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Aug. 17 turned away a request for dismissal of a patent infringement lawsuit based upon a claim of joint ownership by three defendants, finding instead that the plaintiff - as an exclusive licensee - can sue a patentee or an infringer (The Medicines Company v. Eagle Pharmaceuticals, et al., No. 16-569, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108855).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Appeals Panel Remands Case To Determine Scope Of New Jersey YMCA's Charitable Work

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals panel on Aug. 15 remanded a slip-and-fall case against a state YMCA facility, finding that more information about the scope of the facility's charitable, educational and religious works is needed to determine if it is entitled to absolute immunity from liability under the state Charitable Immunity Act (James F. Walters v. YMCA, No. A-1130-15T3, N.J. Sup., App. Div.; 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1904).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Federal Judge Refuses To Intervene In Foreclosure Action, Dismisses Case

TRENTON, N.J. - After finding that it would be improper to intervene in a state foreclosure-related action, a New Jersey federal judge on Aug. 16 dismissed a borrower's action against a bank in which he asserted a claim for violation of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) (Abhi Barthakur v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 15-8079, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108304).