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Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Benicar MDL Plaintiff Experts Must Produce Patient Records Relied On In Reports

CAMDEN, N.J. - A New Jersey federal magistrate judge overseeing the Benicar multidistrict litigation on March 13 ordered plaintiffs to produce redacted records of Benicar patients on which two experts relied (In Re: Benicar [Olmesartan] Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2606, No. 15-2606, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge: Public Adjuster's Declaration Does Not Create Disputed Issue Of Fact

CAMDEN, N.J. - Granting a federal flood insurer's motion for summary judgment in a Superstorm Sandy coverage dispute, a New Jersey federal judge on March 1 rejected the insured's argument that there is a genuine dispute of material fact regarding his reliance on a public adjuster's declaration as to damages (Dane Knutson v. Selective Insurance Company, et al., No. 16-306, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29322).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Heart Device Case Dismissed With Prejudice; No Parallel Claim Found

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on Feb. 27 dismissed with prejudice a heart device wrongful death complaint, finding that the plaintiff failed to assert a claim that parallels federal law and escapes federal preemption (Barbara A. Chester, et al. v. Boston Scientific Corp., et al., No. 16-2421, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26676).

Mealey's IP/Tech - New Jersey Federal Judge Denies Injunction In Trademark Case

TRENTON, N.J. - Citing the dates upon which a plaintiff and defendant first began using a disputed trademark, a New Jersey federal judge on Feb. 24 denied the plaintiff's request for preliminary injunctive relief (Watch Yo Mouth LLC v. Denbigh and Associates LLC, d/b/a Skyler Innovations, No. 17-717, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26258).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge Remands Implied Insurance Contract Claims As Outside ERISA

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).

Mealey's Health Law - Claims In Bad Faith Suit Not Subject To ERISA Preemption, Magistrate Rules

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).

Mealey's Insurance - Claims In Bad Faith Suit Not Subject To ERISA Preemption, Magistrate Rules

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).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - New Jersey Appeals Panel Says Plaintiff Can Sue For Most Recent Recall Of Wipes

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).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Groundwater Contamination Case Should Be Stayed Pending Appeal, Groups Argue

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.).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Rules In Insurer's Favor In Suit Arising From Superstorm Sandy Flood Damage

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).

Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Insurers' Claim Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

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).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge: Developer Has No Insurable Interest, Is Not Entitled To Building Coverage

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).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Insurers' Claim Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

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).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Magistrate Judge: Information Created During ADR Process Is Not Discoverable

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).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Magistrate Judge: Information Created During ADR Process Is Not Discoverable

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).

Mealey's Health Law - Judge Orders Liquidation Of ACA Health Care Provider

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.).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Enters Default Judgment Against Lawyer In Professional Liability Dispute

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).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge Orders Liquidation Of ACA Health Care Provider

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.).

Mealey's Insurance - New Jersey High Court: Assignment Valid; Coverage Owed For Environmental Claims

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).

Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge: Fact Issues Exist As To Proof Of Loss In Superstorm Sandy Dispute

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).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - New Jersey Governor, School: Case Alleging Lead-Tainted Drinking Water Fails

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.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Sanofi Pasteur To Pay $61.5M To Settle Meningitis Vaccine Anti-Competitive Class Suit

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.).

Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - Sanofi Pasteur To Pay $61.5M To Settle Meningitis Vaccine Anti-Competitive Class Suit

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.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Sanofi Pasteur To Pay $61.5M To Settle Meningitis Vaccine Anti-Competitive Class Suit

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.).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge: Insureds' Claim Is 'Directly Contradicted' By Federal Law And Regulations

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).