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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Denies Reconsideration Of Twice-Dismissed J. Crew Receipt Class Complaint

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on June 14 denied without comment a plaintiff's motion to reconsider a June 6 ruling that dismissed, for the second time, a putative class action alleging that J. Crew Group Inc. violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) by printing too many credit card digits on customers' receipts (Ahmed Kamal v. J. Crew Group Inc., et al., No. 2:15-cv-00190, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91080).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Landlords Seek More Than $1.59M From Verizon For Alleged Property Contamination

HACKENSACK, N.J. - Property owners filed a complaint in the Bergen County Superior Court on June 12 contending that Verizon New Jersey Inc. is liable for $1,591,435 in damages because it failed to remediate contamination on property it leased from the plaintiffs in breach of its rental contract (Joan Rudnick, et al. v. Verizon New Jersey Inc., No. L-4023-17, N.J. Super., Bergen Co.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge Approves Proposed Settlement For Class Members, FLSA Collective Members

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on June 9 granted final approval of a proposed settlement as fair, reasonable and adequate for class members and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective members, further approving $450,000 in class counsel fees and costs and a $10,000 service award to the named plaintiff (Juan Luna Dominguez, et al. v. Galaxy Recycling Inc., et al., No. 12-7521, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88855).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Approves Proposed Settlement For Class Members, FLSA Collective Members

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on June 9 granted final approval of a proposed settlement as fair, reasonable and adequate for class members and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective members, further approving $450,000 in class counsel fees and costs and a $10,000 service award to the named plaintiff (Juan Luna Dominguez, et al. v. Galaxy Recycling Inc., et al., No. 12-7521, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88855).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Panel: Insured's Liability Expert Provided No Authority To Support His Opinion

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals panel on June 7 affirmed a lower court's ruling in favor of an insurer and an insurance agency in an insured's negligence and professional malpractice lawsuit arising from Hurricane Irene damage, finding that the insured's liability expert was properly excluded because he offered no authority to support his opinion (Satec Inc., et al. v. The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., et al., No. A-5103-14T4, N.J. Super., App. Div., 2017 N.J. Super. LEXIS 68).

Mealey's Insurance - Panel: Insured's Liability Expert Provided No Authority To Support His Opinion

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals panel on June 7 affirmed a lower court's ruling in favor of an insurer and an insurance agency in an insured's negligence and professional malpractice lawsuit arising from Hurricane Irene damage, finding that the insured's liability expert was properly excluded because he offered no authority to support his opinion (Satec Inc., et al. v. The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., et al., No. A-5103-14T4, N.J. Super., App. Div., 2017 N.J. Super. LEXIS 68).

Mealey's Insurance - Insured Failed To Show Cancellation Of Policy Was In Bad Faith, Judge Rules

NEWARK, N.J. - An insured has failed to state any plausible claims to support his contention that his life insurance provider breached its contract or acted in bad faith in canceling his policy without providing proper notification, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled June 5 in granting the insurer's motion to dismiss (David M. Watkins v. Protective Life Insurance Co., No. 17-0734, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85862).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge: 'Abusive Act' Exclusion Bars Coverage For Claims Against Board Of Education

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on June 1 found that a commercial general liability insurer has no duty to defend its board of education insured against underlying claims arising from abusive acts alleged by students against a former teacher (Montville Township Board of Education v. Zurich American Insurance Co., No. 16-4466, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83810).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Ire Over Depositions In Asbestos Fraud Case 'Baseless,' Judge Told

NEWARK, N.J. - Having "[sown] poisoned seeds" by conducting a decades-long effort to destroy evidence of asbestos liability, a company now attempts to harvest its crop by complaining that class representatives accusing it of fraud do not know the precise impact of that scheme, plaintiffs told a New Jersey federal judge on May 30 in opposing a sanctions motion (Kimberlee Williams, et al. v. BASF Catalysts LLC, et al., No. 11-1754, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Ire Over Depositions In Asbestos Fraud Case 'Baseless,' Judge Told

NEWARK, N.J. - Having "[sown] poisoned seeds" by conducting a decades-long effort to destroy evidence of asbestos liability, a company now attempts to harvest its crop by complaining that class representatives accusing it of fraud do not know the precise impact of that scheme, plaintiffs told a New Jersey federal judge on May 30 in opposing a sanctions motion (Kimberlee Williams, et al. v. BASF Catalysts LLC, et al., No. 11-1754, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Xarelto MDL Judge Says Janssen Witness Must Testify By Remote, Live Transmission

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the Xarelto multidistrict litigation on May 26 again denied a defense motion to quash a subpoena to have a company witness in New Jersey give live testimony at an upcoming New Orleans bellwether trial via remote transmission (In Re: Xarelto [Rivaroxaban] Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2592, Joseph Orr Jr. v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., No. 15-3708, E.D. Pa., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81047).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Xarelto MDL Judge Says Janssen Witness Must Testify By Remote, Live Transmission

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the Xarelto multidistrict litigation on May 26 again denied a defense motion to quash a subpoena to have a company witness in New Jersey give live testimony at an upcoming New Orleans bellwether trial via remote transmission (In Re: Xarelto [Rivaroxaban] Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2592, Joseph Orr Jr. v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., No. 15-3708, E.D. Pa., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81047).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Plaintiffs' Counsel Informs Judge Of Settlement Over Allegedly Defective Decking

NEWARK, N.J. - Counsel for plaintiffs who claim that decking made by Azek Building Products Inc. is defective because it prematurely faded, discolored, scratched and stained informed a federal judge in New Jersey on May 24 that they have reached a settlement with the manufacturer (In re: Azek Building Products Inc.; Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2506, Mel Beucler, et al. v. CPG International Inc., et al., No. 12cv6627, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Alabama Federal Judge Denies Motion To Enjoin New Jersey TCPA Copycat Case

MOBILE, Ala. - An Alabama federal judge on May 23 denied without prejudice a motion by a the lead plaintiff in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class suit to enjoin a copycat class action filed in the New Jersey federal court because a motion to dismiss, stay or transfer is currently pending in New Jersey (Family Medicine Pharmacy, LLC v. Impax Laboratories, Inc., No. 17-0053, S.D. Ala., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77797).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - ConocoPhillips To Pay $39M To Settle MTBE Lawsuit

NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on May 23 approved a $39 million settlement deal under which ConocoPhillips, a defendant in the multidistrict litigation for groundwater contamination from methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), will be released from the litigation (In Re: Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Products Liability Litigation, No. 00-1898, MDL 1358, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. Atlantic Richfield Company, No. 08-0312, S.D. N.Y.).

Mealey's Insurance - Policy Limits Flood Coverage To $1M, Majority Says In Superstorm Sandy Dispute

TRENTON, N.J. - A majority of the Supreme Court of New Jersey on May 25 reversed an appeals court's ruling that held that an insured is owed $207,961.28 for debris removal in addition to $1 million in flood coverage under a surplus lines insurance policy, reinstating a lower court's partial summary judgment ruling in favor of the insurer in a Superstorm Sandy coverage dispute (Oxford Realty Group Cedar v. Travelers Excess and Surplus Lines Co., No. A-85-15, 077617, N.J. Sup., 2017 N.J. LEXIS 570).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge: Defendants' Alleged Misrepresentations Not Actionable In Securities Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company and its CEO have failed to plead any material misstatements or omissions in arguing that the defendants misrepresented that the company's new drug was expected to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in violation of federal securities laws, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled May 19 in granting the defendants' motion to dismiss (Blake Bauer v. Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al., No. 16-3091, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76247).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge: Defendants' Alleged Misrepresentations Not Actionable In Securities Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company and its CEO have failed to plead any material misstatements or omissions in arguing that the defendants misrepresented that the company's new drug was expected to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in violation of federal securities laws, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled May 19 in granting the defendants' motion to dismiss (Blake Bauer v. Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al., No. 16-3091, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76247).

Mealey's IP/Tech - New Jersey Federal Judge Transfers Copaxone Patent Case To Delaware

TRENTON, N.J. - A dispute over plans by Sandoz Inc. and Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sandoz, collectively) to sell generic Copaxone will proceed in Delaware federal court, a New Jersey federal judge ruled May 22 (Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. v. Sandoz Inc., et al., No. 17-275, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77193).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Judge: Defendants' Alleged Misrepresentations Not Actionable In Securities Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - Lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company and its CEO have failed to plead any material misstatements or omissions in arguing that the defendants misrepresented that the company's new drug was expected to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in violation of federal securities laws, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled May 19 in granting the defendants' motion to dismiss (Blake Bauer v. Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al., No. 16-3091, D. N.J., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76247).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Court Finds Work Testimony, Presence Of Asbestos Establishes Exposure

TRENTON, N.J. - Evidence that a man worked with asbestos and that Union Carbide Corp. supplied more than 40,000 pounds of the mineral to the facility at which he worked are enough to establish exposure, even without a direct link, a New Jersey appeals court held in reversing judgment May 17 (Thomasina Fowler, et al. v. Akzo Nobel Chemicals Inc., et al., No. A-2300-15T4, N.J. Super., App. Div.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Court Finds Work Testimony, Presence Of Asbestos Establishes Exposure

TRENTON, N.J. - Evidence that a man worked with asbestos and that Union Carbide Corp. supplied more than 40,000 pounds of the mineral to the facility at which he worked are enough to establish exposure, even without a direct link, a New Jersey appeals court held in reversing judgment May 17 (Thomasina Fowler, et al. v. Akzo Nobel Chemicals Inc., et al., No. A-2300-15T4, N.J. Super., App. Div.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Talc Company Accused Of Fraud Doesn't Need Discovery, Asbestos Plaintiffs Argue

NEWARK, N.J. - Discovery into underlying asbestos claims is not warranted in a class action alleging that a talc company destroyed evidence relevant to asbestos claims because the case involves the scheme to protect the company from liability, not the tort actions, plaintiffs told a federal judge in New Jersey on May 12 (Kimberlee Williams, et al. v. BASF Catalysts LLC, et al., No. 11-1754, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Talc Company Accused Of Fraud Doesn't Need Discovery, Asbestos Plaintiffs Argue

NEWARK, N.J. - Discovery into underlying asbestos claims is not warranted in a class action alleging that a talc company destroyed evidence relevant to asbestos claims because the case involves the scheme to protect the company from liability, not the tort actions, plaintiffs told a federal judge in New Jersey on May 12 (Kimberlee Williams, et al. v. BASF Catalysts LLC, et al., No. 11-1754, D. N.J.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Talc Company Accused Of Fraud Doesn't Need Discovery, Asbestos Plaintiffs Argue

NEWARK, N.J. - Discovery into underlying asbestos claims is not warranted in a class action alleging that a talc company destroyed evidence relevant to asbestos claims because the case involves the scheme to protect the company from liability, not the tort actions, plaintiffs told a federal judge in New Jersey on May 12 (Kimberlee Williams, et al. v. BASF Catalysts LLC, et al., No. 11-1754, D. N.J.).