NEWARK, N.J. - A class of chiropractors suing insurers for allegedly systematically denying payment for certain services rendered on May 17 announced that they are seeking approval of a $33 million settlement (Alphonse DeMaria, et al. v. Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. d/b/a Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, et al., No. 11-7298, D. N.J.).
TRENTON, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on May 16 denied a third-party defendant's motion to dismiss a suit seeking indemnification and contribution from its procurement of allegedly ineligible workers' compensation insurance, finding that a forum-selection clause cannot be enforced because New Jersey has a strong interest in the litigation (Liberty Insurance Corporation v. Bulk Express Logistics Inc., et al., No. 13-5941, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64611).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arguments by two patent plaintiffs that a New Jersey federal judge erroneously construed various disputed terms in a hip implant socket assembly patent were rejected May 12 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Howmedica Osteonics Corp., et al. v. Zimmer Inc., et al., Nos. 15-1232, -1234, -1239, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 8701).
NEWARK, N.J. - A retrocessional reinsurer notified a federal court in New Jersey on May 4 that it was dropping its dispute over approximately $9 million in retrocessional reinsurance premiums (National Indemnity Company v. Companhia Siderurgica Nacional S.A., et al., No. 15-cv-00752, D. N.J.).
TRENTON, N.J. - Allegations by a patent infringement defendant of antitrust injury were dismissed May 4 by a New Jersey federal judge; however, the defendant was granted leave to amend to cure various deficiencies in the antitrust counterclaim (Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. v. Torrent Pharmaceutical Limited Inc., No. 14-4671, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59158).
TRENTON, N.J. - A group of residents on May 2 filed a purported class action in New Jersey federal court seeking compensatory and punitive damages against Gov. Chris Christie and officials associated with Newark Public Schools in relation to lead-contaminated drinking water in the city and its schools (Veronica Branch, et al v. Chris Christie, et al., No. 16-2467, D. N.J.).
PHILADELPHIA - A New Jersey judge erroneously ruled that various out-of-network (ONET) medical providers lack standing to sue the Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. and affiliated entities (CIGNA, collectively) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act for benefits allegedly owed to their assignors, pursuant to the recent ruling in North Jersey Brain & Spine Center v. Aetna, Inc. (801 F.3d 369, 372 [3rd Cir. 2015]) (NJBSC), the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded May 2 in an unpublished ruling (Darlery Franco, et al. v. Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, et al., Nos. 14-3395, -3396, 3rd Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7886).
TRENTON, N.J. - Dismissal of federal claims in a securities class action lawsuit is proper because a shareholder failed to plead any material misstatements or omissions in making his claims against a drug company and certain of its current and former executive officers, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled April 26 (In re Amarin Corp. PLC Securities Litigation, No. 13-6663, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55568).
TRENTON, N.J. - Summary judgment in favor of an insurer in an insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit is proper because insureds' claims are barred pursuant to the anti-concurrent causation clause in their homeowners insurance policy, a federal judge in New Jersey ruled April 27 (Jerome Keelen, et al. v. QBE Insurance Corp., No. 13-6941, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55895).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An employee who is demoted due to a mistaken belief that he engaged in protected political activity may challenge that decision under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and 42 U.S. Code Section 1983, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled April 26 reversing a decision by the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Jeffrey J. Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey, et al., No. 14-1280, U.S. Sup.).
CAMDEN, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on April 21 granted a motion filed by the Government Employees Insurance Co. (GEICO) to dismiss counterclaims brought by two physicians and their practices that are accused of engaging in a fraudulent billing scheme but allowed the defendants to amend their allegations that the insurer violated state law when withholding payments on the claims they submitted (Government Employees Insurance Company v. Alfred Tawadrous, et al, No. 14-5742, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53210).
TRENTON, N.J. - An insurance policy's external insulation and finish system (EIFS) exclusion precludes coverage for construction defect claims, a New Jersey appeals panel affirmed April 13, finding that sufficient expert testimony supported the contention that EIFS was installed in the project as defined in the exclusion (Crum & Forster Insurance Co. and Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Co. v. The Breese Corp. and Lakeside at North Haledon Condominium Association, Inc., No. A-3880-13T1, N.J. Super. App. Div.; 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 829).
CAMDEN, N.J. - The defendants being sued for injuries from vinyl chloride contamination that allegedly occurred following a train derailment filed a brief in New Jersey federal court on April 15, contending that the district court should issue an order precluding the plaintiffs from "introducing into evidence, inducing any witness to testify, or from referring in any way, directly or indirectly," about one specific plaintiff's alleged levels of exposure to vinyl chloride or its byproducts (In Re: Paulsboro Derailment Cases, No. 13-784, D. N.J.).
NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on April 11 declined to certify a class of financial advisers (FAs) suing their employer for failing to pay them overtime wages for hours in excess of 40 per week (In Re Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC Wage and Hour Litigation, No. 11-3121, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48648).
CAMDEN, N.J. - Noting a jurisdictional divide, a New Jersey federal judge on April 8 ruled that he would follow Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals precedent and declined to dismiss a class complaint accusing a mortgage servicer of engaging in a force-placed insurance (FPI) scheme (Joseph Burroughs, et al. v. PHH Mortgage Corporation, No. 15-6122, D. N.J.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47475).
NEWARK, N.J. - Lawyers and a company accused of destroying evidence of and misrepresenting the presence of asbestos in talc must face fraud and conspiracy claims, a federal judge in New Jersey held April 5 in denying several motions to dismiss (Kimberlee Williams, et al. v. BASF Catalysts LLC, et al., No. 11-1754, D. N.J.).
NEWARK, N.J. - Plaintiffs objecting to a proposed global settlement of Durom hip litigation on March 31 asked the New Jersey federal judge presiding over the multidistrict litigation to reset an upcoming trial date and to remand cases rather than waiting an estimated 18 months for the controversial settlement to play out (In Re: Zimmer Durom Hip Cup Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2158, No. 09-4424, D. N.J.).