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Mealey's Labor & Employment - 9th Circuit Panel Says Dignity Health Pension Plan Not A Church Plan

SAN FRANCISCO - A panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 26 affirmed that Dignity Health's pension plan was not subject to the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and did not qualify for ERISA's church-plan exception because it was not established by a church or by a convention or association of churches (Starla Rollins, et al. v. Dignity Health, et al., No. 15-15351, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13574).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Alleged Misstatements Were Forward-Looking, Nonactionable, Judge Rules

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Dismissal of claims in a securities class action lawsuit is proper because alleged false and misleading statements made by a quick-service restaurant chain, several of its executive officers and directors and others in a 2015 press release were forward-looking and protected under the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) or were mere puffery and were nonactionable, a federal judge in California ruled July 25 (Daniel Turocy v. El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc., et al., No. 15-1343, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Securities Class Action Filings Well Above Historical Average, Report Shows

BOSTON - Federal securities class action filings climbed to higher than historical averages in the first half of 2016, up 27 percent from the semiannual average observed between 1997 and 2015, according to a semiannual report released July 26 by economic and financial consulting firm Cornerstone Research.

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Alleged Misstatements Were Forward-Looking, Nonactionable, Judge Rules

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Dismissal of claims in a securities class action lawsuit is proper because alleged false and misleading statements made by a quick-service restaurant chain, several of its executive officers and directors and others in a 2015 press release were forward-looking and protected under the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA) or were mere puffery and were nonactionable, a federal judge in California ruled July 25 (Daniel Turocy v. El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc., et al., No. 15-1343, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Securities Class Action Filings Well Above Historical Average, Report Shows

BOSTON - Federal securities class action filings climbed to higher than historical averages in the first half of 2016, up 27 percent from the semiannual average observed between 1997 and 2015, according to a semiannual report released July 26 by economic and financial consulting firm Cornerstone Research.

Mealey's IP/Tech - Johns Hopkins Patent Will Not Be Subject To Post-Grant Review

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Efforts by a petitioner to secure post-grant review of U.S. patent No. 9,108,890, issued in 2015 to The Johns Hopkins University, were unsuccessful on July 25, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied the request (David Adebimpe v. The Johns Hopkins University, No. PGR2016-00020, PTAB).

Mealey's Insurance - Judge: Faulty Workmanship Bars Insurance Claim For Damages From Collapse

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A faulty workmanship exclusion precludes coverage for collapse damages caused by an insured's actions related to the excavation of a basement coupled with the failure to install underpinning to secure the building's foundation, a Virginia federal judge ruled July 21, finding that the ensuing loss exception fails to restore coverage because no independent and covered peril contributed to the collapse other than the insured's excluded conduct (Taja Investments LLC, et al. v. Peerless Insurance Co. a/k/a Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., No. 15-01647, E.D. Va.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95760).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Drug Maker Agrees To Pay $95M To Settle Federal Securities Law Claims

LOS ANGELES - A drug maker will pay $95 million to settle claims that it misrepresented certain safety concerns with two of its products in violation of federal securities laws, according to a motion for preliminary approval of settlement filed July 21 in California federal court (In re Amgen Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 07-2536, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Drug Maker Agrees To Pay $95M To Settle Federal Securities Law Claims

LOS ANGELES - A drug maker will pay $95 million to settle claims that it misrepresented certain safety concerns with two of its products in violation of federal securities laws, according to a motion for preliminary approval of settlement filed July 21 in California federal court (In re Amgen Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 07-2536, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Drug Maker Agrees To Pay $95M To Settle Federal Securities Law Claims

LOS ANGELES - A drug maker will pay $95 million to settle claims that it misrepresented certain safety concerns with two of its products in violation of federal securities laws, according to a motion for preliminary approval of settlement filed July 21 in California federal court (In re Amgen Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 07-2536, C.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 5th Circuit: Receptionist Created Possible Age Bias Factual Dispute

NEW ORLEANS - A district court must reconsider whether an employment agency should have known about its client's possible discriminatory transfer request after the worker, who alleges that she was discriminated against because of her age, showed that the agency failed to follow its usual practice of investigating employee removal requests, a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled July 18 (Helen Nicholson v. Securitas Security Services USA, Incorporated, No. 15-10582, 5th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13127).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Grants Preliminary Approval Of $23.5M Securities Class Action Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on July 18 granted preliminary approval of a $23.5 million settlement between shareholders and a semiconductor company and others in a securities class action lawsuit, appointing shareholders as class counsel and approving the proposed settlement class (Keith Thomas, et al. v. MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp., et al., No. 14-1160, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Judge Grants Preliminary Approval Of $23.5M Securities Class Action Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on July 18 granted preliminary approval of a $23.5 million settlement between shareholders and a semiconductor company and others in a securities class action lawsuit, appointing shareholders as class counsel and approving the proposed settlement class (Keith Thomas, et al. v. MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp., et al., No. 14-1160, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Texas Federal Magistrate: Attorney Fees Not Warranted In Patent Case

MARSHALL, Texas - A defendant failed to prove that a patent plaintiff litigated its case in an unreasonable manner or that the claims presented "stand out" from others pursuant to Octane Fitness LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness Inc. (134 S. Ct. 1749, 1756 [2014]), a Texas federal magistrate judge ruled July 18 (Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations LLC v. ADS Security LP, No. 15-1431, E.D. Texas.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92845).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Defendants To Pay $64M To Settle Claims In Long-Running Securities Suit

TOLEDO, Ohio - Defendants in a long-running securities class action lawsuit will pay $64 million to settle claims that they misrepresented a company's business and financial condition in violation of federal securities laws, according to a motion for preliminary approval of settlement filed in Ohio federal court on July 14 (Plumbers & Pipefitters National Pension Fund, et al. v. Michael Burns, et al., No. 05-7393, N.D. Ohio).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Pension Funds Appointed As Co-Lead Plaintiffs In Securities Class Action

PORTLAND, Ore. - Without providing further detail, a federal judge in Oregon on July 13 appointed two pension funds as lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a metal components manufacturer and two of its executive officers (Kevin Murphy v. Precision Castparts Corp., et al., No. 16-0521, D. Ore.).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Pension Funds Appointed As Co-Lead Plaintiffs In Securities Class Action

PORTLAND, Ore. - Without providing further detail, a federal judge in Oregon on July 13 appointed two pension funds as lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit against a metal components manufacturer and two of its executive officers (Kevin Murphy v. Precision Castparts Corp., et al., No. 16-0521, D. Ore.).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Judge: No Manifest Errors Of Law Exist In Securities Suit Ruling

DALLAS - Ruling that defendants in a Securities and Exchange Commission civil enforcement action have failed to show that a federal district court committed manifest errors of law or fact, a federal judge in Texas on July 13 denied the defendants' motion for reconsideration of his ruling granting summary judgment in favor of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission v. Arcturus Corp., et al., No. 13-4861, N.D. Texas; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88410).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Defendants To Pay $64M To Settle Claims In Long-Running Securities Suit

TOLEDO, Ohio - Defendants in a long-running securities class action lawsuit will pay $64 million to settle claims that they misrepresented a company's business and financial condition in violation of federal securities laws, according to a motion for preliminary approval of settlement filed in Ohio federal court on July 14 (Plumbers & Pipefitters National Pension Fund, et al. v. Michael Burns, et al., No. 05-7393, N.D. Ohio).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Defendants' Arguments In Favor Of Dismissal Lack Merit, Shareholders Say

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Defendants in a securities class action lawsuit have failed to show that dismissal is warranted because their arguments in favor of dismissal "lack merit," shareholders argue in a July 11 opposition brief filed in New York federal court (Saleh Altayyar, et al. v. Etsy Inc., et al., No. 15-2785, E.D. N.Y.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Lead Plaintiff Properly Cured Loss Causation Pleading Deficiencies, Judge Rules

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on July 12 substantially denied a motion to dismiss filed by defendants in a securities class action lawsuit, ruling that the lead plaintiff in the action properly pleaded loss causation in making his federal securities law claims (Brad Mauss v. NuVasive Inc., et al., No. 13-2005, S.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90412).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Lead Plaintiff Properly Cured Loss Causation Pleading Deficiencies, Judge Rules

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on July 12 substantially denied a motion to dismiss filed by defendants in a securities class action lawsuit, ruling that the lead plaintiff in the action properly pleaded loss causation in making his federal securities law claims (Brad Mauss v. NuVasive Inc., et al., No. 13-2005, S.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90412).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 1st Circuit Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Fidelity Float Class Action Litigation

BOSTON - A First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on July 13 affirmed dismissal of a putative class action filed by retirement plan participants and a plan administrator alleging breach of fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (In Re: Fidelity ERISA Float Litigation; Timothy M. Kelley, et al. v. Fidelity Management Trust Co., et al., No. 15-1445, 1st Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12874).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Defendants' Arguments In Favor Of Dismissal Lack Merit, Shareholders Say

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Defendants in a securities class action lawsuit have failed to show that dismissal is warranted because their arguments in favor of dismissal "lack merit," shareholders argue in a July 11 opposition brief filed in New York federal court (Saleh Altayyar, et al. v. Etsy Inc., et al., No. 15-2785, E.D. N.Y.).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Lead Plaintiff Properly Cured Loss Causation Pleading Deficiencies, Judge Rules

SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on July 12 substantially denied a motion to dismiss filed by defendants in a securities class action lawsuit, ruling that the lead plaintiff in the action properly pleaded loss causation in making his federal securities law claims (Brad Mauss v. NuVasive Inc., et al., No. 13-2005, S.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90412).