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Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Sides With Apple, Reverses Patent Validity Holding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Texas federal judge properly denied a patent plaintiff a new trial on allegations that Apple Inc. infringed, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 8 (Wi-LAN Inc. v. Apple Inc., Nos. 14-1437, -1485, Fed. Cir.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - No Error In Permitting Ballistics Evidence In Murder Case, Panel Says

AUSTIN, Texas - A trial judge did not err in allowing ballistics evidence from an expert witness without first granting a requested hearing on the admissibility of the evidence, a Texas appeals panel affirmed Jan. 6 (Clifton Sivad Montague v. The State of Texas, No. 03-14-00266-CR, Texas App., 3rd Dist.; 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 38).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Judge Awards Attorney Fees In Copyright Litigation

HOUSTON - Citing the "objectively unreasonable nature" of "some or all" of a plaintiff's copyright infringement allegations, a Texas federal judge on Jan. 4 awarded a prevailing defendant $132,888 in attorney fees (Geophysical Services Incorporated v. TGS-Nopec Geophysical Services, No. 14-1368, S.D. Texas; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Excludes Testimony From Patent Owner's CEO In Infringement Lawsuit

SHERMAN, Texas - The CEO of a company suing for infringement of its patent may not testify regarding the legal issue of infringement or the calculation of damages, a Texas federal judge ruled Jan. 6, striking the CEO's testimony (Motio Inc. v. BSP Software LLC, et al., No. 12-647, E.D. Texas; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 901).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Texas Compounding Pharmacy Enters Into Consent Decree Following FDA Lawsuit

DALLAS - A Texas compounding pharmacy on Jan. 4 entered into consent decree of permanent injunction after the Food and Drug Administration on the same day asked a Texas federal court to enjoin Downing Labs LLC and its principals from selling adulterated drugs (United States of America v. Downing Labs, LLC., et al., No. 16-3, N.D. Texas, Dallas Div.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Texas Appeals Court Says Damages Against Home Builder Were Excessive

DALLAS - A Texas appeals panel on Dec. 16 found that $1.6 million in mental anguish damages awarded to a couple complaining of defects in their "dream home" should be reduced because the amount exceeded statutory and due process guidelines (Bishop Abbey Homes Ltd., et al. v. Bryon Hale, et al., No. 05-14-01137-CV, Texas App., 5th Dist.; 2015 Texas App. LEXIS 12708).

Mealey's Insurance - 5th Circuit Affirms Convictions, Sentences Of Health Care Fraud Defendants

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 15 affirmed a federal judge in Texas' findings when sentencing and determining the amount of restitution two men found guilty of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft must pay, holding that the evidence presented at trial supported the convictions (United States of America v. Reginald Guy, et al., No. 14-11262, 5th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 21901).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Employer Urges Texas Court To Reverse $15M Asbestos Verdict

DALLAS - A widow uses "time travel" to import an employer's current knowledge to past conduct and wildly inflates risk in a failed attempt to "dress up" a negligence claim as one for gross negligence, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. told a Texas court on Dec. 11 (The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Vicki Lynn Rogers, et al., No. 05-15-00001-CV, Texas App., 5th Dist.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Employer Urges Texas Court To Reverse $15M Asbestos Verdict

DALLAS - A widow uses "time travel" to import an employer's current knowledge to past conduct and wildly inflates risk in a failed attempt to "dress up" a negligence claim as one for gross negligence, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. told a Texas court on Dec. 11 (The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Vicki Lynn Rogers, et al., No. 05-15-00001-CV, Texas App., 5th Dist.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Employer Urges Texas Court To Reverse $15M Asbestos Verdict

DALLAS - A widow uses "time travel" to import an employer's current knowledge to past conduct and wildly inflates risk in a failed attempt to "dress up" a negligence claim as one for gross negligence, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. told a Texas court on Dec. 11 (The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Vicki Lynn Rogers, et al., No. 05-15-00001-CV, Texas App., 5th Dist.).

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 5th Circuit Affirms Denial Of Life Insurance Benefits On Behalf Of Wife

NEW ORLEANS - A Texas federal judge properly affirmed a decision by an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plan administrator to deny a widow benefits in connection with her late husband's fatal fall, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 11 (Judy Hagen v. Aetna Life Insurance Company, et al., No. 15-40597, 5th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 21460).

Mealey's Insurance - Federal Judge Grants Summary Judgment In Insurance Bad Faith Suit

SHERMAN, Texas - A federal judge in Texas on Dec. 10 granted an insurer's motion for summary judgment, accepting a federal magistrate judge's report and recommendation that stated that an insured failed to plead any of his claims except for breach of contract in an insurance bad faith lawsuit (Carlos Paz v. State Farm Lloyds, No. 14-693, E.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165144).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Defendants Denied Summary Judgment In Texas Patent Litigation

SHERMAN, Texas - Citing the existence of material fact issues, a Texas federal judge on Dec. 11 denied a request for summary judgment by three patent infringement defendants (Motio Inc. v. BSP Software LLC et al., No. 12-647, E.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165941).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Magistrate Judge Bars Testimony On Claim Construction In Patent Infringement Suit

MARSHALL, Texas - A noninfringement expert may not offer any testimony at trial that relies on a purported plain and ordinary meaning of "single memory location," "processor" or "processor connected to said data bus" in a patent infringement lawsuit, a Texas federal magistrate judge ruled Dec. 8 (ZiiLabs Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 14-203, E.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164442).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Magistrate Judge Bars Testimony On Claim Construction In Patent Infringement Suit

MARSHALL, Texas - A noninfringement expert may not offer any testimony at trial that relies on a purported plain and ordinary meaning of "single memory location," "processor" or "processor connected to said data bus" in a patent infringement lawsuit, a Texas federal magistrate judge ruled Dec. 8 (ZiiLabs Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 14-203, E.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164442).

Mealey's Insurance - Engineering Expert's Affidavit Insufficient To Create Fact Issue, Panel Says

NEW ORLEANS - The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 11 rejected Texas insureds' argument that fact issues exist regarding their contractual and extracontractual claims in a hailstorm coverage dispute, affirming a lower court's ruling in favor of the insurer (Vincent Stagliano And Peggy Stagliano v. Cincinnati Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-10137, 5th Cir.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Appoints Lead Plaintiff, Lead Counsel In Securities Class Action Lawsuit

HOUSTON - A federal judge in Texas on Dec. 7 granted a shareholder's motion for appointment as lead plaintiff, ruling that it has shown that it has the largest financial interest in the litigation and has met all statutory requirements for appointment (In re Plains All American Pipeline L.P. Securities Litigation, No. 15-2404, S.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163811).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Federal Judge Finds Bank Of America Had Authority To Foreclose

SHERMAN, Texas - A Texas federal judge on Dec. 9 granted summary judgment in favor of a bank, finding that it had the authority to foreclose on a property (Prestonwood Trust v. Bank of America, N.A., No. 4:14-CV-806, E.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164638).

Mealey's Securities/D&O Liability - Judge Appoints Lead Plaintiff, Lead Counsel In Securities Class Action Lawsuit

HOUSTON - A federal judge in Texas on Dec. 7 granted a shareholder's motion for appointment as lead plaintiff, ruling that it has shown that it has the largest financial interest in the litigation and has met all statutory requirements for appointment (In re Plains All American Pipeline L.P. Securities Litigation, No. 15-2404, S.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163811).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Texas Federal Magistrate Judge: Allow Willful Patent Infringement Claim

MARSHALL, Texas - A request by Samsung Electronics Co. (SEC) Ltd. and several subsidiaries for a summary judgment ruling of no willful infringement should be denied, a Texas federal magistrate judge recommended Dec. 8 (ZiiLabs Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 14-203, E.D. Texas).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Vacates Judgment, Damage Award In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Texas federal judge's decision to award a patent owner more than $16 million in damages for infringement by CiscoSystems Inc. was vacated Dec. 3 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v. Cisco Systems Inc., No. 15-1066, Fed. Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - Texas High Court: Defective Flanges Alone Did Not Physically Injure Diesel Units

AUSTIN, Texas - In response to four questions certified from the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court on Dec. 4 found that the terms "physical injury" and "replacement" are not ambiguous as incorporated into the "your product" or "impaired property" exclusions of a commercial general liability insurance policy and the installation of faulty flanges alone did not physically injure diesel units in a coverage dispute arising from the defective flanges (U.S. Metals, Incorporated v. Liberty Mutual Group, Incorporated, et al., No. 14-0753, Texas Sup.).

Mealey's Insurance - 5th Circuit Affirms Guilty Verdict In Health Care Insurance Fraud Suit

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Texas did not err when delivering a divided jury with an instruction pursuant to Allen v. United States (164 U.S. 492 [1896]) that allowed them to forgo their differences and come to a unanimous decision, a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Dec. 3 in affirming a verdict finding the defendant guilty of one count of health care fraud (United States of America v. Ebolose Eghobor, R.N., No. 14-11354, 5th Cir.).

Mealey's Insurance - Umbrella Insurer Files Notice Of Appeal In Asbestos Coverage Dispute

MARSHALL, Texas - An umbrella insurer on Dec. 4 filed a notice of appeal to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, seeking review of a Texas federal judge's finding that it owes more than $2 million in attorney fees and costs to another insurer to cover defense costs incurred in defending an insured in underlying asbestos suits (LSG Technologies Inc., et al. v. U.S. Fire Insurance Co., No. 07-399, S.D. Texas).

Mealey's Banking & Finance - Federal Judge Finds Land Trust Is Subject To Bank's Lien On Property

FORT WORTH, Texas - A Texas federal judge on Nov. 30 granted a bank's motion for summary judgment on claims asserted by a land trust for quiet title and injunctive relief to prevent foreclosure, finding that the bank held the note and that the trust was subject to a lien (Saddle Blanket 1316 Land Trust v. The Bank of New York Mellon, F/K/A The Bank of New York, as Trustee For The Certificateholders of Cwalt, Inc. Alternative Loan Trust 2006-31cb Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-31cb, No. 4:15-CV-401, N.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160363).