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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Fire Investigator May Opine On Negligent Design In A Toaster, Federal Judge Says

CHICAGO - A fire and explosion investigator may opine that a negligent design in a toaster caused a fire and that it was unreasonable for the manufacturer to design a toaster that "would indefinitely heat food products to the point of combustion as a result of foreseeable failures and blockages"...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 3rd Circuit: Opt-In Plaintiffs Lack Standing To Appeal Collective Action Ruling

PHILADELPHIA - Three hospital employees who opted in to the second round of wage litigation against their employer have no standing to appeal the trial court's denial of collective action certification after the lead named plaintiff settled his individual claims, a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - New York Attorney General: Trump University Will Pay $25M To Settle Fraud Claims

NEW YORK - New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Nov. 18 announced that a $25 million settlement had been reached ending claims that Trump University - which was owned by President-elect Donald Trump and marketed itself as a university to train, educate and mentor entrepreneurs involved in...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - New York Federal Judge Recommends Settlement Of Flushable Wipes Suits

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge issued a memorandum on Nov. 18 recommending that the parties in six individual class action lawsuits addressing sewage issues caused by flushable wipes consider settlement (D. Joseph Kurtz, et al. v. Kimberly-Clark Corporation, et al., No. 14-1142, Anthony Belfiore...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Summary Judgment For Purina Is Granted In Alleged Toxic Pet Food Case

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Nov. 17 granted a summary judgment motion filed by Nestle Purina Petcare Co. and ordered the file closed in a proposed class complaint accusing the pet food maker of using toxic substances in its Beneful brand dog food (Frank Lucido v. Nestle Purina Petcare...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Medical Examiner's Opinion Shows Death By Gunshots, Texas Appeals Panel Finds

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Expert testimony by a medical examiner showed that a defendant's fired gunshots, along with a victim's genetic medical condition, caused the victim's death, a Texas appeals panel ruled Nov. 17, also holding that accomplice witness testimony corroborated by evidence...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Bank, Payment Processing Subsidiary Settle RICO Class Suit For $37.5M

PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge on Nov. 21 granted final approval of a $37.5 million settlement to be paid by Zions National Bank and its former payment processing subsidiary to end a class complaint accusing the companies of knowingly processing payments for fraudulent telemarketers...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Orders Volkswagen To Pay Class Members Despite Attorney Liens

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Nov. 22 ordered Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen AG, Audi of America LLC and Audi AG (collectively, Volkswagen) to pay class members in the clean diesel multidistrict litigation their settlement compensation directly, despite notification of liens...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 11th Circuit: Federal Jurisdiction Remains Under CAFA Even Without Class

ATLANTA - A federal trial court erred when it ruled that the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) does not vest a federal court with original jurisdiction over state law claims after the class claims are dismissed, an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Nov. 22 (Wright Transportation, Inc. v....

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Lawyer In File-Sharing Case Again Sanctioned For Discovery Violations

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - After an appeals panel partly dismissed sanctions against an attorney as not properly reflecting the harm incurred by a copyright defendant due to the attorney's discovery misconduct and misrepresentations, an Illinois federal judge on Nov. 23 deemed the attorney's actions...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Injured Pipeline Protesters Sue County, City Police Over Clash At Bridge

BISMARCK, N.D. - County and city police officers who "unleashed a violent, unjustified, and unprovoked physical attack" on Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) protestors should be stopped from using excessively violent means of crowd control and should pay for injuries they inflicted on the protesters...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Suit Over 'Natural' Products To Be Remanded After Class Scope Is Clarified

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Nov. 28 agreed to send a class complaint alleging false promotion of cleaning and personal care products as "natural" back to state court after the lead plaintiff amends his complaint to clarify that the scope of the class is limited to California...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Illinois Federal Judge Partially Bars Expert's Opinions In Patent Infringement Lawsuit

CHICAGO - In a patent infringement lawsuit, an Illinois federal judge on Nov. 28 partially granted in part and denied in part a patent owner's motion to exclude an expert's opinions on whether accused products infringed its patents related to agricultural equipment (Not Dead Yet Manufacturing...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Bars Expert Testimony, Grants Judgment On Fraud, Breach Of Warranty Claims

CLEVELAND - Having excluded an expert's testimony on a pest device based on an unreliable methodology, an Ohio federal judge on Nov. 29 granted summary judgment to the device's manufacturers on fraud and breach of warranty claims in a class action lawsuit (Jeanne Steigerwald, individually and...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Damages Expert Barred From Opining On Certain Damages In Agreement Dispute, Judge Says

NEW YORK - A damages expert is excluded from testifying on a credit card company's damages for additional issuing and acquiring opportunities from a termination of a deal with MasterCard International Inc., a New York federal judge ruled Nov. 29, also granting summary judgment in part to MasterCard...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Supreme Court Declines To Hear Case On Good Faith Exception To Exclusionary Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its Dec. 5 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari for a case in which a man convicted of tax evasion, which was based on evidence obtained from a mirror image copy of his computer hard drives, had asked the court to consider whether the good-faith exception to the...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Denies Exclusion Of Expert Testimony In Fraudulent Misrepresentation Lawsuit

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A Mississippi federal judge on Nov. 30 declined to exclude expert testimony that will help support fraudulent inducement, fraudulent misrepresentation and negligent misrepresentation claims against a window manufacturer and its retail seller (Joan Cravens Inc. and Jason V. Smith...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Supreme Court Finds No Dismissal Mandate For False Claims Act Seal Violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 6 held that the False Claims Act (FCA) "does not enact so harsh a rule" as mandating dismissal of a relator's lawsuit under the act for a violation of the statute's requirement that the relator's complaint...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - No Error In Admission Of Fingerprint Testimony In Criminal Case, Panel Finds

BOSTON - A trial judge did not err in admitting expert testimony concerning the absence of fingerprints on a gun that a jury found a defendant had possessed, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Dec. 1, affirming a man's conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm (United States...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Excludes Surgeon From Testifying On Standard Of Care In Medical Malpractice Suit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In a medical malpractice case, an Alaska federal judge on Dec. 1 excluded a general and colorectal surgeon from testifying about the standard of care a patient received before and following his diagnosis of colon cancer because the surgeon's board certification in surgery does...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Declines To Bar Medical Testimony On History Of Neck Pain In Auto Negligence Suit

SCRANTON, Pa. - In a negligence lawsuit stemming from an automobile accident, a Pennsylvania federal judge on Dec. 5 declined to exclude medical testimony on a man's history of neck pain and how any exacerbation of the neck would have resolved itself in a matter of months because any disagreement...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Federal Judge Bars Expert's Alternative Design Theory In Personal Injury Lawsuit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A licensed professional engineer may testify regarding a man's fall from a ladder and the sufficiency of the warnings and instructions but may not testify regarding a color banding alternative design because he failed to sufficiently substantiate his opinion for this alternative...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Federal Judge Bars Opinion On Policies, Practices For Cleaning Spills At Airport

SEATTLE - In a slip-and-fall case, an expert may testify as to the nature of an airport's floors when they become wet but cannot testify about the policies and practices for detecting and cleaning up spills, a Washington federal judge ruled Dec. 2 (Evelyne Suzanne Sudre, et al. v. The Port of Seattle...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - ICSID Grants Dismissal For Indonesia, Orders Mining Company To Pay $9.4M

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An English mining company on Dec. 7 announced that a tribunal for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has granted an application filed by the Republic of Indonesia to dismiss arbitration claims asserted against it related to the revocation of mining...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Sprint Loses Motions To Bar Damages Experts In Patent Suits Against Comcast, Time Warner

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas federal judge on Dec. 5 denied Sprint Communications Co. L.P. its attempts to exclude damages and patent experts in two consolidated patent infringement lawsuits filed against Comcast Cable Communications LLC and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) (Sprint Communications Company...