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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Attorney's Deposition Partly Compelled In Suit Over Water Ride Patent

SAN DIEGO - A California federal magistrate judge on June 8 found that a patent owner's counsel did not waive attorney-client privilege regarding certain proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) over a water park ride patent, partly denying a motion to compel his deposition but...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Magistrate Orders Telecom To Supplement Discovery In Contract Dispute

ORLANDO, Fla. - A telecommunications firm failed to establish its assertions of attorney-client and work product privilege in certain documents sought via discovery in a breach of contract suit brought by a former client, a Florida federal magistrate judge ruled June 12, mostly granting the plaintiff's...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Justice: Auto Makers Must Answer Asbestos Plaintiff's Jurisdictional Discovery

NEW YORK - Two automakers did not file timely objections to an order requiring them to respond to jurisdictional discovery requests, but regardless, the motions are at least likely to produce admissible evidence, a New York justice held in an opinion posted June 12 and affirming a special master's...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Defendant In Trade Secrets Lawsuit Found To Have Complied With Discovery Order

RICHMOND, Va. - Discovery sanctions in a trade secrets misappropriation lawsuit are not warranted because a door skin manufacturer failed to show that its competitor violated any discovery orders requiring it to state with the requisite specificity what trade secrets it sought to present as part of its...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Home Builder Removes Class Action Suit Over Stucco, Says Damages Exceed $5M

ORLANDO, Fla. - Centex Real Estate Co. LLC on June 11 removed a class action suit accusing the builder and contractors of improperly installing the stucco on 137 homes in an Apopka, Fla., development, arguing that the federal court has jurisdiction over the case under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Louisiana Federal Judge Orders Disability Insurer To Supplement Responses

NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal judge on June 13 ordered a disability insurer to supplement its answers to a disability claimant's interrogatories to include communications with all attorneys consulted regarding the participant's claim for benefits (Anne Wittmann v. Unum Life Insurance Company...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Intuitive Surgical Settles Da Vinci Securities Class Action For $42.5M

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Intuitive Surgical Inc. on June 13 announced that it reached an agreement in principle to settle a securities class action for $42.5 million (In Re: Intuitive Surgical Securities Litigation, No. 13-1920, N.D. Calif.).

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Swedish Court Suspends $2.6B Award For Ukraine's Gas Company

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Gazprom of Russia on June 15 announced that a Swedish court has granted its request to suspend the enforcement of a $2.6 billion arbitration award issued in a dispute over a contract for gas transit.

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Monsanto: Supplemental Ruling Supports Summary Judgment In Roundup MDL

SAN FRANCISCO - Monsanto Co. filed a notice of supplemental authority in California federal court on June 12 that it contends supports its motion for summary judgment based on a failure of general causation proof in the multidistrict litigation for Roundup (In re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 8th Circuit Upholds Target Data Breach Class Certification, Settlement

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Rejecting objections by two class members, an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 13 affirmed a trial court's approval of a $10 million settlement between Target Corp. and a class of consumers affected by a 2013 data breach, finding that on remand after a previous...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Facebook Instant Messages Deemed Discoverable In Anthem ERISA Class Action

INDIANAPOLIS - In light of a defendant's showing of relevance and the plaintiffs' failure to establish privilege, an Indiana federal magistrate judge on June 14 concluded that a Facebook instant message string between two named plaintiffs was not covered by a protective order in a putative class...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Opioid-Pushing Doctor's Conviction Upheld, As Is Medical Expert's Testimony

ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 14 affirmed the conviction of a doctor for participating in opioid "pill mills" in Georgia, finding no abuse of discretion by the trial court in allowing a government expert to testify that the doctor's conduct showed that he was...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Wells Fargo's $142M Unauthorized Account Settlement Is Granted Final Approval

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 14 granted final approval of a $142 million settlement that will be paid by Wells Fargo & Co. and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. to resolve class claims that the bank opened accounts for individuals, enrolled them in products and services and submitted applications...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Petition To Confirm $48M ICC Award

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on June 15 refused to grant a motion filed by a group of mining entities to dismiss a petition to confirm a $48,053,462 arbitral award issued by the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in favor of a group of Brazilian companies...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Students Sue University Over Elimination Of 2 Women's Teams Mid-Season

DETROIT - Two Eastern Michigan University (EMU) students filed a class complaint on June 15 in Michigan federal court, alleging that the school violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 when it eliminated its women's tennis and softball teams in the midst of their competitive seasons...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - New Jersey Appeals Court: Yaz/Yasmin Plaintiff Didn't Provide Valid Expert Report

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals panel on June 18 agreed with a trial court that a Yaz/Yasmin plaintiff failed to provide a valid expert opinion to support her claim, resulting in dismissal with prejudice (Rhonda Fuller v. Bayer Corp., et al., No. A-4813-1574, N.J. Super., App. Div., 2018 N.J. Super...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - English Court Holds Bank Can Freeze $22.6B In Kazakhstan's Assets

LONDON - An English appeals panel on June 19 denied an appeal filed by the Republic of Kazakhstan and its national bank, holding that the Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV can freeze $22.6 billion held in Kazakhstan's national fund in relation to an attempt by investors to obtain payment of a $497,685...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Former Jones Day Partner Files Gender Bias Suit Against Firm Under PAGA

SAN FRANCISCO - A former Jones Day partner filed a Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) representative action complaint on June 19 in a California state court on behalf of herself and other female attorneys employed by the firm in California, alleging that it operates as a "fraternity" where...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Preliminarily Approves $36M Settlement Of Lumber Liquidators MDLs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A federal judge in Virginia overseeing lawsuits stemming from flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators Inc. that contained excessive levels of formaldehyde and suits contending that the company's flooring prematurely scratched, chipped, warped and stained on June 15 preliminarily approved...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Final Approval Granted In $5 Million Maine Dairy Serial Comma Employment Dispute

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine federal judge on June 19 granted final approval of a $5 million settlement to be paid by a Maine dairy company to end a wage-and-hour class lawsuit stemming from the lack of a serial comma in a list of activities exempted from Maine's overtime law (Christopher O'Connor...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Georgia High Court: Class Suit Over Power Company's Franchise Fees May Proceed

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on June 18 affirmed a decision by an appellate panel reinstating class claims by consumers of retail electrical service who claim that Georgia Power Co. has collected municipal franchise fees in excess of the amounts approved by the Public Service Commission (Georgia...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Federal Judge Confirms $5.4M Award Issued In Share Purchase Dispute

LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on June 18 granted a petition to confirm a $5,470,786.47 arbitral award issued by a tribunal in Shanghai, holding that the tribunal did not exceed the scope of the issues in the arbitration and that the award did not violate Chinese law (Liu Luwei et al v. Phyto...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Confirms $22M Award Issued In Dispute Over Panama Canal Lock Construction

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on June 18 refused to vacate an award issued pursuant to the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) rules in a dispute over the construction of locks for the Panama Canal and granted a petition to confirm the $22 million award issued for a Panamanian entity that...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Google Street View Case Stayed Pending Supreme Court Cy Pres Settlement Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 19 agreed to stay a long-running putative privacy class action over Google LLC's Street View feature in light of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that the parties believe "is likely to bear directly" on a tentative settlement in the case...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 9th Circuit Affirms: Copyright Claims Against Software Provider Fail

SAN FRANCISCO - Allegations by two residential real estate photographers that the real estate software provider for a multiple listing service (MLS) violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by removing their copyright management information (CMI) were properly rejected on summary judgment...