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Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 9th Circuit Reverses Class Decertification In Aphrodisiac Supplement Suit

PASADENA, Calif. - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Sept. 15 reversed a trial court's decertification of a class of consumers suing a supplement maker for allegedly including false claims on the labels of its aphrodisiac supplements, ruling that the trial court abused its discretion...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Fla. Federal Judge Won't Allow Class Certification Motion To Be Sealed In TCPA Suit

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Sept. 14 denied an unopposed motion by the plaintiff in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit to file the motion for class certification under seal, ruling that claims that information in the motion was declared confidential by the defendant is insufficient...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Refuses To Dismiss UCL, Warranty Claims Regarding Coconut Oil Labeling

SAN DIEGO - After finding that a consumer sufficiently pleaded that she relied on various representations regarding the health benefits of coconut oil, a California federal judge on Sept. 18 denied a motion filed by the maker of the product to dismiss the purchaser's claims for violation of California's...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Suit Seeking Discovery Filed Over Post-Irma Death At Florida Nursing Home

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A man whose mother died in a Florida nursing home after the air conditioning system broke following Hurricane Irma filed suit on Sept. 15 against the home, its owners and administrative staff, seeking a pure bill of discovery and to preclude the home, its staff and owner from...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Expert's Opinion On Paralysis Tossed When Evidence Shows Accuser Can Walk

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An expert witness for a woman who says her paralysis was caused by medical malpractice was excluded from testifying by a Puerto Rico federal judge, who ruled Sept. 18 that the expert's opinion on the cause of the paralysis is useless because, despite the woman's claims...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 2nd Circuit Finds Carnival Employee Must Arbitrate Claims In The Philippines

NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 18 affirmed a ruling in which a district court found that a motorman who was injured while working aboard a vessel must arbitrate his claims against his employer in the Philippines pursuant to his employment contract (Rodrigo R. Pagaduan v...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Dismisses Claims That Parking Ticket Chalk Marks Violate Constitution

BAY CITY, Mich. - A Michigan federal judge on Sept. 15 dismissed a class lawsuit accusing a Michigan county and one of its employees of violating the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by marking tires of parked cars prior to issuing parking tickets (Alison Patricia Taylor v. City of Saginaw,...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Rental Property Owner Denied Class Certification In Suit Over Inspections

TAMPA, Fla. - A rental property owner seeking class certification in a suit over the constitutionality of a Florida city's rental housing program failed to prove the ascertainability and numerosity of its proposed class, a Florida federal judge ruled Sept. 19 (Lea Family Partnership Ltd., et al....

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Adjourns Fraud Trial So Defendant Can Review Recorded Sales Calls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A federal judge in Tennessee on Sept. 19 granted a motion filed by a man accused of orchestrating a telemarketing scheme to sell insurance products that were not major medical health insurance, finding that he should be allowed to review recordings of approximately 100,000 sales calls...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Unions Lack Standing To Sue OPM Over Data Breach, Judge Rules, Dismissing Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge on Sept. 19 dismissed a consolidated class action against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) related to a series of 2015 data breaches that compromised employees' personally identifiable information (PII), finding that the two plaintiff...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Expert's Testimony On Mine Subsidence Allowed By Federal Judge

WHEELING, W.Va. - An engineering expert can opine that nearby coal-mining operations caused subsidence damage to a couple's property in West Virginia, a federal judge held Sept. 18, finding that the expert's opinion is both reliable and helpful and that the late production of the expert's...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Insurer Files Answer, Wants Immediate Review Of ACA Lactation Coverage Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - In a motion seeking interlocutory review, an insurer argues that whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires an insurer to provide access to lactation services or merely forbids financial barriers to obtaining such services is exactly the type of question the...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge: Right Of Publicity Act Class Suit Fails Due To Express Consent

CHICAGO - The user of a photo mobile application who consented to sending invitations to all of his contacts in exchange for free storage space cannot now sue the app creator for using his name when contacting his contacts, an Illinois federal judge ruled Sept. 20, finding that the class complaint fails...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Conditional Certification Granted In Chicken Catchers' Wage Suit

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Sept. 18 granted conditional certification in a wage-and-hour lawsuit filed by individuals paid to catch chickens who allege that their piece-rate pay violates the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Jimmy R. Nicks, et al. v. Koch Meat Co., Inc., et al., No. 16-6446...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Home Health Workers' WARN Act Class Certified By Florida Federal Judge

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Sept. 18 certified a class of home health workers who sued their former employer under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act claiming that they were fired without notice and denied pay (Toni Molina, et al. v. Ace Homecare LLC, et al., No...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Refuses To Dismiss Brazilian Investor's Action Seeking Confirmation

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Sept. 19 refused to dismiss a Brazilian entity's amended complaint in which it seeks to enforce a $14 million arbitral award, finding that the complaint was not barred by a three-year statute of limitations (Kozma Investmentos, Ltda. v. Edson Pereira...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Digital Company Files ICC Investment Arbitration Against Toshiba Corp.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California digital company on Sept. 20 announced that its subsidiaries have filed a notice of international arbitration against Toshiba Corp. in relation to flash-memory drive joint ventures.

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Judge Allows Majority Of Claims To Survive In Securities Class Action

NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on Sept. 19 substantially rejected a motion to dismiss filed by defendants in a securities class action lawsuit, ruling that the lead plaintiff in the action has properly pleaded a majority of its federal securities law claims (In re VEON Ltd. Securities Litigation...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Design Defect Opinions Admitted In Suit Over Rollover Crash Of Pickup

DENVER - A Colorado federal judge on Sept. 19 declined to exclude design defect opinions of an expert for a man who was paralyzed in a rollover crash of a pickup truck, saying the defendant manufacturers' objections relate to the weight that should be given to the expert's testimony and not whether...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - $4.8 Million Settlement Of Janitors' Wage Collective Claims Preliminarily Approved

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Sept. 21 granted preliminary approval of a $4.8 million settlement to be paid by an employer to its janitors around the county for time they spent working before their scheduled shifts (Brice Ikby Binissia, et al. v. ABM Industries, Inc., et al., No. 13-1230, Veronica...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Some Documents In Tribal Recognition Suit Deemed Privileged, Nondiscoverable

CAMDEN, N.J. - Granting in part a motion for a protective order by the New Jersey attorney general, a New Jersey federal magistrate judge on Sept. 19 concluded that many of the documents sought by an Indian tribe that is suing over state tribal recognition policies are protected by the attorney-client...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Government Seeks Contempt Hearing Over Google's SCA Warrant Noncompliance

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The U.S. government in a Sept. 20 brief tells a California federal court that Google Inc. should be sanctioned for its refusal to comply with a Stored Communications Act (SCA) warrant seeking production of foreign-stored emails, but the government opposes the tech firm's motion...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Advocacy Group Wants Asbestos Experts Rejected, Asks Florida To Adopt Daubert

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Supreme Court should use an asbestos case to adopt the superior standard for reviewing evidence espoused in Daubert regardless of the constitutionality of the Legislature's attempt to do so and reject the opinion that any exposure to asbestos contributes to disease...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - Claims Trimmed In Class Suit Over Handling Of Princeton University Retirement Plan

TRENTON, N.J. - A plaintiff's failure to respond to a motion to dismiss her class suit accusing the Princeton University trustees of mishandling the university's retirement plan did not entirely doom her suit as a New Jersey federal judge, on Sept. 19, ruled that the plaintiff partially stated...

Mealey's Litigation Procedure - 11th Circuit Asks Texas High Court When Discovery Rule Started In Pelvic Mesh Case

ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 20 asked the Texas Supreme Court to rule whether a pelvic mesh plaintiff has to know of the defendant's alleged wrongdoing before her claim accrues under the Texas discovery rule (Ann Marie Bergin v. Mentor Worldwide LLC, et al., No. 16-14364...