Mari Spears

Mari Spears

Sedgwick LLP

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Class Certification Meltdown in Florida

A district court in Florida recently denied class certification for consumers who purchased the dietary supplement “Meltdown.” Karhu v. Vital Pharmaceutical, Inc., CASE NO. 13-60768-CIV-COHN/SELTZER (S.D. Fla. Mar. 3, 2014)....more

4/29/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Pharmaceutical Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Vital Pharmaceuticals

Purple Haze Lifted by Ninth Circuit Regarding Jimi Hendrix’s Post-Mortem Publicity Rights

In Experience Hendrix L.L.C. v. HendrixLicensing.com LTD, Nos. 11–35858, 11–35872 (9th Cir. Jan. 29, 2014), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Washington State’s Personality Rights Act (WPRA),...more

3/12/2014 - Copyright Music Right of Publicity

Fourth Circuit Holds that Contingent Business Interruption Endorsement Does Not Extend to Indirect Suppliers

On February 20, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that a contingent business interruption endorsement did not extend coverage to claims arising out of a business interruption caused by an...more

3/10/2014 - Business Interruption Natural Gas Suppliers

FCC’s Proposal to Lift Longstanding Ban on In-Flight Cellphone Use Draws Public Outcry

Your seatbelt is fastened, a book is perched on your lap and you are ready to take off for a relaxing four-hour flight to San Francisco. You plan to enjoy the flight in comfortable silence by reading a good book for an hour...more

1/13/2014 - Cell Phones FCC Mobile Devices Smartphones

AMA’s Recognition of Obesity as a Disease May Trigger Increased Claims under Employment Practices Liability Coverage

In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy recognizing “obesity” as a “disease” requiring a range of medical intervention. With “obesity” now recognized as a “disease” by the AMA, obese employees may be...more

9/10/2013 - ADA American Medical Association Classification Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Obesity

Product Liability Advisory - November 2012: BPA Linked to Adverse Reproduction Effects in Rhesus Monkeys

A recent study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” found that Bisphenol A (BPA) can adversely affect fetal development in rhesus monkeys. The study’s findings raise concerns regarding BPA...more

12/4/2012

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