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Neighbors’ Noise Complaints Trigger EIR

Keep Our Mountains Quiet v. County of Santa Clara - Why It Matters: The Sixth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s holding that preparation of an EIR was required for the approval of a use permit to allow...more

Ninth Circuit Revives Tort Claims Initially Dismissed Under Economic Loss Doctrine Where Product Caused Damage to “Other Property”

On June 29, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in CHMM LLC v. Freeman Marine Equipment, Case No. 13-35163 (D.C. No. 3:12-cv-01484-ST), reversed the District Court’s judgment in an admiralty case, holding that a vessel...more

Read Before Signing: Court Finds Fact-Intensive Gross Negligence Claims Should Proceed to Jury, Where Deviation from Industry...

In Jimenez, et al. v. 24 Hour Fitness, USA, Inc. (filed June 9, 2015, No. C071959), California’s Third Appellate District held that where fact-intensive gross negligence claims exist, especially with evidence of potential...more

Bringing Punitive Damages to the Forefront of Florida Trucking Litigation

Having punitive damages imposed against a trucking company is often a source of great anxiety for defense attorneys and their trucking company clients. Florida attorneys skilled in the handling of truck accident cases...more

Eastern District of Pa. Again Recognizes Montreal Convention Exclusively Governs Claims

Action Item: Until there is appellate resolution of the preemptive effect of the Montreal Convention, airlines sued in state court over damages allegedly arising during the course of international transportation should...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2015

In This Issue: - USA Freedom Act Brings Changes to Surveillance Program - Connecticut Enacts Bill Imposing Tighter Data Security Obligations - Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Negligence...more

Virginia Supreme Court Holds That Courts May Not Instruct Juries That Punitive Damages Are Disfavored

The drafting of jury instructions on punitive damages presents unique challenges for defense lawyers. On the one hand, it is generally necessary to ask for an instruction that goes beyond existing law in order to preserve...more

“Continuous” Trigger is Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

In recent years, insurers have attempted to avoid their coverage obligations for their policyholders’ asbestos personal injury claims by challenging longstanding trigger of coverage rulings from the 1980s and 1990s. Although...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Class Certification In Joint Supplement Case Because Not All Class Members Saw Misrepresentation

The Ninth Circuit has held that a district court abused its discretion in certifying a class based on allegedly false health claims because not all class members saw the advertising. The Ninth Circuit said that the trial...more

Wis. Supreme Court Applies the Discovery Rule to Accrual of Wrongful Death Claims

On June 24th, Wisconsin’s supreme court decided that the discovery rule—that is, the rule that a tort claim for which the legislature has provided no other rule “accrues” for statute-of-limitations purposes when the plaintiff...more

Plaintiff Tripped Up By Summary Judgment

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 8 million people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2013 for slips, trips, and other accidental falls, making such accidents the leading cause of...more

Sirius Wins One in Florida, Florida, Florida!

On June 22, 2015, the Southern District of Florida held that artists have no public performance rights in their pre-1972 sound recordings under Florida law, in contrast to decisions from California and New York in related...more

Vehicle Passenger May Be Liable for Influencing or Encouraging Driver’s Conduct which Results in Harm to Third Party

In Navarrete v. Meyer, 2015 No. D067454, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, reversed summary judgment in favor of a defendant passenger in a vehicle that collided with and injured plaintiffs, holding that a jury...more

Re-Examining the Admissibility of Unpaid Medical Bills as Evidence

In Bermudez v. Ciolek (No. G049510, filed June 22, 2015), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, held unpaid medical bills, joined with expert testimony regarding their reasonableness, were properly admitted and...more

NC Court of Appeals’ first Daubert decision in a civil case: expert allowed to testify as to cause of fatal accident

As I previously posted, in 2011 North Carolina became a Daubert state which raised the bar for the admissibility of expert testimony in NC state courts.  In April of 2015, the NC Court of Appeals issued its first decision...more

Louisiana Appellate Court Overturns Improper Application of “Law of the Case” Doctrine

Today is the day when we will learn whether the Governor of Louisiana will enter the 2016 presidential race. That reminds us of Louisiana’s rather colorful collection of politicians, including Huey Long and Edwin Edwards....more

It’s Time We Finally Do Something About §42-1-580

My rule: blogs should be short and to the point, no more than four paragraphs. I have chastised attorneys in my firm who have created blogs that turned into epistles. Well, here is their chance to criticize me, because there...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 4, 2015

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on June 4, 2015 during its June term. This term resulted in two opinions affecting Virginia local government law. These opinions addressed defamation alleged from statements by a...more

US Supreme Court Ruling Impacts Jail Operations

On June 22, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an important decision for all North Carolina counties operating county jails in which individuals are held detainees awaiting trial. In Kingsley v. Hendrickson, No....more

Expert Declaration in Conjunction with Circumstantial Evidence Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment in Vehicle Defect Case

In Pavoni v. Chrysler Group, LLC, 2015 No. 13-55761 (“Pavoni”), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs’ expert declaration in conjunction with circumstantial evidence of the incident were sufficient to raise...more

Tex. Sup. Court Clarifies the Duties of a Non-Subscribing Employer in the Face of Known Dangers

Late last week, the Texas Supreme Court clarified duties of employers for premises defects and declared that they have multiple duties to invitees/employees who come onto their property facing known dangerous...more

MDL Court Agrees – Tincher Doesn’t Change Pennsylvania Drug/Device Law

Several months ago we responded with some disdain to recent plaintiff-side arguments we had seen claiming that the strict liability decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., 104 A.3d 328 (Pa. 2014), somehow altered...more

Gilead Sciences, Inc., et al. v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 13-2034-GMS, March 13, 2015.

Sleet, J. Defendant’s motion to strike counts 9 and 10 under California’s Anti-SLAPP Stature is granted with prejudice. Defendant’s motion to dismiss counts 9-11 is denied in part and granted in part. Plaintiff’s motion to...more

Combating Comparative Fault for an Unhelmeted Cyclist

A bill introduced earlier this year mandating helmet use for California adults (SB-192) was scaled back following opposition from bike organizations statewide. So for the time being at least, helmet use remains optional for...more

Insurance May Cover Call Recording Class Actions

Companies often monitor or record conversations between their employees and customers for training or quality control purposes. California law prohibits monitoring or recording unless both parties consent. Class actions have...more

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