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November 2014: Class Action Litigation Update

Class Action Defense Menu: Statutes of Limitations Served Two Ways. The statute of limitations is an underutilized but potentially potent defense in many consumer class actions. The defense can be raised two ways. First, as...more

En Banc Ninth Circuit Permits Removal Under CAFA of a Subdivided Mass Action

Over the past few years, a number of plaintiffs’ lawyers have attempted—with some success—to circumvent the “mass action” provisions in the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”), which allow defendants to remove to...more

Safeguard Your Litigation Privileges When Working With Insurance Brokers On Complex Insurance Claims

Businesses facing catastrophic losses, whether as a result of an accident or a natural disaster, or due to mass tort claims, frequently will engage both their insurance broker and legal counsel to identify and pursue...more

Alert: Ninth Circuit Expands the Limits of Post-Confirmation Injunctions and Non-Debtor Releases Under A Chapter 11 Plan

For years, it has been the rule in the Ninth Circuit that a chapter 11 plan cannot discharge or otherwise affect the obligation of a non-debtor owed to a third party. This view interprets section 524(e) of the Bankruptcy...more

A “Good” Deed Goes Unpunished

Alabama Supreme Court Rejects “Good Samaritan” Liability in Gray Market Case - Last month, I wrote about the “Good Samaritan” rule, codified in Restatement (Second) of Torts, section 324A, “Liability to Third Persons...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Review Tobacco Verdict Again

Not infrequently, the law calls upon a court to decide what another court would do with a particular issue or case. In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to take up Price v. Philip...more

Finding Insurance Coverage for Consumer Products Class Action Complaints

Consumer class action claims are a familiar tool for addressing dissatisfaction with a defective product. Given that one of the goals of a consumer class action claim is to recover damages for the claimants, triggering...more

Untouchable? – New York Court Rules that Policyholders Have No Claims against Reinsurer (NICO) or Third-Party Claims Administrator...

In recent years, more than two dozen insurance companies, including Liberty Mutual, AIG, and CNA, have entered into reinsurance arrangements with National Indemnity Company (“NICO”), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc....more

Contaminated Oysters in Virginia Restaurant Enough for Jurisdiction Under "Stream of Commerce" Test

Contaminated oysters served at a Roanoke restaurant were placed in the "stream of commerce" by a Connecticut seafood supplier, and thus served as the basis for the Western District of Virginia to exercise personal...more

The Burden of Proof -- What must plaintiffs prove to win their case? [Video]

Attorney Brian Denney discusses the "burden of proof" in a civil case; including the concept of "preponderance of the evidence" in a civil case and how that affects the outcome in a case. Attorney Denney reflects on the...more

"Generic" Logic Helps Branded Drug Achieve Dismissal

A federal district court has held that design defect claims against a brand pharmaceutical manufacturer are preempted by federal law. Booker v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 3:12 oe 40000, 2014 WL 5113305 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 10,...more

Skinnygirl Squeezes Past Class Action For Deceptive Advertising

Amy Langendorf alleged that Skinnygirl Margarita, a pre-mixed alcoholic beverage, contains the non-natural preservative sodium benzoate, rendering the product’s “all natural” label false and misleading. Langendorf filed suit...more

Business Litigation Report -- October 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement of Judgments - Noted With Interest: ..New York Federal Court Holds That Arbitrator’s Undisclosed Serious Health Condition Is Not Ground for...more

Ninth Circuit Offers Guidance to Defendants Seeking to Establish Removal Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court recently denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in Leite v. Crane Co., 49 F.3d 1117 (9th Cir. 2014), cert. denied, 574 U.S. ___ (2014) (No. 14-119), a case in which the Ninth Circuit established the...more

Lawful Waffle: California Courts Dismiss “Natural” Food False Ad Claims

Two California courts have recently dismissed false advertising claims concerning the marketing of food products as “natural,” marking a departure from the trend in consumer class actions in that state. In Richards et...more

The Only Surprise Is That It Took This Long...The First Ebola Class Action Has Been Filed

I am always amused by the manner in which class action lawyers attempt to capitalize on current events and public fears in bringing a “cutting edge” lawsuit that will garner a great amount of media attention. Although the...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Right to Construction Defect Remedies Involving Residential Units with Previously Occupied Spaces

In Oxbow Constr., LLC v. Eight Judicial Dist. Ct., 2014 Nev. LEXIS 109, 130 Nev. Adv. Rep. 86 (Nev. Oct. 16, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court considered issues regarding class-action certification and the availability of...more

Class Action Claims: Gluing Together Systemwide Judicial Relief

The award of class action certification is often the gateway for obtaining lifesaving systemwide judicial relief in broken correctional health care systems. It also can be the beginning of a decades-long, burdensome and...more

Engle: a mass tort run amok

In This Issue: -Facts -2006 Florida Supreme Court decision -Failure to investigate -Eleventh Court decision -Comment The Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in In re Engle Cases...more

October 2014: Product Liability Update

Some Courts Loosening Restrictions on Punitive Damages. The 1990s and 2000s saw many developments 9 restricting the frequency and size of punitive damages awards in tort litigation, including both state tort-reform...more

Pom Wonderful Drops Ninth Circuit Appeal of State Claims Filed Against Coca-Cola

On September 19, 2014, Pom Wonderful, LLC dropped its Ninth Circuit appeal of a ruling that dismissed its state deceptive advertising and unfair competition claims against Coca-Cola, a sibling case to a recent Supreme Court...more

Distinguishing Standing and Injury in 75-1.1 Cases

A Minnesota judge was probably enjoying fond October baseball memories when he recently wrote a notable decision in a putative class action that involved kosher hot dogs. That decision, Wallace v. ConAgra, addresses the roles...more

Maryland Court Reconsiders a Company’s Duty to Warn of Asbestos-containing Replacement Parts It Did Not Manufacture or Otherwise...

Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals recently reconsidered the duty to warn of asbestos-containing replacement parts that the defendants did not manufacture or place in the stream of commerce in Philip Royce May v. Air &...more

Testing Texas CGL Coverage For 3rd Party Products

On Sept. 19, the Fifth Circuit certified four questions to the Texas Supreme Court regarding coverage under a commercial general liability policy in U.S. Metals Incorporated v. Liberty Mutual Group Incorporated, No. 13-20433,...more

California Court Has a Bone to Pick with Male Enhancement Pill Maker

We try to avoid puns in this blog but sometimes, well, we just can’t help it. The makers of “Rockhard Weekend,” a male sex enhancement pill, have successfully sidestepped a claim that they violated federal drug...more

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