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Credit Crunch Digest - May 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the nearly $6 billion Forex settlement between the big banks and various regulatory agencies; a judgment against RBS and Nomura in a mortgage-backed securities lawsuit brought by…more
| Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

House Passes FACT Act of 2015

On May 14, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 526, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2015, by a 19-9 vote. A similar bill (S.357) has been introduced in the U.S…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Products Liability

California District Court Grants Summary Judgment Based on Lack of Evidence Supporting Claims for Asbestos Exposure

A California district court recently granted summary judgment in favor of four defendants on the grounds that plaintiffs had no evidence that a decedent was exposed to asbestos from defendants’ products. (Livingston v. ABB,…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Products Liability

Ninth Circuit Adheres to Narrow Interpretation of “Local Single Event” Exception Under CAFA

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a suit brought against Boeing and its environmental remediation contractor over alleged groundwater contamination that occurred over the course of 40 years does…more
| Civil Procedure, Toxic Torts

Texas Supreme Court Eliminates Premises Liability for Concurrent Acts of Premises Employees

In Magdalena Adrienna Abutahoun, et al. v. The Dow Chemical Company, 2015 WL 2147979, the Supreme Court of Texas affirmed the overturning of a jury verdict against Dow, finding it owed no duty related to the plaintiffs’ claims…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Construction Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability

Connecticut Supreme Court’s Insurer-Friendly Decision on Data Breach Incident

On January 27, 2014, the Sedgwick Insurance Law Blog posted the following summary entitled, “ Highway Data Dump – Who are You Going to Call to Recover $6 Million?,” addressing the appellate decision in Recall Total Info. Mgmt.,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Minding Your (Policy) Language – Indiana Supreme Court Certifies Pro Rata Allocation Ruling From Lower Court

Courts have struggled between two approaches on how to allocate damages when multiple, consecutive CGL policies have been triggered in situations involving continuous injury or property damage. The majority approach, pro rata…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Products Liability

The Illinois Supreme Court In 2014: A Look At The Stats

For the last two years, we’ve taken a close statistical look at the previous year’s decisions from the Illinois Supreme Court to see what insights could be gained about the court’s voting patterns and decision-making dynamics…more
| Civil Procedure

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on Whether Rule 68 Offer Moots Claims Prior to Class Certification Motion

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez (“Gomez”), potentially opening the door for the high court to resolve a split among the circuits on the issue of whether an offer of…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Fees and Costs Not Deductible From Health Care Lien

Yesterday, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court resolved an important question for the health care industry. In an unanimous opinion by Justice Mary Jane Theis, the Court held in McVey v. M.L.K. Enterprises, LLC that a health care…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Health

Settlement Reached in Forex Lawsuit

For the past few weeks, it has been reported through various outlets that at least five banks were in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FAC) to settle investigations…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Nevada Broadens Definition of Personal Information for Purpose of Encryption and Breach Notices

On May 13, Nevada passed a new law (A.B. 179) expanding the definition of “personal information” to include a natural person’s first name or initial and last name in combination with: 1) medical and health insurance…more
| Business Organizations, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

In-Store Monitoring: How to Enjoy the Benefits of Tracking While Minimizing Potential Privacy Issues

In the latest example of the conflict between technological innovation and privacy concerns, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement agreement last month with Nomi Technologies, Inc. Nomi is a startup whose…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Significant Song-Beverly Developments Continue—Court of Appeal Signals it May Be Ready to Articulate a Bright Line Test of When a Transaction Ends

On May 13, the California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments for Harrold v. Levi Strauss, a case involving the question of whether a retailer violates the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (“Song-Beverly”) by requesting a…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy

The Flying Insurance Adjuster—Implications of Insurers’ Use of Drones

Insurers perform property inspections in connection with underwriting to determine if the property meets their standards for issuing coverage, and to determine the appropriate premium classification. Insurers inspect damaged…more
| Insurance, Transportation
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