SAN DIEGO — A federal magistrate judge in California on May 12 granted in part a motion to compel discovery brought by the plaintiffs in a putative class action accusing a hotel franchise of violating California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other state statutes, writing that the bulk of the franchise’s objections to discovery were unfounded and ordering sanctions against it for raising objections to discovery that the court previously said were unmeritorious.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — A federal magistrate judge in North Carolina on May 5 granted in part an insurer’s motion to stay discovery in its declaratory judgment lawsuit pending resolution of an underlying class action alleging that a senior living facility and its owners breached their contractual duties to provide adequate staffing and personal care and knowingly failed to comply with staffing and personal care obligations, staying discovery on the indemnification issue and allowing discovery to proceed on “coverage” issues and certain counterclaims.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A federal judge in New Mexico on May 11 overruled a linen business’s objections to a magistrate judge’s February order imposing monetary sanctions against it for producing an inadequately prepared corporate representative for a deposition and for failing to timely supplement its initial disclosures and discovery responses, finding that the magistrate’s decisions were not clearly erroneous or contrary to law.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an April 26 reply brief supporting its petition for certiorari, a U.S.-based company tells the U.S. Supreme Court that an underlying Ohio state court discovery ruling against it would cause it to violate the stringent personal privacy protections of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), asking the high court to offer guidance as to how discovery in U.S. courts should interact with foreign privacy laws.
ST. LOUIS — A man who sued his long-term disability (LTD) provider for retroactive benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), saw his quest to take discovery beyond the administrative record denied May 10, with a Missouri federal magistrate judge finding the requested discovery unnecessary to consider a purported conflict of interest between two physicians’ medical opinions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia federal magistrate judge on May 10 granted a Luxembourg entity’s application to seek discovery from a D.C.-based law firm regarding its communications with a Saudi businessman after the magistrate determined that a Dubai-based tribunal hearing a dispute involving the entity and the businessman qualifies as a “state-sponsored” body to which discovery in aid of foreign tribunals is available.
CLEVELAND — In adopting in part and modifying in part a magistrate judge’s report and recommendation on May 7, an Ohio federal judge found a professional softball league liable to the franchise team it sued for breach of contract for more than $480,000 in attorney fees and costs. The judge also held the league and its attorneys jointly and severally liable for more than $287,000 in attorney fees and costs for discovery sanctions.
SAN FRANCISCO — A California appeals court in an April 28 docket entry denied a petition for writ of mandate or prohibition in an asbestos case, saying any due process challenges to limits on the defendants’ time to depose an asbestos plaintiff are best raised after completion of the deposition.
CHICAGO — In a May 6 minute order, a federal judge in Illinois in a breach of fiduciary duty case warned parties that a discovery extension would not be granted based on a desire to wait for in-person depositions; the entry came approximately three weeks after the same judge narrowed the claims in the case that accuses an employer, its retirement plan committee and others of improperly retaining the investment managers’ proprietary collective investment trusts which allegedly underperformed and charged unreasonable fees and failing to properly monitor the fiduciaries.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — A federal judge in North Carolina imposed manifestly unfair production on a company when he ordered it to produce an index containing in excess of 47,000 sales records, rather than limiting production to the less than 1% of the index relevant to an asbestos case, a company says May 5 in urging reconsideration of the judge’s April 30 opinion.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A New York-based engine parts maker writes in its May 6 petitioner’s brief on the merits to the U.S. Supreme Court that the statute allowing discovery in aid of foreign courts and tribunals was intended to apply to private tribunals as of its amendment in 1964 and that the existing circuit split on the issue was created by the imposition of “judicially-devised limitations” on the text of the statute.
EDINBURG, Texas — A Texas state appellate court panel on May 4 partially granted and partially denied discovery requests in a lawsuit brought by workers on a hydraulic fracturing rig who contend that the company failed to adequately test equipment that failed and caused numerous injuries. The panel held that while some document requests were “overly broad,” other requests for information about previous injuries on the well site were permitted.
MIAMI — Although BMW of North America LLC (BMW NA) had a duty to supplement its discovery submissions to the plaintiff in a franchise agreement lawsuit to include pertinent documents subsequently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a Florida federal magistrate judge on April 24 held that sanctions against the automaker were unwarranted, denying the plaintiff franchisee’s motion to that end.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A subcontractor says in a motion to compel filed April 21 in South Carolina state court that a proposed class of homeowners claiming that the improper installation of the roofs on their homes has caused water damage has failed to respond to its initial request for interrogatories and requests for production.
PASADENA, Calif. — A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 3 ruled that a federal district court did not abuse its discretion in excluding portions of three declarations submitted by a beneficiary in an insurance breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit stemming from insurers’ denial of life insurance benefits and rescission of policies because the declarants lacked the required knowledge of the statements asserted as required.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two sex trafficking survivors demonstrated that corporate records and other documents sought from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. and its subsidiaries related to the company’s general knowledge of sex trafficking occurring are relevant to their claims of liability under a federal sex trafficking law, an Ohio federal magistrate judge ruled April 30, granting the plaintiffs’ motion to compel.
LOS ANGELES — A California federal judge in an April 26 minute order declined a joint request to continue discovery and other deadlines filed by the parties in a software company’s lawsuit against a health care provider for alleged violations of California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims, writing that the fact that settlement talks are pending among the parties is “insufficient” to continue preexisting deadlines.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A British Virgin Islands entity seeking to confirm a $21.5 million arbitral award against a Chinese oil exploration and production company responded to the Chinese company’s motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction on April 30 by moving for leave to conduct jurisdictional discovery under U.S. law to establish that the Chinese company is an instrumentality of the People’s Republic of China.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — Apple Inc. on April 28 moved to quash discovery subpoenas served on several major retailers by plaintiffs accusing it of violating Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) via facial recognition technology within its Photos app, telling an Illinois federal court that the plaintiffs’ quest to obtain customers’ personal data, purportedly in connection with class determination, without their knowledge or consent runs directly counter to their data collection claims against Apple.
NEW YORK — Three law firms representing opioid maker Purdue Pharma LP in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 29 agreed to give up $1 million in fees and to more fully disclose a 2018 Common Interest Agreement in which they represent not only Purdue Pharma but also the company’s controlling Sackler family.