SEATTLE — A Washington federal judge on Nov. 3 partially granted and partially denied a motion to exclude a medical expert witness retained by a woman suing the federal government for injuries she sustained in a collision with a U.S. Postal Service employee and struck his supplemental report.
MIAMI — Carnival Corp. on Nov. 2 lost its bid to exclude an expert retained by a woman who claims that she slipped and fell on a wet floor while aboard a cruise ship when a federal judge in Florida ruled that the expert is qualified and that his testimony is relevant and reliable.
ATLANTA — The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 12 affirmed a lower federal court’s summary judgment ruling against a commercial general liability insurer, finding that defendants qualify as additional insureds under the policy and that the Workers' Compensation, Employer's Liability and Multi-Unit Construction Project exclusions do not bar coverage.
ATLANTA — A family’s COVID-19-related wrongful death suit against the owners and operators of an assisted living facility is completely preempted by the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act because the family alleges willful misconduct, the owners and operators of the facility say in a Nov. 9 reply brief urging the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court’s order remanding the suit to a Florida state court.
NEW ORLEANS — The second Taxotere hair loss multidistrict litigation bellwether trial got under way Nov. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 26 months after the first bellwether case ended in a defense verdict and the COVID pandemic brought trials to a halt.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Nov. 3 remanded to state court a suit alleging that a rehabilitation facility’s negligent response to COVID-19 caused a resident’s death, citing the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ Oct. 20 ruling in Maglioli v. Alliance HC Holdings.
TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas appellate panel on Nov. 5 reversed and remanded a lower court’s judgment in favor of a nursing home, finding that hearsay testimony that a resident with dementia walked out of the home unsupervised because staffers left for lunch at the same time should have been allowed and was “central to the plaintiff’s case.”
LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in California on Nov. 10 issued the final approval order following a $73 million settlement in a class complaint by former patients of a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) gynecologist alleging years of sexual exploitation.
PHOENIX — A federal judge in Arizona on Nov. 8 granted in part a retail smoke shop’s motion for summary judgment regarding a customer’s claims that the shop sold him vape batteries that exploded in his pocket, finding that the customer sufficiently pleaded his claim that the store sold him a defective product but not that it failed to warn him of potential battery-related risks.
DETROIT — A federal judge in Michigan on Nov. 10 gave final approval to a $626.25 million partial settlement in the Flint Water Crisis litigation, which calls for Michigan to pay $600 million, the largest settlement payment in the state’s history.
BENTON, Ill. — An Illinois federal magistrate judge on Oct. 29 found that an expert medical witness retained in a woman’s suit alleging that she was injured in a fried chicken restaurant’s bathroom did not meet the requirements set under Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc., granting the company’s motion to exclude and awarding summary judgment after ruling that without that testimony, the woman failed to establish her claims.
DENVER — A Colorado federal magistrate judge on Nov. 1 said a trucking company’s and its employee’s arguments that an expert witness should be excluded “go to the weight, not admissibility” of the expert’s testimony, denying the motion and allowing the witness to opine on the medical expenses accrued by a man who alleges that he was injured in a car accident.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The estate of a disabled man who died while in the care of a full-time residential-care facility failed to prove intentionality and discriminatory animus necessary to establish violations of the Rehabilitation Act and Fair Housing Act, a federal magistrate judge in New York ruled Oct. 27 in granting the facility’s motion to dismiss.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas appellate court on Oct. 20 affirmed a trial court’s order denying a nursing facility’s motion to compel arbitration for negligence and wrongful death claims because there was “no clear indication in the arbitration agreement to demonstrate whether [the patient’s husband] was signing in an individual or in a representative capacity.”
ATLANTA — A Georgia appeals panel on Nov. 3 vacated a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Georgia Insurers Insolvency Pool that relieved it of its duty to issue payments on a pending workers' compensation benefits claim, finding that Georgia’s State Board of Workers' Compensation has jurisdiction over the Insolvency Pool's claims.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two Johnson & Johnson entities seek U.S. Supreme Court review of issues not ruled on below and thus questions not before the court now and improperly attempt to delay the case indefinitely by imposing a bankruptcy stay that does not apply to government actions involving health and safety, the state of Mississippi tells the court in a Nov. 3 brief in opposition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cancer victim who won $20 million in punitive damages against Monsanto Co. for his exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, on Nov. 3 filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) does not preempt state law causes of action that parallel or are narrower than the federal misbranding standard.
MINNEAPOLIS — A motion for preliminary injunction in a putative class complaint by journalists against the city of Minneapolis and police officials over their treatment while covering protests in 2020 following the death of George Floyd was granted by a federal judge in Minnesota on Oct. 28.
LOS ANGELES — Six members of a class that settled claims of sexual exploitation by a school gynecologist with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for $73 million filed a notice of appeal on Nov. 1, approximately a month after a federal judge in California denied their motion for relief filed after they submitted untimely opt-out requests.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey trial court erred in admitting expert testimony in a personal injury case stemming from a rear-end collision, a state appellate panel ruled Oct. 22, and “discern[ed] no recourse but to reverse and remand this matter for a new trial.”