Defendant Honeywell International Inc. appealed the judgment awarded to the spouse and three surviving children of James Lester Phillips. A jury found the mesothelioma contracted by Phillips was caused in part by exposure to asbestos contained in Bendix-brand brakes. Honeywell, formerly known as Allied Corporation and Allied Signal Inc., bought Bendix in 1985.
The state’s high court, in a ruling last month, concluded the state’s Third District Superior Court erred in granting defendant Trimble Navigation Limited a judgment notwithstanding the verdict but said the lower court was correct in concluding that plaintiff Recreational Data Services Inc. failed to prove any amount of lost profits to a reasonable certainty.
The suit, originally filed in 2011, alleges C.R. England Inc. fraudulently induced thousands of drivers to enroll in its training schools by promising them either employment or the ability to earn desirable income as independent contractors, even though positions with the company were largely unavailable.
In her decision last month, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia refused to side with plaintiff Delaware Riverkeeper Network. DRN sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over allegations that the commission’s review process is “constitutionally deficient.”
Judges Amy St. Eve and John J. Tharp Jr., both of whom sit on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, each filed orders March 23 in John Crane Inc.’s lawsuits against Dallas asbestos firm Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC and Philadelphia-based Shein Law Center.
U.S. Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., along with U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., reintroduced the Arbitration Fairness Act March 7. The legislation, previously introduced in 2011 and 2015, would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in employment, consumer, civil rights and antitrust cases.
Various legislation has been introduced this Congress aimed at restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the largest of the nation’s 13 courts of appeals. The circuit’s judges contend a split would be harmful, while Democrats argue partisan politics is at the center of the push.
The U.S. Department of Labor said earlier this month it would move forward -- under the direction of President Donald Trump -- with its efforts to delay the April 10 applicability date of the new “conflicts of interest” rule. The department said under its proposal the applicability date of the rule and related exemptions would be extended to June 9.