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California court reverses motion to quash ruling in wrongful death case over humidifier cleaner

By Charmaine Little | Feb 6, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court has directed a lower court to enter a new motion denying a motion to quash service of summons in a wrongful death case over a humidifier cleaner.

Court: Salesman was on the job when he was hit while scraping frost off his car

By Charmaine Little | Feb 6, 2019

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – A salesman injured on his way to work is owed reasonable medical benefits, the Supreme Court of Idaho determined, affirming the ruling from the Industrial Commission on Jan. 29.

Actor and GNC battle it out in appeals court

By Charmaine Little | Jan 31, 2019

On Dec. 27, the California 2nd District Court of Appeals, Division 4 weighed in on a case stemming from damages awarded to an actor who sued General Nutrition Centers Inc. over allegedly using his likeness and image long after it was allowed.

Calif. court rules for father sued by son over car accident

By Charmaine Little | Jan 11, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A driver sued by his son after an accident was acting in the scope of his employment at the time of the accident, the California 5th District Court of Appeal determined Dec. 20.

BP gas station doesn't qualify for Maryland's Four Cent Rule because of agreement with wholesaler

By Charmaine Little | Jan 11, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – Thanks to a branded jobber contract, a man selling BP gasoline at a service station isn’t entitled to the Four Cent Rule, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland held on Jan. 2.

Cedars-Sinai doesn't owe millions in prejudgment interest in $5.5M medical malpractice case, Cal. court rules

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Because of a lack of notice and information in an offer, the California 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division Two affirmed a lower court’s ruling that denied a woman’s motion for prejudgment interest in her lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

California court affirms that Save Mart Supermarkets cannot compel former employees into arbitration

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Save Mart Supermarkets Inc. was unable to convince the California 3rd District Court of Appeal to compel three individuals to arbitration in suits over alleged violation of state law statutory employment claims.

Del. court keeps lawsuit over Ception-Cephalon merger alive; Pursuit of eosinophilic esophagitis drug at issue

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware on Dec. 28 granted in part and denied in part pharmaceutical companies' motions to dismiss a case over allegations of a breach of merger agreement.

Alabama court rules insurance company did not have duty to advise manufacturer concerning coverage before fire

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 21, the Supreme Court of Alabama sided with an insurance company in a lawsuit over insurance coverage for a fire at a factory.

Arizona Supreme Court upholds dismissal of suit against Medtronic, citing preemption under federal law

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court for the State of Arizona held on Dec. 18 that federal law does block a lawsuit arising from allegations concerning the state’s common law failure-to-warn claim after a medical device company allegedly didn’t inform the Food and Drug Administration about unfavorable conditions in a medical device.

Arizona Supreme Court says law of state where Workers' Comp was paid determines assignment rights

By Charmaine Little | Jan 9, 2019

PHOENIX (Legal Newsline) – Because a woman was awarded Workers’ Compensation benefits in a different state that doesn’t have automatic assignment provision, on Jan. 2, the Supreme Court for the State of Arizona reversed the decisions of two lower courts.

Supreme Court of Ohio reverses $800,000 judgment in defamation case, rules caps on damages apply

By Charmaine Little | Jan 7, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 7, the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed an $800,000 judgment in compensatory damages in a defamation case.

New Jersey Supreme Court reverses dismissal of discrimination suit filed by owner of group home

By Charmaine Little | Jan 7, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – In a case where a group of people allegedly attempted to interfere with the purchase of a group home for autistic individuals, the Superior Court of New Jersey reversed an order that dismissed the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) case on Dec. 10.

Mississippi Supreme Court reverses order requiring attorneys' signatures on settlement

By Charmaine Little | Jan 3, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 13, the Supreme Court of Mississippi decided that a lower court abused its discretion when it enforced an order that required the signatures of two attorneys on a settlement agreement.

Delaware court denies Fitbit's motion to dismiss insider trading suit

By Charmaine Little | Dec 31, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – A handful of Fitbit stockholders’ breach of fiduciary duties case against members of the company’s board of directors survived dismissal in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware on Dec. 14.

Alabama Supreme Court reverses summary judgment ruling in case over fire at body shop

By Charmaine Little | Dec 31, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – On Dec. 7, the Supreme Court of Alabama reversed a decision for summary judgment in a case over a fire at an auto body shop.

Michigan court gives green light to physician's testimony in malpractice case

By Charmaine Little | Dec 31, 2018

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – A physician’s expert opinion in an ongoing medical malpractice lawsuit following a diagnosis got the green light in the State of Michigan Court of Appeals on Dec. 3.

Alabama Supreme Court upholds dismissal of state's case against Volkswagen AG over tampering claims

By Charmaine Little | Dec 27, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Alabama determined one of the state of Alabama’s claims against Volkswagen AG was blocked by the Clean Air Act and affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on Dec. 14.

Florida Supreme Court justice 'strongly' urges judges to get off Facebook

By Charmaine Little | Dec 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – A Facebook friendship between a judge and an attorney isn’t enough to legally disqualify the judge from ruling on the case, the Supreme Court of Florida decided on Nov. 15.

Court finds SciMedica Group, Cephalon did have permission to send faxes

By Charmaine Little | Nov 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that the defendants in a case over a fax sent to a doctor did in fact have permission to send it and granted their motions for summary judgment.

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