Community property in a divorce did not include additional retirement credit purchased during the marriage for the husband’s premarital military service, the California Supreme Court has ruled in reinstating a property division order.
State class actions alleging that drug makers labeled their products with deceptive expiration dates met the amount-in-controversy requirement for removal under the Class Action Fairness Act, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.
A plaintiff’s expert had a sufficiently reliable scientific basis to render the opinion that benzene in paints was a substantial cause of a form of leukemia that claimed a painter’s life, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.
A “failure to communicate” claim against the maker of generic Reglan was completely preempted by federal law regulating the pharmaceutical industry, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming judgment.
Prepetition bad faith on the part of a debtor provided “cause” under the Bankruptcy Code for the dismissal of his Chapter 7 case, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming judgment.
A consumer lawsuit alleging that Philip Morris misrepresented the characteristics of Marlboro Lights may satisfy the state’s requirement’s for class certification, the Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.
Employees who sued for sex discrimination under state civil rights law could not pursue a claim for punitive damages, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled in affirming judgment.
A narcotics exclusion in a life insurance policy did not apply to bar the payment of benefits for a truck driver who died in an crash while under the influence of methamphetamine, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled in reversing judgment.
A non-attorney did not engage in the unauthorized practice of law when he presented a claim against an estate in probate court on behalf of a business, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.
A woman in an invalid marriage had standing to pursue a wrongful death suit for the loss of her husband so long as she subjectively had a good faith belief that her marriage was legal, the California Supreme Court has ruled in reversing a summary judgment.