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Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Feb 27, 2013 By: Melissa Sachs

The new Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law.  Here are some highlights from the past week:

Everything I needed to know about law school I learned skiing

Feb 27, 2013 By: Samuel Berbano

I went skiing for the first time and thought about my law school journey. 1L Year: The Bottom of the Hill When

Hot Docs: SCOTUS to decide whether Fifth Amendment protects against testimony by court-ordered psychiatrist

Feb 27, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will decide whether the Fifth Amendment protects against the state’s use of testimony from a court-ordered psychiatrist that evaluated the defendant.

“Not biased?”

Feb 27, 2013 By: Legal Solutions

Although trial judge’s comments and actions both on and off the bench in relation to federal habeas petitioner’s capital murder case, including his placement of postcard depicting infamous Texas “hanging judge” Roy Bean on the bench during voir dire, …

Disasters in decision, paying the other party’s attorney’s fees

Feb 26, 2013 By: Dennis Wall and John K. DiMugno

A recent court ruling awarded to a homeowner almost three times what was owed by his insurance company. Not all disasters covered by insurers are acts of nature.

Colorado Jurors Award $7.2M for Injuries to Plaintiff’s Lungs, Respiratory System From Popcorn’s Butter Flavoring

Feb 26, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

 Watson v. Dillon Companies Inc. d/b/a King Soopers and Inter-American-Products Inc.; The Kroger Co. d/b/a King Soopers, Dillon Companies Inc. and Inter-American-Products Inc.; Gilster-Mary

Non-copyrightable Halloween costumes

Feb 26, 2013 By: Legal Solutions

Artistic shapes of “soft sculpture” Halloween costumes, allegedly fantastical renditions of pumpkin, bee, penguin, dinosaur, hippopotamus, and spider, were …

Drafting Tool Cuts Proofreading Time in Half, According to New Study

Feb 25, 2013 By: Marin Feldman

“Did I miss something?” It’s the question that keeps attorneys up at night. When reviewing documents, lawyers typically take a number of

Lawsuit: Parents claim yoga in gym class promotes Hinduism

Feb 25, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

A group of parents recently filed a lawsuit against a California school district claiming that the district’s implementation of a yoga curriculum strongly promotes Hinduism.

Idaho Taxes Software in the Cloud

Feb 25, 2013 By: Jeff Matsuura and Craig Blakeley

Idaho recently decided that software shared, not downloaded, from the cloud is subject to state sales tax, troubling many providers and users of cloud computing services.