Commentary and analysis of current events that have legal implications.  We often pick up stories from Reuters news sources, or there may be a new court filing on Westlaw that catches our attention.

Anthony Kennedy: Figuring out the Supreme Court’s swing vote

Aug 14, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Although conservative, Anthony Kennedy does not use any kind of comprehensive ideology to guide his opinions, instead looking at issues on a case-by-case basis.

Jury Verdict of the Week: School Pays Student $13M in Punitive Damages for Misrepresenting Medical Program, Costs, Credit Transfer and Future Earning Power

Aug 13, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Kerr v. Vatterott Educ. Ctrs.  (Mo. Cir. Ct) School Pays Student $13M in Punitive Damages for Misrepresenting Medical Program, Costs, Credit Transfer and

Clarence Thomas: Deeply conservative, yet uniquely so

Aug 7, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Clarence Thomas has a unique originalism that at once makes him the most conservative member of the Supreme Court, but also finds him joining with liberals on many issues.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Aug 7, 2013 By: Melissa Sachs

A look at White Collar Crime and Products Liability cases this week, as well as a multimillion dollar jury verdict that was challenged based on whether medical expert witness testimony was properly admitted.

Jury Verdict of the Week: Minor Patient Falls Two Stories in Hospital’s Parking Garage, Awarded $1.5 Million in Damages

Aug 6, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Destefano v. Children’s Nat’l Med. Ctr. (D.C.Super.) Minor Patient Falls Two Stories in Hospital’s Parking Garage, Awarded $1.5 Million in Damages Verdict Summary

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jul 31, 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

Casino’s weight requirements for its “Borgata Babes” are “grooming standards”?

Jul 31, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

A recent court ruling dismissed a lawsuit by a group of casino cocktail waitresses suing over the employer’s dress and weight requirements, finding that such policies were reasonable “grooming and appearance” standards.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The methodical feminist

Jul 31, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was quite an accomplished litigator before joining the Court, taking many cases with a strong gender equality bent that ended up before the Supreme Court itself.

Jury Verdict of the Week: Carcinogenic Gasoline Additive Contaminated Groundwater; ExxonMobil to Pay $236M

Jul 30, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

State of New Hampshire v. Hess Corp. (N.H. Super. Ct.) Carcinogenic Gasoline Additive Contaminated Groundwater; ExxonMobil to Pay $236M Verdict Summary Order on Defendants’

DEA raids Washington State medical marijuana dispensaries — where recreational use is legal

Jul 26, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

In November of 2012, voters in Washington State opted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Little did they realize that it isn’t