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.

Supreme Court: You have to speak up if you want to plead the Fifth

Jun 19, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that, unless an individual has been taken into police “custody,” silence alone doesn’t automatically invoke the Fifth Amendment privilege.

SCOTUS finds against Arizona again in voter citizenship law

Jun 18, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

In the recent Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the federal government against Arizona in deciding whose voting laws reign supreme.

User Breaches Software License Agreement; Software Developer is Awarded $28.4M

Jun 18, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Education Logistics Inc. v. Laidlaw Transit  Inc. (D. Mont.) User Breaches Software License Agreement;  Software Developer is  Awarded $28.4M Complaint Verdict Summary

Hot Docs: ACLU sues to stop government phone tracking

Jun 13, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The ACLU is suing various government officials over its practices of spying on millions of Americans’ phone records in the name of terror investigation.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jun 12, 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

SCOTUS rules federal sentencing guidelines change after commission of crime to be Ex Post Facto violation

Jun 12, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court held in Peugh v. U.S. this week that changes in non-mandatory sentencing guidelines after the commission of a crime was a violation of the Post Ex Facto clause.

Court Orders Mortgage Securitizer to Pay Mortgage Insurer $90.1 Million – Part II

Jun 11, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

This post will examine the key evidentiary rulings supporting Judge Rakoff’s verdict against a securitizer of subprime mortgage bonds following a 12-day bench trial.

$11.5M Verdict for Head Injury During High School Football Practice

Jun 11, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Ridolfi v. Begano (Colo.Dist.) $11.5M Verdict for Head Injury During High School Football Practice Verdict Summary Second Amended Complaint Note: The links above

Oklahoma high court strikes down tort reform law as unconstitutional

Jun 10, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 4, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009 as invalid under the state’s constitution.

Court Orders Mortgage Securitizer to Pay Mortgage Insurer $90.1 Million – Part I

Jun 7, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

The collapse of the subprime mortgage market has resulted in a growing number of claims against financial guaranty insurers.  The insurers agreed