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.

Same-sex marriage is not new

Mar 27, 2013 By: Jason Steed

Contrary to what several justices claimed during yesterday’s oral argument, same-sex marriage is not new — it is centuries old

The Prop 8 case, after oral arguments

Mar 27, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Yesterday’s oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry contained some interesting details — some surprising, some not. Are we any closer to knowing how the Court will rule?

False Asbestos Injury Claims Lead to $429.2K Verdict in West Virginia Federal Court

Mar 26, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

CSX Transp. v. Gilkinson (N.D. W.Va.) Radiologist, Attorneys Owe Railroad $429K for RICO Violations Based on False Asbestos Injury Claims 2012 WL

Hot Docs: In copyright ruling, Supreme Court chooses “first sale” rights over importation rights

Mar 20, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On Tuesday, March 19, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, holding that a buyer’s first sale rights trumped a copyright holder’s importation rights.

Reconsidering the Fraud Exception to the Parol Evidence Rule and Its Impact on Insurance

Mar 20, 2013 By: Dennis Wall and John K. DiMugno

In a recent California Supreme Court ruling, the supreme court ended Pendergass’s 78-year reign and restored the full force of the fraud exception to the parol evidence rule.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Mar 20, 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

North Carolina Jurors in Federal Court Award $4.4M Verdict in Intellectual Property Case

Mar 19, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Silicon Knights v. Epic Games (E.D. N.C.) 4.4M Verdict in Dispute Over Videogame Software License Agreement 2012 WL 6919153 Verdict Summary 2007 WL 7652276 Plaintiff’s

Challenging the Contraception Provision: A plea for good medicine and pleader credibility

Mar 15, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno and Dennis Wall

This Monday we will present a webinar through the West Legal Ed Center focusing on The Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Provision. As a prelude to this topic, we would like to explain our hope that litigants will focus on the actual legal disputes presented in these cases.

Hot Docs: No breach of contract for LinkedIn security breach, court rules

Mar 14, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Last week, a court dismissed breach of contract claims against LinkedIn that alleged that the professional networking site had failed to maintain proper security, which made the hacking incident possible

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Mar 13, 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: