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.

Samuel Alito: With rare (but interesting) exception, the most reliably conservative member of today’s Court

Jul 17, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Samuel Alito has turned out to be one of the most reliably conservative justices on the Supreme Court, with some rare, but noteworthy, exceptions.

Jury Verdict of the Week: Cochlear Device Manufacturer Directed to Pay Kentucky Family $7.2M in Damages

Jul 16, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Sadler v. Advanced Bionics LLC (W.D. Ky.) Cochlear Device Manufacturer Directed to Pay Kentucky Family $7.2M in Damages Verdict Summary Amended Complaint Note:

Citing to Windsor, same-sex couples sue to overturn Pennsylvania state DOMA

Jul 11, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The first challenge to a state defense of marriage act after the Supreme Court decided U.S. v. Windsor has been filed. Is this going to be the beginning of the end of state same-sex marriage bans?

Sonia Sotomayor: Liberal, yet unpredictable…with one exception

Jul 10, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Although she only has been on the Court for a year longer than Justice Kagan, Justice Sotomayor has given us a lot more to work with to figure out her judicial views.

Employers Buy Time: Did the Administration Blink — Or Make a Crafty Move?

Jul 9, 2013 By: Mitchell Law Office

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) made an interesting adjustment this week, as the large-employer mandate was set aside until

New Mexico Wrongful Death Suit Ends in $58.5M Verdict

Jul 9, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Santa Fe Trust v. Standard E&S (N.M. Dist.) New Mexico Wrongful Death Suit Ends in $58.5M Verdict

Elena Kagan: Getting to know the newest member of the Supreme Court

Jul 8, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Over the next nine weeks, we’ll be profiling each of the sitting justices on the current Supreme Court, in reverse order of seniority. First up: Elena Kagan.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jul 3, 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

ICWA Case Ruling

Jul 3, 2013 By: Bruce Provda

In a 5-4 ruling recently handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, drafted by Justice Samuel Alito in the case known as Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, the court sided with the baby’s white adoptive parents, the Capobiancos, who decided to adopt the child before she was born.

2012 Term in Review: Figuring out why some justices switched sides (Part 2)

Jul 3, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

During the Supreme Court’s past term, some justices deviated from their usual ideological courses to take the opposite position on cases as their usual allies. Why was this?