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.

City to Pay Demonstrator $4.5 Million for Injuries /Civil Rights Violations Due to Police Officer’s Alleged Bean Bag Shot from High Powered Rifle

Jan 13, 2015 By: Jury Verdicts

Olsen v. City of Oakland (N.D.Cal.) City to Pay Demonstrator $4.5 Million for Injuries /Civil Rights Violations Due to Police Officer’s Alleged Bean Bag Shot from High Powered Rifle

Evidence may provide hook in copyright lawsuit over ‘Blurred Lines’

Jan 9, 2015 By: Kellie Pantekoek

The family of the late Marvin Gaye alleges that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s 2013 chart-topper “Blurred Lines” was a rip-off of Gaye’s 1977 megahit “Got to Give It Up.”

Company Misappropriated Another’s Gene Synthesis Technology; Jury Awards $10 Million

Jan 6, 2015 By: Jury Verdicts

GenScript USA Inc. v. Genewiz Inc. (N.J.Super.L.) Company Misappropriated Another’s Gene Synthesis Technology; Jury Awards $10 Million

2014 in Review: The top legal events, part 4

Dec 31, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

This final installment looks at some of the most significant legal developments from the courts, Congress, and the president.

Demoted Female Store Manager Receives $185.8 Million for Wrongful Termination / Retaliation / Harassment / Discrimination Based on Gender and Pregnancy

Dec 30, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Juarez v. AutoZone Stores Inc. (S.D.Cal.) Demoted Female Store Manager Receives $185.8 Million for Wrongful Termination/Retaliation/Harassment/Discrimination Based on Gender and Pregnancy

2014 in Review: The top legal events, part 3

Dec 24, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

In this third installment, we look at a variety of rulings from the Supreme Court that helped define 2014.

Pharmaceutical Co. to Pay Cancer Patient $2.05 Million for Failure to Release Report/Warn of Drug’s Bladder Cancer Risk

Dec 23, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Wisniewski v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc. (Pa.Com.Pl.) Pharmaceutical Co. to Pay Cancer Patient $2.05 Million for Failure to Release Report/Warn of Drug’s Bladder Cancer Risk

2nd Circuit limits government searches of electronic records

Dec 18, 2014 By: Michael L. Yaeger and Barry A. Bohrer

Barry A. Bohrer and Michael L. Yaeger of Schulte Roth & Zabel discuss the 2nd Circuit’s recent ruling that electronic records seized during an investigation cannot be indefinitely retained and used in future criminal investigations.

2014 in Review: The top legal events, part 2

Dec 18, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

In this second installment, we look at some of the most significant legal developments at the federal level that happened this year.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Dec 18, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Some highlights from the past week’s litigation news headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include a suit against HSBC over Bernie