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.

Fatal MVA in Indiana Results in $18.5M Verdict for Wrongful Death Claims

Apr 30, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Hannah, personal representative of Hannah, Estate of v. Celadon Trucking Services Inc.; Johnson; Hills (Ind. Super. Ct.) Two Airline Pilots Die in

Supreme Court Tells Health Plans How to Take a “Free Ride” on Injured Beneficiaries’ Efforts to Recover from Responsible Third Parties

Apr 26, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

by John K. DiMugno Suppose your client suffers catastrophic injuries in an automobile accident, leaving her with a life-long disability? Her damages

Hot Docs: SCOTUS scolds government in immigration/drug conviction ruling

Apr 25, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Moncrieffe v. Holder, in which the Court held that the defendant alien’s state

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Apr 24, 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:

Infant Suffers Brain Damage During Premature Birth, Leading to $83.7M Verdict in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Apr 23, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Debes, pro ami v. Saint Vincent’s Medical Center-Staten Island, a hospital of Saint Vincent’s Medical Center of New York, Inc.; Grecco, M.D.;

Is it constitutional for the FBI to forgo Tsarnaev’s Miranda warnings?

Apr 22, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Many commentators are abuzz over the FBI’s decision to forego reading Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights. However, Supreme Court precedent seemingly supports the decision.

California Appellate Court Provides Insurers with Road Map for How to Avoid California Supreme Court’s “Stacking” Ruling: Part II

Apr 22, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

Part II: the California appellate court provides insurers with a road map for how to avoid California Supreme Court’s “Stacking” ruling

California Appellate Court Provides Insurers with Road Map for How to Avoid California Supreme Court’s “Stacking” Ruling

Apr 19, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

The California appellate court provides insurers with a road map for how to avoid California Supreme Court’s “Stacking” ruling

Supreme Court Limits The Reach of Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel

Apr 18, 2013 By: Mark P. Chalos

In its long-awaited ruling in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., a five-justice majority of the Supreme Court announced that the 200 year-old Alien Tort Statute (ATS) presumptively does not apply to conduct occurring outside of the United States.

Hot Docs: Parents sue Wal-Mart after drop-side crib suffocates seven month old son

Apr 18, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Two parents are suing Wal-Mart over the death of their seven month old son, which was caused by suffocation while sleeping in a drop-side crib purchased from Wal-Mart.