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.

John G. Roberts: The conservative, yet apolitical and consensus-building Chief Justice

Aug 28, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

(Editor’s note: Over the next nine weeks, we’ll be profiling each of the sitting Supreme Court justices currently on the bench.) Our final Supreme

Jury Verdict of the Week: Estate Accepts $2.2M Settlement for Minor’s Suicide due to Sexual Abuse by Priest

Aug 27, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

B.T., Estate of v. O’Brien; The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (Mo. Cir. Ct) Estate Accepts $2.2M Settlement for Minor’s Suicide due to

Antonin Scalia: An originalist with a colorful personality

Aug 21, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

(Editor’s note: Over the next nine weeks, we’ll be profiling each of the sitting Supreme Court justices currently on the bench.) Last

Reviewing for plain error on appeal

Aug 21, 2013 By: Jason Steed

With all the hubbub over same-sex marriage, voting rights, and affirmative action, there were some important decisions from the Supreme Court’s 2012

Jury Verdict of the Week: Wrongful Death Suit for Police Shooting Ends in $10 Million Verdict

Aug 20, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Higgins v. City of Albuquerque (N.M. Dist.) Wrongful Death Suit for Police Shooting Ends in $10 Million Verdict Verdict Summary First Amended Complaint

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Aug 14, 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

Anthony Kennedy: Figuring out the Supreme Court’s swing vote

Aug 14, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Although conservative, Anthony Kennedy does not use any kind of comprehensive ideology to guide his opinions, instead looking at issues on a case-by-case basis.

Jury Verdict of the Week: School Pays Student $13M in Punitive Damages for Misrepresenting Medical Program, Costs, Credit Transfer and Future Earning Power

Aug 13, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Kerr v. Vatterott Educ. Ctrs.  (Mo. Cir. Ct) School Pays Student $13M in Punitive Damages for Misrepresenting Medical Program, Costs, Credit Transfer and

Clarence Thomas: Deeply conservative, yet uniquely so

Aug 7, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Clarence Thomas has a unique originalism that at once makes him the most conservative member of the Supreme Court, but also finds him joining with liberals on many issues.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Aug 7, 2013 By: Melissa Sachs

A look at White Collar Crime and Products Liability cases this week, as well as a multimillion dollar jury verdict that was challenged based on whether medical expert witness testimony was properly admitted.