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.

SCOTUS’s new cell phone privacy ruling: What it means now and for the future

Jun 25, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

As we approach the end of June, we are treated to some of the most important decisions reviewed by the Supreme Court

Supreme Court: 4th Amendment Protects Cell Phones

Jun 25, 2014 By: Jason Steed

In its Riley v. California ruling today, the Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment prohibits warrantless searches of cell phones of arrestees

Will “Redskins” trademark ruling be reversed like the last one?

Jun 25, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Last week, the Washington Redskins’ trademark was cancelled by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. But it has done so in a previous case, which was subsequently reversed.

Drug Manufacturers Fail to Warn of Type 2 Diabetes Drug Risk for Bladder Cancer; Jury Awards $9B in Punitive Damages

Jun 24, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Drug Manufacturers Fail to Warn of Type 2 Diabetes Drug Risk for Bladder Cancer; Jury Awards $9B in Punitive Damages; Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals Int’l Inc. (W.D.La.)

News in Brief: Hollywood asks FAA to OK drones

Jun 19, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Seven companies that specialize in aerial footage for television and motion picture companies have asked the Federal Aviation Administration for approval to

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jun 18, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Last week’s Westlaw Journals blog featured litigation stories involving insurance, expert evidence and toxic torts all out of courts in California

Hall v. Florida

Jun 18, 2014 By: Jeremy Schroeder

Not long after Oklahoma’s botched execution made news across the world, the Supreme Court decided Hall v. Florida, a ruling on IQ tests and the death penalty

Jury Awards $700K for Whistleblower Retaliation and Constructive Discharge Claims Concerning Campaign Financial Irregularities

Jun 17, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Jury Awards $700K  for Whistleblower Retaliation and Constructive Discharge Claims Concerning Campaign Financial Irregularities Kalberman V. Georgia Government Transparency And Campaign Finance Commission

SCOTUS hands setback to gun rights advocates

Jun 16, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

In Abramski v. U.S., decided earlier today, the Supreme Court imposed strict restrictions on the practice of gun “straw purchases” — purchases made on another’s behalf.

Same-sex marriage in the states since Windsor, part 2

Jun 12, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Although U.S. v. Windsor did not explicitly rule that state-level same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional, there has been a massive shift in these laws.