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.

Insurer Liable for Claimant’s Attorney Fees Despite Absence of Coverage

Jun 5, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

A recent Idaho Supreme Court decision illustrates that an insurer’s decision to honor its obligation to defend despite harboring doubts about coverage itself poses risks for insurers.

In allowing DNA sampling without a warrant, Justice Kennedy proves to be the definitive swing vote

Jun 4, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court ruled on Maryland v. King this week, holding that individuals arrested and held in police custody can be validly subjected to DNA sampling without a warrant.

Estate Receives $12M for Death of Minor Bicyclist Struck by Minivan

Jun 4, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Curtis v. Bygel (Fla. Cir. Ct.) Minivan Hits Bicyclist at Condominium Driveway; $12M Verdict in Wrongful Death Action 2013 WL 1141281 Verdict Summary

The five most anticipated cases awaiting a SCOTUS decision next month

May 31, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Supreme Court’s current term wraps up at the end of June. In this post, we’ll be highlighting the five most anticipated cases that the Court will be issuing decisions on next month.

Hot Docs: Ninth Circuit strikes down Arizona anti-abortion law

May 30, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

A recent ruling from the Ninth Circuit struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions past twenty weeks gestational age, and further demonstrates that a judge can disagree with abortion and still accurately apply the law.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

May 29, 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

Intoxicated Monster Truck Driver Runs Over Woman in Texas, Wrongful Death Action Leads to $10M Verdict

May 28, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

McKenzie v. High Expectations Hospitality (Tex. Dist.) $10M Verdict for Death of Woman Run Over by Intoxicated Monster Truck Driver 2013 WL

Hot Docs: Brady Center challenges city law that mandates all houses must have firearms and ammunition

May 23, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has sued the City of Nelson, Georgia, claiming a new law that requires all heads of households to keep firearms and ammunition for it is unconstitutional.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

May 22, 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:

D.C. District Court Approves $29.4M Settlement Regarding Company’s Alleged Illegal Foreign Bribes

May 21, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Securities and Exchange Comm’n v. Eli Lilly & Co. (D. D.C.) Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Pays SEC $29.4M for Illegal Foreign Bribes 2013 WL 1151851