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.

FantasySCOTUS: A new limitation on treaty-making powers to emerge from the actions of a scorned wife?

Nov 7, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

As unbelievable as it may seem, the Supreme Court looks poised to issue limits on constitutional treaty-making powers — for the first time in history.

The haze of promulgating the first retail marijuana regulations— Awaiting the first legal pot shop sales in Colorado and Washington

Nov 7, 2013 By: Jane N. Anderson

For almost a year, the states and Thomson Reuters’ Attorney Editors waited to hear what action the U.S. Department of Justice would take with regard to enforcing federal bans against marijuana sales. Finally, on September 10, 2013, at a hearing entitled “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws”, the DOJ announced that the federal government would not block the states’ plans

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Nov 6, 2013 By: Melissa Sachs

The Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. This week we highlight the SEC’s $13

Jury Verdict of the Week: Kansas jury awards $1.7M for railroad employee’s two workplace injuries

Nov 5, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Bullock v. BNSF Ry. Co. (Kan.Dist.Ct.) Kansas Jury Awards $1.7M for Railroad Employee’s Two Workplace Injuries

Texas Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Divorce Cases

Nov 4, 2013 By: Jason Steed

As everyone knows, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases involving same-sex marriage issues in June. U.S. v. Windsor held that the federal ban

Jury Verdict of the Week: $2.1 M Verdict for Blood Bank Employee Whistleblower Claim

Oct 29, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Doculan v. IJKG Opco LLC d/b/a Bayonne Medical Center (N.J.Super.L.) $2.1 M Verdict for Blood Bank Employee Whistleblower Claim

Police GPS tracking requires a warrant, appeals court rules

Oct 24, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that police must obtain a warrant before attaching a GPS device to a private vehicle, further strengthening SCOTUS’s 2012 U.S. v. Jones ruling.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Oct 23, 2013 By: Melissa Sachs

The Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. This week we highlight securities and insurance

Jury Verdict of the Week: Mother accepts $8M settlement for son’s birth-related neurological injuries

Oct 22, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

R.T. v. Montefiore Med. Ctr. (N.Y.Sup.) Mother accepts $8M settlement for son’s birth-related neurological injuries

Confidentiality of investigative process does not extend to results, PA court rules

Oct 21, 2013 By: Sandra Johnson

May a public employer discipline an employee for disclosing the results of an internal investigation once the investigation is completed? The Pennsylvania