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.

$2.5M Verdict for Utility Providers’ Violation of Fair Housing Acts/Failure to Provide Services Based on Property Owners’ Religion

Jun 3, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Cooke v. Town of Colo. City, Ariz. (D.Ariz.) $2.5M Verdict for Utility Providers’ Violation of Fair Housing Acts/Failure to Provide Services Based on Property Owners’ Religion

The debate continues: California courts rule for and against arbitration

May 30, 2014 By: Richard D.R. Hoffmann

Three recent state and federal court California rulings demonstrate that the debate over the enforceability of consumer arbitration agreements is far from over.

SCOTUS strikes down IQ test as sole factor in capital punishment cases

May 29, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

In Hall v. Florida, the Supreme Court ruled that a state may not determine whether defendants are intellectually disabled based solely on IQ test scores.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

May 28, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Last week on the Westlaw Journal blog: digital currency and the law, class certification in false-advertising suits & a suit over the “Newport” mark.

$16.8M Awarded for Deaths/Injuries in Iowa Consolidated Case Involving Grain Bin Collapse

May 27, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Whitebread v. Haasbach LLC (Ill.Cir.Ct.) $16.8M Awarded for Deaths/Injuries in Iowa Consolidated Case Involving Grain Bin Collapse

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

May 21, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Highlights from the past week’s litigation headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include stories about the Delaware high court endorsing “losing

News in brief: Think tank asks Supreme Court to hear Street View case

May 20, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

A think tank that studies technology innovation has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that found Google violated the

How the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 May Impact Health Care Providers

May 20, 2014 By: Lance O. Leider

The Florida Legislature recently passed the Florida Information Protection Act. If signed, it would impose stringent new requirements on numerous businesses that handle personal information.

Surgeon Receives $37M for Medtronic’s Failure to Develop Scoliosis Device Without Need for Spinal Fusion

May 20, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Braun v. Medtronic Sofamor Danek (D. Utah); Surgeon Receives $37M for Medtronic’s Failure to Develop Scoliosis Device Without Need for Spinal Fusion

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

May 14, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Highlights from the past week’s litigation headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include stories about a class-action firm filing an appeal