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.

California Supreme Court to decide whether mere conduct can trigger liability insurance coverage for product disparagement or trade libel

May 16, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

The California high court will soon determine whether liability insurers have a duty to defend trade libel claims when the insured never mentioned or referred to the plaintiff’s products.

Hot Docs: Class action lawsuit alleges Apple knew about “latent defect” in iPhone power button

May 16, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

A new lawsuit claims that Apple’s iPhone 4 contains a latent defect causing its power button to stop functioning after 18 months, and that Apple knew about this all along.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

May 15, 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

SCOTUS rules that farmers can’t plant any patented seeds without permission

May 14, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

This week, the Supreme Court ruled in Bowman v. Monsanto that farmers cannot buy patented seeds from a grain elevator and use them for growing crops.

New York Judge Awards $89.2M in Financial Dispute

May 14, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Assured Guar. Mun. Corp. v. Flagstar Bank (S.D. N.Y.) Financial Guaranty Insurer Awarded $89.2M 2013 WL 1141279 Judgment Summary 2011 WL 8200747

Hot Docs: Court upholds kidnapping lawsuit of whistleblower executive against billionaire Koch

May 9, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

In response to a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss, a court has ruled ruled to uphold a former executive’s kidnapping allegations against billionaire Bill Koch.

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

May 8, 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:

California Court of Appeal Limits Insurance Brokers’ Duties to Third Parties

May 7, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno

In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal limited the duties of insurance brokers to third parties with whom they have no direct dealings, distinguishing a similar case from 20 years ago.

Kansas’ new “Second Amendment Protection” law: Is it constitutional?

May 7, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Kansas recently passed a law that prohibits federal enforcement of gun regulations of firearms manufactured and owned within the state. Is it constitutional?

Wrongful Death Action Filed in Maryland Court Results in $8.3M Verdict

May 7, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Lomoriello v. Woodholme Gastroenterology Assoc. (Md. Cir. Ct.) $8.3M Verdict for Woman’s Death After Colonoscopy Complications 2013 WL 1305823 Verdict Summary 2012