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.

Jury Verdict of the Week: Carcinogenic Gasoline Additive Contaminated Groundwater; ExxonMobil to Pay $236M

Jul 30, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

State of New Hampshire v. Hess Corp. (N.H. Super. Ct.) Carcinogenic Gasoline Additive Contaminated Groundwater; ExxonMobil to Pay $236M Verdict Summary Order on Defendants’

DEA raids Washington State medical marijuana dispensaries — where recreational use is legal

Jul 26, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

In November of 2012, voters in Washington State opted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Little did they realize that it isn’t

Court: Student essay about his lust for his teacher is not covered by the First Amendment

Jul 25, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

A district court recently dismissed a lawsuit by a student who wrote essays about his physical attraction to his professor, asserting that no First Amendment rights were implicated.

Stephen Breyer: The democratically-minded jurist

Jul 24, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Although pegged as a reliable liberal, Justice Stephen Breyer follows a more complex ideology that defies such a simple label as “liberal.”

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jul 24, 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

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Credit Card Company to Use Its Bargaining Power to Shield Itself from Antitrust Liability

Jul 23, 2013 By: John K. DiMugno and Marc Schneier

Arbitration agreements have proliferated in recent years. They are common place in employment agreements, medical service contracts, insurance agreements, credit card agreements,

Jury Verdict of the Week: Wine Collection Contained Counterfeit Wine; Jurors Award Auction Purchaser $13M

Jul 23, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Koch v. Greenberg (S.D.N.Y.) Wine Collection Contained Counterfeit Wine; Jurors Award Auction Purchaser $13M Verdict Summary Amended Complaint Note: The links above are

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jul 17, 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

Samuel Alito: With rare (but interesting) exception, the most reliably conservative member of today’s Court

Jul 17, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

Samuel Alito has turned out to be one of the most reliably conservative justices on the Supreme Court, with some rare, but noteworthy, exceptions.

Jury Verdict of the Week: Cochlear Device Manufacturer Directed to Pay Kentucky Family $7.2M in Damages

Jul 16, 2013 By: Jury Verdicts

Sadler v. Advanced Bionics LLC (W.D. Ky.) Cochlear Device Manufacturer Directed to Pay Kentucky Family $7.2M in Damages Verdict Summary Amended Complaint Note: