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.

Against wishes of both parents, Kansas court orders sperm donor to pay child support

Jan 28, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

A ruling last week in Kansas assigned parental rights to a sperm donor, ordering him to pay child support to the state to reimburse for the mother’s aid expenses.

Jury Verdict of the Week: Steel beam worker is awarded $6.5M for fall from second-story level

Jan 28, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Li v. Utopia LLC (N.Y.Sup.) Steel beam worker is awarded $6.5M for fall from second-story level

SCOTUS to resolve the question on searches of cell phones after arrest

Jan 22, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

When someone is arrested, the police typically confiscate that individual’s personal effects that are carried on him or her at the time.

Jury Verdict of the Week: Plaintiff nets $15.5M for single car accident in road construction zone

Jan 21, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Horrell v. James D. Morrissey Inc. (Pa.Com.Pl.), Plaintiff nets $15.5M for single car accident in road construction zone

News in Brief: Facebook messages not private, suit says

Jan 16, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

A putative class-action suit filed in California federal court accuses Facebook of wrongfully scanning users’ private messages to mine data, which it

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jan 15, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

The Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. Some highlights from the past week include

Chris Christie faces class-action lawsuit over bridge scandal

Jan 14, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

If you thought New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s problems couldn’t get any worse, think again. The embattled governor is now facing a

Jury Verdict of the Week: Artist’s heirs receive ownership of outsider art in bench trial

Jan 14, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

James Castle Collection LP v. Schmidt (Idaho Dist.) Artist’s heirs receive ownership of outsider art in bench trial

Missouri governor’s tax ruling for same-sex couples bypasses state’s DOMA – and now faces a lawsuit over it

Jan 13, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is facing a lawsuit over his November 2013 executive order that required same-sex spouses who filed federal tax returns jointly to file state ones in the same manner.

Republican senator files suit over Obamacare — to enforce it against President Obama

Jan 9, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

Yet another lawsuit has been filed by a conservative over the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare.” However, instead of