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: Florida homeowners recover $7.1M for chemical emitting Chinese drywall

Feb 4, 2014 By: Jury Verdicts

Robin v. Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) (Fla.Cir.Ct.) Florida homeowners recover $7.1M for chemical emitting Chinese drywall

Practical Law Legal Update: Parties in the Ninth Circuit May Not Exclude Potential Jurors Based on Sexual Orientation

Jan 31, 2014 By: Legal Solutions

On January 21, 2014, in SmithKline Beecham Corp. v. Abbott Laboratories, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the exclusion of a juror based on his sexual orientation violated the equal protection clause.

A Tale of Two Injunctions

Jan 29, 2014 By: Jason Steed

Over the last several weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has made two decisions that might seem somewhat at odds with one another.

News in Brief: South Carolina expands business court pilot program

Jan 29, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

South Carolina’s business court pilot program has been successful in the three counties where it was introduced and should be expanded statewide,

Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

Jan 29, 2014 By: Melissa Sachs

Brrr! It’s cold out there, but that’s not news. The Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas

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