Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

October 23, 2015

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThis week some highlights from the Westlaw Journal blog include court rulings about fracking on public lands and a copyright lawsuit over Disney’s “Frozen”:

Dog owners win coverage dispute over personal injury claim: An overnight guest allegedly hurt while walking his friends’ dog was not “legally responsible” for the dog, an Indiana federal judge has held, making the owners eligible for defense and indemnification coverage against the guest’s personal injury claim. Had the guest been legally responsible for the dog, he would have been deemed an insured under the owners’ insurance policy and subject to an intra-insured exception that barred coverage for personal injuries to insureds, according to a Sept. 30 opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the Southern District of Indiana. (Insurance Coverage)

Judge blocks new rule for fracking on public lands: A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the implementation of new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on all public and Indian lands. On Sept. 30, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the District of Wyoming ruled that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management lacked the authority from Congress to regulate non-diesel hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands. He said federal agencies only had regulatory power over fracking methods that involve the use of diesel fuel. (Environmental)

Infringement suit over Disney’s ‘Frozen’ iced: An author’s suit alleging that Walt Disney Co.’s hit animated movie “Frozen” infringed her copyrights in two books was properly dismissed, a 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has ruled. On Sept. 29, the panel agreed with a February decision by the U.S. District Judge William J. Martini of the District of New Jersey that the books were not substantially similar to the Disney movie. (Intellectual Property)