Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

September 25, 2013

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThe new Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. Here are some highlights from the past week:

Is intrastate crowdfunding the future of economic growth?: In a recent issue of Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation & Regulation, Chris Camillo, an advocate of crowdfunding, discusses the advantages of raising funds through this investment strategy and analyzes how states are implementing crowdfunding to encourage economic development. (Securities Litigation & Regulation)

A new era: Understanding the legal rights of homosexual players in professional sports: In a recent issue of Westlaw Journal Entertainment Industry, Scott James Preston and Michael Gregg of Littler Mendelson PC recommend actions that professional sports teams should take to mitigate the risk of and prevent sexual orientation discrimination. (Entertainment Industry)

South Carolina high court finds no trespass claim for ‘invisible’ odors: In a decision that may affect a $2.3 million federal jury award, the South Carolina Supreme Court has found that the state does not recognize a trespass cause of action for “invisible” odors. In a response to a certified question from the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the high court ruled Aug. 14 that a trespass claim must be supported with proof of an invasion of property by a physical, tangible thing. (Environmental)

California appeals court OKs cutting $19 million in damages to $350,000: A California appeals court has affirmed a trial court’s reduction of punitive damages against an insurer from $19 million to $350,000, saying the judge applied a constitutional maximum of $10 in punitive damages for each dollar in compensatory damages. In a 2-1 decision, on Aug. 29, the 2nd District Court of Appeal found Stonebridge Life Insurance Co. acted reprehensibly in denying hospital benefits to its insured but held a punitive award could not exceed the 10-1 ratio established by state and federal law. (Insurance Coverage)