Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

October 9, 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:


Teenager’s Facebook posts after Sandy Hook shootings were threatening, court says: An Ohio appellate court has upheld a finding of delinquency against a 15-year-old boy who posted celebratory comments on Facebook after the shooting of 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. On Sept. 9, the 12th District Court of Appeals found that the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, did not commit reversible error in adjudicating the juvenile, identified only as “P.T.,” as a delinquent for inducing panic and menacing. (Computer & Internet)

Jury must decide if state is liable for sexual assault of arrestee: A jury must determine if a Delaware state trooper’s alleged sexual assault of a woman he arrested for shoplifting fell within the scope of his employment in order to hold the state liable for damages, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled Sept. 12. The state high court reversed and remanded a Superior Court ruling in favor of the state, finding a factual dispute exists on whether the officer was acting within the scope of his employment. (Employment)

EA settles with college athletes for $40 million, NCAA still in suit: Former college athletes have settled their lawsuit alleging antitrust and right-of-publicity claims with video game developer Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Co. for $40 million. The plaintiffs announced the settlement in a Sept. 26 filing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the filing, and claims are still pending against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. (Antitrust)

California nightclub dancer set on fire loses coverage claim: On Sept. 16, the 2nd District Court of Appeal affirmed the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s summary judgment in favor of the insurer. Roberta Busby, a dancer at the Babes N’ Beer sports bar in Tarzana, Calif., sued the club owner, Oxnard Hospitality Enterprise Inc., for negligent failure to provide adequate security to protect her from harm. (Insurance Coverage)