Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

March 20, 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:


Pilot’s widow sues over Jenni Rivera plane crash, citing ‘despicable conduct’: Jenni Rivera’s promoters intentionally concealed the “dangerous condition” of the Learjet that crashed late last year in Mexico, killing the pop star, the pilot and everyone else on board, the pilot’s family says in a California state court lawsuit. Isabel Carrero Gomez’s suit, which she and her two sons filed March 8 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses the promoter, Starwood Management LLC, and the plane’s manufacturer, Learjet Corp., of hiding the aircraft’s lack of airworthiness from its passengers and the Mexican airport it departed shortly before crashing. (Aviation)

Maryland high court reverses $1.5 billion verdict against ExxonMobil: Maryland’s highest court has reversed most of a jury’s $1.5 billion compensatory and punitive damages award to hundreds of residents who alleged Exxon Mobil Corp. fraudulently concealed the extent of a 26,000-gallon underground gasoline spill in 2006. The plaintiffs did not produce legally sufficient proof of fraud in that they failed to show they suffered injuries by relying on fraudulent statements ExxonMobil allegedly made to public officials, the Court of Appeals ruled. (Toxic Torts)

Court enjoins New Jersey sports gambling law: A federal judge has enjoined the state of New Jersey from implementing a sports wagering law that would have permitted gambling on professional and amateur sporting events. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp of the District of New Jersey rejected the state’s constitutional challenges to the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, 28 U.S.C. § 3701, which bars gambling on sports. (Entertainment Industry)

Delaware judge says directors can be sued for ‘theft’ on their watch: Independent directors of Puda Coal who quit instead of suing their chairman for allegedly pirating the China-based firm’s assets “out from under them” had a duty to be more than “dummy directors,” a Delaware judge has ruled in letting a shareholder lawsuit proceed. In a sharply worded ruling from the bench of Delaware’s Chancery Court, Chancellor Leo Strine refused to dismiss shareholder charges that Puda’s outside directors allowed themselves to be propped up like “mannequins” on the board and failed to monitor the company’s operations. (Delaware Corporate)