Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

June 26, 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:

Class of more than 4,000 certified in ‘kids for cash’ scheme: A Pennsylvania federal judge has certified a class of more than 4,000 minors and their parents seeking damages in a civil rights suit against two county judges who pleaded guilty for their roles in a juvenile detention center scandal. U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo of the Middle District of Pennsylvania focused much of his certification order on the question of common claims and class-wide relief and rejected the defendants’ contention that recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions prevented certification in the suit. (Class Action)

Bloomberg suit against CFTC thrown out: A federal judge has dismissed Bloomberg LP’s lawsuit seeking to prevent the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from implementing certain rules for derivative transactions. U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell of the District of Columbia said the company failed to make a showing of “imminent and irreparable harm” requiring a preliminary injunction. She denied Bloomberg’s request for an injunction June 7 and the new rules went into effect June 10. (Derivatives)

Wal-Mart will pay $82 million for environmental violations: Wal-Mart Stores pleaded guilty May 28 to seven criminal counts of violating the Clean Water Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and will pay nearly $82 million in federal penalties as part of two plea agreements. The national retail store chain entered its pleas in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. (Environmental)

United Healthcare sued over HIV/AIDS mail-order prescription service: The nation’s largest health insurance carrier is facing a lawsuit alleging its mandatory in-house mail-order prescription service illegally threatens the health and privacy of patients who have HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses. Public advocacy group Consumer Watchdog sued United Healthcare Insurance Co., claiming the company is forcing patients to purchase their “specialty medications” from its subsidiary OptumRx Inc. or pay “thousands of dollars or more each month” at their local retail pharmacies. (Insurance Coverage)