Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

July 31, 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:


Johns Hopkins wins reversal of $28 million award for birth injury: The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has vacated a $28 million award against Johns Hopkins Hospital and ordered a new trial in a malpractice birthing case because the trial court precluded evidence that a nonparty nurse midwife violated care standards. A panel of three judges unanimously ruled July 3 that Johns Hopkins was entitled to present evidence of the nurse midwife’s alleged negligence because its defense strategy involved a complete denial of liability. (Medical Malpractice)

Army contractor pays $1.9 million to end suit over pricing info: A company that supplied mine detection devices to the Army will pay $1.9 million to resolve allegations that it withheld pricing information that would have allowed the government to negotiate a better deal. The Department of Justice said in a July 2 statement that the payment by Massachusetts-based CyTerra Corp. will resolve a lawsuit asserting the company violated the False Claims Act and the Truth in Negotiations Act. (Government Contracts)

High court agrees to review EPA cross-state pollution rule: The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether an appeals court was correct when it struck down an Environmental Protection Agency rule aimed at reducing pollution that crosses state lines. On June 24, the high court said it will examine a decision of a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the EPA exceeded its authority when it issued the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, also known as the Transport Rule. (Environmental)

Boy Scouts seek indemnity from excess insurers for sex abuse settlements: Boy Scouts of America has sued two insurance companies for indemnification of the cost of an undisclosed settlement of claims by two members who said they were sexually abused by a Boy Scouts volunteer. The group says it had excess general liability policies with the companies in the early 1990s, covering the period when the abuse of the two minors took place, according to a complaint filed July 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. (Insurance Coverage)