Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

January 29, 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:


eBay seeks dismissal of class suit over ‘worthless’ insurance: Online auctioneer eBay has asked a California federal court to toss a putative class action that accuses the website of offering sellers and buyers allegedly worthless insurance policies to cover items during shipment. Plaintiff Luke Knowles failed to show how eBay engaged in unfair business practices when it offered the insurance policy, the company says in a motion to dismiss filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. (Computer & Internet)

The government issued a solicitation in November 2012 seeking a small-business contractor to spread erosion-control mulch by air over fire-damaged areas of Utah’s Manti-La Sal Forest, the complaint says. Here, a helicopter returns from dropping water on a central Utah forest fire.

Firm sues Forest Service for right to bid on contract: An aviation company says in a lawsuit that the Forest Service has put improper limitations on the types of small businesses that can compete for an aerial mulch-spreading contract. Trans Aero Ltd. says the restrictions, which concern annual business revenue amounts and the way in which the government classifies different industries, are preventing it from bidding for the job. The Wyoming company is asking the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to stop the Forest Service from awarding the contract under the current restrictions. (Government Contracts)

SEC stands by Dodd-Frank foreign-payment rule: Congress required the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt a new rule compelling energy firms to disclose payments of more than $100,000 to foreign governments to develop oil, natural gas or minerals, the agency says in response to a lawsuit challenging the rule. The SEC filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in response to claims by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and oil industry trade groups that the agency failed to fully consider the competitive effects of the regulation, which was mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 78m(q). (Securities Litigation & Regulation)

Government to appeal contraception mandate ruling won by Bible publisher: The Obama administration will appeal a temporary court order preventing it from requiring a Christian book publisher to provide health insurance policies that cover contraceptives such as Plan B and IUDs. The Department of Health and Human Services said that the government plans to ask the District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton’s ruling that the contraception mandate “substantially burdens” the religious practices of Tyndale House Publishers. (Health Law)