Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

February 12, 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:

‘Crowdsourcing’ employer denies minimum-wage violations: CrowdFlower Inc., which provides its clients with an Internet-based labor force, has responded to a California federal court lawsuit by claiming it does not have to pay its workers minimum wage because they are contractors, not employees. Therefore, the company says, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201, does not apply to its nationwide network of thousands of workers, who work off-site on their own computers. (Employment)

To match analysis CHINA-IPO/GG Capital sues Deutsche Bank over options investments: Deutsche Bank’s admissions of tax evasion in a federal criminal investigation are the basis for a $363 million civil lawsuit alleging that the company misrepresented investment calculations used in option deals. California investment company GG Capital filed civil claims for fraud-deceit and negligent misrepresentation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The suit alleges that Deutsche Bank defrauded CG Capital on a “sweet spot” payout calculation for options contracts. (Derivatives)

Judge won’t let investors see Simpson Thacher files: Two investors cannot gain access to correspondence between Spring Mountain Capital and the investment firm’s counsel at Simpson Thacher & Barlett in a securities fraud lawsuit stemming from Bernard Madoff’s notorious $65 billion Ponzi scheme, a Maine federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. of the District of Maine backed a magistrate judge’s finding that the document requests are protected by the attorney-client privilege. (Securities Litigation & Regulation)

Sony didn’t infringe photo of fugitive, daughter: A photograph of a man giving a piggyback ride to his daughter, which gained wide exposure when he became a fugitive charged with her abduction, was not infringed when Sony Pictures Television depicted the photograph in a movie about the saga, a federal appeals court has ruled. Sony’s image was similar to photographer Donald A. Harney’s picture but did not copy the copyrighted elements of the photograph, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. (Intellectual Property)