Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

February 27, 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:


Judge blocks Arizona from cutting funding for Planned Parenthood: A federal judge has overturned a controversial Arizona law barring state funding for Planned Parenthood’s health clinics solely because the organization performs abortions. U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake of the District of Arizona ruled that the measure, which was signed into law last May by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, unlawfully denies Medicaid beneficiaries the right to choose a preferred health care provider. (Health)

A Domino's Pizza is pictured in its box in central London8th Circuit decertifies class of Domino’s Pizza drivers: Customer experiences with Domino’s Pizza’s delivery charge vary too much for drivers to sue the company as a class for allegedly withholding their tips, a federal appeals court has ruled, overturning class certification in the case. Some customers were told the automatic delivery charge was not a tip, but others were not, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said, so the drivers cannot claim as a class that a reasonable person would know the charge was not a gratuity. (Employment)

In South Dakota prisons, Indian inmates get to smoke — for religious reasons: After ruling last year that the South Dakota prison system violated the rights of incarcerated Native American tribe members when it imposed a blanket ban on all inmate tobacco use, a federal judge has issued guidelines regarding appropriate use. The remedial order by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier of the District of South Dakota allows for smoking mixtures that include a scant 1 percent of tobacco, which she said should minimize any security concerns by prison officials. (Tobacco)