Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

March 6, 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:

Potential privacy pitfalls: Avoiding California Privacy Act violations when using new technology:  In this expert commentary DLA Piper attorneys Edward D. Totino and Monica D. Scott discuss the rise of popular programs and apps that allow users to record calls and what that means for businesses and consumers who use these programs, especially in California.  (Computer & Internet)

A sign for pharmaceutical compounding company NECC, a producer of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate, is seen in Framingham, MassachusettsMass. federal judge to guide suits over meningitis outbreak: A federal judge in Worcester, Mass., will oversee a consolidated multidistrict litigation proceeding for the growing number of suits filed over the deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injection solution from a Massachusetts pharmacy.  According to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV was tapped for the task because he is familiar with issues surrounding the 48 deaths and 714 meningitis cases linked to the product, sold by the New England Compounding Center. (Products Liability)

Zoloft ‘no better than sugar pill,’ California class suit says: A federal class-action consumer fraud lawsuit accuses Pfizer of deceptively marketing the antidepressant Zoloft since 1991, knowing that clinical trials have shown it to be “no better than a sugar pill.” The suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleges that “Pfizer has engaged in a calculated campaign to mislead consumers and prescribing health care professionals about Zoloft’s ability to treat depression.” (Pharmaceutical)

Copyright battle looms over Obamacare books: The battle over President Obama’s health care reform initiative is no longer just in Congress, as a publisher that is selling one book on “Obamacare” is accusing a competitor of copyright infringement. Humanix Publishing LLC, publisher of “ObamaCare Survival Guide” claims that “Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for the New Healthcare Law,” released by Regnery Publishing Inc. Jan. 13, “is merely a minimally revised edition” of its own work. (Intellectual Property)