Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

January 16, 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 approves $7.8 billion settlement in oil spill case: A federal judge in Louisiana gave final approval Dec. 21 to a $7.8 billion economic loss and property damage class-action settlement for those affected by the BP 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana said the settlement was “fair, reasonable and adequate.”  (Toxic Torts)

Judge vacates $2.5 million verdict against Toyota in roof-crush case: A Florida federal judge has granted Toyota Motor Corp. judgment as a matter of law and overturned a $2.5 million jury award in a stability and roof-crush case involving a 4Runner SUV. U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams of the Southern District of Florida found insufficient evidence that Toyota had actual knowledge of the alleged defect in the 1994 4Runner’s roof and did not conceal any such evidence. (Automotive)

Negligence, liability claims survive in Oklahoma suit over cochlear implant: An Oklahoma man who was forced to have his cochlear implant removed after it was ruined by moisture permeation may proceed with some negligence and strict liability claims against the implant’s manufacturer, a federal court has ruled.  The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled that Paul Littlebear, who received an Advanced Bionics HiRes90K cochlear implant in 2004, can seek damages on some causes of action based on state law theories not preempted by federal authority. (Medical Devices)