Westlaw Journal weekly round-up

November 27, 2012

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:

Water Pollution:  A federal judge in Illinois has given final approval to a $105 million class-action settlement in a case alleging a herbicide manufactured by Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. polluted the water supply of some Midwestern community water systems.  The class consists of at least 1,930 community water systems that have detected atrazine, allegedly the most commonly detected herbicide, in their water supplies, court documents say.

Constitutional, Criminal and Computer law:  A Nebraska federal judge has ruled that amendments to the state’s sex-offender law are unconstitutional.  The updated law barred sex offenders from using social networking sites and required them to disclose certain Internet behavior and consent to computer monitoring.  Some of the plaintiffs testified that the amended law would be fatal to their livelihoods because they were required to communicate via text or instant messaging for work.

Bank and Lender Liability:  Highland Capital Management may pursue a breach-of-contract suit against Bank of America for reneging on the sale of a $15.5 loan, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.  Allegedly, a Highland representative spoke to a bank official over the phone Dec. 3, 2009, discussing the price of the debt sale and other material terms of the deal, and an agreement was reached.  The two entities confirmed the deal over e-mail but after Dec. 3, 2009, BofA tried to add additional terms, Highland says.  The federal appeals court decided that Highland could proceed with its breach-of-contract claim based on the alleged oral agreement.