Westlaw Journal weekly round-up

January 8, 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 few weeks (hey, it was the holidays!):

Damages from illegal marijuana cultivation operation not covered: An insurer has no duty to cover property damages caused by a tenant’s illegal marijuana growing enterprise, a California federal judge has ruled. Safeco Insurance Co.’s “landlord protection” policy that covered the rental property specifically excluded damages caused by the “illegal growing of plants,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal of the Northern District of California said. (Insurance Coverage)

New Jersey woman seeks $10 million in first suit over train derailment: The first lawsuit has been filed in the wake of a Nov. 30 freight train derailment in Gloucester County, N.J., that released thousands of gallons of the hazardous chemical vinyl chloride into the air, affecting the surrounding neighborhoods. Alice Breeman sued Consolidated Rail Corp., Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and CSX Transportation Inc. for negligence in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She seeks $150,000 for herself and each of her minor children, and $10 million in punitive damages. (Environmental)

DOJ gains record $5 billion from false-claims cases: The Department of Justice recovered nearly $5 billion in cases alleging fraud against the government in the last year, with the majority of the funds coming from matters involving government contracts, health care and mortgages. The DOJ said in a statement Dec. 4 that its recoveries under the False Claims Act for the 2012 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 are the highest ever obtained by the United States in a single year. (Government Contracts)