Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

November 6, 2013

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThe Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. This week we highlight the SEC’s $13 million settlement with Stryker Corp. over corruption charges, the NCAA’s antitrust suit over using student-athletes’ images and likeness, and a N.Y. appeals court ruling about e-filing glitches:

Stryker settles SEC corruption charges for $13 million: Stryker Corp. will pay $13.3 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it paid millions of dollars in bribes to obtain or maintain medical device sales in five foreign countries. The commission said the Oct. 24 agreement resolves an agency investigation which found that the company had used third parties to make payments to strategically influential personnel as a way of doing business in Argentina, Greece, Mexico, Poland and Romania. (Medical Devices)

NCAA loses bid to toss student-athletes’ antitrust suit: The National Collegiate Athletic Association must face a lawsuit filed by former college athletes who say it violated antitrust laws by restraining competition for use of the student-athletes’ names and images. The NCAA is the only defendant left in the case after video game developer Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Co. agreed to settle with the student-athletes out of court for $40 million. On Oct. 25, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California denied the NCAA’s motion to dismiss, saying the NCAA is not immune to antitrust challenges from student-athletes. (Antitrust)

New York appeals court finds e-filing glitch excusable: When an e-filing glitch caused a plaintiff’s attorney to miss the filing deadline for a civil suit, a county court judge should have excused the mistake, a New York appellate panel has ruled. New York’s civil practice rule, N.Y. C.P.L.R. 2001, authorized the trial judge to forgive this technical mistake, which happened around the time Westchester County rolled out its electronic filing program for tort actions, the Supreme Court’s 2nd Department Appellate Division said Oct. 9. (Computer & Internet)