Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

November 27, 2013

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThe new Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. Some highlights from the past week include the US Airways’ merger with American Airlines, privacy in online dating profiles, Utah’s ban on negligent credentialing for medical providers, and a $1 million appeal:

US Airways’ merger with American Airlines cleared for takeoff: US Airways Group and American Airlines’ parent corporation, AMR Corp., have reached a settlement with federal regulators that will allow the companies to complete their proposed $16 billion merger and become the world’s largest airline carrier. The U.S. Department of Justice and several states had sued to block the deal, alleging it would harm competition and lead to higher airfares for passengers. In a settlement announced Nov. 12, the Justice Department said it dropped the lawsuit after the companies agreed to divest slots, gates and ground facilities at seven major U.S. airports to low-cost airlines around the country. (Mergers & Acquisitions)

‘Dark Knight’ shooter has no privacy in online dating profiles, court rules: James E. Holmes, the man facing trial for the 2012 mass shooting during a midnight movie premiere of the “Batman” movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” in Aurora, Colo., has no privacy expectations in his online dating profiles, a Colorado judge has ruled. On Nov. 7, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. of the Arapahoe County District Court denied Holmes’ motion to suppress his profile and subscription records that law enforcement officials obtained from online dating websites Match.com and AdultFriendFinder.com. (Computer & Internet)

Utah ban on negligent-credentialing claims doesn’t apply retroactively: A Utah law prohibiting suits over the negligent credentialing of health care providers does not apply retroactively to a woman’s $2 million lawsuit over a botched gynecological surgery, the state’s high court has decided. The Utah Supreme Court held Nov. 1 that the statute, Utah Code § 78B-3-425, created substantively new law rather than merely clarifying existing law, which means it does not apply to causes of action that accrued before it took effect May 10, 2011. (Medical Malpractice)

Boiler worker’s widow urges 2nd Circuit to uphold $1 million meso verdict: A jury reasonably found that exposure to asbestos in Cleaver Brooks Co.’s boilers was a substantial factor in causing a worker’s mesothelioma, and a nearly $1 million award against the company should stand, his widow has told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “Efforts to pick apart the jury’s decision making and attack the credibility of witnesses” are not appropriate bases for an appeal, Kelly McCormick says in an Oct. 23 brief filed with the court. (Asbestos)