Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

December 11, 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 a California ruling about fish, the AARP’s $2 million award request (which was denied), and a suit alleging that big banks rigged foreign currency exchange rates:

Live fish stocked in lakes are not pollutants, judge says: California can stock its lakes with live fish without obtaining federal permission under the Clean Water Act, a San Francisco federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick of the Northern District of California dismissed outdoorsman Felice Pace’s suit Nov. 4, finding that the law, 33 U.S.C. § 1251, only requires the state to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit before releasing pollutants — not fish — into navigable waters. (Environmental)

Judge balks at AARP’s $2 million award request against infringer: A federal judge has granted AARP a default judgment against an insurance broker accused of trademark infringement but denied the organization’s demand for $2 million in statutory damages. The nonprofit AARP, which promotes the interests of people aged 50 and over, failed to establish that it was entitled to the maximum statutory damages award for willful infringement under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1117(c), U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the District of Columbia said Nov. 27. (Intellectual Property)

Big banks rigged foreign exchange currency rates, suit says: Seven of the world’s largest banks agreed to fix foreign currency exchange rates to their benefit, affecting trillions of dollars of transactions in the United States, a federal class-action lawsuit says. The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Nov. 1 claims the banks conspired to manipulate the exchange rates in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1. (Derivatives)