Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

April 9, 2014

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupHighlights from the past week’s litigation headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include a NLRB ruling that college football players can unionize, a computer science student gets 18-month sentence in webcam ‘sextortion’ case, and a jailed driver sues Toyota for distress:

College football players can unionize, NLRB says: In a ruling that could change the face of college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board has held that Northwestern University football players are “employees” of the school and can unionize. Finding that the Northwestern football players are compensated through tuition and other expenses, practice long hours, and bring in a substantial amount of revenue for the school, NLRB Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr said the players have the right to form a union and collectively bargain with the university. (Antitrust)

Computer science student gets 18 months in ‘sextortion’ case: A college computer science major has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for using malicious software to hack into the webcams of young women and then blackmailing them into sending him nude photos and videos. After being arrested last year by the FBI, Jared James Abrahams, 20, pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion. (Software Law)

Driver who sat in jail for two years is out, and suing Toyota: A man jailed for two years on charges of vehicular homicide involving a 2006 runaway-acceleration accident can sue Toyota Motor Corp. for emotional distress relating to the crash, a Minnesota federal court has ruled. Under state law, Judge Ann D. Montgomery of the District of Minnesota said that because Koua Fong Lee was “within the zone of danger of physical impact,” feared for his safety and suffered physical injury, he can recover damages for negligent infliction of emotional distress. (Automotive)