Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

July 23, 2014

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupHighlights from the past week’s litigation headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include a $55.3 million verdict against Honda in a defective seat belt case; the FAA’s recent notice and Amazon drone delivery; and a judge tosses borrower’s breach-of-contract suit against failed bank’s successor:

Paralyzed crash victim wins $55.3 million from Honda on seat belt claims: A state court jury in Philadelphia has awarded an injured man $55.3 million in a lawsuit alleging a defective seat belt in a 1999 Acura Integra allowed him to strike his head on the vehicle roof during a rollover accident. The June 27 verdict is the largest automotive defect award in Pennsylvania history, according to the man’s attorneys, Stewart J. Eisenberg and Daniel J. Sherry Jr. of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck in Philadelphia. (Automotive)

The FAA’s recent notice and Amazon drone delivery: The Federal Aviation Administration has requested public comment until July 25 on its interpretation of special rules that apply to model aircraft — including the unmanned aircraft systems known as drones — that fly strictly for recreational or hobby purposes in national airspace. After the FAA made its announcement in late June, a few technology news outlets focused their reporting on a sentence in the document in which the agency appeared to reject Amazon.com’s proposed “Prime Air” program, which will reportedly use drones to deliver products to customers. But aviation and aerospace attorneys Paul J. Fraidenburgh and Barbara Lichman of Buchalter Nemer said the special rules will not apply to Amazon’s drone-delivery program.  (Aviation)

Judge tosses borrower’s contract breach suit against failed bank’s successor: A mortgage borrower cannot sue JPMorgan Chase over loan payments Washington Mutual allegedly misplaced before the financial giant took over the failed smaller bank during the 2008 financial crisis, a Seattle federal judge has decided. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan of the Western District of Washington granted summary judgment June 16 against Lyle Olson, finding that JPMorgan did not assume any liabilities potentially arising from his loan when it took over WaMu. (Bank & Lender Liability)