Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

August 20, 2014

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupHighlights from the past week’s litigation news headlines over at the Westlaw Journals blog include stories about BP’s petition to overturn the $9.2 billion Gulf oil spill settlement and Grammy winner Ne-Yo $8 million suit against manager who allegedly had him invest in bankruptcy-bound company and more:

BP asks Supreme Court to overturn Gulf oil spill settlement: In a last-ditch effort, oil giant BP is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling ordering the company to compensate businesses for money they say the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill cost them — whether they can prove it or not. BP’s Aug.1 certiorari petition asks the high court to overturn a March 3 decision by a divided 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, which affirmed a lower court ruling holding BP to the $9.2 billion settlement agreement it signed. In re Deepwater Horizon, Nos. 13-30315, 13-30329, 13-31220 and 13-31316, 744 F.3d 370 (5th Cir. Mar. 3, 2014).  (Environmental)

Ne-Yo says manager had him invest in bankruptcy-bound company: Grammy winner Ne-Yo wants $8 million back from a former business manager who allegedly diverted money from his bank accounts and duped him into investing in a sports drink maker that was on the verge of bankruptcy. Ne-Yo, identified in the July 30 complaint as Shaffer Smith, says the drink maker, Imperial Integrated Health Research & Development, ended up declaring bankruptcy last year after the government launched an investigation into its alleged misuse of investor funds.  (Bankruptcy)

Patient seeks $2 million from government for skin cancer misdiagnosis: A physician assistant at a federally supported health clinic in Missouri removed a cancerous lesion from a patient’s neck, sniffed it and incorrectly declared it to be a benign cyst without further testing, the patient has alleged in a $2.1 million lawsuit. Robert Gash claims his cancer spread because of substandard treatment at Jordan Valley Community Health Center, causing painful injuries and costly medical care, according to the July 29 complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.  (Medical Malpractice)

Privacy-rights group seeks info on customs agency’s intelligence systemA nonprofit government oversight organization has filed a complaint in federal court, seeking the release of records and contracts related to an intelligence gathering system operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In its July 18 complaint, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center says CBP, a agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, did not respond to its April 8 Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents on the “Analytical Framework for Intelligence” program within the statutory 20-day period to provide a response.  (Government Contracts)