Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

October 23, 2013

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThe Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law. This week we highlight securities and insurance rulings in California and the Supreme Court’s decision not to review a petition from tobacco companies:

Quick ruling denied in dispute over California town’s mortgage seizure plan: In a Sept. 30 order, a federal judge refused to shorten the time for briefing in Bank of New York Mellon’s suit to stop the city of Richmond, Calif., from going forward with its plan to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages. On Sept. 16, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer of the Northern District of California dismissed a companion case filed by Wells Fargo Bank on the basis that the claims against the city’s seizure program were not ripe for adjudication. Wells Fargo Bank et al. v. City of Richmond, No. 13-3663 (N.D. Cal.). (Securities Litigation & Regulation)

Homeowners policy excludes toddler’s accidental death, California court says: A California appeals court has ruled that a homeowners policy does not cover an accident in which the policyholder accidentally ran over his toddler granddaughter, reversing a trial court’s judgment that favored the insured. In an unpublished Oct. 1 opinion the 2nd District Court of Appeal said the policy’s auto accident exclusion applied because a caregiver’s failure to supervise the girl was directly related to the grandfather’s failure to see her as he pulled into his driveway. (Insurance Coverage)

8th time not the charm; Supreme Court won’t review use of Engle findings: The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an eighth bid by tobacco companies to invalidate a Florida ruling that jury findings from the landmark Engle class action can be used in individual cases. The Supreme Court denied the petition for review without comment on its first day back in session Oct. 7. (Tobacco Industry)