Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

April 10, 2013

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThe new Westlaw Journals blog brings you litigation headlines in over 30 substantive areas of law.  Here are some highlights from the past week:

Wiring contractors end False Claims Act case for $3 million: Three companies will pay a combined $3 million to the United States to settle a lawsuit claiming they gave federal employees illegal gratuities in order to win a CIA contract for cable and wiring installation work. The Justice Department said in a March 7 statement that the payment by American Systems Corp., Anixter International Inc. and Corning Cable Systems LLC resolves allegations that the companies violated the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729. (Government Contracts)

Florida sues over ‘elaborate scheme’ to defraud insolvent insurer: Multinational financial services company Allianz fraudulently drained the assets of an insurer that has been placed in a receivership with Florida regulators, a state agency has alleged. The defendants, several affiliates of the Zurich-based insurance and assets management company Allianz, depleted “millions of dollars in funds and assets” from Magnolia Insurance Co., the Florida Department of Financial Services said in a lawsuit filed March 21 in the Leon County Circuit Court. (Insurance Coverage)

AP wins copyright battle over excerpted articles: A developer of Web crawler software infringed the copyrights of The Associated Press by using its content in a news clipping service without permission, a New York federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York said the San Francisco-based Meltwater News service relies on content taken from the research and reporting that the AP “labored to create.” (Software Law)

Dispute over LinkedIn account ownership ends in no damages: A banking education company that took over a former employee’s LinkedIn account misappropriated her identity and right to publicity under Pennsylvania law, but did not commit identity theft and owes no compensatory or punitive damages, a federal judge has ruled. “The outcome of this case results in a somewhat mixed bag for both sides,” U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said. (Computer & Internet)