Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

July 3, 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:

7 defendants pay $2.9 million to end small-business fraud case: Three individuals and four companies will collectively pay $2.88 million to settle a lawsuit alleging they defrauded the U.S. Department of Transportation by falsely claiming eligibility for government contracts reserved for small, disadvantaged businesses. The Department of Justice said in a June 6 statement that the payment by David Oakes, his wife Shery, and her relative, Sherif Aziz, ends allegations that the they violated the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729. (Government Contracts)

Google Street View case argued before 9th Circuit: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments June 10 on whether Google impermissibly intercepted personal data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks to create its Street View product, a panoramic viewing feature on its mapping services. The class-action privacy suit against the company depends on whether the data packets from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks qualify as radio communications “readily accessible to the general public” under the Wiretap Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2510. (Computer & Internet)

Exxon Mobil fights class action over Arkansas pipeline rupture: Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked an Arkansas federal judge to dismiss or strike class-action allegations by two homeowners in connection with the rupture of its Pegasus pipeline in March. Plaintiffs Kathryn Chunn and Ellen Burgess cannot recover for diminished property value or nuisance because they did not assert oil came into contact with their properties and caused permanent physical damage, Exxon Mobil said in a brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. (Toxic Torts)

Oregon Man Charged In $50 Million Investment Scheme: An Oregon real estate developer is facing securities fraud and related charges for allegedly orchestrating a long-running investment scheme that took in $50 million from more than 150 victims. Bradley Holcom, 55, of Canby, has been charged with eight counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud under a grand jury indictment filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. (White-Collar Crime)