Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

February 6, 2015

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupSome highlights from recent litigation news headlines over at the Westlaw Journal blog include a suit against Wal-Mart over the wrong prescription, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lets a defendant withdraw guilty plea, and the U.S. Department of Transportation issues new rule for musical instruments:

Wal-Mart sued in Georgia over wrong prescription: A pharmacist at a Wal-Mart store in Georgia filled a man’s prescription for blood pressure medication incorrectly, causing him to develop kidney failure, according to a Jan. 9 state court lawsuit. Plaintiff Harold Williams, who also worked at Wal-Mart, says the company fired him while he was sick from the taking the wrong medication. (Professional Liability)

Confusion, misunderstanding spike mail-fraud plea, 7th Circuit says: Although a lawyer claimed his client was lying about a plea agreement and a trial judge approved the client’s admission of guilt, a federal appeals court Jan. 17 allowed the defendant to withdraw his guilty plea. Mortgage fraud defendant Siamak S. Fard told the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Illinois federal trial court should have allowed him to withdraw his plea because he only pleaded guilty to wire fraud after his lawyer said the deal involved cooperating with prosecutors and no jail time. (White-Collar Crime)

DOT rule is music to some fliers’ ears: U.S. air carriers must treat musical instruments the same way as other carry-on and checked baggage under a final rule the U.S. Department of Transportation issued Dec. 30. The rule is designed to prevent incidents such as the one last spring in which US Airways refused to allow a professional violinist to fly from North Carolina to Arkansas unless he checked his $250,000 violin. (Aviation)