Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

February 18, 2015

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupSome highlights from recent litigation news headlines over at the Westlaw Journal blog include a ruling upholding a horse cloning ban, a $5 million class-action suit over wrestlers’ alleged concussion injuries, a settlement between the FAA and a commercial drone operator, and more:

5th Circuit upholds horse cloning ban: An organization that determines eligibility for horses in races can ban the registration of cloned horses despite allegations that the practice violates federal antitrust laws, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 14. The group of horse owners who sued the American Quarter Horse Association failed to present evidence that a conspiracy existed, the appellate panel said in overruling a lower court’s order enjoining the AQHA from enforcing the ban. (Antitrust)

Wrestlers file $5 million class-action suit over concussion injuries: Two former professional wrestlers have filed a putative federal class-action suit in Philadelphia, alleging World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. knowingly subjected them to concussion injuries “under the guise of providing entertainment.” The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Jan. 16, follows similar concussion injury actions filed by the National Football League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Hockey League.  (Entertainment Industry)

FAA, drone operator settle suit over commercial flyover: The Federal Aviation Administration has settled a suit with the operator of an unmanned aircraft system, or drone, following his flight over the University of Virginia in 2011. The UAS pilot, Raphael Pirker, agreed to pay $1,100 but did not admit any wrongdoing, according to a Jan. 22 statement announcing the settlement. (Aviation)

11th Circuit declines to rehear Camp Lejeune drinking water suit: The 11th Circuit has declined to revive claims that contaminated drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina caused residents there to develop health problems. Without comment, on Jan. 20, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the plaintiffs’ petition for both an en banc and panel rehearing.  (Environmental)