Westlaw Journals weekly round-up

April 15, 2015

Westlaw Journals Weekly RoundupThis week some highlights from the Westlaw Journal blog include a suit over erroneous jury instructions in an airplane bomb threat case and no standing for plaintiffs suing payroll company in Pennsylvania federal court for data breach:

Supreme Court hears argument on debtor’s right to appeal bankruptcy plan denials: The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument April 1 about whether the Bankruptcy Code allows direct appeals by a debtor from the denial of a Chapter 13 plan. “The potential ramifications for Chapter 11 reorganizations could not be greater,” said Rob Nies, a bankruptcy attorney with Wolff & Samson. (Bankruptcy)

Man sues manufacturers, retailer after vaporizer explodes: A California man claims manufacturers of a vaporizer and its battery components are responsible for the “serious and permanent injuries” he sustained when the device exploded during use. The product liability lawsuit against manufacturer Vapour Life Style, filed in the San Diego County Superior Court on Mar. 19, includes allegations against the store that sold the vaporizer and the Chinese company that made its battery component. (Tobacco Industry)

Jury instructions in bomb threat case ‘just won’t fly,’ 1st Circuit says: A former flight attendant who confessed to writing about a bomb on an airplane’s bathroom wall, grounding a 2009 trip from Boston to Miami, has convinced a federal appeals court to grant her a new criminal trial. The trial judge’s jury instructions improperly lowered the criminal intent standard necessary to convict Nancy Gray of giving false information about a bomb threat, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision Mar. 13. (Aviation)

No standing in data breach suit against payroll company, Pennsylvania federal judge says: Failure to show the huge data breach at a national payroll company last year harmed any of the more than 200,000 people whose financial information was compromised has led to the dismissal of their Pennsylvania federal court class actions. On Mar. 13, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania dismissed two consolidated lawsuits against Paytime Inc., finding the plaintiffs and proposed class members never alleged their exposure to malfeasance by foreign hackers caused them actual or imminent injuries, a requirement to sue in federal court. (Computer & Internet)