A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Feb. 14-20.


High School Teacher With Fear of Young Children Loses Disability-Bias Case

Mark Walsh | Education Week

It sounds almost like a contradiction in terms: a teacher who suffers from “pedophobia”—a debilitating fear of young children.

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NJ Nabs $346 Million In Settlements And Judgments In 2014

Martin Bricketto | Law360

A $190 million deal with Occidental Chemical Corp. over Passaic River pollution was among more than $346 million in settlements and judgments that New Jersey’s civil litigation arm secured in 2014, a 14 percent increase compared to the previous year, the state said Wednesday.

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Utah Court Says Woman Can Sue Herself

Kevin Underhill | Lowering the Bar

You might not consider Utah the most progressive state, but it has become the first to grant its citizens a controversial right that many have long been denied, proving that the law does evolve. Utah has now become the first state to officially allow its citizens to sue themselves.

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