A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Feb. 7-13.


‘Jersey Boys’ Lawsuit Back On After Appeals Court Parses Meaning of a Biography

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter

The definition of a “ghostwriter” is an author who writes a book credited to another person, but perhaps there’s another meaning to be gleaned from a ruling out on Tuesday from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The dispute concerns the mega-successful stage musical Jersey Boys, which covers the careers of the singers in The Four Seasons.

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NJ Plaintiff Drops Accutane Suit Ahead Of Expected Trial

Sindhu Sundar | Law360

A plaintiff in New Jersey state court on Monday dropped her suit against Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. over its acne medication Accutane’s alleged bowel disorder risks, before her suit targeting its newer warning labels was expected to go to trial in the first half of this year.

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The First “Fifty Shades of Grey” Lawsuit Is Here and It’s Ridiculous

Laura Beck | Cosmopolitan

Californian Tania Warchol bought the Fifty Shades of Grey Come Alive Pleasure Gel for Her but she has some complaints. Mainly that the gel didn’t bring any pleasure to her. In fact, she claims it’s so ineffective that she’s suing the company that made it.

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Ex-congresswoman Could Get Payout from Court Tied to Silver

Susan Edelman | New York Post

Judges have helped turn Manhattan’s special asbestos court into a gold mine for Sheldon Silver’s law firm — and a former Long Island congresswoman could also reap the rewards.

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Woman Wins $1.5M After Car Crash Turns Her Into a Dominatrix

Natalie O’Neill | New York Post

A woman claims a car crash changed her personality — transforming her from a star student to a lusty dominatrix — and now she’s getting $1.5 million in damages for it.

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Eight Plaintiffs Filing 61 Percent of Americans with Disabilities Act Lawsuits in Pennsylvania

Jim Boyle | The Pennsylvania Record

Two law firms and eight individuals are filing the bulk of lawsuits that allege the premises of businesses in Pennsylvania are not in compliance with a federal disabilities law.

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