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Appeals

Gasoline vapor explosion

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of a condo resident’s negligence lawsuit against the owners of an underground storage tank, which leaked gas into her sewer system; when she activated her dryer, gasoline vapors that entered her condo exploded, burning 10% of her body. The Illinois Environmental Protection Act, under which she sues, only permit government enforcement and does not create a private right of action.

Records un-redacted

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Utah Court of Appeals allowed a reporter for the Utah Investigative Journalism Project to see unredacted expenditure reports from a state contractor and hunting lobbyist, which wants Canadian gray wolves delisted from the Endangered Species Act. The public has a strong interest in information about public contract payments, whereas the contractor has not shown that the names of its subcontractors are commercially sensitive pieces of information worth protecting.

A British neonatal nurse convicted of killing 7 babies loses her bid to appeal

Most defendants in British court cases don't have an automatic right to appeal.

No constitutional violation after street preacher ejected from public event, federal court rules

City policies that led to a street preacher’s ouster from a festival were content neutral and therefore constitutional, two appellate judges said. A third judge disagreed, noting that organizers had in fact objected to the content of his preaching.

Biden announces judicial nominees in Pennsylvania, Vermont

The announcement brings the total number of judicial nominees during Biden’s tenure to 244.

Bad bets

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s high court rules that an appellate division properly applied Scottish law when evaluating claims brought by more than 100 shareholders in the online gambling company FanDuel, who say the company’s preferred shareholders tipped the scales in their own favor during a merger with Paddy Power Betfair, another betting firm. The lower court should not have dismissed the complaint, however, because the suing shareholders offered an inference of limited fiduciary, cognizable by Scottish courts, to support their cause of action.

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