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Court Challenges US Navy’s Dragnet Surveillance of Civilian Computers & Suppresses Evidence in Criminal Case

A federal appeals court issued a decision suppressing evidence found by a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent and used to prosecute a civilian for child pornography. The NCIS special agent had conducted dragnet surveillance of all civilians in an entire state. Show More Summary

N.J.'s Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Stands: 3rd Cir.

Sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), also known as conversion therapy or ex-gay therapy, is still illegal in New Jersey, the second U.S. state to ban the controversial treatment. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, borrowing heavily from the Ninth Circuit's consideration of California's similar ban, upheld Assembly Bill A3371 yesterday.......

Federal appeals court considers Texas abortion clinic law HB2

Protesters gathered at the Texas state capitol in Austin to show support for reproductive rights in July of 2013, as the legislature considered HB2. Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court in New Orleans...Show More Summary

Uncertain Future for NY Times Reporter Protecting Confidential Source

New York Times reporter James Risen, photo via Alex Menendez, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism It’s been more than three months since the Supreme Court turned down an appeal from Pulitzer-winning New York Times investigative...Show More Summary

Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Clip recap: "The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana."

“Law firm mistakenly identifies dead smokers as alive in 588 suits”

Details, always those picky details: “A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of 750 tobacco suits, citing this major problem: The Florida law firm that brought the cases had mistakenly identified 588 dead smokers as still being...Show More Summary

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Re-Instated by Appeals Court

Just ahead of the 2014 elections, a federal appeals in Wisconsin approved the implementation of the state's voter ID law. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that the Badger State could implement its voter ID law while the courts hear cases over the constitutionality of the law. Show More Summary

Former Bangladesh PM Zia loses court appeal

Supreme Court clears the way for prosecution of former leader Khaleda Zia on charges of embezzlement.

This week in the war on voting: WI gets greenlight on ID law, Brennan's Student Voting Guide ready

This week in the war on voting is a joint project of Joan McCarter and Meteor Blades A three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday gave Wisconsin the go-ahead to implement its voter ID law that a federal district court in April had ruled in Frank v. Show More Summary

Both Sides Cite Urgency in Court Appeal of a Texas Law on Abortion Clinics

5 days agoHealth : NYT: Health

Judges for a federal appellate court heard arguments over a Texas law that could lead to the closing of more than a dozen abortion clinics.

Federal Court Reinstates Wisconsin Voter ID Law

A Chicago federal appeals court consisting of three Republican-appointed judges has reinstated Wisconsin’s voter ID law. In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said, “The State of Wisconsin may, if it wishes … enforce the photo ID requirement in this November’s elections.”or, Scott Walker, heralded the [...]

Appeals Court Bans Orientation-Change Therapy for Minors

A New Jersey law passed in 2013 that bans therapy for minors struggling with same-sex attractions was upheld today in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Liberty Counsel represented two licensed mental health professionals who provide counseling to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attractions. “The laws banning counseling in this area are simply unconstitutional […]

This Week, an Appeals Court Heard Arguments to Reinstate Tax-Free Housing for Pastors

For years now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been in a legal battle to end the "Parsonage Exemption" that allows ministers to deduct the cost of rent for their church-owned houses from their taxable income. FFRF believes that...Show More Summary

The Court's Own Words: Life Without Title II Has Online Discrimination, Paid Prioritization, Exclusive Deals, And Maybe Blocking

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

To hear Tom Wheeler and most of the big broadband players explain the net neutrality situation, the appeals court decision back in February laid out a "roadmap" for the FCC to continue to use Section 706 for its open internet rules. But that's not actually true. Show More Summary

Liberty Counsel: We're Taking Our "Ex-Gay" Crusade Back To SCOTUS

5 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Back in June, the Supreme Court rejected Liberty Counsel's appeal of the Ninth Circuit Court ruling that upheld California's ban on the "ex-gay" torture of LGBT youth. Yesterday the Third Circuit Court upheld New Jersey's ban. But Liberty Counsel today claims to have a way to get back in front of SCOTUS. Show More Summary

Federal Court Rules in Favor of New Jersey's Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy

A federal appeals court panel has upheld New Jersey's law banning sexual orientation change therapy for minors, in agreement with a lower court decision.

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5 days agoNews : The Two-Way

Also: The U.S. anti-terrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia; federal appeals courts weigh questions about abortion in Texas and voter ID's in Wisconsin; and the world's tallest dog has died.

The Abele test

Just before the dawn of the Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, its predecessor court, the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA) decided the eligiblity case In re Abele, 684 F.2d 902 (August 1982).  In that case, Philips Medical sought protection for a method of transforming of a data-field to in order to highlight portions of the data with […]

Appeals Court Upholds N.J. Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

A federal appeals court agreed with a lower court's ruling that banning the use of such therapy on minors is appropriate. read more

N.J. ban on 'gay conversion therapy' upheld

6 days agoNews : The Newsroom

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey's ban on counseling intended to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian children. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban, which Republican...Show More Summary

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