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Pandora wins appeal against songwriters society ASCAP

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Internet streaming service Pandora in a dispute with the songwriters rights society ASCAP. On Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said ASCAP must still license its works to Pandora at a court-set rate.

California Artists’ Resale Royalty Law Survives Court Ruling, with Small Change

41 minutes agoArts : Hyperallergic

On Tuesday the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered its ruling on the California Resale Royalty Act (CRRA), deeming it unconstitutional but, unlike the District Court that examined it back in 2012, deciding that the offending clause could be removed without having to strike the entire act.

A Benchslap on Appeal for 'Carnival Fun House' of Arguments

California's Sixth District Court of Appeal, located near FindLaw's Secret Volcano Headquarters, was clearly not pleased last week as it issued an opinion in Cypress Semiconductor Corp v. Maxim Integrated Products. The case is about misappropriating trade secrets, but that's not really what it's about. As it turns out, Cypress......

New York Adopts the UBE

For students taking the bar exam in New York next July, the test will look a lot different than it does today. The New York Court of Appeals has just announced that it will adopt the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) that New York adopt the UBE. July 2016 […]

Court Says Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Not Illegal

A federal appeals court says a warrant isn’t needed for cellphone tower tracking. The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a three-judge panel of the same court, concluded that authorities properly got 67 days’ worth of records from MetroPCS for Miami robbery suspect Quartavious Davis using a court order with a lower burden [...]

6 Key Facts Everyone Should Know About the Federal Court Case for Home Care Workers

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments on whether the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has the authority to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to workers who provide home care assistance to elders and people with disabilities. Show More Summary

One of the Biggest Privacy Wins in Recent Memory Has Been Reversed

Cops no longer need a warrant when seeking cellphone records from wireless carriers in the US a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday—reversing its own decision from last year. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit...Show More Summary

Mat Staver Has The "Ex-Gay" Sadz

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

"It's unbelievable that the Supreme Court would sit on the sidelines while there's this conflict that's taking place between the courts of appeal over this major issue. And when this particular situation presents an issue of national,...Show More Summary

A1P1 claims by photovoltaics get to the Court of Appeal

Department of Energy and Climate Change v. Breyer Group plc and others  [2015] EWCA Civ 408, 28 April 2015 read judgment In 2011, DECC decided to change the rules about subsidies for photovoltaic schemes, and caused substantial losses to those who had contracted or were about to contract on the basis of the more generous old […]

Nine things to know about Carly Fiorina

1) She started as Cara Carleton Sneed.  She was born in Texas but bounced around the country for her dad's legal career, which eventually landed him at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California. Her mother was a painter. 2) She was an honorary member of a Stanford University frat. As an undergraduate […]

SCOTUS Rejects Liberty Counsel's Appeal Challenging NJ Ban on 'Ex-Gay' Conversion Therapy for Minors

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The Supreme Court has turned down the hideously anti-gay Liberty Counsel's challenge to New Jersey's ban on "ex-gay" therapy for minors, the Washington Blade reports. The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals had previously upheld the constitutionality of the statute,...

U.S Court of Appeals Rules Against Santa Monica (CA) Christian Group in Years-Long Nativity Scene Battle

In 2011, in Santa Monica, California, several people entered a lottery to determine who would get to put up holiday displays in the 21 lots available in Palisades Park. Traditionally, the spaces always ended up in the hands of Christians because no one else wanted them.But that year, most of the applicants were atheists. Show More Summary

8th Court Defers Arguments on Marriage Cases from SD, AR, MO, and NE Pending SCOTUS Decision

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals says it is deferring arguments on four same-sex marriage cases until SCOTUS rules, KDLT reports: The court announced Wednesday that it's holding off on "any further consideration" of the cases from South Dakota, Arkansas,...

Supreme Court Takes Action in Another Religious Objection to Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit

The order from the Supreme Court Monday directs the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to reconsider its decision that the birth control benefit accommodation process does not violate federal law. Image: Shutterstock The post Supreme Court Takes Action in Another Religious Objection to Obamacare’s Birth Control Benefit appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Federal Appeals Court Considers Controversial Texas Voter ID Bill

NEW ORLEANS – A federal appellate judge on Tuesday questioned why the Texas Legislature had not addressed concerns that its four-year-old voter ID law discriminated against minority voters. U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Catharina...Show More Summary

Feministing Reads: Ian Millhiser’s Injustices

It is not always easy to criticize the elders of your own family. But Ian Millhiser, a former Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals clerk, boldly hurls powerful critiques at the top of the judiciary’s food chain: the United States Supreme Court.  In his book, Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting […]

Appeals Court Limits Jurors’ Ability To Set School Funding

My latest court story for Carolina Journal: RALEIGH — In an April decision, the N.C. Court of Appeals overturned a jury ruling that Union County public schools had not been provided enough money by the county commission, saying that the judge had offered jurors an incorrect interpretation of the landmark Leandro decision that governs state […]

Microsoft Loses Patent Case Against InterDigital In The US, May Face Ban On Import Of Windows Phone Devices

Back in February, InterDigital failed to revive the patent-infringement claims against Microsoft. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said that four InterDigital patents weren’t infringed and a fifth is invalid. The court upheld a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which rejected InterDigital’s bid to block phones made by Microsoft. Today, a […]

Court: Turkey baster father counts as a dad too

A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights. The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the child’s biological father is more than a sperm donor and is entitled to be a part of his son’s life. Show More Summary

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