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Yes, Cops Can Spy on Your Front Door for 10 Weeks Without a Warrant

6 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in United States v. Rocky Joe Houston, which challenged whether evidence from a camera pointed at Houston’s home for ten weeks without a warrant was admissible. It is. Read more...

Fundamental Right To Own MSR Weapons

Huffington Post is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said: Maryland’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. Show More Summary

Gun Control: Maryland Assault Weapons Ban Overturned — U.S. Supreme Court Case To Put Liberals In A ‘Panic’?

A major gun control law has been shot down, with the Maryland assault weapons ban being overturned by a panel of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Based upon the decision of the judges, banning assault weapons violated the core of the Second Amendment, an interpretation heavily endorsed by the... Show More Summary

Texas Vs. Women’s Reproductive Rights

The Supreme Court has been asked to review a June 2015 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which upheld a law that would bolt the doors to 3/4 of the abortion clinics in Texas. This would leave the state’s women, in an area of 268,820 square miles, without ready access to abortion that was “safe and legal.”

Arizona v. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Grand Canyon state wants a divorce from the largest of the federal appellate jurisdictions—but is that the right solution to its problems?

Next trial in Freddie Gray case set to begin; defense wants to block mention of 'excessive force'

While some legal wrangling and a decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals will delay trials for two of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray and will impact the retrial of another, the trial of Baltimore police officer Edward M. Show More Summary

Fraudster’s Conviction Affirmed in Foreclosure Rescue Scheme

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts affirmed Michael Prieto‘s New Hampshire conviction and 72 month sentence for committing mail fraud by organizing and managing a fraudulent mortgage rescue scheme.  Prieto’s crime grew out of the mortgage crisis in the mid and late 2000s and involved defrauding distressed homeowners […]

Polluters' Last-Ditch Bid to Stay Clean Power Plan Faces Long Odds at Supreme Court

Just days after the federal court of appeals in Washington rejected their bid to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, the coal industry and its political allies are pleading for immediate relief from the U.S. Supreme Court. Coming...Show More Summary

Bedroom tax challenge success

The Court of Appeal has given its judgment in a conjoined appeal of two of the latest challenges to the bedroom tax/removal of spare room subsidy (delete as you see fit), holding that it was unlawfully discriminatory in its application to:       A female victim of serious domestic violence living in a home […]

Sleepwalking murder conviction overturned over lack of sleep test

A federal appeals court has overturned a California man's assault conviction after he went to trial without undergoing a sleep study to bolster his contention that he had been sleepwalking. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday the failure to have Yun Liao undergo a sleep test left...

Arizona Wants To Secede From The U.S. Court That Has Long Been Its Home

WASHINGTON -- Arizona wants to secede. Not from the United States, but from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction over the state and a host of civil, criminal and immigration cases within its borders. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Demand Response: A Boon To Smart Grid

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it is pretty exciting. Because, at its heart, the ruling […]

P2P Networks Don't Have a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed several criminal counts in a child pornography that centered around reasonable expectation of privacy to a peer-to-peer network. Although the defendant attempted to defend himself pro se, his "several garbled motions" on sovereign citizen theory were not enough to convince the......

Ruling Marks a First for Transgender People in Lebanon

Post submitted by Hafez (Ahmed Hafez), HRC Global Fellow Judge Janet Hanna of the Beirut, Lebanon Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a transgender man seeking to change his gender marker on public records and in the national civil registry. Show More Summary

California judge won’t put brakes on upcoming Uber driver lawsuit

It looks like Uber drivers in California will have their day in court, as Bloomberg reports that the ride share company couldn’t convince the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to halt a major class-action trial. Uber wanted to pause the trial as it seeks to challenge a ruling in December that added 100,000 new names to the class action suit. Show More Summary

SEC Filing Is Not a Public Disclosure, California Court Rules

A California Court of Appeals has ruled rather controversially that federal filings with the SEC do not amount to "public disclosure" for purposes of qui tam relator suits under California's False Claims Act ("CFCA"). This is the case of State ex rel. Bartlett v. Miller, decided on January 19th. How......

Supreme Court Rejects Fossil Power's Effort to Stifle the Clean Competition

By Casey Roberts In a major victory for consumers and the environment, on January 25 the Supreme Court reversed the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and held that demand response resources may continue to participate in wholesale energy markets on a level playing field with generators. Show More Summary

Climate Action Picks Up Speed as Court Rejects Bid to Halt Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama Administration's climate protection actions, got a big boost last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected bids by the coal industry and its political allies for a "stay" of implementation. Show More Summary

Fifth Circuit Affirms District Court Ruling Against Bad-Faith Debtor

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit took sides against a bad-faith debtor when it reviewed the facts of the case and described the plaintiff's actions as "an exercise in chutzpah." In this Chapter 7 dismissal case, the plaintiff used every trick in the book to "flagrantly and repeatedly......

Appeals Court rejects coal industry complaints, upholds health protections for miners

In a decision issued yesterday, the US Court of Appeals rejected the National Mining Association's legal challenge to a Labor Department regulation to better protect coal miners from developing black lung disease.

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