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Nick Walrath, attorney and MIT grad with brilliant future, among victims of Oakland fire

After completing highly sought-after clerkships at the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, attorney Nick Walrath had his choice of law firms to join in the city. When he signed with the litigation boutique...Show More Summary

Stein Campaign Forced into Plan C—or Maybe D?—After Federal Judge Ends Michigan Recount

Late on Wednesday night, the federal judge in Michigan whose emergency order set a statewide recount into motion earlier this week lifted that order, in deference to the state court of appeals, effectively ending the recount and confirming Donald Trump’s victory there over Hillary Clinton. Read more...

Conservative Group Slams Humanists for Saying War Memorial With Giant Cross Promotes Christianity

Earlier today, the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center went before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to argue that a monument honoring veterans with a giant Christian symbol shouldn't be allowed on federal property. But a conservative legal group is spreading the lie that the AHA is unpatriotic and the Cross here isn't a Christian symbol at all.

Convicted FBI Sting Target Challenges Investigation, Domestic Surveillance; Ends Up With Nothing

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld [PDF] a terrorism conviction, despite its own concerns about the government's behavior during the investigation. (h/t Brad Heath) Mohamed Osman Mohamud appealed his conviction for attempting...Show More Summary

Federal Court Ruling Protects Jill Stein's Michigan Recount, Despite State Decision

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Michigan’s Court of Appeals ordered the state government on Tuesday evening to undo its previous approval of an election recount requested by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. The decision will not interfere with the ongoing recount in the state, however, due to a 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Show More Summary

English Court of Appeal: litigation funders on hook for fee shift

Casting aside traditional prohibitions on champerty and maintenance, the United Kingdom has of late thrown open its doors to “litigation finance” enterprises that fund legal actions as an investment in exchange for a share of the proceeds. Show More Summary

Michigan Republicans File Emergency Motion To Halt Recount As Another Major Snag Emerges

The Michigan Republican Party filed emergency motions with the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals early on Tuesday, seeking a stay of a federal judge's order that started a statewide presidential recount in Michigan on Monday and asking for an "en banc" review of that order by all the judges of the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati. Show More Summary

South Africa's appeals court overturns ruling allowing 'assisted dying'

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) on Tuesday overturned a ruling by a lower court granting a terminally ill patient the right to die, the Justice Ministry said, thereby upholding South Africa's laws forbidding assisted suicide.

FBI Policy Of Manufacturing Terrorism Plots Reaffirmed By Appeals Court

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that provides further support for the FBI and its policy of inducing individuals to plot acts of terrorism. The post FBI Policy Of Manufacturing Terrorism Plots Reaffirmed By Appeals Court appeared first on Shadowproof.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Absurdly Repressive North Carolina Sex Offender Law

North Carolina’s efforts to drive sex offenders out of public life hit another roadblock on Wednesday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4 th Circuit held that two key provisions of a repressive sex offender law violate the Constitution. Show More Summary

Appeals court clears the way for new power plant in Carlsbad

It looks like the $2.2-billion, 558-megawatt Carlsbad Energy Center power plant will get built. The 1st District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled late Thursday that it would defer to the California Public Utilities Commission, whose members voted 4 to 1 in May 2015 to approve a contract...

Failing to disclose refund policy does not make price claims literally false

last weekIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

First Data Merchant Services Corp. v. SecurityMetrics, Inc., --- Fed.Appx. ----, 2016 WL 7010889, No. 15-2301, No. 15-2364 (4 th Cir. Dec. 1, 2016) Lower court opinion discussed here. The court of appeals affirmed the district court’s...Show More Summary

Appeals Court Dumps Infringement Lawsuit Against EA After Plaintiff Fails To Produce Evidence

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed [PDF] the dismissal of a copyright infringement suit brought against Electronic Arts by Robin Antonick, a programmer who worked on the Apple II version of the game Madden back in the mid-80s. Antonick...Show More Summary

City of Flint Joins State of Michigan in Fight Against Mandatory Water Delivery

The city of Flint has joined the state of Michigan in the fight against a federal court order requiring door-to-door delivery of bottled water to residents. Lawyers for the city filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday saying the preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson is “overbroad,” […]

Eastman retrial to go ahead from July 2017

David Eastman will face a new trial over the 1989 killing of Australian Federal Police (AFP) Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester, the ABC reports. The ACT Court of Appeal has thrown out Eastman’s most recent appeal and a new trial is scheduled to start in July next year. The former public servant had served 19 years […]

Appeals Court Approves Plan to Build New SF Arena for Golden State Warriors

A state appeals court has given an assist to the NBA's leading basketball team for a new arena in San Francisco. In blocking an attempt by opponents, the First District Court of Appeal said the city's plan complies with environmental standards that were challenged on appeal. The Mission Bay plan......

Listen to Federal Judges Shred Arguments That Civil Rights Law Doesn’t Protect Gay Employees

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7 th Circuit heard arguments in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, a critical gay rights case that could wind up at the Supreme Court. Hively involves Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...Show More Summary

Appeals Court Considers Indiana Gay Workplace Discrimination Case: VIDEO

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday reheard oral arguments in the case of an Indiana college math instructor who was allegedly denied promotion and ultimately fired for being a lesbian. Kimberly Hively’s case dates to 2009 when someone rep… Read The post Appeals Court Considers Indiana Gay Workplace Discrimination Case: VIDEO appeared first on Towleroad.

The 7th Circuit Looks Poised to Rule That Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination is Already Illegal

CHICAGO—The United States Court of Appeals for the 7 th Circuit is very certain that lesbians exists, but it is not entirely sure why, or what to do about them. On Wednesday morning, the entire court heard arguments in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, a firecracker of a case that could overhaul nondiscrimination law across the country. Show More Summary

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