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9th Circuit Names 3 Judge Panel To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

4 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has announced the 3 judge panel that will hear challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada: Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald M. Gould and Marsha S. Berzon. All three were appointed by...

Appeals court grills U.S. lawyer on NSA phone collection

Circuit Court of Appeals in New York was the first appellate court to hear arguments on whether the National Security Agency (NSA) program is lawful, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging the gathering of so-called metadata. Show More Summary

Photos of alleged 9/11 '20th hijacker' can stay classified: court

9 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday said photos of a Saudi national imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay who U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the government plausibly showed that releasing...Show More Summary

Challenge to NSA’s Mass Surveillance Inches Way Up Court System

This morning, we're heading back to court to challenge the NSA's phone-records program, this time in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Several district courts have already ruled on the program, with one calling it " almost Orwellian." And, of course, the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has approved it many times. Show More Summary

More Fireworks Anticipated at Upcoming Marriage Argument (VIDEO)

Last week judges at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals put on a spectacular show when they eviscerated the arguments of anti-gay attorneys from Wisconsin and Indiana. Next week we could see a repeat performance when lawyers present...Show More Summary

Appeals Court Reinstates Case Alleging Planned Parenthood Fraud and Abuse

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8 th Circuit reinstated a case brought against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Iowa by one of its former employees who alleges the abortion giant defrauded and abused taxpayer funds. Susan Thayer,...Show More Summary

Oracle loses bid to restore $1.3 billion SAP verdict, could get new trial

Oracle Corp failed to revive a $1.3 billion jury verdict in its long-running copyright dispute with German software company SAP SE as a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said jurors used "an undue amount of speculation" in awarding $1.3 billion in damages in 2010. Show More Summary

VIRGINIA: Alliance Defending Freedom Asks SCOTUS To Hear Bostic Case

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

Acting on behalf of Prince William County Clerk Michele McQuigg, today the Alliance Defending Freedom petitioned SCOTUS to hear their appeal of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down Virginia's an on same-sex marriage. Today's petitions those from AFER and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. The full request is here. (Via Equality Case Files)

Ninth Circuit Rejects FedEx Effort to Portray Drivers as Independent Contractors

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held, under California law, that FedEx drivers are employees, not independent contractors. As a result, Fed Ex, which had required the 2300 California drivers included in the case to pay for their own trucks, equipment and expenses, and work 9.5 to 11 hour days, is liable for violating […]

FRC's Sprigg admits his side put up 'weak defense' in 7th Circuit

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Good As You

Everyone on the pro-equality side who has listened to the audio from this week's hearing at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (involving marriage cases out of Indiana and Wisconsin) is extremely pleased with how things went down. Folks are...

Sixth Circuit Overturns 16 Hate Crime Convictions In Amish Case

4 days agoNews : Jonathan Turley

There is an interesting case out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit this week on the limits of hate speech prosecutions. The court overturned the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women in a bizarre series of attacks where Amish victims had their beards cut off. It was personal hatred […]

JACOB SULLUM ON THE SIXTH CIRCUIT’S DISGRACE: Federal Appeals Court Endorses a Heckler’s Veto of Pr…

JACOB SULLUM ON THE SIXTH CIRCUIT’S DISGRACE: Federal Appeals Court Endorses a Heckler’s Veto of Provocative Preaching. “Confronted by citizens lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights and bystanders lawlessly punishing them for it, the police sided with the violent hecklers.” My advice: Become a violent heckler. That’s what they reward, so that must be what [...]

Ninth Circuit considers Guam’s racially discriminatory plebiscite registraton law

(Paul Mirengoff) The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument yesterday in the case of Davis v. Guam. The hearing occurred in Guam, the first time the Ninth Circuit has sat there since 2002. Mr. Davis, a resident of Guam, attempted to register to vote in a plebiscite on Guam’s relationship to the United States. Show More Summary

11 Best Moments From the Marriage Argument Everyone's Talking About

Lawyers defending Indiana and Wisconsin's bans on same-sex marriage took a verbal beating from a three-judge panel at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Read the highlights below. read more

Rocker Sammy Hagar must face ex-Playboy bunny's defamation lawsuit

5 days agoNews : The Newsroom

A federal appeals court on Thursday revived a defamation lawsuit against rocker Sammy Hagar, former lead singer for Van Halen, by a one-time Playboy bunny who claimed he had fathered her son. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court...Show More Summary

2nd Cir: No Qualified Immunity for SWAT Team Raid

Recent in events in Ferguson, Missouri have prompted questions about the militarization of police: why do SWAT teams need to be armed like they're going into Kandahar? Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals criticized this militant response in an appeal over police conduct during a drug raid --......

Amish Hair Convictions Overturned by Court: Religious Beliefs at Heart of Court's Decision

The convictions of 16 Amish men and women in Ohio found guilty of beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith have been overturned by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

OREGON: Ninth Circuit Court Rejects NOM's Attempt To Stop Marriages

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

Via the Oregonian: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request by a group opposing same-sex marriage in Oregon to intervene in the case. The decision, handed down Wednesday afternoon, means the National Organization for Marriage has no route left short of appealing the case to the U.S. Show More Summary

9th Circuit Denies NOM Request To Halt Gay Marriages In Oregon: READ

6 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a request from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to halt gay marriages in Oregon, The Oregonian reports: The action comes in the wake of the May 19 decision by U.S. District...

U.S. court clears FedEx Ground drivers to pursue wage, benefit claims

Groups of mostly former FedEx drivers in California and Oregon can move forward with lawsuits alleging they are owed unpaid wages and benefits under state and federal labor laws after a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in Portland,...Show More Summary

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