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From Court Battles to International Expansion, a Look at the State of Demand Response

Last December, we got it right when forecasting demand response trends for this year, but we did not foresee one major hit to the market: the decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals to vacate FERC Order 745. This year, we'll look at what mattered this year and how those factors will carry over into next year. read more

Court: Lifetime Gun Ban for Mentally Ill Unconstitutional

A federal appeals panel has reversed a ruling that prevented a man from owning a firearm because he had been committed to a psychiatric hospital nearly three decades ago. Clifford Charles Tyler, 73, of Hillsdale, can now challenge a federal law, which prohibits firearms possession by anyone ever committed to a mental institution, as a violation of the Second Amendment.

UBS Running Out Of Options As Highest French Appeal Court Upholds €1.1 Billion Bond

UBS failed to get any relief from France’s highest appeals court in the ongoing tax evasion investigation, with the apex court upholding the €1.1 billion ($1.4 billion) bond imposed by French prosecutors on the bank in July. The largest Swiss bank had appealed against the “exaggerated” bond amount with the Cour de Cassation after a […]

scientific claims in ordinary ads aren't protected opinion

19 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Eastman Chemical Co. v. Plastipure, Inc., 2014 WL 7271384, No. 13–51087 (5 th Cir. Dec. 22, 2014) A jury found that Plastipure (and defendant CertiChem) engaged in false advertising (discussed here). The court of appeals affirmed the entry of an injunction. Show More Summary

Stan Lee Media Loses Yet Another Bid for Marvel Characters

Another federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the failed dot-com can’t claim ownership of the Marvel characters co-created by its namesake.

4th Cir. Strikes N.C. 'Informed Consent' Abortion Script for Doctors

On Monday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appellate court to overturn a state's "informed consent" law for abortions. These laws require physicians to recite a state-mandated script before performing an abortion. In the case of North Carolina, physicians were required to conduct an ultrasound, point......

Ireland Lends Support to Microsoft in Email Privacy Case

yesterdayTechnology : Bits

In a legal brief supporting the tech giant's appeal of a search warrant for communications stored at a Dublin data center, the Irish government said that courts in the United States should respect the sovereignty of other countries.

Seattle Police Union President Vows to Fight for Discredited Disciplinary Process

Anna Minard Ron Smith says appeals of disciplinary decisions on police misconduct shouldn't go through the Public Safety Civil Service Commission, which he calls a "kangaroo court." Concerned about whether cops get held accountable for...Show More Summary

Washington County Clerk Wants To Know If All Same-Sex Couples Have The Right To Marry in Florida On Jan. 6

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Despite the fact that Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled the Sunshine State's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a decision he stayed only until January 6th, a stay which neither the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals nor the U.S. Supreme Court...

Stan Lee Media Can't Revive Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Disney

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest to reject arguments from Stan Lee's former company read more

Stan Lee Media Can't Revive Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Disney

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest to reject arguments from Stan Lee's former company read more

D.C. Circuit Rebuffs SoundExchange in CRB Appeal of SDARS/PSS Royalty Rates

But Sirius XM, which succeeded before the CRB, may not be happy that its victory was upheld. When it comes to setting copyright royalty rates, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) enjoys considerable leeway. Just ask the U.S. Court of Appeals...Show More Summary

NJ Daughter Still Fighting To Have Estranged Parents Pay Her College Tuition

Remember the (second) case of the NJ daughter who was suing her parents for college tuition? Well, now Caitlyn Ricci's attempt to have Mom and Dad fork over $16,000 for her Temple University fees is headed to NJ Appeals Court. [ more › ]

SCOTUS to begin new year by pondering outdated inequality

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Good As You

We won't have to wait long into 2015 to learn whether the US Supreme Court will take a marriage case stemming from either the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' or a Louisiana federal judge's rulings against equality. SCOTUS will consider...

Supreme Court To Consider On Jan 9. Whether To Hear Challenges To Same-Sex Marriage Bans

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

In the wake of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision earlier this year to uphold bans on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan, the United States Supreme Court has decided to consider hearing challenges to that...

SCOTUS To Consider Four More Marriage Cases At January Conference

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

We already know about Louisiana and now four more have been added. Via Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed: The Supreme Court is set to consider on Jan. 9 whether it will hear appeals of same-sex couples’ marriage challenges in cases out of five states, one of the legal teams representing the couples told BuzzFeed News on Monday. Show More Summary

Sandy Hook and Peshawar

A couple of news items that struck me recently Two years after the Sandy Hook massacre, a US Federal Appeals Court has ruled that people with a history of mental illness have a constitutional right to gun ownership. In the immediate aftermath of the Peshawar massacre, a Pakistani judge granted bail to the […]

Prison Sentence for Young Facebook User Increased from 15 to 20 Years

A Tehran Revolutionary Court has increased the sentence of a 21-year-old Facebook user from 15 to 20 years in prison for his postings on Facebook. The case was originally appealed in the hope that the severe 15-year sentence would be reduced. Show More Summary

This Orangutan Is Now A Legally Recognized Nonhuman Person In Argentina

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

History was made this past weekend in Buenos Aires when an appeals court ruled that an orangutan held in a zoo is a nonhuman person unlawfully deprived of its right to bodily autonomy. Read more...

Argentine Court Rules that an Orangutan Has (Some) Human Rights

An orangutan named Sandra has become the first non-human animal recognized as a person in a court of law. An Argentine appeals court declared on Friday that the 28-year-old great ape, who is owned by the Buenos Aires Zoo, is a "non-human person" who has been wrongfully deprived of her freedom. Show More Summary

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